Minister rejects calls to reduce self-isolation to five days in England

No plans to change current seven-day period to ease NHS staff shortages, says Chloe Smith Calls for a reduction in England’s Covid self-isolation period from seven days to five in order to ease NHS staff shortages have been dismissed by a government minister. Chloe Smith, the minister for disabled people, health and work, said theContinue reading “Minister rejects calls to reduce self-isolation to five days in England”

Omicron drives record cases in Europe, France reports 180,000 cases – WION

As covid-19 cases are now wreaking havoc across the European continent in particular France, Britain, Greece and Portugal have all reported record daily case numbers. France for one has reported a record high of almost 180,000 confirmed covert cases in the last 24-hour period.

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”

China records biggest COVID-19 infection surge in 21 months, Xian emerges as hot spot – WION

China reported its highest daily rise in local COVID-19 cases in 21 months. The country has tightened the restrictions in Xian, which appeared to be the latest hot spot.

France sees over 100,000 daily virus infections for 1st time

France recorded more than 100,000 virus infections in a single day for the first time since the pandemic struck and COVID-19 hospitalizations have doubled over the past month France has recorded more than 100,000 virus infections in a single day for the first time in the pandemic and COVID-19 hospitalizations have doubled over the pastContinue reading “France sees over 100,000 daily virus infections for 1st time”

Let’s talk about when nobody else is following Rule 303 – Beau of the Fifth Column

How Does Disease Move? Crash Course Geography #34

From outbreaks of measles in the United States and cholera in Haiti to patterns of lead poisoning near gold mines in Nigeria, medical geographers play an important role in tracking disease in the landscape. Today, we’re going to look at strategies medical geographers use to help as many people as possible achieve the highest levelContinue reading “How Does Disease Move? Crash Course Geography #34”

World braces for ‘raging’ omicrin infection wave – DW News

The omicron variant of the coronavirus is “raging” around the world, the White House’s top medical advisor Anthony Fauci said on Sunday. Fauci said in a TV interview for NBC that the “real problem” for the US hospital system is that “we have so many people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinatedContinue reading “World braces for ‘raging’ omicrin infection wave – DW News”

‘No evidence’ Omicron milder than Delta, British researchers say

Imperial College London study also finds Omicron five times more likely to cause reinfections, but some experts say there are still not sufficient data to draw conclusions. British researchers say they have found “no evidence” that the Omicron coronavirus variant is milder than Delta, casting doubt on the cautious optimism of some experts that the new strain may notContinue reading “‘No evidence’ Omicron milder than Delta, British researchers say”

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”

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