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2022.01.02 國際新聞導讀-俄中關係因抗美而達到高點、哈瑪斯兩枚火箭攻以,以國反擊、OMICRON病毒株較不侵襲人的肺部,症狀輕微但傳染力強大無比

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2022.01.02 國際新聞導讀-俄中關係因抗美而達到高點、哈瑪斯兩枚火箭攻以,以國反擊、OMICRON病毒株較不侵襲人的肺部,症狀輕微但傳染力強大無比 俄中關係將成為 2022 年的大事——分析 俄羅斯媒體的一份新報告稱,俄羅斯和中國在2021年合作得很好。 作者:SETH J. FRANZMAN 中國外交部周五宣布,中國國家主席習近平向俄羅斯總統普京致以新年問候。 俄羅斯塔斯社報導了該報導。“在那封電報中,他對中俄關係的發展表示非常滿意,”報告說。 這是莫斯科和北京如何越來越多地協調政策並結成聯盟的一個例子。目標是建立一個多極世界,消除自1990年代以來美國霸權的殘餘。 據謝爾蓋拉夫羅夫稱,隨著美國從阿富汗撤出,俄羅斯也表示可以承認塔利班。 “承認塔利班政府的決定取決於他們履行承諾,”拉夫羅夫說。這很重要,因為中國和俄羅斯可以在伊朗和阿富汗問題上進行協調。 俄羅斯和中國的旗幟。(來源:維基媒體) 中國外交部網站本週援引習近平的話說:“我對中俄關係發展取得的成果深感滿意。” 據塔斯社報導,中國領導人說:“2022年,我們兩國將慶祝中俄體育年,我們將在兩國世代相傳的友誼史上翻開新的一頁。” 報導稱,普京將出席中國冬季奧運會。“我真誠地準備以各種形式與你保持密切聯繫,”中國領導人表示。 報告稱,俄羅斯和中國在2021年的合作非常好。“可預測性和穩定是世界事務中最關鍵的因素,俄羅斯總統普京多次重申這一點,”塔斯新聞社還指出。 在一年一度的俄羅斯事態發展和普京政策的總結中,俄羅斯媒體聲稱“美國一直以製裁威脅俄羅斯。一場能源危機席捲了歐洲和亞洲。在俄羅斯被取締的塔利班在阿富汗奪取政權,而烏克蘭及周邊地區的局勢卻越來越糟。南高加索和全球其他熱點地區不時爆發敵對行動。冠狀病毒大流行已經非常熟悉的背景完成了景觀。” 俄羅斯媒體稱美國前總統唐納德特朗普是“重量級人物”,還謳歌德國前總理默克爾的長期任期最近即將結束。 “普京宣布俄羅斯需要堅定的保證,以確保北約不會繼續向東擴張,”報告稱。與此同時,俄羅斯和烏克蘭的緊張局勢仍在繼續。報告稱,莫斯科認為北約正在對烏克蘭進行“悄悄入侵”。“這發生在我們家門口,”普京說。“他們應該意識到我們無處可退。” 莫斯科還表示,默克爾在與俄羅斯的關係中發揮了關鍵作用,並稱讚了北溪 2 號管道。“俄羅斯總統早些時候說默克爾和他有著務實的關係。” 俄羅斯希望這條管道能增加其在歐洲的影響力,削弱美國的影響力。 有爭議的納戈爾諾-卡拉巴赫地區和亞美尼亞休尼克省邊境地區的緊張局勢在 11 月再次爆發。發生了幾起造成人員傷亡的武裝衝突,”報告說。俄羅斯接待了亞美尼亞和阿塞拜疆領導人來解決問題。 “去年夏天,鑑於阿富汗局勢,塔利班沒有等到美國撤軍完成就上台,俄羅斯總統加強了與外國同行的接觸,主要來自獨聯體中亞成員國,”報告筆記。 “2021年,俄羅斯與南亞和東亞大國推進雙邊合作。12月初,普京訪問了印度。這是他全年第二次出國訪問,”它說。 報告還討論了與中國的密切關係。“總的來說,即將過去的一年裡世界舞台上的局勢往往給了普京一個引用中國智慧的機會。'你可能知道,有一句諺語說:“上帝禁止生活在變化的時代。” 然而,無論我們喜歡與否,我們已經在那裡了,而且這些變化正在變得更深入、更根本,”普京在 10 月份瓦爾代討論俱樂部智庫會議上發表講話時說。 該報告似乎表明,俄羅斯將最近的全球危機視為機遇。它將利用這一點與中國更密切地合作,北京也希望利用這個機會。 Russia-China ties will be the big story of 2022 - analysis A new report in the Russian press has said that Russia and China cooperated very well in 2021. By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Published: JANUARY 1, 2022 18:34 Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping pose after signing ceremony in Moscow, Russia, June 5, 2019 (photo credit: REUTERS/EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA) Advertisement Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a New Year greeting to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Friday. The report was carried in Russia’s Tass News. “In that telegram he expressed great satisfaction with the development of Chinese-Russian relations,” the report says. It is one example of how Moscow and Beijing are increasingly coordinating their policies and forming an alliance. The goal is to create a multi-polar world and remove the vestiges of US hegemony that have existed since the 1990s. With the US exit from Afghanistan, Russia is also saying