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Omicron accounts for almost 60% of new cases in the United States – latest 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:

The rapid spread occurs after the first confirmed case of Omicron in the United States was identified earlier this month. (AFP)

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Omicron accounts for 59% of new cases in the United States

According to US government statistics, Omicron variants continue to increase the rate of new coronavirus infections in the country.

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Omicron accounted for 59% of new cases in the United States during the week ending December 25. This is an increase from 23% last week.

The CDC said last week that Omicron already accounts for the majority of new cases in the country. However, officials said Tuesday that they had significantly lowered their previous estimates based on the additional data they collected.

Still, it was noted that Omicron accounted for the increasing proportion of cases.

The rapid spread occurs after the first confirmed case of Omicron in the United States was identified earlier this month. Studies have provided early hints that it is milder than the delta mutant.

Pakistan has registered a total of 75 Omicrons

Pakistani authorities have registered a total of 75 Omicron coronavirus variants in different parts of the country.

The announcement by the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday will be made two weeks after Pakistan confirms the detection of the first Omicron case in the port city of Karachi.

People who test positive for the new variant are isolated, and efforts are underway to track their contacts to contain the spread of the new variant.

Of the total of 75 Omicron cases, most were detected in the cities of Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.

Part of Spain closed nightlife in a surge

In some parts of northern Spain, nightlife is closed to combat the unprecedented surge in coronavirus infections.

Governments in Asturias and Cantabria will completely close nightclubs, Aragon and Navarra will create discos, and bar restaurants will close after midnight.

On Tuesday, the Larioha government also announced the implementation of vaccine passports in more sectors, stating that bars, restaurants and nightclubs must be closed by 1 am.

The new limit arises because more than one in 100 people in Spain tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks. In parts of northern Spain, 1 in 50 people have recently been infected with the virus.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the infection rate has not been very high in Spain. At the same time, 18% of all tests are back positive.

At the national level, masks are needed both indoors and outdoors. The decision to implement further restrictions is up to the local government.

Some governments with higher than average infection rates, such as Madrid and Castile and Leon, have ruled out more measures ahead of the New Year’s celebration.

Omicron cluster detected at a nursing home in Osaka

Japanese officials in a city in western Osaka have confirmed that a population of people carries the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

According to Kyodo News, a group of five people was found at a nursing home in the city. These are not the first confirmed cases of Omicron in Japan, but Kyodo News said it was the first suspicious cluster in the country.

Bangladesh launches vaccine booster shot drive

Bangladesh has begun administration of coronavirus vaccine booster shots as South Asian countries are trying to fend off highly contagious Omicron variants.

The country has detected two variants of Omicron cases in cricketers returning from Zimbabwe this month, but has not yet seen any infection to the community, the Ministry of Health said.

Booster shots have been given to frontline workers and people over the age of 60 who took a second dose at least six months ago, health officials said.

Booster drives began on Tuesday in the capital, Dhaka, but officials said the government is aiming to start managing shots outside the capital soon.

Bangladesh has a total of about 132 million vaccinations, with 27% of the population receiving two vaccinations.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 1.5 million infections and 28,062 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Bangladesh.

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, causing another tens of thousands of delays in one of the busiest travel periods of the year. 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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