US reports cases of Omicron in multiple states – latest updates
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US reports cases of Omicron in multiple states
Hawaii has found a case of the Omicron coronavirus variant, officials said, becoming the fifth US state to detect the variant and bringing the total number of reported infections in the country to nine.
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been confirmed in an unvaccinated Hawaii resident with no recent travel history.
Hawaii epidemiologist Dr Sarah Kemble said the adult was infected with Covid-19 a year ago, was not currently hospitalized and had “mild to moderate” symptoms, including ailments headache, body aches and cough.
Earlier, New York reported five such cases.
Three other US states have found cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant – California, Colorado and Minnesota – among fully vaccinated patients who developed mild symptoms, health officials said.
Malaysia detects first case of Omicron variant
Malaysia has detected the country’s first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.
It was detected in a foreign visitor from South Africa who arrived in Malaysia via Singapore on November 19, he said.
China sees nearly 100 new cases of Covid
China reported 96 new confirmed cases of coronavirus for Dec. 2, up from 73 a day earlier, its health authority said on Friday.
Of the new infections, 80 were transmitted locally, according to a statement from the National Health Commission, up from 53 a day earlier.
China reported 24 new asymptomatic cases, which it categorizes separately from confirmed cases, up from 13 a day earlier.
There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll at 4,636. As of December 2, mainland China had 98,993 confirmed cases.
UK ‘fails to protect’ Covid loans against fraud
The UK government has failed to properly guard against fraud in its $ 63 billion Covid emergency loan program for small businesses, opening up to billions of pounds in losses, a dog warned keep.
The Bounce Back loan program launched in May 2020 and has failed to perform credit checks or fully verify the identity of small businesses applying for loans, said the National Audit Office, which monitors public sector spending.
The government launched the program to stop the collapse of small businesses that had to go out of business due to strict lockdown restrictions at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March, the UK Department of Business, which ran the program through British Business Bank, a state lender, estimated that 37% of loans would go unpaid and 11% came from fraudulent claims.
UN biodiversity summit postponed due to fear of Omicron
The second part of the UN COP15 biodiversity summit, due to take place in Switzerland in January, has been postponed due to the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus, organizers said.
“The uncertainties posed by the Omicron variant and the resulting travel measures and restrictions” have forced the postponement of the physical meetings, they said in a statement.
The Geneva meeting, which was originally scheduled to take place January 18-22, could instead be moved to March.
As a sign of the Omicron threat, around 2,000 people, including 1,600 children, have been quarantined after two cases of the variant were discovered on one of the campuses of the famous Geneva International School, authorities said. Swiss sanitary facilities.
Dozens of people infected in Norway with the Omicron variant
Norwegian officials said at least 50 people in Oslo had been infected with the omicron variant. The cases are linked to a company’s recent Christmas party at a restaurant in the capital, officials said.
The Municipality of Oslo said in a statement that more cases are expected. Officials are trying to trace transmission routes from the party.
Much remains unknown about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious, as some health officials suspect, whether it makes people more seriously ill, and whether it can thwart vaccines.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health said those affected live in Oslo and surrounding municipalities.
Australia reports first case of Omicron
Australia has reported its first community transmission of the novel variant of the Omicron coronavirus, but authorities have remained stable on a plan to reopen the economy in hopes it will prove milder than previous strains.
The new case, a student from Sydney, was the first confirmed Omicron infection from a person who had not traveled overseas, a sign that the variant was now in the community, state officials said. New South Wales.
“Transmission is still a concern, but we need to keep it in perspective again,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard told reporters, explaining why the most populous state in Australia was not canceling its phased reopening of the strict closings imposed in July due to the Delta variant.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies