Coronavirus: Latest global developments

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A healthcare employee decorates a Christmas tree on the Lions Membership of Calcutta Kankurgachhi Netralaya & Analysis Institute in Kolkata. File picture

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

– Pandemic Christmas 2 –

The world rings in a second pandemic Christmas — and a 3rd for the reason that first outbreak in China — because the fast-spreading Omicron virus brings the prospect of but extra Covid restrictions.

– 1000’s of flights cancelled –

At the very least 5,700 flights have been cancelled worldwide over the lengthy Christmas weekend and 1000’s extra are delayed, monitoring web site Flightaware.com says.

– Pope prays for vaccines –

Pope Francis in his Christmas Day blessing prays for God “to make sure that mandatory medical care — and vaccines specifically — are offered to these peoples who want them most”.

– France tops 100,000 day by day instances –

France notches up document constructive instances for the third day in a row, with greater than 100,000 constructive instances of Covid-19 in 24 hours.

– Vaccines for Christmas within the UK –

England presses forward with its Covid-19 immunisation marketing campaign, within the race to inoculate as many individuals doable whereas the variety of instances of the Omicron coronavirus variant soars.

– Portugal says Omicron dominant –

Omicron has turn into the dominant pressure of coronavirus in Portugal, with greater than 10,000 day by day Covid-19 instances Saturday.

– China coronavirus instances surge –

China studies its highest variety of new coronavirus instances in 4 months as officers rush to comprise outbreaks in a number of areas, together with Xi’an metropolis the place thousands and thousands are nonetheless underneath lockdown.

– Okay-pop stars check constructive –

Three members of Okay-pop sensation BTS check constructive for Covid-19 since getting back from the USA, the place they held their first in-person live shows for the reason that pandemic started.

– Greater than 5.three million lifeless –

The coronavirus has killed not less than 5,392,347 folks for the reason that outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, based on a tally Saturday from official sources compiled by AFP.

Total, the USA has recorded probably the most Covid deaths, with 816,436, adopted by Brazil on 618,392, India on 479,520 and Russia 303,250.

Peru has misplaced the most individuals to the virus relative to its inhabitants, adopted by Hungary and Bosnia.

Report numbers of recent infections for the reason that begin of the pandemic have been handed this week to date within the UK, Denmark, Spain, France, Canada, Finland, Australia, Kenya, Malta, South Sudan, Iceland and Monaco.

Bearing in mind extra mortality linked to Covid-19, the World Well being Group estimates the general demise toll might be two to a few instances larger.