Health News Roundup: US Airlines Cut Hundreds Of Flights For Christmas Eve, But Americans Continue; France reports more than 100,000 COVID-19 infections for the first time and more

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Iran bans travelers from parts of western Europe over Omicron fears

Iran has banned the entry of travelers from Britain, France, Denmark and Norway for 15 days amid restrictions following the discovery of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country most affected in the Middle East. State television said on Sunday that a similar ban imposed in late November on travelers from South Africa and seven neighboring countries was also extended by 15 days.

US Airlines Cut Hundreds Of Flights For Christmas Eve, But Americans Continue

U.S. airlines canceled hundreds of flights on Christmas Eve amid a wave of COVID-19 infections caused by the Omicron variant, but millions of suspicious Americans continued with travel plans for a second vacation pandemic winter. United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have both canceled dozens of Christmas Eve flights due to a staff shortage amid the spike in infections.

Japan’s Aichi Prefecture finds two community cases of Governor Omicron

Aichi Prefecture in central Japan has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 resulting from community spread, Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura said on Sunday. The infections were discovered in a teenage girl and her mother, who had not recently traveled overseas, when the route of transmission was unclear, Omura told a press conference.

France reports more than 100,000 COVID-19 infections for the first time

France recorded a record 104,611 COVID-19 infections on Saturday, crossing the 100,000 threshold for the first time since the start of the pandemic as the omicron variant continued its rapid spread. Health officials said the number of COVID patients in intensive care increased by 28 to 3,282.

India to administer COVID-19 booster shots to healthcare workers from January 10

India will start administering COVID-19 booster shots as a precaution to healthcare workers and frontline workers from January 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, as cases of the variant of the Omicron coronavirus were on the rise across the country. In a national address, Modi also said that people aged 15 to 18 will start being vaccinated against COVID-19 from January 3 and that those over 60 with co-morbidities will be offered booster shots. on the recommendation of doctors.

Italy reports third consecutive record of coronavirus cases

Italy reported a record third number of COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with 54,762 new infections compared to 50,599 a day earlier, the health ministry said. The number of coronavirus-related deaths rose to 144 from 141 on Friday.

First case of Omicron detected in Gaza, Palestinians say

The Palestinian health ministry said on Sunday it had identified the first case of the Omicron variant coronavirus in the Gaza Strip. The carrier is a Gaza resident who was infected in the coastal territory, ministry official Majdi Dhair said at a press conference.

Israel orders Pfizer’s new COVID-19 pill

Israel has ordered 100,000 units of Pfizer Inc’s COVID 19 antiviral pill Paxlovid for people aged 12 and older at risk of serious illness, an Israeli official said on Saturday, confirming a TV report. Channel 12 TV said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett accepted the deal during a phone conversation with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. There was no immediate confirmation from the company.

China’s local COVID cases hit 21-month high by Xian outbreak

China reported its largest daily increase in local COVID-19 cases in 21 months, with infections more than doubling in the northwestern city of Xian, the latest COVID hotspot in China. The city of 13 million people, which entered its fourth day of containment, detected 155 locally transmitted cases with symptoms confirmed for Saturday, up from 75 a day earlier, according to official data released on Sunday.

Kosovo reports first cases of COVID-19 Omicron

Kosovo’s health ministry said on Sunday it had registered its first nine cases of the Omicron variant coronavirus in the Balkan country. The ministry said that out of 22 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, nine had been identified as a variant of Omicron.

(With contributions from agencies.)