This is a compilation of the latest news related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as new measures taken, updated scales and their impact in areas such as sports.
Two million daily cases worldwide
In the week from January 1 to 7, the number of 2 million daily cases of Covid-19 They are discovered, on average, around the world; The number 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
The British authorities announced, on Saturday, that Covid-19 has killed at least 150,057 people in the United Kingdom. 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 whoever believes he should be exempt from Covid vaccinations because he was infected in December, asked on Saturday to leave the detention center where he is in Melbourne so he can train.
On Monday, a federal court will hear the appeal filed by the player, the world number one, just over a week before the Australian Open.
Djokovic participated in two public events in Belgrade on the day he tested positive, and the day after, according to various social media posts. One was a party in honor of young Serbian players on December 17, when he was not wearing a mask, and the other was the presentation of a stamp in his honor the day before.
In turn, Czech tennis player Renata Vorakova left Australia on Saturday after her visa was canceled 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 mandatory vaccination law and health restrictions. The police made several arrests, but the rally went well.
Burkina Faso team affected by Covid-19 before CAN
“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 take part in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) on Sunday in Yaounde, he explained. The assistant coach who complained about the procedure.
Iranian poet Bektas Abten 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 the Covid-19 virus.
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, could end quarantine after one of two Covid-19 cases 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 budget 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 on Friday exceeded the ceiling of 300,000 dead.
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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