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Coronavirus: last minute on infections, the omicron variant and the return to schools LIVE

The covid continues to advance in Europe with the omicron variant and also in Spain. The week begins with the return to schools and changes in protocols on close contact lockdowns. Vaccination continues to advance at a good pace, but the authorities call not to lower our guard and continue with protection measures.

In this thread we explain the latest news:

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Oral cavity tests could be more effective in detecting omicron

Two preliminary studies suggest that the new variant is easier and faster to find in the mouth than in the nostrils . Some doctors recommend passing the self-diagnostic swab through the nose but also inside the cheeks and palate

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Family doctors retire early due to the pressure: “We can't do it anymore”

Overload in health centers is a problem that goes back a long way, long before the pandemic. But the collapse in Primary Care has been accentuated in this sixth wave of the covid, with professionals completely overwhelmed by the lack of personnel and by the flood of daily work: monitoring of patients with the virus, telephone and face-to-face care and the flood of people who They have suspicious symptoms of covid, which has led many family doctors to have an agenda of more than sixty patients a day, since we must also add the emergencies that arrive. If professionals were on edge before the pandemic, they are now under enormous pressure. Read the full article.

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A denier, in charge of the nurses of a nursing home in Lorca

Refusing to wear a mask or protective equipment individual protection (PPE) and question the validity of antigen tests. These are some of the behaviors that the nursing coordinator of the Domingo Sastre residence for the elderly, in Lorca, has manifested. A behavior that led her to engage in discussions with her co-workers, sources close to the case said. The woman, after a long-term leave, joined her job this week, heading the nurses of a center for the elderly dependent on the Murcian Institute of Social Action (IMAS). When she returned, on Monday the 10th, she was subjected to a test to see if she was infected with coronavirus. The test came back negative and the woman returned to her post. Read the full post here.

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Mexican President López Obrador tests positive for coronavirus

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has reported that he has tested positive for coronavirus, so he will quarantine and communicate virtually until he recovers from the disease. “I inform you that I am infected with covid and although the symptoms are mild, I will remain in isolation and will only do office work and I will communicate virtually until I get ahead,” said the president on his social networks. In addition, López Obrador has confirmed that, until he overcomes the coronavirus, the Secretary of the Interior, Adán Augusto López Hernández, will be in charge of representing him at press conferences and other types of events.

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Peru beats for the third time in 5 days a record of new cases daily with 24,480

Peru registered 24,480 new cases of covid-19 this Tuesday and it is the third time in the last five days that beats its record of infections registered in a single day since the start of the pandemic. In total, the Andean country accumulates 2,412,577 confirmed cases of covid-19 until this Tuesday, when on Monday there were 2,388,289, according to the daily report offered by the Ministry of Health. It is the third time, in this third wave of the pandemic that Peru is going through, that the daily number of new cases exceeds the maximum peak of the two previous waves, registered on April 15, 2021 with 13,326 infections.

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Madrid residents from 40 to 44 can now order appointment

The 713,000 Madrilenians between the ages of 40 and 44 can make an appointment from this Wednesday to receive the third dose of the vaccine against covid-19 starting Thursday in public hospitals and vaccination points authorized for it in the region. In this way, the self-appointment system has been extended to this age group for the booster or additional dose and thus an appointment can be made through the Virtual Health Card or the website of the Ministry of Health.

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Germany sets a new record infections

The German health authorities have registered this Wednesday a total of 80,430 new coronavirus infections and set a new figure record of daily infections, in addition to 384 new deaths from the disease. The Robert Koch Institute, the government entity in charge of infectious disease control, has indicated through its website that, with this latest balance, more than 7.66 million people have contracted the virus in Germany and that a total of 114,735 have died since the start of the pandemic.

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Manila prohibits the use of public transportation by those not vaccinated against covid

Philippine authorities announced this Wednesday that people not vaccinated against covid-19 will not be able to use public transport in the metropolitan area of ​​Manila while the level 3 alarm in force in the capital due to the pandemic lasts. In a statement, the Ministry of Transport pointed out that the order, in force since Tuesday, responds to the movement restriction policies previously announced by the Government to stop the current wave of infections as a result of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Those not vaccinated with the complete guideline will not be able to use buses, trains or other public means, except when they have a medical exemption, go to buy basic necessities such as food and medicine or go to work or to the hospital.

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Indonesia begins to administer booster doses before the fear of omicron

Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world, began this Wednesday to administer booster doses of the covid-19 vaccine amid concern about the expansion of the omicron variant. The campaign prioritizes free inoculation in the elderly and people with health problems in order to shield this population at risk against the virus, although it will also be offered to the rest of the population, Indonesian President Joko Widodo pointed out in a video the day before. . Indonesia, which has registered 4.26 million cases and more than 144,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, surpassed its worst wave of infections and deaths between June and September 2021.

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China detects 166 local infections of covid among 221 new cases

The National Health Commission of China announced today the detection of 221 new positives of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 this Tuesday, 166 of them by local contagion. These cases of community transmission were recorded in the provinces of Henan (center, 118), Tianjin (north, 33), Shaanxi (north, 8) and Canton (south, 7). The remaining 55 infections, found among travelers from abroad, were detected in various regions of the country, but most of them were found in the megalopolises of Shanghai and Guangzhou, with 20 cases each.

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Colombia reduces the time to apply reinforcement against the covid-19

The Colombian Government reduced this Tuesday from six to four months the time for people over 18 years of age who received the complete vaccination schedule can apply the booster before the arrival of the omicron variant. “All those over 18 years of age who have had the application of both doses, or a single dose in the case of Janssen, will be able to apply the booster doses, no longer waiting six months, but four months after having received their scheme of vaccination, “Colombian President Iván Duque said in a statement. The decision was made taking into account the increase in omicron in the country, a variant of which the president said has an “exponential” contagion capacity.

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Argentina reaches a new record of infections

The Argentine health authorities have counted 134,439 new positive cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, which establishes a new record number of daily infections as the country is immersed in a new wave of infections due to of the omicron variant. In addition, the Ministry of Health has detailed that more than 200,000 virus detection tests have been carried out, which also sets a record, although it has regretted that 66 percent of these gave positive results. This balance shows the highest rate of positivity since the first wave, when in mid-2020 percentages close to 80 percent were recorded, although in a different context marked by the least amount of tests performed.

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India is close to 200,000 cases of covid-19, the highest number in 7 months

India recorded 194,720 new coronavirus infections this Wednesday, the highest number of cases in seven and a half months, in the framework of a third wave of the pandemic that has caused a tightening of restrictions. The nearly 200,000 cases detected in the last 24 hours, 15.8% more than yesterday, raised the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to more than 36 million, according to the latest data from the Indian Ministry of Health.

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The situation of the covid in Catalunya

At 10.30 there will be a press conference on the epidemiological situation of the covid in Catalonia. The Secretary General of the Department of Health, Meritxell Masó, and the Secretary of Public Health, Carmen Cabezas, will be in charge.

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Quebec considers a tax on people who do not get vaccinated against covid

The Canadian province of Quebec is considering imposing a special tax on people who are not vaccinated against covid-19, due to “the consequences” that the cost of care for patients who have refused to receive vaccines. Quebec's proposal, unveiled on Tuesday by the provincial prime minister, Francois Legault, comes just days after Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos declared that Canadian provinces have to consider making vaccination mandatory. against covid-19. Legault affirmed today at a press conference that the attitude of the anti-vaccines has “consequences” for the health system and it is not fair that the rest of Quebecers have to pay for their refusal.

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Good morning, we return to the daily information.

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The omicron variant is already 60% of the cases

The omicron variant, which two weeks ago had only been detected in 1.6% of global cases analyzed in laboratories, is already present in a 58.5% of these analyzes, which is why it has surpassed the delta and has become the dominant one worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The weekly epidemiological report published today by the WHO shows that of the more than 357,000 analyzes carried out by the global network of GISAID laboratories in the last 30 days, more than 208,000 detected the omicron variant.

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Global COVID cases are up 55% and five times in South Asia

Global cases of covid-19 increased by 55% last week, and the wave of infections associated with the variant omicron begins to hit new regions such as South Asia, where positives soared 418% in that period, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The current wave of infections continues to grow strongly although it continues without being accompanied by similar growth in deaths, which from January 3 to 9 increased only 3% globally (43,000). Europe, the epicenter in the last weeks of the wave, was the region where infections grew the least in the period studied (31%, 7.1 million more), while in America they rose 78% (6.1 million), in the Middle East 86% (200,000) and in East Asia 122% (732,000).

