The incidence of infections continues to rise, following the trend that began in recent weeks as a result of the emergence of the omicron variant, and now stands at 2,574 cases after notifying the Ministry of Health this Wednesday 137,180 new infections and 148 deaths from COVID-19. This is a rise of 140 points compared to the previous day.
This Thursday, January 6, the arrival of the Three Kings has filled the Spanish streets with illusion, but the restrictions are still present, although some communities have expanded them. In Catalonia, the Superior Court of Justice has authorized the extension of the curfew and the closure of nightlife venues will continue. Madrid has distanced itself from the general criteria of the rest of the communities and has determined that those under 12 years of age who are in close contact will not have to be quarantined if there are infections in the classrooms.
Likewise, in the middle of the vaccination campaign for the booster dose, one of the novelties is that those under 65 years of age vaccinated with the full schedule who have been infected with COVID-19 will be able to receive the booster dose four weeks after testing positive, as long as the infected person is recovered and six months have passed since the full schedule for those who received Pfizer or Moderna and three months if they were vaccinated with AstraZeneca or Janssen.
While in Europe, with infections also on the rise, Italy has approved mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus for people over 50 years of age, a measure that seeks to relieve hospital pressure and control infections to protect the population.
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In Sports, the controversy of the day is carried out by the tennis player Novak Djokovic. The Australian Government has refused your visa and requires him to leave the country this Thursday as he is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, so he will not be able to play the Australian Open.
ThailandThe authorities raised the alert level against the pandemic on Thursday as a result of the rapid spread of the omicron variant, which opens the door for some restrictions to be restored. The change, from level 3 to 4 (out of a maximum of 5), comes after the strong increase in infections that reached 5,775 in the last 24 hours, almost 50% more than those detected a day before.
What’s more, the 78th Nadal Prize for novels and the 54th Josep Pla Prize for prose in Catalan, convened by the publishing house Destino, will fail this Thursday in an edition that, for the second year in a row, will not have the traditional literary dinner due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Regarding the forecasts for this Thursday, the kings will preside over the traditional Military Easter at the Royal Palace of Madrid. It will be an act marked for the second consecutive year by the pandemic and will have a smaller format than usual.
The Sundance festival has also taken action and the festival organization has decided that this year’s edition will be completely online.
And, coinciding with the arrival of their Majesties from the East, this morning we learned that the Grammy gala, scheduled for January 31 in Los Angeles (California), has been postponed sine die because of the variant of the omicron coronavirus.
Precisely this Wednesday, the arrival of the Magi had to adjust, one more year, to the sanitary circumstances to minimize risks. They paraded in all the cities, but in some they did not throw candy and the public was smaller.
In this way, the incidence already exceeds 2,500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. They are 140 points more than in the previous day.
Good morning and happy Three Kings Day. We begin here the live narration on the latest news related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recall that Health has notified 137,180 new infections detected in the last day. The figure, although still high, has exceeded the record of daily infections registered last Thursday: more than 160,000.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.