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Global omicron case numbers to soar

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Case numbers are soaring around the world, with supply chains, hospitals and businesses struggling to cope.

The US is now reporting more than one million cases a day, as scientists and governments hope to reach the peak in omicron cases over coming weeks.

Doctors in the US, UK and Australia are expecting case numbers to surge even higher over the next fortnight, as testing sites come under unprecedented strain.

It comes as experts warn against continued vaccinations, and the UK government is ruling out new restrictions, for now.

WE CAN’T KEEP VACCINATING

A leading expert who helped create the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine says giving everyone in the world booster shots multiple times a year is not feasible

.”We can’t vaccinate the planet every four to six months. It’s not sustainable or affordable,”

Professor Andrew Pollard, the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and head of the UK’s Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, told The Daily Telegraph.

NO NEW UK RESTRICTIONS

British PM Boris Johnson says the NHS will be put on a “war footing” but he will be recommending to the cabinet that the current – plan B – level of restrictions remains in place. 

Adding that 90% of Covid patients in intensive care beds are unvaccinated.

Latest UK announcements:

  • 100,000 key workers in areas like food processing and transport are to be sent lateral flow tests to use every day from 10 January
  • Boris Johnson says now is the time for “utmost caution” – and anyone who thinks the battle with Covid is over is “profoundly wrong”
  • But there is a chance we can “ride out this Omicron wave” without shutting the country down again, Johnson adds
  • For now the PM says he wants the current, Plan B, level of restrictions to remain in England – other parts of the UK have different rules

CHINA LOCKDOWN

China has put a second city into total lockdown after just three asymptomatic Covid cases were discovered.

Yuzhou – which has a population of 1.1 million – saw its transport system shut down and all but essential food stores closed overnight.

It follows a similar lockdown in Xi’an, where 13 million have been confined to their homes since 23 December.

FOURTH BOOSTER

Israel has already begun its rollout of a fourth vaccine dose, offering it to all medical workers and people 60 and older.

 The German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach says Germans “will need a fourth vaccination” against Covid-19.

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Amazon Prime’s ‘The Boys’ Season 4 will explore contemporary political polarisation

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Show creator Eric Kripke hints at a narrative that will not shy away from uncomfortable truths, promising a season that challenges viewers to confront their own beliefs and biases.

Known for its bold satire and unflinching critique of societal issues, the series seems poised to dissect the current climate of division with its trademark blend of dark humour and gritty realism, as reported by Reuters.

Director/Filmmaker Rob Fantozzi unpacks the latest from The Boys and beyond in the entrainment world. #featured

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Tesla shareholders approve historic $56B Elon Musk pay package

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Tesla shareholders have voted to approve Elon Musk’s unprecedented $56 billion compensation package, underscoring their confidence in his leadership and vision for the electric car company.

The package, which is tied to ambitious performance targets, includes a mix of stock options and bonuses contingent upon Tesla’s financial and operational milestones over the next decade.

As reported by Reuters, the approval underscores the support that Musk enjoys from Tesla’s retail investor base, many of whom are vocal fans of the mercurial billionaire.

The proposal passed despite opposition from some large institutional investors and proxy firms.

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The secret aspect of exercise and trauma release

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Recent studies have shed new light on the profound impact sedentary behavior is having on mental health.

A meta-analysis revealed a strong correlation between increased sitting time and higher rates of depression.

Now, many experts believe that movement and exercise are not only beneficial for mental health but also play a crucial role in trauma release.

Jenni Crumpton Ross, the President and CEO of Kula for Karma joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

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