AGI – Omicron effect. The first positive cases for the new variant of the coronavirus they have multiplied in Europe, where concern is increasing travel restrictions. And the world continues to isolate South Africa.
After Belgium, Great Britain, Germany and Italy, the Czech Republic has announced a first case on a Covid-19 patient hospitalized with mild symptoms in Liberec. In Amsterdam, some sixty passengers, disembarked on Friday from Johannesburg and Cape Town, were still in quarantine near the airport. The United States praised South Africa for its “transparency” after the discovery of the Omicron variant. Pretoria, however, claims to feel “punished” and treated unfairly, as its citizens are treated as “unwelcome people”. In a telephone conversation between US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken and his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor, “Secretary of State Blinken commended South African scientists for the rapid identification of the Omicron variant,” said the State Department Minister. in a note.
In France, anyone who is “in contact” with another positive result of the new Omicron variant, it will have to be isolated even if vaccinatedthe health ministry said. Currently, in France, where no confirmed cases of this variant have yet been announced, if a person is in contact with a person infected with coronavirus, they should only isolate themselves for seven days if they are not vaccinated or if their vaccination schedule is incomplete. or is immunocompromised, according to health insurance.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday he was stepping up entry measures in his country in order to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, of which two cases have already been detected in the United Kingdom. “We will ask anyone entering the UK to take a PCR test ‘two days after arrival’ and self-isolate until they have the result,” he said.
In France three million were taken appointments for vaccination against Covid after the announcement Thursday of the extension of the recall campaign to the entire adult population. In the country, the booster dose is open to all adults in the country.
Almost 20,000 people demonstrated Saturday in France against the health pass, for the twentieth consecutive weekend of mobilization, according to the results of the Ministry of the Interior, of which over 3,500 in Paris. The ministry recorded 155 actions across the country, against 158 actions and 23,000 demonstrators on Saturday.
In Portugal with fourteen players absent due to Covid, the Belenenses club was forced to field a team of just nine players to face Benfica’s eleven in the league on Saturday, a match of “shame”, the fans shouted, interrupted shortly after half-time. “It was a shame to play here tonight,” said Rui Pedro Soares, president of Belenenses, after paying homage to the dignity of the “players who have been forced to playThe pandemic has killed at least five million people worldwide since the end of 2019, according to a report released by the AFP from official sources on Friday.
Switzerland, which is facing a referendum on anti-Covid restrictions, has decided to increase the number of countries from which it is necessary to quarantine. In addition to Hong Kong, Israel and Belgium, from today the list also includes Great Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Egypt and Malawi, as announced by the Swiss Ministry of Health quoted by the Guardian. Two days ago, Bern had already banned all direct flights from South Africa and imposed restrictions from other countries: only Swiss citizens or those with a residence permit in the Schengen area are entitled to arrive in the Confederation.
In Australia, the variant was identified through the test on two people arriving in Sydney from South Africa. Health authorities in New South Wales have announced that they have carried out genomic tests and have detected the variant. In the country of 25 million inhabitants, 207,984 cases and 1994 deaths have been recorded since the start of the pandemic, and 39 million doses of the vaccine have so far been administered.
The United States is the most affected country with 776,517 deaths, ahead of Brazil (613,957), India (467,468), Mexico (293,449) and Russia (270,292). WHO estimates that the global pandemic toll could be two to three times higher than that calculated from official data.