austria general confinement will end on December 11 for those who have been vaccinated, according to the Minister of Health Wolfgang mückstein said Monday evening, but will continue for those who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
The president of intensive care physicians, Walter Hasibeder, expects it to be another week before the number of Covid patients in intensive care units begins to decline.
But the situation would remain critical until only 10% of intensive care spaces are occupied by Covid patients, Hasibeder said. Currently that figure is 30%.
Austria recorded 4,625 new infections and 48 deaths from the virus on Monday. Another 15 suspected cases of Omicron were also reported in Vienna on Monday, the newspaper Der Standard reported.
Brazil recorded 4,385 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, along with 108 other virus-related deaths, the health ministry said on Monday.
The South American country has now recorded 22,147,476 cases since the start of the pandemic, while the official death toll has risen to 615,744, according to ministry data, in the world’s third worst outbreak outside of we and India and his second deadliest.
With 65% of the population fully vaccinated, the 14-day moving average of Covid deaths has fallen to 211 per day, from a toll of nearly 3,000 per day at the height of the pandemic in April, Reuters reports.
Health care disruptions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the deaths of 69,000 more people in 2020 than the previous year, but the worst-case scenario was averted, the World Organization said on Monday. health.
In total, more than 627,000 people worldwide – mostly babies in the poorest parts of the world. Africa – were killed by malaria last year, up from 558,000 in 2019, the WHO said in its annual report on malaria. This number is much higher than the 224,000 people declared dead from Covid in Africa since the start of the pandemic.
About two-thirds of the additional malaria deaths in 2020 were due to coronavirus restrictions disrupting the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria, the WHO said.
But efforts to maintain health services in the face of the challenges have meant that sub-Saharan Africa has not seen the doubling of malaria deaths in 2020, which the WHO warned was a possibility, reports Reuters.
Instead, the number of deaths in the region rose 12% from 2019, according to WHO data.
Pedro alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Program, said:
Through urgent and relentless efforts, we can say that the world has successfully averted the worst-case scenario of death from malaria.
Experts hope the fight against malaria could gain traction following WHO’s recommendation in October that RTS, S or Mosquirix – a vaccine developed by UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline – should be given widely to children in Africa. .
the we The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) urged Americans to avoid traveling to France, Portugal, Tanzania and Jordan after their Covid-19 risk level was raised to “very high”.
The four countries were added to a list now comprising 83 countries around the world in which Americans are advised to avoid travel.
As of today, all air travelers, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, must show a negative pre-departure Covid-19 test taken the day before boarding to the United States, after the CDC shortened the timeframe for the required tests for all internationals. air travelers last week.
Old UK Prime Minister Therese May urged the government to find ways for people to learn to ‘live with Covid’ rather than responding to new variants by ‘shutting down and restarting sectors of our economy’.
May and other prominent Conservative MPs questioned the government’s response to the Omicron variant in the House of Commons on Monday.
The first indications of Omicron are that it is more transmissible but potentially leads to less serious disease than other variants.
I understand this would be the normal progression of a virus. Variants will continue to appear year after year.
When will the government accept that learning to live with the Covid, which we will all have to do, means that we will almost certainly have an annual vaccine and that we will not be able to respond to new variants by stopping and restarting? sectors of our economy that lead to businesses going bankrupt and jobs being lost?
former conservative minister Therese Villiers criticized the government’s decision to impose “costly new requirements” for international travel, while the former transport secretary Chris Grayling urged the health secretary Sajid Javid “Deal with the more conservative elements of the scientific community, do the right thing and keep the restrictions as minimal as possible”.
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- The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is now circulating in the community in the UK, according to Health Secretary Sajid Javid. He told MPs that “several parts of England” were seeing cases unrelated to international travel. But he added that none of the 336 people with a confirmed case of Omicron had been admitted to hospital.
- New Covid restrictions are due to be introduced in Norway after a recent rise in infections, the country’s health minister said. “These measures will be felt in our daily lives,” said Ingvild Kjerkol, adding that the new measures had become necessary due to an increase in infections and the uncertainty of the potential impact of Omicron.
- All private employers in New York City will have to force Covid-19 vaccinations on their workers, city mayor Bill de Blasio said. The vaccination mandate for private companies will go into effect on December 27. De Blasio also announced an extension of the city’s Covid passports to all people over the age of five.
- A broad vaccination mandate must be imposed in the Czech Republicc, with caregivers, nurses, doctors, police and soldiers, and anyone over the age of 60 who should be ordered to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. “Other countries are taking this route,” said Health Minister Adam Vojtech. “This is a trend that will prevail across Europe.”
- A vaccination mandate for public sector workers in Slovenia has been declared unconstitutional by the country’s highest court. “Such a condition is comparable to compulsory vaccination, which first requires a modification of the law on infectious diseases,” said the Constitutional Court of the mandate, which the government wanted to impose on October 1.
- A new package of pandemic restrictions will be imposed on Poland this week, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. “Tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow at the latest, we will present a second (package) related to the Christmas situation and in reaction to the Omicron mutation of the virus,” Morawiecki said. Vaccination mandates would be included, he said.
- An epidemiologist who has been an important voice of caution in the management of the Covid pandemic has been appointed Minister of Health in Germany. Olaf Scholz, who is to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor, has chosen Karl Lauterbach for this closely watched appointment, according to the American news agency Associated Press.
- Croatia, Nepal, Russia and Argentina were among the countries that reported their first cases of Omicron. In Thailand, a health official said on Monday that the country’s first suspected case of the new variant had been detected, but authorities would refuse to confirm until further test results. The variant has also been found in at least 16 US states.
- Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Sarafa Tunji Isola called the travel ban between the two countries “travel apartheid”. “We are not facing an endemic situation, we are facing a pandemic situation, and what is expected is a comprehensive, non-selective approach, ”Isola said. “Omicron is classified as a mild variant – no hospitalization, no death.”
- South Africa prepares hospitals for new admissions, as Omicron variant pushes country into fourth wave of Covid-19 infectionsPresident Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement on Monday. Ramaphosa said Omicron appeared to dominate new infections in most provinces and urged more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
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