Monday, September 26, 2022

Live updates: French government takes steps to expedite vaccine passes

PARIS — France’s government is moving forward with efforts to increase pressure on unvaccinated people to get coronavirus jabs, as the Omicron version reports a record rise in infections.

In a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday afternoon, the health minister has defended a French government plan to allow only fully vaccinated individuals to access places such as restaurants, cinemas, theatres, museums and playgrounds. has been given.

Accelerating the introduction of so-called “vaccine passes”, a government strategy to use vaccinations instead of new lockdowns, to try to reduce the impact of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant on already overburdened hospitals Is part of.

France on Tuesday reported nearly 180,000 new COVID-19 cases, a daily record, and numbers are set to continue to rise, with warnings of a potential 250,000 more daily infections by January.

France has vaccinated more than 75% of its population and is rolling out booster shots, but more than 4 million adults in the country are unvaccinated.

The government wants the vaccine pass requirement to be completed by mid-January. If approved by parliament, the plan would mean that non-vaccinated people would no longer be able to use negative test results to travel to places where passes are required.


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Here’s what else is happening today:

Seoul, South Korea – South Korea is extending measures to protect against the Omicron version of the coronavirus for another four weeks.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Wednesday that short-term foreign travelers from 11 African countries would continue to be banned from entering the country, while all other international arrivals would have to follow a 10-day quarantine until February 3.

South Korea reported 109 new daily COVID-19 cases, the agency says, including the Omicron version, the highest 24-hour tally since the country confirmed its first Omicron case on Dec. .

The delta variant still accounts for the vast majority of new cases in South Korea, but experts say Omicron could become the country’s dominant strain in the next few months.

South Korea reported a total of 5,409 new cases on Wednesday and the number of serious or critically ill patients reached a record high of 1,151.


JERUSALEM – Israel has lifted its travel ban on dozens of European and African countries, including Italy and Germany, even as the country’s coronavirus infection rate continues to rise.

But the Israeli government’s corona cabinet on Wednesday approved red-listing Mexico, adding it to a travel ban that includes the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Israel largely closed its borders to travel after the emergence of the highly contagious Omicron variant last month. Despite a successful vaccination campaign, it has seen new daily infections more than double in the past week.

More than 4.2 million of Israel’s 9.3 million people have received a coronavirus booster shot since it was authorized in July. Earlier this week, a major hospital began a trial to study the effects of a fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on medical workers.

Israel has recorded at least 8,243 deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic nearly two years ago.


Berlin: Germany’s international development minister says her country plans to donate another 75 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to poor countries.

Minister Svenja Schultz told the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland newspaper group in remarks published on Wednesday that Germany had reached its goal of donating 100 million doses in 2021.

She added: “But we can’t leave it there. For next year, we plan to donate at least a further 75 million doses.

Schulz said he agrees with Germany’s health minister that the donation may not come at the expense of the country’s own vaccination campaign, which officials are working to keep in high gear as new Omron versions move forward.

But she said “we agree that we can achieve both: supplying our own population and poor countries.”


SYDNEY – Australia’s outbreak of the Omicron variant soared coronavirus cases on Wednesday, prompting Prime Minister Scott Morrison to schedule an emergency national cabinet meeting.

The surge has already overwhelmed testing stations, prompted new vaccine mandates and caused at least one state to cut back on elective surgeries.

New infections in Sydney and surrounding parts of the state of New South Wales rose to more than 11,000, up from 6,000 a day earlier. The state of Victoria also reported a record 3,700 cases, up more than 1,000 from the previous record set on Tuesday.

Morrison said the country’s leaders would meet ahead of schedule on Thursday.

“As Omicron continues to move forward, we will see more pressure, but states and territories are working very closely on their plans to address those challenges,” Morrison told reporters.

He said he hoped the meeting would help give a clearer definition of what constitutes close contact and what tests should be used in different situations as case numbers balloon.


NEW YORK — The Broadway revival of “The Music Man” has been one of the hottest tickets in town, and it goes limp without co-star Sutton Foster. But now the show is being closed till the new year as Hugh Jackman’s coronavirus test has come positive.

Jackman announced on social media on Tuesday that he had tested positive. He says that although his symptoms are mild, with only a scratchy throat and a runny nose, he needs to be quarantined.

Some Broadway shows have been closed for several days and some have stopped entirely due to virus cases. “Thoughts of a Colored Man” joined “Waitress” and “Jagged Little Pill” as the show took its toll. Winter has been stopped due to increasing infection rate.


HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii will hold mostly online classes for the first two weeks of the spring semester as the state sees a surge in Omicron coronavirus cases.

Hawaii has had record high daily COVID-19 numbers in recent days. Officials at the University of Hawaii say many classes on the islands’ campuses will be temporarily shifted to online learning.

In an email to students and staff, University of Hawaii President David Lesnar says that only classes “effectively taught online” will change.

Other classes will be taught individually, but with physical distancing, wearing of masks and health check-up in place.


ATLANTA – The president of Emory University said Tuesday that the school is switching to virtual classes to start the spring semester as there is a national surge in COVID cases fueled by the Omicron version.

In a letter to the university community, President Gregory Fenves said that Emory would return to in-person learning on January 31 if conditions allowed.

The switch to distance learning applies to undergraduate, graduate and professional courses. Residence halls will remain open, although students are encouraged to delay their return to campus.

In the Atlanta area, where Emory is located, COVID-19 infections are climbing rapidly.

The seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in Georgia rose to about 8,700 a day on Monday, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. This is close to the peaks that Georgia saw in infection numbers in early January and early September.

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