- This daily news feed provides you with a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and resources to help you stay informed and protected.
- Top Stories: Record COVID-19 Cases Recorded in Germany; UK economic growth slower than expected; study shows sleep apnea linked to COVID-19 outcomes.
1. How COVID-19 Is Affecting the World
According to Johns Hopkins University, the global 251.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.07 million. More than 7.36 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data.
Germany reported a record 50,196 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the fourth day in a row that it has hit a new daily high as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections sweeps over the country.
Russia reported 1,237 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours on Thursday, close to a record one-day number recorded the previous day, amid a nationwide rise in cases.
France is on the brink of a fifth wave of the coronavirus epidemic, Health Minister Olivier Veran said. The Ministry of Health registered 11,883 new cases on Wednesday, the second day in a row with a new number of more than 10,000. New cases have seen a week-over-week rise in the double-digit percentage since mid-October.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and senior aides holed up in a war bunker on Thursday during an exercise that simulated an outbreak of a deadly new COVID-19 variant. He described the day-long “Omega Drill,” named after a fictional strain of virus, as a precautionary measure to ensure Israel was prepared for “any scenario.”
Denmark will require travelers from Singapore to self-isolate, the embassy in the city-state said Thursday, following a spate of COVID-19 infections. Singapore was this week removed from a European Union list of non-EU countries that require lifting travel restrictions.
Malaysia will reopen its borders to international visitors by January 1, a government advisory council said Thursday, as the country aims to revive its ailing tourism sector.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that the United States has signed a deal between Johnson & Johnson and the COVAX vaccine-sharing program to supply the company’s COVID-19 vaccine to people living in conflict zones. live.
One year on, we look back at how the Forum’s networks have dealt with the global response to COVID-19.
Using a multi-stakeholder approach, the Forum and its partners through its COVID Action Platform have provided numerous solutions to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic globally and protect lives and livelihoods.
Over the course of 2020, along with the launch of its COVID Action Platform, the Forum and its partners launched more than 40 initiatives in response to the pandemic.
The work continues. For example, the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs supports 90,000 social entrepreneurs, impacting 1.4 billion people, who address the needs of excluded, marginalized and vulnerable groups in more than 190 countries.
Learn more about the COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, our support from GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemics Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), and the COVAX initiative and innovative approaches to solving the pandemic, such as our Common Trust Network – aimed at helping to roll out a “digital passport” in our Impact Story.
2. UK economic growth slower than expected
Britain’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic has lagged that of other rich countries in the July-September period, according to official data from Thursday, which underlined the interest rate dilemma facing the Bank of England.
Gross domestic product grew 1.3%, the weakest growth in three months since Britain went into lockdown in early 2021.
The Bank of England and a Reuters poll of economists had forecast growth of 1.5%.
The Office for National Statistics said the UK economy remained 2.1% smaller than at the end of 2019, a bigger deficit than the other Group of Seven countries Germany, Italy and France.
The United States has already surpassed its pre-crisis size. Canada and Japan, the other G7 members, have yet to report third-quarter growth figures, but had already gained more ground in the second quarter than Britain had in the third quarter.
3. Sleep Apnea Linked to COVID-19 Outcomes
The risk of serious illness from COVID-19 is higher in people with obstructive sleep apnea and other breathing problems that cause oxygen levels to drop during sleep, researchers say.
They followed 5,402 adults with these problems and found that about a third of them ended up being tested for the coronavirus.
While the odds of getting infected didn’t increase with the severity of their problems, people with higher scores on the “apnea-hypopnia index” — a measure of the severity of their sleep-related breathing problems — were more likely to be hospitalized. hospitalized or dying from COVID-19, Drs. Cinthya Pena Orbea, Reena Mehra and their colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic reported in JAMA Network Open on Wednesday.
It’s not clear whether treatments that improve sleep apnea, such as CPAP machines that push air into patients’ airways during sleep, would also reduce the risk of severe COVID-19, Pene Orbea and Mehra said.