COVID-19: the most important news on the pandemic of December 20


  • This daily news summary brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, along with tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Featured: Doubling of Omicron cases in 1.5 to 3 days in areas of local spread: WHO; Netherlands Introduces Instant COVID-19 Restrictions to Fight Omicron; Thailand reports first locally transmitted case of Omicron.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the world

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 topped 274.7 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now exceeded 5.35 million. Over 8.7 billion vaccine doses were administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

Children aged 5 to 11 in Portugal have started to receive Vaccines against covid-19, after the country’s health authority approved the Pfizer / BioNTech jab.

U.S. officials have urged Americans to receive booster shots, wear masks and exercise caution if traveling during the holiday season, to reduce transmission of the virus. Omicron variant COVID-19 with rapid spread.

Thailand has reported its first local transmission of Omicron COVID-19 variant, announced an official of the Ministry of Health.

A COVID-19 recall fire produced by Chinese company Sinopharm had “considerably weaker” neutralizing activity against the Omicron variant, Chinese researchers said in an article. But, the authors cautioned that the results did not equal the ability of a Sinopharm booster to protect Omicron recipients, as neutralization is only part of the human immune response.

The British government is monitoring COVID-19 data on an almost hourly basis, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Sunday, and “will do what is necessary” to combat the spread.

Iran has reported its first confirmed case of Omicron COVID-19 variant.

New daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 per million people in some countries.

Image: Our world in data

2. Doubling of Omicron cases in 1.5 to 3 days in areas of local spread: WHO

the Omicron COVID-19 variant has now been reported in 89 countries, the World Health Organization said on Saturday – a figure which is likely to have increased since. And, in areas of community transmission, the number of cases is doubling every 1.5 to 3 days, the organization said.

The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly in countries with high population immunity, but it is not known whether this is due to the virus’s ability to evade immunity, its inherent increased transmissibility, or a combination of the. two, the WHO said.

“There is still limited data on the clinical severity of Omicron,” the WHO said. “More data is needed to understand the severity profile and how severity is affected by vaccination and pre-existing immunity. “

“There is still limited data available, and no peer-reviewed evidence, on the efficacy or efficacy of the vaccine to date for Omicron.”

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3. Netherlands Introduces Instant COVID-19 Restrictions to Fight Omicron

A engage COVID-19 lockdownIt started yesterday in the Netherlands after the Dutch government announced a series of measures on Saturday aimed at slowing the expected surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the closure on Saturday evening, ordering the closure of all stores except essentials, as well as restaurants, hairdressers, gymnasiums, museums and other public places from at least Sunday to January 14.

Other measures include a recommendation that households receive no more than two visitors and that outdoor gatherings are also limited to a maximum of two people.

“The Netherlands is closing again. This is inevitable due to the fifth wave coming to us with the Omicron variant,” Rutte said in a televised press conference.


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