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Coronavirus: Health allows donating blood 7 days after testing positive for Covid due to shortages due to the pandemic
The Ministry of Health changes the protocol and will allow those infected by Covid-19 can donate blood after 7 days from diagnosis if they are in good health, as reported this Monday in a statement. The department led by Carolian Darias makes the decision before blood shortage in hospital banks due to the pandemic.
Coronavirus: Health reports 331,467 cases and 234 deaths since Friday
The Ministry of Health has notified this Monday 331,467 new cases and 234 deaths More since last Friday.
The total number of people infected in Spain since the pandemic began now amounts to 8,424,503. In addition, according to the daily reports published by the department led by Carolina Darias, 90,993 people have lost their lives to Covid-19.
Pediatricians warn of Covid flu in class: “They will be much more exposed”
A week ago, on January 10, the classrooms of the educational centers were filled again after the Christmas break. The peak in Covid infections, caused by the Omicron variant, is also affecting teaching. The latest data published by the Ministry of Health shows that 1.19% of students at all levels are in quarantine or positive for Covid, which represents a total of 102,233 cases. On the other hand, up to 19,335 teachers were discharged because they were positive or had to quarantine, 2.6% of the total staff.
When will the peak of Ómicron be reached in Spain?
Coronavirus infections caused by the variant discovered in South Africa in December, Omicron, have skyrocketed in Europe. In Spain, during the first weeks of this 2022, the new infections reached much higher figures those registered at the beginning of the pandemic. However, after many days of climbing, it seems that the pace is beginning to slow down and, as several experts have explained, we could be at doors of the expected descent.
Tonga’s volcanic eruption was the most explosive in 30 years
The island of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai volcano has almost completely disappeared. The eruption recorded on Saturday in the Pacific Ring of Fire has destroyed the land that before showed above sea level. It was not just any eruption. Scientists already consider it the most explosive of the last 30 years, according to the first estimates, after that of Pinatubo, in the Philippines, in 1991.
“Never before have we had 20% of teachers on leave”
The return to class after Christmas did not come with good omens at Yolanda’s house. The guardian of her first-born, 4 years old, had just tested positive on the last day of vacation. Although by Tuesday, January 11, he already had a substitute, just two days later the second one was also infected with coronavirus. After that of the teacher, the infections of several students in the class came, and her daughter, who until now had avoided the virus, ended up confirming last Sunday with an antigen test that she is sick. Yolanda’s problemwho leaves the girls with– is what tens of thousands of parents in this country face these days.