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Brazil doubles the number of infections in 24 hours

Brazil registered 70,765 new cases and 147 deaths associated with the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with a marked advance of the omicron variant and the doubling of infections from one day to the next, official sources reported this Tuesday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, in February 2020, the country has added 22,629,460 confirmed cases and totals 620,238 deaths, according to the most recent epidemiological bulletin from the National Council of Secretaries of Health (Conass) of the 27 states. The number of infections doubled that of the day before, when 34,788 cases were counted, while the number of deaths had a slight advance over the 110 deaths reported on Monday.

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Quebec prepares a new tax for the unvaccinated

The Canadian province of Quebec, paralyzed by the omicron variant, will create in the coming weeks a new health tax on those who are not vaccinated against covid-19 because they represent a “burden financial for all Quebecers, “said Quebec Prime Minister Francois Legault. The 10% of Quebecers, who have not yet received any dose of vaccine, should not “harm” the 90% who do, he said and explained that this 10% of unvaccinated adults represents 50% of people in intensive care, qualifying the situation as “shocking”.

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Fauci accuses a Republican senator of the death threats received

The American scientist Anthony Fauci, responsible for The strategy against covid in the US accused a Republican senator skeptical of vaccines of unleashing “madmen” who threatened his life and harassed his family, in an unusually emotional testimony before Congress on Tuesday. The latest bitter exchange between Fauci and Senator Rand Paul comes as COVID-19 cases soared fueled by the omicron variant and hospitalizations hit an all-time high of 145,982, surpassing a previous record of around 142,000 in January 2021. The United States is the most mourning country in the world, with more than 840,000 deaths, and is recovering from its fifth wave of infections. Paul, who has criticized vaccination mandates and refused to be vaccinated, accused Fauci of being personally guilty of killing people.

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The European Medicines Agency warns against treating covid as the flu

He considers that it still behaves like a pandemic virus and that it should not be relegated to a mild disease, as proposed by one of the medical societies to the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.

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Spain, second European country in infections

Today's data places Spain as the second country in Europe with the highest number of reported infections in the last day. Ahead is the United Kingdom, with 142,224 and an incidence of 3,613 cases, and behind Spain is Italy, with 101,762 infections and 3,108 points in transmission. France has registered 142,224 infections and an incidence of almost 4,000 cases.

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Madrid notifies 20,195 new cases and 31 deaths

The Community of Madrid has notified 20,195 new cases of covid, 15,693 in the last 24 hours, and 31 deaths in Madrid hospitals, according to the report on the epidemiological situation this Tuesday with data at the end of the previous day. The number of hospitalized stands at 2,824 (56 less than yesterday) and 310 in the ICU (one more), while 418 patients have been discharged. The number of people in home monitoring by Primary Care is 8,307.

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They shield the Martutene prison (San Sebastián) when 70 infections were detected

Those in charge of the Martutene prison, in San Sebastián, have decided to shield the facility, canceling visits to the inmates, who remain isolated in their cells, after detecting an outbreak of covid-19 that affects 70 inmates, of which only 20 have mild symptoms of the disease (equivalent to a catarrhal process), while the rest are asymptomatic. To prevent the spread of the pandemic, it has been agreed to shield the penitentiary, with prisoners in the cells, to whom the meals are taken, as well as the purchases they make in the commissary.

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France exceeds a new record d e infections with more than 368,000 in one day

France has once again exceeded its absolute record of infections in one day, with 368,149 positives in the last 24 hours, after the previous peak of more than 322,000 notified last day 6. “Since the beginning of the crisis, we have never seen such figures,” French Minister of Health Olivier Véran told the Senate. In parallel to the increase in infections, the situation worsens in hospitals, where today more than 23,371 patients were counted, about 4,000 of them in ucis, according to figures from health authorities collected by the BFM TV channel.

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From pandemic to endemic

No one knows with absolute certainty what will happen to covid-19. The most optimistic hypotheses speak that, in the future, the coronavirus responsible for this pandemic could become an endemic virus.

See here the full report

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Spain registers 247 deaths in a day

The Ministry of Health notifies 134,942 cases and 247 deaths in the last 24 hours. The incidence stands at 3,042.11 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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Ómicron continues to be the predominant variant in Madrid with 97% of cases

The omicron variant of Covid-19 has displaced Delta as the majority in the Community of Madrid in the last three weeks and remains as the predominant currently in the region with 97% of the cases registered between December 20 and January 2, with 3.2 points more than the previous week. Specifically, the new omicron variant has shown a significant increase in the last four weeks, representing 16.7% of the total number of screenings.

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More than 12 millions of Spaniards already have the booster dose

Regarding additional doses, according to data from the Ministry of Health , a total of 12,094,750 have already been administered: 8,102,447 from Pfizer and 3,992,303 from Moderna. These data collect the extra dose of people with a high-risk condition, people who live in residences, people over 40 years of age and the Janssen reinforcement, as well as health and social health workers.

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WHO recognizes that “it may be necessary” to update vaccines to omicron and future variants

The Technical Advisory Group on the Composition of the Vaccine against covid-19 of the World Organization of the Health (WHO) has defended that “it may be necessary” to update vaccines in order to adapt them to omicron and future new variants. In the opinion of this group of scientists, future vaccines should be based on strains that are genetically and antigenically close to the SARS-CoV-2 variants in circulation; be more effective in protecting against infection to reduce transmission in the community and the need for health and social measures; or elicit broad, strong and long-lasting immune responses to reduce the need for successive booster doses.

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A court orders to compensate doctors for their lack of protection in the first wave

A court in Alicante has sentenced the Ministry of Health to compensate doctors, with amounts ranging from 5,000 to 49,000 euros, for the lack of protection elements to which they were subjected during the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic. It adds that Health violated the obligation to take measures “from the knowledge that there was of the existence of a covid-19 pandemic and, especially, from the declaration of the state of alarm” established by the royal decree of March 14, 2020. According to the ruling, during the months of March, April and May 2020, the health personnel of the Alicante medical centers, among which were the 154 plaintiffs, only had one mask per week for the provision of their services, since those that were available were kept under lock and key by those responsible for the respective center.

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Pharmacies defend charging a “symbolic” amount for the communication of positives for sick leave in the Balearic Islands

The College of Pharmacists has defended the possibility that the pharmacies charge a small amount, in addition to the price of the antigen test, for the communication of the positive to the administration for the processing of sick leave through the platform that is being finalized. This has been explained by the president of the College of Pharmacists of the Balearic Islands, Antoni Real, who has insisted that in any case it would be a small “symbolic” amount for the extra work that it will entail and for it to be valued by the patient.

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Education names 1,568 teachers in an extraordinary way to guarantee face-to-face education in the centers

The Department of Education has appointed a total of 1,568 teachers to replace teachers and teachers on leave from this Wednesday. This Monday 1,517 were named and 571 more on Saturday, which makes a cumulative total of 3,656. In Girona, 190 have been named, in Barcelona Comarcas 178 have been named, in Central Catalonia, 153, and in the city of Barcelona and Baix Llobregat, 150 in each region. In Tarragona 116 have been named, in Lleida, 88 and in the Ebro, 48.

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Argimon asks for the dismissal of doctors and teachers with a self-responsible statement to speed up the process

Josep Maria Argimon has appealed to Social Security so that doctors and teachers can take leave from work with a declaration of self-responsibility. The Health Minister has argued that in this way the process for substitutions would be streamlined and would contribute to decongesting Primary Care.

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Catalonia, Madrid, Valencia and Andalusia see signs of improvement in the sixth wave

The autonomous communities of Andalusia, Madrid, Valencian Community and Catalonia have manifested this Tuesday through their representatives that they already see signs of improvement in the evolution of the sixth wave of the pandemic, thanks, in part, to mass vaccination of the population. However, in some cases they have decided, for the time being, to extend their different measures that, among others, go through the Covid certificate or limit the closing hours of some establishments.

