Another record has been set in France thanks to Omigron. 271,686 infections were recorded yesterday, which is higher than the rest since the onset of the epidemic. The National Health Commission announced in Paris on Tuesday. Seven-day events – the number of new infections per 100,000 people in a week – are 1851, according to the latest data. Meanwhile, the omigran variant of the virus, particularly infectious, is dominant in France.
In the United States, Omigron now causes 95 percent of new infections. The number of new corona infections recorded daily for the first time since the onset of the disease has exceeded one million. With about 1.084 million new cases on Monday, authorities almost doubled the number to exactly one week ago (544,329), according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore.
The number of people admitted to the hospital where the victims were registered was the lowest in the week to December 25th. Observations in the United States are consistent with those in Great Britain and South Africa, with Omigran infection leading to a much rarer disease. According to the Health Commission CDC estimates, hospital admissions are likely to rise significantly again in the coming weeks. (04.01.2022)
Corona infection in Swedish royal couple
Swedish King Carl XVI. Gustaf, 75, who was born in Heidelberg, and his wife, Queen Sylvia, 78, have been tested positive for the corona virus. Both showed mild symptoms of the disease, but they are doing well in the situation, the Swedish royal family said in a brief statement. Both were fully vaccinated with three injections.
The royal couple went into internal isolation according to applicable corona rules, and infection monitoring is ongoing. Carl Gustaf and Sylvia were not the first members of the Swedish royal family to testify positively: their son, Prince Carl Philippe, 42, and his wife, Princess Sophia, 37, were positively tested in November 2020 by Victoria, 44, heir to the throne, and her husband, Prince Daniel, 48, March 2021. (04.01.2022)
New variant B.1.640.2: Experts have no major concerns yet
According to experts, a new corona variant discovered in France should be noted – but they have not yet recognized a major risk. “We need to look at these and other types, but there is no reason to be particularly concerned about this variation,” said Richard Neher, an expert on viral variants at the University of Basel, a DPA news agency. American epidemiologist Eric Feigel-Ding wrote on Twitter: “I’m not worried about P.1640.2 yet. I doubt it will succeed against Omigron or Delta.”
French researchers led by Didier Rawold of the IHU Méditerranée Infection Institute have demonstrated a new variant in twelve patients in southeastern France, the group wrote in a pre-printed paper at the end of December. The patient, who was first affected in France, had just returned from a trip to Cameroon. The study has not yet been reviewed and has not been published in a specialized journal.
As a result, the team led by Rowland wrote: “It is too early to speculate on the viral, infectious, or clinical characteristics of the new variant.” However, your data is just another example of how unpredictable variations of the corona virus can occur. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) told merkur.de: “We do not yet know enough to say anything useful.”
P.1640.2 Spike contains some mutations in the so-called protein, which, as Rowland and his team write, is already known to experts, especially from the infectious Omigron variant. Spike protein is important when evaluating variants because of how the virus binds to human cells and why vaccines target this protein. Mutations in the spike protein can cause the virus to spread rapidly. Vaccines have the potential to lose their effectiveness. However, P1.640.2 does not seem to have spread much so far, says Basel expert Nehru. At least many of the “thus” she’s not so successful against Omigran and Delta so far are “therefore” one. (04.01.2022)
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