it could recognize the Taliban, according to Sergei Lavrov. The “decision to recognize the Taliban government depends on their fulfillment of promises,” Lavrov says. This matters because China and Russia could coordinate on Iran and also on Afghan issues. Russian and Chinese flags. (credit: WIKIMEDIA) “I am deeply satisfied with the results of the development of relations between China and Russia,” the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry quoted Xi as saying this week. “In 2022, our countries will celebrate the Chinese-Russian Year of Sports and we will write a new page in the history of friendship between the two countries, passed down from generation to generation,” the Chinese leader said, according to Tass. Putin will attend the China Winter Olympic Games, the report says. “I am sincerely ready to maintain close contacts with you in various formats,” the Chinese leader noted. The report says that Russia and China cooperated very well in 2021. “Predictability and stability are the most crucial factors in world affairs, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has reiterated this several times,” Tass News also noted. In an annual wrap of developments in Russia and of Putin’s policies, the Russian media has claimed that “the United States kept threatening Russia with sanctions. An energy crisis engulfed Europe and Asia. The Taliban, outlawed in Russia, seized power in Afghanistan, while the situation in and around Ukraine went from bad to worse. The southern Caucasus and other hot spots across the globe saw hostilities flare up now and then. And the already well familiar backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic completed the landscape.” Russian media called former US President Donald Trump a “heavyweight” and also eulogized former German chancellor Angela Merkel’s long time in office, which recently came to an end. “Putin declared that Russia needed firm guarantees to be sure NATO would not proceed with its eastward expansion,” the report said. Meanwhile, Russia-Ukraine tensions continue. The report says that Moscow views NATO as conducting a “creeping invasion” of Ukraine. “This is happening on our doorstep,” Putin said. “They should realize that we have nowhere further to retreat.” Moscow also said that Merkel had played a key role in relations with Russia and praised the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. “The Russian president earlier said Merkel and he shared a businesslike relationship.” Russia hopes the pipeline will increase its influence in Europe and erode US influence. Tensions in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region and the