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The Cases of omicron in Russia

Confirmed cases of omicron in Russia tripled to 300, authorities reported Tuesday locals, who warned of a possible worsening of the situation in the coming weeks. To date, 305 omicron infections have been recorded in Russia in 13 regions, according to the Russian health chief, Anna Popova. Russia has registered 17,525 new cases of coronavirus this Tuesday, the maximum since the beginning of the month, after eight days below the barrier of 17,000 infections, according to the center for the fight against the covid-19 pandemic. And the Russian health official pointed out that cases can exceed 100,000 a day “if the situation develops in an unfavorable way.”

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Valencia will vaccinate children from 5 to 8 years old in schools from this Thursday

The Valencian Department of Health will vaccinate 186,088 boys and girls between 8 and 5 years old who study in schools in the Valencian Community regardless of their ownership, as reported by sources from the Ana Barceló department. Thus, minors will be vaccinated whose families deliver the vaccination authorization to the educational center and who, on the day of the puncture, are not confined, sick or absent for any other reason.

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Argimon predicts that the peak of the sixth wave may arrive in less than two weeks

The Minister of Health of the Generalitat, Josep Maria Argimon, has predicted that the peak of cases of the sixth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic can arrive in less than two weeks: “In seven, eight or ten days,” he said. In an interview this Tuesday on TV3, he assured that there is a “rapid and clear slowdown” in the number of cases and that it is necessary to see if it continues. He has said that there are several countries that have already lowered their sixth wave (South Africa or Denmark) but it is uncertain to compare with them to know what speed the decline will experience in Catalonia: “We hope, I say it more as a wish than as a prediction, that we can go down quickly “, you have trusted.

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Greece approves the fourth dose of the covid vaccine

The National Vaccination Committee of Greece gave this Tuesday light green to the administration of the fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine to immunosuppressed people. The fourth installment of the vaccine will exclude the general population for the time being and is aimed only at a specific group, potentially around 250,000 people, with cases of immunosuppression. Citizens eligible to receive the fourth dose will be able to do so between 3 and 6 months after receiving the third booster dose.

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WHO experts: booster doses alone will not stop the covid epidemic

Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that the mere repetition of booster vaccines will be insufficient to prevent the appearance of variants of the new coronavirus and they urged to improve the immunizers to stop the transmission of the disease. “A vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses” of the first vaccines “has little chance of being appropriate or feasible,” the WHO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the composition of vaccines against the new vaccine said in a statement. coronavirus.

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Madrid pharmacies have received 5 million antigen tests and have distributed 2.7 million

The Community of Madrid will have distributed this Tuesday among the pharmacy offices of the region five million antigen tests for the detection of covid-19 for free distribution among Madrid, of which it has already dispensed more than 2.7 million. Specifically, since this measure was launched on December 22, a total of 2,739,673 antigen tests have been distributed, one for each Madrid, according to data from the Official College of Pharmacists of Madrid (COFM). This Tuesday, a consignment of 1.4 million of these self-diagnostic tests will arrive at the establishments of the region, so that there will be 5 million units distributed among the almost 3,000 pharmacy offices in the region.

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The Government will set on Thursday the maximum price of antigens self-test

The Interministerial Commission of the Prices of Medicines, a collegiate body of the Ministry of Health, of which other departments and autonomous communities are part, will set the maximum price for antigen self-diagnosis tests next Thursday. This has been reported by the Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, in the press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers in which she said she understood “the public concern” about the increase in the price of these tests in recent weeks, in those whose demand has skyrocketed.

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The omicron variant hits Argentina in full summer holidays

Argentina is experiencing a “third wave” of the pandemic with record numbers of infections due to the omicron variant, a situation that is collapsing the main testing centers and primary care systems, while the authorities choose not to impose restrictions that frustrate the summer holidays. According to official data, the number of infected began to grow little by little in mid-December and skyrocketed at the end of the year: in the last seven days, the South American country has registered a total of 659,870 coronavirus infections (with a positivity of the 58%). These figures place Argentina as the country with the most cases per 100,000 inhabitants (1,929) in all of Latin America, ahead of Uruguay (1,400), Panama (897) and Bolivia (798), according to the statistical portal Our World in Data , which does not include data for Brazil. Reports Efe.

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Alert of bottles if the curfew is lifted and the nightlife is closed

The Catalan Federation of Activities Associations of Restoration and Musicals (Fecasarm) considers that the lifting of the curfew announced by the Generalitat for next week may cause an increase in 'bottles' if nightlife is closed. As explained to the ACN by the general secretary of the Fecasarm, Joaquim Boadas, this already happened last September and may happen again, especially if the limitation of meetings to a maximum of ten people is also lifted

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Murcia suspends visits to nursing homes

Murcia suspends as of this Wednesday, January 12, visits to residential centers for the elderly in the Region, with The objective of protecting the health of its users and stopping the spread of the virus, as long as the current scenario is maintained, in which the capacity for asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus continues to advance. A measure that will be active for 15 days, but may be reviewed at the end of it depending on the epidemiological situation, as reported by sources from the regional government.

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A covid outbreak affects a third of the 99 inmates of the CIE in Valencia

A covid outbreak affects 33 of the 99 inmates of the Valencia detention center for foreigners (CIE), which has forced to the isolation of this group within the facilities and without any medical complications being recorded. Those infected are isolated in one of the two floors of the CIE, with different hours from the rest of the inmates to eat or go out to the patio, they have medical supervision and visits have been restricted.

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Andalusia exceeds the peak of the fourth wave

Andalusia registers this Tuesday, January 11, a rise of 232 hospitalized in 24 hours to a total of 1,703, the highest daily rise this sixth wave and the largest since January 25, 2020 (278) and 431 more hospitalized in the weekly comparison, while patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) rose by five to 229 admitted, 32 more than a week ago .

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Immunity of cancer patients after covid is similar to that of the rest

A study by the Spanish Lung Cancer Group (GECP ) concludes that cancer patients maintain a Immunity similar to that of the general population after a coronavirus infection and that cancer treatments do not affect the state of immunity. The study, reported by the GECP in a press release, has been prepared in 50 Spanish hospitals and has concluded that four months after the COVID infection, 47% of them had increased their immunity, 23% had increased their immunity. had maintained and only 30% had lost protection against the virus. The study also reflects a low mortality of lung cancer patients who contracted COVID, which is why it urges us to carry out the same therapeutic efforts as for the general population, since their evolution is similar.

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Johnson, back in the spotlight for a party during the first confinement

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, is again in the spotlight by the information that points to the celebration of a party in the Downing Street garden on May 20, 2020, during the first confinement imposed in the country by the covid pandemic. According to the British press this Tuesday, around a hundred people were invited to have a few drinks in the Downing Street garden. Each guest was required to bring their own drink, and according to several witnesses, Johnson and his wife, Carrie, were among those in attendance. The British television channel ITV has published the invitation email to the meeting, in which it is specified that the event would be held with “social distance”.

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China confines another city due to the increase in cases

The Chinese authorities have announced this Tuesday the confinement of the city of Anyang, located in the province of Henan (center) and where about 5.5 million live people, due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in recent days. The first case in Anyang was reported on Saturday and since then the figure has risen to 84, according to the official balance, so the municipal authorities have imposed a ban on transfers and movement of vehicles. Thus, they have stressed that the measure will be in place indefinitely while an epidemiological assessment of the situation is carried out, although it is believed that the first cases are related to the outbreak in Tianjing, equally confined.

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Satse Catalunya demands the incorporation of a school nurse in Catalan centers

The Satse Catalunya nursing union has again demanded that the Generalitat incorporate school nurses in Catalan centers because it considers that “teachers cannot take on health tasks for which they are not qualified”. In a statement this Tuesday, the union believes that, after the appearance of covid-19, the demands on teachers are greater and defends that there must be a health professional in the centers to apply the new protocols against the pandemic. In addition, they have recalled that school nursing has “an essential role” beyond the management of the coronavirus: from specific health problems to the administration of mediation that students may be taking, and they have also vindicated their work in health education.

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The infections return to skyrocket in Belgium but deaths fall

Belgium has once again seen how infections by the omicron strain soar, doubling the positive ones every week, after previously overcoming a wave of the delta variant, although deaths from covid follow a downward trajectory. The cumulative incidence of new cases on 100,000 people in the last 14 days, which was more than 2,100 points about six weeks ago and then fell below 1,000 cases, now stands at 1,897 points, with an advance of 85% between on January 1 and 7 and 20,264 new cases per day. The previous week the increase was 104%.

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The night curfew will end on the 21st in Catalonia

The Government does not plan to request an extension, explained the spokesperson Patrícia Plaja.

