The incidence of infections continues to rise, following the trend that began in recent weeks as a result of the emergence of the omicron variant, and now stands at 2,574 cases after notifying the Ministry of Health this Wednesday 137,180 new infections and 148 deaths from COVID-19. This is a rise of 140 points compared to the previous day.
In the middle of the vaccination campaign of the booster dose, one of the novelties is that those under 65 years of age vaccinated with the full schedule who have been infected with COVID-19 will be able to receive the booster dose four weeks after testing positive, as long as the infected person is recovered and six months have passed since the full schedule for those who received Pfizer or Moderna and three months if they were vaccinated with AstraZeneca or Janssen.
While in Europe, with infections also on the rise, Italy has approved mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus for those over 50 years of age, a measure that seeks to relieve hospital pressure and control infections to protect the population.
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Vaccines that began to be injected just over a year ago have proven to be the most effective remedy against severe covid. In Spain, four projects are still underway: three from the CSIC and another -the most advanced- from the Catalan pharmaceutical company Hipra. An information from Juan Coca in RNE.
In Germany cases have also skyrocketed. The chancellor, Olaf Scholz, meets this Friday with the heads of regional governments to define the strategy against the increase in coronavirus infections, marked by the advance of the omicron variant.
Education. Most European children return to school next Monday and, even with maximum infections from coronavirus, the two fundamental premises in most countries are safety and presence.
The epidemiological situation also affects consumption. The 2022 sales start: fewer discounts and more spending amid the rebound of the pandemic The uncertainty over the new omicron variant and the increase in prices will mark this new campaign. An information from Diana Fresneda
And in Sports. The Australian Government has rejected the visa of tennis player Novak Djokovic and requires him to leave the country as he is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, so he will not be able to play the Australian Open.
In Spain, infections have skyrocketed during the Christmas holidays. Between December 23, Christmas Eve and Kings Eve, more than 1,200,000 new cases have been confirmed and there are 5,435 more patients admitted to hospitals.
“The tsunami of cases is so big and fast that has saturated health systems around the world“, has assured the head of the WHO, who has insisted that the definitive conclusion should not be reached that the omicron variant, responsible for many infections, is less dangerous.
Let’s go with a review of the last hour: The current wave of COVID-19 infections, with record numbers exceeding two million cases a day, is causing enormous pressure on health networks across the planet. Read the complete information here.
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