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Over 5,000 flights worldwide discarded on Christmas weekend – latest updates

Covid-19 infected more than 279 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.4 million people. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

The airline continued to cancel hundreds of flights as holiday celebrations were interrupted during one of the busiest travel times of the year due to staffing issues related to Covid-19. (Reuters)

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Flight cancellations are prolonged due to lack of airline personnel

According to the tracking website, at least 5,700 flights worldwide were canceled and thousands more were delayed during the long Christmas weekend.

According to Flightaware.com, more than 2,500 flights were scrubbed around the world on Christmas Day, of which more than 870 flew to and from US airports with a delay of about 4,200 at 1430 GMT.

There were about 2,400 cancellations and 11,000 delays on Friday, but Sunday cancellations are already over 800.

Portugal says Omicron is predominant and infections are on the rise

In Portugal, more than 10,000 cases are registered daily on Saturday, making Omicron the predominant strain, the national health agency said.

Portugal, one of the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the world, has begun vaccination of children over the age of five.

Portugal recorded 10 deaths and 10,016 cases, slightly less than Friday when 11 deaths and 12,943 cases were reported.

Three members of K-POP group BTS are positive in the test

Three members of the K-POP superstar group BTS were infected with Covid-19 after returning from abroad, their management agency said.

RM and Jin were diagnosed Saturday night, the Bighit Music Agency said in a statement. Earlier, another member, Suga, said he tested positive for the virus on Friday.

According to the agency, all three had their second jab in August.

India giving booster shots to healthcare professionals

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will begin administering booster shots to healthcare workers and frontline workers from January 10.

He also said in a speech to the country that people between the ages of 15 and 18 would begin vaccination from January 3.

Kenya launches booster shot

Kenya plans to provide booster shots to individuals six months after the first shot, and the Ministry of Health says the day after the country recorded the highest positive rate.

Kenya said last month that it would require access to public spaces and proof of vaccinations for transportation from December 21st.

This move encountered a combination of fun, dismissal, and occasional spot enforcement given the country’s low vaccination rates.

Thailand reports the first Omicron variant cluster

Thailand reported the first domestic Omicron variant cluster in Kalasin.

“There are 21 new infections from the characiform cluster,” said Apisamai Srirangsan, a spokesman for the Coronavirus Task Force.

According to Sri Lansan, the infection originated from a couple traveling from Belgium through a country’s Test & Go scheme that exempts arriving vaccinated from certain countries.

387 additional deaths seen in India

According to official data, India has reported 7,189 new Covid-19 cases with 387 additional deaths in the last 24 hours.

Mexico’s total death toll reaches 298,670

According to health ministry data, another 162 coronavirus deaths and 3,520 new confirmed cases were recorded in Mexico, bringing the total death toll to 298,670 and 3,947,284.

Xian, China reports an increase in infectious diseases

Xi’An in northwestern China has reported an increase in daily Covid-19 infections, and local businesses curtailed activity when China’s latest Covid hotspot entered the third day of the blockade.

According to official data, 13 million cities detected 75 confirmed cases of domestic infection, with the highest number of days of the year, reversing the decline from the previous day.

In a city in the south of Shenzhen, five passengers arriving on Wednesday on a flight from Los Angeles tested positive for the coronavirus, and three were confirmed to be infected with Omicron in December.

Russia reports an additional 981 deaths

Russia reported an additional 981 deaths from Covid-19, the lowest increase in daily deaths since October 12. The Federal Anti-Coronavirus Crisis Center said.

On Friday, 998 deaths were reported. According to statistics, the relative case fatality rate is 2.92 percent.

In the last 24 hours, 24,946 new cases of Covid infection have been registered in Russia, bringing the total number of cases to 10,368,299.

Top 6,000 Daily Cases in Australian State

For the first time, more than 6,000 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Australia’s most populous state, adding a solemn note to the Christmas celebration.

In New South Wales, 6,288 new infections have been reported in the last 24 hours. This is an increase of 676 from the previous day, which is by far the highest number in any Australian state since the pandemic began.

The number of Covid-19 patients in the state increased by 6 to 388, with 52 in the intensive care unit.

No deaths have been reported, and the number of people who received at least one vaccination reached 95 percent.

Turkovac will be available to everyone

Turkiye provides all humankind with Turkovac, a domestically developed coronavirus vaccine.

“Turkey has become one of the nine countries that can produce the Covid-19 vaccine. After testing and confirming both the efficacy and safety of the vaccine, we made it available to humankind,” Leh said. President Jep Typ Erdogan said.

Prime Minister Erdogan emphasized that the study in which the Turkish vaccine was carried out proved its protective effect, saying that the Turkish people would first make Turkish Kak available and then share it with countries where Turkish vaccines are difficult to obtain. Stated.

No Omicron, no New Zealand Christmas restrictions

The New Zealanders celebrated Christmas with almost unlimited midsummer warmth in one of the few countries in the world where the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was barely touched.

95% of New Zealand’s adults have been vaccinated at least once, making it one of the most vaccinated populations in the world. The only case of Omicron found in New Zealand is safely contained at the border.

Border control has kept the worst virus away, and by Christmas this year New Zealand had a population of 5.5 million and 50 deaths.

U.S. Navy ship crossing Covid to Guantanamo Bay

The Navy said the U.S. Navy’s warships had suspended their deployment in South America due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee is staying at the port of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which was moored for a planned port call.

The Navy said in a statement that more than 100 of the ship’s crew were “100% immunized,” and that anyone who tested positive for Covid-19 went to the ship away from the other crew. He said he was quarantined. The number of crew members who tested positive was not disclosed.

Brazil reports 164 deaths and 4,164 cases

According to data released by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, Brazil has enrolled 164 Covid-19 deaths and 4,164 additional cases.

South America is the world’s second-largest country in total colonavirus deaths, but new deaths and cases have occurred in recent months.

Brazil currently enrolls a total of 618,392 Covid-19 deaths and more than 22.2 million confirmed cases.

China enrolls 140 Covid cases, killing 0

China reported 140 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus on December 24, according to Chinese health officials. This is an increase from 87 cases the day before.

According to a statement from the National Health Commission, 87 of the new infections were locally transmitted, compared to 55 the day before. Most of the new local cases occurred in the northwestern part of Shaanxi Province.

China reported 24 new asymptomatic cases, which were classified separately from the confirmed cases and decreased from 26 the previous day.

There were no new deaths, with 4,636 deaths. In mainland China, there were 100,871 confirmed cases as of December 24.

US approves Roche’s 20-minute Covid test

According to Roche, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the Covid-19 Rapid Home Test for people up to the age of 14.

Pharmaceutical company To tell Users can get results within 20 minutes for all concerns, including Omicron.

Roche said the product will be available in the US market from January.

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