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Germany imposes coronavirus lockdown for unvaccinated people
"Merkel also said that the government would look into how long people can be considered 'fully vaccinated' given immunity wanes over time, 'as it is also discussed on the EU level.'"
German leaders approve new COVID curbs for unvaccinated, Scholz and Mutti
Merkel said an ethics committee will be asked to draft legislation to make vaccination compulsory, with the Bundestag debating and voting on the issue early in the new year.

Scholz, who is expected to be announced as Germany's new chancellor next week, said getting vaccinated is "how we get out of this crisis" and "if we had a higher vaccination rate, we wouldn't be discussing this now."

maybe undetected BioNTech-Pfizer breakthrough vaccine cases, the price of gas in CHINA, possibly Nord Stream 2 sanctions
by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:03:52 PM EST
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Norway on guard over [SARS-CoV-2 o]micron [variant] as dozens test positive after Christmas party
More than half of some 120 people present have tested positive -- even though they were reportedly all vaccinated -- and it's feared many may have contracted the Omicron variant. If confirmed, it would be the biggest single ["]outbreak["] of the variant in Europe.
Wth much remaining unknown about the new variant, the Norwegian government said new national and regional restrictions would take effect from Friday. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere the strictest measures were regional and would apply to Oslo -- a city of nearly 700,000 -- and surrounding districts.
Nationally, anyone entering Norway must be tested within 24 hours, either at the border, at a public test station or by self-test. If a rapid test comes back positive, a traveller must take a PCR test within 24 hours, the government said.
by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:27:30 PM EST
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ekathimerini | Covid policy U-turns
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis took it upon himself to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for people aged 60 and over. ... The conservative leader knows that the measure will cause some political damage, although he secretly perhaps hopes that it will eventually not have to be implemented (the constitutional legality of the measure is also questionable) should the 100-euro monthly fine prove to be a strong enough motivator.
Greece is logging a very high daily death toll, forced the government into making this belated policy U-turn. After all, Mitsotakis and his government ministers have passionately argued against mandatory vaccinations in the past. ...They did not - and still don't - have the political courage to make vaccination compulsory for police and military officers, the clergy and other civil service staff.
True to form, opposition SYRIZA has made endless U-turns that, politically and socially speaking, border on the ridiculous. Alexis Tsipras, the ex-prime minister, and senior SYRIZA officials attacked the conservative administration when it tried to lure young people to get vaccinated by offering economic incentives. ...
BLOOMBERG | Greece Imposes $114 Monthly Fine on Unvaccinated People Over 60
by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 11:07:20 PM EST
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Desperate time mandate desperate measures, when SARS-CoV-2 omicron dominates "several [?] variants including the delta variant" and innumerable "breakthrough vaccine" cases.
by Cat on Tue Dec 7th, 2021 at 05:02:42 PM EST
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Foreigners in Russia outraged by new medical checks
The amendment states that foreign professionals, their family members living in Russia and any foreigner who wants to stay in the country for an extended period of time have to be tested every three months for infectious diseases, including syphilis, HIV, leprosy, tuberculosis, and COVID-19. They are also required to take a drug test and must submit their fingerprints and a biometric photo to the authorities.

Children over 6 to be tested for drugs and syphilis
The new rules will also apply to all children over the age of 6. If someone tests positive for any of the specified diseases, they will not be granted a visa, and any existing visa will be revoked. They will be designated "undesirable," and ordered to leave the country. Foreigners are already required to present a negative HIV test when applying for a work visa or a residence permit to stay in Russia for longer than 90 days.

The Russian government has not explained what it intends to achieve with the new regulations.

by Cat on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 07:14:44 PM EST
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