AFP, Released Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 03:32
New Activities, New Reports, and Highlights: An update on the latest developments in the Govt-19 epidemic worldwide.
– Canada: Easing of restrictions, end of health permit in Quebec –
Canada on Tuesday announced the easing of health restrictions on its borders, especially the end of the need for PCR testing to enter the country, while Quebec will gradually drop its vaccination passport.
As the country has been reeling from the challenge of sanitation over the past two weeks, the country has dropped its recommendation to avoid going abroad.
From February 28, vaccinated passengers will no longer be required to provide a negative PCR test when entering Canada.
In Quebec, the French-speaking province’s health minister announced on Tuesday that “vaccine passports in Quebec will be phased out” by March 14, following the example of many Canadian provinces.
– WHO promotes vaccination in Eastern Europe –
The European Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called for an increase in vaccine efforts in Eastern Europe, warning that a “tidal wave” linked to the omicron variant of the corona virus is advancing towards Europe.
In the past two weeks, cases of Govt-19 have more than doubled in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine, lamented WHO Regional Director Hans Klook for lamenting low vaccination rates.
– Removal of most restrictions in the Netherlands –
The Netherlands announced on Tuesday that it will lift most health restrictions from February 25, despite a higher number of contaminants with the Omigran variant of the corona virus.
The administrator announced that the health pass would be dropped and that bars, nightclubs and restaurants would return to “normal closing hours” as before the outbreak.
Social exclusion and masks are no longer mandatory in most public places and the isolation period will increase to five days if contaminated.
– Children of well-protected vaccinated mothers –
Babies born to mothers who were vaccinated during pregnancy are 60% less likely to be hospitalized with Covit-19, according to a new U.S. study released Tuesday.
The researchers believe that this protection is due to the transfer of antibodies against the virus through the placenta, especially between the pregnant mother and her baby.
– France: Nightclubs reopen –
From Wednesday, dancing at a disco, drinking alcohol at a bar or attending a concert will be allowed in France again.
While Belgium and Germany wait until March 4 for clubs and nightclubs to reopen, France, which believes the end of the fifth wave after the uprising linked to the Omigron variant is approaching, will allow these companies to close from December 10 to welcome the public. Again.
– Djokovic ready to lose Roland-Garros and Wimbledon –
In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, tennis world number one Novak Djokovic said he was ready to lose Roland-Goros and Wimbledon for refusing to be vaccinated against the corona virus.
The Serbian player does not want to be associated with the anti-Vaux movement, but says he defends “the freedom to choose what you put in your own body”.
The Serbian player was expelled from Australia for failing to defend his title at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January after failing to get vaccinated.
– More than 5.8 million people died –
The epidemic has officially killed more than 5,823,938 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report set up by the AFP at GMT at 11am on Tuesday.
In absolute value, the United States has the highest number of deaths (925,312) than Brazil (639,689) and India (509,358).
Taking into account the high number of deaths directly and indirectly linked to Govt-19, the WHO estimates that the number of infections may be two to three times higher than officially established.
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