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Omicron disrupts US air travel as more flights are canceled – latest updates

Covid-19 infected more than 280 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.4 million people. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

By early Monday morning, nearly 740 flights were canceled in, within, or outside the United States, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.com. (AFP)

Monday, December 27, 2021

As the number of Omicron cases soars, U.S. airlines cancel hundreds more flights

Canceled US airlines have about 800 more flights after rejecting thousands of flights on Christmas holiday weekends. This is due to the increasing number of Omicron cases across the country, the isolation of crew and the forced travelers to look for other forms of travel.

Shares of American Airlines Group Inc, United Airlines Holdings Inc, Delta Air Line Inc and Southwest Airlines Co fell 2% to 3% in the previous transaction at the opening bell.

By early Monday morning, nearly 740 flights were canceled in, within, or outside the United States, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.com.

Cancellations of flights on Monday were usually the peak hours of American travel, in addition to more than 3,000 cancellations on Christmas holiday weekends.

As the number of infectious diseases increases, airlines are forced to cancel flights and pilots and flight attendants need to be quarantined, but bad weather in some areas is increasing the distress of travelers.

Cruise operators Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited and Carnival Corporation also fell 1.3% to 2.4%.

According to media reports, at least three cruise ships were forced to return to the port after the Covid-19 case was detected on board over the weekend.

Travel agencies Booking Holdings Inc, Airbnb Inc, Expedia Group Inc and Tripadvisor Inc all fell 0.6% to 1.8%.

Denmark, Iceland reports record case

Denmark and Iceland report record daily cases of coronavirus as the rapidly prevailing subspecies of Omicron makes Europe a global hotspot for infection and death.

Both Nordic countries had some of the lowest infection rates in Europe before Omicron arrived.

Europe has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the last seven days, according to statistics compiled by AFP and obtained from official sources.

The five countries with the highest case rates in the last seven days were all Europeans.

The total number of daily infections in Denmark exceeded 15,000 for the first time, and health authorities enrolled 16,164 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours.

Iceland had not reported more than 200 cases daily until mid-December, but recorded a record high of 672 cases in the last 24 hours.

During the waves of the fall of last year, the total number of daily infections in Iceland did not exceed 100.

In neighboring Norway, Omicron is a major subspecies of the capital Oslo.

Swissmedic approves J & J vaccine booster

Swissmedic, the Swissmedic regulator, has approved a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine to people over the age of 18 who were first vaccinated.

The Swissmedic said in a statement that the second dose of the vaccine could be given at least two months after the first dose.

Six months after the second vaccination with Pfizer / BioNTech or Moderna’s mRNA vaccine, a combined vaccination with J & J Shot was also approved.

Health experts say Italy is facing paralysis under quarantine rules

Health experts called on the Italian government to relax the Covid-19 quarantine rules, saying the country was at risk of paralysis as highly infectious variants of Omicron became widespread.

Current rules require that persons in close contact with Covid-19 patients be self-quarantined for 7 days if vaccinated and 10 days if not vaccinated.

Nino Cartabellotta, head of the Gimbe Health Foundation, said that each positive person has an average of 5-10 close relationships, and within two weeks it is possible that about 1 million people in Italy were infected with Covid-19. I expected it to be.

“That means that the number of contacts sent to the quarantine could be 5 to 10 million, which is not possible,” Cartabellotta told Radio Cusano Campus.

Virgologist Fabrizio Pregliasco reiterated his comment. “At this stage, it is clear that we need to consider changing intervention methods with this spread of Omicron, or we are heading for a general blockade.”

Xian, China, imposes “strictest” regulations to stop the outbreak of Covid

The blocked city of Xian, China, has tightened Covid-19 regulations to the “strictest” level, allowing residents to drive around the town to curb the worst outbreaks in the country in 21 months. Banned.

China’s “zero-covid” strategy of strict border restrictions, long-term quarantine, and targeted blockade as Beijing prepares to welcome thousands of international visitors for the February Winter Olympics I’m sticking.

