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Coronavirus: what will happen in Canada and around the world on Saturday – archyde

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That should be Christmas Europe where family and friends could once again hug the holidays and each other. Instead, the continent is the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases soar to record levels in many countries.

With infections on the rise again despite almost two-year restrictions, the health crisis is bringing more and more citizens against citizens – the vaccinated against the unvaccinated.

Governments desperate to shield overburdened health systems are imposing rules that limit choices for the unvaccinated in the hopes that this will drive up vaccination rates.

Austria went one step further on Friday and introduced mandatory vaccinations from February 1st.

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“For a long time, maybe too long, I and others thought that it must be possible to convince the people in Austria that they would be vaccinated voluntarily,” said Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg.

He called the move “our only way to break this vicious circle of virus waves and lockdown discussions forever”.

While Austria has so far been alone in introducing vaccination requirements in the European Union, more and more governments are going through the cracks.

As of Monday, Slovakia will ban people who have not been vaccinated from all non-essential stores and shopping malls. They are also banned from attending public events or gatherings, and are required to get tested twice a week just to go to work.

“Merry Christmas doesn’t mean Christmas without COVID-19,” warned Prime Minister Eduard Heger. “For that, Slovakia would have to have a completely different vaccination rate.”

CLOCK | Dutch police and rioters clash in protest against restrictions:

Dutch police and rioters clash in protest against COVID-19 restrictions

During a violent protest against COVID-19 measures in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, the police fired shots on Friday evening. Injuries were reported to both rioters and the police, and 51 people were arrested. 2:53

He called the measures “a lockdown for the unvaccinated”.

Slovakia, where only 45.3 percent of its 5.5 million residents are fully vaccinated, reported a record 8,342 new virus cases on Tuesday.

Not only the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are suffering again. Rich nations in the west are also being hit hard and restricting their populations again.

“It is really, absolutely time to take action,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday. With a vaccination rate of 67.5 percent, her country is now considering compulsory vaccinations for many health professionals.

Greece is also targeting unvaccinated people with new measures. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a series of new restrictions on unvaccinated people late Thursday, keeping them away from venues such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, museums and gyms, even if they tested negative.

“It’s an immediate protective measure and, of course, an indirect urge to get vaccinated,” Mitsotakis said.

What is happening in Canada

CLOCK | Your questions about vaccines and children answered:

COVID-19: Your Vaccine and Child Questions Answered

Dr. Fatima Kakkar and Dr. Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialists Jacqueline Wong answer parents’ questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children, including expected side effects and the prevalence of “long-term COVID” in children. 8:03

What’s happening all over the world

As of Saturday, more than 256.8 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker. The reported global death toll was more than 5.1 million.

People take a selfie on the Saturday after landing on the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc. (VietjetAir/The Associated Press)

In Asia, 200 vaccinated foreign tourists arrived on the beach-lined Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam on Saturday, the first wave of visitors to the country in nearly two years to revive its pandemic-ravaged tourism economy.

In AfricaNigerian authorities have launched a campaign to significantly expand the country’s coronavirus vaccination. Officials want to vaccinate half the population by February, a goal they believe will help them achieve herd immunity.

By doing America, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a booster dose for all adults six months after full vaccination with the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

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