On Thursday, April 14 at 19:30GMT:
Many international locations have been loosening COVID protocols however is the move being made too quickly or has the worst of the pandemic handed? According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University the world tally of recent coronavirus circumstances has fallen drastically, however world deaths have been climbing.
Earlier this month Shanghai, the business hub of China, floor to a halt below a strict lockdown because the Omicron variant took over. The metropolis stays closed and there are worries the quarantine is triggering a starvation disaster.
The new XE variant of the virus, first detected within the United Kingdom, has now been detected in Japan. The subvariant has already unfold quickly throughout the UK infecting about one in each 13 folks there, in accordance with the newest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – the very best quantity since April 2020.
In the United States, fewer individuals are hospitalized with COVID now than at another level within the pandemic, however the demise toll is inching nearer to a million. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prolonged the nation’s federal transportation masks mandate for 15 days. It was set to run out on 18 April.
The World Health Organization has set a aim of 70% vaccination for each nation and COVID vaccine provide struggles are typically easing. But in 44 international locations, most of them in Africa, lower than 20% of the inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated. The WHO has additionally urged continued testing and has stated that’s the solely approach to see how the virus is spreading and evolving.
In this episode, we’ll check out among the newest information about COVID and ask if new variants are a matter of concern as pandemic fatigue takes maintain.
In this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Dr Margaret Harris, @drmargareth
Ahmed Twaij, @twaiji
Doctor & Journalist
Chris Smith, @NakedScientists
Virologist, University of Cambridge