prime minister – FYL UNEX http://fyl-unex.com/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 12:43:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://fyl-unex.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png prime minister – FYL UNEX http://fyl-unex.com/ 32 32 La Activista: Spain stands up to Putin’s Russia https://fyl-unex.com/la-activista-spain-stands-up-to-putins-russia/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 13:44:21 +0000 https://fyl-unex.com/la-activista-spain-stands-up-to-putins-russia/ The big powers are leading the war in Ukraine, but mid-sized democracies like Spain also oppose Putin’s Russia. Spain has traditionally had an ambivalent position towards Russia. Under the previous conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the country sent mixed signals – supporting European Union (EU) sanctions and NATO military measures after the annexation […]]]>

The big powers are leading the war in Ukraine, but mid-sized democracies like Spain also oppose Putin’s Russia.

Spain has traditionally had an ambivalent position towards Russia. Under the previous conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the country sent mixed signals – supporting European Union (EU) sanctions and NATO military measures after the annexation of Crimea – while making overtures to the Kremlin. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov received the the highest honors in March 2014, in the midst of the Russian military intervention.

Unlike Germany or Italy, there is no deep interest underlying Spanish-Russian relations. Spain does not depend on Russian gas, and Spain’s trade balance with Poland is several times greater than with Russia. Until recently, many within the establishment, including in the diplomatic corps, had deeply entrenched, often naive positions.Ihave different views on Russia, ignoring the reality of Putin’s regime and showing more or less overt sympathy for its so-called legitimate interests.

Hostile actions by Russia have gradually eroded the legitimacy of these positions, while its rhetoric of “friendship” with Spain has been undermined by the peddling of disinformation in the crisis of the Catalonia. And in February last year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov humiliated EU foreign policy chief and former Spanish foreign minister Josep Borrell.

Under Prime Minister Pedro SaAt home, Spain has stepped out of the comfort zone of classic Spanish foreign policy in Latin America, North Africa and the EU. He has joined the Netherlands, Sweden and Canada send NATO troops to Latvia, bolstering Spain’s contributions on the eastern flank. His government has also boosted Spain’s support for Ukraine and the Belarusian democratic opposition.

Jos, Minister of Foreign Affairsstar Manuel Albares has become a driving force in the current political reset. Just before the Russian invasion, he visited kyiv and always supported the blizzard EU sanctions after the February 24 invasion. Spain is Sending in progress lethal equipment to Ukraine, including rocket-propelled grenade launchers and ammunition, having previously only supplied defensive military equipment. Albares says the goal now is the economic collapse of Putin’s Russia, while supporting Ukraine’s resistance and sovereignty.

Spanish public opinion, generally wary of Putin’s Russia and its authoritarianism, is now overwhelmingly on the side of the fight for Ukraine’s freedom. In the Spanish mind, especially on the left, the invasion of Ukraine and Russian abuses revive the nightmare of the West’s abandonment of the Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War. Such memories have galvanized many left-wing leaders, including the vice president Yolande DIa-z, a rising political figure and member of the small communist party. His party previously echoed the Kremlin’s anti-Ukrainian propaganda.

Yet not everyone aligns with the new hostility to Russia. Coalition its partner Podemos, a left-wing populist party, still opposes the provision of military assistance, although it has not broken ranks with Prime Minister Sánchez. The decision to supply arms to the Ukrainian resistance is straining the coalition government, while some establishment pundits remain more or less openly sympathetic to Russia, blaming NATO.

The Spanish role in Ukraine will grow in the coming months. In June, Spain will host the NATO summit.

However, Spain still has a lot to do. Military assistance must be maintained. Night vision equipment as well as more anti-tank weapons should be high on the list. Building on previous efforts, Spanish law enforcement must crack down harder on Russian organized crime and oligarchs in the country.

Spain could also take the initiative to prosecute Russian war crimes in Ukraine. The Attorney General’s decision to open an investigation into potential crimes resulting from the Russian invasion is a nod in that direction.

The mainstream political debates around major international crises often focus on the great powers, neglecting the role of middle-power democracies. Yet much foreign policy business is done through their active engagement. Spain’s actions in confronting Russia offer striking proof of this.

Borja Lasheras is a non-resident senior researcher in the Transatlantic Defense and Security Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). He served in the Spanish Presidency of the Government between 2018 and the end of 2021, where he served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor (2020-2021).

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Johnson receives the “partygate” police questionnaire; Belgium will reopen nightclubs https://fyl-unex.com/johnson-receives-the-partygate-police-questionnaire-belgium-will-reopen-nightclubs/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 22:29:00 +0000 https://fyl-unex.com/johnson-receives-the-partygate-police-questionnaire-belgium-will-reopen-nightclubs/ This report comes from Reuters. The Canadian province of Ontario declared a state of emergency on Friday and Premier Doug Ford threatened fines and jail time as authorities came under increasing pressure from the United States to end to protests against the vaccine mandate that have drastically reduced trade between the two nations. The “freedom […]]]>

This report comes from Reuters.

The Canadian province of Ontario declared a state of emergency on Friday and Premier Doug Ford threatened fines and jail time as authorities came under increasing pressure from the United States to end to protests against the vaccine mandate that have drastically reduced trade between the two nations.

The “freedom convoy” of Canadian truckers opposed to a vaccination or quarantine mandate for cross-border drivers, mirrored by the US government, began with the occupation of the Canadian capital, Ottawa. Truckers then blocked the Ambassador Bridge earlier this week and closed two other smaller border crossings.

The closure of the bridge, the busiest international land border crossing in North America and a key supply route for from Detroit automakers, halted some auto production and left authorities scrambling to limit economic damage.

“I will convene the cabinet to use legal authorities to urgently issue orders that will make clear that it is illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people and services along critical infrastructure,” Ford said during a Friday press briefing.

Ford also promised further legal action against protesters, including fines and potential jail time for failing to comply with government orders.

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer On Friday, she said she had pushed the Canadian government to bring the protest under control and that the blockade of the bridge was hurting her state. “The Canadian government must do whatever it takes to resolve this issue safely and quickly,” Whitmer told CNN.

Canadian auto parts maker Magna International said on Friday the closure of the Ambassador Bridge had begun to have an initial impact on some areas of the company’s business as it became the latest company to be swept away by the protests. truckers. Shares of the company fell 4.4%.

The Biden administration on Thursday urged Canada to use federal powers to mitigate disruptions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was working with city leaders to end the blockade. Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino said federal police forces would be deployed to Windsornear the bridge, and in Ottawa.

