Advertisements for restrictions have escalated around the world, with many countries facing a new wave From Covid-19. Italy imposed new restrictions on non-vaccinators, while New York mandates vaccination for all private sector workers. Although its severity is still unknown, the Omicron variant, has been detected in an increasing number of countries, Health authorities still worry.
The epidemic has killed at least 5,253,726 people worldwide since the World Health Organization office in China announced the outbreak at the end of December 2019, according to a report prepared by the French Press Agency (AFP) from official sources Monday, December 6. .
The United States is the deadliest country with 788,364 killed, ahead of Brazil (615636), India (473,537), Mexico (295203) and Russia (282,462). The World Health Organization estimates, taking into account the increase in deaths directly and indirectly related to Covid-19, that the number of victims of the epidemic in the world could be two to three times higher.
Italy: new restrictions on non-vaccinators
Unvaccinated people in Italy can no longer go to the cinema, theatre, concerts or major sporting events, under new restrictions that took effect on Monday.
The peninsula, like its European neighbors, is facing a resurgence in coronavirus infections, and it has adopted this new package of measures to try to stop it. The only exception to this rule: people who have recently recovered from Covid-19, who also have access to “Excellent healthy pass” given for vaccination. Health pass Simple, accessible with a negative test, but enough to go to work, eat on the balcony or have coffee at the bar.
This basic health permit, which was previously required to board a plane or long-distance train, will now be required for local transportation (buses, metro and regional trains). Checks began Monday morning at stations across the country and 1.3 million health cards were loaded on Sunday for this turn.
Measures to increase immunization coverage in Western countries
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that all private sector employees will be subject to coronavirus vaccine requirements beginning December 27. The adviser has gone further than President Joe Biden, who is considering a vaccination commitment, which was due to go into effect on January 4 but is currently suspended by court order, for employees of companies of more than 100 people.
Mr. de Blasio explained that everything “Private New York employers will be affected by the vaccination obligation from December 27th”, or about 184,000 companies and firms. Moreover, from the same date, the New Yorkers 12 years of age or older will have to show proof that they have received two doses of the vaccine.According to the mayor, who will leave office on December 31 to be replaced by Eric Adams, elected on November 2.
Other countries are also taking steps to expand immunization coverage. Greece has decided to open vaccination for all children aged 5 to 11 years from December 15. The explosion of cases has forced the authorities, who were pardoned last week, to announce that the vaccine will now be mandatory for those over the age of 60.
New travel restrictions against African countries
Abuja is highly critical of the UK’s decision to put Nigeria on its red list of countries whose travelers are banned from entering its territory to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant. This decision is unfair, unfair, punitive, indefensible and discriminatory. Not out of science or even common sense.”Nigerian Information Minister Lai Muhammad told reporters.
The British government has added Africa’s most populous country to the list, which currently includes ten African nations, after news last week that an Omicron variant had been found in Nigeria. To date, the UK has detected about 160 cases of the Omicron variant on its territory. According to the authorities, the vast majority of them have clear connections to recent trips to South Africa and Nigeria.
“We sincerely hope that the British government will reconsider the decision to place Nigeria on the red list and rescind it immediately.”The minister added. He also said that developed countries will do better to ensure that developing countries such as Nigeria have access to vaccines rather than imposing travel restrictions. On Monday, he also denounced South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegalese President Macky Salle The position of the rich countries against South Africa after the discovery of the Omicron variant.
Canada has banned entry to travelers from Egypt, Nigeria and Malawi for fear of the spread of the new species. The presence of Omicron is now confirmed in about 40 countries around the world, the last of which are Russia and Argentina.
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