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Nearly 2,000 new cases were reported on Saturday as a variant of COVID-19 discovered in Michigan | Corona virus | Instant News

Nearly 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Michigan as of Saturday, as the first case of the UK variant of COVID-19, B.1.1.7, was found in a woman in the Washtenaw area. according to the state website and a press release issued by the Michigan State Police (MSP).

There were 1,932 new cases of the virus and 103 new deaths from the virus, making a total of 535,534 cases and a total of 13,804 deaths from the disease in Michigan.

At least 90 of the 103 new deaths confirmed on Tuesday were identified during the landmark note review, which the state conducts regularly.

This number excludes possible cases and deaths related to COVID-19 and includes only confirmed cases and deaths.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories identified a variant in Michigan on Saturday, which is believed to be more contagious.

The woman, who has a case of the new variant of COVID-19, is believed to have recently traveled to England, where the variant originated.

Two new cases have also been found in close contact with the individual, who has been notified of the discovery and is currently in quarantine.

There is no indication that it affects the clinical outcome or disease severity compared with normal coronavirus strains; However, higher transmission rates could see more people hospitalized or increase the number of those who die from the virus if a new variant becomes widespread.

Based on available evidence, current tests and vaccines for normal strains will also work against new variants, as well as current protective measures.

Health officials have also been tracking test results across the state. So far, 8,902,388 diagnostic tests have been carried out.

As of Friday, a total of 442,408 Michigander had recovered from COVID-19 (30 days after the onset of the disease), a total that the state updates every Saturday.

According to Johns Hopkins University, worldwide on Saturday, the number of cases reached more than 94.2 million with deaths over 2.01 million.

In the United States, more than 23 million cases have been reported with more than 393,000 deaths related to the disease.

Michigan is ranked the eighth state in the US with the highest number of deaths, with New York being the first.

The state is also the fourteenth in the country in cases, said Johns Hopkins, with California first.

Oakland County went first in the Detroit area on Saturday with the most recent cases, 249, and 13 new deaths, making a total of 59,156 cases and 1,712 deaths in the area.

Wayne County is next with 235 new cases and 10 new deaths, for a total of 59,227 cases and 1,895 deaths.

Macomb County was followed by 123 new cases and 16 deaths, for a total of 50,932 cases and 1,678 deaths.

And, in the city of Detroit, 122 new cases were reported, as well as 6 new deaths, making up 27,548 cases and 1,755 deaths.

In mid-Michigan, Isabella County had no new cases and 1 new death, keeping the total cases at 3,345 and raising the total deaths to 60.

Gratiot Regency has 3 new cases and 2 new deaths, with a total of 2,334 cases and 87 cases in the district.

Clare County also cited 1,217 total cases and 57 total deaths, which is the same number as the previous day, meaning no new cases or deaths.

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) cited 85 new cases and 1 new death, making it 22,295 total cases and 133 total deaths.

Kent County also had, cumulatively, 44,611 cases and 563 deaths, having reported 124 new cases and 4 new deaths.

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Brazil has recorded 67,758 new coronavirus cases and 1,131 new deaths due to COVID-19 | Instant News

FILE PHOTO: Municipal health workers prepare to examine the body of Lacy Braga de Oliveira, who died at home at the age of 84, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Manaus, Brazil, January 11, 2021. REUTERS / Bruno Kelly

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil has 67,758 new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 1,131 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

The South American country has now recorded 8,324,294 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 207,095, according to ministry data, in the third worst outbreak in the world outside the United States and India.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Edited by Leslie Adler


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Police oversee Billy TK’s controversial ‘freedom rally’ outside the beehive | Instant News

Police and security were on standby this afternoon, as nearly 100 protesters gathered outside Parliament for a “demonstration of freedom,” led by controversial political figure Billy Te Kahika.

Te Kahika is flanked by her personal security, which she brings to the protest.

Among the many signs – the most critical of the Government, the lockdown and the United Nations – are Donald Trump’s flags.

One of the protesters said he was "love Trump" and the rally was on a number of issues.  Photo / wall of Jason
One of the protesters said he “loves Trump” and the rally was about a number of issues. Photo / wall of Jason

One protester told the Herald this morning that they “love Trump” – which appears to be a sentiment shared among a number of gathered.

Others at the protest carried the pink “Women for Trump” flag.

Before the protests began, Māori board chairman Matthew Tukaki labeled it an “alt-right, this is pro-Trump” event that had nothing to do with freedom.

Nonetheless, neither Te Kahika nor any of the speakers mentioned Trump, impeachment or anything to do with US politics.

Their comments were mostly aimed at the Government – objecting to the lockdown and questioning the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Clinical trials for vaccines are underway – medical officials around the world have urged people to get Covid-19 vaccinated to protect against the spread of the virus.

Te Kahika co-chairs the Advance NZ party, which won 1 percent of the total votes in the 2020 elections.

In light of last week’s raid of the US Capitol and the arrest of someone who broke a window in the New Zealand Parliament with an ax yesterday, there has been increased security at the protest.

