Coronavirus worldwide: British government no longer wants to require infected people to be isolated, French parliament approves restrictions on unvaccinated people

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More than 323 million people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 5.5 million infected people have died. About 9.6 billion vaccine doses have been administered so far.
Even when vaccinated people contract coronavirus, hospitalization numbers show vaccination protects well against severe symptoms and severe courses.
Even when vaccinated people contract coronavirus, hospitalization rates show that vaccination provides good protection against severe symptoms and courses.

Great Britain

According to media reports, the British government plans to lift the legal requirement for self-isolation in case of infection. Reuters news agency reported on Sunday (Jan. 16) that the recommendation for isolation would remain in place, but any penalties would be abolished. This is part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to permanently revoke restrictive measures due to falling case numbers, he said.

France
The French parliament has given final approval to drastic access restrictions for the unvaccinated. In the National Assembly on Sunday (16 Jan), 215 deputies spoke in favor, 58 voted against. Seven deputies abstained. The law stipulates that unvaccinated people aged 16 and over will no longer have access to restaurants, cultural institutions and long-distance transport. New rules for proof of vaccination in the health passport have already been in force in the country since Saturday. Those who were fully vaccinated seven months ago now need a booster to continue to be considered vaccinated.

Covax International
The Covax international vaccine program has cracked the billion mark in the delivery of Corona vaccine doses. The billionth dose was in a shipment that arrived Saturday (Jan. 15) in the East African country of Rwanda, according to the Gavi Vaccine Alliance. The alliance includes governments, companies, foundations and U.N. agencies. Covax primarily supplies the 92 poorest countries that have no money to buy vaccines. A total of 144 countries have received vaccines through Covax so far.

Winter Olympics in Beijing
Just under three weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese capital reported its first case of the Omicron variant on Sunday (Jan. 16). In total, health authorities registered 65 infections for all of China on Sunday. Despite the continued low numbers, Omikron is likely to severely test China’s strict zero-covid strategy of mass testing, curfews, quarantine and lockdown just before the start of the Winter Olympics. Currently, at least four other parts of the country besides Beijing have already reported infections of the virus variant.

Sicilian
In the Sicilian city of Palermo, police have again arrested a nurse who allegedly faked Corona vaccinations. The judiciary accuses the woman of injecting an anti-vaccination couple with the syringe but not the vaccine, police said Saturday (Jan. 15). Surveillance video showed the nurse squeezing a full syringe into a cloth and then sticking it empty into an upper arm. As recently as December 2021, officials had arrested another nurse who allegedly immunized 11 people against Covid-19 in the same way at the same vaccination center. The two women face charges including official misconduct and false certification.

European Council
The European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, has expressed the hope of achieving high vaccination coverage in the fight against the Corona pandemic, even without compulsory vaccination. The entire world population must be vaccinated to end the pandemic, Urpilainen told Funke Mediengruppe. The EU is aiming for a global vaccination rate of 70 percent by 2023, he said. By the end of June 2022, the EU aims to have completed the delivery of a total of 700 million doses to developing countries, he said. However, too little is still being done for Africa in particular. Therefore, the EU wants to adopt an additional package for vaccination support on the continent by the EU-Africa summit on February 17 and 18, he said.

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