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France's Omicron wave expected to peak in 10 days; Germany to debate further restrictions: Top 9 COVID global updates

Posted on January 7 2022, 16:22pm

France's Omicron wave expected to peak in 10 days; Germany to debate further restrictions: Top 9 COVID global updates

PARIS: The world is under another COVID-19 wave, carried by Omicron. Countries are facing hospitalisations and deaths due to the dominant Omicron variant.

Here are the top 9 COVID developments around the globe.

1. France's Omicron wave expected to peak in 10 days

The COVID-19 wave engulfing France could reach its peak in about 10 days' time, said Prof Alain Fischer, an official responsible for France's COVID vaccine strategy.

"I think we are coming to the peak of this new wave," Reuters report Fischer told LCI TV, adding that this peak could come "primarily towards the beginning of the second fortnight of January, so if we work it out this would be in around 10 days' time".

France reported 261,481 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, less than the record of more than 332,000 set on Wednesday, but the seven-day moving average of new cases rose above 200,000 for the first time since the start of the health crisis.

2. Bolsonaro criticises health regulator over plans to vaccinate children

President Jair Bolsonaro has criticised Brazil's health regulator Anvisa for authorising the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years against Covid-19, Reuters reports, one day after his health minister unveiled plans to inoculate that age group.

Vaccine skeptic Bolsonaro said in a radio interview on Thursday that he had not heard of children dying of Covid-19 and repeated that his daughter Laura, 11, would not be vaccinated. Bolsonaro said vaccines could have side effects on children, but gave no evidence.

3. Argentina reports record COVID cases for third day in a row

For the third day in a row, Argentina logged a record number of coronavirus infections on Thursday as the country reported close to 110,000 cases, news agency Reuters reported. The country recorded 109,608 cases and 40 COVID-related deaths, the report said quoting the government. "We do not have a strong impact on intensive therapy units and less in terms of deaths," the news agency quoted the chief of staff of the Ministry of Health, Sonia Tarragona, as saying. Tarragona added that the cases being reported were mild or moderate and they were not putting stress on the health system.

4. Chinese anti-virus lockdowns add to concerns over economy

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