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(NEW YORK) – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, more than 5.4 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 837,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Johns Hopkins University Engineering.

In the United States, about 62.5% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is how the news is evolving. Every hour in the East:

January 10, 9:21 a.m.
Uganda reopens schools, ending world’s longest shutdown

Uganda reopened its schools to students on Monday after nearly two years, ending the world’s longest school closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schools in the East African country of 44 million people have been fully or partially closed since March 2020, when the pandemic began. The closures have affected more than 10 million learners, according to data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Save the Children hailed the reopening of Ugandan schools, but warned that “the loss of learning could lead to high dropout rates in the coming weeks without urgent action.”

The London-based charity revealed in a report last November that up to one in five children in low-income countries, including Uganda, had dropped out of school due to rising poverty , child marriage and child labor, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. . In a statement released on Monday, Save the Children warned of “a ‘second wave’ of dropouts as returning students who have fallen behind in their learning fear they will have no chance of catching up.”

To address the potential crisis in Uganda, Save the Children has launched “catch-up clubs”, which assess children and teach them to the required level to help them regain literacy and other learning, with support for child protection and cash assistance for families struggling to send them to school.

“As schools begin to reopen across the country, it is essential that all girls and boys have access to the support they need to successfully return to the classroom,” said Edison Nsubuga, education manager to Save the Children in Uganda, in a statement. Monday. “Many children have fallen behind in school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Children who are behind in their learning are less likely to unleash their potential as adults. However, when children get the learning boost they need and have access to quality education, they can reach their full potential.

January 10, 6:37 a.m.
UK launches campaign urging pregnant women to get vaccinated and boost

The UK has launched a new advertising campaign urging pregnant women who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine or a vaccine booster to do so as soon as possible.

Testimonies from pregnant women who have had the injections will be broadcast in advertisements on UK radio stations and social media from Monday. New campaign urges pregnant women “not to wait to get vaccinated” and highlights risks of COVID-19 for mother and baby as well as benefits of getting vaccinated, according to UK ministry press release of Health and Social Protection.

The press release cites the latest data from the UK Health Safety Agency which suggests the COVID-19 vaccination is safe for pregnant women and provides strong protection against the virus for mother and baby. The press release also cited data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System which shows that more than 96% of pregnant women hospitalized with symptoms of COVID-19 between May and October 2021 were not vaccinated, and a third of them needed breathing assistance. About one in five women hospitalized with COVID-19 must give birth preterm to help them recover, and one in five babies needs neonatal care.

“Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the most important things a pregnant woman can do this year to protect herself and her baby as much as possible from this virus”, Lucy Chappell, science advisor in head of the UK Department for Health and Social Affairs. Care, said in a statement Monday. “We now have a lot of evidence to show that vaccines are safe and that the risks posed by COVID-19 are much greater. “

January 10, 4:55 a.m.
Spain reports more COVID-19 re-infections in 2 weeks than the rest of the pandemic

Spain has reported more COVID-19 re-infections in a recent two-week period than it has reported during the rest of the pandemic, latest data from a Spanish health research institute shows public.

Data from the Carlos III Health Institute shows that there were 20,890 repeated infections reported in Spain from December 22, 2021 to January 5, 2022. This figure exceeds the 17,140 re-infections reported in the European country since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to December 22, 2021. Data includes confirmed, probable and possible cases.

Alfredo Corell, professor of immunology at the Spanish University of Valladolid, told Spanish news site NIUS that the growing number of re-infections was due to the new, highly transmissible variant of omicron.

“Prior to this variant, re-infections were anecdotal globally,” Corell told NIUS. “Omicron has changed this paradigm.”

In southern Africa, where the variant was first identified in November, preliminary research suggests that omicron is three times more likely to cause re-infections than other known variants of the virus, including the highly contagious delta. However, the symptoms of re-infected individuals appear to be mild, according to Anne von Gottberg, a microbiologist at the South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases who studies omicron.

“A previous infection protected against Delta,” von Gottberg said during a press briefing on December 2. “But now, with Omicron, that doesn’t seem to be the case.”

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