Coronavirus: Latest global developments

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Individuals queue for a COVID-19 take a look at because the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to unfold in Manhattan, New York. Reuters

PARIS: Listed below are the newest developments within the coronavirus disaster:

– Biden to handle nation –

US President Joe Biden addresses the nation, because the White Home declares plans to distribute 500 million free Covid exams and mobilise army medical personnel if wanted within the face of surging Omicron circumstances.

– Omicron-tweaked photographs? –

There may be “no reply but” on whether or not vaccine makers must adapt their Covid photographs to counter the Omicron variant, Europe’s medicines watchdog chief says.

– New German curbs –

Germany caps non-public New Yr’s Eve events at 10 vaccinated or recovered visitors, and declares a ban on spectators at giant sporting occasions from December 28 to gradual Omicron’s unfold.

– UK help bundle –

Britain launches a £1.zero billion ($1.three billion, 1.2 billion euro) help bundle to assist UK companies hardest hit by the Omicron variant over Christmas.

– Israel bans journey from US –

Israel’s parliament bans journey from the USA, including it to a blacklist of 50 international locations now off limits because it tries to include the Omicron variant.

– WHO approves Novavax –

The World Well being Group (WHO) approves the Covid vaccine made by US pharma large Novavax for emergency use, a day after the European Union gave it the inexperienced gentle.

– Omicron dominant in Denmark –

The extremely transmissible Omicron variant is now dominant in Denmark, its well being minister says.

And it accounts for one fifth of circumstances in France, the federal government spokesman says.

– Nigeria circumstances rocket –

Nigeria says Covid circumstances have shot up by 500 p.c over the previous two weeks, because it enters a fourth wave of the coronavirus.

– Sweden adopts measures –

Sweden declares a slew of measures, together with an expanded use of vaccine certificates, as Covid circumstances mount.

– Romanians protest move –

As much as 2,000 Romanians protest in entrance of the parliament towards a proposed office Covid-19 inexperienced move.

– Hogmanay avenue occasion off –

Edinburgh’s New Yr’s Eve avenue occasion is cancelled resulting from surging Covid circumstances, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declares.

– Africa Cup of Nations on –

The Africa Cup of Nations will go forward as deliberate in Cameroon subsequent month, African soccer chief Patrice Motsepe confirms, dispelling rumours that it may once more fall sufferer to the Covid-19 pandemic.

– Greater than 5.three million lifeless –

The coronavirus has killed at the very least 5,359,858 individuals for the reason that outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, in keeping with a tally Tuesday from official sources compiled by AFP.

The USA has suffered essentially the most Covid-related deaths with 807,952, adopted by Brazil with 617,873, India with 478,007 and Russia with 299,249.

Considering extra mortality linked to Covid-19, the World Well being Group estimates the general loss of life toll might be two to a few occasions greater.