AFP, published on Monday, December 27, 2021 at 8:08 p.m.
New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– Nearly 2,500 flights canceled on Monday –
Nearly 2,500 flights were still canceled by airlines across the world on Monday, with the Omicron variant disrupting travel during the holidays with pilots and crew members sick or in quarantine.
According to the latest report from the Flightaware site on Monday at 5:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. GMT), these disturbances mainly concerned China, Indonesia and the United States (a quarter of the total).
Flightaware had already recorded nearly 8,000 cancellations during the Christmas weekend.
– China: new turn of the screw in Xi’an –
The Chinese city of Xi’an (north) on Monday promised to impose the “strictest” measures against the risk of an epidemic, after the detection of several hundred cases of Covid.
The thirteen million inhabitants of this city have been forced to stay at home since Thursday, with the right to go out only once every three days for supplies.
The city, which reported 150 additional cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the total to around 650 since December 9, has also imposed a driving ban on private vehicles.
– France: new restrictions –
French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Monday a series of measures to try to stem the meteoric spread of the virus, in particular the time limit for the injection of the booster dose, reduced to three months after the previous dose.
Gatherings will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors. Standing consumption will be prohibited in cafes and bars from January 3.
After the holidays, telecommuting will be mandatory at least three days a week when possible.
New isolation rules for patients and their contacts will be announced by the end of the week, while the current provisions raise fears of a possible paralysis of the country with the multiplication of work stoppages.
France recorded more than 100,000 cases on Saturday, a record.
– Record cases in Greece, Denmark, Iceland –
Greece, which recorded a record number of cases (9,284) on Monday, will close restaurants and bars at midnight from January 3 and will only allow tables of six people, the health ministry announced on Monday. People in companies and public administrations must also switch to 50% teleworking.
24-hour case records were also announced in Denmark (16,164) and Iceland (672).
In Norway, the new Omicron variant is now the majority in the capital, Oslo.
– English football: 103 positive in the Premier League –
The Premier League announced Monday that it had identified 103 positive cases for Covid-19 among the twenty clubs in the English 1st division between December 20 and 26, a figure never reached since the start of tests in 2020.
– Nearly 5.4 million deaths worldwide –
In absolute terms, the United States is the most affected country with 816,610 deaths, followed by Brazil (618,448), India (479,997) and Russia (305,155).
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.