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PharmaMar appreciates 20% on the stock market for one of its drugs against covid

PharmaMar's shares on the stock market revalued 20.82% at 12:28 p.m., to 65.68 euros per share, after the pharmaceutical company published a study that reveals the positive effects of its antiviral plitidepsin against covid and its different variants. In this way, the company's shares increased more than 11 euros compared to the price of 54.30 euros at which the shares closed yesterday. According to an article published in the journal 'Life Science Alliance', the final plitidepsin data “has shown to have a potent antiviral activity in all variants at very low concentrations (nanomolar) with a positive in vitro therapeutic index.”

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Galicia, Cantabria and Asturias have already vaccinated more than 50% of the pediatric population

Galicia, Cantabria and Asturias are the three Autonomous Communities that have already vaccinated more than 50% of the pediatric population with at least one dose. On the contrary, the Balearic Islands is the last in this list with 20% of children between 5 and 11 years vaccinated with at least one dose. On December 15, 2021, pediatric vaccination began in Spain to stop the advance of coronavirus infections and the data updated as of Monday, January 10, from the Ministry of Health reflect that the Autonomous Communities of Galicia, Cantabria and Asturias are at the same head in vaccination in this age group, with more than 50% of children vaccinated with at least one dose, while the Balearic Islands are positioned at the tail with 20.2%.

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Request to sell tests outside pharmacies

The Catalan Competition Authority (ACCO) has warned that regulating the price of covid self-diagnostic antigen tests can be “counterproductive” and advocates for allowing these to be sold in supermarkets and other establishments, in addition to pharmacies, to lower their cost. According to the ACCO, setting a maximum price for the covid self-diagnosis tests, which yesterday announced that the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, “may generate counterproductive effects” because this price “in a situation of high demand can cause that, when change this situation, the regulated price is higher than that of a competitive market “. For this reason, the ACCO considers it necessary “to expand distribution channels and allow the sale of tests in establishments other than pharmacies to improve accessibility and reduce prices.”

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Real Madrid-Tenerife Egatesa also postponed due to coronavirus

The Real Madrid-Granadilla Tenerife Egatesa meeting, from the seventeenth day of the First Iberdrola for women, has also been postponed due to the numerous positives in covid-19 that is in Alberto Toril's squad, as decided by the RFEF Single Competitions Judge, Rafael Alonso Martínez. In his resolution, the judge indicates that he has received a communication from the Real Madrid chief medical officer about the evolution of the health situation of the first team of the white box, which already forced the postponement of the derby against Atlético de Madrid last day.

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Gaza fears not be able to face the expected wave of infections by omicron

The health authorities of the blocked Gaza Strip today warned of a growing transmission community for the omicron variant and expressed their fear of not being able to face a wave of “uncontrolled infections”. “There are deep concerns and fears that Gaza will witness a strong and uncontrolled wave of the omicron variant in the coming weeks,” Majdi Dhair, the representative of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the strip, said today.

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Middle Europe, with omicron

More than 50% of the population of Europe will have contracted the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the next two months, if the rate of transmission is maintained, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned this Tuesday. “At this rate … it is expected that more than 50% of the population in the region will have been infected with the omicron variant in the next six or eight weeks,” said the director of the WHO Europe region, Hans Kluge, in a press conference, underlining that this variant presents several mutations “capable of binding more easily to human cells” and affecting people who have already suffered from covid-19 and are vaccinated.

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Nepal closes schools for three weeks

The authorities of Nepal have announced this Tuesday the closure of schools for at least three weeks to deal with the advance of registered coronavirus cases Recently. Primary and secondary schools will remain closed until January 29, according to the spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Deepak Sharma, who has indicated that the authorities are coordinating to launch a vaccination campaign for children between 12 and 17 years old. .

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This is how it will evolve the pandemic, according to the immunologist Alfredo Corell

The year 2022 has started in the middle of the sixth wave with omicron wreaking havoc on hospital pressure, saturating primary care and causing record numbers of infections, although mortality is lower. The immunologist Alfredo Corell has appeared on the program 'Espejo Público' to make a prediction of the evolution of the pandemic. According to the expert, it is likely that the data on infections will begin to decline at the end of this month because “you have to wait the ten days of rigor since New Year's Eve and Three Kings, which have been the last major socialization acts.” Therefore, it will not be until the end of January when we begin to see the decline of the sixth wave.

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The WHO asks not to associate terms such as 'deltacron' or 'fluron' with covid

The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked not to use words like 'deltacron' or 'flurone' to talk about the covid due to the inaccuracy of these with the pandemic. This has been made clear by Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, a leading epidemiologist at the WHO, through her profile on social networks, specifically on Twitter, where she has asked that these terms “imply a combination of viruses or variants and this is not happening “. “Let's not use words like deltacron, fluron or flurone. Please. These words imply a combination of viruses / variants and this is not happening. Deltacron is likely a contamination during sequencing, SARSCoV2 continues to evolve and see flu coinfection.” , has manifested.

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Galicia reduces the countries of mandatory declaration for travelers

La Conselle Ría de Sanidade has significantly reduced the territories that travelers must declare in a mandatory way to the Servizo Galego de Saúde (Sergas) before their arrival in Galicia. Thus, only Denmark appears in the list of European countries to be notified. This is how the list of destinations appears, updated this Tuesday through an order from the Department of Health that the Official Gazette of Galicia (DOG) collects. According to the list of territories, within Spain all autonomies are mandatory except for six: the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, the Valencian Community, Andalusia and Murcia, as well as the cities of Ceuta and Melilla. In the previous update, there were only two excluded communities.

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Can my child go to school with covid symptoms even if he has not tested positive?

Returning to the classroom after the Christmas holidays raises doubts in families. The Ministry of Health publishes an update of the protocol in educational centers

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Self-appointment for the third dose in Catalonia

The self-appointment to receive the third dose of The vaccine against covid-19 for the 40 to 45 age group will open in the Community of Madrid this Wednesday and the dispensing of doses will start in this way on Thursday. In this way, some 713,000 citizens of the region will be able to request from this Wednesday their appointment to receive in the network of public hospitals in the region – including Nurse Isabel Zendal – and in the WiZink Center through the Virtual Health Card or of the website of the Ministry of Health. In the same way, it can be carried out in Madrid public health centers, in their usual hours – from Monday to Friday, in this case by telephone request by selecting the vaccination appointment option.

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The situation in Catalonia by regions

By regions, those with the highest risk of regrowth today (EPG) are Alta Ribagorça, with 8,830 points, Solsonès ( 6,695), Vall d'Aran (6,219) and Pallars Sobirà (6,147), while all the others are above 3,000 points, when the high risk threshold is located at 100. Barcelonès, the most populated region , today has an EPG of 3,886, a total of 120 more than yesterday, with a propagation speed (rt) of 1.10, one hundredth less. By municipalities, those with the worst EPG recorded today are: Santa Perpètua de Mogoda (5,388), Amposta (5,125), Vilafant (5,124), Rubí (5,062) and Sant Adrià de Besòs (5,019).

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The covid in Catalan schools

Catalan schools have recorded this Tuesday, in the first count of the second quarter, a stable group confined and no centers closed due to coronavirus outbreaks. There are 28,087 people who belong to the educational community in quarantine: 22,572 students, 5,509 internal teachers and staff, and six external workers. There have been 33,907 positives in the last 10 days: 27,291 from students, 6,610 from teachers and internal staff, and six among external staff.

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The sixth wave in Catalonia

The Catalan outpatient clinics are increasingly saturated: in the last hours they have received nearly 100,000 patients by covid. And the fact is that the coronavirus continues with thousands of daily infections , and waiting for clear indications that show that the peak has been reached in recent hours, a very high figure has been reported again: 43,512 more positives, which again increases the weekly average that was beginning to decline. Health officials request great caution because primary care is still saturated and hospitals continue to add admissions and occupy new critical units with patients with covid. This Tuesday 58 more admissions and 20 more people have been reported in the ucis, and there are already 520 people who are in critical units.

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The URJC elaborates action protocol for exams with positive covid

Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC), through the Vice-Rector's Office for Academic Planning , has developed a new protocol to inform its teachers and students about how to act when taking an exam when they are positive for covid-19. The document, to which Efe has had access, indicates that in the case of a positive in covid-19 by a student, he has to communicate his case to the Madrid Health System (900 102 112) and, later, communicate his positive Email to [email protected] and complete the Covid Form. The student will receive from this email a Responsible Declaration document, to fill out verifying their positive and return it signed, add the document.

