After many weeks of downfall, the Covid graph is plateauing again across countries including China, Korea and Hong Kong. While 30 million people are forced under lockdown in China and morgues running out of space in Hong Kong, the pandemic doesn’t appear to be heading towards its end.
Israel has recorded two cases of a new variant, which is a combination of two sub-variants of the Omicron version of the Covid-19. A new wave of infections from the Omicron is moving towards the east of Europe as cases have more than doubled in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine, according to WHO.
Amid the new surge and concern over the new strain, News18 looks at the surge, the WHO’s response and whether a second booster would curb the new wave:
Omicron Peak in South Korea
South Korea reported a record of more than 600,000 coronavirus cases Thursday, with authorities saying the country was near the peak of an Omicron-fuelled infection wave.
According to WHO data, South Korea leads the world in newly reported cases in the last seven days with 2,417,174 infections, followed by Vietnam with 1,776,045.