Coronavirus: Latest global developments | ASEAN Post


Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

Half a million dead since Omicron

The World Health Organization (WHO) laments that half a million people have died from the virus since the discovery of the Omicron variant, calling the toll “more than tragic”.

Canada’s Truckers Not Moving

Truckers crippling Canada’s capital and a key bridge on the United States (U.S.) border angered by COVID rules show no signs of backing down as provinces across the country say it’s time to cancel restrictions.

New Zealand Copiers

New Zealand protesters against the anti-vaccine mandate are continuing a similar action outside the country’s parliament, with protesters in Wellington vowing they will stay “as long as it takes”.

Rich Must Pay: WHO

The WHO is urging rich countries to pay their fair share of the money needed for its COVID-19 plan by urgently contributing US$16 billion.

South Korea abandons test and trace

South Korea is scrapping its much-vaunted ‘trace, test and treat’ program as a rise in Omicron cases threatens to overwhelm the country’s health system.

Panic buying in Hong Kong

Fears of another lockdown are sparking panic buying in Hong Kong, with the city determined to maintain China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy.

United States Lifting Mask Rules

Several Democratic-led US states plan to lift indoor and school mask mandates as infections decline in America.

Brazil Illiteracy on the rise

The number of Brazilian children aged six and seven who cannot read or write has increased by 66% during the pandemic, according to an educational charity.

Indonesia is testing a vaccine

Indonesia is starting to test a local COVID vaccine on humans after getting the green light from the country’s drug regulator.

Slovenia Prime Minister Positive

Slovenia’s conservative Prime Minister Janez Jansa tests positive for the virus as infections begin to decline.

Corn sales burst

The pandemic has sent microwave popcorn sales skyrocketing in Europe as people feast on the popular cinema snack at home.

Cricket T20 Disabled

New Zealand Cricket are abandoning next month’s T20 series against Australia, saying the move was “inevitable” due to strict COVID-19 border controls.

More than 5.7 million dead

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,761,646 people since the outbreak first emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Wednesday.

The United States has recorded the most COVID deaths with 909,020, followed by Brazil with 633,810, India 505,279 and Russia 337,390.

Taking into account the excess mortality linked to COVID-19, the WHO estimates that the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

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