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Canada Germany: Facing the Omicron Variant, new restrictions before New Year's holidays

22:30  20 december  2021
22:30  20 december  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

COVID-19 infections are on the rise and omicron could quadruple daily case counts, federal modelling says

  COVID-19 infections are on the rise and omicron could quadruple daily case counts, federal modelling says New modelling released today by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) suggests the number of COVID-19 cases could increase sharply in the coming weeks as the country grapples with another wave of delta infections and the highly transmissible omicron variant. While there is a lot of uncertainty about how many cases might be reported, an increase from the current level of over 3,300 cases a day is likely, PHAC said, because Canada is experiencing a "gradual but steady increase" in infections. The national "rT" — the metric that tracks the average number of people one infected person subsequently will infect — is now over one.

Un centre de vaccination au centre de Berlin, la capitale allemande. Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP © Valery Ax A vaccination center in the center of Berlin, the German capital. Tobias Schwarz / AFP decidedly the transition to 2022, may be morose throughout Europe. Germany, after the Netherlands and Denmark , is preparing to tighten its sanitary restrictions around the New Year to protect against the very contagious Omicron varying, by closing all nightclubs and reducing contacts between individuals including Vaccinations. As of December 28, people vaccinated against COVID-19 or cureds can not accommodate more than 10 guests, and provided they are all immunized, according to the text that still needs to be discussed on Tuesday during a Crisis meeting between the government and the representatives of the 16 regions of the country. This ceiling does not include children under 14 years old. The non-vaccinated are not allowed to invite only two people of a single home. In addition, discos and dance clubs will be closed. This is already the case in some areas very affected by the resurgence of the pandemic like Bavaria (South). Access to major events, cultural or sports, will also be limited throughout Germany, with a recommendation to prohibit them purely and simply in areas at high infection levels. Even though the new government of the Olaf Scholz Social Democratic Chancellor has excluded to tighten its arsenal of measures before Christmas, the Germans are called to "behave responsibly" during this period, limiting the contacts or requesting their guests of Present a negative anti-covid test before receiving them. No closure of non-essential stores, cinemas or restaurants, according to this government project, the Federal State and the Länder will also request critical infrastructure managers (hospitals, security, emergency services, telecommunications, electricity supply and in water) to check their emergency operating plan in the event of worsening the health situation, to ensure continuity of service if infections and quarantines are multiplying among the staff. Unlike the neighboring Netherlands, Germany does not intend to close non-essential stores, cinemas or restaurants, deemed sufficient to limit their access to vaccinated or healed people. Germany has been affected since the beginning of autumn by a virulent resumption of the Delta variant epidemic. The number of new cases has slightly refluted since the return to many restrictions, but the level of contamination remains high, between 30,000 and 50,000 additional cases every 24 hours. The Committee of Experts advising the government shot the alarm sketch on the progression of Omicron and pleaded for additional discounts of contacts "as soon as possible".

United Kingdom: A study ensures that the Omicron variant is less dangerous than the Variant Delta .
© AFP - Justin Tallis The United Kingdom has recorded Wednesday 119,000 positive cases, including 16,000 confirmed as Omicron, numbers still never reached. The United Kingdom recorded Wednesday 119,000 positive cases, including 16,000 confirmed as Omicron, numbers never reached. On the same day, a study by the British sanitary safety agency confirms that Emicron is more Benin than the Delta Variant.

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