Virus passes encourage vaccinations
It’s shot after shot in Canada after Quebec’s first-dose vaccination dates quadrupled when the Canadian province asked for vaccination passes to buy alcohol and marijuana.
Quebec announced the new rules Thursday when there were an average of 1,500 appointments for the first dose, the Montreal Gazette reported. According to Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube, there were 6,000 first dose appointments on Friday.
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The new rules require a Covid-19 vaccination to enter the state-run locations of the Societe des alcools du Quebec (SAQ) and the Societe quebecoise du Cannabis (SQDC) from January 18. More than 78% of the people in Quebec are noisy. fully vaccinated data from the Canadian government. That’s a higher percentage than any US state.
In Mexico, US company Moderna donated 2.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday when the official death toll in that country exceeded 300,000.
Mexico passed 300,000 test-confirmed coronavirus deaths this week, but so little testing is done in the country that a state review of death certificates puts the actual number at nearly 460,000. Mexican officials hailed the shipment at the airport in Toluca, west of Mexico City, and said the vaccines would be used to vaccinate teachers.
Teachers in Mexico ranked second, after only health care workers who were vaccinated in the spring.
Over 2.7 million teachers received initial admissions in April and May. But most of them received the Chinese single-dose cansino vaccine, the effectiveness of which seems to decrease over time. Mexico has now received over 200 million vaccine doses and is trying to reopen personal learning at all levels.
In other Covid-19 developments in the world, the Australian state of New South Wales reported 16 deaths over the weekend on its deadliest day of the pandemic, although rules were relaxed to allow some key workers to return to work in isolation if they are asymptomatic.
Just over 30,000 new cases have been reported in Australia’s most populous state, forcing these people to join more than 200,000 others in isolation.
Statistics are not kept to determine how many of these are key workers in the food and manufacturing sectors. However, some employers say that up to half of their workers have been given leave after coming into contact with a positive case.
Shoppers have reported empty shelves in many supermarkets due to the impact of the Omicron outbreak on food processing and supply chains.
The rule change applies in agriculture to biosecurity and food safety personnel who take on critical tasks; in manufacturing through to the manufacture of food, beverages, groceries, cleaning and hygiene products; and in transport through to food logistics and delivery.
In China, less than four weeks before the Winter Olympics opens in nearby Beijing, the great port of Tianjin could face the first omicrones of any size outbreak in that country.
The city began mass testing its 14 million residents on Sunday after a group of 20 children and adults tested positive for Covid-19, including at least two with the Omicron variant. Officials said the virus was floating around so the number of cases could increase.
China has tightened its strict zero tolerance strategy in the run-up to the Olympic Games, which will open on February 4th. The Chinese capital is 70 miles northwest of Tianjin and many people regularly travel back and forth by car or high-speed train link that takes less than an hour.
Elsewhere, millions of people are locked in their homes in Xi’an and Yuzhou, two distant cities with major outbreaks. Both were traced back to the delta variant. The outbreak in Yuzhou also affects Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan 65 kilometers north. Zhengzhou has conducted mass testing and is closing schools as of today.
The first two confirmed cases in Tianjin were a 10-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman who worked in the after-school care center. Both were infected with the Omicron variant. In subsequent tests of close contacts, 18 more tested positive and 767 negative by Saturday evening.
Finally, India recorded 160,000 known cases on Sunday when the country’s electoral commission banned public election rallies for a week as coronavirus cases fueled by the omicron variant soared across much of the country. But local elections in five states with a population of around 250 million would run as planned from February, the commission said.
Sushil Chandra, India’s chief election commissioner, said the moratorium on rallies would be reviewed on Saturday based on pandemic trends.
New Delhi remained locked over the weekend as security forces imposed a strict curfew. Several other states and cities across India are also enforcing night curfews and movement restrictions. In Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, officials imposed restrictions on movement on Sunday. But it caused a crowded rush in the malls on Saturday as people tried to shop at the last minute before a local Thanksgiving Day.
Information on this article was contributed by Joseph Wilkinson of the New York Daily News; by Mujib Mashal of the New York Times; and from The Associated Press.