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    On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” Florida Agriculture Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried (D) reacted to Gov. Ron DeSantis proposing the creation of the Florida State Guard, which previously existed in Florida and would make Florida the 23rd state in America to have an active state guard by stating that DeSantis is “an authoritarian dictator here in our state,” and that DeSantis is asking for unvaccinated people from New York to come to Florida, “and now he’s going to employ them here in the state of Florida.” Fried said, “This is horrifying…when you were going through all of those headlines, each one individually is scary enough, when you put them all together and then you see this last action, where he’s not only forming his own army, but that — an army that is not accountable to anybody, not to the people of our state, not to the Constitution, but he’s asked our legislature for $100 million to fund this. This is a time when families are struggling, parents are trying to make the hard decisions of whether to put...
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday on MSNBC’s “The Beat” that COVID-19 will likely become an endemic virus that has a constant presence like influenza. Melber said, “You have repeatedly emphasized Delta, and the facts do bear out that that’s the main thing getting people sick and killing people, especially the unvaccinated. Given the rate of vaccination in the United States and the indications that there are large groups choosing not to get vaccinated, is the CDC’s view that this will not be eradicated, that we will have to deal with COVID and its mutations over the multi-year-long term?” Walensky said, “We have seen now that this is likely to become an endemic disease here in the United States, and really around the world. We have many diseases that are endemic. Influenza being one of them. They cause us minor challenges year after year that we can handle and tackle. That may very well be what happens with COVID.” She added, “But I think you raise a really important point. We still now...
    Berlin (CNN)Germany on Thursday announced a nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated, as its leaders backed plans for mandatory vaccinations in the coming months.Unvaccinated people will be banned from accessing all but the most essential businesses, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, to curb the spread of coronavirus, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor, Olaf Scholz, announced Thursday, following crisis talks with regional leaders. Those who have recently recovered from Covid-19 are not covered by the ban. The pair also backed proposals for mandatory vaccinations, which if voted through the parliament could take effect from February at the earliest. Under the tightened restrictions, unvaccinated people can only meet two people from another household. Bars and nightclubs must shut down in areas with an incidence rate above 350 cases per 100,000 people over one week. And the country would limit the number of people at large events like soccer matches. Acting Chancellor Angela Merkel and Olaf Scholz hold a press conference on tightened Covid-19 restrictions Thursday. The announcement comes as Germany battles a surge in cases that has pushed Europe back to...
    THE OMICRON variant “will become dominant in the UK”, experts say, amid concern it will spark a surge of cases in the unvaccinated. A fresh wave of Covid is looking most likely to grow in January or February, once the strain has gotten a foothold in the UK. 1Omicron variant is already in the UKCredit: AFP Experts say it could be enough to put pressure on the NHS, given that five million people are unvaccinated, and Omicron may potentially weaken vaccines. In the most impacted parts of South Africa, where the strain was first detected, there has been a “huge increase” in admissions, officials say. NHS pressure and hospital numbers is the most crucial metric the Government uses to consider lockdowns. Prof Christina Pagel, a mathematician and professor of operational research at University College London, told The Sun: “By January, it’s very likely we'll have a new dominant variant, which is Omicron, and everything we know about it says it is worse - we don’t know by how much, but it's worse. “We have really high cases with Delta...
    Germany on Thursday announced a nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated, as its leaders backed plans for mandatory vaccinations in the coming months.The video in the featured media player above is from a previous report.Unvaccinated people will be banned from accessing all but the most essential businesses, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, to curb the spread of coronavirus, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor, Olaf Scholz, announced Thursday, following crisis talks with regional leaders. Those who have recently recovered from Covid-19 are not covered by the ban.The pair also backed proposals for mandatory vaccinations, which if voted through the parliament could take effect from February at the earliest.Under the tightened restrictions, unvaccinated people can only meet two people from another household. Bars and nightclubs must shut down in areas with an incidence rate above 350 cases per 100,000 people over one week. And the country would limit the number of people at large events like soccer matches.The announcement comes as Germany battles a surge in cases that has pushed Europe back to the epicenter of the pandemic, heightening fears over...
