France: Two wild badgers and three martens test positive for Sars-CoV-2

In Brittany, seropositivity for SARS-CoV-2 was detected in five wild mustelids out of 32 animals tested.

In the French region of Brittany, mainly in the department of the Côtes d’Armor, during the first semester of 2021, seropositivity for SARS-CoV-2 was detected in five wild mustelids out of 32 animals tested. Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG against at least four out of five recombinant viral proteins (S1 receptor binding domain, nucleocapsid, S1 subunit, S2 subunit and spike) were detected using automated western blot technique in three martens (Martes martes) and two badgers (Meles meles)

All the mustelids studied lived in anthropized and non-isolated rural areas. From one or more index cases, transmission spread directly between mustelids. This is certain for the badgers from Perret, Côte d’Armor.

Biorxiv preprint: Evidence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in wild mustelids from Brittany (France) 

 

 

Cattle infected with Covid

 

 

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Denmark: 715 Covid deaths in the double and triple vaccinated, 607,000 breakthrough infections

From a vaccinated population of around 4.7 million people, 715 double and triple vaccinated individuals have died of Covid-19 in Denmark. There were a further 326 deaths in people with a single dose of vaccine, making a total of 1,041 breakthrough deaths.

434,803 people who have received two doses of vaccine have had breakthrough Covid infections, and 105,271 people with booster doses have also had a breakthrough infection. A further 67,749 infections in people with a single dose of vaccine, making a total of 607,823 breakthrough infections.

Breakthrough infections seem to be running at about 150,000 a week in Denmark.

 

 

 

Denmark’s SSI Breakthrough infections and vaccine efficacy report (In English and Danish)

SSI Webpage (in English)

 

Denmark: About 75% of Covid hospitalizations are fully vaccinated *13 UPDATES*

WHO: The end of the pandemic is plausible

The Covid-19 pandemic has entered a new phase with the Omicron variant, which could infect 60 percent of people in Europe by March, and could bring it to an end, the WHO Europe director said Sunday. “It’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame.”

 

Really? Has anyone told the virus yet?
This is Europe:

This is America:

This is South America:

This is Asia:

 

This is the WHO:

 

The WHO have played a pretty steady hand during the pandemic so far, but this statement is dumber than a bag of rocks.

 

 

Los Angeles: Just 3 weeks between Covid infection and death

Of 102 deaths in Los Angeles County reported Thursday, 90% involved people who became ill with Covid-19 after Christmas, and 80% were among those who fell ill after New Year’s Day, indicating a high likelihood of Omicron infection, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

The death toll was the highest single-day tally since March 10, 2021. It appears that people who are dying from the Omicron variant are deteriorating much quicker than those infected by earlier variants, Ferrer told reporters.

LAtimes.com report

 

 

 

 

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Norway: 248 deaths and nearly 52,000 reports of other Covid vaccine side-effects

From a population of just 5.3 million people, Norway has reported a total of 248 deaths as suspected side effects after a Covid vaccine, according to the latest Adverse Reaction Report from the Norwegian Medicines Agency, published on Thursday, 20th January.

The reported deaths are distributed as follows: 227 after the Pfizer vaccine, 15 after Moderna and six after the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Norwegian Medicines Agency has also received 51,985 reports of suspected side effects. Of these, 26,413 messages have been processed. 4766 are classified as serious and 21,647 are classified as not serious. This means that 18 per cent of the messages that have been processed are classified as serious.

Dagbladet.no report (in Norwegian)

Norwegian Medicines Agency, Adverse Reaction Report (in Norwegian)

 

Around 4.3 million people have been fully vaccinated in Norway

 

Norway has recorded just 1,414 deaths from Covid-19 as of January 21st 2022:

Norway Covid deaths at OurworldinData.org

 

BMJ: We must have raw data for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments now

 

 

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Italy: 385 Covid deaths and 188,000 new cases in one day despite the harshest restrictions on Earth

Where did it all go wrong for Italy? The pandemic got off to a hideous start in Bergamo, Northern Italy, in 2020, and the country has since gone from one crisis to another in the pandemic.  Italy is now in the midst of one of the worst Omicron battles in the world, despite compulsory vaccinations, vaccine passports, fines for not being vaccinated, and all the other accoutrements of a dystopian police state.

 

Covid case rates have risen again today to over 188,000 new cases in one day:

 

Covid deaths rates are also still rising as the Omicron wave continues:

 

The Delta variant is still at 17 percent of cases in Italy:

 

Italy: 2 cases of Deltacron reported, but they’re NOT recombinant variants

 

 

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UK: 1,129 Covid deaths in three days

There have been 1,129 Covid deaths in the last 3 days in the UK. Coronavirus cases are now rising again. Does this sound like the final days of a two year-long pandemic, or the right time to remove ALL mitigations?

We can only think of four possible reasons why the UK government are removing all Covid mitigations in the middle of a winter wave:

1) It’s camouflage for Boris Johnson’s spectacular career implosion

2) There’s a party booked for 10 Downing Street this weekend

3) There’s been an outbreak of mass delusion in the entire ruling elite

4) The UK needs to raise more taxes in a hurry

 

Covid cases are back on the rise:

 

1,129 Covid deaths in 3 days:

 

1,125 Covid deaths in three days is over FOUR TIMES the number of British casualties during the ENTIRE Falklands war. 255 British servicemen were killed liberating the Falklands.

