France: From the health card to the vaccination card
The hexagon, for the first time on Wednesday, crossed the threshold of 200,000 new cases within 24 hours. The government responded by reimposing the wearing of masks in Paris on Friday and closing bars at 2am on New Year’s Eve. These latest measures add to the closure of nightclubs for at least three weeks, while a new bill prepares to shift. Health permit on the vaccination card for restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, trade fairs or inter-provincial transportation. In other words, it will now be necessary to justify a full vaccination course and not just a negative test, except for access to health, medical and social institutions and services. The bill also provides for an increase in penalties: possession of a fake vaccination card will be punishable by five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros (about 110,000 Canadian dollars) … The Italian government decided on Wednesday evening also to require from January 10 a vaccination card in transport and hotels Terraces of restaurants, exhibitions and conferences, as well as swimming pools and gyms.
UK: No more restrictions
More than 10,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday in the United Kingdom, the first since early March, while the country recorded more than 183,000 additional infections, a new record due to the meteoric spread of the Omicron variant. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson again on Wednesday ruled out restrictions imposed in England to limit the spread of the virus, unlike Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which closed nightclubs in particular. “The Omicron variant continues to pose real problems. The leader explained that cases are increasing in hospitals, but it is clearly less virulent than the Delta variant, and we can continue to move forward as we do. But he called on residents to celebrate the New Year “with caution.”
Germany: Is it going down or is it going up?
Since Tuesday in Germany, private meetings of more than 10 people have been banned, even for people who have been vaccinated or recovered. For the unvaccinated, the limit drops to two members from different outbreaks. All sports competitions will now be held behind closed doors, and nightclubs and clubs are closed. Minister Karl Lauterbach said, however, that “current measures […] It will not be enough to prevent a significant increase in Omicron-related infections.” Infection figures are trending down in that country, with the seven-day infection rate dropping to 205.5 on Wednesday, from more than 400 at the beginning of December. But the minister warned there was an “underestimation.” Obvious” at the moment, due to the smaller announcement of cases, due to the end of the year holiday and staff shortage.
Denmark: More tests, more cases
Denmark is currently believed to be the worst affected country in the world, with more than 1,700 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 7 days. It is ahead of Malta (1333), followed by Ireland (1312), Iceland (1201) and the United Kingdom (1173). The country broke an all-time high on Wednesday, with an additional 23,228 cases in the span of 24 hours. However, this record is largely explained by the very large number of PCR tests conducted after Christmas, in which the rate of positive tests remained nearly stable at 12.3%, according to data from health authorities. Denmark is one of the countries testing its population the most and one of the first countries in Europe to discover mass cases of the new Omicron variant, which has dominated its territory for a week.
Greece: We stop the music!
In the face of rising pollution linked to the Omicron variant in Greece, the government announced on Wednesday a new set of restrictions, including a ban on music in bars and restaurants in a bid to limit New Year’s outings, until January. 16. Health Minister Thanos Plifris said in a televised message: “Bars and restaurants will close at midnight, but on New Year’s Eve on December 31 they will be allowed to remain open until 2 am, but without music.”
Belgium: Finally, we remain open
The government had decided on December 22 to close theatres, galleries and cinemas for at least two weeks from December 26, causing rebellion in part of the sector that decided to defy the ban and keep these places open. Belgian courts refused, but on Wednesday retracted their decision; However, a tape of 200 people has been preserved, hotly contested. Belgium has 28,218 cases linked to the coronavirus.
United States: Quarantine Reduction
With more than 265,000 daily infections on average for a week, the United States faces an alarming record outbreak of COVID-19 infections fueled by the Omicron variant. Currently, while the hospitalization curve is also rising with about 9,000 new COVID-19 patients hospitalized each day, this is still far from the 16,500 daily hospitalizations recorded in early January of this year. In the face of this surge in pollution that is grounding planes, disrupting restaurants and ordering shows to be cancelled, the Biden administration decided on Monday to halve the recommended quarantine time for people with COVID-19, from 10 to 5 days for people who are asymptomatic, and 14 to 5 days for unvaccinated contact cases. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, more than 820,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States since the beginning of the pandemic, making it the most bereaved country in the world, followed by Brazil (618,705), and India (480,592). and Russia (307022).
China: Public Humiliation
In China, we hear no laughter at the lack of respect for sanitary measures. The local daily reported that four suspects accused of endangering anti-Covid-19 rules, were forced to walk the streets of Jingxi, near Vietnam, in front of a large crowd. Guangxi news. Each suspect, hands tied behind his back, was accompanied by two policemen also wearing white clothes, who carried a sign with his name and photo, according to photos of the event, reminding of the public humiliation of the “Cultural Revolution”. According to official data, China has practically eradicated the virus on its territory since last year at the expense of drastic measures: restriction of international flights, mandatory quarantine on arrival, extensive examinations and tracking of movements. When cases emerge, the country imposes strict restrictions, as in the city of Xi’an, where 13 million people were banned from leaving their homes for a week.
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