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President of Honduras tests positive for Covid-19, presents mild symptoms / Chilean News Headlines


16:00 The president of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, announced this Sunday that she has tested positive for coronavirus and has “mild” symptoms, so she will continue to comply with her “government plan to return to democratic and constitutional order.” » in the Parents.

“Yesterday’s PCR result was negative, today’s is positive,” Castro said on his Twitter account, which has more than 254,000 followers.

The president indicated that, according to the tests, the condition “is slight” and that “with the blessing of the Creator of the universe I continue to attend, NOT personally, my Government Plan for the return to democratic and constitutional order.”

Castro, 62, did not say if he already has two doses of the covid-19 vaccine or has already received the third booster.

The former Honduran president and husband of Castro, Manuel Zelaya, deposed on June 28, 2009, announced on January 11 that he tested positive for covid-19 and that he will remain isolated, although he has no symptoms of the disease.

“No symptoms, but the Covid-19 test was positive. I will be isolated for 7 days. Then came Zelaya, who was deposed seven months after completing his four-year term for promoting an illegal referendum, according to his critics.

Xiomara Castro won the general elections on November 28, 2021 with 1.7 million votes and on January 27 she became the first woman to reach the Presidency of Honduras after taking office.

11:00 This Sunday the Ministry of Health registered 34,328 new cases of Covid-19, reaching 140,307 active cases.

Positivity slightly drops to 23.09% nationwide, detected with 134,185 tests in the last 24 hours.

Regarding deaths, according to information provided by the DEIS, in the last 24 hours there were 57 deaths from causes associated with Covid-19. The total number of deaths reaches 39,987 in the country.

09:30 Two years after the first positive for coronavirus in Spain, the pandemic leaves a devastating trail in the country’s tourism sector, with losses of at least 150,000 million euros (172,000 million dollars) and about 117 million foreign travelers lost, although the forecasts for 2022 are better.

This will not be the year of total recovery, agents in the sector agree, but it will give a strong boost to tourist movements so that they return to normal between 2023 and 2025, depending on the activity segments.

The reports of the National Institute of Statistics (INE) on the arrivals of foreign tourists (Frontur) and the expenses they make (Egatur) reflect that, between 2020 and 2021, almost 117 million tourists stopped arriving in Spain, compared to previous records .

In spending, in the two years of the pandemic, around 125 billion euros ($143 billion) of foreign tourists were lost, and about 25 billion euros ($29 billion) of nationals on internal trips.

To make this comparison, data on spending by Spaniards abroad is not used, although part is spent in Spain (if a tourist package is purchased, for example).


In 2019, 83.5 million international travelers arrived in Spain, a world tourist power, a historical record, while in 2020 there were only 19 million; and in 2021 they entered 31.13 million.

In economic terms, the damage is also very marked. In the absence of knowledge of last year’s data, tourism represented 12.4% of the Spanish Gross Domestic Product before the pandemic, to fall to less than half, 5.5% in 2020, according to the INE.

Now, after an end to 2021 and an uncertain start to 2022, as a result of the strong expansion of the omicron variant, the sector is confident that it was only an obstacle in the way of tourism recovery.


11:00 The Ministry of Health registered 36,297 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, with a positivity of 24.43% in the last 24 hours throughout the country, with 136,073 exams, PCR and antigen tests. Daily positivity in the Metropolitan Region is 24.72%.

The total number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the country amounts to 2,335,034. Of this total, 131,295 patients are in the active phase. The recovered cases are 2,157,039. Regarding deaths, according to information from the DEIS, In the last 24 hours there were 63 deaths from causes associated with Covid-19.. The total number of deceased is 39,930 in the country.

The Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, emphasized the high number of tests reported, insisting on the importance of carrying out the test when symptoms of Covid-19 appear. “In addition to strengthening preventive strategies in the presence of the omicron variant, what each of us can do individually in terms of responsibility and self-care is also very important.”

“The new confirmed cases at the national level increased by 53% and 200% for the comparison of seven and 14 days, respectively, so it is essential to maintain self-care measures, especially during the holiday period that we are experiencing. It is true that today we are in a different phase of the pandemic because we are better protected thanks to vaccination, but the more we reinforce health protection measures, the less risk we have of getting sick,” he added.


18:50 New Covid-19 infections in Argentina have shown a rapid decline in the last two and a half weeks, going from 139,853 reported on January 14 to 40,094 disclosed today Friday by the country’s Ministry of Health.

