Coronavirus: Latest global developments

AFP , Tuesday 22 Feb 2022

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

Workers in protective suits take throat swab samples from people during a mass COVID-19 test outside a shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. AP

Queen Elizabeth II Cancels Engagements 

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has cancelled her planned virtual engagements for Tuesday due to "mild cold-like" coronavirus symptoms, Buckingham Palace says.

Compulsory Testing In Hong Kong 

All Hong Kongers must undergo three rounds of compulsory coronavirus testing, chief executive Carrie Lam says, saying those who do not comply "will be held liable".

She also confirms that mainland Chinese officials are now coordinating the response to the financial hub's worst outbreak.

 Canadian Lawmakers Back Emergency Powers 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau receives backing from the lower House of Commons for his use of emergency powers to end weeks-long trucker-led protests against Covid restrictions.

 New Zealand anti-vax Protest

New Zealand anti-vaccine protesters pelt police with a "stinging substance" sending three to hospital with injuries, as tensions spill over in an angry weeks-long protest.

 Air Passenger Traffic Prognosis

Passenger traffic at Dubai international airport, the world's busiest, will not recover to pre-Covid levels before 2024, its CEO tells AFP.

 More Than 5.8 Million Dead 

Coronavirus has killed at least 5,892,084 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Tuesday.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 935,991, followed by Brazil with 644,604 and India with 512,344.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates the true death toll could be two to three times higher

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