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What is Florona, detected in Israel – know all about this flu plus corona

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The first case of “florona” disease, reportedly a double infection of COVID-19 and influenza, has been recorded Israel. Taking to social media, Arab News tweeted,”#Israel records first case of #florona disease, a double infection of #COVID19 and influenza.”

What is Florona?
Earlier this week, a pregnant woman was infected with Florona, becoming the first person to report the disease. According to Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, as quoted by Hindusthan Times, the young woman was not vaccinated.

At a time when Covid-19 surge is once again being witnessed in India and globally, and at a time when Omicron – a new Covid-19 variant that was first detected in South Africa in November 2021 – is spreading rapidly, the news of Florona had caused some misgivings among people. But health experts have so far said that this disease is not a new variant, but it is having flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Israel has been witnessing a number of influenza cases in recent times and doctors in the country say that they are studying the disease.

Fourth Covid-19 dose in Israel
Meanwhile, Israel’s national health providers began administering fourth vaccine shots against COVID-19 on Friday to individuals with compromised immune systems. The Health Ministry’s Director-General Nachman Ash today okayed the boosters for immuno-suppressed people due to the Omicron infection wave, so long as at least four months have passed since their third shot, Time of Israel reported.

On Friday (December 31) morning Ash also approved vaccines for elderly patients at geriatric facilities. The ministry said this was done “due to concerns of outbreaks at such facilities, and the risk to the health and lives of residents,” the publication said. Israel is reported a continuous rise in COVID-19 cases.

The Delmicron debate
A couple of weeks back, the debate in India over a new Coronavirus strain being called ‘Delmicron’ saw leading health experts advising people not to pay heed to rumours and wait for the global health agencies like the World Health Organisation (WHO) or US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm or deny the presence of such Covid variant.

There is no such Covid variant as of now, and there is no information either on another mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus after Omicron, which is spreading wildly worldwide.

Neither the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) nor the Indian national Covid-19 task force has spoken about the presence of so-called ‘Delmicron’. Touted to be a combination of Delta and Omicron variants, some reports suggested it may have caused the surge in the US and Europe. However, it’s again not a new “variant”, but rather two strains of Covid-19 attacking together.

 

 

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NATO deploys troops, ships amid concerns over Russian invansion of Ukraine

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NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets, in what Russia denounced as an escalation of tensions over Ukraine.

Welcoming a series of deployments announced by alliance members in recent days, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO would “continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the alliance.”

The move was a further sign that the West is bracing for Russia to attack its neighbour after massing an estimated 100,000 troops in reach of the Ukrainian border.

Russia denies planning an invasion. But, having engineered the crisis by surrounding Ukraine with forces from the north, east and south, Moscow is now citing the Western response as the evidence to support its narrative that Russia is the target, not the instigator, of aggression.

Denmark, Spain, France and the Netherlands were all planning or considering sending troops, planes or ships to eastern Europe, NATO said. Ukraine shares borders with four NATO countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

“The United States has also made clear that it is considering increasing its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance,” it said.

U.S. officials said the Pentagon was finalising efforts to identify specific units that could deploy.

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Journalist shot dead

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A senior Pakistani journalist was shot dead by unidentified men outside the Lahore Press Club (LPC) here today, police said.

“Hasnain Shah, who was in his 40s, was parking his car outside the Press Club when two motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire, killing him on the spot,” an official of Inspector General Police (IGP) Punjab official said.

Both armed men managed to flee the congested area, he said.

Shah, a resident of Lahore, was working as a Crime Reporter for Capital TV. He is survived by his wife and two children.

“We are investigating reports that he had enmity with some people,” the official said.

Meanwhile, IGP Rao Sardar Ali Khan has directed the Lahore police chief to ensure the arrest of the culprits at the earliest.

The journalists’ associations in Pakistan have condemned Shah’s killing and demanded the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government to arrest his killers.

“A journalist’s murder in front of the Lahore Press Club in a broad daylight is a moment of reflection for the Government,” Lahore Press Club President Azam Chaudhry said.

According to UN data, 85 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1993, including four in 2021.

 

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Newzealand PM called off her wedding amid surging Omicron cases

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On Sunday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern informed that she had cancelled her wedding amid a new wave of Omicron cases in the country.

“My wedding won’t be going ahead, but I just join many other New Zealanders who have had an experience like that as a result of the pandemic,” the PM said during a regular COVID-19 news conference today.

The outbreak of nine cases of Omicron in a family who travelled between cities to attend various occasions and the flight attendant also became infected prompted New Zealand to impose its “red setting” restrictions from midnight Sunday.

When asked how she felt about her decision to call off the wedding that was planned for this summer, Ardern replied, “Such is life.”

I’m no different to thousands of other New Zealanders who have had much more devastating impacts felt by the pandemic, the most gutting of which is the inability to be with a loved one sometimes when they are gravely ill. That will far outstrip any sadness I experience.”

Last month, New Zealand said it was pushing back its phased border reopening until the end of February over concerns about the Omicron variant, according to CNN.

New Zealand has recorded 15,104 Covid-19 cases and 52 deaths since the pandemic outbreak.

Chris Hipkins, the nation’s minister for COVID-19 response, said: “Waiting till the end of February will increase New Zealand’s overall protection and slow Omicron’s eventual spread. There’s no doubt this is disappointing and will upset many holiday plans, but it’s important to set these changes out today so they can have time to consider those plans.”

Hipkins also said New Zealand’s Cabinet has agreed to other preventive measures, including reducing the interval between a second Covid-19 vaccine dose and a booster shot from six months to four months and increasing the required length of stay for returning travellers from seven to 10 days in managed isolation and quarantine.

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Covid-19 Stats

27 Jan 2022, 5:57 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

40,371,500 Total Cases
491,729 Death Cases
37,677,328 Recovered Cases

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