COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Australia nears Omicron peak as daily infections hover around records

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15 January 2022 - 08:57 By TImesLIVE People wearing protective face masks walk on the street amid the Covid-19 pandemic in Tokyo, Japan, on January 15 2022.15 January 2022 - 08:57 By TImesLIVE Passersby wearing protective face masks walk on the street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2022.14 January 2022 - 06:42 By TimesLIVE Trailers are lined up on a highway near the Bolivian border amid a backlog of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing that would allow truckers to enter Chile, in Tambo Quemado, Bolivia January 13, 2022.There were 159 new deaths reported and of these, 51 occurred in the past 24-48 hours bringing the total number of fatalities since the start of the pandemic to 92,989.

Image: January 15 2022 - 14:55 DA calls on Angie Motshekga to ‘scrap rotational timetables’ in 2022 The DA has called on basic education minister Angie Motshekga to scrap the rotational schooling system and do away with the 1m social distancing rule.On Thursday DA shadow basic education minister Baxolile Nodada said rotational timetables and social distancing requirements will have far-reaching consequences on pupil development, wellbeing and emotional health.Having limited the spread of the coronavirus through tough restrictions earlier in the pandemic, Australia is now suffering record caseloads from the Omicron variant.Nodada said matriculants were at a greater disadvantage as they had lost two years of effective teaching and learning since the start of the pandemic in 2020.In the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, thousands of devotees are likely to throng at banks of the Ganges river in the holy city of Prayagraj, as Hindus celebrate the Makarsankranti festival.“This year’s matrics have had two years of disrupted schooling and lost more than 50% of their grade 11 year as a result of school regulations under the pandemic,” said Nodada.More than 1.January 15 2022 - 10:35 Djokovic back for another night in detention before court hearing Novak Djokovic will spend Saturday night in immigration detention before the world's tennis number one seeks a court ruling to stop his deportation and keep alive his bid for a record 21st major title at the Australian Open.KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 19%, Eastern Cape and Limpopo each accounted for 9%, Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 5% and Free State and Northern Cape each accounted for 4% of today’s new cases.

Djokovic arrived at Melbourne's Park Hotel, the same immigration detention hotel where he was held last week, just before 3."We are not through it yet and I think there are still going to be large number of cases diagnosed in Australia over the next few weeks," Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly told a news briefing, referring to the Omicron outbreak.The Southeast Asian nation is battling its biggest surge in Covid-19 cases, driven by the more infectious Omicron variant, disrupting business operations and government services.30pm (0430 GMT), according to a Reuters witness.About a dozen refugee activists chanted “stop the torture.Infections have dipped over the last three days while the rise in hospitalisations in worst-hit New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has slowed slightly, official data showed..“ If you travelled to a malaria-endemic area and start to feel ill, it’s important to understand the differences between malaria and Covid-19 as they share symptoms.."We are seeing an epidemic of the unvaccinated in young people, we are seeing that in intensive care admissions," Kelly said.

let them out” as Djokovic and Border Force guards drove into the underground garage of the hotel, which is also being used to hold 33 asylum seekers and travellers in Covid-19 quarantine.A man cycling past the hotel shouted: “Go home, Novak!” January 15 2022 - 08:55 Australia nears Omicron peak as daily infections hover around records Australia has likely neared the peak of its Omicron wave, authorities said on Saturday, but warned daily infections will linger near record levels for"the next few weeks" after more than 100,000 cases were reported for a fourth straight day.A medical exemption for tennis star Novak Djokovic from vaccination was met with uproar in the country.Covid-19 deaths have been lower in the steeper and briefer Omicron-driven fourth wave than previous waves, but they still soared over the festive season, bringing the total number of people who have died to more than 223,000 this week.Having limited the spread of the coronavirus through tough restrictions earlier in the pandemic, Australia is now suffering record caseloads from the Omicron variant.Most parts of the country have shifted to a strategy of living with the virus as they reached higher vaccination rates.Djokovic is seeking a court ruling to stop his deportation.More than 1.January 14 2022 - 06:00 New numbers should add up to the end of the Covid-19 disaster: Winde Prior infection and vaccination have reduced the severity of Covid-19 during the Omicron-driven fourth wave, according to a study of nearly 17,000 patients in the Western Cape.

2-million infections have been recorded this year, compared with 200,000 for 2020 and 2021 combined."We are not through it yet and I think there are still going to be large number of cases diagnosed in Australia over the next few weeks," chief health officer Paul Kelly told a news briefing, referring to the Omicron outbreak.But modelling from some states"leads me to believe that we are close to the peak of this wave in terms of cases," he said..Infections have dipped over the last three days while the rise in hospitalisations in worst-hit New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has slowed slightly, official data showed.Most states are battling record hospitalisations during the Omicron wave, with authorities saying unvaccinated younger people forming a"significant number" of admissions in Australia.

"We are seeing an epidemic of the unvaccinated in young people, we are seeing that in intensive care admissions," Kelly said.Australia is among the most heavily vaccinated countries against Covid-19, with more than 92% of people above 16 double-dosed, and with a booster drive picking up pace.A medical exemption for tennis star Novak Djokovic from vaccination was met with uproar in the country.The federal government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, fielding criticism for his handling of the Omicron wave in an election year, on Friday cancelled Djokovic's visa for the second time over Covid-19 entry rules.Djokovic is seeking a court ruling to stop his deportation.

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