Sadly, you can’t just wish away a pandemic, no matter how hard you try.  There is absolutely no way this can end well.

 

 

 

 

 

India: Delta variant found in the brain of a dead wild leopard

Scientists from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute have detected Covid infection in a dead wild leopard cub in Uttar Pradesh. Genomic sequencing of samples from the carcass of the cub revealed that it had been naturally infected with the Delta variant.

“Though the necropsy findings suggested traumatic injuries as the immediate cause of death; detection of virus in various tissues indicates systemic SARS-CoV-2 infection of the animal prior to sudden death due to trauma inflicted by another carnivore. Presence of virus in the brain section suggests infection of central nervous system in wild felid which has previously been demonstrated in humans only”

Preprint: Systemic infection of SARS-CoV-2 in free ranging Leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) in India

 

South Africa: Puma and 3 lions infected with Delta variant in Pretoria Zoo

 

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UK: ALL Coronavirus restrictions to be scrapped including quarantine and WFH

The UK government have announced they are scrapping all coronavirus regulations as soon as possible in order to keep Boris Johnson in power.

Working from home (WFH) will end with immediate effect. Covid passports and compulsory face masks to be dropped from next Thursday.

On March 24, the regulations underpinning the current five-day self-isolation period expire and the UK Government ‘very much expect not to renew them’. 

Daily Mail report

 

 

 

UK: They partied whilst their citizens died in their thousands

 

 

Research: Probiotic improves symptomatic and viral clearance in Covid19 outpatients

Primary outcome of complete remission on day 30 was achieved by 78 (53.1%) in the probiotic group compared to 41 (28.1%) in placebo.

Patients in probiotic group reported significantly less days of fever, cough, headache, body aches (myalgia), shortness of breath (dyspnea), nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Research paper: Probiotic improves symptomatic and viral clearance in Covid19 outpatients: a randomized, quadruple-blinded, placebo-controlled trial

 

 

 

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India: Sars-CoV-2 remains active in a dead infected person for up to nine days

“Coronavirus, according to scientific evidence that has emerged so far, can survive on a dead body, in bodily fluids, secretions and moist cells of the dead body for up to nine days.”

The Indian government has declared that, as Sars-CoV-2 remains active in a dead infected person for up to nine days, its standard operating procedure provided only for cremation and burial of the dead infected persons, which excluded Parsi ritual of leaving the dead in Tower of Silence to get decayed by natural elements and birds.

The ministry, in its affidavit through advocate Rajat Nair, said the basic elements of the standard operating procedure is that the body should be fully covered and not exposed so that people who are handling the bodies of the persons who died of Covid, which may or may not include family members, must not come in contact with bodily fluids or secretions.

“Coronavirus, according to scientific evidence that has emerged so far, can survive on a dead body, in bodily fluids, secretions and moist cells of the dead body for up to nine days. A dead body will be considered as an inanimate surface and secretions from orifices will carry infected cells and will remain smeared on the body surfaces after death. An increased risk of Covid infection from a dead body to health workers or family members is unlikely when they follow standard precautions and SOPs while handling a dead body,” the Centre said.

The Times of India report

 

 

 

 

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South Africa: Puma and 3 lions infected with Delta variant in Pretoria Zoo

Here we report infection of an exotic puma and three African lions in the same private zoo in Johannesburg, South Africa. Genomic surveillance identified the transmission of a Delta variant from a zookeeper to the three lions, similar to those circulating in humans in South Africa. One lion developed pneumonia while the other cases had mild infection. Both the puma and lions remained positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA for up to 7 weeks

MDPI preprint: SARS-CoV-2 Reverse Zoonoses to Pumas and Lions, South Africa

 

 

 

 

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COVID-19 patients show more signs of brain damage than Alzheimer’s sufferers

Patients hospitalized for COVID-19 had higher levels over the short term of blood proteins known to rise with neurological damage than non–COVID-19 patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a new study finds.

Study authors found the markers for brain damage were even worse among patients that did not survive their coronavirus infection. Markers among patients who died from COVID were 124 percent higher than those who eventually left the hospital.

Nyulangone.org article

Serum neuronal, glial, and axonal neurodegenerative biomarkers, including t-tau, p-tau181, UCHL1, GFAP, and NfL were significantly elevated in patients with encephalopathy and worse discharge disposition after hospitalization for COVID-19. These markers correlated with the severity of COVID illness. Furthermore, levels of NfL, GFAP, and UCHL1 in hospitalized COVID patients were similar to, or higher than, levels observed in non-COVID AD dementia patients. Additional studies tracking trajectories of these biomarkers over time and their association with long-term cognitive outcomes among COVID-19 survivors are warranted.

Alzheimers Association Study – Comparison of serum neurodegenerative biomarkers among hospitalized COVID-19 patients versus non-COVID subjects with normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment, or Alzheimer’s dementia

 

See also: January 2022 Preprint – Mild respiratory SARS-CoV-2 infection can cause multi-lineage cellular dysregulation and myelin loss in the brain

 

 

Sars-CoV-2 filmed attacking the brain of a bat

 

 

 

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UK: Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status for week 2, 2022

A new report out today by the UK Health and Security Agency gives figures for Covid infections, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status for the period in which Omicron became dominant in Britain.

UK Covid Infections:

 

UK Hospitalizations:

UK Covid Deaths:

 

UKHSA Covid-19 vaccine surveillance report for week 2, 2022

 

 

 

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