Mendicino is expected to speak with the US Secretary of Homeland Security Alexander Mayorkas Friday, his office confirmed.

Police in Windsor, Ont., which borders Detroit, said they have received additional resources from outside jurisdictions to “support a peaceful resolution of the current protest on and near the Ambassador Bridge.”

In Ottawa, the epicenter of the protests, police were waiting Thursday for a request for provincial and federal reinforcements to be completed. They have made 25 arrests so far. Municipal Police Chief Pierre Sloly expects reinforcements to arrive in the next 48 hours ahead of a potential increase in protesters in the city over the weekend.

“This is a completely sophisticated level of demonstrators. They have the ability to lead a strong organization here provincially and nationally, and we’re seeing that play out in real time,” Sloly told reporters.

Canada sends 75% of its exports to the United States, and the bridge typically handles 8,000 trucks a day, accounting for a quarter of all cross-border trade, or about C$500 million ($392.56 million) per day.

About C$100 million worth of auto parts crosses the border every day, and many shipments are scheduled to arrive when manufacturers need them.

General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co, the parent company of Chrysler Stellantis and Toyota Motor Corp were affected by the lockdowns.

Although officials at the federal, provincial and municipal levels held regular meetings, they had limited impact on the ground.

Mayor of Windsor Drew Dilkens sought an injunction from the Ontario Superior Court to remove the protesters from the bridge, adding that he was working to resolve the issue peacefully and ensure no one was harmed.

As many pandemic-weary Western countries approach the two-year mark on coronavirus restrictions, copycat protests have spread to Australia, New Zealand and Francealthough the wave of infections caused by the Omicron variant has begun to subside in some places.

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The central block of the Port of Spain hospital under threat https://fyl-unex.com/the-central-block-of-the-port-of-spain-hospital-under-threat/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 05:51:17 +0000 https://fyl-unex.com/the-central-block-of-the-port-of-spain-hospital-under-threat/ News Yvonne Webb 13 minutes ago FILE PHOTO: Construction of a new central block at Port of Spain General Hospital continues July 4, 2021. – The COMPLETION of the $1.1 billion contract signed by the government with Shanghai Construction (Caribbean) Group Ltd for the new central block of the Port of Spain General Hospital (PoSGH) […]]]>

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The COMPLETION of the $1.1 billion contract signed by the government with Shanghai Construction (Caribbean) Group Ltd for the new central block of the Port of Spain General Hospital (PoSGH) could be in jeopardy.

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal said the project had either slowed down or stalled as the Chinese company complained to Udecott project managers about the delays and threatened to terminate.

Moonilal said that at the center of the dispute appears to be a local contractor that the government wanted to insert into the project, of which Shanghai is the main contractor.

In November 2019, the Prime Minister set fire to the public-private partnership with Shanghai. The 13-story block project, which included a 540-bed tower, was expected to be completed within 24 to 30 months.

During Prime Minister’s Question Time in Parliament last week, Moonilal quizzed Dr Rowley on the matter.

On the occasion, Rowley said issues relating to the covid pandemic, coupled with global supply chain issues and the shutdown of construction sites in accordance with health regulations, would all have contributed to the differences. He said Udecott and the contractors were in discussion and working on a resolution.

Moonilal reiterated his concerns on the United National Congress (UNC) Virtual Report platform on Monday evening. He read excerpts from the letter sent to Udecott by the boss of the Chinese firm, dated November 5, 2021.

In this letter, Shanghai complained about the behavior of the contractor, whom Moonilal wants to identify, and indicated its intention to terminate its contract.

Moonilal claimed it was another example of the corruption and incompetence of the Rowley government to manage large scale projects.

“In the aftermath of the failed ‘Scandals’ project in Tobago, the Loren Manatee gas deal that collapsed, and the failure of the $500 million project with the Chinese government to build homes, came the PoGHS project.”

He said the UNC has been ridiculed for not caring for the aging central block, and that the PNM “has been fighting in the collective chest that they build a new central block.

“It all came crashing down when the Chinese company pulled out and said the project was now ‘mission impossible’ due to management incompetence, excessive government delays and their project management and deliberate attempts to outsource the main Chinese contractor”.

He said the local contractor had offered substandard and even unsafe proposals for steelwork that would have undermined the integrity of the project.

Reflecting on the state of the country, Moonilal concluded that it was falling apart day by day.

“Nothing seems to be working,” he said, commenting on a reported decision to lay off 6,000 CEPEP workers. (Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein explained on Tuesday that it was a temporary move affecting only the staff of three contractors.)

“At a time like now, where people don’t have food, jobs, where the household depends on the income of just one person working at CEPEP, how could you be comfortable enjoying a luxury life?

Moonilal also congratulated opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who is celebrating 12 years as party leader.

He said every prime minister from Eric Williams to Patrick Manning left a legacy, except Rowley.

“Every Prime Minister has something to show, Eric Williams – Pt Lisas; George Chambers – Mount Hope; ANR Robinson – Tobago Deep Water Port; Patrick Manning – the waterfront project; Basdeo Panday, Piarco International Airport.

“And Kamla Persad-Bissessar? Couva Children’s Hospital, Debe South Campus, Highway to Point Fortin, Hospitals, Couva Sports Complex, Tunapuna, Schools, Police Stations, Barracks firefighters.

“Rowley doesn’t have a single achievement to show after all these years.”

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Only one EU country signs deal to save post-Brexit music tours, despite Boris Johnson vow to ‘fix’ crisis https://fyl-unex.com/only-one-eu-country-signs-deal-to-save-post-brexit-music-tours-despite-boris-johnson-vow-to-fix-crisis/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 18:13:05 +0000 https://fyl-unex.com/only-one-eu-country-signs-deal-to-save-post-brexit-music-tours-despite-boris-johnson-vow-to-fix-crisis/ Only one of the 27 EU countries has reached an agreement to save post-Brexit musical tours despite Boris Johnson’s wish to resolve the crisis, protests an industrial group. The prime minister took the pledge under pressure nine months ago – but only Spain has signed a deal since, leaving artists to drown in costly ‘mountains […]]]>


Only one of the 27 EU countries has reached an agreement to save post-Brexit musical tours despite Boris Johnson’s wish to resolve the crisis, protests an industrial group.

The prime minister took the pledge under pressure nine months ago – but only Spain has signed a deal since, leaving artists to drown in costly ‘mountains of red tape’.

Today, the Incorporated Society of Musicians urges Liz Truss, the new Brexit minister, to reject the hard-line approach of her predecessor, David Frost, who failed to make ‘progress’.