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The ATP reaffirms its position in favor of vaccines

The Professional Tennis Association (ATP) issued a statement in which it highlighted its firm support for vaccination against covid-19, in response to the controversy unleashed by the legal episodes that the first world-ranked Novak Djokovic (1) after his arrival in Melbourne to play the Australian Open. “ATP continues to strongly recommend vaccination of all players on the circuit, which we believe is essential for our sport in times of pandemic. This is based on scientific evidence and has health benefits,” he explained in the statement issued. The association demanded the need to improve communication and the application of the rules when granting visas to enter Australia despite the fact that it influenced that it abides by the immigration policies imposed and that it understands the effort that Australians have made after having suffered the strictest confinements in the world.

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The incidence continues to rise in Germany, which registers new protests

The incidence of coronavirus continues to rise in Germany before the advance of the omicron, while the Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, said that the authorities will not give in to the pressure of the participants in the protests against the anticovid measures. The cumulative incidence rose to 387.9 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, compared to 375.7 yesterday and 239.9 a week ago. Even so, the incidence is still below the 402.9 of a month ago, when, however, the trend was already downwards after the peak of 452.4 registered on November 29 in the middle of the fourth wave of the pandemic.

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France makes the protocol to keep the maximum number of open classes

The French Government has decided to make the health protocol in schools more flexible to simplify things to parents in the event of a positive declaration and to keep classes open as much as possible despite omicron, which is a much more contagious variant. His spokesman, Gabriel Attal, defended this Tuesday in an interview with the radio station Europe 1 the new protocol to “keep schools open (…) because we know that it is good for children” and “also good for the country” . “We know it is a difficult solution when the virus circulates a lot,” but that is why it has been modified, Attal said. The changes come amid protests by parents and the call by teachers' unions for a strike for next Thursday.

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Henan Province of China imposes restrictions to stop omicron outbreak

The city of Anyang, in the central province of Henan, is as of today confined and without car circulation after the detection of 58 new cases of covid in the municipality, a outbreak connected to the omicron in the northeastern city of Tianjin, state media reported today. The city, of about 5.5 million inhabitants, has reported 84 positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus since last Saturday, when the first was detected. Local authorities banned the circulation of cars and ordered all residents to remain in their homes while an epidemiological investigation is being carried out, according to the official Xinhua agency.

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Japan will extend the border closure until March due to the expansion of omicron

apón will extend, at least until February 28, the border closure that affects newcomers due to the expansion of the omicron variant in the country, and will speed up the inoculation of the booster dose. The Japanese Government announced on Tuesday new measures to deal with the rebound in COVID-19 infections and the expansion of the omicron variant in the archipelago, with an emphasis on suspending new income from foreigners. To cope with this sixth wave of infections, Japan also plans to accelerate the inoculation of the booster dose, which so far has only reached 0.6% of the population (equivalent to 43,699 doses), according to the latest official data. , compared to 78.4% with two doses.

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New Delhi closes restaurants and offices in the face of the third wave of covid-19

The authorities of New Delhi on Tuesday ordered the closure of restaurants and offices, in a new series of restrictions to curb infections in the capital, while India registered 168,063 cases in full advance of the third wave. “It has been observed that the number of covid-19 cases (including cases of the omicron variant) have increased rapidly in recent days and the positivity rate has exceeded 23%,” noted the Disaster Management Authority of Delhi. (DDMA) in an order posted today. The agency ordered the closure of all bars and restaurants, although the latter will still be able to send food at home, as well as private offices in the capital, with some exceptions regarding activities considered essential.

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Beijing rules out lockdown during the Winter Games due to the increase in cases

The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Winter Olympics stated on Tuesday that for the moment it does not contemplate confining the Chinese capital given the recent increase in coronavirus cases registered in China in recent days. The confinement of the city during the celebration of the Games “is for the moment ruled out,” said Huang Chun, an official of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee, quoted by local media. According to Huang, although the omicron variant has already been detected in some Chinese cities such as Tianjin, about 80 kilometers from Beijing, “the situation is under control.”

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Good morning, we return to the daily information.

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Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid tests positive for covid

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 but was in good condition of health. Lapid, who heads the government's largest party, was isolated at home, according to a spokesman. “I feel great because I'm vaccinated. Go get vaccinated, put on a mask, we'll get through this together,” he wrote on Twitter. Lapid was the main architect of the formation of the ruling coalition in Israel and is scheduled to take over as prime minister next year in a rotation agreement with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. (Report by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Sandra Maler

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The Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament tests positive for coronavirus

The Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament Nikola Minchev has tested positive for coronavirus after attending a meeting with the Balkan country's top officials and politicians, a parliament spokeswoman reported late Monday. “Minchev has mild symptoms. He will be in isolation and will perform his duties at distance via video link, “the spokeswoman said. Minchev felt unwell and underwent a COVID-19 test after attending a seven-hour meeting of the advisory Bulgarian National Security Council, in which he discussed the country's position on North Macedonia's path to join the EU.

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The incidence in Madrid rises 103.11 points over the weekend

The 14-day cumulative incidence in the Community of Madrid has risen 103.11 points since Friday to stand at 2,491.54 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to data from the Ministry of Health published this Monday , with information from the previous day. Specifically, the 14-day incidence has gone from 2,388.43 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Friday to 2,491.54 cases this Monday after adding 168,210 new infections in the last two weeks, 75,518 of them in these seven days. Thus, the region continues to be below the national average in cumulative incidence, set at 2,989.47 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and is now in sixth position among the regions with the lowest levels in this indicator.

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Concern in Canada about the saturation of hospitals and health services

The rapid increase in the number of covid-19 cases in Canada and the increasing saturation of hospitals, which threatens to collapse health systems, has forced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to convene this Monday an emergency meeting with the country's provinces. Canada has registered 25,466 new cases of covid this Monday, although the real numbers are much higher due to the inability of the country to perform all the necessary tests. In the most populated provinces, the number of people infected with the virus is five times higher than the officially recognized number, according to experts.

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Italy reports more than 100,000 new infections and 227 deaths

The Italian authorities have reported this Monday 101,762 positives for coronavirus and 227 deaths in the last 24 hours, while the positive rate stands at 16.6%. Since the start of the pandemic, 7.5 million positives and 139,265 deaths have been positive for coronavirus. This Monday, the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, has defended mandatory vaccination for people over 50 years.

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Germany keeps the vaccination centers open until the end of the year

Germany will keep its coronavirus vaccination centers open until at least the end of 2022, following an agreement reached on Monday between the health ministers of the federal states and the head of the federal government portfolio, Karl Lauterbach. This was reported by the Government of the federal state of Saarland, which had submitted a proposal in this regard. Currently they want to increase the general vaccination quota and also accelerate the application of the reinforcement that is considered key in the fight against the omicron variant. But the incidence of coronavirus continues to rise in Germany due to the advance of the omicron variant that will force, according to the Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, to tighten the measures beyond those recently agreed.

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Madrid notifies 8,509 new cases

The Community of Madrid has notified 8,509 new cases of covid, 4,888 in the last 24 hours, and 34 deaths in Madrid hospitals, although the number of patients hospitalized in the plant has increased and ICU, according to the report of the epidemiological situation of this Monday with data at the close of the previous day. With the start of childhood vaccination, the percentage of the population older than 5 years with at least one dose is 89.2%, while 84.8% have a complete schedule.

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The incidence is close to 3,000 points

The Ministry of Health has registered 292,394 infections and 202 deaths from coronavirus in the last weekend. The incidence is 2,989.47 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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At least 2,000 teachers have not gone to work in Catalonia this Monday

In Catalonia, at least 2,000 teachers (2.5% of the total) have not come to work. The Department of Education has made 1,517 teacher appointments this Monday, in addition to the 571 made on Friday, to cover absences of five or more days. It is an extraordinary measure, since under normal circumstances only absences of seven or more days are covered. Those less than five days are not covered. To face new casualties, the 'conselleria' has extended the days of appointment of substitutes and interns. If you do them three days a week, they will be done every day.

