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Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 12: Partial Lockdown in the Netherlands, Germany to Offer Free Tests

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 12: Partial Lockdown in the Netherlands, Germany to Offer Free Tests

The Netherlands plans a partial lockdown to stem a fourth wave of the coronavirus from spreading. Unlike recent lockdowns in other parts of Europe that only affected the non-vaccinated, the move will affect all residents.
The move comes as the country reported 16,364 new infections on Thursday, a level not seen there since the early days of the pandemic.  Some 76% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated against the virus.
Starting …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 10: As Cases Skyrocket, Germany Faces a ‘Very Tough Winter’

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 10: As Cases Skyrocket, Germany Faces a ‘Very Tough Winter’

Germany is moving to implement new Covid-19 rules in order to stem the surge in new infections it is currently experiencing.  The Robert Koch Institut reported 41,286 new infections on Tuesday, a pandemic-era high and the third daily record set over the past week.
The surge led Dr. Christian Drosten, the head of virology at Charité, one of the largest university-affiliated hospitals in Europe, to warn that 100,000 people could die …

Coronavirus News Briefing – October 31: Germany and Colorado Face Rising Number of New Cases

Coronavirus News Briefing – October 31: Germany and Colorado Face Rising Number of New Cases

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel said she is concerned about the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Germany as well as what she referred to as “Leichfertigkeit” or “recklessness” amongst the country’s population when it comes to getting vaccinated.  Some 3 million Germans over the age of 60 have yet to get their first jab.
The Robert Koch Institute, the country’s public health authority, recorded 21,543 new cases and 90 deaths on Saturday.  …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 30: The World Hits the 5 Million Mark in Covid Deaths, and the Pandemic is Far From Over

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 30: The World Hits the 5 Million Mark in Covid Deaths, and the Pandemic is Far From Over

At some point over the past 24 hours, the five millionth person to die from the coronavirus did just that, without any fanfare or knowledge that he was hitting a grim milestone of sorts in the almost two-year-old pandemic.
In many countries including the United States, Russia, much of Europe, and India, among others, Covid-19 is now a leading cause of death alongside heart disease cancer, and stroke.
Meanwhile, many experts believe …

Coronavirus News Brief – Oct. 29: Cases in Europe Surge, Britain Removes All Countries from Red List

Coronavirus News Brief – Oct. 29: Cases in Europe Surge, Britain Removes All Countries from Red List

While the number of new coronavirus cases is in decline in many parts of the world, that figure is surging in Europe. The World Health Organization reported that, in the period from October 18 through October 24, more than half of the world’s new confirmed cases were in Europe.
Low vaccination rates in many parts of Eastern Europe are largely to blame.  The majority of the adult population in Western Europe …

Europe to Set Back Clocks One Hour on Sunday for Winter Time

People in most European nations will adjust their clocks back one hour early Sunday as the cutover from Summer Time to Winter Time takes place, thereby giving everyone on the Continent an extra hour of sleep. Since Europe spans multiple time zones, the change will occur at different local times.
The move is akin to the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time in the United States, although it is …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 27: U.S. to End Ban on Foreign Visitors Provided They Show Proof of Vaccination

Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 27: U.S. to End Ban on Foreign Visitors Provided They Show Proof of Vaccination

The Biden Administration issued an executive order that imposes new vaccination requirements for most foreign nationals traveling by air to the United States, the White House said on Monday.  Such travelers must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by either the U.S. Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization.
Children under the age of 18 will be exempt from the vaccination requirement as will non-tourist visitors from countries …