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February 8, 2022

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 395 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.74 million. More than 10.2 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.
Indonesia has banned foreign tourists from entering the country through Jakarta’s airport, in a bid to slow a spike in COVID-19 infections.
The South African health regulator registered the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for its use in the country.

The seven-day rate for COVID-19 cases and deaths has fallen in the UK, with infections down 5% and deaths 7%.
Malaysia reported 9,117 new confirmed COVID-19 infections on Saturday, the highest daily figure in four months.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in those aged 18 and over. It becomes the second fully approved COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.
More than 17 million Vietnamese students are due to return to school today for the first time in around a year after the COVID-19 pandemic saw learning move online.
New Zealand reported a record 243 new COVID-19 community cases on Saturday.
Singapore has also reported a record number of COVID-19 cases, with 13,046 local infections reported on Friday.
Thailand reported 10,490 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest in more than three months.

Each of our Top 50 social enterprise last mile responders and multi-stakeholder initiatives is working across four priority areas of need: Prevention and protection; COVID-19 treatment and relief; inclusive vaccine access; and securing livelihoods. The list was curated jointly with regional hosts Catalyst 2030’s NASE and Aavishkaar Group. Their profiles can be found on
Top Last Mile Partnership Initiatives to collaborate with:
#BackTheFrontline – Dasra
Covid Action Collab
Covid Livelihoods Coalition – CoLive
Creative Dignity
Migrants Resilience Collaborative
Rapid Rural Community Response (RCRC)
REVIVE Alliance
Rural Access Coalition
Saath Nirbhar – vartaLeap Coalition and ComMutiny
Sanjha Collective – Goonj
Top 50 Last Mile Responders to get behind:

Aajeevika Bureau
Adhyayan Foundation
Antarang Foundation
Barefoot College International
Center for Wildlife Studies
Conserve India
Society Of Development Alternatives
Dharma Life
Doctors For You
Dream a Dream
Eleutheros Christian Society
Every Infant Matters
Frontier Markets
Glocal Healthcare
Hasiru Dala
Healing Fields Foundation
Hemkunt Foundation
Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals
Indus Action
Industree Foundation
Jan Sahas
Just Organik
Karuna Trust
LabourNet Services
Manah Wellness
MAHAN Trust, Melghat
Mann Deshi Foundation
Mission Oxygen – Democracy
People Foundation
Naireeta Services
Noora Health
Pink Maharani
Reap Benefit
SaveLIFE Foundation
SELCO Foundation
SEWA Cooperative Federation
Spandan Samaj Seva Samiti
Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF)
Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS)
Transforming Rural India Foundation
Ziqitza Health Care Limited
Confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the United States passed 900,000 on Friday, according to data collected by Reuters.
The latest tally marks an increase of more than 100,000 U.S. COVID-19 fatalities since 12 December, coinciding with a surge of infections and hospitalizations driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant of the virus. However, the US COVID-19 death rate does appear to be slowing.
The US has reported more COVID-19 deaths than any other nation, according to Johns Hopkins University.
South Korea has passed 1 million cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, as health officials reported a daily record of 38,691 new infections on Sunday.
South Korea saw its first confirmed COVID-19 case on January 20, 2020, and soon became the first country outside China to battle a major outbreak.
An aggressive strategy of tracking, tracing, masking and quarantining helped South Korea to blunt that initial wave and keep overall cases and deaths low without widespread lockdowns.
Deaths have remained low in the highly vaccinated country, however, with 15 new deaths reported as of midnight Saturday, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.

Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content
The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.
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