Coronavirus: What’s occurring in Canada and all over the world on Sunday

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Austria ended lockdown restrictions for vaccinated individuals throughout many of the nation on Sunday, three weeks after reimposing strict guidelines to fight a rising wave of coronavirus infections.

The foundations, which fluctuate by area inside the nation, largely enable for the reopening of theatres, museums and different cultural and leisure venues on Sunday. Retailers will observe on Monday.

Some areas are reopening eating places and inns on Sunday, whereas others will wait till later within the month. In all circumstances, there can be an 11 p.m. curfew for eating places, and masks will nonetheless be required on public transit and inside shops and public areas.

Chancellor Karl Nehammer final week known as the transfer an “opening with a seatbelt,” giving every of Austria’s 9 areas the power to loosen or tighten restrictions based mostly on the native scenario.

Unvaccinated individuals will nonetheless be topic to the lockdown restrictions and may stay at house for all however a handful of particular causes, corresponding to shopping for groceries, going to the physician or exercising.

A protester wears a hat spiked with syringes studying ‘Peace — Freedom — Self-Rule’ throughout an indication in opposition to the Austrian authorities’s COVID-19 measures in Graz on Sunday. (Erwin Scheriau/APA/AFP/Getty Photographs)

Because the begin of the lockdown, new case numbers have plummeted within the small Alpine nation. On Friday, Austria reported 367.5 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, down from 1,102.4 on the primary day of the lockdown in November.

Nevertheless, hospitalizations from the virus haven’t dropped as sharply as new case numbers. There are presently 567 coronavirus sufferers in intensive-care items throughout the nation, solely barely down from 572 on the primary day of the lockdown final month.

Austrian officers have careworn that top charges of vaccination are essential to regulate the virus. Simply 67.7 per cent of the inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated, a comparatively low fee for western Europe, and the federal government has launched measures to place growing strain on unvaccinated people to get the vaccine.

Amongst these measures are a national vaccine mandate, which can go into impact in February for all residents aged 14 and over. Those that don’t comply will face fines of as much as 3,600 euros (about $5,200 Cdn).

Tens of hundreds of individuals have protested throughout the nation in current weeks, each in opposition to the lockdown restrictions and the approaching vaccine mandate. Police mentioned a Saturday demonstration within the capital metropolis, Vienna, drew 44,000 individuals.

— The Related Press, final up to date at 9:45 a.m. ET

What’s occurring throughout Canada

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What’s occurring all over the world

A Palestinian medical employee vaccinates a person in opposition to COVID-19 in Khan Younis, within the southern Gaza Strip, on Sunday. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

As of Sunday morning, greater than 269.8 million circumstances of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College’s monitoring device. The reported demise toll has surpassed 5.3 million.

Greater than half a billion individuals globally have been pushed into excessive poverty final yr as they paid for well being prices out of their very own pockets through the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Well being Group and the World Financial institution mentioned on Sunday.

The pandemic disrupted well being companies globally and triggered the worst financial disaster for the reason that Nineteen Thirties, making it much more tough for individuals to pay for well being care, in accordance with a joint assertion from each organizations.

Within the Asia-Pacific area, Australia mentioned on Sunday it’ll shorten the wait time for individuals to obtain a COVID-19 booster to 5 months, following an increase in circumstances of the omicron variant. Australia had beforehand mentioned it could provide the booster to everybody over 18 who had had their second dose of the vaccine six months earlier.

A flight crew member and a traveller arrive on the worldwide terminal at Sydney Airport final month. Australia is shortening the wait time for individuals to obtain a COVID-19 booster. (Loren Elliott/Reuters)

Within the Americas, america on Sunday was approaching 800,000 coronavirus-related deaths. The nation has misplaced extra lives to the virus this yr than in 2020, whilst vaccines turned broadly and freely out there, because of the extra contagious delta variant and other people refusing to get inoculated in opposition to COVID-19.

Roughly 60 per cent of the U.S. inhabitants has been absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, CDC knowledge confirmed. The deaths this yr have been principally in unvaccinated sufferers, well being consultants say.

In Europe, the variety of registered COVID-19 circumstances in Russia now exceeds 10 million, knowledge from the federal government’s coronavirus job confirmed on Sunday. Nevertheless, the most recent wave of the pandemic has misplaced its momentum, and the variety of new circumstances and deaths is declining.

Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya Analysis Institute that produced the Sputnik V vaccine, mentioned 10 days could be sufficient to check the effectivity of Russia’s hottest vaccine in opposition to the omicron variant, RIA information company reported on Sunday.

Within the Center East, Israeli researchers mentioned on Saturday they discovered {that a} three-shot course of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine supplied important safety in opposition to the brand new omicron variant.

The findings have been much like these introduced by BioNTech and Pfizer earlier within the week, which have been an early sign that booster pictures could possibly be key to guard in opposition to an infection from the newly recognized variant.

In Africa, South Africa on Saturday reported 17,154 new COVID-19 circumstances and an extra 36 deaths.

— From Reuters, The Related Press and CBC Information, final up to date at 9:45 a.m. ET

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