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Iran bans travelers from Western Europe beyond Omicron – latest update

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State television said on Sunday that a similar ban imposed on travelers from South Africa and seven neighboring countries in late November was extended for 15 days. (AFP archive)

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Iran bans travelers from parts of Western Europe with Omicron’s horror

Iran is one of the most devastating countries in the Middle East, with tourists from the United Kingdom, France, Denmark and Norway entering the country as part of a curb after the discovery of the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19. Banned for 15 days.

State television said on Sunday that a similar ban imposed on travelers from South Africa and seven neighboring countries in late November was extended for 15 days.

Health officials also said they had indefinitely suspended land trips to neighboring Turkey, a popular tourist destination.

Iran, the epicenter of the Middle East pandemic, has reported 14 confirmed cases of Omicron so far, but media reports indicate that detection kits are not widely available and authorities are rapidly within a few weeks. Warned that it could spread to.

The country has suffered 131,400 deaths in five waves of Covid-19 infection since February 2020.

About 51.3 million of Iran’s population of about 85 million have been vaccinated twice with the coronavirus vaccine.

Omicron touches down hundreds more US flights

U.S. airlines have been forced to change plans by grounded crew members of a highly contagious variant of Omicron and tens of thousands of Christmas weekend travelers, resulting in a surge in Covid-19 infections on the 3rd. Hundreds of flights have been canceled in a row.

According to the aggregate of Sunday’s flight tracking website FlightAware.com, private airlines canceled 656 flights in the US and abroad on Sunday, a slight decrease from nearly 1,000 flights from Christmas day and nearly 700 flights on Christmas Eve.

More than 920 flights were delayed due to the possibility of further cancellations.

Christmas holidays are usually the peak hours of air travel, but the rapid spread of Omicron variants has led to a surge in Covid-19 infections, forcing airlines to cancel flights that require quarantine for pilots and crew. rice field.

Delta Air Lines Inc expected more than 300 flights to be canceled on Sunday.

Jordan reports 295 Omicron cases

Jordanian health officials have identified 295 new cases of the Omicron variant.

Abdel Bilbeisi, Prime Minister’s adviser on the containment of the Covid-19 pandemic, told state news agency Petra that the number of Omicron infections detected in the country reached 328 with new tabulations.

Jordan’s virus count reached 1,051,421, including 12,444 deaths.

The Omicron strain has been found in about 80 countries since it was identified by South African scientists in November.

A World Health Organization official warned this week that the Omicron variant was “spreading at a rate not seen in previous variants,” poses a “very high” global risk.

Oman sets double jab entry requirements for visitors

Omani officials have required foreign travelers over the age of 18 to be vaccinated with Covid-19 at least twice to enter the Sultan, the state news agency reported.

The Sultanate on Sunday also revoked its previous decision to suspend entry from Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique.

Algeria imposes a vaccine pass to increase low vaccination rates

Algeria has begun demanding a “vaccine passport” to enter a wide range of public places in order to increase the country’s low vaccination rates and overcome the hesitation of vaccines that have left millions of vaccines unused. ..

This pass is required for everyone entering and exiting Algeria, as well as sports facilities, cinemas, theaters, museums, city halls and other places. It also applies to Hammam (a popular bathhouse throughout the region).

This rule is difficult to enforce because less than a quarter of Algeria’s population has never been vaccinated.

It was announced in a government statement on Saturday night and went into effect on Sunday, with Algerians and businesses having no time to prepare.

The government said the measure was primarily aimed at addressing the recovery of infections from the Delta type. In Algeria, only two cases of the Omicron variant have been identified, but authorities support more. The government said other measures could be taken in the coming days, depending on the development of the epidemic.

Crystal Palace Manager VIERA Tests Positive

The club announced that Crystal Palace manager Patrick Viera tested positive for Covid-19.

The 45-year-old French is self-isolated and misses a Boxing Day match against Tottenham Hotspur.

“Assistant manager Ossian Roberts will represent Vieira in today’s match,” the club said on Twitter on Sunday.

With the epidemic of the Omicron variant, coronavirus infections in the United Kingdom have reached record highs in recent weeks.

The Premier League is also skyrocketing in this month’s case.

According to the last update of this week’s league, 90 between players and staff between December 13th and 19th, after 42 infections in the last 7 days from December 6th to 12th. New positive cases have been identified.

France exceeds 100,000 cases a day

Covid infections in France reached six digits as health authorities recorded 104,611 cases in the last 24 hours.

The country has recorded high numbers for the third consecutive day.

The latest figures from the French public health agency will discuss new Covid security measures with President Emmanuel Macron and key members of his government prior to Monday’s video conference.

Authorities are concerned about the effects of the rapid spread of Omicron variants.

