SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has damaged its each day file for coronavirus infections for a second straight day, with greater than 5,200 new circumstances.
The fast delta-driven unfold comes amid the emergence of the new omicron variant. Much stays unknown about omicron, together with whether or not it’s extra contagious, as some well being authorities suspect, whether or not it makes individuals extra critically unwell, and whether or not it might probably thwart vaccines.
South Korea confirmed its first 5 omicron circumstances Wednesday night time linked to arrivals from Nigeria, prompting the federal government to tighten its border controls.
The nation would require all passengers arriving from overseas over the subsequent two weeks to quarantine for not less than 10 days, no matter their nationality or vaccination standing.
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Health consultants have known as for the federal government to reimpose strict social distancing guidelines that have been eased in November to enhance the financial system, elevating issues that hospital techniques might turn into overwhelmed.
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— Biden launching new winter COVID-19 booster, testing marketing campaign
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING TODAY:
BUDAPEST, Hungary – The variety of each day COVID-19 deaths in Hungary has reached a excessive not seen since a devastating wave final spring, with 218 reported Thursday.
Hungary now has the best variety of each day deaths per million inhabitants on this planet, in accordance with information from Johns Hopkins University, with 17.7 deaths per million within the nation of fewer than 10 million individuals.
Just underneath 60% of Hungary’s whole inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated, beneath the European Union common of 66.2%.
As most of the Central European nation’s neighbors have instituted lockdowns, nighttime curfews and different measures, Hungary’s authorities has opted to maintain its financial system open.
Despite a mass vaccination drive that started final week, a surge in new circumstances has continued and the variety of each day deaths reached the best since April 16.
MILAN – Italy’s drug company has permitted using the Pfizer vaccine for youngsters aged between 5-11.
The choice Thursday got here lower than every week after the European Union drug regulator mentioned it was secure to make use of the jab for youngsters.
Italian officers mentioned youngsters will probably be administered one-third of the dose licensed for adults and adolescents, in two doses at a distance of three weeks, starting Dec. 15.
In Italy, 77% of the overall inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated and officers are urging the eligible inhabitants to get a booster shot.
LONDON – Britain has ordered an extra 114 million doses of coronavirus vaccines because it ramps up a marketing campaign to offer all adults a booster shot.
Health officers hope the elevated safety will assist hold the new and doubtlessly extra transmissible omicron variant at bay, even when it proves extra proof against vaccines than different strains.
The authorities says 60 million Moderna doses and 54 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will probably be delivered in 2022 and 2023 — an indication authorities assume additional booster pictures could also be required.
The World Health Organization has criticized rich international locations for stockpiling vaccines when many countries have obtained few or none.
Britain says it would give 100 million doses of vaccine to creating nations by mid-2022, however most of them haven’t but been delivered.
ATHENS, Greece — Greek lawmakers have permitted laws making vaccination for COVID-19 obligatory for all individuals aged over 60 residing within the nation on ache of a month-to-month effective, to take care of an an infection surge and the emergence of the omicron variant.
The draft regulation backed Wednesday by the center-right authorities and a center-left opposition occasion — however rejected by all different opposition events — targets the nation’s age group that’s most weak to dying or intubation from the coronavirus.
Some 17% of Greeks aged over 60 haven’t but been vaccinated. They have till Jan. 16 to get their first jabs, or will probably be fined 100 euros ($113) for each month they continue to be unvaccinated.
Parties that opposed the measure mentioned it was too harsh on low-income individuals who don’t need to be inoculated.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa hospitalizations from the coronavirus have reached a excessive for this 12 months with 721 individuals being handled in hospitals.
The final time hospitalizations reached that stage was mid-December of 2020 when the state was coming down from the historic peak of COVID-19 exercise in November.
Hospitalizations peaked at greater than 1,500 sufferers in mid-November 2020. Iowa Department of Public Health information launched Wednesday signifies 10 youngsters age 11 or youthful are within the hospital. All are unvaccinated.
An extra unvaccinated little one between ages 12 and 17 is hospitalized. The state additionally confirmed 91 extra deaths previously week, with some courting again to mid-September. Iowa officers report a complete of seven,445 COVID-19 deaths.
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s new circumstances of COVID-19 almost doubled in a day, authorities reported Wednesday, signaling a dramatic surge within the nation the place scientists detected the omicron variant final week.
New confirmed circumstances rose to eight,561 Wednesday from 4,373 a day earlier, in accordance with official statistics.
Scientists in South Africa mentioned they’re bracing for a fast enhance in COVID-19 circumstances following the invention of the new omicron variant.
“There is a chance that we’re going to see an enormous enhance in variety of circumstances being recognized in South Africa,” Dr. Nicksy Gumede-Moeletsi, regional virologist for the World Health Organization, advised The Associated Press.
The omicron variant has been detected in 5 of South Africa’s 9 provinces and accounted for 74% of the virus genomes sequenced in November, the nation’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases introduced Wednesday.
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