The 4th vaccine reduces the risk of death by 78%, China has more than 1,200 new community COVID-19 cases
More than 481.8 million people worldwide have contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus. (Photo: AP)
The country most severely affected by the epidemic COVID-19 still America with over 81.61 million cases and more than 1 million deaths. In the past day, the US recorded nearly 2,000 more people SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.
The number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine used each day in the US has dropped to the lowest level since the early days of the vaccination campaign in 2020, although many Americans still have not received a booster shot. Figures from Our World in Data show that the average number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine used in the past 7 days in the US has fallen to 127,000 doses / day, marking a decline since January 2022. , when more than 1 million injections per day are performed. According to data from the Washington Post, the number of people being vaccinated has dropped to 182,000 per day.
While the number of Americans getting two doses of the vaccine rose to 75% in adult subjects, the number of booster shots was lower. The booster shot is especially important in the face of Omicron variant, the virus strain was able to evade the protection of 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of the eligible population has not yet received a booster shot. That situation makes the US more vulnerable to a potential increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases, as is beginning to happen in Europe, even if the booster shot rate is higher than that of the US. many other countries.
At the world’s second largest COVID-19 epidemic center Indiaon March 27, the country recorded a total of over 43 million people with COVID-19, including more than 521,000 deaths from COVID-19 in this South Asian country.
Brazil currently the world’s 3rd largest epidemic hotspot with more than 658,800 COVID-19 patients out of a total of over 29.83 million infected people in this country.
According to data from the Office of National Statistics Brother (ONS), the number of new COVID-19 cases in the UK increased by 1 million in the week ended March 19, to 4.3 million. PCR test results show that the rate of COVID-19 in the UK is currently at 1/16 people in the context of sub-variant BA.2 of Omicron spread rapidly in this country. All parts of the UK, except Northern Ireland, saw an increase in the rate of new cases, especially in Scotland, where the rate of COVID-19 cases hit a new record with 1 in 11 people. Last week, the number of COVID-19 cases in the UK was 3.3 million.
This latest data is believed to be the most accurate reflection of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the community. The rising number of new cases means hospitalizations from COVID-19 will also increase, experts say, even though vaccines help prevent many serious cases.
The number of new COVID-19 cases in the UK increased by 1 million in the week ending March 19. (Photo: AP)
Ian Barr, deputy director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborative Center for Influenza Research, warned of the risk of an outbreak of influenza in the country. Australia after the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Barr issued the warning as many experts said that the natural immunity of Australians to seasonal flu may have been reduced during the time of the COVID-19 epidemic.
In 2021, Australia has 598 flu infections, an all-time low and no deaths, thanks to travel restrictions and border closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In 2019, the country had 313,033 flu infections, including 953 deaths.
Regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, on March 27, Australia recorded 46,502 new cases and 11 deaths across the country.
Ministry of Health New Zealand On March 27, the country recorded 10,238 new infections in the community. Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, has the highest concentration of new infections, with 1,886 cases.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 until now, New Zealand has recorded a total of 597,745 cases.
National Health Commission China On March 27, mainland China recorded 1,217 new COVID-19 infections in the community, most of which were concentrated in Jilin province (1,071 people). In addition, there are 37 new imported cases of COVID-19
According to the above committee, since the outbreak of COVID-19 until now, mainland China has recorded a total of 143,240 cases, including community and imported cases, including 4,638 diseases. death factor. There are still 27,567 COVID-19 patients being treated in mainland China.
Shanghai, the largest city in China, continues to record a sharp increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases. However, city officials insist the government will work to avoid having to impose a full blockade due to concerns about the economic effects of this measure.
Currently, China is facing a serious epidemic wave due to the emergence of a fast-spreading variant of Omicron, causing an unprecedented increase in the number of new daily cases.
On March 27, the government of the special administrative region Hong Kong (China) announced that it has shortened the flight suspension order for airlines found to be carrying more than 3 passengers who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus at the destination, in the context of the number of cases. Community transmission continues to decrease.
In a statement, the Hong Kong government said that from April 2, the suspension of flights for airlines found to be carrying more than 3 passengers with COVID-19 will be reduced from 14 days to 7 days. In addition, if a single flight has one person who tests positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and at least one person fails to comply with pre-arrival testing, that airline will be banned from flying for the remainder of the year. within 7 days.
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong is decreasing. (Photo: AP)
Last week, Hong Kong announced the lifting of the ban on flights to and from nine countries including Canada, India, Pakistan, Nepal, the UK, the US, France, Australia and the Philippines.
In the past 24 hours, Hong Kong recorded 8,037 new cases of COVID-19 and 151 deaths. This is the second day in a row that the number of new cases here is below the 10,000 mark. The Hong Kong government is expected to relax social distancing measures in phases from April 21, accordingly, allowing meals at restaurants after 6pm with a maximum of 4 people/table, up from The current maximum rate is 2 people/table.
Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (China) Lam Trinh Nguyet Nga said that the city’s efforts to control the COVID-19 epidemic will focus on nursing homes and the people living in these facilities.
From 0:00 on April 1, residents in the Hong Kong special administrative region who meet the conditions will be able to return to Hong Kong. Non-Hong Kong residents are not yet allowed to board an aircraft from any overseas region. Chief Executive of the Special Administrative Region Lam Trinh Nguyet Nga reiterated that this decision does not mean easing entry restrictions. She also predicts that Hong Kong will have more “imported” cases, but the data shows that most of these cases are asymptomatic or have mild and manageable symptoms.
Ministry of Health Malaysia announced, on March 2, the country added 20,923 new cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia to over 4.12 million. Most of the new cases mentioned above are community transmission with 20,695 residents. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 until now, Malaysia has had 34,751 deaths due to this disease.
Currently, 84.1% of the country’s population has received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, of which 79% have completed the basic vaccination and 47.8% have received the booster shot.
Separate research by Israel’s two largest health insurance groups published on March 26 said, 4th dose of vaccine Preventing COVID-19 in addition to reducing the risk of infection can significantly reduce the risk of death for patients.
The Clalit health insurance group’s study took data from over 563,450 patients aged 60 to 100. Clalit experts concluded that the risk of death in the group of 4 additional injections was reduced by 78%. Meanwhile, another study by health insurance group Maccabi also tracked the effectiveness of the booster vaccine in 100,000 people over 60 years old in Israel between January and March 2022. The results showed that the 4th dose of the vaccine was 73% more effective than the previous 3 doses in preventing the risk of severe COVID-19 disease.
People infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and the flu virus at the same time are twice as likely to die, and four times more likely to need a ventilator. This is a new study published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. The study involved 305,000 people in the UK hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 227 were infected with both COVID-19 and the flu. Their condition was much more severe than the rest of the group. These findings suggest that influenza testing needs to be increased in hospitalized people with COVID-19, the researchers stress.
The world is recording an increase in viruses that cause common seasonal respiratory illnesses as people resume their new normal lives and do not apply epidemic prevention measures. Therefore, according to scientists, it is most important for people to be fully vaccinated to have antibodies against both viruses before it is too late.
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