New Measures, New Reports, and Highlights – An update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– Demonstrations against the health pass in France
The demonstrations against the health pass were organized on Saturday in France for the 23rd consecutive weekend, mobilizing a little more with some 25,000 people on the streets of different cities, according to the authorities.
The Interior Ministry registered 131 actions throughout France and in Paris, according to the police headquarters, there were 5,500 protesters, including 4,900 at the call of a far-right movement, the Florian Philippot Patriots.
Last week, more than 20,000 protesters, some resistant to vaccination, including about 4,200 in the French capital, marched, according to police, and 18,600 the week before, including 3,400 in Paris.
– Germany ranks the UK as the country with the highest risk
German authorities announced on Saturday night the UK’s classification in the category of countries affected by the Covid-19 pandemic most at risk, which will lead to many travel restrictions.
A woman receives the Covid-19 vaccine in her car at an open vaccination center in Stuttgart on December 17, 2021 (AFP – THOMAS KIENZLE)
This decision will take effect from “Sunday midnight,” the RKI health surveillance authority said, specifying that people arriving from Britain must undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine in Germany, including for people vaccinated or cured of Covid-19.
Several other European countries, such as France, have already taken measures to limit the entry of travelers from British territory to their soil.
– Holland: lockdown during the Christmas holidays
The Netherlands will be placed in “lockdown” on Sunday, for the Christmas holiday period, in an attempt to halt the fifth wave of Covid-19 and the sharp progression of the Omicron variant, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Saturday.
– France: restrictions in sight for the new year
The Scientific Council called on the French government to introduce “significant restrictions” against the risk of transmission of the epidemic on the occasion of New Year’s Eve, in a notice published on Saturday.
The Paris city council has announced the cancellation of the fireworks display and the New Year’s concerts planned on the Champs Elysees.
“If all goes well,” vaccination of children between the ages of 5 and 11 should start on Wednesday in France, according to Health Minister Olivier Véran.
The booster dose will be mandatory for caregivers and firefighters from January 30.
– Alert procedure in London
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched an alert procedure that involves a coordinated response by public services to curb the spread of Omicron.
This device had already been activated on January 8, 2021 when London hospitals were threatened with submergence.
– Turkey promises 15 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines to Africa
Turkey will send 15 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines to Africa, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised on Saturday at a summit that will bring together dozens of the continent’s leaders in Istanbul.
Turkish researchers developed their own vaccine, “Turkovac,” and requested emergency approval: as soon as it is done, this vaccine will be shared with Africa, the president promised.
– Vaccination obligation for US employees
Tens of millions of American employees will be forced to get vaccinated before January 4, under pain of having to undergo tests very regularly.
– More than 5.33 million deaths
The pandemic has killed more than 5.33 million people worldwide since the end of 2019, according to an assessment established from official figures by AFP on Friday at noon.
The United States is the most affected country with 806,260 deaths, ahead of Brazil (617,754), India (476,869) and Mexico (297,356).
The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly related to Covid-19, that the number of victims of the pandemic in the world could be two or three times higher.
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