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UK Covid prevalence reaches 1 in 45 – latest update

Covid-19 infected more than 277 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.3 million people. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

Analysis suggests that Omicron is now likely to be the major subspecies prevalent in the United Kingdom. (Reuters)

Thursday, December 23, 2021

As Omicron spreads, the prevalence of Covid in England reaches new heights

Approximately 1.2 million people could have been infected with Covid-19 in the UK last week, one in 45 in the population, setting a new pandemic record as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly. increase.

According to National Bureau of Statistics statistics, London suffered the worst of 1 in 30 people estimated to have been infected with the coronavirus last week.

Analysis suggests that Omicron is now likely to be the major subspecies prevalent in the United Kingdom.

Modeling from ONS showed that as of December 16, Omicron was already consistent with existing delta variants in terms of the proportion of positive cases in the United Kingdom.

According to government data, the rapid spread of Omicron has led to a surge in the number of cases over the past seven days, for a total increase of 643,219, or 59%.

Lufthansa is centered around 10% of this winter’s flights for Omicron

Lufthansa, the German domestic airline, will reduce its winter flight plans by “about 10 percent” as the spread of Omicron variants contributes to travel uncertainty, said CEO Karsten Shupoul.

In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeineson Tagszeitung, “reservations dropped significantly from mid-January to February,” and airlines cancel “33,000 or about 10%” of this winter’s flights. He said it was decided.

Denmark demands negative virus test

Denmark has announced that foreigners wishing to enter the country must provide a negative Covid-19 test, regardless of vaccination status.

This requirement comes into force on 27 December, following similar announcements from neighboring Scandinavian countries Sweden and Finland earlier this week.

Under the new rules, all non-citizens and non-residents wishing to enter the country will be required to present a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours. The Ministry of Health of Denmark said. statement.

Exemptions from the new requirements are those who can prove that they have recovered from Covid-19, their children, and those who live in border areas.

U.S. regulators approve Merck’s Covid pills

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Merck’s Covid tablets for high-risk adults the day after a similar tablet by Pfizer was given a green light.

“Today’s approval offers additional treatment options for the Covid-19 virus in the form of orally ingestible tablets,” said FDA scientist Patrizia Cavazzoni.

Kuwait requires a third vaccine for citizens wishing to travel

Kuwait’s Civil Aviation Authority, which was vaccinated more than nine months ago, has mandated a third Covid-19 vaccination for citizens wishing to travel abroad, state news agency KUNA reported.

Moroccan government expands health emergencies

The Moroccan government has extended its national state of emergency until January 31, the country’s state news agency reported.

Italy is trying to tighten curbs to control infection

The Prime Minister’s Office said the Italian government will tighten regulations to curb the surge in Covid-19 infections, including re-mandatory wearing masks outdoors.

Among other measures that appear to be approved when the Cabinet meets later in the day, the Covid-19 Health Certificate, which provides access to various locations and services, is valid for 9 months to 6 months. May be shortened to months.

Italy is also considering closing discos and clubs until New Year’s Eve, the statement said.

Russia’s coronavirus kills more than 600,000

The death toll from the Russian coronavirus has exceeded 600,000. Reuters calculations based on official data show that after a surge in infections associated with the delta type.

Russia has the third highest death toll in the world, with 600,434 deaths. This is second only to the United States, which recorded about 813,000 deaths, and Brazil, which has 618,000 deaths.

Omicron variants, which are rapidly becoming widespread in other countries, have so far had little impact on Russian data. Authorities said only 41 cases were detected this week.

South African health regulator approves J & J booster

South African health regulators have approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for second vaccination or booster immunization, paving the way for South Africa’s widely used shots to strengthen defenses against Omicron variants. rice field.

The country already announced in December that it was preparing to provide people with both Pfizer and J & J shot booster doses, but did not specify when J & J boosters would be available.

The South African Health Products Authority said in a statement Thursday that a second vaccination or addition at least two months after the completion of the first vaccination of a person using either J & J’s single vaccination course or another approved mRNA. COVID19 vaccine said it approved J & J shots for use as immunity.