border districts of Armenia’s Syunik Province flared up again in November. Several armed clashes causing casualties took place,” the report says. Russia has hosted Armenian and Azeri leaders to sort things out. “Last summer, the Russian president intensified contacts with foreign counterparts, primarily from Central Asian members of the CIS, in the light of the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban came to power without waiting for the completion of the US troop pullout,” the report notes. “In 2021, Russia and south and east Asian powers pushed ahead with bilateral cooperation. At the beginning of December, Putin paid a visit to India. It was his second foreign visit for the entire year,” it says. The report also discusses close ties with China. “By and large, the situation on the world stage during the outgoing year often gave Putin a chance to cite Chinese wisdom. ‘One proverb, as you may know, says, “God forbid living in a time of change.” However, we are there already, whether we like it or not, and these changes are becoming deeper and more fundamental,’ Putin said while speaking at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club think tank in October.” The report appears to indicate that Russia sees the recent global crisis as an opportunity. It will use this to work more closely with China, and Beijing also looks to exploit the opportunity. 特拉維夫:在世界上最昂貴的城市度過一天 市政事務:我們勇敢的記者去購物、喝咖啡並與居民交談,了解他們如何在特拉維夫生活。 通過ZACHY HENNESSEY 發佈時間: 2021 年 12 月 30 日 20:30 特拉維夫的場景:在卡梅爾市場購物。 (圖片來源:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/耶路撒冷郵報) 對於住在或訪問特拉維夫的任何人來說,與該國其他地區相比,所有東西的價格似乎都很高。上個月,《經濟學人》將這座海邊大都市列為世界上最昂貴的城市,從而證實了這一印象。 該出版物的姊妹公司經濟學人智庫發布了一項調查,其中詳細列出了全球 173 個城市的生活成本,您難道不知道,特拉維夫名列榜首。 這部分是由於謝克爾兌美元升值。此外,該調查還指出,酒類、食品雜貨和交通價格上漲是通往世界第一的主要驅動力,巴黎、香港和蘇黎世將在 2020 年獲得這一榮譽。 JPost 的熱門文章 Read More IDF updates COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions as Omicron cases surge 對於特拉維夫居民來說,排名並不意外,他們經常面臨住房、雜貨和雙拿鐵價格過高的問題。 住在世界上最昂貴的城市是什麼感覺?讓我們先在那裡作為特拉維維亞人度過一天,看看事情要花多少錢。 特拉維夫的場景:咖啡館場景。(來源:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/耶路撒冷郵報) 簡陋的早餐 我的目標是像大多數日子一樣開始我的一天:一杯咖啡、一個糕點和一個不可避免地未完成的填字遊戲。 下火車後,我找了一家咖啡館,可以讓我公平地代表特拉維夫的早餐價格,然後我在離迫在眉睫的 Azrieli 中心不遠的一個小地方落腳。 我下了訂單——一小杯咖啡和一個糕點(NIS 27)——然後坐下來計劃我的一天,同時觀察清晨的人流量。 運行總數:NIS 27 早上購物 我的下一站是超市,以了解特拉維維亞商店老闆對他們商品的要求的一些價格。我去了一家受歡迎的雜貨連鎖店(你想到的兩三個中較小的一家),並仔細閱讀了我認為對價格比較研究和健康飲食都歸零的東西:農產品部分。 可以在幾家商店中進行比較的一種主要主食:史密斯奶奶蘋果,這是最常見的水果,形態最優雅。我還查看了其他一些商品的價格,但酸青蘋果將是我的基準,因為它很常見,在任何商店都能找到。在大型連鎖超市,史密斯奶奶蘋果售價為10.90新謝克爾/公斤,看似合理的價格。 在另一家內城連鎖店(白天和晚上都營業,正如他們的品牌所暗示的那樣),價格要高得多:在這裡,親愛的史密斯奶奶以 14.90 新謝克爾/公斤的價格出售。另外值得注意的是,在這裡,鱷梨的重量與新謝克爾 14.90/kg 的價格相同,這將在稍後相關。 我認為與特拉維維亞人的實際估計相比,個人價格檢查相形見絀,所以我對一些當地居民進行了調查。