Covid-19: restrictions multiply, pressure on the unvaccinated

One week before Christmas, restrictions are multiplying again across the world in the face of the rise of the Omicron variant, between reestablishing gauges, canceling festivities or closing cultural venues, with increased pressure on non- vaccinated.

Only one month after its identification in South Africa, the Omicron variant has already been identified in nearly 80 country and is progressing dramatically in Europe, where it could become dominant by mid-January, according to the European Commission.

Several countries of the Old Continent have strengthened their sanitary measures in the run-up to the end of the year celebrations.

In Ireland, bars, pubs and restaurants will have to close as soon as 20 H 00 from Sunday until the end of January.

Denmark, which recorded a new all-time record of . 000 cases including 2. 500 from Omicron, will close its theaters, cinemas and concert halls for one month on Sunday and for one month, as well as its amusement parks and museums.

In France, the government has asked town halls to cancel concerts or fireworks scheduled for New Year’s Eve.

On the American continent , Quebec will reinstate gauges in bars, restaurants and stores.

In Asia, South Korea is re-establishing compulsory closing times for cafes, restaurants, cinemas and others this Saturday. public places, and private gatherings are now to be limited to four people.

First travel restrictions also began to fall this weekend.

France is re-establishing as of this Saturday the obligation of “compelling reasons” for travelers coming from and going to the United Kingdom, which recorded for the third consecutive day a new record of contaminations, with 80. 43 case.

Within the European Union itself, certain countries, such as Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Greece, now impose on European travelers, even vaccinated, to present a negative test.

A vaccination center against Covid – 19 in drive-in, on 17 December 2021 in Stuttgart, Germany (AFP – THOMAS KIENZLE) Germany, which on Friday classified France and Denmark as areas of “high risk” infections, will impose a period of unvaccinated travelers from these countries. quarantine. From Sunday, the measure will also apply to travelers coming from Norway, Lebanon and Andorra.

– Pressure on the unvaccinated –

Everywhere, the measures are accompanied by increased pressure against the unvaccinated, up to the point of compulsory vaccination.

Thus, in Los Angeles, as of Saturday, all city ​​employees, police and firefighters included, who have not obtained an exemption for medical or religious reasons, must be vaccinated, under penalty of being placed on administrative leave. According to the services of the town hall, a little more than 20. . 800 of municipal employees, i.e. approximately 52% of the total, were up to date as of this

This vaccination obligation has been strongly contested by certain police officers or firefighters who have tried, so far unsuccessfully, to have the measure suspended by the courts.

According to NBC TV, approximately 80% of Los Angeles police officers are vaccinated against Covid – 19, but more than 2. 500 of them remain reluctant and have applied for an exemption, which will be examined in the coming weeks.

On Friday, a US federal court reinstated the vaccine oligation for employees of large companies, desired by the Biden administration, and which had been suspended in early November by a Texas appeals court. This decision can still be challenged before the Supreme Court.

In Switzerland, from Monday, only vaccinated or cured people will have access to the interior of restaurants, cultural establishments and sports facilities. and leisure activities as well as indoor events.

Vaccination center at a cathedral in Chester, UK on 16 December 2021 (AFP – Paul ELLIS) An obligation which should also come into force at the beginning of the year in France, where the health pass will become a “vaccine pass”, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Friday evening. To enter places subject to this pass (restaurants, places of culture, recreation, etc.), a negative test will no longer be sufficient: it will necessarily be necessary to have been vaccinated (or cured of the Covid) and to have received a booster dose.

– Vaccination of children –

At the same time, vaccination is spreading almost everywhere to children, Brazil having joined other countries which practice it such as Canada , the United States, Israel, Chile, Portugal, Italy and Greece.

In France, the ethics committee (CCNE) voted on Friday in favor of the ‘opening of vaccination every 5 – 10 years, while insisting on leaving the choice to the parents.

Pfizer announced on Friday that it wanted to test a third dose of the anti-Covid vaccine in children under 5, which could lead the company to submit an application for authorization for three doses immediately in this age group next year.

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