Over two years have passed since the first case of coronavirus was recorded in China. The world is now slowly limping back to some form of normalcy amid the threat of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.
India has been one of the worst-hit nations with at least 5,09,011 reported Covid deaths so far. New Covid cases in India fell significantly this week. While the average daily case figure was 1.4 lakh in the week ending February 7, it dropped by 59.4 per cent to 56,217 this week. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Punjab have witnessed a fall of around 70 per cent in average daily cases in the same period. Around 58,10,880 people have died across the globe. Here are the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
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1. The US continues to be the worst-hit country with 910,982 deaths and 76,983,188 cases, according to the World Health Organization.
2. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he has invoked emergency powers to try to quell the protests by truck drivers and others who have paralysed Ottawa and blocked border crossings in anger over the country’s Covid-19 restrictions.
3. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has tested positive for Covid-19, four days after her husband Prince Charles was confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus, the couple’s office said on Monday.
4. The plan to offer Covid vaccinations to all children aged five to 11 in the UK has been delayed by the government because the jabs have not been deemed urgent. A decision is now expected to be announced on 21 February, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveils the government’s long-term Covid plan.
5. The latest wave of Covid-19 infections has “overwhelmed” Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, the head of the administration in the China-ruled city, said. Health authorities reported a record 2,071 infections on Monday, with 4,500 separate preliminary positive cases.
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6. Thousands of nurses in Australia’s most populous state walked off the job on Tuesday for the first time in nearly a decade to begin a 24-hour strike after talks with the government to plug staff shortages induced by the Covid-19 pandemic and secure a pay rise failed.
7. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised against travel to six countries and territories including South Korea, Azerbaijan and Belarus because of Covid-19 cases. The CDC also added Comoros, French Polynesia, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon to its risk list of “Level Four: Very High”.
8. The European Union has repeated its refusal to remove patent protections on Covid-19 vaccines, just days ahead of a summit with African Union countries, that see the issue as a priority.
9. Italy reported a rise in daily Covid-19 related deaths with 281 registered fatalities on Monday.
10. China’s National Immigration Administration has said it will not be renewing passports for non-essential travel while the international Covid-19 situation continues to be severe and cross-border travel poses “great security risks”.
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