US, UK and France amongst nations reporting report infections as Omicron sweeps world.
Whats up and welcome to Al Jazeera’s stay weblog on the coronavirus pandemic because the Omicron variant continues to brush the world. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
A fast abstract of among the newest developments:
- America has set a brand new international report for every day circumstances, reporting 1,082,549 new cases on Monday after the vacation weekend.
- The UK, France and different European nations are additionally reporting record caseloads.
- The World Well being Organisation (WHO) has stated there may be rising proof that Omicron, whereas extra transmissible, causes milder symptoms.
Listed below are the newest updates:
Hong Kong seals off residence complexes, enforces obligatory testing
Hong Kong has been sealing off residential housing complexes and imposing obligatory testing to stamp out coronavirus transmission after a resident was found to have the Omicron pressure of the virus.
So-called ‘restricted space’ testing was imposed on two residence buildings within the Causeway Bay space of the Chinese language territory on the night time of January 4 with all residents required to be examined to be able to depart their properties. Some 270 folks on the two places had been examined by 3am (07:00 GMT), the federal government stated, with no circumstances discovered.
Individuals who had been in 57 places concurrently contacts of the COVID-19 sufferers have additionally been ordered to bear obligatory testing. The places embrace branches of McDonald’s, the M+ artwork museum and varied buses, trains and ferries.
Hong Kong reported 39 circumstances on January 5, 36 of then imported and three linked to an current imported case.
Macron vows to ‘trouble’ unvaccinated
French President Emmanuel Macron has warned folks in France who’ve but to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 that their entry to key facets of life shall be restricted.
“I actually wish to trouble them,” Macron informed the Le Parisien newspaper in an interview. “And we are going to proceed to do that, to the top. That is the technique.”
He added this might imply “limiting as a lot as attainable their entry to actions in social life”.
The French authorities is making an attempt to push via laws that may make vaccination obligatory to get pleasure from cultural actions, take inter-city trains or go to cafes and eating places from January 15.
Rio cancels Carnival parades for second yr in a row
Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro has cancelled road parades and events at its annual Carnival for the second yr in a row.
Town’s mayor says that’s due to a rise in COVID-19 circumstances and the menace from the arrival of the Omicron variant.
A whole lot of hundreds of individuals normally attend such occasions yearly.
“The road carnival, by its very nature, as a result of democratic side it has, makes it unattainable to train any sort of inspection,” Eduardo Paes stated in a stay web broadcast.
The show by Rio’s samba faculties will go forward with strict well being protocols for these watching from the stands.
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