More than 128.6 million vaccinations in Turkey so far

According to official figures, Turkey has been receiving more than 128.65 million Covid-19 vaccines since launching the immunization drive in January this year.

Nearly 56.8 million people received the first jab and more than 51.4 million were fully vaccinated on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said.

Turkiye also gave more than 17.2 million people a third booster shot.

Earlier this week, Turkey’s homemade Covid-19 vaccine, Turkovac, was approved for emergency use and will be rolled out domestically starting next week.

The Ministry of Health also confirmed 20,138 new infections, 173 deaths and 21,214 recovery over the past day.

As many as 351,965 virus tests have been performed in the last 24 hours.

Italy reports 81 deaths

Italy reported 81 coronavirus-related deaths against 144 people the day before, but the daily count of new cases plummeted as tests plummeted over the Christmas weekend.

After a record number of cases lasted three days, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday that only 24,883 new infections were registered in the last 24 hours, down from the previous 54,762.

According to the Ministry of Health, only 217,052 tests were performed in the past day, compared to 969,752 reported on Saturday.

Italy has recorded 136,611 deaths associated with Covid-19 since it occurred in February last year. It is the second highest victim in Europe after the UK and the ninth highest victim in the world.

So far, 5.65 million cases have been reported.

The first Omicron case was detected in Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said it has identified the first case of an Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the Gaza Strip.

The airline is an infected Gaza resident in the coastal area, provincial official Majidi Deer said at a news conference.

In Gaza, with a population of 2.2 million, 189,837 Covid-19 cases and 1,691 deaths are enrolled.

Aichi Prefecture, Japan, discovered two community cases of Omicron

According to Hideaki Omura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture has identified two cases of Omicron variants of Covid-19 due to the expansion of the community.

Omura said at a news conference that the infection was found in a teenage girl and her mother, neither of whom had recently traveled abroad and the route of transmission is unknown.

The number of local Covid cases in China has been pushed to a 21-month high due to the outbreak of Xi’An.

China reports that local Covid-19 cases are increasing daily in 21 months as infections more than doubled in the northwestern city of Xi’An, China’s latest Covid hotspot. ..

Official data showed that 13 million cities on the fourth day of the blockade detected 155 domestically infected cases with confirmed symptoms on Saturday, up from 75 the day before.

As a result, the number per day in Japan has reached 158. This is the highest since China was able to contain a national outbreak in early 2020.

New South Wales, Australia sets new daily case record

In Australia’s most populous state, a record number of new Covid-19 cases and a surge in hospitalizations have been reported, with thousands at home after being infected with the virus or after contact with an infected person. It was isolated.

In New South Wales, 6,394 new infections were reported from 6,288 a day ago. The number of cases in the state has skyrocketed in the last two weeks, but hospitalizations are lagging behind new infections.

In some Australian states, more than 70% of cases are coronavirus mascot variants, but New South Wales does not regularly perform genomic tests to identify the variants.

India administers vaccine over 15 years old in January

India has launched a Covid vaccination drive for adolescents and will begin boosting immunization to the at-risk adult population, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced.

“Omicron is a matter of debate so far,” Modi said.

It’s time to be “careful”, he added, announcing that the vaccine will be available to children over the age of 15 from January 3rd.

Israel buys 100K Pfizer anti-Covid pills

According to Israeli officials, Israel has ordered 100,000 units of Pfizer’s antiviral Covid-19 pill Paxlovid for people over the age of 12 who are at risk of severe illness.

Channel 12TV said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has agreed to a telephone conversation with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla.

There was no immediate confirmation from the company.

According to Pfizer clinical trial data, Covid-19’s first oral and home treatment, Paxlovid, was nearly 90% effective in preventing hospitalization and death in patients at high risk of serious illness.

China reports 206 new Covid-19 cases

According to Chinese health officials, China reported 206 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus on 25 December. This is an increase from 140 cases the day before.

According to a statement from the National Health Commission, 158 of the new infections were locally transmitted, compared to 87 the day before. Most of the new local cases occurred in the northwestern part of Shaanxi Province.

China reported 29 new asymptomatic cases, which were classified separately from the confirmed cases and increased from 24 the previous day.

There were no new deaths, with 4,636 deaths. As of December 25, there were 101,077 confirmed cases in mainland China.

Dominican Republic reports first Omicron incident

According to the Caribbean Ministry of Health, the Dominican Republic has identified the first case of an Omicron variant of Covid-19.

In a Twitter statement, the ministry said Omicron was identified in a person with mild symptoms who arrived in the country from South Africa.

The ministry also said it was later informed by Chilean authorities that a person traveling to Chile from the Dominican Republic tested positive for Omicron.

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