WHO says 15 million individuals examined constructive for COVID-19 final week, by far essentially the most circumstances reported in a seven-day interval.
World COVID-19 circumstances reached a file excessive final week, in keeping with the World Well being Organisation (WHO), with 15 million individuals testing constructive for the coronavirus within the seven days to January 9.
The determine marks a 55 % enhance from the earlier seven days, WHO Director Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated on Wednesday, including that the “large spike” was being pushed by the Omicron variant.
Whereas the extremely infectious pressure causes much less extreme illness than the Delta variant, Tedros says the Omicron stays a “harmful virus”, notably for individuals who should not vaccinated.
The WHO chief’s feedback got here as Dutch Overseas Minister Wopke Hokestra introduced he had examined constructive for COVID-19 and lecturers in France launched a strike over the federal government’s “chaotic” virus technique for faculties.
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Australia Open crowds capped at 50 %
Authorities say crowds on the Australian Open might be capped at 50 % capability as COVID-19 circumstances and hospital admissions proceed to rise in Melbourne.
Jaala Pulford, Victoria State tourism minister, stated in an announcement that face masks may even be necessary on the opening Grand Slam of the yr, which begins on Monday.
Spectators might be required to socially distance whereas indoors, she added.
French lecturers to strike over ‘chaotic’ COVID technique
French lecturers are set to stroll off the job over what they are saying is the federal government’s failure to undertake a coherent coverage for faculties to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, or correctly defend pupils and employees in opposition to an infection.
“The exhaustion and exasperation of the whole academic group have reached an unprecedented stage,” eleven unions stated in a joint assertion.
“The duty of the minister and the federal government on this chaotic state of affairs is whole due to incessant adjustments of footing, unworkable protocols and the shortage of acceptable instruments to ensure (faculties) can perform correctly.”
The strike comes as lecturers, mother and father and faculty directors wrestle to maintain up with new testing guidelines, introduced earlier than the top of Christmas holidays however modified twice since following criticism.
Unions stated they anticipated many colleges to be closed on Thursday and really giant numbers of lecturers – together with about 75 % in main faculties – to hitch the one-day strike.
Dutch overseas minister has COVID-19
Wopke Hoekstra, the Dutch overseas minister, says he has examined constructive for COVID-19 and might be quarantining at residence for the subsequent few days.
He made the announcement on Twitter.
Hoekstra, who was solely sworn in Monday, had been in Brussels on Tuesday the place he met with the European Union’s overseas coverage chief Joseph Borrel and Belgian overseas minister Sophie Wilmes.
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