More than 19,000 new cases in 24 hours in Switzerland, Federal Council meeting on Friday: the news for December 30

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The Swiss recorded a record number of more than 17,600 positive cases in 24 hours. However, it is not yet “the time” for further measures, according to Alain Berset. “But the next package – with closures – is ready.” Read too: New Year will be without additional restrictions

the municipality of Geneva reviews the quarantine exemptions downwards.
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To the U.S Infections are also breaking records: 265,427 daily cases on an average of seven days. Inside France also, a new record of 208 thousand cases this Wednesday.

Inside Belgiumthe Belgian government took note of its refusal by the courts and reversed its decision to close theaters, cinemas and concert halls.

The “tsunami” of Covid-19 cases poses serious risks to already strained health systems, warns theWHO.

our follow up for the day on Wednesday.

■ Quebec takes action for New Year’s Eve

Quebec on Thursday announced the return of the 10pm-5am night curfew across the province starting on New Year’s Eve. “It’s an extreme gesture because the situation is extreme,” Quebec Prime Minister Francois Legault told a news conference. Private meetings will now be limited to the family bubble.

The curfew will be in effect for an unspecified duration, having previously been imposed from January to late May, in the face of the second wave of coronavirus. Violators risk a fine ranging from 1000 to 6000 dollars (4100 euros).

The restaurant rooms will be closed from Friday. The start of the academic year at schools and universities is postponed to January 17.

■ Geneva announces the temporary suspension of elective surgical procedures

The situation requires, as in March 2020, “a further temporary interruption of surgical interventions that can be postponed for more than three months”, writes the Canton of Geneva in a press release. All interventions will be rescheduled later. Urgent interventions will, from January 3, 2022, be carried out within the framework of cooperation between public hospitals and private clinics, he continues.

In the HUG, despite the reduction of the surgery program, the capacity limits are close to being reached, specifies the canton.

■ Pope cancels visit to the crib in St. Peter’s Square

Pope Francis has canceled his traditional New Year’s visit to the daycare center in St. Peter’s Square due to the risks of contamination induced by such gatherings, the Vatican announced. The sovereign pontiff is usually received by the faithful when he visits the crib on December 31, after presiding over New Year’s Eve and chanting the Te Deum prayer.

■ 19,032 new cases in 24 hours

Switzerland account 19,032 cases additional 24 hours a new record, according to data from the Federal Secretariat of Public Health (OFSP). we deplore 23 deaths additional and 129 hospitalized patients, values ​​that remain within the average of the previous weeks. Seven days ago, the FOPH announced 11,451 cases, 15 deaths and 154 hospitalizations.

In the last 24 hours, the results of 70,116 tests were transmitted. The positivity rate is 27.1%, against 15.7% a week ago. The reproduction rate, which takes about ten days, is 1.10. The Omicron variant represents 65.1% of cases sequenced or examined in laboratories over seven days, with a delay of approximately two weeks.

654 people are currently in intensive care. Covid-19 patients occupy 37.7% of the available places in intensive care, whose occupancy rate is 76%.

A total of 67.17% of the Swiss have already received two doses of the vaccine. Compared to the population over 12 years old (minimum age for vaccination in Switzerland at the moment), the proportion of people fully vaccinated is 76.44%, indicates the FOPH. In addition, 63.64% of people aged 65 and over and 24.14% of the population have already received reinforcement.

■ A Federal Council meeting this Friday

■ Teachers call for coordinated action

In view of the start of the school year on Monday, the German teachers’ union (LCH) calls for coordinated measures to combat Covid-19. The national scrutiny obligation and uniform rules for wearing a mask are to be decided privately, according to LCH President Dagmar Rösler.

These demands have been discussed among teachers since the beginning of the pandemic, both in French-speaking and German-speaking Switzerland, Dagmar Rösler told SRF on Thursday. The fight against the coronavirus would be more effective if each canton did not apply its own measures, she added. These must be coordinated. The discussion about distance education also continues. School closures, however, should only be considered “as a last resort”, as it has been found that many children do not have enough support at home.

