Germany: Omicron wave breaks new weekly cases record
16 January 2022 | 1:21 pm
The new wave of coronavirus infections in Germany has now surpassed numbers last seen in November. Experts are warning of the threat this poses to the unvaccinated.
German police are running "at full capacity all the time" and struggling to cope with stress as they deal with violent and aggressive protesters, the police union has said.
Germany takes over the G7 presidency for 2022. In a new year's message, Finance Minister Christian Lindner, who replaces Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the role, said Germany must help "drive the global economic recovery."
Top virologist concerned about omicron exposure in Germany
The Netherlands has become the first European country to enact a strict lockdown over Christmas. Omicron infections are spreading rapidly across the country. All nonessential businesses have been closed until at least mid-January.
French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire has announced plans to widen financial aid for firms hit by the pandemic, as surging Covid-19 cases put increasing pressure on the wider economy.
Boosters, lockdown, laissez faire — here's a look at how countries around the world are reacting to the omicron variant.
More evidence is emerging that the Omicron coronavirus variant is affecting the upper respiratory tract, causing milder symptoms than previous variants, a World Health Organization official said on Tuesday.
A record-breaking 4.5 million American workers quit their jobs in November 2021 as the trend coined "The Great Resignation" drags on. Economists say it signals a sign of confidence in the labour market, but could also reflect ongoing fears about the pandemic. Also in the show: Toyota dethrones General Motors as America's best-selling carmaker for the first time in 90 years, and Blackberry users bid farewell to the iconic phones.
The United States reported nearly 1 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, the highest daily tally of any country in the world and nearly double the previous U.S. peak set a week ago as the spread of the Omicron variant showed no signs of slowing.
Germany's health minister has said that the country would need 15 million more booster doses to curb the spread of omicron. Meanwhile. Australia's health system is under strain amid a rising caseload. DW has the latest.
This year's Grammy Awards ceremony honoring top performances in music has been postponed indefinitely because of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, organizers said on Wednesday. The Grammy Awards have been postponed for a second year in a row, with organisers on Wednesday citing a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
Israel's Health Ministry has recommended removing all the countries currently on an omicron no-fly list. The ministry also said Israelis should not travel to places with higher infection rates "without a good reason."
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