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COVID-19. Germany will restrict public life to the unvaccinated

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Faced with the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany will not sit idly by. Coming soon only people who have been vaccinated or known to have recovered from an illness will be able to enter restaurants and attend events. public, cultural and sports.

According to documents to which Reuters had access, this measure should only be applied to those regions of the country where the number of hospitalizations exceeded the limit set by the government.

Saxony, the German state hardest hit by the fourth wave of the pandemic, is even considering partial restraint of freedom, which may include the suspension of games, concerts and football matchesas reported by a German newspaper image

Saxony has the highest infection rate in the country and the lowest vaccination rate. In the last month alone, the number of new daily infections has increased 14-fold.

Michael Kretschmer, President of Saxony, has assured the national parliament that his coalition is “ready to take clear and strict measures” to combat the pandemic situation. The leader said that he still believes that restrictive measures for those without a vaccine are not enough

Germany’s decision was taken the same week that Austria also decided to impose isolation on unvaccinated citizens.

The latest wave of the covid-19 pandemic in Europe comes at a challenging time for Germany, as Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for three parties to negotiate a new form of government after fruitless elections.

This Thursday, the three parties passed a law that empowers the Bundestag (Germany’s parliament) to authorize measures to stop the pandemic. This law will strengthen some of the rules already in force, for example: the obligation to present a vaccination certificate or negative test result on public transport or at the workplace, as well as the mandatory use of masks.

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Some experts believe that the rise in the number of infections in Germany is due to the increase in the number of people living indoors, which is associated with the colder temperatures felt outside.

A covid-19 vaccination committee set up by the German government has already recommended a third dose of vaccine for all residents over the age of 18.

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“Insidious wave” killed a passenger and injured four people during a cruise

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UOne person died and four were injured after a giant wave hit a cruise ship in Antarctica on Wednesday during a storm.

The cruise was bound for Ushuaia, Argentina – the main starting point for expeditions to Antarctica – when the “killer wave incident” occurred, according to a report by cruise line Viking Polaris quoted by CBS News this Friday.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm that a passenger has died as a result of the incident,” Viking Polaris said, noting that he had notified the victim’s family and expressed his “deepest condolences.”

Four other tourists “suffered non-life-threatening injuries” and were treated on board, the company said.

Speaking to WRAL-TV, Susie Gooding, a passenger on the cruise, said the wave’s impact was so “shocking” that passengers wondered if they had hit an “iceberg”.

“Everything was fine until a killer wave hit us and it happened all of a sudden,” Gooding said, adding that no one knew if “equipment needed to be prepared in order to leave the ship.”

Viking Polaris said it was “investigating facts related to this incident.”

Read also: Madeira is recognized as the “Best Cruise Destination in Europe”.

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At least 90% of the world’s population has become immune to Covid, according to WHO.

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BUT The assessment was announced by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a video press conference.

However, Ghebreyesus warned that “gaps in surveillance, testing, sequencing” of the genetics of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 and “in vaccination continue to create ideal conditions for the emergence of a worrying new variant that could cause significant mortality.”

The world-dominant SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variant of concern to Omicron has more than 500 subvariants, all highly contagious and with genetic mutations that make it easier to overcome immune barriers without causing serious disease. WHO.

In total, the covid-19 pandemic has caused 6.6 million deaths globally and about 640 million infections, according to notifications made by countries to the WHO, which noted that the real number is much higher given cases have not always been communicated.

More than 8,500 deaths from covid-19 have been reported in the past week, a number that the WHO director-general deemed “unacceptable after three years of a pandemic” because there are “tools to prevent infections and save lives.” .

Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, discovered in 2019 in China and rapidly spreading around the world, with several variants and sub-variants.

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Villarrica already has a large lava lake and high seismic activity.

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The Villarrica volcano in La Araucanía, Chile, one of the largest in the world, showed signs of an impending eruption last Thursday, and experts recorded a “greater intensity and height of incandescence” that ranged from 80 to 220 meters above sea level. its crater – a few days ago we managed to fly over the volcano and a large lava lake was recorded, the temperature of which reached 1043 degrees. High seismic activity has also been noted. Chile’s National Geological and Mining Service (Sernageomin) has already issued a yellow alert.

In any case, the experts of the Chilean government spoke in detail about the possibility of an eruption. According to Sernageomina, “small explosions are expected inside the crater, the impact of which is limited to an area close to the crater of the volcano.”

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