一個三口之家每週在農產品上花費 400 到 600 新謝克爾,在各種雜貨上花費 1,000 新謝克爾,在肉類產品上額外花費 300 新謝克爾;加上每週訂購幾次,加起來大約是 NIS 600。我決定將這個平均值用於科學合理的運行總數。 運行總價: NIS 2,427.00 特拉維夫的場景:查看公寓價格。(來源:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/耶路撒冷郵報) 房地產 嘲笑一個蘋果的價格是一回事,但我知道如果我想了解特拉維夫的真實生活成本,我需要提出一個敏感話題:人們支付多少房租?幸運的是,我有幾個朋友很開放,可以在桌子上列出一些數字。 “我們的租金是 5,500 新謝克爾,我們有一套夢想中的公寓,我們永遠不想離開,因為我們永遠找不到這麼好的交易,”在高科技行業工作的凱文說。他在特拉維夫的公寓很方便,有 55 平方米,即使是通信學位也可以處理謝克爾/平方米的細分。我做了一個心理記錄,並將這個“優惠”添加到我的跑步記錄中(NIS 5,500)。 凱文認為他的租金是公平的,只有去酒吧或購買電子產品時,他才能感受到特拉維夫生活成本的沉重。他告訴我,根據他的經驗,購買電視和手機等電子產品的額外成本近年來大幅下降。 “以色列總是落後一步,因為它是一個社會主義國家;東西總是更貴,而你得到的報酬卻更少。現在,事情已經結束了。以色列人賺的錢比以往任何時候都多。” 他聲稱,收入的增加歸因於高科技行業的成功,對整個經濟產生了涓滴效應。 “總的來說,是的,富人越來越富,但窮人也越來越富。” 運行總價:7,927.00 新謝克爾 Hatikva 市場 說到後者,我想確保我對故事有一個整體的看法。當然,高科技兄弟們在這座昂貴的城市過得很好,但在特拉維夫南部,通常被稱為城市的“工人階級部門”和政府修復的目標,事情進展順利嗎? 當您進入 Hatikva 市場時,您會立刻感受到幾件事:橫幅和色彩繽紛的攤位令人愉悅,您聞到各種令人垂涎的街頭食品(還有生魚,如果您喜歡的話) ),你會聽到一群人用嗓子大聲尖叫,試圖說服路人他們的 NIS 3 柑橘比其他人的更好、更美味。 在這裡,鱷梨,以前我遇到過的最昂貴的水果之一,售價僅為 5 新謝克爾/公斤。事實上,任何可以想像到的產品的售價都只是其市中心價格的一小部分:標誌性的 Granny Smith 的售價僅為 NIS 3/kg。 在市場的大熔爐中有各種各樣的人跨越金融領域:看到一群穿著設計師緊身褲的學生仔細閱讀各種攤位的情況並不少見,而其他人則坐在地上或矮凳上,向購物者索要零錢. 我停下來問了幾個乞丐他們在城裡的生活費用,但得知我沒有錢可以給他們後,他們都拒絕回答,除了一個男人,一個中年坐在凳子上,膝上放著一本書的人,聳了聳肩說:“為什麼不呢?” “我做得很好,我做得很好,”他說,在我們的談話中不時停下來感謝並祝福人們將硬幣扔進他高舉的杯子裡。 他告訴我,他用在市場上收集的錢在附近租了一個房間。週日和周五,當市場很忙的時候,他喜歡坐在這裡讀詩篇來打發時間,他要錢。 “以色列,我們在這裡擁有什麼,它是一個好國家,”他說。“好人,真的——真的,他們是好人。沒有人因為在街上而被迴避。我沒有怨言。” 顯然,沒有人的經驗可以代表整個人口。無論他們是否選擇抱怨,將近 40% 的以色列無家可歸人口居住在特拉維夫及其周邊地區,該市已知有 1,000 多名登記人士。這是一個沒有經歷凱文提到的涓滴效應的人群。 事實上,根據《2022 年世界不平等報告》,以色列底層 50% 的人口僅擁有國民總財富的 5%,而頂層 10% 的人口擁有 62%。收入不平等的差距至少在一定程度上要歸咎於該國無家可歸居民的數量,特別是在特拉維夫這樣租金高昂的地方。話雖如此憤世嫉俗,但並不是每個人都像這個人一樣“幸運”,能夠負擔得起房租。 我感謝他的時間,從附近的小販那裡買了一瓶果汁(NIS 9.90),然後回到內城,在那裡我有點愧疚地吃了一盤意大利面當午餐(NIS 55)。 運行總價:7,991.90 新謝克爾 祝生孩子好運 如果你已經做到了這一步並且你沒有為雜貨、房租和一些小額食品採購的累積成本而出汗,請係好安全帶:如果你想生孩子,住在城裡,做一份日常工作(這意味著尋找托兒服務/課後活動),這將花費您。 我再次對一群家長進行了調查,他們毫不猶豫地告訴我,他們平均為幼兒園支付 4,319.50 新謝克爾。小學的學費略高於其中的一半,約為 2,800 新謝克爾。如果你想瘋狂,你可以加入一些課後課程,如英語輔導 (NIS 370)、編程課程 (NIS 250) 或網球 (NIS 280)。 當我們這樣做時,我不妨為父母支付去健身房的費用:每人大約 400 新謝克爾。不過,有一個家庭讓我意識到了一個儲蓄機會。如果您獲得體育俱樂部的家庭會員資格,您只需為整個家庭每月支付大約 500 新謝克爾的費用。 總的來說,如果你有一個在私立幼兒園蹣跚學步的孩子和一個在小學有一項平均價格的課外活動和一個體育俱樂部會員資格的孩子,那麼你可以在夏天去游泳池,你可能會向上看NIS 7,919.50。 “你絕對需要有兩個收入的家庭,即使是夫妻職業生涯的早期階段在經濟上也可能具有挑戰性,”1983 年從美國來到特拉維夫並在那裡撫養了三個孩子的希勒爾·瓦克斯 (Hillel Wachs) 說。 “但就像任何地方一樣,這取決於您想為孩子的發展投資多少。與耶路撒冷這樣的地方相比,特拉維夫可能非常昂貴——托兒、課後活動、特殊學校。 “擁有兩個優秀的工薪階層,更容易過上舒適的生活。如果是這樣的話,您就可以盡情享受特拉維夫了。” 運行總數:15,911.40 加起來 在我回到火車站的路上,我反思了我的發現:一個以高科技、高租金和高價格為定義的城市。雖然這座城市對國家產生的積極影響非常明顯,但似乎很多錢沒有按預期“滴入”。因此,有許多特拉維維亞人正在承受高昂的必需品成本,更不用說奢侈品了。 我還發現了一家主廚倉庫,那裡銷售超過六種不同類型的抹刀,我認為這很酷。 因此,在晚餐吃了沙拉三明治(新謝克爾 18.90)後,我一家四口的每月開支總計——包括合理的雜貨賬單、55 平方米公寓的租金、我蹣跚學步的私人幼兒園以及之後——我孩子的學校活動、全家人的體育俱樂部會員資格以及一些外出就餐 - 加起來為15,931.30 新謝克爾。 