COVID-19: Top news stories about the February 15 pandemic
COVID-19: Top news stories about the February 15 pandemic

COVID-19: Top news stories about the February 15 pandemic

  • This daily news summary 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: Larger Chinese Industrial City Creates COVID-19 Controls; Previous COVID-19 infection less effective against Omicron variant – study; Restrictions eased in many parts of the world.

1. How COVID-19 affects the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 has passed 413.5 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.82 million. More than 10.40 billion vaccination doses has been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

The US states of Washington DC and Maryland have both announced a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.

Hong Kong, SAR, leader Carrie Lam has ruled out a city-wide shutdown to tackle an increase in COVID-19 infections.

The Canadian provinces of Ontario and Alberta have announced plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Ontario is set to lift pandemic-related capacity limits, while Alberta has finalized its mask requirements for school children.

Novavax has submitted an application to the Swiss Pharmacovigilance Authority for approval Vaccine against covid-19 in adults.

Kuwait’s cabinet has lifted many COVID-19 restrictionsincluding a ban on foreign travel, Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah said yesterday.

The Swedish National Board of Health on Monday recommended that people aged 80 or over should receive one second booster shot of COVID-19 vaccinethe fourth connector in total.

COVID-19 case numbers has fallen slightly in Germany as the government plans to ease pandemic restrictions.

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries.

Image: Our world in data

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. Larger Chinese industrial city creates COVID-19 controls

The Chinese high-tech industrial center in Suzhou has introduced new restrictions after discovering new COVID-19 cases.

The city, a commercial, commercial and industrial hub in eastern Jiangsu province, has reported 8 domestically transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms by Monday, the National Health Commission (NHC) said.

Despite the low caseload by global standards, Suzhou said Monday it had suspended some long-distance bus services, locked down affected buildings and urged residents not to leave the home or town for non-essential reasons.

Suzhou Industrial Park – a major high-tech development zone that houses about 100,000 companies and houses production facilities for foreign companies such as Samsung and Eli Lilly – launched a round of mass testing on Monday.


Previous COVID-19 infection less effective against Omicron variant – study

That immune response to COVID-19 helps protect against re-infection, but that protection is weaker against Omicron than it was against previous variants, new data have shown.

A previous COVID-19 infection only protects against Omicron gene infection 56% of the time, according to new research. After having COVID-19, 90.2% were re-infected with the Alpha variant, 85.7% were effective against a Beta variant re-infection and 92% were effective against Delta re-infection, researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine.

However, as was the case with re-infection due to previous variants, “the protection of previous infection against hospitalization or death caused by re-infection (with Omicron) appeared to be robust,” they said.

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