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Factbox: the Most Recent Information on the Global Spread of the Coronavirus

18 January (Reuters) – Tuesday was Australia’s bloodiest day of the pandemic, as a fast-moving Omicron epidemic continued to push hospitalisation rates to record highs, despite a minor decline in daily infections. continue reading

Infections and Deaths

* Eikon users can access a case tracker and news summary at COVID-19:

the Global Spread of the Coronavirus
Factbox: the Most Recent Information on the Global Spread of the Coronavirus

Europe

* Poland is in the fifth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, according to the country’s health minister, who predicted that the country would record over 20,000 daily cases on Tuesday and a peak of 60,000 in mid-February. continue reading

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson regrets attending a “bring your own booze” gathering in Downing Street during the country’s first lockdown, but understands the public’s outrage, education secretary Michael Gove said. continue reading

* Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic faces further imminent obstacles in his quest to surpass Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, with whom he is tied on 20 major titles, since he may be barred from the French Open under current circumstances. continue reading

ASIA-PACIFIC

* Thailand’s health minister said the country is considering reintroducing a quarantine waiver for vaccinated travellers as part of a proposed relaxing of some regulations later this week. continue reading

the Global Spread of the Coronavirus
Factbox: the Most Recent Information on the Global Spread of the Coronavirus

* The Chinese municipality of Tianjin recorded fewer COVID-19 cases as the outbreak began to ease, whereas the city of Anyang reported a record daily case count. continue reading

* According to the organising committee, tickets for the Winter Olympics will be provided to “selected” groups of people and will not be offered to the general public. continue reading

* Hong Kong police announced the arrest and prosecution of two former flight attendants on suspicion of violating the city’s coronavirus guidelines. continue reading

* According to the Kyodo news agency, Japan’s western prefecture of Osaka will register approximately 6,000 new illnesses on Tuesday, greatly above the previous all-time high of 3,760 set over the weekend. continue reading.

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AMERICAS

* Canada approved Pfizer’s oral antiviral therapy for adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 infection, but noted that worldwide supply constraints meant just a few doses would be available immediately. continue reading

African and Middle East Africa and the Middle East

* Israel’s Health Ministry said that it would reduce from seven to five days the necessary isolation period for persons who test positive for COVID-19. continue reading

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Developments in Medicine

* A fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine increases antibody levels even further than the third dose, although it is unlikely to be sufficient to prevent Omicron infections, according to a preliminary Israeli study. continue reading.

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Economic Consequences

* Asia’s stock markets were mainly higher, despite continued global investor focus on the potential of US interest rate hikes in the coming months, following two years of extraordinary pandemic-induced policy easing. continue reading

* Frequent oil purchases prompted by supply disruptions and indicators that the Omicron variant will not be as disruptive as anticipated have pushed some crude grades to multi-year highs, dealers said.

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