“All problems first identified in the creative sector due to the TCA [the Brexit trade deal] still remain, ”said a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In an article for The independent, opera singer Sarah Connolly describes the grim plight of touring artists as “a weeping, pale, undercooked, slippery slick.”

“2022 is a year that many players in the creative industries will view with concern,” writes Dame Sarah.

“Omicron is on the rise and the problems with the Brexit deal from 12 months ago are still on the rise today. My message to the government for the new year is ‘listen to us’.

The trade deal saw the UK – as The independent revealed – rejecting an EU offer to keep touring visa-free and permit-free, breaking a promise made to music organizations last year.

In March, Mr Johnson, facing serious problems getting documents to carry and transporting equipment across EU borders, told MEPs: ‘We have to fix this’.

But Lord Frost – the minister he appointed – appeared to wash his hands of the crisis and refused to say it would be resolved, before leaving cabinet.

Ministers were then attacked, including by Elton John, for falsely claiming that 21 of the EU’s 27 countries offer visa-free and work-permit-free access, while severe restrictions still exist in nearly all of them.

In its letter, the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), representing 11,000 members, urges Ms Truss to change course and relaunch negotiations with EU states, while calling for a visa waiver deal with Brussels.

“The industry is now faced with mountains of red tape, which are both expensive and time consuming,” warns Deborah Annetts, its CEO.

“The proposed solutions such as bilateral agreements with EU states have not materialized, with the exception of Spain, and there are serious problems with cabotage, carnets and designated ports.

“All of these issues have a negative impact on the UK music industry and the creative industries at large, which account for £ 116 billion a year, along with finance or construction.”

To add anger, Nadine Dorries, the Culture Secretary, quickly claimed credit for the deal with Spain, allowing British musicians to work 90 days out of 180.

But industry insiders insist that organizations like the Association of British Orchestras and their Spanish counterparts have done most of the negotiation – and that doesn’t cover transport.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has been asked to respond to the criticisms made in the letter.


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Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Wednesday https://fyl-unex.com/coronavirus-whats-happening-in-canada-and-around-the-world-on-wednesday/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 21:43:11 +0000 https://fyl-unex.com/coronavirus-whats-happening-in-canada-and-around-the-world-on-wednesday/ The last: Daily COVID-19 infections have reached record levels in the United States, across swathes of Europe and Australia as the new Omicron variant of the virus spirals out of control, keeping workers at home and overwhelming health centers. test. Almost two years after China first reported a cluster of ‘viral pneumonia’ cases in the […]]]>


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Daily COVID-19 infections have reached record levels in the United States, across swathes of Europe and Australia as the new Omicron variant of the virus spirals out of control, keeping workers at home and overwhelming health centers. test.

Almost two years after China first reported a cluster of ‘viral pneumonia’ cases in the city of Wuhan, the regularly mutating coronavirus is wreaking havoc in many parts of the world, forcing governments to rethink quarantine and testing rules.

Although some studies have suggested that the Omicron variant is less lethal than some of its predecessors, the large number of people who test positive means hospitals in some countries may soon be overwhelmed, while businesses may struggle to keep operating. due to the quarantine of workers.

“Delta and Omicron are now twin threats that are pushing the number of cases to a record high, leading to spikes in hospitalizations and deaths,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Tedros said on Wednesday. a press conference.

“I am very concerned that Omicron, being highly transmissible and spreading at the same time as Delta, is leading to a tsunami of cases.”

France, Britain, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Malta all had record numbers of new cases on Tuesday.

Several Canadian provinces – including Quebec, Manitoba and two Atlantic provinces – recorded single-day highs of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with new highs in several provinces and territories on Wednesday.

Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario all reported single-day highs on Wednesday. Nunavut recorded 37 new cases, a single-day record for the territory, which has only one hospital.

The average daily number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has also reached an all-time high in the past seven days, according to a Reuters tally. The previous peak was in January of this year.

New daily infections in Australia hit nearly 18,300 on Wednesday, eclipsing the previous pandemic record of around 11,300 reached a day earlier.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his country needs a “change of gears” to deal with overcrowded laboratories, with long queues for people on foot and in cars reported in a number of areas.

Testing bottlenecks have also created in European countries, including Spain, where demand for free COVID-19 test kits provided by the Madrid regional government far exceeded supply on Tuesday, with long queues forming in front of pharmacies.

A number of governments were also increasingly concerned about the large number of people being forced into self-isolation because they had been in contact with someone with coronavirus.

People line up in cars for COVID-19 tests at a clinic in Sydney on Wednesday. Coronavirus cases are increasing across Australia as an outbreak of the Omicron variant spreads. (Mick Tsikas / AAP Image / The Associated Press)

“We just can’t take everyone off the road because they happen to be in a particular place at a particular time,” Australian Morrison told reporters.

Italy was due to relax some of its quarantine rules on Wednesday over fears the country would shut down soon given the number of people needing to self-isolate protectively, with cases doubling Tuesday from a day earlier to 78,313.

However, China has shown no slack in its zero tolerance policy for outbreaks, now 13 million people in Xi’an city under strict containment for a seventh day as new COVID-19 infections persist, with 151 cases reported Tuesday.

From Reuters and CBC News, latest update 1:30 p.m. ET


What’s happening across Canada

WATCH | Nunavut Seeks Federal Help As Coronavirus Cases Rise:

Nunavut calls for federal help as coronavirus cases rise

Nunavut Premier PJ Akeeagok has said the territory’s health care capacity is reaching a “breaking point” and he is looking to Ottawa for help as COVID-19 spreads rapidly. (Emma Tranter / The Canadian Press) 1:01

For more details on the situation in your province and territory, including recent hospitalizations and intensive care capacity, as well as local screening issues, click on the local coverage below.

In the north, Nunavut On Wednesday, 37 new cases were reported, a new single-day record for the territory. The prime minister said the territory, which currently lives under strict restrictions, has active cases in eight communities.

Nunavut Premier PJ Akeeagok said on Wednesday the territory was approaching a “tipping point” in terms of health care capacity. He said he was working with staff to request additional workers and supplies from the federal government, noting that the territory also urgently needs more housing to allow people to safely isolate themselves in their homes.

Health officials in yukonese reported 27 cases on Wednesday in the past five days, while the Northwest Territories had not yet provided updated information for the day.

In central Canada, Quebec As of Wednesday, 13,149 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, a new high in a single day. The province also reported 10 more deaths.

