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Swab test antigen: Brazil relaxes entry and epidemic prevention policy

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Swab test antigen: Thailand reports first case of Omicron XE strain infection

Americas: Brazil relaxes entry and epidemic prevention policies

According to data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health, as of the evening of April 3 local time, the country had accumulated more than 29.99 million confirmed cases of new crowns and more than 660,000 deaths. In the past 24 hours, Brazil has added 7,210 new confirmed cases and 39 new deaths that day. The average daily death toll on the 7th fell by 34% month-on-month. At the same time, the number of new deaths that day was also the lowest since 2022.

As the epidemic eases, the Brazilian government announced on the 2nd of this month that it will adjust its entry policy. Passengers entering Brazil can provide electronic and paper versions of the full vaccination certificate. The date of completion of vaccination must be more than 14 days before departure, and nucleic acid testing is no longer required. Negative certificate and health declaration, while removing the requirement for entry quarantine.

The Brazilian Ministry of Health stated that the adjustment of the entry policy is based on the local epidemic trend and the premise of widespread vaccine coverage. The country will strengthen screening at ports, airports and other entry points to reduce the risk of new variants of the new coronavirus entering Brazil. At the same time, the Ministry of Health of Pakistan emphasized that in order to protect the health of residents, the entry policy may be adjusted again in the future according to the epidemic situation.

On April 3, local time, according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of 17:20 EST (5:20 a.m. on April 4, Beijing time), the cumulative number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States reached 80,152,433. There were 982,565 deaths in total.

Compared with 24 hours ago, there were 4,915 new confirmed cases and 32 new deaths in the United States.

Detroit, Michigan Mayor Mike Duggan has tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to the Associated Press on April 3.

Europe: Britain cancels free testing or further hits economy

British trade unions warned on April 3, local time, that the government's cancellation of free new coronavirus testing is an "anti-business" measure that will further hit the economy as it faces rising costs and uncertainty.

UK trade unions have pointed out that the cancellation of free Covid-19 testing for most people in England on April 1 will lead to more infections, causing more damage to already struggling businesses, especially small businesses and the hospitality industry could be severely hit influence.

According to the latest official data, nearly 5 million people in the UK have been infected with the new crown virus in the past week, accounting for about 13 of the country's total population.

Asia: Thailand reports first case of Omicron XE strain

According to Thailand's "Bangkok Post" report, on April 2, local time, Thailand reported its first case of infection with the Omicron XE strain. This strain is a new variant after the recombination of BA.1 and BA.2 mutants of Omicron.

The case was diagnosed by the Medical Genomics Center at Ramathibodi Hospital in Thailand and said the case has fully recovered, the report said.Thailand's Ministry of Health announced on the 4th that in the past 24 hours, there were 24,892 new confirmed cases of new crowns and 97 new deaths in the country.

Japan's Ministry of Justice announced on April 3 that Minister of Justice Furukawa Zhenhisa had tested positive for the new coronavirus. This is the second cabinet member to be diagnosed with the virus after Seiko Noda, minister in charge of child policy, was diagnosed on the 1st of this month.

According to Kyodo News, the summary results of the Cabinet Office of Japan as of April 2 showed that the number of new infections of the new crown virus in the 44 prefectures in the last week increased compared with the previous week. Although there has not been a rapid rebound and the number of hospital beds is still ample, it may also usher in the "seventh wave" before the "sixth wave" of the epidemic has completely subsided. Experts have stepped up vigilance.

According to data from the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 3, the region has a total of 11,343,461 confirmed cases of new crowns, a total of 251,298 deaths, and a total of 10,697,502 cured cases.