Offbeat direct. COVID-19: 16 persons infected with the Omicron variant listed in France
Omicron Variant: Germany, Czech Republic Report Suspected Cases After U.K. Confirmation
Several countries, including the U.S., Japan and Israel, have announced travel restrictions to avoid the mass spread of the latest COVID variant.Germany's Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration said Saturday that an individual who traveled to Germany from South Africa is suspected to be infected with the Omicron variant.
The essentials Follow the events of the day: 8:50. Muscular event in Luxembourg. About 2,000 people mobilized Saturday in the capital to protest against sanitary restrictions. Incidents broke out. In the viewfinder of most participants, the vaccine and the sanitary pass. A handful of protesters tried to force the input of Christmas markets, some successful to override the controls. Some also attempted to return to the Chamber of Deputies. 8:25. More money losses for Eurostar in December. The Transmanche Eurostar company, which escaped bankruptcy in the spring, believes that it will lose more money in December with the gradual increase in the attendance of its trains, according to its director general Jacques Damascus in the Belgian daily "L 'Echo'. 8 hours. Return to calm in Saint-Martin, barrage lightened in Guadeloupe. The calm returned Friday to Saint-Martin, French territory of the Caribbean, where the beginning of the week had been marked by dams and serious scalmers between protesters and gendarmes, one of which had been wounded by bullets. In Guadeloupe, on which Saint-Martin depends, a dam, that of the boucan, was partially raised allowing alternating traffic for the users of North Lower Earth. 7:40. No New Year's holiday at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The city of Rio de Janeiro will not celebrate the New Year with the usual festivities because of the arrival in Brazil of the new Omicron variant. This decision of the municipal authorities fears a possible annulment of the famous Carnival, which should take place from February 25 to March 1, already canceled last year. In Rio, these New Year festivities usually bring together Copacabana beach some three million people. Twenty other provincial capitals (out of 27 in all) took the same decision. 7:25. First case of the Omicron variant in Chile. Chile announced the first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on its territory, at a traveler arriving from Ghana on November 25th. "This stranger, residing in Chile, has entered the country with a negative PCR test," but the additional test mandatory on arrival at the airport has given a positive result, explained in a statement the Regional Ministry of Health From the Chilean city of Valparaiso, 120 km west of the capital Santiago. This passenger, who had received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, "is in good health and was placed in isolation", at first at his home before having to go to a health residence, said the authorities. 7:15. Morocco banners festivals and major cultural events. The Moroccan government has decided to ban all festivals and major cultural and artistic events due to the spread of the new Omicron variant. This decision was made "on the basis of the legal provisions on the management of the state of health and strengthening the necessary preventive measures to limit the spread of the new coronavirus," indicates a statement from the Government. 7:10. A booster dose for more than 65 years in Mexico. A recall dose of the VVID-19 vaccine will be administered in the coming days to persons over 65 in Mexico, in anticipation of the arrival of winter and after the detection of the first case of Omicron on his Territory announced Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, the head of state. 7:05. 16 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant identified in France. According to a final report of the Ministry of Health, Saturday at 8 pm, 16 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant were detected. "These cases are closely monitored by the health authorities to ensure contact-tracing actions and indicate prevention messages in order to preserve the health of the population," says the department. 7 hours. Welcome to this direct. It will allow you to follow the events and evolution of the pandemic throughout the day.
Rhode Island reports first case of omicron variant .
Rhode Island has reported its first case of the omicron variant, making it one of the dozens of states to have detected the new COVID-19 strain. Gov. Dan McKee (D) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced the omicron case in a joint statement on Saturday. The infected individual is in their 20s and recently traveled from New York to Providence, according to the statement. The individual was fully vaccinated, but did not have a booster shot. "We fully expected that Omicron would eventually be detected in Rhode Island as it has been in our neighboring states. I want to be clear: Rhode Island is prepared. This is not cause for panic," McKee said. Video: U.K.