Covid-19: Omicron advances through Europe and forces
Travel from the UK to France will be limited mainly to French citizens and residents and their families, although some exceptions have been included for students and certain professionals such as doctors, who have work-related reasons for entering the country.
The emergence of Omicron, identified by South African scientists in November, has led many countries to impose travel restrictions. Omicron has dozens of mutations that scientists think could make it more contagious than previous variants and more capable of evading immune protection provided by vaccines or previous infections.
France will seek to curb the Omicron variant of Covid-19 with
Paris, Dec 22 (EFE) – The French government considers that the epidemic situation is “critical” by the explosion of infections due to the variant Omicron, but will not take new measures at least until next Monday, and the criterion for taking them will be the pressure on hospitals.
“The situation is critical,” said Wednesday the spokesman of the Executive, Gabriel Attal, who at the end of the Council of Ministers justified this adjective because the pressure in hospitals is increasing, with more than 16,076 people hospitalized and 3,096 in intensive care.
“We have evaluated the situation and we will do it again on Monday”, he underlined in response to repeated questions about possible confinements, curfews or closures of establishments such as bars or restaurants.
He specified that the criterion that will determine everything will be the pressure in the hospitals. What they are observing in particular, both in France and in other countries where the omicron wave is more advanced, such as the United Kingdom, is whether the explosion of cases has an equivalent impact on hospitalizations.
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Global stock markets struggle to regain momentum amid uncertainty over Omicron variant08:00 Health authorities in France have confirmed Thursday the first case of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 on its mainland, that of a man who tested positive after arriving by plane from Nigeria.
The authorities have identified all possible contacts of the couple, who remain isolated in their own home. A third person, who is also unvaccinated and lives in the same house, has already been tested, the agency said in a statement.
For days, U.S. health officials have said the new variant – first detected in South Africa and announced on Nov. 25 – was probably already in the United States, as dozens of other countries also detected its arrival.
10:00 The World Health Organization (WHO) agreed Wednesday to begin negotiations on an international pact to prevent and control future pandemics, as the world prepares to combat the new omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Faced with the Omicron variant, France is toughening the
“The greater the growth advantage of omicron over delta and the greater its circulation in the EU/EEA, the shorter the expected time until omicron causes the majority of SARS-CoV-2 infections.”
“We have monitored these reinfections for the beta variant and for delta, and we have not seen an increase in reinfections above what we expect when the strength of infection changes, when the variant is stopped. However, we have seen an increase in omicron,” Gottberg explained.
Tighter restrictions are likely to be agreed, many of which are aimed at unvaccinated people. The goal is to reduce infection rates and relieve pressure on intensive care wards.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser, said Wednesday that following the emergence of the variant of the omicron coronavirus it remains safe for Americans to travel and that he would not recommend anything different from previous guidance on the issue.