First case of Omicron in Beijing and child vaccination begins in Brazil: news from January 15

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Novak Djokovic is once again locked up in a detention center in Melbourne, pending his hearing in court about his visa on Sunday.

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In the township of Geneva, the situation remains critical on the hospital front: 427 people were still being treated at the HUG alone this Friday.

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■ First case of Omicron in Beijing, a few weeks before the Olympics

According to Chinese state television, quoted by Reuters, Beijing has recorded its first locally transmitted case of the Omicron variant.

Authorities cordoned off the infected person’s residential complex and workplace. Some 2,430 people who have visited these two places will be tested, said a regional official.

The detection of the variant in Beijing comes less than a month before the Winter Olympics, which are due to start on February 4 in the Chinese capital.


■ ‘Friday aperitifs’ in Downing Street further overwhelm Boris Johnson

Aperitifs were organized every Friday in Downing Street during confinement, says the newspaper The Mirror, extending the list of accusations against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose position seems increasingly precarious.

Stuck in a ‘partygate’, the 57-year-old Tory apologized to Parliament on Wednesday for his attendance at one such party in May 2020 saying he thought it was a business meeting .

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the Mirror claims that every Friday, Downing Street workers ended their working week by sharing glasses of wine, a “longstanding tradition” which has continued despite the introduction of Covid restrictions banning such gatherings. The newspaper adds that the staff had invested in a fridge to keep their bottles of alcohol cool and that the Prime Minister was aware of these gatherings.


■ Novak Djokovic returns to detention in Australia

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic has been returned to Melbourne for administrative detention after his visa was canceled for the second time by the Australian government.

Djokovic’s presence in Australia “could encourage anti-vaccination sentiment” and “trigger an upsurge in civil unrest,” Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a court document. According to him, the player “is likely to pose a health risk to the Australian community” as it could deter Australians from getting their booster shots, as the Omicron variant continues to spread at high speed.

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While admitting that the risk of Djokovic infecting Australians himself is “negligible”, the minister considered that his past “contempt” of health rules against Covid-19 constitutes a bad example, and therefore a health risk. public.

According to court documents, Novak Djokovic, who had been summoned in the morning by the immigration services, was on Saturday in a detention center in Melbourne pending a court decision. The player is only authorized to leave the detention center to follow, online, the legal hearings concerning him from the offices of his lawyers, and under the surveillance of border police officers.


■ Beginning of child vaccination in Brazil

The vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 against Covid-19 in Brazil began in São Paulo, a month after it was approved by health authorities despite criticism from President Jair Bolsonaro. An eight-year-old indigenous boy with a disability was the first to be vaccinated.

The injection took place during an official ceremony at the São Paulo clinics hospital, in the presence of Joao Doria, center-right governor of the state, fierce opponent of Jair Bolsonaro and presidential candidate of October him too.

Mass vaccination of 5-11 year olds will begin next week across the country with pediatric doses of Pfizer-BioNtech’s vaccine. It must be authorized by the parents. Children with comorbidities and populations considered more vulnerable, such as indigenous people, are prioritized.

This vaccination campaign begins a month after the green light from the health monitoring agency Anvisa. Since then, President Bolsonaro has continued to criticize this decision, assuring that he would never vaccinate his 11-year-old daughter Laura.


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