顯然,有些家庭花費更少,而且我研究的幾乎所有東西都有變通辦法,但對特拉維夫生活成本的比表面略深的觀察告訴我至少一件事:我會留下來在郊區待了一段時間。 Two rockets fired from Gaza towards central Israel Explosions were heard in the Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion areas. By ANNA AHRONHEIM Published: JANUARY 1, 2022 07:42 Updated: JANUARY 1, 2022 20:44 Advertisement Two rockets launched from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip fell in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of central Israel early on Saturday morning. “Earlier this morning, two rocket launches were identified from the Gaza Strip toward the Mediterranean. The rockets fell off the coast of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. According to protocol, no sirens were sounded and no interception took place,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement. The rockets were heard in the cities of Tel Aviv, Holon, Bat Yam and Rishon Lezion. According to reports, one rocket fell near Tel Aviv while the other landed near Palmahim, south of the city. There were no injuries and, despite the smoke seen off the coast, no reports of damage. Army Radio reported that Egypt has sent a message to Israel that the rocket fire was not intentional and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi held situational assessments regarding the rocket fire. Streaks of lights are seen from Ashkelon as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel May 19, 2021. (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS) Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held consultations over Shabbat regarding the rocket fire, according to a political source. Groups in the Gaza Strip said that the two rockets were caused by “weather conditions.” Hamas has used the excuse of lightning strikes causing rockets to be launched toward Israel, including in November of last year. In that incident, two rockets were fired and landed north of Ashdod and the other struck Palmahim Beach. In response, Israeli jets struck military positions and an underground structure belonging to Hamas. Other incidents where lightning was blamed for rocket fire included one in March 2019 where a rocket made a direct impact on a home in the central town of Mishmeret in the Sharon Plain and injured seven people, as well as another in October 2018 when a home in Beersheba was destroyed after a rocket made a direct hit and another landed off the coast of Israel. All rockets had been aimed towards the Jewish state and were preemptively primed. The rocket launches come as the Israeli military said that this had been the longest period of operational quiet in relation to the four most recent operations in the coastal enclave. In