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Health news roundup: Week-to-week on second day in France’s COVID-19 hospital; Shanghai reports new daily record for asymptomatic COVID cases and more Health

The following is a brief overview of current health news.

France’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rise week-on-week for a second

French health officials said the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 fell by 38 in 24 hours to 20,616, but on a week-by-week basis, the figure was trending up for the second day in a row, that measure. Since the fall from the beginning of February. COVID-19 infections have been on the rise again since the beginning of March – with the seven-day moving average of new cases at a six-week high of 110,874 – and, generally speaking, this trend reversed with a delay of two weeks, according to hospital data. is transformed into. ,

Shanghai reports new daily record for asymptomatic COVID cases

Shanghai on Sunday recorded a new daily record for asymptomatic COVID-19 cases, as the Chinese financial center grapples with a nearly month-long outbreak, while endless testing and local lockdowns put residents on edge. Shanghai reported 2,631 new asymptomatic cases for March 26, accounting for nearly 60% of China’s total new asymptomatic cases that day. The city recorded 47 new cases with isolated symptoms.

Israeli study: Second vaccine booster significantly reduces COVID mortality

Senior citizens who received a second booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination had a 78% lower death rate from the disease than those who received only one, an Israel study showed on Sunday. Clalit Health Services, the nation’s largest healthcare provider, said the 40-day study involved more than half a million people aged 60 to 100.

Medicago’s tobacco ties jeopardize development of its COVID shot

Canadian vaccine maker Medicago’s COVID-19 vaccine, which was approved last month in Canada, is facing limited growth in the near term after the World Health Organization said it would not review the vaccine because the company Partially owned by the US-Swiss tobacco company Philip Morris. , say health experts. The WHO said at a briefing this month and in a follow-up statement to Reuters that it has not accepted an application for a vaccine because of its 2005 Public Health Treaty, which includes any company producing or promoting tobacco-based products. Partnership is not required.

FDA says current dose of GSK-Vir COVID therapy unlikely to work against BA.2 variant

GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology’s current authorized dose of COVID-19 antibody therapy is unlikely to be effective against the Omicron BA.2 variant, the US health regulator said on Friday. The agency pulled its authorization for the therapy, sotrovimab, in much of the US northeast where the subvariant is dominant. The highly contagious BA.2 now causes nearly one in three COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to government figures earlier this week.

Hong Kong health officials report 8,037 new COVID cases

Hong Kong on Sunday reported 8,037 new COVID-19 infections and 151 deaths, less than 10,000 cases for the second day in a row, as the global financial hub slowly begins to open up, with the government announcing a easing of restrictions from April .

(With input from agencies.)

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