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Shanghai in China to start phased Covid-19 lockdown on Monday; Coronavirus makes scary comeback in Europe as ‘stealth’ Omicron triggers new wave – Top 10 Updates

Coronavirus March 27 News: As per the data updated on Friday, while Italy reported 75,616 new Covid cases, France detected staggering 1,43,571 fresh coronavirus infections.

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A man has a swab sample taken for a COVID-19 test at the Guangzhou train station on Friday, March 25, 2022, in southern China's Guangzhou province. China continues to battle its worst COVID-19 outbreak, driven by the omicron variant, with officials on Friday calling the situation ‚'severe and complex.' (AP/PTI photo)

Coronavirus March 27 Updates: After the scourge of Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta variants of novel coronavirus, the world is seeing a silent surge of the BA.2 variant. Also known as ‘stealth’ Omicron, this version of coronavirus is causing new outbreaks specifically in Europe, the US and parts of Asia. While situation is very much in control in India, these new pockets of infections may have a spill-over effect on India. Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus today:

1: India on Sunday reported 1,421 new Covid-19 infections. The active cases in the country have dropped to 16,187, the health ministry data says.

2: The daily positivity rate stands at 0.23 per cent, according to the government data.

3: Shanghai in China to start phased Covid-19 lockdown on Monday (March 28), reports AFP News Agency citing government.

4: In Europe, nations such as Germany, the UK and France are reporting sharp spike in coronavirus cases.

5: As per the data updated on Friday, while Italy reported 75,616 new Covid cases, France detected staggering 1,43,571 fresh coronavirus infections.

6: In China, though the number of confirmed symptomatic cases have declined, the tally of asymptomatic cases is seeing significant increase. Beijing Auto Show has been postponed and Shanghai is also reporting new cases every day.

7: After a race against time for vaccine against the novel coronavirus, researchers around the globe are now focussing on ‘long Covid’.

8: A Reuters report says that scientists in the UK and the US along with big pharma companies are looking at new line of treatment for patients suffering from ‘long Covid.’

9: Germany, which reported nearly 3 lakh Covid cases on Friday, is urging people over the age of 60 to take the second booster dose.

10: Hong Kong, which has been epicenter of new Covid cases, has seen consistent decline in new cases after a month. A Reuters report says that Hong Kong may resume certain public services from April 1st next month.

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