Today, Sunday, the number of new infections with the Corona virus (Covid-19) approached 350 million, and while the mutant “Omicron” continues to spread at a rapid pace, thousands protested in Germany, France and Sweden against compulsory vaccination and precautionary measures, while the Prime Minister canceled New Zealand’s wedding ceremony due to new restrictions.
And the Worldometer website, which specializes in monitoring statistics on the outbreak of the epidemic in countries of the world, said that the number of injuries this morning, Sunday at 04:00 GMT, reached 349 million and 916 thousand and 93 injuries, while the number of deaths reached 5 million and 533 thousand and 665 deaths. .
The World Health Organization estimates that the total number of deaths may be 2-3 times higher, taking into account the increased number of deaths as a result of the epidemic.
Injuries and indications
In the United States, the country that leads the number of injuries and deaths in the world, injuries are approaching the 72 million mark, where the latest statistics indicate that 71,728,557 injuries were recorded, while the deaths amounted to 888,623 deaths.
According to followers, cases of coronavirus infection in the United States increased yesterday, Saturday, by 0.8%.
The increase at the national level in the number of cases came above the average daily increase of 1.1% during the past week.
California recorded the largest number of confirmed cases at 7.62 million, an increase of 0.6% over the same period the previous day.
As for the state of Michigan, it recorded the largest number of deaths during the past 24 hours.
And in Russia, the sixth country in the global infection rate, the authorities announced a record number of Corona virus infections for the second day in a row.
Yesterday, Saturday, the health authorities counted 57,212 new injuries, after they recorded 49,513 injuries on Friday.
Demonstrations and protests
This comes at a time when thousands of people demonstrated in Germany yesterday, Saturday, against the Corona measures and the planned compulsory vaccinations.
In the northern city of Schwerin, the police said that about 1,100 people participated in a demonstration organized on the basis of a rallying call, and the police also said that more than a thousand people demonstrated peacefully against the government’s anti-Corona policy in Stuttgart in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg. Offenbach, in the state of Hesse, central Germany.
In neighboring France, opponents of the vaccination certificate demonstrated in the streets of a number of cities yesterday, Saturday, two days before its adoption, calling for “freedom” and denouncing the “apartheid” imposed – according to their views – by the government between vaccinated and non-vaccinated.
The Ministry of the Interior said that Paris witnessed 4 demonstrations, in which about 5,200 people participated, most of them supporters of the far-right presidential candidate Florian Philippot.
Many of the demonstrators against the strengthening of restrictions targeting the unvaccinated were not wearing masks, at a time when they waved French flags and carried banners reading “Freedom”, “Truth” and “No to Apartheid.” “.
As of Monday, all adults 16 years and older will have to prove that they have received the full vaccination to attend recreational activities, enter restaurants, bars and fairs, and use public transportation between provinces. Only carrying a negative test result will suffice to enter health facilities.
For their part, a few thousand quietly demonstrated in Stockholm and Göteborg, Sweden’s second largest city, to protest against the certificate of vaccination against Covid-19.
Cancellation and Restrictions
In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday that she had canceled her wedding as new restrictions were imposed to slow the spread of the mutated Omicron strain of the Corona virus in society.
New Zealand will impose the use of masks, and will limit gatherings from midnight on Sunday, after 9 cases of the mutated Omicron strain of the Corona virus were proven to transmit the disease from the northern to southern islands.
Ardern said that New Zealand will tighten measures within the framework of protection against Covid-19 with greater use of masks, and not allow more than 100 people in hospitality and events held in closed places such as weddings, or 25 people if places do not use vaccine permits.
“My wedding will not take place,” she told reporters, adding that she regretted anyone who had the same circumstances.
In the Arab world, the Tunisian Ministry of Health announced that 10,031 people have been infected with the new Corona virus, and 10 cases have died during the past 24 hours.
And the Tunisian Ministry of Health stated – in a statement today, Sunday – that 30,462 laboratory analyzes were carried out, with positive analyzes recorded at 32.93%.
This comes at a time when it was decided to postpone the annual summit of the League of Arab States at the level of leaders, which was scheduled to be held next March 22 in Algeria due to the epidemic, for the third year in a row, according to what was announced by the Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Hossam Zaki.
Vaccines and efficacy
In a context related to vaccines and their effectiveness, Pfizer CEO Albert Borla said yesterday, Saturday, that the annual vaccination with an anti-Covid-19 vaccine would be better than obtaining repeated booster doses to combat the pandemic.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 has been shown to be effective against severe illness and death in the case of a highly infectious omicron mutant, but is less effective in preventing infection.
With the escalation of infections, some countries have expanded programs for revitalizing Covid-19 doses, or shortened the intervals between doses, at a time when governments are rushing to strengthen protection for their citizens.
In an interview with the Israeli “N12 News” channel, Borla was asked if he supports booster doses every 4 to 5 months on a periodic basis, and he replied, “This would not be a good scenario. What I hope is that we have a vaccine that you receive once a year.”
“Once a year, it’s easier to convince people to do. It’s easier for people to remember,” he added.