global pandemic update

published on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 6 a.m.

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– Third evening of unrest in the Netherlands –

Unrest erupted in the Netherlands on Sunday evening for the third night in a row, with the number of arrests over the three days of protests against anti-Covid measures rising to 145, police and local media said.

Fifteen people were arrested in Rosendaal (near the Belgian border), local police said, after demonstrators started a fire at a primary school – which has meanwhile been extinguished according to local media – set a car on fire and threw powerful people fireworks.

Protesters also fired fireworks and caused extensive damage in the towns of Enschede (east, near the border with Germany), Groningen, Leeuwarden in the north and Tilburg in the south.

– Clashes during a demonstration in Brussels –

Clashes erupted on Sunday during a demonstration against the new anti-Covid measures in Brussels, which brought together tens of thousands of people.

The Belgian march started peacefully but the police then used water cannons and tear gas in front of a group of people throwing projectiles, noted an AFP photographer.

The latter saw at least two police officers injured during the clashes, when a riot unit, supported by the water cannon, charged the crowd. A protester was also evacuated by ambulance, according to the same source.

– Demonstration in Austria –

In Austria, around 6,000 people, according to the police, demonstrated peacefully on Sunday afternoon in Linz (north) against the government’s anti-Covid measures, the day after a massive mobilization in Vienna which had attracted 40,000 protesters.

– Reinforcements in Guadeloupe –

The French department of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, welcomed on Sunday police reinforcements from the metropolis to deal with violence originating from the challenge of the vaccination obligation of caregivers, which degenerated into a social crisis of magnitude.

These reinforcements participated in the dismantling of barricades. But the continuation of “urban violence, abuses and other obstacles to movement” led the rectorate to suspend the reception of students in schools, colleges and high schools on Monday.

– France: “dazzling” rise of the 5th wave –

The current progression of the 5th wave of Covid-19 in France is “dazzling”, warned Gabriel Attal, government spokesman on Sunday, however weighing “elements that can worry us and elements that can make us confident “.

On an average calculated over 7 days, the number of daily cases has almost doubled in one week, to 17,153 on Saturday, against 9,458 the previous Saturday.

– Third dose of vaccine for Putin –

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Sunday evening that he had received a third dose of the anti-Covid vaccine, as Russia is facing a serious epidemic wave against the backdrop of a sluggish vaccination.

– Bayern: salary reduction for unvaccinated players –

Bayern Munich has decided to reduce the salaries of unvaccinated players placed in isolation, such as Joshua Kimmich, quarantined a second time after coming into contact with infected people, the Sunday edition of the daily Bild assured.

– More than 5.1 million dead –

The new coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 5,144,573 worldwide since the end of 2019, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources on Sunday in the middle of the day.

The United States is the most affected country, with 771,118 deaths, ahead of Brazil (612,587), India (465,662), Mexico (292,372) and Russia (264,095).

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the overall toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that calculated from official figures .


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