The update came a day after Health Minister Christian Dubé announced measures that would allow some healthcare workers to stay at work despite testing positive for the virus. The province had no choice but to change its isolation protocols, he said, due to the meteoric spread of the Omicron variant, which created staff shortages.

“We have no choice,” Dubé said in a briefing, calling the government’s plan a “better alternative” to not having care.

Ontario Wednesday saw a single-day high of 10,436 new COVID-19 cases, along with three more deaths.

In Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Health officials reported 312 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, although they noted that there were still no COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Provincial officials have said that when students return on Jan.4, it will be virtual learning, with the situation to be reassessed every week.

“Now is the time to take precautions, not to panic,” Prime Minister Andrew Furey said in a briefing Wednesday.

Health officials in New Scotland reported 586 new cases on Wednesday, while Prince Edward Island had a record 129 cases.

New Brunswick had not yet communicated the number of his cases.

In the Prairie provinces, Manitoba on Wednesday recorded a new daily record of 947 COVID-19 cases, with health officials reporting one additional death. The province has reached a deal with a private lab to increase COVID testing capacity by 30%.

Saskatchewan reported 293 new cases and four deaths on Wednesday.

Alberta, meanwhile, reported a total of 8,250 cases during the same period, bringing the number of active cases in the province to more than 15,000.

“It is spreading so quickly and so far that managing individual cases will not substantially stop the spread,” said Dr Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health.

In British Columbia, health officials on Tuesday reported 1,785 new cases of COVID-19, with details of deaths and hospitalizations expected on Wednesday.

-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated 3:15 p.m. ET


What is happening in the world

Customers look at the COVID-19 test kits sold at a supermarket in Saint-Herblain, France. (Loïc Venance / AFP / Getty Images)

As of Wednesday afternoon, around 283.2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker. The death toll worldwide stood at more than 5.4 million.

In Europe, France’s health ministry will report 208,000 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday in the past 24 hours – a national and European record, Health Minister Olivier Veran told lawmakers. He said every second two French people test positive for COVID-19. France on Tuesday reported a new record of nearly 180,000 new confirmed cases in a 24-hour period.

Italy also hit a record 98,030 new cases of COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, a 25% increase in one day.

In the AmericasU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday that average coronavirus cases in the country this week were up 60% from the previous week – a reflection, t she says, “of the exceptionally transmissible omicron variant”.

“This virus has proven its ability to adapt quickly and we have to adapt with it,” Walensky said during the Biden administration’s COVID-19 task force briefing.

She particularly highlighted the CDC’s decision to reduce the quarantine time for asymptomatic people who test positive for the coronavirus to five days instead of 10. After five days, the risk of transmission “drops dramatically,” she said. stated, and the reduced quarantine period reflects an effort to “provide updated recommendations using science to ease the burden of lengthy isolation and quarantine recommendations.”

In Africa, South Africa on Tuesday reported 7,216 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 more deaths.

In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia reported 602 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, with one additional death.

Daily infections in the United Arab Emirates, the tourism and commercial hub of the Gulf region, topped 2,000 for the first time since June.

In the Asia Pacific region, Thai authorities have warned residents they should prepare for a potential increase in coronavirus cases after classifying the country’s first cluster of the Omicron variant as a “super-spreader” incident.

-From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, last updated 2 p.m. ET


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Live updates: Spain excludes new restrictions for omicron https://fyl-unex.com/live-updates-spain-excludes-new-restrictions-for-omicron/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 12:22:30 +0000 https://fyl-unex.com/live-updates-spain-excludes-new-restrictions-for-omicron/ MADRID – Spain’s Prime Minister has ruled out any immediate national restrictions in response to the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said official data shows that although omicron is spreading faster, it has generally caused milder symptoms and therefore put less pressure on Spanish hospitals than previous strains. He also cited […]]]>


MADRID – Spain’s Prime Minister has ruled out any immediate national restrictions in response to the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said official data shows that although omicron is spreading faster, it has generally caused milder symptoms and therefore put less pressure on Spanish hospitals than previous strains. He also cited the country’s high vaccination rate of over 80%.

“It is clear that we are in a radically different situation,” Sánchez told reporters at his year-end press conference. “We are better and better prepared to take on the omicron variant.”

Sánchez has confirmed that a panel of regional leaders and central health authorities will debate a proposal to shorten the period of mandatory isolation for people who test positive but show no symptoms of COVID-19.

Spanish authorities plan to reduce the timeframe from 10 to five days, following the United States, Greece and other countries. Staff absences due to the virus have canceled trains and resulted in further service disruptions in Spain.

Data from the Ministry of Health showed that Spain confirmed 100,000 new infections on Tuesday, bringing the 14-day infection rate to 1,360 cases per 100,000 population, nearly double the level of a week or so. early.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:

Asia keeps omicron at bay, but a push may be inevitable

– WHO: Global COVID cases up 11% last week, high omicron risk

California 1st United States state at top 5 million cases amid increase in omicron

Stricter Canadian Rules complicating the NHL’s push through the pandemic

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HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS TODAY:

PARIS – The French government is moving forward in efforts to increase pressure on unvaccinated people to receive coronavirus injections, as the omicron variant is fueling a record increase in infections.

In a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of Health plans to defend a plan by the French government to allow only fully vaccinated people to access places such as restaurants, cinemas, theaters, museums and sports arenas.

Speeding up the introduction of the so-called ‘vaccine pass’ is part of a government strategy to use vaccinations, rather than new blockages, in an attempt to mitigate the impact of the omicron variant. rapidly spread to already overcrowded hospitals.

France reported nearly 180,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a daily record, and is preparing for the number to continue to rise, with forecasts warning of more than 250,000 probable daily infections by January.

France has vaccinated more than 75% of its population and is accelerating booster injections, but more than 4 million adults in the country are still not vaccinated.

The government wants the vaccine pass requirement to be in place by mid-January. If approved by parliament, the plan would mean that unvaccinated people will no longer be able to use negative test results to visit places where the pass is required.

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SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea is extending protective measures against the omicron variant of the coronavirus for an additional four weeks.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Wednesday that short-term foreign travelers from 11 African countries will continue to be banned from entering the country, while all other international arrivals will be subject to a quarantine. 10 days until February 3.

The agency says South Korea has reported 109 new daily cases of COVID-19 involving the omicron variant, the highest 24-hour tally since the country confirmed its first omicron case on December 1.

The delta variant still accounts for the vast majority of new cases in South Korea, but experts say omicron could become the dominant strain in the country in the coming months.

