Corona .. France is waiting for a difficult month, and Mauritania announces that the president has been infected with the virus

The new Corona virus (Covid-19) continues to spread in the countries of the world, prompting a number of them to tighten their procedures, and at a time when France warned of the high number of infections and its impact on hospitals, Kuwait banned social events, while Mauritania announced the infection of its president.

The latest figures, according to the “World Meter” website, indicate that the number of injuries reached 292 million and 940 thousand and 915 injuries today, Tuesday, at four thirty in the morning.

The number of deaths, according to the figures, reached 5 million and 465 thousand and 903 deaths.

The United States leads the number of injuries and deaths alike, with 57 million and 79 thousand and 570 injuries, and more than 848,000 deaths.

Injury curve

Two days ago, the chief epidemiologist in the United States, Anthony Fauci, said that the infection curve witnessed a “semi-vertical rise”, describing the rising infection rate as “unprecedented”, with an average of 400,000 new infections recorded daily.

And yesterday, Monday, the US health authorities authorized the administration of a booster dose of the “Pfizer-BioNTech” vaccine for 12-15-year-olds, and reduced the time before receiving this third dose from 6 to 5 months for all age groups.

In Canada, the Canadian army came to Quebec yesterday, Monday, to assist in the vaccination campaign, in the context of a significant increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 due to the spread of the mutated Omicron.

Federal Civil Defense Minister Bill Blair announced – on Twitter – “Following the approval of the request for federal assistance from Quebec, elements of the Canadian Armed Forces will begin to deploy today with the aim of supporting the vaccination campaign in the province.”

French people wait their turn to get tested for COVID-19 during the Christmas holidays (Reuters)

noisy atmosphere

In France, the French deputies began – in a noisy atmosphere – to consider a bill that would convert the currently approved health certificate into a vaccine certificate.

This provision will require the presentation of a certificate of anti-Covid-19 vaccine in order to be able to attend recreational activities, go to restaurants and bars or public transportation operating between regions.

This comes at a time when French Health Minister Olivier Veran warned – in an interview with Radio France Inter – that the current month of January will be “difficult in hospitals”.

In the past seven days, more than 160,000 people were infected, on average, with a daily peak sometimes exceeding 200,000, according to the Public Health Authority.

And due to the outbreak of the virus, about 3 thousand passengers disembarked from a cruise ship – most of them German – yesterday, Monday, in Lisbon, instead of heading to the Spanish Canary Archipelago, after monitoring several Covid-19 infections on board the ship, as announced by the Portuguese authorities.

In parallel, in Italy, 45 passengers on a cruise ship were quarantined in the port of Genoa, after they were confirmed to be infected with Covid-19.

The Netherlands is heading to ease (European) restrictions

Measures and mitigation

In Europe, too, the Dutch government announced yesterday, Monday, that primary and secondary schools and student reception centers after school hours will reopen their doors on January 10, in a first step towards reopening the country.

This comes while the German Robert Koch Institute announced yesterday evening, Monday, that Britain, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique have been removed from the list of countries related to the regions experiencing the spread of the Corona virus mutant of concern.

People traveling to Germany from those areas were required to self-quarantine for two weeks after arrival, regardless of vaccination status, with no testing option to lift the quarantine.

It is noteworthy that the number of Corona virus infections in the European continent alone has exceeded the 100 million mark since the emergence of the Corona virus in 2019.

The ruling party in Mauritania supports the candidacy of the Minister of Defense of Ghazouani for the presidencyAl-Ghazwani felt mild symptoms due to infection with the Corona virus (Al-Jazeera)

Mauritania and Kuwait

In the Arab world, the Mauritanian presidency announced that President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazwani was infected with the Corona virus, after he showed mild symptoms.

The Mauritanian presidency said – in a statement – that Ould Cheikh Al-Ghazwani had conducted medical examinations, and the results of the examination showed that he was infected with Covid-19. The presidency statement did not indicate whether the infection was related to the new mutant, Omicron.

In Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Cabinet announced yesterday, Monday, a temporary ban on holding social events in closed places, from next Sunday until February 28, with the aim of confronting the outbreak of the mutant Omicron.

And the Government Communication Center stated – in a statement – that the Council of Ministers will review the decision in light of the epidemiological situation at the time.

The statement stated that the Council of Ministers decided to compel all those coming to the country to conduct a “PCR” (PCR) examination 72 hours before arrival, stating that they are free of infection with the Corona virus, as of today, Tuesday.

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