This is a compilation of the latest news related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as new measures adopted, updated balances and their impact in areas such as sports.
Two million daily cases worldwide
In the week of January 1-7, more than 2 million daily cases of Covid-19 They are discovered, on average, all over the world; A number that doubled within ten days, according to an AFP tally.
The number of new daily cases has increased by 270% since the discovery of the Ômicron variant in Botswana and South Africa in late November 2021.
The vast majority of recent infections were detected in Europe (7,211,290 cases in seven days, 47% more than the previous week) and in the United States and Canada (4,808,098 infections, +76%).
However, the current wave of infections is not accompanied by an increase in the number of deaths. In the past seven days, there have been an average of 6,237 deaths per day worldwide, the lowest number since the end of October 2020.
More than 150,000 dead in the UK
On Saturday (8), the authorities announced that the Covid-19 virus has already killed at least 150,057 people in the UK. 313 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours.
Djokovic asks for training
Tennis player Novak Djokovic who Banned from entering Australia due to health measures And who considers he should be exempt from the Covid vaccination because he was infected in December, on Saturday asked to leave the detention center where he is, in Melbourne, for training.
On Monday, a federal court will hear the appeal from the world’s number one player, just over a week away from the Australian Open.
Djokovic attended two public events in Belgrade on the day he tested positive, and the following day, according to various social media posts. One was the ceremony honoring young Serbian players on December 17, at which he did not wear a mask, and the other, the presentation of a stamp in his honor, the day before.
Meanwhile, Czech tennis player Renata Vorakova left Australia on Saturday after her visa was revoked due to health reasons.
Protest in Vienna against restrictions
40,000 people demonstrated, according to police estimates, on Saturday in the Austrian capital Vienna against the draft compulsory vaccination and health restrictions. The police made several arrests, but the rally went well.
Burkina Faso team affected by Covid-19 before CAN
He explained that “between four and five players” from the Burkina Faso team and their coach have tested positive for Covid-19, so they will not be able to participate in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) on Sunday in Yaoundé. The assistant coach who complained about the procedure.
Iranian poet Bektas Abtin dies in prison after contracting Covid-19
Several human rights organizations announced, on Saturday, that the Iranian poet and director Baktash Abten, an opponent of the Tehran regime, died in prison after contracting Covid-19.
The end of the quarantine of dozens of personalities in Hong Kong
Dozens of Hong Kong officials and lawmakers, including the chief of police and the finance minister, may end quarantine after one of two cases of Covid-19 detected at a party they attended turned out to be a false positive.
Authorities ordered a 21-day quarantine for about 180 people who attended the event.
More than 5.4 million dead
The pandemic has caused 5,478,486 deaths worldwide, according to an AFP report on Saturday at 11:00 GMT (8:00 GMT). The United States is the country with the highest number of deaths (836,603), followed by Brazil (619,822), India (483,463) and Russia (315,400). Meanwhile, Mexico passed the 300,000 dead mark on Friday.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers that the epidemic balance could be two to three times greater, if the increase in deaths directly and indirectly related to Covid-19 is taken into account.
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