Health news roundup: Australian state of Queensland announces Omicron peak in two weeks; Beijing China to maintain COVID emergency status as Winter Olympics loom and more

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Australian state of Queensland announces Omicron peak in two weeks

Australia reported 64 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, as the most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), said the Omicron COVID-19 variant would not delay the start of the disease. school year. NSW has reported 30 deaths of patients with COVID-19, while the state of Victoria has recorded 20 deaths and Queensland has reported 10 deaths.

Beijing China to maintain COVID emergency status as Winter Olympics loom

The Chinese capital Beijing on Saturday urged all of its local districts to maintain “full emergency mode” as the city continued to report new local cases of the coronavirus, less than two weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics. A total of 27 locally transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms and five local asymptomatic carriers have been found in Beijing since Jan. 15, Pang Xinghuo, an official with the Beijing city disease control authority, said Saturday during a briefing. ‘a press conference.

Small children become less sick thanks to Omicron; Gene mutation protects against severe COVID

Here is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that deserves further study to corroborate the findings and that has not yet been certified by peer review. Small children get sick less thanks to Omicron

Exclusive-US opposes plans to strengthen the World Health Organization

The United States, the World Health Organization’s top donor, is resisting proposals to make the agency more independent, four officials involved in the talks have said, raising doubts about the organization’s long-term support. Biden administration at the United Nations agency. The proposal, made by the WHO’s Task Force on Sustainable Financing, would increase each member state’s permanent annual contribution, according to a WHO document posted online and dated January 4.

Poland reports new daily record of 40,876 COVID cases

Poland reported a record 40,876 new daily COVID-19 infections on Saturday, the health ministry said, as the Omicron variant takes hold across the country. Authorities have said the latest wave of the pandemic will drive the number of cases to levels not yet seen in Poland, with peak estimates ranging from 60,000 to 140,000 daily infections.

Hong Kong warns of worsening COVID outbreak as chief defends hamster culling

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned on Saturday that COVID-19 infections could grow exponentially in a congested residential area of ​​the city and that the set of cases had also spread due to an epidemic. in pet hamsters. Chief Executive Lam has urged Hong Kongers to avoid gatherings ahead of next week’s Lunar New Year as officials grapple with an outbreak of the highly infectious Omicron variant in Kwai Chung, north of China. Kowloon Peninsula.

US studies highlight the need for COVID boosters to combat Omicron

Three US studies show that a third dose of an mRNA vaccine is essential to fight the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, providing 90% protection against hospitalization from COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control said on Friday. and Prevention (CDC) of the United States. The studies, led by the CDC, are among the first in the United States to examine the impact of booster doses against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, which now accounts for 99% of all new COVID cases.

FDA expands use of remdesivir to patients at high risk of hospitalization

The US health regulator on Friday expanded its approval for the use of Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir to treat non-hospitalized patients 12 years of age and older for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 disease with a high risk of illness. ‘hospitalization. Previously, the use of Veklury was limited to patients requiring hospitalization.

Taiwan on COVID alert as domestic Omicron cases rise

Taiwan’s government on Saturday ordered tighter controls after a rare spike in domestic transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, saying it must act now to avoid being overwhelmed, even if overall numbers remain quite low. After months with no or few community infections, Taiwan has seen an uptick in local COVID-19 cases since the start of the month, almost all of them Omicron, mostly linked to workers at the main international airport in the northern city of Taoyuan who were infected by arriving passengers.

Tokyo hits record 10,000 COVID cases, Japan over 50,000 for first time

Tokyo recorded its fourth record number of daily COVID-19 infections on Saturday, topping 10,000, while Japan topped 50,000 for the first time as the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly. The capital had 11,227 new cases of coronavirus, the local government said a day after reinstating restrictions on mobility and business activity until February 13.

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