    Merkel also said that a nationwide vaccine mandate could be imposed in February 2022, once Parliament votes to approve such a measure. She added that vaccinated people will lose their vaccination status nine months after getting their last shot, in an apparent attempt to force people to take booster shots. The restrictions come as coronavirus cases are surging in Germany. On Thursday, Germany reported 73,000 new COVID-19 cases and 388 deaths. The day before, health officials reported 67,186 new infections and 446 deaths — the highest number of daily deaths reported in nine months. Currently, 68.7% of the country's population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, short of the government's goal of 75%. Merkel described the new restrictions as an "act of national solidarity" that will "get the infection rate down and take the pressure off our health system." "The number of infections has stabilized, but on a far too high a level," she said. Several European countries are adopting vaccine mandates, including Austria and Greece, and the European Union is considering a bloc-wide mandate. European...
    Most Americans believe President Biden is responsible for dividing the American people, a Convention of States/Trafalgar Group survey released Tuesday found.  “To what extent do you believe President Biden is responsible for the divisions in the American people?” the survey asked. Overall, 54.2 percent said Biden is responsible for dividing Americans, and of those, 39.4 percent said he is “very” responsible.  Meanwhile, 45.8 percent said he is generally not responsible for the division.  The vast majority of Democrats, 78.7 percent, do not believe Biden is responsible for dividing the American people, but a majority of Republicans and independents, 88 percent and 64.1 percent, respectively, do. The survey, taken November 13 – 16, 2021, among 1,092 likely general election voters, has a margin of error of +/- 2.97 percent.  While Biden made several mentions of unity in his inauguration speech 10 months ago, his presidency has been plagued by divisive rhetoric coming straight from the commander-in-chief, as he as directly pitted vaccinated Americans against unvaccinated Americans. “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” he said in a September 9 speech, scolding unvaccinated...
    Dr. Peter Hotez reacted to the new emergence of the Omicron variant, telling CNN’s Jim Acosta that the solution was vaccinations, not travel bans. The Omicron (B.1.1.529) SARS-CoV-2 variant was first designated by the World Health Organization as a “variant of concern” (VOC) on Friday. The United States has restricted travel from South Africa and other neighboring countries where Omicron has been spreading. Hotez, a professor and Dean of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told Acosta it was important to maintain perspective, that so far “we’ve not seen any evidence that Omicron produces more severe disease than any of the other variants,” and while some previous variants had been partially vaccine resistant, this new one was “unlikely to be totally resistant.” There were ongoing tests going on right now, said Hotez, and he expected we would have an answer about how vaccine resistant Omicron might be within the next two weeks. “But what about these travel restrictions?” asked Acosta. “Is this the best way to slow the spread, or is it time to start requiring vaccinations to fly,...
    The Italian coalition government under Prime Minister Mario Draghi has approved a new decree restricting the activities of unvaccinated people and creating what has been called a “Super Green Pass”. Italy’s current vaccine passport system, known as the Green Pass, is eligible for those who have taken a Wuhan coronavirus vaccine, have recovered from the Chinese virus, or have tested negative for Covid-19 within a certain timeframe. But the new “Super Green Pass” will only be granted to those who are considered fully vaccinated and those recovered from the virus, a report from the Italian news agency ANSA stated, with the country’s council of ministers approving the degree on Wednesday. Those with the Super Green Pass will be allowed to engage in various activities, such as indoor dining, sports, and other activities, while unvaccinated people would be barred, even in regions that are deemed low-risk, according to the country’s colour-code system. If a region goes into the most severe colour code — red — then all people, regardless of vaccination status, will have restrictions imposed. That means that all non-essential shops...
