Here is a summary of current health newsletters.
German hospitals hope Omicron – as a milder variant – could ease the burden
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus could ease the pressure on the German healthcare system if it is found to produce milder disease, even as infections increase, the head of the association of senior hospital doctors said on Sunday ( VLK) of the country. VLK chairman Michael Weber said the coronavirus would no longer be a threat to the healthcare system if Omicron became as dominant in Germany as it is in South Africa, Britain or Denmark and whether the infections are also mostly mild as there.
Israel approves fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine for people over 60 and medical staff
Israel will offer a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people over 60 and medical staff, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday amid an increase in Omicron variant infections, saying the top medical official in the country had approved the vaccine.
England and Wales report 137,583 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday
Britain reported 137,583 new cases of COVID-19 in England and Wales on Sunday, compared to 162,572 cases in England on Saturday, according to government data. There were 73 deaths within 28 days of testing positive in England and Wales, down from the 154 reported in England on Saturday.
Daily COVID cases in Saudi Arabia above 1,000 continue to rise in UAE
Daily coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia topped 1,000 for the first time since August, while daily infections in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have crossed the 2,500 level. Authorities in the two Gulf Arab states did not have not broken down cases by COVID-19 variant. Both countries confirmed their first known case of the Omicron variant in early December.
Unvaccinated American travelers added to French quarantine list
France has put the United States on its COVID-19 travel âred listâ, which means unvaccinated people entering the country will need to be quarantined for 10 days. The rules will not change for fully vaccinated people entering France from the United States: they must always prove a negative test before boarding their flight.
Fauci warns of danger of increase in hospitalizations due to large number of COVID cases
Leading U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said there was always a risk of increased hospitalizations due to a large number of coronavirus cases, even though early data suggests the Omicron COVID- variant 19 is less serious. “The only difficulty is that if you have so many cases, even if the hospitalization rate is lower with Omicron than with Delta, there is still the risk that you will have an increase in hospitalizations which could stress the health system. “, Fauci said in an interview Sunday with CNN.
English schoolchildren will wear masks to fight the Omicron wave
Secondary school children in England will be asked to wear face covers when they return after the Christmas holidays next week to deal with an increase in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the secretary of the office said on Sunday. ‘Education Nadhim Zahawi. “We want to maximize the number of children in school and college for as long as possible,” he said in a Sunday Telegraph article.
Israel to offer fourth COVID vaccine to people over 60, medical staff say
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that Israel would offer a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people over 60 and medical staff as it faces an increase in Omicron variant infections. Israel last week approved a fourth dose of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, a second booster, for immunocompromised people and the elderly living in nursing homes.
France reports nearly 60,000 new cases of COVID daily
France reported 58,432 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Sunday in a 24-hour period, a figure well below the previous four days, when additional daily infections exceeded 200,000, on days following a public holiday – such as the day of the An – Newly reported cases tend to decline, so the steep decline does not necessarily indicate a change in trend.
Italy reports 61,046 coronavirus cases, 133 deaths on Sunday
Italy reported 61,046 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday after 141,262 the day before, the health ministry said, reflecting a sharp drop in the number of tests, while the daily number of COVID-related deaths fell from 111 to 133. Italy has recorded 137,646 deaths linked to the virus since it emerged in February 2020, and has reported 6.328 million cases to date.
(With contributions from agencies.)