- This weekly news bulletin provides you with a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
- Top News Stories: Asia’s confirmed COVID-19-related deaths exceed 1 million; New study shows the effect of COVID-19 on the brain; South Korea reports records of COVID-19 cases.
1. How COVID-19 affects the globe
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 has passed 457.9 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 6.04 million. More than 10.86 billion vaccination doses has been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.
France must start offering a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to people over the age of 80 who got their previous shot more than three months ago.
It comes as new COVID-19 infections in France rose 25% Friday week-on-week as a downward trend that had started in late January began to reverse.
South Korea reported a new record daily number confirmed Covid-19 cases on Saturday – 383,665.
Kenya lifted its remainder COVID-19 restrictions Friday, including bans on large indoor gatherings.
Australian authorities have urged people to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots due to concerns over BA.2 Omicron undervariant.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country’s political leaders want to move to a new phase of lives with COVID-19 as if it were the flu, but would consult with health experts.
Mainland China reported 1,807 new locals symptomatic COVID-19 cases Sunday, the highest daily figure in two years. Shanghai announced on Friday that it would close all schools for the time being as part of preventive measures spread of COVID-19.
The Czech Republic will drop most mask requirements, except on public transport or in health or social facilities, from today, as it facilitates COVID-19 restrictions.
That’s what the Pan American Health Organization said Wednesday Covid-19 cases fell by 26% across North and South America last week, with deaths falling by almost 19%.
That COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs – soon to continue its work as the Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship – was launched in April 2020 in response to the devastating effects of the pandemic. Co-founded by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship with Ashoka, Echoing Green, GHR Foundation, Skoll Foundation and Yunus Social Business.
The alliance provides a trusted community for the world’s leading companies, investors, governments, intermediaries, academics and media, who share a commitment to social entrepreneurship and innovation.
Since its inception, it has since grown to become the largest coalition with multiple stakeholders in the social enterprise sector: its 90+ members collectively support over 100,000 social entrepreneurs worldwide. These entrepreneurs, in turn, have a direct or indirect impact on the lives of an estimated 2 billion people.
Together, they work to (i) mobilize support for social entrepreneurs and their agendas; (ii) take action on urgent global agendas using the power of social entrepreneurship and (iii) share insights from the sector so that social entrepreneurs can flourish and lead the way in an inclusive, fair and sustainable world.
The alliance is working closely with member organizations Echoing Green and the GHR Foundation as well as the Center for New Economy and Society on the rollout of their 2022 roadmap (soon to be announced).
2. Asia’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths exceed 1 million
Asia passed 1 million. confirmed COVID-19-related deaths Friday, according to a Reuters report.
The death toll in Asia, home to more than half of the world’s population, reached 1,000,045, contributing 16% of global deaths related to COVID-19, the survey showed.
New cases remain at record highs or near record highs in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, but have fallen sharply from their peaks in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Deaths have risen to record highs in Japan and South Korea as well as Hong Kong, SAR. In contrast, the world’s second most populous nation in India, which accounts for almost 52% of Asia’s total COVID-19 deaths, reported a sharp drop in both infections and deaths over the past month.
COVID-19 can cause brain loss, memory loss – new study
It has a study from Oxford University found COVID-19 can cause the brain to shrinkreduce gray matter in the areas that control emotions and memory, and damage areas that control the sense of smell.
The researchers said the effects were even seen in people who had not been hospitalized with COVID, and whether the effect could be partially reversed, or if they would persist in the long term, needed further investigation.
“There is strong evidence of brain-related abnormalities in COVID-19,” the researchers said in their March 7 study.
Even in mild cases, research participants showed “a deterioration in executive function” responsible for focus and organization, and on average, brain sizes fell between 0.2% and 2%.
The peer-reviewed study appeared in the journal Nature.