Coronavirus digest: Daily cases in Germany reach record levels | News | DW

The number of new coronavirus infections in Germany crossed the 80,000 mark for the first time on Wednesday.

Health authorities have registered 80,430 cases in the past 24 hours, according to figures from the Robert Koch Institute.

The latest infection tally has increased by more than 21,500 from the previous week.

The seven-day incidence rate was 407.5 new infections per 100,000 people.

A total of 384 deaths have also been recorded in the country in the past 24 hours.

German infectious disease expert Leif Erik Sander told DW last week it was “difficult to say” whether new restrictions in the country would curb an increase in infections from the omicron variant of the virus.

“It is evident that the cases are increasing,” he said, adding that it is “important to take measures to reduce the number of infections”.

“This is a new variant that spreads extremely quickly and unfortunately also infects previously infected individuals and vaccinated individuals, at least those who have only received two injections of the vaccine,” Sander said of omicron. “It will be very, very important to monitor the situation very closely, especially in hospitals and other critical infrastructure.”

during this time, Germany has obtained 5 million additional doses of BioNtech-Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to bolster the country’s recall campaign, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach confirmed.

The vaccines were purchased from Romania, which obtained them through the European Union’s vaccine procurement program, but was not used.

Doses will be available from January 24.

Here is a summary of the latest developments on COVID-19 around the world:

Global

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that repeating booster shots of the original COVID-19 vaccines was not a viable strategy for the new variants.

The health organization has called for new injections that offer better protection against transmission.

“A vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable,” said a WHO vaccine advisory group.

Asia

Hong Kong will soon feel the negative effects of the stricter quarantine restrictions on aircrews, with freight traffic and by implication – the supply of goods to the city – are expected to fall, Chief Executive Officer Carrie Lam told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Lam said Hong Kong already had the tightest restrictions on imported infections and it was difficult to tighten them any further.

the Chinese Tianjin City has launched a new round of mass tests on all of its 14 million people after 97 cases of the omicron variant were discovered during the first screenings that began on Sunday.

On Wednesday, residents were ordered to stay where they were until all test results were received, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Indonesia has opened its coronavirus recall campaign to the public as the country sees an increase in infections caused by the omicron variant.

The free injections will be given in priority to the elderly and to residents at risk, but will be available to all those who received their second dose six months previously.

South Korea It gave the go-ahead for the use of the Novavax COVID-19 jab on Wednesday and was preparing to distribute Pfizer’s first oral antiviral drug, as the country turns to additional pharmaceutical tools amid the omicron threat.

At least 21,000 pills from Pfizer, called Paxlovid, will arrive in South Korea on Thursday, with another 10,000 expected to arrive by the end of January, the health ministry said.

The pills will be used in treatments for more than 1,000 people a day from Friday, the ministry added.

Unvaccinated people will not be allowed to use public transport in the area. Philippines capital of Manila, the transportation department said on Wednesday.

People whose medical conditions prevent their complete vaccination will be exempted after production of a medical certificate.

During this time, unvaccinated people who need to purchase essential goods or access essential services may be allowed to use public transport if they have a health pass from their community leaders or ‘further evidence to justify their trip, the department added.

In Japan, Tokyo and Osaka are expected to see an increase in the number of coronavirus cases to 4-month highs.

Infections in Tokyo are expected to climb to 2,000 on Wednesday as the omicron variant takes hold nationwide, the Fuji News Network reported.

In western Osaka prefecture, there could be 1,700 new cases on Wednesday, Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura told media, nearly three times more than the day before.

Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan Wednesday confirmed the first cases of the omicron variant in the Central Asian country.

Americas

the United States is approaching the “threshold” of life with the coronavirus, despite the growing number of cases and record hospitalizations, said Chief Medical Advisor to President Anthony Fauci.

“We are not going to eradicate this virus in any way,” he said Tuesday in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

But “as the omicron rises and falls” the country will hopefully enter a new phase “where there will be enough protection in (the) community, enough medicine available so that when a person is infected and belongs to a high risk group, it will be very easy to treat that person, ”added Fauci.

“When we get there, there is this transition, and we may be on the threshold of that right now,” he said.

Fauci also stressed that with the country reporting nearly a million COVID-19 infections per day, more than 1,200 daily deaths and some 150,000 people hospitalized, “we are not at this stage.”

Mexico reached a record number of daily COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with 33,626 new confirmed cases.

In Colombia, the waiting time for booster injections has been reduced to four months.

“Anyone aged 18 and over who has received both doses, or one dose in cases like Janssen, can now receive their booster doses after four months instead of six,” President Ivan Duque said in a report on Tuesday. video message.

He also added that people who contract the virus can receive their vaccine 30 days after their isolation ends instead of six months after.

Europe

In Bulgaria, new cases hit a record 7,062 on Wednesday, spurred on by omicron.

The Balkan nation, which is the least inoculated member state of the European Union, experienced the previous peak in October amid the delta outbreak.

Daily cases of coronavirus in Austria hit a record high of 18,427 on Wednesday, according to the newspaper Kronen Zeitung noted.

The increase comes amid a spread of the highly virulent variant of omicron.

germany Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Justice has ruled that tenants of commercial buildings may be entitled to lower rents if they have been affected by a coronavirus foreclosure.

The court said the reduction would not be at a unique level for each company – all the circumstances of individual cases must be taken into account.

dvv / rt (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)

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