76 fresh COVID-19 cases in Erode district

Erode district on Thursday reported 76 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,05,999. While 67 persons were discharged, 849 persons continue to be under treatment.

One person died, raising the toll to 695.

In Salem, 43 positive cases were reported. In Namakkal, 48 cases were reported.

Portugal, one of the world’s most vaccinated nations, has reimposed some restrictions to stop a surge in Covid-19 cases, ordering all passengers flying into the country, even those fully inoculated, to show a negative test on arrival.

“It doesn’t matter how successful the vaccination was, we must be aware we are entering a phase of greater risk,” Prime Minister Antonio Costa told a news conference today.

“We have seen significant growth (in cases) in the EU and Portugal is not an island.”

Mr Costa has also announced those fully vaccinated must also present a negative coronavirus test to enter nightclubs, bars, large events and care homes, and reimposed mandatory mask-wearing in indoor spaces

Czech government bans Christmas markets

Candles at Prague Castle earlier this year to commemorate victims of the pandemic
The Czech government has ordered bars and clubs to close at 10pm and has banned Christmas markets in an attempt to stem one of the world’s highest coronavirus infection rates.

The new restrictions also include a maximum attendance of 1,000 people at culture and sports events, stopping short of the sweeping lockdowns in neighbouring Austria and Slovakia, where infection rates are even higher.

The Czechs registered more than 25,000 new cases, a record, on Tuesday, and an average of 1,516 daily Covid-19 cases per million population over the past week, the third highest in the world behind Slovakia and Austria, according to Our World in Data.

The limits on pubs and events come on top of earlier restrictions that already bar people who have not been vaccinated or recovered from Covis-19 from places including pubs, restaurants, cinemas, hairdressers and gyms.

German death toll passes 100,000

Germany announced record coronavirus fatalities and infections today as its total death toll passed 100,000, with its most severe virus wave yet swelling just as a new government prepares to replace Angela Merkel’s coalition.

Europe’s largest economy recorded 351 Covid fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll since the start of the pandemic to 100,119, in what Bild daily called a “grim milestone”.

Germany is in a phase of exponential growth in numbers of coronavirus cases, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, adding that every day counted when it came to enacting social distancing measures designed to slow its spread.

Some of outgoing conservative chancellor’s allies have criticised Social Democrat Olaf Scholz’s government-in-waiting for declining to extend some lockdown measures that were put in place by Ms Merkel’s government.

Ms Merkel said more social distancing measures were needed.

Germany last week began requiring people to prove they are vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19 or have recently tested negative for the virus before they can travel on public transport or enter workplaces.

Lake Koenigssee tours are stopped on the first day of a regional lockdown in Berchtesgaden
Several of the worst-hit areas have gone further, cancelling large events like Christmas maraccinated from bars, gyms and leisure facilities.

Germany’s Covid-19 crisis has in part been blamed on its relatively low vaccination rate of about 69%, compared to other Western European countries such as France, where it is 75%.

Dutch health experts advise tighter lockdown against Covid-19 surge

Dutch health experts have advised the government to close restaurants and non-essential stores by 5pm as part of tighter lockdown measures to slow the spread of Covid-19, national broadcaster NOS has reported.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to announce new measures to slow new infections, which are currently at record highs, tomorrow.

Some hospitals have halted chemotherapy treatments and organ transplants to free up intensive care beds for a surging number of Covid-19 patients, an official said.

The Dutch Hospital Association for Critical Care said it had asked Health Minister Hugo de Jonge to escalate the national Covid-19 plan to a stage under which regular care requiring an overnight stay would be cancelled.

The number of coronavirus patients in hospital has hit levels not seen since early May, and experts have warned that hospitals will reach full capacity in little more than a week if the virus is not contained.

 

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Erode district on Thursday reported 76 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,05,999. While 67 persons were discharged, 849 persons continue to be under treatment. One person died, raising the toll to 695. In Salem, 43 positive cases were reported. In Namakkal, 48 cases were reported. Portugal, one of the world’s most vaccinated nations,…

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