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Gravitas: Omicron: Why India is preparing for a big surge – WION

India has reported its biggest surge since June 2021. The Omicron fuelled surge added 10 million new cases worldwide last week. The UK is restricting testing. Lockdown in China’s Xi’an has led to chaos. Palki Sharma brings you the 10 big developments.

Quebec reintroduces 10 p.m. curfew as infection rates skyrocket

The Quebec government will reintroduce a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. starting Dec. 31 as the province battles an explosive rise of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant. “I know we’re all tired, but it’s my responsibility to protect (Quebecers),” said Legault. “(Experts) agree that, in the coming weeks, there is aContinue reading “Quebec reintroduces 10 p.m. curfew as infection rates skyrocket”


Solomon Islands: Rioting over China leaves Honiara in ruins – DW News

More than 100 people have been arrested following days of rioting in the Solomon Islands. Police also found three bodies in a burned out building. Much of the violence has been in the Chinatown district of the capital. Tensions over links with China are largely behind the anger directed against the government.

France to send special forces to Guadeloupe after looting, arson – Al Jazeera

France has sent special police officers to its overseas territory of Guadeloupe. There have been nightly disturbances there, alongside a strike to protest against compulsory COVID-19 passes. Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba has more.

Austria reimposes full lockdown, plans to make COVID vaccines compulsory

Austria to return to complete lockdown as of Monday Has one of western Europe’s lowest vaccination rates Daily infections have continued to set new records Population will be required to get vaccinated from Feb. 1 Austria will become the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full coronavirus lockdown this autumn to tackle aContinue reading “Austria reimposes full lockdown, plans to make COVID vaccines compulsory”

The Netherlands must lift curfew immediately as Hague ruling says government response ‘illegitimate’

A court in The Hague ruled on Tuesday that the current curfew in the Netherlands to stop the spread of COVID-19 should be lifted as it violates freedom of movement and assembly. “The curfew must be lifted immediately,” the court said in a statement, adding that the government abused its emergency powers. “The curfew isContinue reading “The Netherlands must lift curfew immediately as Hague ruling says government response ‘illegitimate’”