Entering third year of pandemic

Posted : 2022-01-06 11:41 Updated : 2022-01-07 17:41
Victor Tripiana, 86, reaches out to touch the hand of his daughter-in-law, Silvia Fernandez Sotto, separated by a plastic sheet to prevent the spread of COVID-19, at the Reminiscencias residence for the elderly in Tandil, Argentina, on April 4, 2021. AP

Kian Navales poses at home in Quezon city, Philippines, on July 6, 2021, holding a pillow with a photo on it of his late father, Arthur, who died from COVID-19. Navales, who also had the virus, says he misses going out for noodles with his dad. AP

The body of a man who died of COVID-19 lies in a coffin at the morgue of the city hospital in Rivne, Ukraine, on Oct. 22, 2021. AP

A decedent who passed on due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is pushed inside a crematory to be cremated by the Farmington Funeral Home in Farmington, New Mexico, U.S., December 13, 2021. Reuters

A man runs to escape the heat from multiple funeral pyres of COVID-19 victims at a crematorium on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, on April 29, 2021. AP

A coffin is placed in a grave at 9 Mile Cemetery during a mass burial of at least 54 people who died from non-Covid-19 related issues and whose remains were unclaimed for at least six months in Port Moresby on December 8, 2021, as authorities hoped to alleviate space shortages at local morgues struggling with new Covid-19 related deaths. AFP

Coffins are prepared for a mass burial of at least 54 people who died from non-Covid-19 related issues and whose remains were unclaimed for at least six months in Port Moresby on December 8, 2021, as authorities hoped to alleviate space shortages at local morgues struggling with new Covid-19 related deaths. AFP

A woman man gets tested for COVID-19 at a site near Johannesburg, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 a day after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive receiving for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the disease. AP

An Indonesian elementary school student cries as a health worker gives them a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive for children between the ages of six to 11, at an SDN 01 elementary school in Depok, West Java, Indonesia, 14 December 2021. EPA

A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in the Norristown Public Health Center in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. AP

Riders of the French cycling team train as a woman receives a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the National Velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, west of Paris, March 29, 2021, that has been transformed into a mass vaccination center. AP

A woman gets covid-19 vaccine in South Tyrol, Bressanone, near Bolzano, Italy, 11 December 2021. Especially in front of the hubs in Bolzano and Merano long queues have formed. At 8 o'clock the 40 vaccine centers have opened all over the territory. EPA

Doctor Ruxandra Divan, rests in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for COVID-19 patients at "Hopitaux Civils de Colmar" in Colmar, France, December 15, 2021. Reuters

Head nurse Gunnar Goelzenleuchter looks after a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the "Klinikum Darmstadt" clinic in Darmstadt, Germany, December 12, 2021. Reuters

Head nurse Gunnar Goelzenleuchter looks after a patient at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the "Klinikum Darmstadt" clinic in Darmstadt, Germany, December 11, 2021. Reuters

People take part in a protest against COVID-19 vaccine passports and other policies outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. AP

Protestors light flares during a demonstration against measures to battle the coronavirus pandemic in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. AP

People take part in a demonstration against the country's coronavirus restrictions against measures to battle the coronavirus pandemic in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. AP

A person wearing a protective suit and a sign during a demonstration against measures to battle the coronavirus pandemic in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. AP

Protestors light flares during a demonstration against measures to battle the coronavirus pandemic in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. AP

A motorcyclist drives through an empty alleyway in the old Medina of Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Morocco extended its border closure until the end of the year due to the new covid variant, causing anger and concern among tourism workers. AP

Women walk through sun rays lighting the old Medina where shop owners wait for tourists, in Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. AP

A woman walks through an empty alleyway in the old Medina of Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. AP

Palestinian medical workers walk upon their arrival to vaccinate people against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the southern Gaza Strip December 12, 2021. Reuters

Pilgrims walks towards the Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. Sunday is the commemoration of the world's largest religious pilgrimages after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, as thousands of Catholics are expected to walk to the Basilica. AP

Diego Lopez, 33, second from right, next to Juan Carlos Rondan, 18, with a cellphone, stay in the street near Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. AP

People wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 walk through the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. AP

This picture shows a statue wearing a face mask in Ankara on December 12, 2021, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. AFP

A face mask lies on the floor in empty street in the financial district, known as The City, in London, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. AP

Students wearing protective face masks sit while waiting to receive their dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during a vaccination program for children aged 6-11 years, in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 14, 2021. Reuters

Visitors wear masks as they visit a mall in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. Chinese state media said on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 that the first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 had been detected in the country's mainland in Tianjin city just east of Beijing. AP

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 walk through a subway station in the central business district in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. AP

A woman and a child wearing masks to help protect against COVID-19 cross a street in Quezon City, Philippines, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. The first omicron virus variant in the country has been reported by the health department today. AP