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COVID-19 updates around the world
As COVID-19 claim lives and affects the economy, various countries found different ways to cope with the situation. Get a closer look at the latest world news related to COVID-19 here:
India began administering booster shots
On January 10, 2022, India started its campaign on giving booster shots to its frontline workers and elderly people. This was a move done by the government due to the fast-spreading of the Omicron variant which resulted in around an eight-fold rise of daily infections in the country.
As per local reports, India is noted to have 179,723 new positive cases on January 10 and it was often found in the nation’s biggest cities including Delhi and Mumbai. Omicron has now overtaken the previous variant, Delta, and become a concerning issue in the country. As for mortality rates, 146 deaths were reported on the same day which adds to the total 483,936 since COVID-19 struck India in the early months of 2020.
Recently, many healthcare and frontline workers have been tested positive for COVID-19. In turn, the government reminded everyone to take their booster shots. Compared to other countries, India is not using other vaccines apart from Covaxin and Covishield.
It is noted that only healthcare staff, frontline workers and people above 60 years old who have other health conditions are allowed to take the booster doses or also called the ‘precaution dose’ by the national government. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted, ‘The government is committed to providing additional security cover to healthcare and frontline workers on priority’.
Amidst the increase of daily infections, five states of India will still hold their elections on February 10, 2022. However, local authorities have banned any political party rallies until the middle of January.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US reaches an all-time high
Last January 10, the United States reached its highest record of COVID-19 hospitalizations according to the data from Reuters. This surge of infections is caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant which overtook the previously dominant variant, Delta, in the nation.
According to the found data, 132,646 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus which surpassed the January 2021 number of 132,051. The most affected states include Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC among others.
Although the effect of the Omicron variant is less severe according to the health officials, they still warned everyone that the increase of these numbers can take a toll on the different hospitals in the country. Some of them have suspended certain procedures as they had a difficult time handling the influx of patients since they are mostly understaffed.
Most European countries push people to get vaccinated
Many European nations are now pushing their unvaccinated citizens to get their doses to mitigate the wildfire spread of the Omicron variant. Italy has announced a vaccination mandate, requiring everyone over the age of 50 to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, in Germany, they are still deciding if they will push through with a universal vaccination mandate. According to the local authorities, they will make a final decision by March of 2022.
On another hand, Austria plans to tighten their current protocols by not allowing unvaccinated individuals to enter various public venues. British Prime Minister Boris Johson said that he wanted vaccinations to be voluntary but he frowned upon the anti-vaccine campaigns spreading all over social media.
In France, the Omicron variant has resulted in lots of cases in the country even if more than 90% of the population have received at least two doses of the vaccine. As a result, France’s lower house on January 6, 2022, came up with stricter measures for getting passes in going to bars, restaurants, cinemas and other indoor public spaces. If this protocol is approved by the upper house, people will no longer need a negative coronavirus test to go in public spaces. Instead, all they need to do is show proof that they are fully vaccinated.
South Africa concluded its fourth wave of infections with few deaths
In an announcement last January 6, the South African government said that the country has passed its Omicron peak without any major spike in death toll as per their health department’s data. These results give hope to other nations who are currently undergoing the issues related to the new variant.
According to a member from the South African Medical Research Council Fareed Abdullah, ‘The speed with which the Omicron-driven fourth wave rose, peaked and then declined has been staggering’. He then added, ‘Peak in four weeks and precipitous decline in another two. This Omicron wave is over in the city of Tshwane. It was a flash flood more than a wave’. Based on their findings, the number of deaths because of the virus was small and it was referred to as ‘marginal’ by officials.
Japan showing signs of a ‘sixth wave’ of infections
In December 2021, Japan was praised for its low COVID-19 cases which surprised many experts around the world. However, after four months of being COVID-free, the country is now facing a sudden rise of new daily cases which spreads at an alarming rate because of the Omicron variant. According to their data, almost 40% of the positive cases are from people who have already been vaccinated.
During the middle of December in 2021, the number of cases in Japan was only less than 200 per day. However, after the New Year season, the rate immediately spiked to over 8,000 nationwide. It’s an estimated 14-fold increase compared to the previous weeks. As a result, many people are concerned that the healthcare system of the country may plummet.
The national government has announced that three of the southern prefectures namely Okinawa, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi will be subjected to a quasi-state of emergency starting from January 9 until the end of the month. Although there was no confirmation yet, the authorities are looking into lessening the business hours in areas where there are a high number of cases.
What’s happening in the sports scene across the globe
Dig deeper into what’s happening in the sports scene across the globe due to the pandemic by looking at the different news highlights below:
Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic wins Australia visa appeal
Despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, famous tennis player Novak Djokovic won an appeal against the decision of refusing him a visa to compete in the Australian Open which starts on January 17, 2022. He is now back in training for the tournament but many are still sceptical about his whereabouts last month when he was tested positive for coronavirus.
When Djokovic arrived in Australia last January 5, he was denied entry. He then brought his case to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia where he mentioned his exemption to the rule. In turn, Judge Anthony Kelly dismissed the visa cancellation and ordered the Australian Government to pay legal costs. He also ordered that the athlete be released from detention.
Djokovic took to Twitter last January 10 about his thoughts about the incident and said, ‘I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete at the Australian Open. I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of amazing fans’. He then added, ‘For now I cannot say more but thank you all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong’.
Sports Authority of India closed its training centres
Last January 10, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) announced that all of its 67 training centres will be closed momentarily because of the high number of cases in the country. In their official statement, they said ‘in view of rising cases of COVID-19, the Sports Authority of India has decided to close the 67 SAI Training Centres (STCs) across the country’.
Additionally, the statement showed that ‘the decision also comes in the wake of directives issued by various states to suspend sporting activities for the safety of athletes. The STCs will be reopened after reviewing the situation in due course of time’.
Based on reports, there are 4,033 cases of the Omicron variant in the country. Maharashtra has the highest number with 1,216 cases while Rajasthan has 529 and Delhi has 513. On the bright side, 1,552 of the infected patients of the new variant have already recovered.
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