South Korea recorded 5,409 new cases on Wednesday, and the number of critically and critically ill patients hit a record 1,151.

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JERUSALEM – Israel has lifted its travel ban to dozens of European and African countries, including Italy and Germany, even as the country’s coronavirus infection rate continues to rise.

But the Israeli government’s Corona cabinet on Wednesday approved Mexico’s redlisting, adding it to a travel ban that includes the US, UK and Canada.

Israel has largely closed its borders to travel following the emergence of the highly infectious variant of omicron last month. It has seen new daily infections more than double over the past week, despite a successful vaccination campaign.

More than 4.2 million of the 9.3 million Israelis have received a coronavirus booster since they were cleared in July. Earlier this week, a large hospital began a trial to study the effect of a fourth dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine on medical staff.

Israel has recorded at least 8,243 deaths from the coronavirus since the pandemic began almost two years ago.

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BERLIN – Germany’s Minister for International Development has said her country plans to donate an additional 75 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to poorer countries.

Minister Svenja Schulze told press group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland in comments published on Wednesday that Germany had reached its goal of giving 100 million doses by 2021.

She added: “But we can’t stop there. For next year, we are planning a new donation of at least 75 million doses.

Schulze said she agreed with Germany’s health minister that donations could not come at the expense of the country’s own vaccination campaign, which officials are working to keep up to speed higher as the new omicron variant progresses.

But she said “we agree that we can do both things: provide our own people and those of the poorest countries”.

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SYDNEY – Coronavirus cases rose across Australia on Wednesday as an epidemic of the omicron variant exploded, prompting Prime Minister Scott Morrison to schedule an emergency national cabinet meeting.

The wave has already swamped testing stations, prompted new vaccine mandates and prompted at least one state to cut back on elective surgeries.

New infections in Sydney and surrounding areas of New South Wales state soared to more than 11,000, from 6,000 a day earlier. Victoria state also reported a record 3,700 cases, up more than 1,000 from the previous record set on Tuesday.

Morrison said the country’s leaders would meet earlier than scheduled on Thursday.

“As omicron continues to move forward, we will see new pressures, but states and territories are working closely together on their plans to address these challenges,” Morrison told reporters.

He said he hoped the meeting would help give a clearer definition of what constituted close contact and what tests should be used in different circumstances as the number of cases skyrocketed.

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NEW YORK – The Broadway cover of “The Music Man” was one of the city’s most popular tickets and it limped without co-star Sutton Foster. But now the show is closed until the New Year because Hugh Jackman has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Jackman took to social media on Tuesday to announce he had tested positive. He says although his symptoms are mild with only a sore throat and runny nose, he should be quarantined.

Some Broadway shows have been closed for several days and some have gone down completely due to virus cases “Thoughts of a Colored Man” joined “Waitress” and “Jagged Little Pill” as shows that closed this winter in part due to increased rates of infection.

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HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii will primarily run online classes during the first two weeks of the spring semester as the state sees an increase in cases of the omicron coronavirus.

Hawaii has seen a record breaking daily COVID-19 count in recent days. University of Hawaii officials said island campuses will temporarily move many classrooms to online education.

In an email to students and staff, University of Hawaii President David Lassner said only classes that can be “actually taught online” will change.

The other courses will be given in person but with physical distancing, wearing of the mask and health screenings in place

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ATLANTA – The president of Emory University said on Tuesday that the school was switching to virtual classes to start the spring semester due to a nationwide increase in COVID cases fueled by the omicron variant.

In a letter to the college community, President Gregory Fenves said Emory will return to in-person learning on January 31 if conditions permit.

The shift to distance learning applies to undergraduate, graduate and professional courses. University residences will remain open, although students are encouraged to delay their return to campus.

COVID-19 infections in the Atlanta area, where Emory is located, are increasing rapidly.

The seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in Georgia rose to nearly 8,700 per day on Monday, according to the state’s public health department. This is approaching the peaks Georgia saw in the number of infections in early January and early September.


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Thailand Reports First Omicron Cluster: Live Updates | Coronavirus pandemic News https://fyl-unex.com/thailand-reports-first-omicron-cluster-live-updates-coronavirus-pandemic-news/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 07:10:29 +0000 https://fyl-unex.com/thailand-reports-first-omicron-cluster-live-updates-coronavirus-pandemic-news/ South Africa has relaxed a number of coronavirus brakes, although it has been hit by a fourth wave of cases caused by the Omicron variant, contact tracing for anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person. being also lifted, Thailand, meanwhile, reported its first Omicron cluster in the northeastern province of Kalasin, […]]]>


South Africa has relaxed a number of coronavirus brakes, although it has been hit by a fourth wave of cases caused by the Omicron variant, contact tracing for anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person. being also lifted,

Thailand, meanwhile, reported its first Omicron cluster in the northeastern province of Kalasin, saying 21 infections came from a Belgian couple who visited the country earlier this month.

In Europe, Italy has reintroduced mandatory masks outdoors and Greece has ordered people to wear face masks both indoors and outdoors. In South America, Ecuador has made vaccines compulsory for almost everyone to fight coronavirus infections that are on the rise around the world just before the Christmas holidays.

Here are the latest updates for Friday:

The French regulator recommends reminders 3 months after the first course

The French regulator of the Haute Autorité de Santé said COVID-19 boosters could be administered three months after the first full cycle of shooting.

The new recommendation was issued as part of an ongoing effort to try to curb the spread of Omicron in the country.


Japanese panel approves Merck’s oral COVID treatment

Japanese regulators have approved the COVID-19 antiviral pill developed by Merck & Co Inc, national broadcaster NHK reported.

The approval was widely awaited and opens the door to shipments of 200,000 doses across the country from this weekend, based on the preparations announced by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill called molnupiravir is in development by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP [File: Merck & Co Inc/Handout via Reuters]

Duterte ‘nervous’ as Philippines brace for Omicron

President Rodrigo Duterte said he feared Omicron could trigger a new epidemic that could further strain government finances, especially after a powerful and deadly typhoon devastated several provinces in central and southern Africa. last week.

“I’m afraid it could be as bad as the previous viral strains. I’m kind of nervous because, let me be frank with the public, the Philippines’ finances are really depleted, ”he said.

Health officials have detected only three omicron infections among recently arrived Filipino and foreign travelers, but the government has recalled its decision to reopen the Southeast Asian nation to foreign tourists from December 1 and to further scale up a vaccination campaign – including the provision of boosters.