■ After Paris, mandatory mask outdoors in Lyon

Wearing a mask outdoors will be mandatory in Lyon from midnight on Thursday, the town hall announced, citing an “extremely worrying” health situation. This obligation will apply “for a period of three weeks” to persons over 11 years of age, except between 2 am and 6 am, the prefecture said in a statement.

■ Fine of up to 1000 euros per employee for French companies that do not respect telework

The Government wants to be able to sanction with an administrative fine of up to 1,000 euros per worker, up to a limit of 50,000 euros, companies that do not play the telework game to fight the Covid-19 epidemic, announced Thursday the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne. , in LCI.

An amendment to the vaccine pass bill will be introduced by the end of the week, those around him said. “We see that most companies play the game very well […] We have some companies that do not, that do not follow the recommendations of the labor inspection and that take advantage of the length of the sanction process to not respect the rules”, he explained.

■ Several countries are reviewing their quarantine rules

The government Italian decided on Wednesday to abolish the ten-day quarantine for vaccinated or cured contact cases of Covid. Those who are not vaccinated will have to continue respecting a ten-day quarantine.

I’Argentinaafter U.S monday, then theSpain, also announced this Wednesday the reduction of the quarantine for people positive for Covid, from 10 to 7 days for people positive for the full vaccination schedule. The country wants to try to minimize the impact on economic activity in the face of a record increase in cases in recent days in a scenario of the presence of the Omicron variant.

For the record, in Genevaquarantine exemption was demoted on wednesday. Until now, a person cured or vaccinated in the last 12 months could be released from quarantine if it was a contact case. As of January 1, you will need to be cured or have received your last dose of the vaccine less than four months ago to be exempt from quarantine.

■ Italy extends the vaccination pass in the face of the Omicron wave

From January 10th, it will be necessary to present the vaccination card in transport, hotels, restaurant terraces, fairs and congresses, as well as in swimming pools and gyms. Until now, to take the train and the plane, it was enough to have a “basic” health pass, which could be obtained thanks to vaccination but also with a negative test. The vaccination pass, baptized in Italy as the “reinforced health pass”, is only obtained with a complete vaccination cycle or after recovery from Covid.

In Italy, the vaccination pass is currently required for certain professional categories, such as healthcare professionals and police officers.

■ A New Year under the sign of covid

Inside Greece music will be banned in bars and restaurants, health minister Thanos Plevris warned in a televised message on Wednesday. Bars and restaurants will close at two in the morning, and from this Thursday until January 16, tables in restaurants will be limited to six people.

Inside France, nightclubs will remain closed on the 31st for a few more weeks. In Paris, as in Athens, drinking establishments on Saturday 1 January and Sunday 2 January will close at 2am. Wearing a mask will again be mandatory outdoors in Paris from Friday.

Inside Germany, where nightclubs will also remain closed for New Year’s Eve, private gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited, even for vaccinated and cured people. For the unvaccinated, the threshold drops to two members of different families.

■ Contamination records

Worldwide, on average, more than 935,000 cases of Covid-19 were detected per day between December 22 and 28, a number not yet reached since the beginning of the pandemic in late 2019, which represents an increase of 37% from the previous week, according to an AFP count taken from official reports. Most new infections are observed in Europe where several countries have registered new daily case records.

More than a million French are currently positive for the coronavirus and 10% of the French population is in contact,” warned French Health Minister Olivier Véran in a gravelly voice in front of the deputies.

Inside Englandmore than 10,000 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19, the first since early March.

The Denmarkcurrently the country in the world with the most new cases of Covid-19 in relation to its population, also broke its record, with 23,228 additional cases in 24 hours.

same thing in Spainstill one of the vaccination champions, with 100,760 new cases identified in 24 hours.

With more than 265,000 daily cases on average for a week, the U.S are also facing record infections, with Omicron as the dominant variant.

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