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Today’s covid-19 news: · 4000 excess non-covid 19 deaths occurred in England during first year of pandemic · Acute phase of pandemic could end in 2022 with improved vaccination rates, says WHO · Israel recommends fourth vaccine dose for all adults

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

Isolation period shortened for people with covid-19 in EnglandFrom Monday, people will be able to finish isolation at the start of day six if they record two negative results on lateral flow tests on days five and six. The change is intended to maximise activity in the economy and education while minimising the risk of people passing on the virus, he said..

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “This is a pragmatic move which leaders will welcome if it can mean more health and care workers who are well enough can return to the frontline, providing it does not significantly add to the risk of the virus spreading.”

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The most deadly pandemic in US, Abortion 2017 =862,000 US goes crazy with covid deaths =650,000 You know who else spread fake news? Adolf Hitler “tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

Fauci: Omicron COVID-19 infections likely to peak in FebruaryDr. Anthony Fauci said he was 'as confident as you can be' that states will hit their highest point of infections in February Hurry up and get your 20th booster shot !! 🤡🤡🤡 Ok. Keep me posted.

COVID-19 live updates: New Zealand imposes restrictions amid omicron outbreakNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed that her own wedding will be postponed as she announced a new set of COVID-19 restrictions amid the country’s first omicron outbreak. I feel just awful for those 30 or so folks who live in New Zealand. Thoughts and prayers, y'all. America is the shining beacon on the hill and JoeBiden is destroying it This is what happened when you give up guns!

Utah's lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday, her office announced. Oh, No! Welp..... Hope she's not depending on healthcare from those in the cheap seats. Isn’t this the second time?

Utah lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson has tested positive for COVID-19 days after a string of Utah legislators also tested positive for the virus. Zzzzzzzzzzz 😂😂. CoxFailed HendersenFailed UtahLegislatureFailed No one cares anymore. I know plenty of people,vaxed and not vaxed, all have the same symptoms. Time to move on.

COVID-19 Patient at Center of Ventilator Fight Dies in TexasA unvaccinated COVID-19 patient flown from Minnesota to Texas during a legal battle over whether his ventilator should be turned off died Saturday, the family’s attorney said. Classic 'family didn't feel he was taken care of' when he didn't get vaccinated. No, they tried, he didn't. These no vax people should listen to the doctors. His wife disparaged and sued the hospital (later dropping the suit) where he was originally being treated. She then had the guy flown to good ole’ Texas and he dies anyway. GetVaccinated Should have gave him the Joe Rogan cure to start with.

COVID-19 patient from Minnesota at center of ventilator controversy dies in Texas, media reports sayMINNEAPOLIS — A unvaccinated COVID-19 patient flown from Minnesota to Houston during a legal battle over whether his ventilator should be turned off died...

, her spokesperson announced today.Email Rand Paul and Dr.Email this article New Zealand announced a new set of COVID-19 restrictions Sunday amid its first omicron outbreak.SALT LAKE CITY — Henderson will be canceling all her public events that were scheduled for this week.

Andersson was reported to be “feeling fine”. Sajid Javid, health secretary, arrives at No. Anthony Fauci found themselves in some heated word exchanges at the Senate hearing on COVID-19 updates.10 Downing Street, London, UK James Veysey/Shutterstock 13 January Isolation period shortened for people with covid-19 in England People who test positive for covid-19 in England will be able to stop self-isolating after five days if they have two negative lateral flow test results, the UK health minister has announced. There are nine newly confirmed omicron cases identified in a single family in the last day. Sajid Javid told MPs in the House of Commons that UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data showed “that around two-thirds of positive cases are no longer infectious by the end of day five”. Fauci accused the senator of stirring the political pot. From Monday, people will be able to finish isolation at the start of day six if they record two negative results on lateral flow tests on days five and six.

The change is intended to maximise activity in the economy and education while minimising the risk of people passing on the virus, he said. Anthony Fauci, predicted Sunday that COVID-19 cases induced by the omicron variant will peak next month. -ABC News' Christine Theodorou Remdesivir approved for use in non-hospitalized patients Link Share to Twitter Email this article The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its approval for remdesivir, an antiviral drug used to treat COVID-19, to include people who are not hospitalized.. Previously, people with covid-19 had to self-isolate for a minimum of seven days." However, he noted cases should start dropping off after that, as seen in other countries, but that the virus is still unpredictable. The move follows a similar policy change in the US . "Today's actions provide adults and pediatric patients, with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of severe COVID-19, with a treatment option they could receive outside of a traditional inpatient hospital setting, including at skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare settings and outpatient facilities such as infusion centers," Dr. Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “This is a pragmatic move which leaders will welcome if it can mean more health and care workers who are well enough can return to the frontline, providing it does not significantly add to the risk of the virus spreading. "Things are looking good.

” Other coronavirus news leave his role at the end of March . Van-Tam, whose appearances in televised covid-19 briefings have been widely praised, has been on secondment to the Department of Health from the University of Nottingham since 2017." RELATED: But he also said areas with low vaccination rates may still have an uphill battle. -ABC News' Sasha Pezenik Biden has no authority to mandate vaccines for federal employees, judge rules Link Share to Twitter Email this article A federal judge in Texas shot down the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal workers. He will return to the university to take up a new role as pro-vice chancellor for the faculty of medicine and health sciences. UK prime minister Boris Johnson thanked Van-Tam “for his extraordinary contribution to our country and his invaluable advice throughout the pandemic”. Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health developed an easy-to-clip-on device that can help detect low levels of SARS-COV-2 and subsequently whether a person has been exposed. It is too soon to say the coronavirus is moving into an endemic phase, a World Health Organization official has warned.S.

