Health news tally: Hong Kong families desperate as COVID rules may separate them from children; Italy reports 38,375 coronavirus cases, 210 deaths and more on Saturday

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Hong Kong families despair as COVID rules may separate them from children

Guada, a mother of two young children and pregnant with twins, cries herself to sleep at night, fearing Hong Kong’s tough COVID-19 rules will separate her from her children or force her to give birth alone. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong, including infants and children, is being placed in isolation facilities with no family contact allowed as authorities enforce their “dynamic zero” COVID policy.

Italy reports 38,375 coronavirus cases on Saturday, 210 deaths

Italy reported 38,375 COVID-19-related cases on Saturday, down from 40,948 the previous day, the health ministry said, while the death toll rose from 193 to 210. Italy recorded 154,416 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February 2020. , the second highest toll in Europe after Britain and the eighth in the world. The country has reported 12.7 million cases so far.

COVID-related diabetes may be temporary; racial disparities widen with Omicron infections

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 They include research that deserves further study to corroborate the findings and that has not yet been certified by peer review. COVID-related diabetes may be temporary

Hong Kong allows COVID home testing as daily cases soar

Hong Kong health authorities said on Saturday they would adjust COVID testing procedures to allow some people to test from home to reduce long lines at designated testing centers as the city’s outbreak increasingly difficult to control. Health Secretary Sophia Chan said a record 17,063 daily new cases of COVID-19 had been recorded and 66 deaths in the past 24 hours in the city of 7.4 million people.

Drug distributors and J&J agree to finalize $26 billion opioid settlement

The three largest U.S. drug distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson have agreed to finalize a $26 billion settlement proposal resolving claims by states and local governments that they helped fuel the coronavirus outbreak. opioids in the United States. Distributors McKesson Corp, AmerisourceBergen Corp and Cardinal Health Inc as well as J&J had until Friday to decide whether enough cities and counties nationwide had chosen to join the landmark settlement to warrant moving forward.

Hong Kong reports record daily COVID cases and 83 deaths

Hong Kong reported a record 26,026 daily COVID-19 infections and 83 deaths on Sunday, as an outbreak of the highly transmissible variant of Omicron overwhelms healthcare facilities and proves difficult to control. The global financial hub has imposed some of the toughest COVID restrictions in the world to deal with the coronavirus spike, driving some executives out and frustrating some residents.

US relaxes indoor COVID mask guidelines for most countries

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday significantly relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines for masks, including in schools, a move that means 72% of the population resides in communities where inner face coverings are no longer recommended. The new masking guidelines shift from focusing on the rate of transmission of COVID-19 to monitoring local hospitalizations, hospital capacity and infection rates.

UAE ditches face masks outdoors, quarantines COVID contact cases

The United Arab Emirates, the tourist and commercial hub of the Middle East, this weekend ended the requirement to wear face masks outdoors and mandatory quarantine for COVID-19 contact cases. Fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the country will no longer need PCR tests, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said in updated guidelines which came into effect on Saturday.

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