    (CNN)Thursday marks the second Thanksgiving during the coronavirus pandemic. Many grandparents are excitedly planning to see their grandchildren. Friends are dressing their dining tables for turkey and loved ones. Some people have flights booked or road trips scheduled.But in the background, Covid-19 case numbers are inching upward across the United States and millions of Americans remain unvaccinated -- leaving some people worried about the possible Covid-19 risks that could come with their Thanksgiving plans.Covid-19 cases are on the rise with Thanksgiving just days awayIf you have concerns, experts say there are some important questions to ask to help weigh your risk: Will those around you be vaccinated? Have they been tested? Should you open windows when indoors?Results from a new Axios/Ipsos survey, released Tuesday, found that among 682 US adults who are planning to see people for Thanksgiving this year, 31% said that they view there to be a "large or moderate risk" in seeing friends or family for the holiday -- down from 64% a year ago.Among those planning to gather this Thanksgiving, 30% said the guests will include...
    SHOCKING figures show the slow rate of Covid vaccine uptake in Europe as France sees cases soar among those who’ve not been jabbed. In Romania - where bodies have been piling up outside morgues as infections soar – just 38 per cent of the population has received a single vaccine dose. 4 4France's intensive care wards are filling up with unvaccinated patientsCredit: Reuters Bottom of Europe’s vaccine uptake table is Bulgaria where just one in four people have had a single jab - compared to 88 per cent in the UK. All the nations with the lowest vaccine uptake are formerly former Communist countries of Eastern Europe, where there is a strong distrust of the government. The continent has seen Covid cases soar and the World Health Organisation has warned the death toll could reach 700,000 this winter. France has now seen a fifth wave tearing wave tearing through the country at “lightning speed” with the rate of infections up 80 per cent from  last week. The country has a relatively high rate of vaccination and at least 90 per cent...
    PRAGUE (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic soared to a new record high, reaching almost 26,000 daily cases, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The daily tally hit 25,864 on Tuesday, about 3,000 more than the previous record registered on Friday. The country’s infection rate has risen to 1,061 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, almost twice as many as two weeks ago. As infections soar, the government has been considering mandatory vaccination for certain groups of people, including the elderly, medical and military personnel and police officers. Just over 58% of the Czech population has been fully vaccinated. Another proposal under consideration is shortening the time between a second shot and a booster from six to five months. The government is expected to announce its plan soon, possibly next week. The latest surge has hit the country at a time of political transition following a parliamentary election in October. Some of the proposals and measures imposed by the outgoing government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis are opposed by a coalition...
    (CNN)Last Thanksgiving, there was no coronavirus vaccine and the US government asked people to stay home for the holiday. Gatherings probably helped fuel a Covid-19 surge.This year, airports are full and most Americans are ready to get away from the pandemic and back to their traditions -- bringing families together to celebrate and maybe argue about masks and vaccines, and possibly spread the virus again among the unvaccinated.Home for the holidays. Two-thirds of Americans -- 67% -- said in a new Axios/Ipsos poll they'll see friends or family outside their households. It's a bipartisan and nationwide sentiment, as the figure includes 73% of Republicans, 70% of independents and 63% of Democrats. Is your Uncle Harold vaccinated? It might not matter to many Americans if their relatives or friends are vaccinated. Thirty percent of respondents who said they'll see people outside their households said their celebration would include people who are unvaccinated, and 17% said they didn't know whether other guests will be vaccinated. There is a notable partisan divide on vaccines in the poll: A much larger proportion of Republicans,...
    Dennis Prager dug in on his comparison between unvaccinated Americans and gay men who were pariahs at the height of the AIDS crisis. In a Newsmax appearance earlier this month, the conservative radio host said, “During the AIDS crisis, can you imagine if gay men and intravenous drug users, who were the vast majority of the people with AIDS, had they been pariahs the way the non-vaccinated are? But it would have been inconceivable. And it should have been inconceivable! They should not have been made pariahs. But this is kosher, this is okay.” Prager was immediately called out for his baffling take, and he doubled down with questions like, “Were there government mandates to fire every American with AIDS? Or fire every gay man?” During a recent event for Awaken Church, Prager riffed on how people were blasting him for those tweets, “because I had the chutzpah to say the unvaccinated are pariahs the way that gays were during the AIDS crisis.” He pointed to a “monopoly on victimhood” mentality to claim that’s why people rejected his comparison between...