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Public Health does not recommend massive screening in educational centers

The Commission of Public Health of the Interterritorial Health Council does not recommend massive screening in educational centers in any setting, but proposes to assess “as a last resort” the “temporary” closure of a center if there is an “uncontrolled transmission”. This is reflected in the adaptation of the action guide in the face of the appearance of cases of covid-19 in schools in a context of high circulation, which was agreed last Friday by Health and the autonomous communities with a view to returning to the classrooms of more than 8 million children this Monday, January 10, after the Christmas holidays -except for the Basque Country, where they returned on Friday.

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The sale of Antigen test soared towards the final stretch of 2021

The sale of antigen test against covid-19 continued to grow (more than 19.9%) in the week of December 27, 2021 to January 2 d e 2022 compared to the previous week, reaching a new record at the end of the year, according to data from the IQVIA consultancy. Specifically, Spanish pharmacy offices sold a total of 8,501,243 antigen tests against covid-19 in that week.

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The Intersindical demands that the Spanish government grant sick leave to take care of children with covid

The Intersindical has demanded this Monday in the Spanish government to grant sick leave to parents who have to take care of children with covid. The union criticizes the fact that Pedro Sánchez's executive went back a year and a half ago when this sick leave was raised and considers that its creation is “cannot be postponed” as a result of the modifications of the fortieth school years. In parallel, the union affirms that this sick leave would stop the discrimination of vaccinated workers, since those who are not vaccinated do have the right to sick leave as close contact, in case it is their daughter or son who has been infected.

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Pfizer advances that a vaccine adapted to omicron could be ready in March

The CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, has advanced this Monday that his company could have a vaccine against covid-19 adapted to the omicron variant ready in March, once it has already started manufacturing the doses. “This vaccine will be ready in March. We are already beginning to manufacture some of these units,” Bourla announced in statements to US television CNBC. “The hope is that we get something that offers much better protection, especially against infections, because protection against hospitalizations and serious illness is reasonable right now, with current vaccines, as long as the third dose is applied,” he said. highlighted.

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The Mobile maintains its face-to-face event in February

John Hoffman, CEO of the company organizing the event, welcomes the experiences with the three congresses that they organized in 2021 (the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, Los Angeles and Barcelona) to defend that they are capable of launching a safe congress. “This experience, combined with the advances of health experts, scientists and governments, give us the confidence to meet safely again in 2022,” he said.

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Covid has prevented between 6% and 8% from returning to class of the teachers

The loss of the teaching staff due to covid on their return to class after the Christmas holidays have oscillated between 6 % and 8% of the total workforce, according to calculations by unions and educational centers, where normality has been installed, despite the doubts of families about the changes in quarantines. In the Education Departments, the fear that teacher absences would skyrocket has not materialized, but they have increased over last year at this time -also in a pandemic-, which is attributable to the high transmission of the omicron variant .

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The Mobile does not foresee changes due to the virus

The CEO of GSMA, John Hoffman, has reported that the Mobile World Congress ( MWC) will be held without changes, following the protocols that had already been planned despite the incidence of the virus in recent weeks, provided that the authorities do not request any changes. In an open letter, Hoffman noted: “A lot has changed in the past two years, but our determination to bring the industry back together is unwavering. I encourage all members of our community to support each other, and I also want to personally thank the effort of all business leaders who are planning their assistance to Barcelona right now “. The organizing company of the MWC “would only consider a change in its plans under the decision of the Spanish authorities”, has indicated after defending that “the current circumstances have made connectivity deeply important”, which is why GSMA does not consider suspending or modify the contest.

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Spain is close to 12 million third doses

The autonomous communities have administered a total of 85,480,089 until this Monday doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines, 481,902 of them over the weekend. This represents 95.8 percent of those distributed, which amount to 89,203,408 units. According to data from the Health Ministry, 11,893,733 third doses have already been administered, 8,025,836 from Pfizer (compared to 7,923,475 on Friday) and 3,867,897 from Moderna (compared to 3,623,589 on Friday). These data collect the additional doses in people with high risk conditions and those who live in residences, as well as those over 60 years and those vaccinated with a single dose of Janssen. In addition, a total of 1,167,653 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have already received their first dose, which is 91,131 more than on Friday (1,076,522), after the start of vaccination on Wednesday, December 15.

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Johnson shuffles reduce to five days confinement for asymptomatic positives

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed that the Government is “studying the scientific arguments “to reduce the quarantine period for coronavirus positive cases in which no symptoms are detected in England from seven to five days. “What you have to do is study the scientific arguments. We are doing it and we are going to act accordingly with the science,” Johnson said during a visit to a pharmacy where the vaccine is administered. In addition, Johnson has assured that free antigen tests will continue to be available “as long as necessary” in response to speculation that they could be restricted.

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The EMA could authorize Pfizer's antiviral “in a matter of weeks”

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced this Monday that it has begun to evaluate a request for a conditional marketing authorization against COVID-19 for the oral antiviral drug 'Paxlovid' (PF-07321332 and ritonavir), from Pfizer. The application is for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult and adolescent patients (from 12 years of age and weighing at least 40 kg) who have a high risk of progression to severe COVID-19.

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Pfizer says that A new vaccine against omicron will be ready in March

The US pharmaceutical Pfizer said this Monday that it hopes to have a new vaccine in March against covid-19 that improves protection against the omicron variant. The CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, explained that it is not yet clear if this new product will be necessary, but said that his company is already beginning to manufacture the first doses since some countries want to have them as soon as possible. “The hope is that we will achieve something that has much better protection, particularly against infections, because protection against hospitalizations and serious illness right now is reasonable with current vaccines, as long as the third dose has been administered,” Bourla told the television channel CNBC.

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Armengol: “An unvaccinated person has more risks”

The president of the Government, Francina Armengol, has returned to encourage This Monday to get vaccinated against covid-19 and has warned of the danger of not doing so: “An unvaccinated person has more risks and just look at the floors of our hospitals and the people who unfortunately come to ICUs.” “The percentage of not vaccinated is much higher and of people much younger than among those vaccinated,” he added about the current healthcare situation in the Balearic Islands, during a visit to the Francesc Quetglas space, which opened as a vaccination center on Friday. The president, who passed the covid-19 recently, has assured that “a vaccinated person, if they catch the covid, they catch it with less risk, overcome it faster and with fewer sequelae, which is important.”

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The threat of restrictions on the unvaccinated in France already gives results

The threat of restrictions for the unvaccinated in France, with the impossibility in a few days to go to a bar or a restaurant or riding on public transport, is already having results with an increase in those who are punctured for the first time. A total of 230,000 people who had not been vaccinated received their first dose during the past week, announced this Monday the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, in an appearance in the Senate where the bill on the certificate of vaccination. This is the number of people vaccinated for the first time since last September. Véran stressed that even before the bill that will impose the vaccination certificate instead of the health certificate is approved and enters into force, it is already producing effects and was convinced that the trend of last week will continue.

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Indignation in France for the attack on a deputy

The political class condemned this Monday the attack against a deputy of the government majority at his home in the French territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, opposite to the coasts of Canada, by protesters against the health passport. On Sunday, deputy Stéphane Claireaux, from the centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party of President Emmanuel Macron, was thrown seaweed and stones at his home, an attack that he will denounce and that, in his words, “resembled stoning.” “We have seen the intensification of violence” against elected politicians, lamented the French head of state who, during a visit to Nice (south-east) focused on security issues, lamented the “intolerable” and “unacceptable” attack on Claireaux.

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The EU resumes flights with southern Africa

The member states of the European Union (EU) have agreed this Monday that the Community flights to and from seven southern African countries that were suspended on November 26, immediately after the detection in South Africa of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. “Member states agreed this morning … to lift the emergency brake to allow air travel with southern African countries to resume,” the French presidency of the EU Council said on Twitter. EU countries canceled air connections with South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe on November 26, after the new multimutant strain B.1.1.529 was detected, baptized as omicron, a restriction that now touches its end.

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Daily visits to Catalan primary care increased by 10.8%

Primary care in Catalonia has registered an increase in 10.8% of daily visits by Covid-19 in the last week, as consulted by Europa Press through the daily emptying of epidemiological figures carried out by the Ministry of Health. Thus, from December 27 to January 2, 298,586 visits were registered by Covid-19 at this level of care, while from January 3 to January 9, 330,944 visits were registered, 32,358 visits more derived from the rise of the sixth wave of the pandemic. In fact, this last week the record of daily visits by Covid-19 in primary care has been broken on two occasions: on Monday it reached 75,758 visits and on Friday this figure was exceeded with 80,995 visits.

