Published: 2021-12-04 20:31
Last Updated: 2022-01-17 06:54
Here are the latest developments related to the spread of the coronavirus in the world in light of the latest numbers, measures and new facts:
- No New Year's Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro -
The city of Rio de Janeiro will not celebrate New Year's Day with its usual celebrations, due to the detection of the first two cases of the new Omicron mutant, according to what the local authorities announced.
This decision raises fears of the possibility of canceling the famous carnival, which was previously canceled last year due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
- Morocco bans cultural festivals and demonstrations -
The Moroccan government decided to ban all cultural and artistic festivals and demonstrations out of fear of the Omicron mutant spreading, according to a statement.
The statement, published on Friday evening and reported by the Moroccan News Agency, said that the decision was taken "in accordance with the legal requirements related to managing a state of health emergency, and in order to strengthen the necessary preventive measures to limit the spread of the Corona epidemic."
- More restrictions in Belgium -
Facing an "autumn wave much larger than expected," Belgium tightened health restrictions from Saturday.
In schools, it is mandatory for students to wear masks from the age of six. In secondary grades, only 50 percent of students will attend classes until the Christmas holidays.
Starting from Monday, the number of people who can participate in events to be held indoors will be limited to a maximum of 200, with those present being seated and wearing masks. This is especially true for cinemas and conferences.
- Switzerland cancels quarantine for vaccinated people, while tightening examination measures -
From Saturday, Switzerland abolished the mandatory quarantine for vaccinated people entering its territory, but it tightened the measures for conducting examinations. In addition to showing a negative result from a PCR examination conducted before arrival in Switzerland, those vaccinated will have to undergo a second examination between the fifth and seventh days after their arrival.
- Health certificate mandatory in French ski resorts -
Mandatory possession of a health permit in French ski resorts came into effect on Saturday, and checkpoints have been set up, according to the protocol established in case the health situation deteriorates, according to the products administration.
- Merkel calls for vaccination -
Angela Merkel, who will step down next week, repeated the call on Saturday to receive a vaccine against Covid-19 in the latest episode of a series of video blogs in which she used to address her fellow citizens.
"Once again, I urge you to take this deceptive virus seriously," Merkel said.
"The new mutant Omicron appears to be more contagious than its predecessors. Get vaccinated. Whether it's your first or second dose. Every vaccination is good for you."
- Danish Prime Minister apologizes for not wearing a mask -
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen apologized on Saturday after publishing a video that showed her shopping without a mask, four days after her government reinstated mandatory face coverings in some places and on public transport.
The video was taken by a person in a Copenhagen clothing store, which was published Saturday on the website of the newspaper "Extrabladet."