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Omicron has spread to more countries and face mask rules are back in the UK

The rapidly spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus was detected on Tuesday in many new countries, including Japan. Face masks are again mandated in UK public transport and shops to slow the spread of this new variant.

NS Omicron variant The first detection in South Africa was a “very high” global risk, and the World Health Organization warned the government to accelerate vaccination of high-priority groups. Follow France24 coverage of the event of the day.

  • 13:29 pm Paris Time: Putin demands “action plan” for Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to prepare an action plan within next week to fight the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Putin said it was important to maintain a supply of drugs, oxygen and beds.

“We need to constantly monitor the effectiveness of tests and vaccines in order to use clear algorithms to reduce the spread of the infection,” he said.

Russia has not yet reported a case of Omicron, but suffered the worst month for Covid-19 in October and was forced to close its nationwide workplace for a week at the beginning of November.

On Tuesday, the Russian Coronavirus Task Force reported 33,860 new cases and 1,209 deaths in the last 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, it has recorded more than 9.6 million Covid-19 infections and 275,193 deaths.

The Russian Sputnik V vaccine is still awaiting approval by the World Health Organization.

  • 13:20 pm Paris time: UK enforces face mask again

The UK remandated the wearing of face masks in stores and public transport on Tuesday to curb the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

However, some retailers, despite their support for this measure, have stated that they will not force their customers to do so for fear of abuse of their staff.

“What I don’t do is ask my store colleagues to call the police for people who refuse to follow the rules. They are already working under great pressure, especially in the busiest trading month of the year. That’s when it hits, “the director of the Icelandic supermarket chain told the BBC Radio.

The UK Retail Consortium’s Industry Lobby Group states that enforcement of face covers must remain an obligation of the authorities, not retailers.

  • 11:57 AM Paris time: 42 Omicron cases confirmed in 10 EU countries

The head of the European Union’s public health agency has announced that 42 cases of Omicron mutation have been identified in 10 EU countries.

At an online meeting, Andrea Ammon, chair of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), has analyzed six more “potential” cases, with confirmed cases being mild or asymptomatic. I pointed out that.

  • 11:39 AM Paris Time: Omicron was found in the Netherlands before a South African flight

A new rapidly spreading Omicron variant was detected in Netherlands The National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said Tuesday that it was the first to accuse the November 26 flight from South Africa of bringing the mutated coronavirus into the country, a week earlier than previously thought. ..

“Omicron coronavirus variants were found in two test samples taken on November 19th and 23rd,” he said. “It is not yet clear if these people have visited southern Africa.”

According to RIVM, at least 14 people arriving in the Netherlands on November 26 on two flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town were carrying the new variant.

  • 11:30 am Paris time: EU may approve jabs tailored to Omicron “in 3-4 months”

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it could approve vaccines targeting the omicron variant of the coronavirus within 3-4 months if needed, but existing injections will continue to provide protection.

“If you need to change an existing vaccine, you may be able to get approval within three to four months,” EMA Managing Director Emer Cooke told the European Parliament.

“Companies that adapt their prescriptions to include new sequencing (…) need to show that the production system works. Next, to make sure it actually works, some We need to do clinical trials. “

  • 11:20 am Paris time: EU urges members to enhance detection of coronavirus mutations

European Union Health Commissioner Stella Kiriyakides urged Member States to support efforts to detect mutations in the coronavirus in a letter sent to the Minister of Health.

“Certain member states are far behind in this important aspect,” she wrote.

The first Omicron variant found in southern Africa is currently identified in several European countries, but the spread is tracked because various countries have not performed sufficient genomic sequencing of positive samples. That is difficult.

  • 11:10 am Paris time: Norway encourages the general public to wear a face mask

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støleon has called on the public to wear face masks on public transport and other crowded areas amid a surge in new coronavirus infections.

He also urged the municipality to accelerate the drive to give booster shots to all adults, saying “the blockage can be avoided”.

Norway ended all domestic coronavirus regulations in September, but recent opposition parties have called on the government to take action to prevent the spread of the virus and avoid severe social blockades.

  • 10:30 am Paris time: Moderna states that existing vaccines will fight Omicron

so Interview with the Financial TimesStephane Bancel, head of U.S. vaccine maker Moderna, said data on the efficacy of current vaccines will be available in the next two weeks, but scientists are not optimistic.

“All the scientists I’ve talked to … are like’this wouldn’t be good’,” he said, with a “material decline” in the current effectiveness of jabs on Omicron. He added that there would be.

Researchers are concerned that 32 of the 50 mutations found in the Omicron variant were in pesplomers, which are part of the virus that the vaccine uses to strengthen the immune system against Covid-19, Bansel said. He said he was doing it.

Moderna has already stated that it is working on Omicron-specific vaccines, similar to US pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

CEO Vansel said his company could provide doses of 2 to 3 billion in 2022, but would move all production to Omicron-specific shots while other virus strains are still in circulation. Said it was dangerous.

  • 9:30 am Paris time: China states that Omicron will bring a “challenge” to the Winter Olympics

China Omicron variants warn that they pose a challenge to hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics in February next year.

“I think it will definitely lead to issues related to prevention and management,” said Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • 9am Paris time: Japan confirms first case of Omicron variant

Japan confirmed the first case of an omicron coronavirus variant the day after authorities announced a new Covid border restriction.

This case was flagged during a routine examination at an airport where a man in his thirties who traveled from Namibia to Japan tested positive for Covid-19.

The man is currently isolated in a medical facility.

on Monday, Japan tightened border rulesFor fear of newly discovered variants, ban all new aliens from arriving in the country.

Japan recorded slightly over 18,300 coronavirus deaths during a pandemic

First published on France24

Omicron has spread to more countries and face mask rules are back in the UK

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