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Malaysia lifts Omicron travel ban in eight African countries – updates

Covid-19 infected more than 281 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.4 million people. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

First detected in southern Africa and Hong Kong in November, Omicron spreads around the world and can overwhelm hospitals in some countries. (Reuters)

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Malaysia lifted travel bans in eight African countries, citing the wider Omicron spread

Malaysia has lifted travel bans in eight southern African countries that first reported coronavirus variants because of the worldwide spread of coronavirus omicron variants, the health minister said. ..

Eight countries, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi, will remain on the list of countries considered high-risk, and travelers from these countries will be subject to additional restrictions on arrival, Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters. ..

First Covid-19 Shot Recipient in the U.S. Becomes Vaccine Activist

Since being welcomed as the first Covid-19 vaccinated person in the United States, New York nurse Sandra Lindsay has become a prominent figure in the largest vaccination campaign in history in the United States.

She has promoted shots at panels, Zoom Town Hall and other events.

“I encourage people to talk to experts who can answer questions to access reliable science. I let them know that it’s okay to ask questions,” Lindsay said. He gave a lecture at events in the United States and Jamaica.

China expands blockade as virus surges in US and Europe

China has blocked hundreds of thousands more to eradicate the exacerbating outbreak of the coronavirus.

Despite facing far fewer outbreaks compared to global virus hotspots, China has imposed a stay-at-home order in many parts of Yan’An and has not eased its “zero-covid” strategy. Hmm.

Hundreds of thousands of affected residents joined Xi’An’s 13 million people, and China entered the sixth day of house arrest as it fought the largest daily number of cases in 21 months.

Hong Kong strengthens quarantine rules for air crews in the threat of Omicron

Hong Kong health officials said the city will tighten quarantine rules for air cargo crews to address the heightened threat of Omicron variants.

Global financial hubs have identified dozens of Omicron infections through regular tests during quarantine, but neither Omicron nor other variants have spread to the community in recent months.

However, unlike most other people who had to quarantine at hotels, some of the new infections by Omicron were detected among crew members who were only required to quarantine at home.

South African studies suggest that Omicron may replace Delta

Studies by South African scientists suggest that Omicron may replace the delta variant of the coronavirus because infection with the new variant enhances immunity to the old variant.

Although this study included only a small number of people and was not peer-reviewed, it was found that people infected with Omicron, especially those vaccinated, had enhanced immunity to the delta mutant. I did.

The analysis enrolled 33 vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals infected with the Omicron variant in South Africa.

India will step up its weapons against Covid-19 with two more vaccines, Merckpill

India has approved Merck’s Covid-19 pill and two vaccines for emergency use as the brace of the world’s second most populous country against the potential for a surge in coronavirus infection.

Asia’s third-largest economy has already stated that it will allow Covid-19 booster shots for some populations as some Indian states have recorded rises in Omicron cases.

Urgent approval is given when measures are being taken to increase oxygen supply and strengthen the country’s health infrastructure.

UAE approves Sinopharm’s protein-based vaccine

The United Arab Emirates has approved the emergency use of China National Pharmaceutical’s protein-based Covid-19 vaccine, which will be released to the public as a booster from January 2022, the Ministry of Health said.

The ministry said in a state media statement that the vaccine would be manufactured and distributed through a joint venture between UAE Group 42 and the China National Biotech Group (CNBG), a division of the China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).

The ministry added that approval was followed by a UAE-based study involving individuals previously vaccinated with two doses of Sinopharm CNBG inactivated vaccine.

Spain’s infection rate soars

The coronavirus infection rate in Spain exceeded 1,000 for the first time per 100,000 people. This was astonished by the rapidly expanding variant of Omicron, but the hospital was far less burdensome than the previous pandemic wave.

According to health ministry data, the rate measured over the last 14 days has risen to 1,206 following the Christmas weekend.

This is compared to the 911 reported on Thursday, which first surpassed the 900 past records set in late January.

The aggregate has not been updated since Thursday, adding 214,619 new cases to the 5,932,626 cases recorded since the start of the pandemic.

U.S. halves quarantine period

The United States has set new highs in multiple US states and Europe, causing havoc in the world’s air travel, and asymptomatic Covid cases to slow the mass turmoil by Omicron. Halved the quarantine period.

Since Friday, about 11,500 flights have been scrapped worldwide, making it one of the busiest travel periods of the year, with tens of thousands more delayed. Several airlines have stated that the surge in the case of the Omicron coronavirus mutant caused a staff shortage.

Cases in the United States are already on track to reach record highs in January, boosted by the large pockets of unvaccinated residents and lack of access to quick and easy tests.

Brazil reports 86 Covid-19 deaths

According to data released by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, Brazil has enrolled 86 Covid-19 deaths and 6,840 additional cases, as two of Brazil’s 27 federal units were unable to provide up-to-date information. , The statistics were incomplete.

South American countries are currently enrolling a total of 618,534 coronavirus deaths and 22,246,276 confirmed cases.

Brazil has the second highest number of deaths in the world after the United States, but the number of daily deaths and cases has dropped dramatically in recent months.

Borsolano does not vaccinate her daughter

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro will not vaccinate his 11-year-old daughter with Covid-19, he said.

Right-wing leaders added that state health minister Marcelo Vieira will reveal on January 5 how Brazil will implement a coronavirus vaccination campaign approved earlier this month for ages 5-11. ..

Child vaccination is a hot topic in Brazil, where the majority of the population supports vaccines, but Bolsonaro’s core supporters are enthusiastic about this measure.

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