(Reuters) – Hong Kong will roll out obligatory testing for COVID-19 beginning in mid-March for its 7.4 million residents, chief Carrie Lam stated, as college researchers predicted new infections may peak at a staggering 180,000 a day subsequent month.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
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* Queen Elizabeth will miss a deliberate digital engagement as a result of she remains to be experiencing gentle cold-like signs after testing constructive for COVID-19, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace stated.
* European Union international locations agreed to open their borders to travellers from exterior the bloc who’ve had photographs towards COVID-19 authorised by the World Well being Group, easing restrictions on those that obtained Indian and Chinese language vaccines.
* Italy will not require folks coming from exterior the European Union to isolate after getting into the nation as of March 1, its well being ministry stated in an announcement on Tuesday.
* Eire stated it’ll drop most of its remaining pandemic-linked restrictions from Feb. 28 as an Omicron-fuelled wave of infections ebbs.
* Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated Canada needed to begin therapeutic after police cleared downtown Ottawa of a truckers’ blockade that had paralysed town for 3 weeks in a protest towards restrictions.
* The U.S. Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday turned away a problem to Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare employees, rebuffing for the second time a bunch of plaintiffs who sought a non secular exemption.
* Hong Kong authorities stated they discovered COVID-19 in samples taken from the packaging of imports of frozen beef from Brazil and frozen pork pores and skin from Poland, vowing to step up inspections of imported meals.
* Indian vaccine maker Organic E. Ltd stated on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine obtained an emergency use approval within the nation to be used in kids aged 12 to 18.
AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST
* Uganda plans to impose fines on individuals who refuse to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 and people who fail to pay could possibly be despatched to jail underneath a brand new public well being legislation which lawmakers are scrutinising, parliament stated.
* South Africa has modified its vaccination guidelines in an effort to encourage extra folks to get jabs, well being authorities stated.
* A big examine into uncommon blood clots linked with AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine discovered between only one and three instances per million, and solely after the primary dose, shedding contemporary gentle on the side-effects from the shot.
* Antibodies triggered by a 3rd dose of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 shot given to those that accomplished its major two-dose routine dropped sharply after six months, and a fourth shot didn’t considerably increase them towards Omicron, a Chinese language examine confirmed.
* Getting contaminated twice with two completely different Omicron coronavirus subvariants is feasible, however not often occurs, a Danish examine has discovered.
* International markets clawed again losses as buyers clung to hopes that Moscow’s deployment of troops to 2 breakaway areas in jap Ukraine will likely be as far Russia goes. [MKTS/GLOB]
* German enterprise morale improved in February throughout all sectors as hopes for an finish to the coronavirus disaster greater than offset worries concerning the Ukraine battle, although a attainable escalation stays a serious danger, a survey confirmed.
* Turkey’s financial system is predicted to have expanded 11% in 2021 after bouncing again strongly from the pandemic, a Reuters ballot confirmed, although it ought to cool off this 12 months to three.5% on account of hovering inflation and a latest forex disaster.
* Kuwait’s authorities owes 2.35 billion dinars ($7.78 billion) in late funds to public entities, in response to the finance ministry, in an indication of a deepening money crunch the oil-exporting nation has confronted for the reason that begin of the coronavirus pandemic.
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(Compiled by Marta Frackowiak, Uttaresh.V and Shinjini Ganguli; Edited by David Evans and Maju Samuel)