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Antivirals join the second line of battle

Antivirals will join the battle against the global pandemic caused by covid-19 and they could become one of the main weapons to avoid the worsening of the disease and the consequent hospitalizations. Antivirals will thus join vaccines in that battle, but they will not be the last health tool, since research also points to the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies as one of the best therapeutic options for patients at risk of suffering the most infections. severe from this coronavirus. The President of the Government Pedro Sánchez announced today -in an interview on the SER chain- the purchase this month of 344,000 oral antivirals manufactured by the multinational Pfizer.

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Sweden takes new measures against omicron

The Government of Sweden announced this Monday new restrictions to contain the rebound in coronavirus infections, since, as the Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, has admitted, “the situation has undoubtedly gotten worse “in recent weeks. “We need new measures for some time to curb transmission and reduce pressure on medical services,” Andersson said in a media appearance, according to the Bloomberg news agency.

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Djokovic wins first battle to stay in Australia

The world number one tennis player, Serbian Novak Djokovic, got permission from an Australian court on Monday to stay in the country despite not being vaccinated against covid-19, although the Government is still considering expelling him. Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday on a medical exemption intending to play the Australian Open this month, but immigration agents denied him a visa and took him into custody at a hotel while his lawyers appealed to the courts. The tennis player claimed that he had an exemption because he had been infected with covid-19 last December and that he had received the green light to travel to the country by the Tennis Federation and the Government of Victoria. A court in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, today agreed with the tennis player, who has received the support of dozens of people who have demonstrated in Melbourne and the authorities of Serbia, his country of origin.

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Kyrgios, positive before Australian Open

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios confirmed through his social networks that the reason he left the Sydney tournament is your positive result in covid-19. “The reason I have had to withdraw from Sydney is that I have tested positive for covid-19. I feel good for the moment, without symptoms,” said the tennis player. Kyrgios could not recover in time from his physical problems that forced him to withdraw from the Melbourne Summer Set and decided not to compete at the Sydney International, hours before facing Italian Fabio Fognini (8) in the first round. The Australian indicated in the days prior to the Sydney tournament that he had suffered a discomfort similar to the symptoms of Covid-19 even though he had received several negative results.

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Robles praises the military work in vaccination

The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, thanked health workers this Monday for the effort made during the pandemic and in the vaccination campaign against covid-19 and, in particular, the work of the military in the framework of the 'Baluarte' operation, with which more than 35,000 people have been vaccinated in 13 autonomous communities in less than a week. Accompanied by the director of the General Hospital of the Defense of Zaragoza, Colonel Juan Antonio Lara, and the Minister of Health of the Government of Aragon, Sira Repollés, Robles has visited the Vaccination Unit of this military hospital center where she will be vaccinated today 1,200 people, four per minute, in four enabled lines. The minister has valued the “close contact” of the ministry with the Aragonese Department of Health and the work of the military in the framework of the 'Baluarte' operation, which has 150 vaccination units and more than a thousand soldiers spread over the 13 communities who requested their support and that, in less than a week, they have inoculated the third dose to more than 35,000 people, according to the data this morning, and the forecast that it will be between 40,000 and 50,000 tomorrow.

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Catalonia: spread in seven municipalities down large

Seven Catalan municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants or that are the capital of the region -Balaguer, El Masnou, Montcada i Reixac , Premià de Mar, Puigcerdà, Sant Cugat del Vallès and Tortosa- are the first that have managed to roll back the virus and that today present a propagation speed (rt) of the omicrón below one. Tortosa, with an rt of 0.89, that is, every 100 infected infects an average of 89, is the city where the presence of the virus is declining the most, followed by Montcada i Reixac (0.92), El Masnou (0 , 93), Sant Cugat del Vallès (0.95), Balaguer (0.99), Premià de Mar (0.99) and Puigcerdà (0.99). With the data updated today by the Department of Health, today there is no longer any municipality with an rt greater than two, and many are already touching one, waiting to know how the restart of the school year today will affect the transmission of the virus .

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Balearic Islands notifies 1,868 new cases and one death

The Balearic Epidemiology Service has reported a total of 1,868 new cases of covid and one death , with which the number of infections rises to 156,776 since the beginning of the pandemic and that of deaths increases to 1,074. According to the data provided this Monday by the Ministry of Health, the ICU occupancy rate increases to 23.16 percent, with a total of 79 people admitted to intensive care, of which 69 are in Mallorca, four in Menorca and six in Ibiza. Regarding the number of hospitalized, there are 302 admitted to the ward: 264 of them in Mallorca, 10 in Menorca and 28 in Ibiza. In addition, 4,198 positive tests have been detected –979 more than yesterday – with which the positivity rate rises to 39.5 percent, and currently Primary Care attends 43,581 cases. Regarding the vaccination rate, 82.97 percent of the population – 928,537 people – have acquired the complete schedule, while 86.15 percent – 964,123 people – have at least one dose. Since the vaccination campaign began, 1,982,913 doses have been administered in the Islands, of which 1,568,496 have been applied in Mallorca, 164,229 in Menorca, 231,644 in Ibiza and 16,543 in Formentera.

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How to request the withdrawal for covid and how much is cobra?

Workers who test positive for covid have the right to take leave due to temporary disability. This requires an administrative process and it is important for the employee to complete all the papers to certify his leave, otherwise the company could sanction him for absenteeism. Social Security provides economic coverage for workers who fall ill or must keep mandatory quarantine due to close contact with a positive, which varies depending on the contract and the company in which the worker is employed. These are the keys to request the low covid and know how much the benefit for temporary disability amounts.

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What is Pfizer antiviral?

After the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced this Monday that the Government will buy 344,000 units of the antiviral from Pfizer, here you can check the characteristics of the new drug.

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The president of Ceuta, positive for covid

The president of Ceuta, Juan Jesús Vivas, has tested positive for covid this Monday and will have to keep home isolation for the next few days. As reported by the Ceuta Government in a statement, the regional president presents mild symptoms and remains in his home complying with the action protocol dictated by the Strategy for early detection, surveillance and control of covid and the decree of the city's Health Department autonomous. Vivas will not preside over the ordinary plenary session of December 2021 on Tuesday, nor will it attend the plenary session scheduled for Wednesday, in addition to suspending the acts that it had set for these days. The positive of Juan Jesús Vivas coincides with the worst records of the sixth wave of the covid that are taking place in the city.

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Catalonia slows the increase in infections

The gradual decrease in the speed of spread of the omicrón variant, which is already approaching an Rt of One, it has slowed down the impetuous rate of contagion from the sixth wave of the epidemic in Catalonia, where nevertheless there are 500 admitted to ICUs and the epidemic curve has started to decrease, as the experts predicted in recent days. According to the data updated this Monday by the Department of Health, this Monday there are a total of 2,232 people admitted with covid in Catalan hospitals, 114 more than on Sunday -a figure that had not occurred since the end of July-, of which 500 they are serious in the ICU, the same as 24 hours before, 321 of them intubated and 17 with extracorporeal respiration. Visits by covid patients to outpatient clinics continues to saturate primary care, and, after the peak of 80,995 visits in a single day registered on Friday, on Sunday they were 12,270, about 800 more than the Sunday of the previous week. Salut has declared 12,858 new cases of covid confirmed by PCR or TU, and the total since the beginning of the pandemic reaches 1,421,989. In parallel, two deaths have been reported and the total figure is 24,793. The risk of regrowth falls to 3,858 (-241) and the Rt does so to 1.12, six hundredths less.

