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Omicron boosts Japanese cases to the highest level in 4 months – latest update

Covid-19 infected more than 321 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.5 million people. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

Japan reported more than 20,000 new cases of coronavirus on Friday. (AP)

Friday, January 14, 2022

Omicron surges in Japan

In the steady surge caused by the Omicron variant, Japan has reported more than 20,000 new cases of coronavirus, the highest number per day in more than 4 months.

In the capital city of Tokyo, which has been the hardest hit by the recent waves, the number of infected people has increased by more than 1,000 every day in the past three days.

In the past 24 hours, the number has exceeded 4,000 for the first time since late August.

Brazilian reel as the case soars

In Brazil, the number of Covid-19 cases is skyrocketing as Omicron variants spread across the country, putting pressure on medical services and already focusing on the sputtering economy.

Inadequate testing and hacker data blackouts make it difficult for experts to track the epidemic of highly contagious variants in Brazil, but have hit the largest Latin American country. The signs are becoming more and more clear.

The number of confirmed cases has almost doubled since last week, and the moving average for the past seven days has surged from 27,267 last Wednesday to 52,500.

Experts believe that the actual numbers are much higher due to the lack of testing and patching systems for reporting and publishing data.

With more than 620,000 deaths, Brazil has the third highest death toll after Covid-19, after the United States and Russia.

Philippines adds 37,207 new cases

In the Philippines, there was a record high number of cases, with 37,207 new infections recorded. This is the best daily tally since the pandemic started two years ago.

With the new cases, the total number of cases in the country has increased to 31.29 million and the death toll has increased by 81 to 52,815.

To counter the surge in blaming highly contagious variants of Omicron, the government has extended Alert Level 3 to the end of January in Metro Manila and several other regions.

Polish Covid adviser resigns in protest

Thirteen of the 17 members of the Polish Medical Council, who advised the Prime Minister on Covid-19, resigned, accusing them of lacking scientific influence over policy.

Despite being one of the highest per capita mortality rates in the world, Poland is far more than many other European countries to curb the spread of the coronavirus during the recent wave of infections. Introduced limited measures.

The Polish government said it often had to deal with dissenting opinions from various agencies, not just advisors.

Some Dutch restaurants reopen in opposition to the ban

Restaurants in one Dutch city have reopened, and others have said they will open on Saturday, whether or not they are included in the government’s plans to ease the blockade of the country.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte was expected to order the reopening of most stores, hairdressers and gyms at a national press conference on Friday night.

Nitrous Oxide, citing government sources, reported that restaurants and bars would be excluded from reopening.

Dirk Beljaarts, Chief Executive Officer of KHN, a leader in the hospitality industry, said:

He urged the government to consider the examples of Britain and Spain and listen to Dutch public opinion in favor of more aggressive rule relaxation.

Norway opens Covid jab for children ages 5-11

Norway has said it will voluntarily start covid vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years, but has not issued an official recommendation.

In addition, children aged 12 to 15 years who were previously offered a single dose of the vaccine can receive a second dose if their parents so desire, the Ministry of Health said.

“Children rarely get seriously ill (from Covid), and knowledge of rare side effects and long-term consequences remains limited so far,” Health Minister Ingvild Kjerkol said in a statement.

Hong Kong suspends transit flights from most of the world

Hong Kong International Airport prohibits passengers from more than 150 countries and territories from passing through the city for a month.

Passengers staying in more than 150 locations considered “high risk” in the last 21 days, including the United States and the United Kingdom, will be banned from passing through Hong Kong from January 16th to February 15th.

The airport has taken this step to stop the infection of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Hong Kong is currently working on an outbreak of Omicron, most of which is due to two Cathay Pacific crew members who violated quarantine rules before testing positive.

The Swedish Prime Minister tested positive for Covid as the fourth wave of storm surges

Swedish Social Democratic Party Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson tested positive for Covid-19 as the wave of infections caused by the Omicron variant swept the country.

Anderson was one of several leaders who tested positive for the virus in parliamentary discussions earlier this week, and the King, Queen, and Princess of Sweden all suffered an infection this month.

The Nordic countries have repeatedly set new daily records of Covid cases this month as the fourth wave of the virus rises, increasing pressure on the healthcare system and causing many restrictions to be re-imposed.

Health agencies predict that cases currently peaking at around 25,000 per day will peak later this month, when Sweden could reach around 70,000 per day.