Protesters started gathering outside Parliament for a 'freedom rally' this afternoon.  Photo / Jason Walls
Protesters started gathering outside Parliament for a ‘freedom rally’ this afternoon. Photo / Jason Walls

Parliamentary security is enforced and there are police officers scattered around the Parliament grounds.

A police spokesman said they had been informed of the planned protest at the beehive, and were in contact with protest organizers.

“The role of the police is to ensure security and enforce the law, while recognizing the legal right to protest.”

They added that the police would recognize the legal right to protest, but were “ready to respond to any issues that arise”.

But Te Kahika brought his own security following him as he spoke to his supporters, and stood by as he spoke.

The protests were peaceful and non-violent – but speakers made a number of comments about Covid-19 that have been widely debunked.

After a few speeches their microphone battery ran out of power so they had to use megaphones a lot.

This is not the first rally organized by Te Kahika – his supporters did so in Auckland earlier this week.

Like today’s Wellington rally, there are a number of Trump flags.

Protests outside the New Zealand Parliament are ongoing.  Photo / Jason Walls
Protests outside the New Zealand Parliament are ongoing. Photo / Jason Walls

That’s why Tukaki labeled the rally: “alt-right, pro-Trump, with nothing to do with freedom.”

“New Zealand is a country that stands out around the world today, we have freedom of movement in the face of the global pandemic, we can move freely across our countries.

“You can still go to the tangi and the funeral, you can still go see your moko who was just born in the hospital. You can still celebrate the 70th birthday.

“So what exactly are they talking about?”

In a Facebook post, Te Kahika asked his supporters to: “Stand together and fight a dangerous, unnecessary and illegal lockdown”.


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Covid 19 coronavirus: Numbers in Victoria are increasing, new clusters in Sydney are spreading | Instant News

Australia’s coronavirus record broke with 16 new cases today, 10 in NSW and 6 in Victoria.

Ten cases of the new virus have been revealed in New South Wales, with five linked to the northern coast cluster.

Three are linked to a new outbreak developing in Croydon after several members of the same family tested positive yesterday, sparking fears of the virus spreading across Greater Sydney.

“One is a link to the transport worker cluster that we have previously discussed and another is under investigation,” said NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian.

“It’s possible it’s an old case or a false positive but serologists are looking at that.”

Meanwhile, Victoria has recorded six new cases, with the state returning to harsh restrictions within hours in a bid to stop the spread.

Authorities in both states have appealed to the public to avoid New Year’s celebrations tonight amid fears that it could lead to a “supersebar” event, and have urged the public to take the current threat seriously and follow public health advice.

The virus continues to spread throughout Sydney.  Photo / News Corp Australia
The virus continues to spread throughout Sydney. Photo / News Corp Australia

In response to the outbreak, Sydneysiders, and those in the Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong, were only allowed five visitors for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard lashed out at comments made by Australian WA Medical Association president Dr Andrew Miller who said NSW was no longer the gold standard and the lockdown “won’t go very far”.

“If the president (WA) of the AMA has any particular views, I leave it to him in WA. He must be an instant expert on what is happening here in NSW,” he said.

“I am delighted to continue working with our health authorities who have done an extraordinary job.”

There were 18 cases yesterday, with nine of them linked to the north coast outbreak.

Croydon group

NSW Health is still unclear about the origins of the Croydon cluster, but Dr Kerry Chant said he expects the results this afternoon.

Sharing more details about the Croydon cluster, Dr Chant said members in the three households associated with the original cluster had attended “a number of events” that took place between Christmas and Boxing Day.

These cases also exist in the community even though they are unwittingly contagious, although it is still “too early” to know whether transmission has occurred as a result of this.

A man receives a Covid-19 test at a drive-thru testing station on a beach in Sydney.  Photo / AP
A man receives a Covid-19 test at a drive-thru testing station on a beach in Sydney. Photo / AP

“So that means, and I’m very sorry for this, but your New Year’s Eve plans must change,” he said.

Dr Chant continued to emphasize the importance of testing and appealed to NSW residents not to attend meetings of any kind if symptomatic.

“Please may I submit a request not to attend family events, family gatherings, New Year’s Eve gatherings, going in and out, if you have symptoms,” he said.

“I think we want everyone to see a much brighter 2021 and we have hope on the horizon when it comes to vaccines.

“We all have a role to play. So thank you for following that advice.”

Victoria’s case is on the rise

Three additional cases of Covid-19 have been found in the community in Victoria to bring the total number to six, Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allen said today.

He said three additional cases were found through contact tracing after three positive cases were found in Victoria yesterday.

The first three cases were linked by a Thai restaurant in Black Rock that was also linked to a traveler returning from NSW, Health Minister Martin Foley said.

“In less than 24 hours, the cross between Mitcham and Hallam and the Mentone people has become a facility in Black Rock, and a direct link to travelers returning from NSW,” he said.

“Now that we have a connection with the NSW outbreak here in Victoria, we are responding very, very quickly to get it out.”

Three additional cases today were linked to the cluster and were found through contact tracing, he said.

Anyone who visited the Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant on December 21 was urged to get tested immediately.

