The Omicron variant has spread all over the world. Singapore and Malaysia have recently experienced a new wave of epidemics, and the number of confirmed cases has remained high. According to official statistics of Malaysia, 32,070 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the country on the 24th, of which 31,861 were local cases and 209 were imported cases; another 46 new deaths were reported.
In addition, as for the time when Malaysia will fully open its borders, it is reported that Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin responded on the 24th that the date has been decided and will be announced by the Prime Minister. It is expected that Malaysia will fully open its borders as soon as March.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines on the 26th, significantly loosening the rules on when Americans should wear masks in indoor places such as schools, which means that 72% of the communities where Americans live will no longer recommend indoor wearing masks.
The number of new COVID-19 diagnoses in Thailand today reached a new high since the outbreak, but it is estimated that although the spread of the variant virus is fast, the death rate of patients has dropped a lot, so it is preparing to declare that COVID-19 has turned from a pandemic to an endemic by the middle of this year.