According to press reports, the United Kingdom’s coronavirus caseload has crossed 200,000 for the first time as hospitals come under increasing pressure due to staff shortages.
The government said on Tuesday it had logged 218,724 infections in the previous 24 hours, the highest daily total since the pandemic began – although it is a figure also was skewed by reporting lags during the holidays.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said that preliminary data from an Israeli study, on the fourth coronavirus vaccine dose, shows that it safely brings about a five-fold increase in antibodies that battle COVID-19.
More evidence is emerging that the Omicron coronavirus variant is causing milder symptoms than previous strains, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
Nearly 300 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 worldwide during the past two years, and more than five million deaths have been reported.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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