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COVID-19: What do you need to be aware of the coronavirus pandemic that began on the 24th of February.

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1. How is COVID-19 affecting the world

According to Our World in Data, more than 10.65 billion doses of vaccination have been given globally. According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has exceeded 429.7 million worldwide. In the last year, documented instances of COVID-19 have reached 5.91 million.

Discussions are scheduled to begin today at the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding new guidelines for the treatment of pandemics with a goal date of May 2024 to adopt a treaty by WHO’s member nations.

New Zealand has reported a record-breaking number of daily COVID-19-related infections that exceed 10,000, with 250 hospitalizations. The prime of the country, Jacinda Ardern was attacked by protesters against COVID-19 regulations.

US health experts say that prolonging the time between the two doses of America’s COVID-19 vaccines most commonly used by eight-week men in their early 20s will reduce the chance of heart disease.

The WHO has established another hub to educate low and middle-income countries in the production of themselves vaccines and treatments.

Thailand has reported record-breaking growth in COVID-19 cases that have been confirmed 235557.

AstraZeneca has reached an agreement with Canada to supply 100,000 doses of its anti-inflammatory therapy for the treatment of COVID-19 in certain high-risk patients.

According to the government yesterday, Switzerland will give approximately 15 million COVID-19 doses to countries around the world before the end of the year.

Romania is also scheduled to give away 1.1 million AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccination doses.

Premier Secretary Mario Draghi announced yesterday that the Italian government would lift its COVID-19 state-of-emergency at the end of March.

The health ministry announced yesterday that Iceland would be able to lift all remaining COVID-19-related restrictions on Friday.

Slovakia is also expected to ease most of its COVID-19 limitations over the next few months.

Cambodia has begun vaccinating kids as young as three against COVID-19.

2. Caribbean being behind in COVID-19 battle, warns PAHO

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has declared that the Caribbean is not keeping up with the fight against COVID-19. Only 64 percent of the population is vaccinated. There are also significant regional discrepancies arising.

Of the 13 territories and countries within the Americas which haven’t yet achieved WHO’s goal of 40 percent coverage, 10 of them are located in the Caribbean, Director of the PAHO, Carissa Etienne, said.

The region recorded 2.2 million new cases of COVID this week, which was down by 28% from the week before.

“And after six weeks of increased death rates, we saw them drop in the first week since the start in the Omicron wave. This was down to 29,000 deaths in our region. This is a decrease of 9 percent,” Etienne said.

She warned that even though deaths and cases are decreasing, the improvement has not been consistent across all territories and countries.

3. COVID-19 infection can increase the chances of developing mental health problems. A new study

The psychological stress caused by the pandemic can be commonplace. However, those who have contracted COVID-19 are more likely to develop new mental health problems than those who have escaped the disease, as per an upcoming study.

Researchers observed that over an entire year, patients with infections were at greater risk of the emergence of new anxiety disorder, new depression disorders, the use of new antidepressants, new opioid use disorder, and non-opioid substance abuse disorder.

Their risk of having a newly discovered decline in neurocognitive function was also 80 percent higher, and the chance of a new diagnosis of sleep disorder at 41 percent more likely.

The risk of developing these conditions “was higher even for those who weren’t admitted to hospitals”; however, they were the most prevalent in those admitted for COVID-19. The researchers wrote in BMJ.

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