US CDC urges use of ‘most protective mask you can’: COVID updates | Coronavirus pandemic News

The recommendation stops advocating nationwide use of N95 respirators even as new cases accumulate at a record number.

The United States has revised its guidelines for Americans on wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus, recommending wearing “the most protective mask you can” while stopping short of calling for the use of N95 respirators nationwide.

In a statement posted on its website, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said “people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including removing concerns about a short supply of N95s.”

The United States reported a daily tally of nearly 1,800 new deaths and 780,000 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, the highest in the world. But official health data from New York and other major cities also showed that the Omicron wave was beginning to recede.

Other developments:

  • Canada expects higher Omicron prices in the coming weeks to strain the healthcare system, Theresa Tam, Director of Public Health Canada, said.
  • The UK’s Health Security Agency said it was increasingly confident that the Omicron coronavirus variant was less severe for adults.

Here are the latest updates for Saturday:


Omicron spreads to south China city bordering Macau

The southern Chinese city of Zhuhai suspended public bus routes on Saturday after announcing it had detected at least seven cases of the highly transmissible omicron virus there and warning residents not to leave the city.

The port city, which borders Macau’s gambling hub, said late Friday that one person with a mild illness and six asymptomatic patients were detected after mass testing for a case in a nearby city.

China is battling a string of coronavirus outbreaks, including several Omicron variants, forcing millions of people to impose a strict lockdown as the country ramps up vigils against the virus ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month.


Omicron wave drives health worker shortage in Brazil

Health centers in Brazil are facing a major staff shortage amid the recent wave of coronavirus cases due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

In São João de Merite, outside Rio de Janeiro, authorities have to adjust with up to 40 percent of medical workers on furlough due to COVID-19.

Late Friday, Brazil reported 112,286 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 251 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said, bringing the total number of cases to nearly 23 million and the number of deaths to 620,796 over least since the beginning of the period. pandemic.

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