Coronavirus: Latest global developments

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A 3rd dose of the BioNtech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine could also be needed to remain protected in opposition to the Omicron variant. AFP 

PARIS: Listed here are the most recent developments within the coronavirus disaster:

– Omicron spreading at ‘unprecedented fee’ –

The World Well being Group (WHO) warns that the brand new coronavirus variant Omicron is spreading “at a fee we now have not seen with any earlier variant” and is probably going already current in most international locations.

– Covid tablet outcomes ‘optimistic’ –

Pfizer says that medical trials have confirmed that its Covid tablet, a brand new kind of antiviral remedy that ought to stand up to the mutations seen with Omicron, minimize hospitalisations and deaths amongst at-risk folks by virtually 90 p.c.

– Dutch tighten Covid measures –

The Netherlands will shut major colleges subsequent week and lengthen a night-time lockdown till January 14 as fears develop over the Omicron coronavirus variant, says Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

– Surge in Africa instances, however fewer deaths –

Africa has recorded a large rise in Covid instances over the previous week, however the variety of deaths is decrease than with earlier waves, says the World Well being Group.

– UK Africa journey ban lifted –

The UK is to drop 11 African international locations, together with South Africa, from its “purple listing” barring incoming journey, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says.

– Greater than 1,000 day by day instances in Denmark –

Denmark data for the primary time greater than 1,000 day by day instances of the brand new Omicron variant, which the well being authorities count on to grow to be the dominant pressure in Copenhagen this week.

– Pandemic impacts starvation –

Financial downturns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated the chief causes of starvation, which has worsened considerably in Africa, affecting 282 million in 2020, based on a brand new UN report.

– Johnson fights backlash –

The British authorities insists the nation is in a race to stop the Omicron variant spiralling uncontrolled, because it urges its personal MPs to not insurgent in opposition to new coronavirus restrictions at votes on Tuesday.

– Premier League will increase testing –

Premier League gamers and workers should take a lateral move take a look at each time they enter their soccer membership’s coaching floor as a part of strict new measures to curb the specter of the coronavirus.

– Pregnancies disrupted –

Covid 19 usually disrupts pregnancies, main particularly to extra untimely births, based on a research made obtainable by Paris hospitals (APHP).

– Over 5.three million lifeless –

The coronavirus has killed not less than 5,313,726 folks for the reason that outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, based on a tally from official sources compiled by AFP Tuesday at 1800 GMT.

The international locations with the worst per capita demise charges over the previous week are Hungary with 13.18 per 100,000 folks, adopted by Trinidad and Tobago (10.58) and Bulgaria (9.84), adopted carefully by Croatia and Slovakia.

However the greatest jumps in new instances are in southern Africa — the place Omicron was first noticed — with a 425 p.c rise in Lesotho, 346 p.c in Eswatini (previously Swaziland), 327 p.c in Namibia and a 312 p.c enhance in Zimbabwe.

Taking into consideration extra mortality linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates the general demise toll might be two to a few instances increased.