China locked down an island due to the rise of COVID-19 cases leaving many tourists stuck inside hotels.
Despite the rising number of infections, a declining R-rate may indicate a decrease in the near future.
168 people are currently considered to be in serious condition.
Shanghai had recently eased heavy COVID curbs, but China has stuck with a "dynamic zero-COVID" policy aimed at shutting down transmission chains as soon as possible.
In a conference, UK researchers described the case of the patient in question, now deceased, and findings on the development of new variants.
With the mask mandate cancelled, Israel appears to be, for all intents and purposes, back to how it was before March 2020 and the outbreak of the pandemic.
“There is a collective shout of joy among Jehovah’s Witnesses."
“We have been obsessed with R, as if we know exactly what is happening with infection. But it is an illusion," said leading Hebrew University epidemiologist Prof. Hagai Levine.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is reportedly planning to remove all Omicron restrictions currently in place in Israel by March 1.
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