“Endemicity assumes that there’s stable circulation of the virus, at predictable levels with predictable waves of transmission… that doesn’t rely on external forces being placed in order to maintain that stability,” Catherine Smallwood said at a press conference on Tuesday . Fauci also expressed hope that the U. “But what we’re seeing at the moment, coming into 2022, is nowhere near that. We can’t just sit back and see a stable rate of transmission. will get the virus under control. “But the Supreme Court has expressly held that a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is not an employment regulation.” Measures to tackle covid-19 also led to a dramatic fall in hospital admissions for common childhood infections in England, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal . There were thousands fewer admissions for meningitis, flu, tonsillitis and pneumonia and other conditions as the nation went into lockdown, schools closed and children’s social contacts significantly reduced. "We'd like it to get down to that level where it doesn't disrupt us in the sense of getting back to a degree of normality.

Some children with pre-existing conditions such as asthma were also “substantially protected” from other infections that could have potentially been life-threatening, researchers reported. The Justice Department will appeal the ruling, a spokesman said. The study analysed data from 2017 to mid-2021." Health officials are urging people to get boosted, and Fauci said another booster isn’t out of the realm of possibility given that the first Americans received their first booster during the fall season. Around three-quarters of teachers in France are expected to strike today in protest at the government’s handling of covid-19 measures. Since the start of January, a surge in cases caused by the omicron variant has led to major disruption, with about 10,000 classes closed due to infections among staff and pupils. "We may need to boost again, but before we make that decision, we want to determine what the durability is," he added. Vaccination is our strongest tool against the virus," the spokesperson said in a statement, noting that more than 93% of federal employees have gotten at least one vaccine dose. Teaching unions are demanding better protections against the virus, including high-quality face masks for staff and carbon dioxide monitors.

Fans watch a football match in Seville, Spain Getty Images Europe 12 January The coronavirus pandemic is rapidly moving toward becoming endemic, according to the European Medicines Agency As cases of coronavirus continue to soar around the world, the status of the coronavirus outbreak is rapidly moving from pandemic to endemic, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). delta: Study examines difference between two coronavirus variant symptoms Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U. “Nobody knows exactly when we’ll be at the end of the tunnel, but we’ll [get] there,” EMA head of biological health threats and vaccine strategy Marco Cavaleri told journalists at a press briefing on 11 January . “What is important and what we’re seeing is that we are moving towards the virus being more endemic. The reason: The variant has proved so wildly contagious that it may already be running out of people to infect, just a month and a half after it was first detected in South Africa.” Cavaleri didn’t define what he meant by endemic. The term technically means that infections are stable and predictable.S.

Cases continue to rise across Europe. Germany and Bulgaria both reported the highest daily rate of new cases since the start of the pandemic in the last 24 hours, for example, reports . In Chicago, COVID-19 test positivity peaked at nearly 20% on Jan. “We should not forget that we are still in a pandemic,” Cavaleri said. “Nevertheless… with omicron there will be a lot of natural immunity taking place on top of vaccination, we will be [rapidly] moving towards a scenario that will be closer to endemicity. The peak of daily cases was 8,553 on Jan.” Cavaleri also warned that the repeated delivery of booster doses of covid-19 vaccines is not a sustainable strategy for managing outbreaks.

“We are rather concerned about a strategy that entangles repeated vaccination within a short term,” he said. Hospitalizations haven’t dropped but started to plateau. While booster doses might be necessary for those who are immunosuppressed or otherwise vulnerable to severe disease, “we cannot really continuously give a booster dose every three or four months”, he said. However, Ugur Sahin, the head of BioNTech, yesterday told the JP Morgan Health Care Conference: “We do not know how much immunity is associated with an omicron infection. In Connecticut, doctors at the two largest health care systems say they believe the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may have peaked in the state.” He said that the company will start a clinical trial of an omicron-specific Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by the end of this month and that commercial-scale manufacturing of this vaccine has already begun. “We anticipate to be ready for market supply by March 2022, subject to regulatory approval.2%, the lowest since December 19, and the second day in a row the state's positivity rate dropped below 10 percent.

” Asked if the vaccine will come too late to have a meaningful effect on the omicron surge, Sahin said “Because most of the infections are mild, it is quite possible that even an infection with omicron requires an additional booster to ensure prolonged protection.” He also told the conference that three billion doses of the original Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine were made in 2021. Cases are still rising slightly in the midwest and south, but the pace has slowed down. The companies shipped 2.6 billion doses and more than a billion people in 162 countries or regions have been vaccinated with them, the head of BioNTech, Ugur Sahin, told the JP Morgan healthcare conference on 11 January. Ulysses Wu, the chief of infectious disease at Hartford HealthCare, said. “Millions of cases of severe illness or death [were] likely averted,” he said.

  Commuters wait on the platform at Auber RER train station in Paris, France Nathan Laine/Bloomberg via Getty Images 11 January More than 50 per cent of people in Europe will be infected by the omicron variant within the next 6 to 8 weeks, warns WHO Most people in Europe will become infected with the omicron variant in the next 6 to 8 weeks if the trend in case rates continues, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned." According to the U. The region saw 7 million new cases of covid-19 in the first week of 2022 – a figure that had more than doubled over a two-week period, WHO regional director for Europe Hans Kluge told journalists at a press briefing on Tuesday . “As of 10 January, 26 countries reported over 1 per cent of their population is catching covid-19 each week,” Kluge said. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 cases are starting to fall. “At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation forecasts that more than 50 per cent of the population in the region will be infected with omicron in the next 6 to 8 weeks.” Other coronavirus news Over 176,000 people in the UK have had covid-19 mentioned on their death certificate since the start of pandemic, according to the nation’s Office for National Statistics, . That’s down from 797,000 more than a week ago.