UK SAGE: 1,000 Omicron hospitalizations a day by new year

BBC Health Reporter: “The number of people needing hospital treatment from the Omicron variant may reach at least 1,000 a day in England by the end of the year without extra restrictions being put in place – Sage scientists have told ministers.”...More...

Norway: “situation is more worrying now than in previous pandemic waves”

“The threat from Omicron is enormous”. NIPH director Camilla Stoltenberg says the Omicron variant of the coronavirus can cause a lot of infection and disease, “perhaps more than before in the pandemic”....More...

Germany: Covid lockdown imminent

German Health Minister Jens Spahn on Friday said that the pandemic situation has worsened over the past week and it’s now “more serious than last week,” adding that the country is facing “a national emergency.” ...More...

Germany and Czech Republic impose Covid restrictions on the unvaccinated

The presidents of the states of Germany have agreed on Thursday with the central government to introduce restrictions on public life for people who have not been vaccinated against covid-19....More...

Europe: all-time Covid infection record broken by growing winter superwave

Europe has broken through its all-time high for Covid cases, and is seeing sharp increases in infections right across the continent....More...

Ireland: new restrictions to prevent Covid winter wave

Working from home, midnight closing time for hospitality among measures announced by Irish Taoiseach.

Latest changes to Irish Covid-19 restrictions:

Bars, restaurants and nightclubs – midnight closing from Thursday;
Return to working from home;
Digital Covid certs to be presented in theatres and cinemas;
Entire household to self-isolate for five days following a positive case in the house;
Adults over the age of 50 to receive booster shot

Everyone should work from home, hospitality must close at midnight and those who are close contacts of confirmed cases must restrict their movements for five days, the Taoiseach has confirmed....More...