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About a third of people infected with the coronavirus could still be contagious after a five-day quarantine, according to a new British study.

Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School in England also found that one in 10 people could still be infectious after a 10-day quarantine. Some people retained these levels for up to 68 days, the scientists said.

Elsewhere, the United States has revised its guidance for Americans on wearing masks to protect against coronavirus, recommending wearing “the most protective mask possible” while pausing before advocating nationwide use of N95 respirators .

In a statement posted on its website, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said “people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including removing concerns about shortages. supply of N95”.

Here are the latest updates for Saturday:


Philippines confirms community transmission of Omicron

The Philippine Department of Health has confirmed the local spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant around Manila, as infections hit an all-time high for a third consecutive day.

“We are seeing community transmission of the Omicron variant in the capital region,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a public briefing.

The ministry reported 39,004 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, while active cases also hit a record high of 280,813.


COVID contagiousness can persist beyond five days: study

After a five-day quarantine, about a third of people infected with the coronavirus could still be contagious, according to new data.

PCR tests detect virus particles but cannot tell whether they are infectious remnants or simply inactive.

“After five days, 30% of people still had clinically relevant levels of potentially active virus,” said study leader Lorna Harries, from the University of Exeter Medical School in England.

After a 10-day quarantine, one in 10 people could still be contagious. Some people maintained these levels for up to 68 days, the researchers said.


E-cigarette users at higher risk of COVID symptoms

According to a new study, e-cigarette users infected with the coronavirus may be more likely than infected non-vapers to experience symptoms of COVID-19.

The researchers compared 289 vapers with 1,445 people of similar age and gender who neither vaped nor smoked tobacco, all of whom had tested positive for the coronavirus in PCR tests.

Compared to infected non-vapers and after controlling for participants’ other risk factors, infected vapers experienced higher rates of chest pain or tightness, chills, body aches, headache, smell and taste problems, nausea, diarrhea and dizziness, said the study published in the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health.


Djokovic returns to detention as he fights deportation from Australia

Novak Djokovic has returned to custody in Australia, after authorities tore up his visa for the second time and declared the unvaccinated tennis superstar a threat to the public.

The world’s top-ranked tennis player had surrendered to authorities in Melbourne for an interview at around 8 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Friday) on Saturday, following a court order issued on Friday evening.

Learn more here.

Djokovic sits in the back of a car arriving at a migrant detention hotel in Melbourne [Channel 9 via AP]

Anti-vaccination protesters gather in central Sydney

Hundreds of protesters marched through central Sydney as part of a rally against COVID-19 vaccinations for children.

Protesters waved flags and held up banners as they marched through city streets.

Some have adorned themselves with Serbian flags apparently in support of beleaguered tennis star Novak Djokovic, who faces expulsion from the country as he seeks to compete at the Australian Open in Melbourne.


Mexico sees fake versions of COVID-19 drug

According to the Associated Press news agency, Mexico is reportedly seeing black market versions or fake versions of molnupiravir for sale, just a week after authorities approved the drug to treat people at risk of severe COVID-19.

The news comes as the country recorded a new daily record of 44,293 new cases.

According to official health data, 301,107 people have died from COVID-19 in Mexico.


A woman putting on a face maskA nurse dons a new N95 mask as indentations remain from another she had just removed at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle [Elaine Thompson/AP]

Omicron expands to a southern Chinese city bordering Macau

The city of Zhuhai in southern China has suspended public bus routes after announcing that it detected at least seven cases of the highly transmissible variant of the Omicron coronavirus there and warned residents not to leave the city.

The coastal city, which borders Macau’s gambling hub, said late Friday that Omicron had been detected in one mildly ill patient and six asymptomatic patients after initiating mass testing due to a case in a nearby town.

China is battling a series of coronavirus outbreaks, including several of the Omicron variant, forcing millions into strict lockdown as the country steps up vigilance against the virus ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month .


The wave of Omicron leads to a shortage of health workers in Brazil

Health centers in Brazil are facing major staff shortages amid the latest wave of coronavirus cases caused by the highly contagious variant of Omicron.

In Sao Joao de Meriti, outside of Rio de Janeiro, authorities are having to adapt with up to 40% of medical staff furloughed due to COVID-19.

Late Friday, Brazil reported 112,286 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours and 251 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said, bringing the total number of cases to nearly 23 million and the number deaths to at least 620,796 since the start of the pandemic.


You can read all of the January 14 updates here.


Nurse leaning on a hospital bedA nurse tends to a COVID patient in the acute care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle [Elaine Thompson/AP]

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