South Africa to immediately deploy COVID-19 boosters

A resident of Orange Farm, South Africa, receives her COVID-19 jab on December 3, 2021 at the Orange Farm Multipurpose Center. [Jerome Delay/AP Photo]

South Africa to begin offering booster shots of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine from Friday, the Department of Health said in a statement, following approval of its use as a reminder by the health regulator a day earlier.

J&J and Pfizer COVID-19 injections have been approved as boosters by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), but the move opens the boosters to the general public for the first time.

“From December 24, 2021, the national immunization program will provide J&J booster vaccines to anyone who received their last dose at least 2 months before,” the statement said, adding that ideally it would also be within six months. following their initial injection.

With immediate effect, the health service has also lifted contact tracing for anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person.
anybody.

The previously mandatory self-isolation has been lifted, health official Ramphelane Morewane told broadcaster eNCA. Testing will only be needed in the future if the person is showing symptoms. For those infected, a 10-day quarantine is still necessary, after which testing is no longer necessary.


China punishes dozens of Xi’an officials as city enters COVID containment

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said that 26 Communist Party officials were punished for a virus outbreak in the locked city of Xi’an for “insufficient rigor in preventing and controlling the epidemic.”

Xi’an reported 49 more cases on Friday, bringing the total number of outbreaks to more than 250 in recent weeks.

The city of 13 million people has been closed since Thursday, with business closings and several rounds of mass tests launched.


Thailand Reports First Omicron Cluster, Cancels Some New Years Events

Thailand has reported its first nationwide cluster of Omicron variant coronavirus infections in Kalasin province in northeast Thailand, officials said.

“From the Kalasin cluster, there are 21 new infections,” said the country’s COVID-19 task force spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan.

The infections come from a couple who traveled from Belgium via the country’s Test & Go program which lifted the quarantine for vaccinated arrivals, she said.

The announcement comes as Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, has canceled the government-sponsored New Years activity, including midnight prayers.


Indian court demands postponement of state election as Omicron spreads

An Indian court has urged the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to suspend political rallies and election campaigns in election-related states amid the growing number of cases of Omicron, a variant of COVID-19.

Judges at the Allahabad High Court in the country’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) have said the number of people infected with Omicron is on the rise and could lead to a third wave of the coronavirus.

Elections for the state assembly in UP, home to more than 220 million people, are scheduled for early next year, but final dates have not yet been announced. Three other states are also expected to hold local elections at the same time.


Health expert: Omicron variant propagates effectively indoors


Australia to shorten COVID-19 booster dose intervals from January

Australia will shorten the interval between people to receive their COVID-19 booster shots to four months from five from January 4, Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Friday as the country grapples with Record infections fueled by the Omicron variant.

The wait time will be further reduced to three months from Jan.31, Hunt said at a press conference.


Mexico adds 149 COVID-19 deaths, official death toll approaches 300,000

Mexico’s health ministry has reported 149 new confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing the official death toll since the start of the pandemic to 298,508.

The ministry has previously said the actual death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is likely significantly higher.


55 people tested positive for COVID on U.S. cruise ship

Fifty-five people have tested positive for COVID-19 aboard a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship that set sail from the state of Florida in the southeastern United States on Saturday, the company said.

Infections on the ship, the Odyssey of the Seas, involved passengers and crew, although 95% of those on board were vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The ship will remain at sea until it returns to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On December 26. It carries 3,587 passengers and 1,599 crew, according to USA Today.


President of Montenegro tests positive for COVID-19

The President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, has tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with an infected person.

“The president has mild symptoms and is feeling well. In accordance with epidemiological measures, he will remain isolated from where he will exercise his usual presidential functions, ”his office said in a statement on Thursday.

So far, 161,944 people in Montenegro – with a population of just 620,000 – have fallen ill with the coronavirus and 2,385 people have died.


Many Americans continue with vacation travel plans despite Omicron

Millions of Americans are moving forward with vacations that include cross-border flights, busy tourist attractions, and indoor dining – even as the surge in COVID-19 infections, fueled by the Omicron variant, forces them to adapt their plans on the fly.

As people scramble for COVID-19 testing and assess various public health guidelines on how to safely gather for a pandemic-marked second Christmas, many have shown they are ready to brave the latest wave to enjoy holiday traditions such as worship and dining out.

The Transportation Security Administration screened 2,081,297 passengers at airports across the country on Wednesday, an increase of 144,000 from the number of travelers it screened before the pandemic on the same date in 2019.


Spanish Catalonia imposes nighttime curfew to stem increase in cases

The region of Catalonia in northeast Spain gained court approval for a nighttime curfew on Thursday, as Madrid pledged to distribute millions of additional test kits to fight the Omicron variant that increases infections and eclipses Christmas.

Spain lifted most COVID-19 restrictions during its summer – thanks to a high vaccination rate that suppressed the infection – but the arrival of Omicron has pushed daily cases to a record high from 72,900 Thursday.



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COVID-19 fears trigger more cancellations over the holidays https://fyl-unex.com/covid-19-fears-trigger-more-cancellations-over-the-holidays/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 22:18:45 +0000 https://fyl-unex.com/covid-19-fears-trigger-more-cancellations-over-the-holidays/ BOSTON – The nation’s second-largest city canceled its New Years celebration on Monday, and its smaller state reimposed an indoor mask mandate as the omicron variant edged out other variants to become the dominant version of the coronavirus in the states -United Omicron accounted for 73% of new infections last week, nearly six times more […]]]>


BOSTON – The nation’s second-largest city canceled its New Years celebration on Monday, and its smaller state reimposed an indoor mask mandate as the omicron variant edged out other variants to become the dominant version of the coronavirus in the states -United

Omicron accounted for 73% of new infections last week, nearly six times more in just one week, federal health officials said. The variant was first reported in southern Africa just over three weeks ago.

In much of the United States, the prevalence of omicron is even higher. It is responsible for about 90% of new infections in the New York City area, the Southeast, the Industrial Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, officials said.

Scientists say omicron spreads more easily than other strains of coronavirus, including delta, although many details about it remain unknown, especially if it causes more or less severe illness. But even if it’s milder, the new variant could still overwhelm healthcare systems due to the sheer number of infections.

The rapid spread of omicron has heightened fears of a potentially devastating winter wave of COVID-19, which has triggered more cancellations and restrictions ahead of the holidays.

Organizers of the New Years Eve party planned for the Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles have rejected plans for an in-person audience, saying the event will instead be broadcast live, as it was the year before. last. In Rhode Island, which has the most new cases per capita over the past two weeks, masks or proof of vaccination will be required at most facilities covered for at least the next 30 days.

