New Covid wave: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka among least hit; Japan worst
According to Worldometer, India notched 188 fresh cases till Friday and in the immediate neighbourhood are Pakistan with 15 cases, 11 in Afghanistan and five in Sri Lanka. However, other neighbours like Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh had zero infections, and the same was with Thailand, a popular tourist destination for Indians.
RT-PCR mandatory for arrivals from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong & Thailand
"The RT-PCR test will be mandatory for international arrivals from China, Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand", Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday.
Beijing Covid wave 'peaked' but China months away from tsunami of infections
According to the South China Morning Post, citing health experts, Covid-19 is spreading in China so swiftly that infections might have already peaked in the capital and could do so in Shanghai in a week."I think the infections in Shanghai will peak in a week and after the peak the outbreak will continue for one to two more months," said Zhang Wenhong, director of the infectious diseases department at Fudan University.
Japan logs highest single-day Covid deaths amid 8th wave
The previous high of 347 Covid-19 deaths was reported on September 2 during the seventh wave, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as saying. The new figure has pushed op the overall death toll to 54,680 as of Saturday morning. Among prefectures, Kanagawa on Friday reported the highest number of deaths with 28, followed by Hokkaido with 25, Tokyo with 24, and Osaka with 19.
China estimates Covid surge infecting 37 million people a day
As many as 248 million people, or nearly 18 per cent of the population, likely contracted the virus in the first 20 days of December, according to minutes from an internal meeting of China's National Health Commission held on Wednesday, confirmed with people involved in the discussions.
Multiple factors cause rise of severe Covid cases in Beijing: health experts
Some senior patients developed severe conditions after contracting the Omicron variant, but will recover from the infection after treatment, said Li Yanming, head of the department of respiratory and critical care medicine at the Beijing Hospital, whose patients admitted are mostly seniors, Xinhua News Agency reported.
China woefully underprepared for Covid chaos: Report
According to South China Morning Post, Since Beijing's sudden U-turn on ending the zero-Covid policy more than two weeks ago, "Chinese officials and state media have struggled to put a positive spin on the decision". Hospitals in China are overwhelmed with patients after Covid controls were eased for the first-time last month, and then earlier this month.
Chinese officials say it's fine to go to work with Covid-19
Officials in Zhejiang province announced over the weekend that those who test positive for Covid could go to work, so long as they showed no symptoms. Then on Monday, Chongqing, one of China's largest cities and a major manufacturing hub, went one step further by allowing those with mild symptoms to return to the office without testing, Fortune reported.
Singapore reports 1,200 new Covid cases
A total of 111 cases are currently warded in hospitals, with five of them admitted in intensive care units, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health, Xinhua news agency reported. No new deaths from Covid-19 were reported on Thursday, leaving the total death toll unchanged at 1,710.
Infection rate could be over 50% in Beijing, situation serious in China: Report
According to an analysis in Nikkei Asia, it is being said crematories in Greater Beijing are operating at full capacity "but that some bodies are having to wait to be burned"."The situation is serious," the report mentioned.While the omicron variant kills relatively few of the people it infects, but "the variant will deal a heavier-than-expected blow to China.