Xian residents hunt down for blockade of the city

As China pushes for a zero-covid strategy ahead of the Winter Olympics, Xi’An residents have undergone critical tests on blockades, adaptation to homeschooling, and cancellation of family reunions, and Xian residents have nearly completely closed the city to curb minor outbreaks. Withstands.

The city was transformed as all 13 million inhabitants were ordered to stay at home. The streets were emptied, people lined up at the Covid-19 test station, and authorities blocked the apartment grounds.

The historic old capital, which was popular with foreign tourists before the pandemic, was quickly closed after more than 200 Covid cases were detected this month.

South Korea marks the worst day of the pandemic

South Korea has set a new record for Covid-19 deaths as authorities warned that a highly infectious variant of Omicron could soon prevail.

In recent weeks, South Korea has been working on a surge in infections and deaths after a significant deregulation in early November as part of its efforts to return to pre-pandemic normal conditions.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said 109 people have died in the last 24 hours and the total number of pandemic deaths has increased to 5,015. The number of patients in critical or critical condition also reached a high of 1,083, he said.

UK data show low hospitalization rates for Omicron

Two studies in the United Kingdom have shown that Covid infection with Omicron is less likely to lead to hospitalization than the delta variant. The latest research confirms the first trends identified in South Africa.

Preliminary studies from Scotland and the United Kingdom were carefully welcomed by experts, but nonetheless, the benefits of milder results could be counteracted by the increased infectivity of new strains, which is even more overall. He emphasized that it can lead to severe cases.

Jim McMenamin, co-author of the Scottish study, told reporters, “This is qualifying because it is an early observation, statistically significant, and shows a low risk of hospitalization. That’s good news. ” call.

The Scottish paper investigated Covid’s cases recorded in November and December and grouped them by those caused by Delta and those caused by Omicron.

Australia reports a significant surge in Covid cases

Australia reported a large surge in coronavirus infection the day after Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused a mask order to block or slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

In the most populous state, New South Wales, 3,763 to 5,715 new cases were recorded, nearly the same as recorded across Australia on Wednesday.

New South Wales also reported one death.

Hospitals in New South Wales increased from 302 to 347 the day before, and intensive care units increased from 40 to 45. It also surged in Victoria, killing 2,005 new infections and 10 deaths on Thursday.

U.S. Court on Biden’s Vaccine Obligation Case

The US Supreme Court has agreed to address the dispute over the Biden administration’s obligations to large Covid-19 companies for national vaccines or tests and separate vaccine requirements for healthcare professionals.

According to a brief court order, the court heard oral arguments in two cases on January 7, and the decisions are likely to follow in short order.

Friday’s Court of Appeals disagrees with policies that allow 80 million American workers to enter into workplace obligations and require businesses, states, and other groups to block it from the Supreme Court. I chanted.

Another case concerns whether the government can require federally funded Medicare and Medicaid patient care workers to receive shots while the lawsuit continues.

Venezuela reports seven more cases

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said seven cases of Omicron variants of the coronavirus were detected in South American countries.

Maduro said on state television that all cases occurred in people who traveled from other countries such as Panama, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Turkey and tested positive at the airport.

Maduro added that the government wants to vaccinate 90% of Venezuela’s population by the end of the year and start boosting in the first week of January.

US approves Pfizer Covid pills

The U.S. Approves Pfizer’s Anticovid Pill to High-Risk People Over 12 Years Old As Americans Struggle to Find Tests Due to a Rapid Increase in Cases Caused by Infectious Omicron Subspecies Threatening Vacation Plans Did.

Paxrovid, which consists of two tablets, was granted an emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration after clinical trials showed that it reduced the risk of hospitalization and death for people at risk by 88%.

Whitehouse Covid coordinator Jeff Seienz told reporters that the United States will spend $ 5.3 billion on 10 million courses, the first 265,000 courses offered in January 2022, and the rest late summer. Said it will be offered by.

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