The latest virus figures from NSW have been revealed.  Photo / News Corp Australia
The latest virus figures from NSW have been revealed. Photo / News Corp Australia

The first three cases came from the Melbourne suburbs of Mitcham, Hallam and Mentone – all of whom visited the same place in Black Rock.

Victoria’s Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said the state was “deploying our full outbreak approach”.

“We’ve been in this position before,” he said.

“Extensive contact tracing is being carried out and as a result there are currently more than 40 close primary contacts supported for immediate isolation.”

He said the three positive cases were self-isolating at home.

They are two women in their 40s and a woman in their 70s.

Five locations have been designated as high risk, having been visited by people who tested positive for COVID-19 while potentially transmitting:

• Black Rock: Smile Buffalo Thai Restaurant on December 21st

• Doveton: Holy Family Parish Catholic Church of Doveton on December 26 between 4pm and 6pm

• Fountain Gate Shopping Mall: Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts, Lacoste on December 26 between 9am and 11am

• Mentone: Mentone / Parkdale Beach on December 27 between 10am and 4.30pm

• Glen Waverley: Century City Walk and Mocha Jo’s on December 28 between 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM

• Oakleigh: Katialo Restaurant, Eaton Mall on December 28 between 19:00 and 20:15

Victoria also imposed new border restrictions yesterday.

Anyone who has entered or visited the Blue Mountains or Wollongong region from December 27 has until 11:59 a.m. on New Year’s Eve to go to Victoria.

No one who has visited this area will be able to enter Victoria after 31 December.

A husband and wife walk along the waterline on Christmas Day at Sydney's Bondi Beach.  Photo / AP
A husband and wife walk along the waterline on Christmas Day at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Photo / AP

Anyone wishing to return to Victoria from this area before midnight must apply for a new travel permit through Service Victoria, must undergo a test within 24 hours of returning to Victoria, and must self-quarantine at home for 14 days from the last time they left the region. . .

It follows a woman who tested positive last week after returning from a trip to Sydney’s north coast, Covid-19 epicenter.

Another positive case of Covid-19 in Victoria recorded in the last two months has come from travelers returning to hotel quarantine.

Restrictions in Victoria

Masks will become mandatory indoors in Victoria from 5pm today outside your private residence, Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allan announced.

“If you are planning to leave the house at this time, we are asking people to bring their masks, we are now asking them to wear masks if they are indoors in any location that is not their private home,” he said.

The limit of people gathering in private homes will also be reduced, from 30 to 15.

The limit for indoor meetings will also take effect from 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Allan said.

“If you’re planning a party tonight, you need to reduce your numbers from 30 to 15,” he said.

“We apologize to those who have made plans, who want to hold the event in their home, or at someone else’s house, but this is a necessary step.

Unfortunately, what we know as this virus, the virus is difficult to run, it does not end at midnight.

No changes to outdoor gatherings, hospitality venues and shops were announced.

Melbourne residents have previously been advised not to travel to the city for New Year’s Eve unless they have a booking.


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Covid 19 coronavirus: Number of tourists alight on New Zealand’s pedestrian path | Instant News

Visitor numbers fell 52 percent for the Hooker Valley Trail in Aoraki National Park. Photo / 123RF

Some of New Zealand’s most popular walking trails have seen huge drops in visitor numbers.

Data from the Department of Conservation compares the number of visitors during September and October this year with the same time last year.

Milford Sound was down 72 percent, Franz Josef Glacier was down 66 percent and the Hooker Valley Track was down 52 percent.

Tracks Roys Peak and Ben Lomond fell 42 percent and 31 percent, respectively.

“Many parts of New Zealand have been hit hard by the loss of international visitors. The more remote and high-volume international destinations in the national parks are seeing a large drop in traffic.”

“Acknowledging how difficult the last year was for many local economies, it is great to open Fiordland’s popular Milford and Routeburn tracks in time for the holidays, to support domestic tourism in the region,” DoC director general Lou said Sanson.

The DoC said New Zealanders would camp in extensive coastal campgrounds in popular Kiwi summer spots such as Northland, the Coromandel and the upper South Island.

Camp Tōtaranui (near the Abel Tasman Coast Track) had the highest number of bookings of all DoC campgrounds in New Zealand this summer.

The Waikawau Bay (Coromandel) and Otamure Bay (Northland) campgrounds proved popular too.

“While the DoC expects a busy season, there is still plenty of room over the summer at hundreds of conservation campsites, including campsites on the Great Walks.”

Most popular campsite

Number of nights booked between December 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021:

• Totaranui, Nelson / Tasman: 42,170

• Waikawau Bay, Coromandel: 17,580

Otamure Bay, Northland: 16,710

• Uretiti Coast, Northland: 11,770

• Puriri Bay (Whangaruru), Northland: 9190

• Momorangi Bay, Marlborough: 8630

• Urupukapuka Bay, Northland: 6430

• Waikahoa Bay, Northland: 5100

• Port Jackson, Coromandel: 4420

• Cable Bay (Urupukapuka), Northland: 2430


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