New Measures, New Reports, and Highlights – An update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– Threat to global economic recovery –
The Omicron variant “could pose a threat to the global economic recovery,” said Laurence Boone, OECD chief economist, on Wednesday, as this potentially more contagious and deadly new strain of coronavirus spreads around the world.
The organization says that “the priority remains to ensure that vaccines are produced and distributed as quickly as possible around the world, including booster doses.”
– The Pfizer childhood vaccine will soon be available in the EU –
Production of Pfizer / BioNTech’s children’s version of the Covid vaccine will increase and doses will be available in the European Union on December 13, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The Omicron variant in the world (AFP – Valentin RAKOVSKY)
On November 25, the European regulator authorized the administration of this vaccine to children between the ages of five and 11, the first to be approved in Europe for this age group.
– First cases of Omicron in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia –
Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, has detected the first three cases of the Omicron variant in its territory, health authorities have announced.
Omicron variant: the peak protein (AFP – John SAEKI)
A first confirmed case was also detected in Saudi Arabia, in a Saudi national returning from a North African country. This is the first case of the Omicron variant announced in the Gulf.
– Suspension of air reservations to Japan –
Japan has asked airlines to suspend all new bookings on its territory for a period of one month, amid fears about the Omicron variant.
A traveler observes planes on the runway at Haneda International Airport on November 29, 2021 in Tokyo (AFP – Philip FONG)
These new restrictions announced by the Ministry of Transport of Japan only concern Japanese citizens and foreign residents in Japan, the only ones authorized until then to enter Japanese soil.
– International negotiation –
The 194 members of the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a negotiation process with a view to reaching an international agreement to better prevent and combat an upcoming pandemic, amid the 5th wave of Covid. An interim report is expected in May 2023, followed by conclusions a year later.
– Fiji is reopening to tourists –
Dancers dressed in traditional costumes welcomed foreign vacationers who arrived in Fiji on Wednesday, on the first day of the reopening of the borders of this South Pacific archipelago that ends 20 months of international isolation.
– China: focus on the Russian border –
A Chinese city on the Russian border, Manzhouli, hit by a Covid outbreak, has halted freight rail links.
Nationwide, the Ministry of Health reported 91 new patients, a record in one month.
– Argentina: an ocean liner rejected in a port –
The ocean liner MS Hamburg in the port of Buenos Aires, November 29, 2021 (AFP – STRINGER)
An ocean liner with about 300 passengers was denied access to the port of Puerto Madryn, in southern Argentina, and its passengers were ordered isolation on Tuesday, after the detection of a Covid case on board, in a context of fear linked to the new Omicron variant.
– Children with asthma are at slightly higher risk –
Children with asthma are hospitalized more often than others as a result of a Covid-19 infection, according to a Scottish study published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine. But these cases remain rare, and deaths are extremely rare.
– More than 5.2 million deaths –
The pandemic has killed at least 5,214,847 people worldwide since the end of 2019, according to a report by AFP from official sources, on Wednesday at 11:00 GMT.
Covid-19: global assessment (AFP -)
The United States is the most devastated country with 780,233 deaths, ahead of Brazil (614,681), India (469,247), Mexico (294,246) and Russia (276,419).
The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the number of victims of the pandemic in the world could be two to three times higher than that calculated from official figures.
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