    The U.S. is facing its second Thanksgiving of the pandemic in better shape than the first time around, thanks to the vaccine, though some regions are seeing surges of COVID-19 cases that could get worse as families travel the country for gatherings that were impossible a year ago. Nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated. That leaves tens of millions who have yet to get a shot in the arm, some of them out of defiance. Hospitals in the cold Upper Midwest, especially Michigan and Minnesota, are filled with COVID-19 patients who are mostly unvaccinated. Michigan hospitals reported about 3,800 coronavirus patients at the start of the week, with 20% in intensive care units, numbers that approach the bleakest days of the pandemic’s 2020 start. The state had a seven-day new-case rate of 616 per 100,000 people Monday, highest in the nation. New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Montana and Wyoming also ranked high. Some Colorado communities are turning to mask orders to reduce the risk. The statistics in Michigan are “horrible,” said Dr. Matthew Trunsky, a respiratory specialist at Beaumont...
    By Ed White | Associated Press The U.S. is facing its second Thanksgiving of the pandemic in better shape than the first time around, thanks to the vaccine, though some regions are seeing surges of COVID-19 cases that could get worse as families travel the country for gatherings that were impossible a year ago. Nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated. That leaves tens of millions who have yet to get a shot in the arm, some of them out of defiance. Hospitals in the cold Upper Midwest, especially Michigan and Minnesota, are filled with COVID-19 patients who are mostly unvaccinated. Michigan hospitals reported about 3,800 coronavirus patients at the start of the week, with 20% in intensive care units, numbers that approach the bleakest days of the pandemic’s 2020 start. The state had a seven-day new-case rate of 616 per 100,000 people Monday, highest in the nation. New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Montana and Wyoming also ranked high. Some Colorado communities are turning to mask orders to reduce the risk. The statistics in Michigan are “horrible,” said Dr. Matthew Trunsky,...
    (CNN) — Thanksgiving this year will be much different than last year, but far from risk-free, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the country and millions of Americans remain unvaccinated. The daily case rate in the United States is about half of what it was at this time last year, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. But the current pace — about 92,000 new Covid-19 cases each day — is up 16% from just a week ago. READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Visiting Baltimore To Highlight $22M Infrastructure GrantCases dropped off quickly at the tail end of the summer surge, but have started to climb again over the past couple weeks and are now back to levels last seen in August. Nearly a third of new cases are in Midwestern states, with Michigan and Minnesota reporting more cases per capita than any other states. But the trend is nationwide; all but a dozen states saw cases rise over the past week, JHU data shows. The latest uptick in cases is “not unexpected,” as people spend...
    BODIES have been piling up outside overflowing morgues as more countries in Europe have plunged into Covid lockdown. The continent’s fourth wave has now seen Greece join Austria, Germany and the Netherlands in imposing restrictions, while Romanian hospitals buckle under the strain. 3A coffin being taken out of a morgue in Romania 3 The restrictions have seen anti-lockdown mobs set the streets of Brussels ablaze, following demonstrations in Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia and Denmark. Europe's fourth wave of the pandemic has been blamed on the slow vaccine uptake, the contagious Delta variant and the colder weather forcing people gather indoors again. Harrowing images from Romania show bodies lined up outside the morgue outside Bucharest University Hospital. The morgue has capacity for 15 bodies but needs to deal with 41 corpses as the number of Covid cases surge, CNN reports. Nurse Claudiu Ionita described the unfolding horror as “relentless”. “I never thought, when I started this job, that I would live through something like this,” she said. Most read in US NewsMYSTERY DEEPENS Brian Laundrie's cause of death to be revealed as notebook found...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Low case numbers have led to some dropping their guard against COVID-19, however, doctors recommend all residents attending or hosting a Thanksgiving gathering to practice caution as the pandemic continues to linger. “It’s best to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Nathan Newman, the lead physician at Santa Monica Urgent Care. “That’s going to be the best protection. If you’re not vaccinated, really think twice about if you want to be in a group of people that potentially could infect you.”  READ MORE: Resources Available For Many Experiencing Food InsecurityNewman also suggests the key to preventing the spread of COVID-19 at the Thanksgiving table is to get tested before the dinner party.  “Unvaccinated people should be tested if they’re coming to the table,” he said. “They’re much more likely to spread infection even if they have asymptomatic infection.” READ MORE: Beverly Hills Hires Two Private Security Companies After Attempted RobberiesNewman also recommends vaccinated guests to get tested, if they begin to experience any symptoms. He recommends rapid antigen testing for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people since PCR testing...
