we President Joe biden urged Americans to get vaccinated, describing the process as “your patriotic duty” in a series of tweets on Monday.
â€œGet vaccinated and get boosted,â€ the president said.
“It’s free. It’s convenient. It saves lives. And it’s your patriotic duty.
China reports 175 new cases of coronavirus for Monday, up from 161 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Tuesday.
Among the new infections, 108 were transmitted locally, according to a statement from the National Health Commission, up from 101 a day earlier.
Most of the new local cases have occurred in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, where the capital Xian was put under a strict lockdown for almost two weeks.
Zhejiang and Henan provinces have also reported new cases.
China reported 54 new asymptomatic cases, which it categorizes separately from confirmed cases, up from 35 a day earlier.
There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll unchanged at 4,636. Mainland China had 102,841 confirmed cases as of Monday.
Thousands of American schools delay opening
Thousands of U.S. schools have delayed a planned return to classrooms after the holidays or switched to distance learning as the Omicron variant pushes Covid-19 cases to record levels.
Cities of which Milwaukee, Cleveland and Detroit either implemented online education or canceled school altogether this week for tens of thousands of students, citing both staff shortages and Omicron concerns.
In New Jersey, which has seen some of the highest case rates in recent weeks, most urban school districts have implemented virtual classrooms to start the new year, including Newark, the largest city in the state.
Nationally, there are more than 2,750 school closures so far this week, according to Burbio, a website that tracks school disruptions, reports Reuters.
A sign outside of Midtown High School in Atlanta, Ga. Encourages students and staff to wear masks as students enter distance learning for a week as cases of the Omicron variant continue to increase. Photograph: Alyssa Pointer / Reuters
Hi it’s Samantha Lock back with you on Sydney’s sunny reporting blog.
Let’s start with some news from China.
The city of Yuzhou in the Chinese province of Henan entered detention on Monday evening after three asymptomatic cases of Covid were detected on Sunday, local media reports.
More than a million citizens are now required to stay at home while public transport, in-person education and public gatherings have been suspended.
The city center of the city was reportedly locked and not all staff were able to enter or exit the area.
Stores and supermarkets have been ordered to suspend all their commercial activities, except “to guarantee the supply of materials of daily life”, according to a government notice.
The emergency measures follow the confinement of 13 million people in Xi’an after 127 people contracted the virus.
Israel is also expected to allow foreigners suspected of being immune to Covid-19 to enter from medium-risk countries from January 9, the health ministry said.
Foreign travelers from 199 “orange” countries will be admitted if they can prove that they are vaccinated or that they have recovered from the virus.
Here is a brief overview of the main developments of the day:
- Thousands of we schools have delayed a planned return to classrooms after the holidays or switched to distance learning as the Omicron variant pushes Covid-19 cases to record levels.
- In Florida, Covid-19 cases increased by 948% in just two weeks.
- from Mozambique President, Philippe Nyusi, and his wife, Isaura, have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in self-isolation, the president’s office said on Monday.
- the UK reported 157,758 new cases of Covid today and 42 more deaths. Cases increased by 50% between December 28 and January 3 compared to the previous week. Deaths increased 17% in the same period compared to the previous seven days.
- Many NHS trusts have declared “critical incidents” amid increasing staff absences caused by Covid. Parts of the health service are in “crisis,” said the Confederation’s chief executive of the NHS.
- Canadathe most populous province of Ontario announced new restrictions – including closing schools and stores operating at 50% capacity – as officials warned of a “tsunami” of new Covid cases.
- the we The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the use of a third dose of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old.
- Starbucks will require its U.S. workers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or undergo weekly testing in order to comply with new federal mandates, the company said in an update sent to employees on Monday.
- India vaccinated more than 3.8 million young people aged 15 to 18 on Monday as the country expanded its vaccination campaign.
- The Omicron variant is more effective at bypassing the immunity of those vaccinated than the Delta variant, but is most likely milder, according to a Danish to study.
- Israel will allow foreigners suspected of being immune to Covid-19 to enter from countries at medium risk from January 9, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday.
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