- Covid-19 deaths have decreased in the UK.
- There were 900,000 deaths in the United States.
- There is an increase in the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron in SA.
According to data collected by Reuters, the coronavirus pandemic reached a grim new milestone in the United States on Friday, with the country’s cumulative death toll from Covid-19 exceeding 900,000, with the daily number of lives lost even starting to match.
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Africa and Middle East
*South Africa is seeing and tracking more cases of the BA.2 sub-variant of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but a senior scientist said there is no clear indication that BA.2 is significantly different from the original Omicron strain.
* According to the Ministry of Health data, Turkey registered 111,157 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, which was the highest in the daily pandemic, while the daily death toll was the highest in four months.
* The UK reported 54,095 Covid-19 cases and 75 deaths in its official daily data on Sunday, with the seven-day figure for both falling from the previous week.
* Spain will remove the requirement for people to wear masks outdoors next week and expand the wider rollback of restrictions as transmission slowly declines in the country.
* Mexico’s Ministry of Health reported 10,234 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 129 more deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections in the country since the start of the pandemic to 5,151,525 and the death toll to 309,546.
* Honduran President Xiomara Castro added on Sunday that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and has mild symptoms and will be working in isolation.
* Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday that the country wants to increase its Covid-19 support program to one million injections per day by the end of the month, nearly double the current rate.
* Authorities in the southwestern city of Baise in China have ordered residents to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel from Monday, while enforcing restrictions that are among the country’s toughest toolkits to combat the growing local Covid-19 infections.
* The organizing committee of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics said on Monday that 24 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified among staff linked to the games on February 6.
* Australia will fully reopen its borders to all vaccinated visa holders from 21 February, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, nearly two years after closing the border to non-citizens to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
* The health ministry said more than 17 million Vietnamese students will return to school on Monday for the first time in nearly a year, as authorities announced plans to start vaccinating children against Covid-19 at the age of five.
* Hong Kong is expected to report around 610 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, with another 300 positive cases in preliminary tests, TVB broadcaster citing an anonymous source.
* Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Monday that the government’s Shionogi & Co Ltd. He said he would consider giving conditional pre-approval to the oral Covid-19 treatment developed by
* The Russian Direct Investment Fund said India has given regulatory approval to Russia’s one-shot Sputnik Light Covid-19 vaccine.
* Asian stocks were mostly slack on Monday after incredibly strong US jobs data eased concerns about the global economy as well as adding the risk of aggressive tightening from the Federal Reserve.
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