Strengthening anti-coronavirus measures throughout China

China is further strengthening its pandemic measures in Beijing and across the country as the outbreaks continue to be scattered in just over two weeks prior to the opening of the Winter Olympics.

The action appears to reflect tensions about the possible surge in the incident prior to the Beijing Games.

Beijing has ordered children from international schools to take the test starting next week, banning passengers on planes passing the third point.

Citizens are told to travel only when absolutely necessary. If it turns out that you have visited the city or region where the outbreak occurred, there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to return home.

Winter Covid Waves Tighten Mask Rules in Europe

Whether to mask or not is a problem that Italy solved with a lively “yes” early in the outbreak of Covid-19. Today, the former epicenters of pandemics in Europe hope that stricter mask rules will help overcome the latest outbreaks.

Other countries behave in the same way that more contagious, but clearly less toxic, subspecies of Omicron spread throughout the continent.

Greece has revived the obligation to use outdoor masks while requiring FFP2 or double surgical masks in public transport and indoor public spaces.

In France, in many cities, including Paris, the obligation to outdoor masks was partially reinstated in December. The age at which children start wearing masks in public has been reduced from 11 to 6.

Austrian Prime Minister Karl Nehammer announced last week that he would need to wear an FFP2 mask outdoors if he couldn’t be more than 2 meters (6.5 feet) away.

The Philippines has banned unvaccinated from public transport due to the proliferation of infections

The Philippines is working to mitigate the outbreak of infection and will push forward with plans to ban people who have not been vaccinated with Covid-19 from public transport next week.

The ban applies to the infamous and crowded metropolitan area of ​​about 13 million people where most new cases have emerged.

The new measures face severe opposition from the Human Rights Commission of the country, which called it restrictive and discriminatory.

However, the Ministry of Transport said it would not stop the plans needed to curb dissemination and prevent the health system from being overwhelmed.

Pressure on Boris Johnson will increase as more blockades reveal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fired again after two more parties were held in Downing Street last year.

The party, held on the eve of the Queen’s husband’s funeral in April 2020, put pressure on Johnson already suffering.

The party was revealed in an exclusive report from The Telegraph.

“The Downing Street staff drank alcohol early in the morning at two departure events on the eve of Prince Phillip’s socially distant funeral,” Daily reported.

On April 16, 2021, the country was mourned for the death of the prince and the half-mast of the flag of the government building.

WHO approves two new Covid treatments

The World Health Organization has approved two new Covid-19 treatments and is increasing its stockpile of tools along with vaccines to stop serious viral illness and death.

WHO experts have recommended in the British medical journal The BMJ that baricitinib, an arthritic drug in combination with corticosteroids to treat severe or severe Covid patients, improves survival and the need for a ventilator. He said it led to a decrease.

Experts also recommended synthetic antibody treatment sotrovimab for non-severe covid people at the highest risk of hospitalization, including the elderly, immunocompromised patients, and chronic illnesses such as diabetes.

Australia pledges to enforce Covid vaccine border rules

Australia has vowed to “strictly” enforce the Covid-19 Vaccine Border Regulations as a decision urging the deportation of unvaccinated tennis superstar Novak Djokovic.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has been accused of failing to make an earlier decision on whether to eliminate the 34-year-old tennis skeptic, Tennis Ace.

Finance Minister Simon Birmingham claimed on Friday that Australia would only accept foreigners who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or had an acceptable medical tax exemption.

The Mexican president calls the pandemic “on the way”

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the pandemic was “ He said he believed that he was on the way.

Lopez Obrador said he had only mild symptoms similar to the flu and used his own experience of fighting a second seizure of Covid-19.

According to official figures, on Wednesday, the country counted 44,187 new cases in one day.

Biden doubles free Covid test

As President Joe Biden emphasized his efforts to “surge” resources, a quick home Covid-19 test distributed free of charge to Americans, along with “high quality masks.” Announced that it will double to 1 billion. Help the country survive the surge in cases of coronavirus.

Biden also announced that 1,000 military doctors will be deployed nationwide starting next week, alleviating the overwhelming shortage of medical facility staff due to the highly infectious variant of Omicron.

In a speech at the White House, he said six more military medical teams would be deployed in Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

Many facilities are struggling because workers are being quarantined at home because of the virus, as well as the nationwide surge in Covid-19.

The new deployment will be placed on top of other federal medical personnel already dispatched to the state to support the serious shortage.

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