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Omicron Violates Hong Kong’s Strict Restrictions – Latest Update

Covid-19 infected more than 286 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.4 million people. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

The findings pose the risk that global financial hubs may continue to close their borders tightly until 2022. (AP)

Friday, December 31, 2021

Hong Kong says Omicron violates its strict limits

Omicron variants of the coronavirus have passed some of the world’s most stringent Covid-19 restrictions in Hong Kong, and the city has reported the first case outside a strict quarantine system, health officials said.

The findings pose the risk that global financial hubs may continue to close their borders tightly until 2022.

It is largely isolated from the world that wants to open the border with mainland China for a limited number of business travelers.

The Philippines is on the alert as infectious diseases hit a two-month high

The Philippines during the New Year, with concerns that the highly contagious Omicron variant of the virus could spread as infections in Southeast Asian countries reached a two-month high, Covid-19 I warned against the increase in cases.

The Ministry of Health recorded 2,961 new coronavirus infections and reported a positive rate of 10.3%, twice the 5% recommended by the World Health Organization.

Israel begins fourth vaccination

Israel has begun a fourth vaccination of those most vulnerable to the coronavirus, making it one of the first countries to prepare for the wave of infection caused by the Omicron mutant.

Israel, which led the world-wide vaccination program in 2020, will give a fourth vaccination to individuals with weakened immunity and the elderly and employees in long-term care facilities.

A surge in new viral infections caused by Omicron in Australia

In Australia, new coronavirus infections surged again to a record of over 32,000 in just a few days after the first over 10,000.

Experts say the explosion was caused by a highly contagious variant of Omicron and recent deregulation in Sydney and elsewhere.

Over 15,000 new cases have been reported in Sydney. An additional 5,000 cases originated elsewhere in New South Wales, with approximately 6,000 confirmed in Melbourne’s second largest city, Victoria.

India’s Serum Institute seeks approval for Covishield vaccine

The Serum Institute of India has applied to the country’s drug regulatory authorities and the Ministry of Health for full approval of its Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield.

The Serum Institute, which manufactures the AstraZeneca vaccine under the Covishield brand name, has given more than 1.25 billion injections in India.

The Serum Institute, the world’s largest vaccine maker, was approved for emergency use of Covishield in India earlier this year.

More than 1 in 100 people in Spain are Covid positive

Last week, more than one in 100 Spanish residents was positive for coronavirus, according to health ministry data.

This unprecedented number is due to the fact that about 162,000 people were tested positive each day, breaking the previous record of about 101,000.

Pressure in the hospital continues to rise, with Covid-19 patients now occupying 9% of all beds and 19% of the intensive care unit.

France reports more than 200,000 cases for two consecutive days

France has reported more than 200,000 Covid-19 infections for the second consecutive day, according to data released by public health officials.

The data show that 206,243 cases have been enrolled in the last 24 hours. There were 208,099 infections recorded the day before, which set a new record for the most detected of the day in European countries.

According to authorities, an unprecedented number of daily cases are due to an extraordinary amount of testing performed for Christmas festivals and New Year celebrations.

UK sets another record for Covid case count

The United Kingdom reported a new record of 189,213 cases of Covid-19.

This brings the total number of confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic to over 12.7 million.

Local media reported that the delay in reporting numbers during the festival could have at least slightly increased the total for the day.

US CDC warns against cruising regardless of vaccination status

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns people not to take a cruise, regardless of vaccination status, due to an outbreak on board caused by a variant of Omicron.

The CDC stated that more than 90 cruise ships have been investigated or monitored as a result of the Covid-19 case. Authorities did not disclose the number of infections.

Mexico’s Covid-19 deaths reach 299,285

Mexico has reported 153 confirmed deaths by Covid-19 since the pandemic began at 299,285, resulting in official deaths in the country.

In addition, 8,024 new cases were reported, for a total of 3,969,686 cases.

Mexico has previously stated that real numbers are likely to be quite high.

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