An immunologist, Professor John Bell of Oxford University, said that the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus, which is spreading worldwide, is not “the same disease that I saw a year ago.” He shared the same view as the report that the nature of the strain was relatively mild.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the proportion of Omicron strains in U.S. corona infection cases is 58.6% in the week until December 25th.Estimateshowed that. It looks like it has been revised downward from 73% of the previous estimate. However, it increased significantly from 22.5% in the previous week, and also exceeded the Delta stock (estimated 41.1%).
Mayor De Blasio said at a news conference that New York City plans to double its corona testing capabilities at public schools after the New Year holidays. The state government sent 600,000 rapid test kits to the city last week, Hochul said.
Infection with the Omicron variant can increase immunity to the Delta variant and reduce the risk of aggravation, South African scientists said in a paper.
The Hong Kong government plans to make corona vaccination mandatory at schools and at work, the cable television station Hong Kong Cable Television reported on the 28th. It aims to increase protection against Omicron strains.
Johns Hopkins University and BloombergAggregated dataAccording to the report, the number of people infected with the new coronavirus in the world exceeded 281.5 million and the number of deaths exceeded 5.4 million.BloombergVaccine trackerAccording to the report, the total number of vaccinations in the world has exceeded 9 billion.
Original title:NYC to Double School Tests; Omicron at 59% in U.S.: Virus Update(excerpt)