Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 31: The World Says ‘Good Riddance,’ ‘Auf Nimmerwiedersehen,’ and ‘Bon Vent’ to 2020

By Anna Breuer on 31 December 2020
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Statue of Johann Strauß II in the Stadtpark

As the world starts to ring in the New Year, one message is consistent, said over and over in hundreds of countries and languages: “Good riddance.”  Be it “Auf Nimmerwiedersehen” in German or “Bon vent” in French, as Austrians and Germans wish each other “einen guten Rutsch” – a good slide or good start to the New Year.

Britain moved closer to a full lockdown this week.  Three quarters of the population will be in areas under tight Tier 4 restrictions, Matt Hancock, the country’s health secretary, said in Parliament Wednesday. The new Tier 4 “Stay at Home” alert level calls for all non-essential shops as well as personal care businesses such as beauty parlors and barber shops, indoor entertainment businesses such as cinemas and bowling alleys, and indoor leisure venues such as public swimming pools and gyms to close.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government gave approval to its first vaccine Thursday. Manufactured by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, the vaccine was shown to have a 79% efficacy rate in clinical trials.

In Wisconsin, a hospital employee at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafon took 500 batches of coronavirus vaccine out of refrigerated storage last week, leaving them to spoil. The motive is unknown, the individual no longer works at the hospital, and authorities are investigating.

An outbreak of coronavirus cases at an air-traffic control center serving Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport led to that facility’s closing for several hours on Wednesday for cleaning after one employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The action grounded flights at one of the world’s busiest aerodromes for several hours.

Apple removed the Vybe Together app from its iOS store. The app allowed users to organize underground parties in violation of local health and social-distancing ordinances.

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