The health authorities of the Netherlands have confirmed this Sunday lthe presence of at least 13 cases of the new omicron variant among the 61 passengers that tested positive last Friday after landing at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on two flights from South Africa.
The Institute of Public Health (RIVM) is analyzing this weekend the samples collected from 61 of the 624 passengers who arrived on Friday from Johannesburg and Cape Town, although the investigation of the other positive tests continues so that the cases of the new variant you can increase
Spain will require a negative Sars CoV-2 test for all travelers from high-risk countries – currently Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe – carried out no later than 72 hours before entry regardless of whether they are vaccinated.
In addition, it will only allow from next December 1 the entry of people from the United Kingdom with a vaccination certificate and not as before with negative diagnostic tests for COVID-19 or having overcome the disease, due to the appearance of new variants of the virus.
Precisely this Sunday the United Kingdom has detected two cases with the variant from southern Africa, baptized as omicron. The first was detected this Friday in Belgium.
This weekend they have released a ‘COVID passport’ in Navarra and Galicia to enter special bars and discos and for restaurants with a certain capacity.
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Germany. The federal state of Bavaria calls for national restrictions and joins the experts’ recommendation to impose vaccination mandatory, given the maximum incidence that has been registered for weeks and after confirming three cases of the omicron variant in Germany.
“Regional restrictions are not enough to contain the fourth wave,” said Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder.
The Generalitat suspended this obligation, which was scheduled to come into force three days ago, due to the collapse of the computer system to obtain the passport.
The president of the Catalan Generalitat, Pere Aragonèss, assures that during this week the obligation to show the COVID passport to enter certain establishments and events will be in force again.
“# ForaDePlató | Pere Aragonès guarantees that the covid passport obligation will be in force again this week. @perearagones @OriolNolis #RTVELaQueQuieres👉 https://t.co/UTjNBUvaSy pic.twitter.com/Bd5u8RLa6G“
– RTVE News (@rtvenoticies) November 29, 2021
New Zealand It will relax its restrictions later this week, as planned, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has announced.
Aragon data. Public Health reports 241 infections corresponding to this Sunday, 127 less than the previous day but 107 more than the same day of the previous week, with no deaths in the last 24 hours.
Six cases of the omicron variant detected in Scotland, according to the BBC. To our knowledge, it is the first case in the United Kingdom, which was the first country to suspend flights with South Africa and other countries in the south of the African continent.
“Asked if a case of the omicron variant has been detected in Spain, the Government spokesperson responds: “Our country is safe (…) Spain is the country with the least impact. There is no confirmed case” https: // t .co / W2XU5eYbgg#LHIsabelRodríguez pic.twitter.com/cCNOUFwIVR“
– The Hour of the 1 (@LaHoraTVE) November 29, 2021
We go with other matters.
The BOE publishes a new order today for which a 10-day quarantine for travelers coming from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The rule will be extended for the next 14 calendar days, with the option of an extension if the circumstances that led to it continue.
Rodríguez believes that make health measures and consumption compatible at Christmas “To have a Christmas that the affected economic sectors as well as all of us deserve from a personal point of view, but with prevention measures that have been successful: vaccination and mask.”
“The situation of last Christmas to this one has nothing to do with it. We are going to accelerate towards the third dose and learn to live with this new reality.”
The Government is going to “work” so that the Spaniards who are in South Africa and other affected countries can “return home” complying with “all the protocols”.
The government spokeswoman insists on sending a message of “tranquility.”
Rodríguez: “We speak with the European authorities, we will make decisions in the Council of Ministers tomorrow and we have taken them this weekend, with different orders and resolutions. We are acting with rigor, absolute speed and in cooperation with the European level.” At the moment the only measures in force are the flight restrictions announced last Friday.
“At this time there is no confirmed case in our country of this variant.”
Isabel rodriguez, Minister Government Spokesperson, assures in La Hora de La 1 of TVE that “Spain is insurance” and has “less impact” of coronavirus because we have “taken the measures, vaccinated and prevention, with the use of masks.”
Philippines announces the suspension of the opening of borders without quarantine to vaccinated tourists that was going to come into force on December 1, due to the new variant.
The WHO calls on countries to implement “mitigation plans” to maintain medical services in the event of a possible increase in cases. “COVID-19 cases and infections are to be expected in vaccinated people, although in a small and predictable portion, “he adds in his technical recommendations, according to Reuters.
The French President, Emmanuel Macron, communicates on Twitter that you have received a reminder of the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine. France has opened the possibility of receiving the third dose to all those over 18 years of age.
“Vaccination booster ✅ Flu shot ✅“
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 29, 2021
More about the WHO technical report. “Omicron has a new set of unprecedented mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic.”
Fauci considered that it is “inevitable” that the new variant reaches the US and asked to be prepared for when that happens.
USA. The president of United States, Joe Biden, met this Sunday when you return from your vacation with your medical advisor, Anthony Fauci, and with the White House response team to the pandemic to address the situation arising from the omicron variant
Economic consequences. The OPEC + countries do not plan for the moment to change their strategy due to the appearance of the new variant.
“The appearance of new strains gives rise to analysis (on their impact on oil demand) in the market, because different restrictive measures can be taken by the governments of different countries, it is necessary to see how the situation will develop”, he said. the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Alexandr Novak.
In a technical report, the WHO considers that “the possibility of a further expansion of the omicron variant globally is very high.”
WHO also urges its 194 member countries to accelerate vaccination among priority groups (elderly, health and vulnerable people).
The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledges that, depending on the characteristics of the omicron variant, “there may be future spikes of COVID-19, which could have severe consequences.”
China has administered 9.15 million doses of vaccines as of November 28, for a total of 2.4 billion doses.
Dutch police have detained a couple, a Spanish and a Portuguese, who left the hotel where they were in quarantine and they wanted to travel to Spain. They were arrested aboard the plane.
Economic consequences. The Tokyo Stock Exchange closed with a decrease of 1.63% in its main indicator, the Nikkei, due to concerns about the spread of the new variant.
Switzerland detects first probable case of omicron variant. Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark have already detected it in Europe.
The American Pharmacist Modern, creator of one of the most widely used vaccines against COVID-19, believes that the development of a new injection will be possible adapted to the omicron variant by early 2022.
“If we have to create a completely new vaccine, that will be in early 2022,” Moderna’s chief medical officer, Paul Burton, assured this Sunday in an interview on the BBC.
The world is shielded against the omicron variant, whose risks have not yet been determined. The Government of Japan once again vetoes the entry of foreigners, as Israel has already done.
Health reported 9,912 cases and 24 deaths with COVID-19 last Friday compared to the previous day. The official count in Spain reaches 87,955 deaths and the cases registered since the beginning of the pandemic amount to 5,131,012.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.