The WHO says 15 million people tested COVID-19 last week, most of which were reported in seven days.
COVID-19 infections worldwide rose sharply last week, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with 15 million people tested positive for the virus in seven days until January 9th.
The figure is up 55 percent from the last seven days, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday, adding that “significant numbers” are driven by Omicron’s differences.
Although most infectious diseases cause fewer infections than the Delta species, Tedros said Omicron is still a “dangerous virus”, especially for those who are not vaccinated.
The WHO’s comments came after Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hokestra announced that he had tested Covid-19 and teachers in France launched a protest against the government’s anti-virus system in schools.
Here are some recent updates:
6 minutes ago (02:58 GMT)
The Australian Open is up to 50 percent
Officials say the Australian Open’s population will be 50 percent while COVID-19 cases and hospitals continue to rise in Melbourne.
Jaala Pulford, Victoria State Tourism Minister, also said eye masks should be approved at the opening of the Grand Slam this year, which starts on Monday.
Viewers will need to stay away from people in the house, he added.
24 minutes ago (02:40 GMT)
French educators to crack down on COVID ” chaotic ‘approach
French educators are expected to resign in large numbers over allegations that the government is failing to adhere to school policies to address the COVID-19 epidemic, or to better protect children and workers from disease.
“The exhaustion and frustration of the entire academic team has reached unprecedented levels,” eleven organizations said in a joint statement.
“The role of the minister and the government in this crisis is adequate due to the constant changes, impossible procedures and the lack of proper equipment to ensure that (schools) can function properly.”
The strike comes as teachers, parents and school administrators are struggling to comply with the new test rules, which were announced before the end of the Christmas holidays but have changed twice since they were criticized.
The unions said they expected more schools to close on Thursday and more teachers – including about 75 percent of elementary schools – joined the one-day school.
1 hour ago (02:01 GMT)
The Dutch foreign minister has COVID-19
Wopke Hoekstra, a Dutch foreign minister, is said to have tested positive for COVID-19 and to be alone at home for the next few days.
He announced on Twitter.
Hoekstra, who was sworn in on Monday, was in Brussels on Tuesday where he met with European Union President Joseph Borrel and Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera for continuing to spread the coronavirus virus. I am Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives.
For major developments starting yesterday, January 12, go Pano.