And in Boston, the city’s new Democratic mayor announced to howls of protests and taunts that anyone entering a restaurant, bar or other indoor business will need to show proof of vaccination starting next month.

“There is nothing more American than coming together to make sure we take care of each other,” Mayor Michelle Wu said at city hall as protesters hissed loudly and shouted “Shame to Wu “.

Erika Rusley, a 44-year-old resident of Providence, Rhode Island, says recent events have prompted her family to curb daily activities.

The elementary school teacher and her doctor husband pulled their two young daughters out of swimming lessons this week, limited their play dates and canceled medical appointments, even though the whole family is fully immunized.

“Last week we really shut it down. It just isn’t worth it,” Rusley said. “We’re back to where we were before the summer, before the vaccination. It’s almost square one.”

In New York City, where a spike in infections is already scuttling Broadway shows and causing long lines at testing centers, Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to decide this week whether the city’s famous New Years party to Times Square will return “at full force” as it promised in November.

North of the border, the Canadian province of Quebec imposed a closing time for restaurants at 10 p.m., banned spectators from sporting events and closed gymnasiums and schools, and made remote working compulsory.

Across the Atlantic, the World Economic Forum said on Monday it would again delay its annual meeting of world leaders, business leaders and other elites in Davos, Switzerland.

But in Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday authorities had decided not to impose further restrictions, at least for now.

The Conservative government re-imposed face masks in stores and ordered people to show proof of vaccination at nightclubs and other crowded places earlier this month. It is weighing curfews and stricter social distancing requirements.

“We will have to reserve the possibility of taking other measures to protect the public,” he said. “The arguments are very, very finely balanced anyway.”

Johnson’s warning highlights the unpleasant choice facing government leaders: to derail the vacation plans of millions for the second year in a row, or to face a potential tidal wave of cases and cases. disturbances.

In the United States, President Joe Biden planned to address the nation on the latest variant on Tuesday, less than a year after suggesting the country would be essentially back to normal by Christmas.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president would issue a “stern warning” and make it clear that unvaccinated people “will continue to cause hospitalizations and deaths,” she said.

U.S. vaccine maker Moderna announced Monday that lab tests suggested that a booster dose of its vaccine should provide protection against omicron. Similar testing done by Pfizer on its vaccine also found that a boost triggered a big jump in anti-omicron antibodies.

The country is averaging nearly 130,500 new cases of COVID-19 per day, up from about 122,000 per day two weeks ago, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

In Texas, a Houston hospital system reports that omicron already accounts for 82% of new symptomatic COVID-19 cases it treats, a dramatic increase from Friday, when tests showed it was only responsible for 45% of system cases.

But in Missouri, an early epicenter of the delta surge, the variant still accounts for 98% to 99% of COVID-19 samples, according to the state Department of Health and Aging Services.

Meanwhile, hospitals in Ohio, Maine and other states have postponed elective surgeries and governors have sent National Guard reinforcements to help hospital staff under siege in recent days.

In Kansas, rural hospitals are struggling to transfer patients, with some stranded in emergency rooms for a week while waiting for a bed. Overwhelmed hospitals as far away as Minnesota and Michigan have called for beds in major Kansas hospitals. Often there is simply no room.

“It’s already as crazy as it can be when you talk about moving people from Minnesota to Kansas City for treatment,” Dr Richard Watson, founder of Motient, a company that contracted for a contract said Friday. with Kansas to help manage transfers.

Yet many political leaders are reluctant to impose the strict measures they resorted to earlier in the pandemic.

France is desperately trying to avoid a new lockdown that would hurt the economy and darken President Emmanuel Macron’s expected re-election campaign. The Parisian government, however, has banned public concerts and fireworks during New Year’s celebrations.

Ireland has imposed an 8 p.m. curfew in pubs and bars and limited participation in indoor and outdoor events, while Greece will have 10,000 police officers on duty during the holidays to carry out COVID pass checks -19.

In Spain, where the national average of new cases is double what it was a year ago, the authorities are betting mainly on the compulsory wearing of the mask indoors, without any further restriction planned. Neighboring Portugal is simply telling most non-essential workers to work from home for a week in January.

In Britain, where the latest wave wiped out the economy in the busy pre-Christmas period, the government has so far placed its hopes in vaccine recalls. It has set up temporary clinics in football stadiums, shopping malls and cathedrals to meet the goal of giving everyone 18 and over an extra shot by the end of the month.

For Rusley’s family in Rhode Island, the news is disturbing, but not enough to dissuade them from a long-delayed trip to Denver to visit her husband’s family.

They are flying out after Christmas, but have decided they will spend time indoors only with people who have been vaccinated this holiday season, something they would not have considered just a few months ago.

“We’ve been here before and we know how to do this,” Rusley said. “We are not going to hide in our house, but at the same time, we are not going to take unnecessary risks.”

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Lawless reported from London. Associated Press editors Colleen Long in Washington; John Antczak in Los Angeles; Mark Pratt in Boston; Juan Lozano in Houston; Heather Hollingsworth in Mission, Kansas; Keith Ridler in Boise, Idaho; Rob Gillies in Toronto; Geir Moulson in Berlin; Aritz Parra in Madrid; Barry Hatton in Lisbon and Derek Gatopoulos in Athens contributed to this story.

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Covid-19 and Omicron News: live updates https://fyl-unex.com/covid-19-and-omicron-news-live-updates/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 16:15:27 +0000 https://fyl-unex.com/covid-19-and-omicron-news-live-updates/ PictureA Sunday Christmas market in Manchester, England.Credit…Mary Turner for The New York Times More than 93,000 people in Britain have tested positive for the coronavirus in a 24-hour period, health officials said on Friday, as the rapidly spreading Omicron variant puts pressure on a government that has resisted the strict restrictions imposed before Christmas. The […]]]>


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More than 93,000 people in Britain have tested positive for the coronavirus in a 24-hour period, health officials said on Friday, as the rapidly spreading Omicron variant puts pressure on a government that has resisted the strict restrictions imposed before Christmas.

The government said that 93,045 cases were recorded the day before, the third day in a row that the number of cases in Britain has set a record.

Omicron has eclipsed Delta as the dominant variant in Scotland, officials said, and was on the rise in many other parts of Britain, with infections doubling in some places every two or three days.

Although the effect on the country‘s health system is still unknown, officials have warned that the number of cases could still be overwhelming. But the relatively high vaccination levels in Britain appeared to limit cases of serious illness and death.

