Israel reports first case of ‘flurona’ – rare double infection of Covid and influenza

Doctors say it was diagnosed in young pregnant woman but suspect there are more cases in country Israel has recorded the first case of a rare mixture of two diseases, influenza and coronavirus, dubbed “flurona”. Local reports said that the patient was a young pregnant woman, who was in hospital, although her symptoms were mild. “SheContinue reading “Israel reports first case of ‘flurona’ – rare double infection of Covid and influenza”

Quebec reintroduces 10 p.m. curfew as infection rates skyrocket

The Quebec government will reintroduce a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. starting Dec. 31 as the province battles an explosive rise of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant. “I know we’re all tired, but it’s my responsibility to protect (Quebecers),” said Legault. “(Experts) agree that, in the coming weeks, there is aContinue reading “Quebec reintroduces 10 p.m. curfew as infection rates skyrocket”

Omicron update: Soaring COVID-19 infections around the world – DW News

The Omicron variant is causing skyrocketing rates of COVID-19 infections in countries around the world. The Director-General of the World Health Organization says he is extremely worried about the massive spike in cases driven by the simultaneous spread of Delta and Omicron.

Thailand warns of spike in COVID-19 cases after “super-spreader” event

Thai health authorities warned on Wednesday that residents should brace themselves for a potential jump in coronavirus cases after classifying the country’s first cluster of the Omicron variant as a super-spreader incident. The Omicron cluster identified in the northeastern province of Kalasin on Christmas eve has been linked to a couple who had travelled from Belgium andContinue reading “Thailand warns of spike in COVID-19 cases after “super-spreader” event”

Netherlands set to announce ‘strict’ lockdown – reports

Government considering closing schools and all non-essential shops, say local media The Dutch government is expected to announce on Saturday a “strict” Christmas lockdown that would see everything but essential stores close amid fears over the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, Dutch media reported. The government is meeting on Saturday with its health expertsContinue reading “Netherlands set to announce ‘strict’ lockdown – reports”

Australia delays border reopening as Omicron cases rise

Australia said on Monday it would delay the reopening of its international border by two weeks after reporting its first cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Prime Minister Scott Morrison convened a meeting of his national security committee and said it received advice from Australia’s chief health officer to delay the reopening after the firstContinue reading “Australia delays border reopening as Omicron cases rise”

Two cases of Omicron Covid variant detected in Britain, says health secretary – The Guardian

The first cases of the new B.1.1.529 Covid variant have been identified in the UK. Two people found to be infected with the Omicron variant are self-isolating, according to the health secretary, Sajid Javid. Two cases of Omicron Covid variant identified in UK.

Many Indians unlikely to be fully vaccinated by year-end despite ample COVID shots

Tens of millions of Indian adults are unlikely to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of 2021, despite ample supplies, due to an unusually large gap between the doses of the most widely-used vaccine and growing complacency as cases fall. The locally-produced AstraZeneca (AZN.L) vaccine which is known as Covishield has a 12 to 16Continue reading “Many Indians unlikely to be fully vaccinated by year-end despite ample COVID shots”

New “Delta Plus” OffShoot Called AY.4.2 May Be Most Infectious Covid Variant Yet; It’s On The Rise In The UK

A new report on Friday from the UK Health Ministry indicated the rising prevalence of a new offshoot of the Delta variant of Covid-19. The offshoot is so new that it does not have an official Pango lineage designation — such as B.1.167.2 for the original Delta variant — which is the nomenclature used by most scientists. TheContinue reading “New “Delta Plus” OffShoot Called AY.4.2 May Be Most Infectious Covid Variant Yet; It’s On The Rise In The UK”

Belarus suspends routine medical care to focus on COVID-19

Belarus on Monday ordered a halt to routine medical care at state clinics in order to devote more resources to coronavirus patients. The Health Ministry said the suspended services include medical examinations and screenings, physiotherapy and dentistry. Belarus has been hit by a rising wave of coronavirus infections, with around 2,000 new cases reported dailyContinue reading “Belarus suspends routine medical care to focus on COVID-19”

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