the six months following the 11 days of fighting in May, known as Operation Guardian of the Walls, only five long-range rockets were fired from the Hamas-run coastal enclave toward Israel. In comparison, 22 rockets were fired following Protective Edge in 2014, 196 rockets were fired following Cast Lead in 2009, and 76 were fired following Pillar of Defense in 2012. Despite the relative quiet, it remains tense in southern Israel with Hamas continuing to hold large-scale military drills, firing rockets toward the sea in an attempt to improve their rocket arsenal and threaten Israel. In August, a Border Police officer was shot at point-blank range during a violent protest along the Gaza border fence. He died nine days later. On Wednesday, senior officials from the terrorist group met with Hezbollah officials in the Lebanese capital of Beirut and vowed that they are preparing for a military confrontation with Israel. Later that day, an Israeli civilian doing maintenance work on the newly completed border fence in the northern sector was lightly wounded after he was shot by a sniper. In response, Israeli tanks fired artillery shells towards a Hamas post near Gaza City, wounding several farmers. The IDF also closed roads next to the border fence out of concern over additional attacks and ordered farmers to stay away from land near the border. 由於對肺的影響較輕,Omicron 變體不太嚴重 - 研究 最近的數據表明,Omicron 冠狀病毒變種比 Delta 和其他變種更溫和。 作者:GADI ZAIG 發佈時間: 2022 年 1 月 1 日 01:14 更新時間: 2022 年 1 月 1 日 16:18 2021 年 12 月 20 日,隨著 Omicron 冠狀病毒變種繼續在美國紐約市曼哈頓傳播,人們在時代廣場排隊接受 COVID-19 檢測。 (照片來源:路透社/ANDREW KELLY TPX 當天的圖片) 廣告 根據新的動物研究,與其他 SARS-CoV-2 變體相比,Omicron 變體的嚴重程度較低,因為在這種 COVID-19 病例中,肺部大部分都沒有受到損傷。 據《紐約時報》週六報導,Omicron 對倉鼠和老鼠等小動物的影響不那麼嚴重。被檢測到的變異感染對鼻子、喉嚨和氣管造成的損害不太嚴重。 據報導,動物研究可以幫助澄清有關新研究的問題,泰晤士報報導稱。它還引用了表明 Omicron 變體比 Delta 和其他 SARS-CoV-2 變體更溫和的數據。當科學家得出結論認為倉鼠因冠狀病毒的所有其他變體而患上重病時,這一點得到了證實。 其他研究表明,肺中 Omicron 的存在是其他變體病毒載量的十分之一或更少。 香港大學研究人員在同行評審的《自然》雜誌上發表的一項研究證實,Omicron 的複制速度比 Delta 和其他冠狀病毒變體慢。 上週二,發表在Live Science 上的另一項研究報告稱,Omicron 不太可能“[進入]肺細胞”,並補充說,來自該變體原產國南非的一些初步數據表明,該菌株造成的損害較小。 在這張 2021 年 12 月 11 日拍攝的插圖中,人們在顯示的“OMICRON SARS-COV-2”字樣前擺出帶有針頭的注射器(圖片來源:REUTERS/DADO RUVIC/ILLUSTRATION/FILE PHOTO) 發表在bioRxiv 上的一項研究表明,新變體可以避開那些完全接種疫苗的人產生的大部分抗體。 關於大流行,以色列上週四登記了近 5,000 例新的 COVID-19 病例,並批准向有感染病毒風險或患有嚴重症狀的人注射第四劑疫苗。這是衛生部主任宣布的。Nachman Ash 教授。 