For their part, confirmed daily deaths maintain a less pronounced rate of decline. The health authority has reported 288 deaths in the past 24 hours, marking a slight drop from 333 in late January, the most in the current wave of the virus.

The decrease in new cases of Covid-19 reported by Health runs parallel to a drop in daily tests, which have reached 5 of the year, a historical record of 234,522, which has been steadily declining in recent weeks until reaching the 92,895 today

In the case of hospitalizations, they reflect an improvement in the prospects of the pandemic in the trans-Andean country. The occupancy of adult ICU beds nationwide reaches 49.2%, which translates into 2,692 patients, a number lower than the 2,945 registered on January 28, which would mark the up of the current wave.

15:00 The South African laboratory Afrigen Biologics & Vaccines -a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) mRNA technology transfer center in Cape Town- announced that it had manufactured a vaccine against Covid-19 identical to that of Moderna, after the latter company rejected its application for membership, reports the Bloomberg agency.

According to Petro Terblanche, CEO of Afrigen, the company obtained the publicly available sequence of the Moderna vaccine from Stanford University and has now manufactured its own version.

The WHO mRNA center seeks to facilitate access for the poorest countries to vaccines that prevent coronavirus. The initial idea was to partner with a major producer of mRNA vaccines, but companies including Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna have turned down the WHO’s request to share their technology and expertise, notes Bloomberg.

Afrige is doing final testing and will then transfer the technology to larger companies that can manufacture the substance on a larger scale, including Synergium from Argentina and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation from Brazil, says Terblanche.

In any case, he indicated that it could take two years before a license is requested and delivered to the general population.

11:00 a.m. The Ministry of Health reported this Friday a pandemic record of 37,468 new cases of Covid-19, with 23.92% positivity in the last 24 hours nationwide, with 141,234 exams, PCR and antigen tests, reaching a new record. Daily positivity in the Metropolitan Region is 23.95%.

The variation of new confirmed cases at the national level is 65% and 208% for the comparison of seven and 14 days, respectively. Meanwhile, two regions have decreased their cases in the last week and one in the last 14 days. The regions with the highest increase in new confirmed cases in the last 7 days are Los Lagos, Maule, Ñuble and Biobío.

The total number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the country amounts to 2,296,712. Of this total, 125,857 patients are in the active phase. The recovered cases are 2,124,250.

Regarding deaths, according to information provided by the DEIS, in the last 24 hours there were 43 deaths from causes associated with Covid-19. The total number of deaths reaches 39,867 in the country.

7:00 a.m. The Spanish government will lift the obligation to wear masks outdoors next week, reports Cadena SER radio. Spanish government sources quoted by the media assured that the Council of Ministers will approve on Tuesday, February 8, the Royal Decree that will eliminate its mandatory use outdoors. The measure will come into force immediately after the publication of the decree, which could take place on Wednesday, according to the same sources.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that Germany declared a third consecutive day of record cases and South Korea will extend limits on gatherings and dining for two weeks after an unprecedented number of cases. Japan will unveil relaxed border controls next week, broadcaster TBS said, after some of the developed world’s toughest restrictions failed to contain the omicron variant.

In South Africa, the omicron BA.2 subvariant has become more prominent, accounting for nearly a quarter of new infections in January, while a local company made a vaccine similar to Moderna Inc.’s.



20:00 Brazil registered a new record in the last 24 hours with almost 300 thousand Covid infections, while registering more than a thousand deaths associated with the coronavirus.

According to data released today by the Ministry of Health, with 1,041 new deaths and 298,408 cases this Thursday, The Latin American giant has accumulated 630,001 victims and 26 million cases of covid since the start of the pandemic. Figures that place it as the second country in number of victims, after the United States; and third in infections, after the US and India.

The country of Rio de Janeiro has not recorded more than a thousand deaths in one day since last August 18 (1,060 deaths), that is, five and a half months ago.

17:00 The Japanese authorities reported this Thursday that the country exceeded three million cases of coronavirus after adding some 100,000 in the last day and announced the extension of the restrictions in an attempt to contain the contagion.

According to information from the NHK newspaper, another 96,000 infections have been added since Wednesday, although the figure has risen to 100,000, according to the balance of the newspaper ‘The Yomiuri Shimbun’. In any case, the figure represents a new record for daily cases for the second day in a row since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 911 people are in serious condition, 25 more than the day before. The capital Tokyo has reported 20,679 infections a day as experts monitor the situation for fear it could lead to a collapse of the health system.

16:00 Portugal will not require the presentation of a negative test as of this Thursday…

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