However, the historic Xi’An, which 13 million residents face on the fifth day of house arrest, is at the center of a relapse that has boosted the number of daily infections nationwide since March last year.

The restrictions have become even more stringent as Xi’An has announced that it will impose “the strictest social control measures,” according to the city government’s social media accounts.

In the northern city, home of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, 150 new cases have been recorded, bringing the total to about 650 since December 9.

Israel tests fourth vaccine dose

The Israeli hospital has given the test group a fourth Covid-19 vaccination as it is considering approving measures against vulnerable populations to outweigh the proliferation of infections by the Omicron variant.

A study at the Sheva Medical Center in Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv, said, “In general, we will focus on the efficacy and safety of vaccines in antibody production to see if a fourth vaccine is needed.” Mann said. The 150 subjects are all medical staff.

Last week, a panel of health ministry experts provided Israel with a fourth vaccination (also known as a second boost) to people over the age of 60, those suffering from weakened immunity, and health care workers. Recommended to be the first country to do.

South Korea permits emergency use of Pfizer’s oral treatment

According to the Ministry of Food and Drugs, South Korea has approved the emergency use of Pfizer’s antiviral drug targeting Covid-19 as the first in South Korea.

Pfizer’s oral antiviral treatment, called Paxrovid, diversifies coronavirus treatment in addition to the injections currently used in the field to “patients admitted to a home care center or treated at home. It is expected to help prevent a serious deterioration in the disease, “he told Drug Safety Minister Kim Gang Grip Press Briefing.

The drug is used for adults or children weighing over 40 kilograms with mild to moderate symptoms at high risk of developing severe cases of coronavirus due to underlying illness or other causes.

Australia records the first Omicron death

Australia reported that the first death from a new Omicron variant was confirmed amid a surge in daily infections, but authorities refrained from imposing new restrictions, saying hospitalization rates remained low. rice field.

The death of a man in his 80s in underlying health is a tough mile for a country that had to cancel some of its gradual resumption after almost two years of a stop-start blockade due to a new outbreak. Showed the stone.

Omicron, which appears to be more contagious but less toxic than previous strains, has lifted most national border restrictions, allowing Australians to return abroad without quarantine, according to health experts. Just as the numbers reached the pandemic maximum, they began to spread throughout the country. ..

Oman requires workers to get vaccination certificate

Oman does not allow public or private sector employees to enter the workplace without a vaccination certificate certifying that they are fully vaccinated, the Minister of Health said at a news conference.

Mexico’s death toll reaches 298,777

In Mexico, the number of additional cases of coronavirus infection increased by 3,719, the number of deaths increased by 107, the total number of confirmed cases was 3,951,003, and the number of deaths due to pandemics was 298,777.

The latest figures include data collected over a two-day period.

Experts say government figures are likely to represent a significant underestimation of both Covid-19 cases and deaths.

China reports 200 new Covid cases

Health officials said China reported 200 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus from 206 cases a day ago.

Of the new infections, 162 were locally infected, compared to 158 a day ago, according to a statement from the National Health Commission. Most of the new local cases occurred in the northwestern part of Shaanxi Province.

China has reported 27 new asymptomatic cases, which are classified separately from the confirmed cases, from 29 the day before.

There were no new deaths, with 4,636 deaths. In mainland China, there were 101,277 confirmed cases as of the end of December.

Support for the Japanese Prime Minister as voters welcome his measures against Covid

According to the Nikkei newspaper, nearly two-thirds of Japanese voters support Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government, and the public welcomes measures against coronavirus, including the temporary closure of borders by new foreign entrants.

According to the newspaper, Fumio Kishida’s cabinet approval rating rose 4 points from last month’s survey to 65%.

In the latest survey, conducted Friday-Sunday, 61% of those surveyed positively rated Kishida’s anti-coronavirus measures. This is the highest since Nikkei began seeking public opinion on the government’s response to the coronavirus in February 2020.

Fumio Kishida announced in late November that Japan had banned foreigners from invading for about a month as highly infectious coronavirus omicron variants emerged worldwide. Last week he extended the measures until the year-end and New Year holidays.

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