Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world as of Friday, January 14, 2022

New measures, new reports and highlights: here is an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in the world as of Friday January 14, 2022.

At UK, the services of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have apologized to Queen Elizabeth II following revelations about parties organized in Downing Street the day before the funeral of her husband Philip, in full confinement.

L’Australia spectacularly relaunched the Djokovic saga on Friday by again canceling the visa of the world number one in tennis, threatened with a return on Saturday in detention, the time of the examination of his appeal.

L‘Iceland will again tighten its arsenal of health measures, including the closure for two and a half weeks of bars and nightclubs, announced the government faced with the outbreak of the epidemic. From Saturday midnight, the limit for public gatherings is also lowered from 20 to 10 people.

Air passengers from 153 countries will no longer be able to transit through Hong Kong, to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the city’s airport said.

The Norway will extend vaccination to the 5-11 age group on a voluntary basis and without making an official recommendation.

At Brazil, vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 began in Sao Paulo, a month after it was approved by health authorities despite criticism from President Jair Bolsonaro.

In France, the Covid-19 vaccine from the American laboratory Novavax, based on classic technology, will become the fifth to be available in France after the green light from the French health authorities. This vaccine and that of Janssen (already available for those over 55) can, in certain cases, be “a useful alternative” for people reluctant to be injected with messenger RNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, judged the High health authority in its opinion.

Some major cities in the northeast of the United States, including New York, first hit by the wave of Covid-19 linked to the Omicron variant, are beginning to see the rate of contamination decline, although the trend is still upwards at the national level.

In Poland, thirteen of the seventeen members of the medical council for Covid to the Polish Prime Minister have resigned, accusing the populist national government of inaction in the face of the pandemic.

The pandemic has killed at least 5,519,380 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Friday midday. In absolute value, the United States is the most bereaved country with 846,488 dead, followed by Brazil (620,545), India (485,350) and Russia (319,911).

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.

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