Suspected Omicron coronavirus case found in Germany

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has probably arrived in Germany, officials in the western state of Hesse said on Saturday, after mutations were found in a passenger arriving from South Africa. “Last night several Omicron-typical mutations were found in a traveller returning from South Africa,” tweeted Kai Klose, social affairs minister in Hesse, homeContinue reading “Suspected Omicron coronavirus case found in Germany”

COVID latest: Germany hits another infection high – DW News

Germany on Wednesday reported record levels of COVID-19 cases as the country faces a virulent fourth wave of the pandemic that has taken hold since late October. The country’s public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute, reported 52,826 new cases of coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, the highest rate registered since the pandemicContinue reading “COVID latest: Germany hits another infection high – DW News”

Germany bans unvaccinated people from hospitality and leisure venues – BBC News

Authorities in some parts of Germany have banned unvaccinated people from bars, restaurants and leisure facilities, as the country battles a fourth wave of Covid. The country has recently recorded its highest Covid infection rates since the pandemic began, with some hospitals already close to capacity.

New coronavirus cases top 50,000 in Germany for the first time

Record comes as coalition hopefuls face criticism for COVID-19 measures to be debated in parliament. New coronavirus cases in Germany topped the 50,000 mark for the first time, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said today, adding pressure on the next government to push through more ambitious containment measures. Germany’s public health body reported 50,196 new cases within theContinue reading “New coronavirus cases top 50,000 in Germany for the first time”

Germany: Record-high number of new coronavirus cases – DW News

Germany reported a record-high number of new coronavirus cases Wednesday. The 39,676 cases registered by the Robert Koch Institute surpassed the previous daily record of 37,120 new cases reported Friday. The institute said Germany’s infection rate rose to 232.1 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days. Several hospitals have said in recentContinue reading “Germany: Record-high number of new coronavirus cases – DW News”

Dutch government tightens coronavirus restrictions amid surging infections

The Netherlands is one of the first Western European countries to bring back restrictions. The Dutch government announced Tuesday it would reimpose restrictive measures to combat the rapid increase of COVID-19 infections. From Friday, COVID passports will be mandatory for sports venues and so-called high-flow spaces, such as amusement parks and museums, and compulsory useContinue reading “Dutch government tightens coronavirus restrictions amid surging infections”

Alabama plans to use Covid relief funds to finance prison-building spree

Decarceration advocates urge lawmakers to consider sentencing reform instead as prisons have seen high rates of Covid outbreaks The southern US state of Alabama, which has the highest death rate from Covid-19 in America, is planning to use Covid relief funds to help construct three large prisons and renovate several others. State lawmakers began a specialContinue reading “Alabama plans to use Covid relief funds to finance prison-building spree”

Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal

After living through three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic without getting sick, 55-year-old Roxana Pascu thought that she was healthy enough to withstand the virus and decided to turn down the vaccine. Now Pascu, who runs a small business, is one of around 1,040 COVID-19 patients currently in intensive care across Romania where cases haveContinue reading “Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal”

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy activates statewide crisis standards of care to help COVID-overwhelmed hospitals

Alaska is activating crisis standards of care for the entire state and bringing in contracted health workers as staff shortages and influx of COVID-19 patients make it difficult for hospitals to operate normally. Gov. Mike Dunleavy and top health officials announced the hospital support on Wednesday, the same day Alaska’s new single-day cases hit another record as the highly infectious deltaContinue reading “Alaska Gov. Dunleavy activates statewide crisis standards of care to help COVID-overwhelmed hospitals”

There Were More Deaths Than Births In Alabama Last Year, A Grim First For The State

In 2020, for the first time in recorded history, more people died in Alabama than were born in the state. “Our state literally shrunk,” Dr. Scott Harris, the state‘s top health official, said at a press briefing last week. The state saw some 64,714 total deaths last year, Harris said, compared with about 57,641 births. Those numbers are preliminary, andContinue reading “There Were More Deaths Than Births In Alabama Last Year, A Grim First For The State”

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