While a new wave of COVID-19, precipitated by the advent of the Omron version, Year-end celebrations around the world are in dangerA large part of Catalonia in Spain will resume the night curfew. Elsewhere in Europe, restrictions are increasing as well.
In Spain, curfew imposed in Catalonia
Spanish justice on Thursday authorized the establishment of a night curfew to slow the explosion of COVID-19 cases in a large part of the region of Catalonia (northeast). The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia has announced that it allows “remedies requested” By the Catalan executive, which also includes closing discos and limiting private meetings to a maximum of ten people.
Measures affecting fundamental freedoms, allowing the autonomous government to be able to establish this curfew between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., in all cities of more than 10,000 residents, where the incidence is more than 250 cases per 100,000 cases. Had to ask for the authority of justice. Residents of more than seven days, that is, all these large cities at present.
These restrictions will come into effect from Thursday to Friday night for an initial period of fifteen days in one of Spain’s most populous regions and one of the most touristic in Europe. Of the seventeen autonomous regions, Catalonia is the one that demands the most restrictive measures and restrictions to deal with the explosion in COVID-19 cases due to the presence of the Omicron variant.
In Spain, the incidence Wednesday evening was 784 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in fourteen days, which is almost four times higher than 1.Is December. This new wave remains less severe than the previous one, however, according to health ministry data, 15.7% of intensive care units are occupied by patients sick with Covid-19, compared to 30% in mid-January.
Denmark in return will ask passengers to test negative
Denmark announced on Thursday that travelers entering its territory must pass a negative test, even if they have been vaccinated. Denmark’s health ministry said in a statement that all foreigners and non-residents wishing to enter the country must present a negative PCR test of less than seventy-two hours or an antigen test of less than forty-eight hours.
This measure will come into effect from December 27 and will remain so till at least January 17. This follows similar announcements in recent days by neighboring countries including Sweden and Finland.
People and children who have recovered from Kovid-19 will be exempted. Danish residents returning to the country must take a test 24 hours before or after their return. Failure to comply with these rules will result in a fine of 3,500 Danish kroner or approximately 470 euros.
In Greece, wearing a mask is mandatory inside and out
Greece, for its part, announced that it would be mandatory to wear masks inside and out, during the year-end festivities. “The holidays are very bustling, and there are huge crowds outside”Health Minister Thanos Pleveris told reporters. He specified that wearing of masks would be mandatory “Friday from 5 a.m.”, and at least until January 2.
The minister said all public Christmas and New Year’s celebrations have also been canceled and travelers entering the country have been urged to get tested on the second and fourth days. He also indicated that additional restrictions on entertainment, sports and telecommunications would be announced in the coming days for the period beyond January 3.
Covid-19 has killed more than 20,000 people in Greece, and more than 600 infected people are currently in intensive care. The government has not followed health experts’ calls to take additional protective measures and impose movement restrictions even among those who have been vaccinated.
UK closes 120,000 more cases, Scotland closes nightclubs
The United Kingdom on Thursday reported nearly 120,000 additional cases of contamination, a new record as an increase in contamination due to the Omicron version leads to new restrictions in some areas. After crossing the 100,000-case limit for the first time on Wednesday, the country, which has decimated 147,720 deaths from Covid-19, has identified 119,789 more infections in twenty-four hours. The seven-day increase exceeds 50% and the number of hospitalizations begins to increase, especially in London.
Following the European agitation, the Scottish government on Thursday ordered its nightclubs to close on Monday. The measure, which would apply to around 150 nightclubs – which can remain open for table service – will be reviewed after three weeks, the government said in a statement. The latter had already announced a ban on gatherings from next week and canceled New Year’s celebrations.
Every nation in the country is responsible for health matters. So far, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland have announced stricter restrictions. For England, Boris Johnson’s government is tentative, relying in particular on two studies published on Wednesday showing that the risk of hospitalization due to the Omicron variant is lower than that of the Delta variant.
AstraZeneca says booster dose of vaccine shows encouraging results against Omicron
Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said on Thursday that it would increase the third dose of its Kovid-19 vaccine. “importantly” Antibody levels against the Omicron variant. “Neutralizing Antibody Levels After the Third Dose of Omicron” [son vaccin] vaxazevaria were broadly similar to the levels achieved after two doses against the delta variant.”, gives details of the Anglo-Swedish giant in a press release.
“The levels seen after the third dose were higher than those found in individuals who had previously been infected and recovered naturally.” Other variants of COVID-19, specify AstraZeneca. Third dose studied ” at liberty “ by researchers from the University of Oxford, with whom AstraZeneca designed its vaccine.
Vaxgeveria was not selected for the booster dose in the United Kingdom, although it was the main vaccine used in the country, along with Pfizer-BioEntech for the first two doses. Pfizer, along with Moderna, also recently announced that a booster of their vaccine markedly increases protection against the virus. However, there is a lack of data to know how long this protection lasts.
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