Austria will become the first country in Western Europe to reimpose a full coronavirus lockdown to tackle a new wave of infections and will require its whole population to be vaccinated as of February, its government has said. Roughly two-thirds of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the lowest rates in western Europe. The government made the announcement on the lockdown on Friday. Its infections are among the highest on the continent, with a seven-day incidence of 991 per 100,000 people. Austria introduced a lockdown for all those who were unvaccinated on Monday but since then, infections […]
Federal health officials hope a straightforward boosters-for-all policy will prompt millions more people to get the shots before they travel or gather with friends and family over the holidays. Many are concerned about the worsening picture as winter approaches. After new cases dipped to almost 69,000 on Oct. 25 — their lowest point in months — they began climbing again, with the seven-day average rising 40 percent to more than 96,000 on Thursday. The final piece of the booster-policy overhaul fell into place early Friday evening when Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accepted two […]
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Europe was the only region in the world where COVID-related deaths increased last week after a rise of 5 percent. In its weekly report on the pandemic issued on Tuesday, the WHO also said cases jumped 6 percent globally, driven by a rise in the Americas, Europe and Asia. WHO said COVID-19 deaths in all regions other than Europe remained stable or declined last week, totalling 50,000 worldwide. Of the 3.3 million new infections reported, 2.1 million came from Europe, it said. It was the seventh consecutive week that COVID-19 cases continued […]
Canadians making short trips out of the country could soon have an easier time coming back home. The federal government will be lifting the PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers returning to Canada after short trips, CTV News has confirmed. The federal government has not released details so far, but has promised an announcement soon about changes to COVID-19 border measures. “Nov. 21 is the time at which these orders in council must be renewed and with the renewal will come announcements,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Tuesday. All travellers into Canada– even those who are fully vaccinated – […]
Covid-19 may be in the community as early as this week but Tauranga is as ready as it can be, the health board says. The virus was detected in Taupō on Saturday and Rotorua on Sunday and was also detected in Tauranga wastewater samples from November 11 and Mount Maunganui from November 10 and 11. Epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker said this was a “critical week” if people wanted to be fully protected by Christmas. People need five weeks to be fully protected – three weeks between the first and second dose and two weeks after that to have maximum protection. […]
The Austrian government has ordered a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people starting at midnight Sunday (local time) to combat rising Covid-19 infections and deaths. The move prohibits unvaccinated people 12 and older from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going for a walk — or getting vaccinated. Authorities are concerned about rising infections and deaths and that soon hospital staff will no longer be able to handle the growing influx of Covid-19 patients. “It’s our job as the government of Austria to protect the people,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday. […]
The Trump administration repeatedly interfered with efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year to issue warnings about the evolving coronavirus pandemic, six current and former health officials told congressional investigators in recent interviews. This content was originally published here.
Thousands of angry ‘freedom’ protesters stormed Melbourne streets to demonstrate against mandatory vaccinations and new laws set to be introduced by Daniel Andrews. The ‘pro-choice’, anti-government demonstrators marched through the city shouting ‘kill the bill’ on Saturday, they carried flags and provocative banners targeting the premier. Families and young children were among the crowd, which included activists carrying a fake gallows and wearing horror movie masks. One man’s sign depicted Andrews wearing a Nazi officer’s uniform and cap, another showed him as a gremlin and others simply displayed his face above words including ‘liar’ and ‘scum’. Marchers within the crowd chanted […]
Europe has become the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic again, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular lockdowns in the run-up to Christmas and stirring debate over whether vaccines alone are enough to tame COVID-19. The continent accounts for more than half of the average seven-day infections globally and about half of latest deaths, according to a Reuters tally, the highest levels since April last year when the virus was at its initial peak in Italy. The fresh concerns come as successful inoculation campaigns have plateaued ahead of the winter months and flu season. About 65 percent of the population […]
It’s the latest challenge to a set of emergency public health rules issued by the Biden administration during the pandemic. This content was originally published here.