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Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world – Sciences et Avenir

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– With Omicron, “plausible” end of the pandemic in Europe (WHO) –

The Omicron variant, which could infect 60% of Europeans in March, has started a new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic in the region and could bring it closer to its end, the director of WHO Europe estimated this Sunday.

“It is plausible that the region is approaching the end of the pandemic,” Hans Kluge told AFP, but urged caution due to the versatility of the virus.

– Entire district preventively screened in Beijing –

The city of Beijing intends to screen all the inhabitants of a district of some two million inhabitants, in the Fengtai district, on Sunday, after the discovery of an epidemic focus, less than two weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics in the Chinese capital.

A man was tested for Covid-19 in Beijing on January 21, 2022 (AFP – Jade GAO)

Since last weekend, some forty cases of Covid have been identified in Beijing, most of the Delta strain.

– Belgium: clashes during an anti-health pass demonstration –

Clashes pitted police and opponents against restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic in Brussels on Sunday, during a demonstration that brought together tens of thousands of people.

According to the authorities, around 50,000 people marched in the Belgian capital, some from other European countries. This is the largest in a series of protests in the city in recent months.

– Australian Open: Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck positive –

Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck announced on Sunday that she had tested positive for Covid-19 before leaving Australia following her elimination from the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, becoming the second player to do so after France’s Ugo Humbert.

– More than 5.58 million deaths

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 5,589,818 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources on Sunday at 11:00 GMT.

In absolute terms, the countries with the most deaths are the United States (865,968), Brazil (622,801), India (489,409) and Russia (326,112).

The World Health Organization estimates, taking into account the excess mortality linked directly and indirectly to Covid-19, that the number of victims of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially registered.

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