As Omicron has taken the world by storm, countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and France have reported record-breaking cases of infection.
Hello, and welcome to Al Jazeera’s live blog about the coronavirus pandemic, as the Omicron variant continues to sweep the world.I’m Kate Maybury In Kuala Lumpur.
A quick summary of some recent developments:
- The United States has set a new global daily record of cases, reporting 1,082,549 new cases on Monday After the holiday weekend.
- Britain, France and other European countries are also reporting Record case volume.
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is increasing evidence that Omicron is more contagious, but it can cause Mild symptoms.
The following are the latest updates:
Macron vowed to “trouble” not vaccinated
French President Emmanuel Macron warned French people who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 that their access to key aspects of life will be limited.
“I really want to trouble them,” Macron said in an interview with The Parisian. “We will continue to do this until the end. This is the strategy.”
He added that this would mean “limiting their participation in social life as much as possible.”
The French government is trying to push for legislation to compulsory vaccination from January 15 to enjoy cultural activities, take intercity trains or go to cafes and restaurants.
Rio cancels carnival parade for the second year in a row
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, cancelled its annual carnival street parades and parties for the second year in a row.
The mayor of the city stated that this is because of the threats posed by the increase in COVID-19 cases and the arrival of Omicron variants.
There are usually hundreds of thousands of people participating in such events every year.
Eduardo Paes said in a live webcast: “Street carnival is by its very nature, because it is democratic, it cannot be checked in any form.”
The Rio Samba School’s performance will implement strict health regulations for those watching in the stands.
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