BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron drives cases up in Europe
BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron drives cases up in Europe

BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron drives cases up in Europe

Global: The global Covid death toll has passed the grim milestone of 6 million, with a figure of 6,077,597 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, infections remain above 470 million to a worldwide figure of 470,740,762.

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America

U.S: Covid -19 infections have now passed 79.7 million. Meanwhile, the U.S. death toll from coronavirus has risen to more than 971,000 Johns Hopkins University data.

A probable increase in U.S Covid-19 cases are unlikely to represent a full-scale increase or spur a renewal of widespread restrictions, said one of President Joe Biden’s top advisers.

“The bottom line is that we are likely to see an increase in cases that we have seen in European countries, particularly the UK,” Anthony Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “Hopefully we will not see an increase. I do not think we do.”

Europe: The BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron drives up the number of cases in Europe and now accounts for around 30% of infections in the US, where requirements for indoor mask and vaccine have largely been rolled back.

Asia and the Pacific

China: Walt Disney Co.’s Shanghai resort and parks are temporarily closing from March 21, when the Chinese city reported record-breaking new Covid infections. The new cases from Saturday include 17 confirmed local infections and 492 that are asymptomatic, Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai Heath Commission, said at a news conference on Sunday. Shanghai Disney Resort had been running at controlled capacity since mid-March, with reduced-volume attractions and theater performances suspended, according to its website. Visitors were required to wear masks at all times, give a negative nucleic acid test within 24 hours, and display green QR codes upon entry.

Hong Kong: CEO Carrie Lam said the government would lift a ban on flights from nine countries including the US, UK and Australia from April 1 and reduce the time incoming travelers have to spend in hotel quarantine from 14 days to seven, provided they test negative for Covid. Most social distance measures and other restrictions will remain in place to continue to slow the outbreak at least until April 21, Lam said, after which Hong Kong would spend three months easing social restrictions in phases. Lam also said that plans for city-wide mass testing are “on hold” as case numbers are still high. The government will consider mass testing when necessary, she added.

Hong Kong on Sunday reported 246 deaths and 14,149 new confirmed Covid-19 cases, the lowest daily figure in more than three weeks, down from more than 50,000 a day earlier in the month. However, the death toll remains high with 246 new deaths reported, of which 41 have been delayed.

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