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800 Basque teachers

The Basque Minister of Education, Jokin Bildarratz, has stated that more than 800 teaching professionals in public education They are discharged and have been replaced with a view to returning to the classrooms this Monday, an amount that is four times the figures of last year. In statements to Radio Euskadi, collected by Europa Press, Bildarratz has analyzed the return to schools after the Christmas holidays and the influence of the covid. In this sense, the counselor has indicated that for this Monday more than 800 teachers of public education have been replaced, when last year at this time 212 professionals were replaced, a figure that in a year without a pandemic would be around 150. According to has quantified, in Euskadi there are around 38,000 professionals in the teaching field belonging to public and concerted education. “We are in a very delicate pandemic situation, with very high transmission and this has consequences in all areas, although more is seen in the teacher,” he added. On the other hand, he has acknowledged that this Monday they will try to open all the Basque classrooms, more than 17,000, and given the possibility of upcoming closings, Bildarratz has recalled that it will depend on the number of infections and the criteria of the Department of Health who will be who it determine. “Health has established that it is the surveillance network, depending on the moment and the situation of each center, the one that decides to close a classroom or not. At this time what is done is to see what reality we find during this Monday and how we manage it “, has analyzed. Likewise, he has argued that if the parents of students observe that their children have symptoms compatible with the coronavirus, they should keep the student at home. If it is in the center where it is observed that the student may be ill, the parents will be informed so that they can keep them at home, while in the event that there is a positive case in a classroom, the rest of the parents will be informed. the situation to “stay tuned.”

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5,438 new infections in Aragon

Aragon has notified 5,438 new covid infections corresponding to this Sunday, which are 603 more than a day before but 2,321 more than the same day last week. According to provisional data published this Monday in the Transparency Portal of the Government of Aragon, 5,438 infections have been reported in the province of Zaragoza, 796 in that of Huesca and 590 in that of Teruel, while in 6 the origin has not been identified . Since the start of the pandemic, 269,281 people have contracted the coronavirus in Aragon and 182,310 have recovered, of which 574 were discharged yesterday. The number of people killed by covid-19 in Aragon rises to 4,122, which is 7 more than those that appeared a day before on the portal. By health areas, those of the city of Zaragoza are those that lead the number of infections. Valdespartera-Montecanal is the one that reports the most cases with 186, closely followed by Sagasta-Ruiseñores with 183 and Avenida de Cataluña-La Jota with 147. In the province of Teruel, in the capital Teruel Ensanche has reported 139, while in Huesca It is the area of ​​Barbastro that registers the most cases with 98 and Huesca Santo Grial with 96. Regarding the incidence, it is located at 14 days in 5,189 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the whole of Aragon, and at 2,853.1 at seven days. The incidence in towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants is led by Utebo with 7,464.7 and Cuarte de Huerva with 6,468.4, and all of them are above 3,000 cases and only Calatayud, Caspe, Alcañiz and Fraga are found by below 5,000. At seven days, Ejea de los Caballeros lead with 3,974.1 and Tarazona with 3,381.3, where up to six towns present data above 3,000 cases. The three provincial capitals registered at 14 and 7 days: Huesca (5,775.1 and 2,696.6), Zaragoza (5,343.9 and 2,997.2) and Teruel (5,317.3 and 3,330.6). The town with the lowest index is Fraga with 3,126.4 at 14 days and 1,608.8 at one week.

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The owner of a bar in Palma, reprimanded for asking for a passport

The Local Police of Palma has intervened this weekend in a bar in which a group of 18 people rebuked the owner for asking for the COVID certificate to access the interior. This was reported by the Palma City Council this Monday, in the balance of actions over the weekend. The event took place on Saturday afternoon, in a bar on Vicari Joaquim Fuster street. The Police went to the scene and controlled the situation. This weekend the Christmas campaign has ended, which has been active until January 7 with the focus on avoiding crowds, traffic controls and citizen security. In this line, in the devices against the bottle it should be noted that on Friday night no meetings of this type were detected in the controlled polygons. On Saturday, 13 acts of complaint were raised for breach of the ordinance regulating the civic use of public spaces in the polygons and one act for the consumption of narcotic substances in the street. As for traffic actions, on Saturday night there were two accidents. In one of them the driver was under the influence of alcohol; in the other, he lacked a driving license.

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Regulate the price of antigens

Pedro Sánchez has taken advantage of the radio interview on the SER to announce that the government will regulate the price of antigen tests. The President of the Government has also taken the opportunity to send a message to people who have decided not to be vaccinated: “It is important to remind the unvaccinated that they have the right and duty to protect themselves and the entire citizenry.”

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A different vigilance of the covid

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the same interview in the SER, has opined that the way to behaving of the covid makes us rethink the way to face its effects in primary care and tend more to the follow-up of the flu. “I think we have to evaluate the evolution of the covid towards an endemic disease,” he said. And he added: “I think we have the conditions to, with caution and little by little, we begin to evaluate the evolution of this disease with different parameters.”

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Spain will buy the anticovid pill

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has announced in an interview on SER that Spain is going to buy the Pfizer antivirals against covid. Sánchez has revealed that the Spanish Executive will acquire 344,000 doses this same month of January. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) revealed in mid-December that it authorized member states to use Pfizer's anti-covid pill before its formal approval, an emergency measure against the new wave of omicron infections.

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A French politician, attacked by antivacunas

French politician Stephane Claireaux, a member of President Emmanuel Macron's ruling La Republica En Marche party, said on Monday who had been attacked over the weekend by protesters demonstrating against the covid passport. The attack on Claireaux, which took place on Sunday, comes amid public anger in France after Macron said he wanted to “save” unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated that they would end up receiving the covid vaccine. Claireaux is a Member of Parliament for the constituency of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a French overseas territory in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, near the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. “It is clear that I will file a lawsuit. Some think the right decisions are not being made. We are all receiving death threats in the mail, at some point it has to stop,” Claireaux told France Info on Monday. French Overseas Minister Annick Girardin condemned the attack on Claireaux. Girardin's Twitter account posted a picture of the incident, which showed protesters throwing mud at Claireaux while he was outside his home.

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Uganda reopens schools after two years

Uganda is preparing to reopen schools across the country on Monday after almost two years of shutdown due to the coronavirus crisis, in what is one of the longest educational closure periods caused by the pandemic in the world. Authorities and teachers are anticipating the difficulty of reopening after such a long break, which threatens to provoke a lost generation of students. According to the representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Uganda, Munir Safieldin, around 15 million students had their education interrupted since March 2020, when schools closed for the first time. “We expect minimal attendance because the children say they don't come back. They are tired of studying, they are doing other things,” laments secondary school teacher Bosco Wantate. The teacher also recalls that many parents do not have money to educate their children because they have been unemployed for months. Thus, the situation is “dramatic” because “most students have not attended for two years, especially those under eight who live in remote areas where, to begin with, they had little access to education,” according to the humanitarian aid worker Lilian Ssengoba. The worker regrets that “many girls have already been forced to marry or are pregnant, or are working to support their families.” On the other hand, and according to the Ugandan newspaper 'The Monitor', the Government has advised school directors not to hide cases of covid if they want their schools to remain open. Likewise, teachers are asked to trust a new school surveillance system of the pandemic that links student data to medical centers. “We want to make sure that cases are identified early and referred to the health authorities,” explained the Secretary of State for Primary Education, Joyce Moriku Kaducu. In total, there have been 83 weeks of closure due to a pandemic that has left almost 150,000 affected throughout the country, of which 3,300 have died. However, and as is the case in many other African countries, it is feared that the true figures are much higher than those represented in the official balance.

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Djokovic, free

An Australian court on Monday ordered the release of the world's number one tennis player, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who had been detained since last Thursday in a detention center in the city of Melbourne after the revocation of his visa for not being vaccinated against covid-19. Judge Anthony Kelly of the Melbourne Federal Circuit Court has urged the Australian Government to implement the release order within the next 30 minutes, hand over his passport and personal effects and pay the legal costs of Djokovic, who could play in the Open of Australia.

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30 % of students vaccinated in Catalonia In the case of Catalonia, the return to schools is accompanied this Monday by new protocols to deal with the covid. As the main novelty, approved on Friday by the Public Health Commission and the autonomies, only kindergarten and elementary school students will be confined when there are more than five positives in a class or more than 20% of the students have been infected in a period seven days. But only students who have not been immunized will have to stay home. In secondary education, the pre-existing protocols will be maintained and only unvaccinated students should be confined for six days. For both, the Generalitat will offer a free antigen test when there has been a positive test in the classroom.

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The loss of teachers in Madrid, of 5%

The schools and institutes of the Community of Madrid estimate that at least 5% of the teachers will be off due to covid when the classrooms reopen this Monday, although there could be “many more”, and they doubt that substitutions can be covered in a couple of days as provided by the Ministry of Education. Although the counseling has affirmed to be “speeding up the process of appeals” of interns for these substitutions, union sources and groups of teachers consulted by Efe do not see it possible, due to “the saturation” that exists in primary care to process medical leave, which will “lengthen the process”.

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