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Omicron causes fewer hospitalizations than Delta: study******
The risk of hospitalization is 75 percent lower for people infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 than with Delta, said a new study by the Portuguese health authorities.
People infected with Omicron have, on average, shorter hospital stays and a lower risk of dying from the disease, according to the study carried out by the Portuguese Directorate-General for Health and the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge.
This reduced risk factor is true "regardless of the age, sex, and vaccination status" of the patient, and is also not affected by whether or not the person has previously been infected with COVID-19, according to the study.
Research for the study was conducted on people residing in Portugal in December 2021.
The study's authors also warn that Omicron has a greater ability to resist vaccination, which makes it highly transmissible and explains the higher number of cases.
Portugal has registered more than 47,199 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, and 50 more deaths from the disease, which has killed 20,127 people since the beginning of the pandemic.
Pique turns striker to keep Barca's Champions League hopes alive******
MADRID, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Gerard Pique's 36th minute goal gave FC Barcelona a nervy 1-0 win at home to Dinamo Kiev to keep alive their hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League last 16.
The central defender peeled off and found space to smash home Jordi Alba's cross from the left to give his side the lead in a game they had to win after losing 3-0 to both Bayern Munich and Benfica.
Until that moment the fans in a Camp Nou stadium that again failed to attract 50,000 supporters had begun to show their frustration, after seeing Sergino Dest and Luuk de Jong miss chances to put the Catalans ahead.
De Jong was preferred in attack to Ansu Fati, who Barca coach Ronald Koeman had said prior to the game was still not fit enough to start three games in a week, and the big Dutch striker had a complicated first half.
He headed wide from six meters out after 18 minutes, and seven minutes later rose to meet a Memphis Depay corner, but once again failed to hit the target.
Dest was also guilty of missing a header before firing straight at the keeper when he had the goal at his mercy.
Fati and Philippe Coutinho came on for De Jong and Oscar Mingueza for the start of the second half to allow Dest to drop back into defense and Fati went close with an overhead kick.
Kiev struggled to create much in attack, although Pique did well to block an effort from Viktor Tsyhankov following a set piece.
Coutinho had a good chance to ensure the win for Barca with just under 20 minutes to play but sliced his effort wide, although Barca held on for a win which, although far from convincing, means they keep their Champions League hopes alive ahead of Sunday's 'Clasico' against Real Madrid. Enditem
China rallies to hold Australia in FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers******
SHARJAH, UAE, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Wu Lei scored from a spot kick as China came back from one goal down to hold Australia 1-1 in the final round of 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers here on Tuesday.。
The result lifted Australia to 11 points, five adrift of Group B leader Saudi Arabia, who beat Vietnam 1-0 earlier on Tuesday, while China's tally of five points means it still has an arduous task ahead with four games remaining.。
Both teams had several chances in the early stages but it was Australia who broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when Mitchell Duke headed home after a cross from Martin Boyle.。
China's center back Jiang Guangtai suffered from a thigh injury and had to be substituted by Wang Gang right before halftime.。
Wu equalized for China in the 70th minute with a penalty kick after a VAR check on James Jeggo's handball inside the box.。
China will next face Japan away on January 27, 2022 in the remaining final round of 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers. Enditem。