COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic
COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic

  • This weekly news bulletin provides you with a selection of the latest news and updates on the coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top News Stories: Global confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 500 million; Cases rising in India; The United States expands COVID-19 public health emergency.

1. How COVID-19 affects the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 has passed 505 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 6.19 million. More than 11.47 billion vaccination doses has been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

Pfizer and BioNTech have said that a third dose of their Vaccine against covid-19 produced significant protection against the Omicron variant in healthy children aged 5-11 in one trial.

That Modern COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in children between the ages of six and 11 by the UK Medicines Agency.

Life expectancy in the United States fell by almost two years in 2020 to about 77 years in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the sharpest drop among 21 other high-income countries according to a global survey.

It comes as the United States expands its COVID-19 public health emergency for at least three more months. ONE mandate requiring travelers to wear masks on planes, trains and in transit hubs have also been extended by 15 days to 3 May.

Hong Kong, SAR, has confirmed that it will ease something COVID-19 restrictions from 21 April.

South Korea is willing to offer another COVID-19 vaccine booster shot to persons over 60 years of age. “The government is planning to extend the fourth round of vaccinations to people aged 60 and over,” Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol said at a meeting, adding that the infection rate in the age group has continued to rise. over 20%.

Almost all the inhabitants of Indonesia’s most populous island Java have antibodies to COVID-19due to a combination of previous infection and vaccination against the virus, a government commissioned study showed.

A Japanese health ministry said on April 17 that it had approved Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Shanghai reported a record number symptomatic COVID-19 cases Saturday and other areas across China tightened controls as the country continued its “dynamic clearance” approach aimed at eradicating the highly transferable Omicron variant.

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).

Global confirmed COVID-19 cases exceed 500 million

Global confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic has passed 500 million. It comes as the highly contagious BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron continues to drive cases across Europe and Asia.

The BA.2 variant now accounts for about 86% of all sequenced cases globally, according to the World Health Organization. It is known to be more transferable than the BA.1 and BA.1.1 Omicron sub-variants. So far, however, evidence suggests that BA.2 is no longer likely to cause serious illness.

Researchers continue to emphasize that vaccines are essential to avoid the damage that the virus can cause.

It is confirmed that more than 6 million people worldwide have died of COVID-19.


3. COVID-19 infections are on the rise in India

India’s inventory of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases almost doubled on April 18 from the previous day, hits 2,000 for the first time in a month. The southern state of Kerala also reported a large jump in deaths.

India was at the center of the global COVID crisis this time last year, but the situation has improved since then and most measures, including wearing masks, have recently been dropped.

But cases have crept into the country with 1.35 billion people in the last few days.

Delhi last week tightened COVID measures for schools and neighboring Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, again made masks mandatory in public places in some districts.

Authorities reported 2,183 new infections on April 18, bringing the current total to more than 43 million, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

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