The most infectious variant of Omicron BA.2 is expected to spread rapidly in some parts of Europe and China in March. Covid cases have risen this month in France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. In Asia, Shanghai is still struggling with the growth caused by Omikron as China imposes tighter restrictions.
Here are the top 10 updates for the global increase in Covid cases:
1. France reported 2.17,000,000 new cases of Covid-19 infection in the last 24 hours on Tuesday, a level not seen since early February.
2. Britain announced on Tuesday that it will end free testing for the general public next month. However, healthcare workers, social workers and the most vulnerable will still receive Covid-19 tests free of charge.
3. On March 26, Omicron sub-variant BA.2 accounted for more than half, or 54.9%, of coronavirus cases in the United States, county health authorities said on Tuesday.
4. In the United States, people over the age of 50 will be allowed to receive a second booster dose of Moderna and Pfizer. The difference between the two booster doses is 4 months.
5. China reported 1,629 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing a Chinese health authority. China reported 1,293 cases on Monday.
6. Shanghai, China’s most populous city, on Tuesday stepped up the first phase of a two-stage blockade of Covid-19, urging some residents to stay indoors unless they are screened as the number of new daily illnesses continues to rise amid the growth caused by Omikron.
7. Japan’s retail sales fell for the third month in a row in February as a variant of the Omicron virus caused the country’s largest wave of infections to date and caused an almost emergency, Bloomberg said.
8. While the rest of the world is struggling with a new spike, India is on a downward trend. “The Covid-19 pandemic has made us realize the importance of strong primary health care systems, increased investment in health and efficient public health systems,” India told the UN Security Council on Tuesday, according to the ANI news agency.
9. Several experts have said that the recurrence of Covid has been blamed on vaccine inequalities.
10. The WHO has repeatedly warned that the pandemic is far from over.
(with information from Reuters)
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