Yet as the country faces a second straight winter clouded by the virus, authorities have refrained from ordering a tired public to cancel Christmas plans.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a press conference on Friday that Omicron cases were increasing “faster than anything previously experienced during the pandemic”.

She added: “The tsunami that I warned about a week ago is now starting to hit us.

But while she reiterated advice that people limit their social contact as much as possible and not mingle with more than three households during the holiday season, Ms Sturgeon refrained from announcing tougher measures. She urged people to be hopeful because “we are in a much better position than we were at this time last year because of the vaccination.”

“Every booster put in someone’s arm is another brick in that wall of protection,” Ms. Sturgeon said.

UK authorities are relying on vaccinations to ease the Omicron surge, and the healthcare system has dramatically expanded a recall campaign that now offers third injections to all adults. Health officials reported on Thursday that more than 626,000 people in England had received a booster dose in the previous 24 hours, a new single-day record.

Yet less than 45% of people aged 12 and older have received a third dose of the vaccine, according to government data. The UK Health Security Agency has warned that two doses of a vaccine are not enough to prevent Omicron disease.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). The daily average is calculated with the data that has been reported in the last seven days.

In London, most of the big Christmas events went largely uninterrupted, even as the virus threatened sports and the arts. Several English Premier League football matches have been has recalled on coronavirus outbreaks, and performances of West End hit productions “The Lion King” and “Life of Pi” have been canceled after some cast and crew members test positive.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week imposed slightly tighter restrictions, including a plan to impose a vaccine certification system for entering nightclubs and large indoor venues. But he did so over the objections of many in his Conservative Party, who are strongly opposed to tougher measures.

Some experts have said that by avoiding such steps as Christmas approaches, given the speed at which Omicron is spreading, authorities risked infecting hundreds of thousands more.

“It is time to act early and any delay will make any measures introduced much less effective,” said Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London. “The way to protect all of our freedoms and prosperity is to get the virus under control. “

Wales health authorities also announced new restrictions this week, which will begin on December 27, including the closure of nightclubs and a mandatory social distancing of two meters, or around six feet, in offices and shops.

Describing Omicron as the most serious challenge in the pandemic to date, Wales Premier Mark Drakeford has urged people not to gather in large groups during the holidays. “A smaller Christmas is a safer Christmas this year,” he told Sky News.

Mr Drakeford added that although the Delta variant has remained dominant in Wales, where infections and hospitalizations have continued, “we know the Omicron wave is brewing and when it hits Wales it will increase very quickly and very strongly “.


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Lockdown “unlikely”, PM insists https://fyl-unex.com/lockdown-unlikely-pm-insists/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 21:00:00 +0000 https://fyl-unex.com/lockdown-unlikely-pm-insists/ Lockdown “unlikely”, PM insists The business world breathes a sigh of relief New arrivals at Suvarnabhumi airport, the country’s gateway, are directed to a health control zone on Tuesday by officers. The country this week reported its first case of the new variant of Covid-19 Omicron detected in a visiting US citizen. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard) […]]]>


Lockdown “unlikely”, PM insists

The business world breathes a sigh of relief

New arrivals at Suvarnabhumi airport, the country’s gateway, are directed to a health control zone on Tuesday by officers. The country this week reported its first case of the new variant of Covid-19 Omicron detected in a visiting US citizen. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

Another Covid-19 lockdown is unlikely despite the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted on Tuesday, allaying fears in the business community that their incomes will suffer another blow during high season.

“I hope this new year will be a happy time. We haven’t had this festive happiness for two years because of Covid-19,” Gen Prayut said, sounding a note of optimism after the first case of the highly transmissible strain was confirmed in the kingdom on Monday by a visiting U.S. citizen.

“After all, everything now depends on the effectiveness of the Covid Free Setting and other measures. If there is no further spread of the virus, who will one day shut down or lock down? [activities] again? Nobody would do it, “the prime minister said.

“For now, the requirement that international visitors undergo a Covid-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival in the kingdom is considered by health authorities to be sufficient to detect the new variant and prevent it from spreading here.” , he added.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul said the current vaccination campaign needs to be stepped up to keep people’s immunity high in order to deal with any large-scale spread of Omicron.

People who received their second vaccine in August are urged to be reminded.

General Prayut said the vaccines available in the kingdom can prevent severe symptoms and death.

“The World Health Organization and other experts have indicated that Omicron can be easily transmitted but does not cause severe symptoms. Hopefully this is true,” he said.

Mr Anutin said the government has made it clear to manufacturers that vaccines arriving next year must be able to fight any new strain of the virus.

Once a sufficient number of people are injected, universal prevention measures will be stepped up to mitigate the potential impact of Omicron, which is expected to become the dominant strain of Covid-19 globally.

“The country‘s public health screening and surveillance measures remain strong and effective,” General Prayut said.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said it was too early to try to estimate Omicron’s impact on Thailand’s hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits and meetings. related next year.

When asked if the summit’s format is likely to change in the event Omicron triggers a new wave of the pandemic, Mr Don said it was too early to tell.

The 17 people who were in close contact with Thailand’s first Omicron case at the US tourist’s hotel have tested negative for Covid-19, the Department of Disease Control reported on Tuesday.

The latest to be tested was a 44-year-old hotel waiter who served him food on December 1, said Dr Chakkarat Pitayawonganon, director of epidemiology.

The server had already received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on June 14 and September 3. He served the infected tourist around 9:30 p.m. last Wednesday and made him sign a health document. Both wore face masks.

On Friday, the waiter returned to his home province of Ubon Ratchathani in a private car with five relatives. Health officials tested him there and took him to the Bamrasnaradura Institute of Infectious Diseases in Nonthaburi on Monday.

Tuesday morning, his Covid-19 test was inconclusive. At noon, a new test came back negative. The server will be tested again on December 12 and 13. The condition of his five relatives is also being closely monitored, Dr Chakkarat said.

The 35-year-old American businessman had been living in Spain for a year. He tested negative for Covid-19 in Spain on November 28. On November 29, he flew to Dubai where he reportedly went nine hours without speaking to anyone and was still wearing a face mask.

On November 30, he arrived in Bangkok from Dubai. He traveled alone and sat in a window seat. The seat next to him was empty. Upon arrival, he entered through the Test & Go system for fully vaccinated air passengers. He tested positive the next day.

He remained asymptomatic on Tuesday and will need to be quarantined for 14 days.

Omicron has now been detected in 54 countries, 19 of which have recorded local infections. There have been no confirmed deaths.


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