FACTBOX | Basic healthcare disrupted: Here’s the latest news on the spread of coronavirus

  • Health services have been disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Sweden has become the latest country to lift travel restrictions.
  • The US CDC has advised against traveling to six countries.

Disruptions to primary health care, such as immunization programs and treatment of diseases such as AIDS, were reported in 92% of 129 countries, according to the World Health Organization’s study of the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday.

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Europe

* Sweden has decided to lift entry restrictions for foreign nationals traveling to the country from the Nordic countries and the rest of the European Union and the European Economic Area, starting Wednesday.

* Authorities said some German states are planning to ease their coronavirus restrictions despite rising infections.

America

* Police in the Canadian capital said on Monday that they had confiscated thousands of liters of fuel and lifted a tanker as part of the crackdown to end an 11-day protest against Covid-19 measures, adding that the number of trucks and demonstrators had decreased significantly.

* The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that Covid-19 cases not travel to six countries, including Japan, Cuba, Libya, Armenia, Oman and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

* Mexico’s Ministry of Health reported 9,242 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 206 additional deaths on Monday, bringing the total number of infections in the country since the start of the pandemic to 5,160,767 and the death toll to 309,752.

Asia Pacific

* Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that the Asian financial center will adhere to a ‘zero momentum’ Covid-19 strategy to contain the virus as it faces the authorities’ biggest-ever test to control a record number of infections.

Health officials are working at a mobile sample collection station for Covid-19 testing in Hong Kong’s Prince Edward district.

* A total of six new cases of Covid-19 have been identified among staff linked to the games on February 7, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics organizing committee said on Tuesday.

* Covid-19 hospital cases in Australia and those admitted to intensive care continued to fall on Tuesday as authorities urged people to buy vaccine boosters to prevent serious illness and death from the coronavirus.

* Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in her first parliamentary speech for 2022 on Tuesday that the Covid-19 outbreak will not end with the Omicron variant and New Zealand will need to prepare for other variants of the virus this year.

Africa and Middle East

* Botswana’s finance minister added that the 2021-22 budget deficit widened to 5.1% of GDP as the country used funds to finance its recovery from the pandemic, adding that the recovery in the economy remained strong.

* Government officials said Nigeria has received 2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine from Finland, Greece and Slovenia, with more EU donations expected in the coming weeks.

medical advances

* Novavax Inc said on Monday that US government funding for the Covid-19 vaccine has been expanded to include a late-stage study in adolescents with the booster component.

* Chinese researchers said that restoring normal population mobility in “Covid-zero areas” like China will cause nearly two million deaths in a year, and that the key to controlling the virus is to develop vaccines that are more effective at preventing infection.

Economic impact

* Asian stocks reverse early gains as investors in Chinese equities are uneasy over US moves against 33 Chinese entities, as markets await US inflation data that could otherwise affect how quickly the Federal Reserve raises interest rates.

* UK consumers slowed their spending pace last month as the Omicron Covid-19 wave hit fuel sales and kept people away from bars and restaurants.

* In Hong Kong on Tuesday, vegetable stocks were running out as shoppers scrambled to buy whatever they could find, as the government blamed the Covid-19 resurgence for lower deliveries of fresh produce from the mainland.

* China’s leading aluminum producer, the city of Baise, reported the third consecutive day of local Covid-19 infection on Tuesday, and the outbreak in the lockdown city is likely to raise concerns about the interruption in metal supply.


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