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New Zealand detects 7 new cases of Omicron at border******
New Zealand detected seven new cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant in international arrivals over two days, taking the country's total Omicron cases to 45, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Sunday.。
Whole-genome sequencing has detected seven more COVID-19 cases of Omicron variant at the border over two days. There were now a total of 45 COVID-19 cases with the Omicron variant detected at the New Zealand border, said the ministry.。
New Zealand reported 136 cases of COVID-19 over two days, including 126 community cases and 10 imported cases at the border, said the Ministry.。
Among the new community infections, 88 were recorded in the largest city of Auckland, 17 in Waikato, 13 in the Lakes region, six in Bay of Plenty, one in Taranaki and one in Northland, according to the Ministry of Health.。
The reporting period for the community cases in the past two days included Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, said the ministry.。
The total case number of COVID-19 in the current Delta variant outbreak in the New Zealand community reached 10,619, mainly in Auckland and peripheral regions, said the ministry.。
There were 47 COVID-19 patients in New Zealand hospitals including seven cases in intensive care unit (ICU) or High Dependency Unit (HDU), it said.。
New Zealand recorded 13,485 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, said the ministry.。
According to the ministry, 91 percent of eligible New Zealanders have now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.。
New Zealand is introducing the COVID-19 Protection Framework or traffic lights framework to deal with the pandemic. The largest city Auckland and part of the North Island are at red settings. The rest of the country is at orange settings.。
Coutinho returns to Brazil squad for World Cup qualifiers******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been recalled to Brazil's national squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina.
The 29-year-old has not represented the Selecao since October last year because of a left knee injury that twice required surgery.
He has made just seven starts for Barcelona across all competitions this season.
"He's a midfielder who creates things, a great player regaining his form," Tite told a news conference on Friday.
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino also returned to the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.
But there was no place for 21-year-old attacker Vinicius Junior, despite his impressive form for Real Madrid this season.
Everton forward Richarlison was also left out as he returns to full fitness following a knee injury.
Brazil will host Colombia in Sao Paulo on November 11 before meeting Argentina in Buenos Aires five days later.
The five-time Word Cup winners currently lead the 10-team South American qualifying group with 31 points from 11 matches, six points ahead of second-placed Argentina.
Following is the Brazil squad:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool/ENG), Emerson (Manchester City/ENG), Gabriel Chapeco (Gremio)
Defenders: Danilo (Juventus/ITA), Emerson Royal (Tottenham/ENG), Alex Sandro (Juventus/ITA), Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Eder Militao (Real Madrid/ESP), Lucas Verissimo (Benfica/POR), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Thiago Silva (Chelsea/ENG)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Fred (Manchester United/ENG), Fabinho (Liverpool/ENG), Gerson (Marseille/FRA), Lucas Paqueta (Lyon/FRA), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona/ESP)
Forwards: Antony (Ajax/HOL), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City/ENG), Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Raphinha (Leeds United/ENG). Enditem
Over 4,700 volunteers get to work for upcoming CIIE******
SHANGHAI, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 4,700 people were sworn in as volunteers on Wednesday and started going about with their duties for the fourth China International Import Expo (CIIE) scheduled from Nov. 5 to 10 in Shanghai, according to local authorities.
The volunteers are university students from Shanghai and more than 80 percent of them were born after 2000, according to the Shanghai municipal committee of the Communist Youth League of China.
The duties of the volunteers include guiding people around the venue, offering epidemic prevention and control information, and handling other related work during the event.
Tens of thousands of volunteers have provided services since the first CIIE in 2018 to ensure the smooth running of the expo. Enditem
Beijing 2022 unveils menu for athletes******
BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Organizers of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games have released a menu of 678 dishes that will be served during the Games to athletes from diverse cultural backgrounds.。
The menu, approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was designed to meet the different dietary needs of athletes, while also taking religious diversity into consideration, said the organizers.。
Those 678 dishes will be provided in turns, and around 200 dishes will be available for athletes each day in the three competition zones of Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.。
The 2022 Winter Olympics coincides with China's Spring Festival, and food from different regions of China will enable global athletes to fully experience Chinese cuisine.。
The catering service during the Games will strictly follow the Beijing 2022 Playbook, and masks, gloves and sanitizers will be provided in dining areas. Intelligent disinfection devices, temperature tests and guiding robots will also be used to facilitate COVID-19 prevention and control measures.。
Biodegradable tableware in dining areas will be used in an endeavor to hold a green Olympic Games. Other features to increase accessibility include braille menus and barrier-free access. Enditem。