BERLIN – Germany’s intensive care union is calling for immediate imposition of similar restrictions at the national level and is warning that the number of COVID-19 patients needing intensive care will hit a new high before Christmas.
German federal and state leaders are expected to decide on Thursday on new measures to stem a rapid rise in coronavirus infections. Nominated Chancellor Olaf Scholz says he will support a proposal to make coronavirus vaccination mandatory for everyone next year.
The DIVI association said on Wednesday that more than 6,000 patients with COVID-19 will require intensive care treatment before Christmas, surpassing the highest level since last year. It said more than 2,300 new patients were admitted to the ICU in the past week alone, and moving patients within Germany is not a long-term solution.
The association called for at least 1 million vaccinations to be administered per day, including boosters. The number of vaccinations has increased sharply in recent days, but it is still below that mark, which averaged 660,000 per day over the past week.
Germany on Wednesday reported its highest one-day death toll since February, adding 446 more deaths, bringing the country’s total to 101,790 so far.
Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic:
– US moves to toughen testing requirement for passengers
– Nigeria detects first case of Omicron From a sample from October, weeks before South Africa alerted the world to this type of
– Japan launches booster COVID vaccination amid the Omicron scare
– Austrian lockdown Extended till 11th December as per plan
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Here’s what else is happening today:
GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization is taking steps to begin work toward an international agreement by its member states to help them prevent and prepare for future pandemics in the wake of the coronavirus.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the unanimous decision was a “cause for celebration” during a long-planned special session of UN health agency members. It works towards creating an “intergovernmental negotiating body” to draft an agreement, which could take several months to finalize.
“Of course, there is still a long road ahead. There are still differences of opinion about what can or should be in a new agreement,” he said.
Lisbon, Portugal – Portugal is entering a state of so-called disaster – second this year – to buck an upward trend in coronavirus infections despite having one of the strongest vaccination records in Europe.
The disaster situation is one step below the country’s top-level alert.
The country is tightening passenger controls at airports, seaports and land borders, as part of a new set of rules coming out on Wednesday requiring negative coronavirus tests for most visitors.
Face masks are again required in enclosed spaces and coronavirus vaccination or COVID-19 recovery tests are required to enter restaurants, cinemas, gyms and hotels.
Experts agree that Portugal’s vaccination rate, which has 87% of its more than 10 million residents, one of the highest globally, has shielded the country from the recent infection spikes experienced by northern European countries. has been saved.
Still, hospitalizations have been on the rise since September. Officials recorded 2,907 new infections on Tuesday, with 833 people in hospital, 116 in intensive care units and 15 deaths.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia said it has detected its first case of the new coronavirus variant, Omicron.
The kingdom’s state-run Saudi Press Agency said the case came from a citizen it described as a “North African country”.
The report states that the infected person and his close people have been quarantined.
This case marks the first known example of an omicron found in Gulf Arab countries.
Much is unknown about the new variant, which has been identified in more than 20 countries, including whether it is more contagious, whether it makes people more seriously ill, and whether it fails the vaccine. Can do.
America’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said more will be known about the Omicron strain in two to four weeks as scientists try and test laboratory samples of the virus.
Copenhagen, Denmark – A concert attendee at a gig in northern Denmark with a local DJ has tested positive for the new coronavirus variant Omicron, health officials say.
About 2,000 people attended Saturday’s concert in Aalborg. Danish broadcaster DR said on Wednesday that the Danish Patient Safety Authority has urged everyone participating in the trial.
The Statens Serum Institute, another government agency that maps the spread of COVID-19 in Denmark, said on Tuesday that the Scandinavian country had four cases of Omicron. It was not immediately clear whether the concert was included or if it was a new case.
Tokyo: Japan has asked international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all incoming flights into the country by the end of December to further tighten already tight border controls.
The Ministry of Transport says the request is an emergency precaution.
The move to the world’s third-largest economy, along with a recent return to restrictions on foreign visitors, is one of the harshest anywhere, and is in line with neighboring China, which is denser than some of the region’s other democracies.
It comes as scientists work frantically to determine just how dangerous Omicron is.
A day after Japan reported its first to a Namibian diplomat, a person from Peru has confirmed a second case of the Omicron variant.