在美國,健康專家警告公民,“由Omicron 變體導致的 COVID-19 病例不斷上升,威脅到他們的生活。” Rossella Tercatin 和路透社為本報告做出了貢獻 Omicron variant less severe due to milder effect on lungs - study Recent data suggested that the Omicron coronavirus variant is milder than Delta and other variants. By GADI ZAIG Published: JANUARY 1, 2022 01:14 Updated: JANUARY 1, 2022 16:18 People queue to be tested for COVID-19 in Times Square, as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Manhattan, New York City, US, December 20, 2021. (photo credit: REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) Advertisement The Omicron variant is less severe in comparison to other SARS-CoV-2 variants as the lungs are mostly spared in such COVID-19 cases, according to new animal research. Omicron had less severe effects on small animals such as hamsters and mice, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Infection by the variant that were detected caused less severe damage to the nose, throat and windpipe. Animal research can reportedly help clear up questions regarding the new research, the Times report stated. It also cited data suggesting that the Omicron variant is milder than Delta and other SARS-CoV-2 ones. This was confirmed when scientists concluded that hamsters became severely ill from all other variants of the coronavirus. Top Articles By JPost Read More Tel Aviv: Spending a day in the world's most expensive city Other studies showed that the presence of Omicron in the lungs was a tenth or less than the viral load of other variants. One study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature by Hong Kong University researchers, confirmed that Omicron replicated more slowly than Delta and other coronavirus variants. Last Tuesday, another study published in Live Science reported that Omicron is unlikely to "[enter] lung cells," adding that some of the initial data from South Africa, the variant's country of origin, indicated that the strain causes less damage. People pose with syringe with needle in front of displayed words ''OMICRON SARS-COV-2'' in this illustration taken, December 11, 2021 (credit: REUTERS/DADO RUVIC/ILLUSTRATION/FILE PHOTO) A study published in bioRxiv stated that the new variant dodges most of the antibodies made by those who are fully vaccinated. Regarding the pandemic, Israel registered almost 5,000 new COVID-19 cases last Thursday and approved a fourth vaccine shot to be given to those who are at risk of contracting the virus or suffering from severe symptoms. This was announced by Health Ministry Dir.-Gen. Prof. Nachman Ash. In the US, health experts warned citizens that "a rising tide of COVID-19 cases led by the Omicron variant threatens major disruptions to their lives." Sponsored by lattelierstore Rossella Tercatin and Reuters contributed to this report. 埃及調解哈馬斯,以色列在緊張局勢升級的情況下進行談判-報告 通過耶路撒冷郵報STAFF 發佈時間: 2022 年 1 月 1 日 21:30 以色列媒體週六晚間援引 al-Arabiya 的話說,埃及正在調解以色列和哈馬斯之間的談判,以防止加沙地帶衝突升級。 星期六早上,從加沙地帶發射的兩枚火箭落在以色列中部海岸附近的地中海。

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