    PRAGUE (AP) — Protesters marched through the Czech capital of Prague on Monday to decry the government’s restrictions on unvaccinated people as new infections soared in the European Union nation. The protesters, who numbered in the hundreds, demanded “Freedom!” for the unvaccinated and rejected the government’s push for people to get their vaccine shots. They carried posters with pictures of politicians — including Prime Minister Andrej Babis, Health Minister Adam Vojtech and leading epidemiologists — calling them traitors. Unlike recent rallies in the Netherlands and Brussels, this protest was peaceful. The crowd was significantly smaller than a similar demonstration last week. New restrictions to tackle the Czech Republic’s infection surge became effective Monday and target the unvaccinated. Unvaccinated people are no longer allowed to show negative coronavirus tests to attend public events, go to bars and restaurants, visit hairdressers and museums or use hotels. People who are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 can visit all those sites. The measures were approved in an effort to increase the country’s vaccination rate of 58.1%, which is below the...
    (CNN)Thanksgiving this year will be much different than last year, but far from risk-free, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the country and millions of Americans remain unvaccinated.The daily case rate in the United States is about half of what it was at this time last year, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. But the current pace -- about 92,000 new Covid-19 cases each day -- is up 16% from just a week ago. Cases dropped off quickly at the tail end of the summer surge, but have started to climb again over the past couple weeks and are now back to levels last seen in August.Nearly a third of new cases are in Midwestern states, with Michigan and Minnesota reporting more cases per capita than any other states. But the trend is nationwide; all but a dozen states saw cases rise over the past week, JHU data shows. Fully vaccinated family members can celebrate the holidays without masks, Fauci saysThe latest uptick in cases is "not unexpected," as people spend more time inside during the cold-weather season...
    ANGELA Merkel has warned Germany's Covid nightmare is "worse than anything we have seen" as three countries in Europe are plunged into lockdown. Germans have been told they will be "vaccinated, cured or dead" from Covid by the end of winter, as Austria took the dramatic step of returning to a lockdown. 4A sign requesting visitors to wear face masks at a Christmas market in BerlinCredit: AFP 4People wearing face masks stand in a long queue to get vaccinated in HamburgCredit: AFP Europe's fourth wave of the pandemic has been blamed on the slow vaccine uptake in some nations, the contagious Delta variant and the colder weather meaning people are gathering inside again. Germany, Austria and the Netherlands have now imposed fresh Covid restrictions to curb the skyrocketing number of infections. But Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Germany's current restrictions - including banning the unvaccinated from certain public spaces - "are not enough". She said new infections are doubling every 12 days, telling a meeting of leaders of her conservative Christian Democratic party: "We have a highly dramatic situation."...
    (CNN) — If you and your family members are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, it’s OK for you to ditch the masks this holiday season when you’re around each other, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN Sunday. “That’s what I’m going to do with my family,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” READ MORE: East Baltimore Fire Kills 3, Multiple Hurt Including 5 ChildrenHowever, the nation’s top infectious disease expert also noted if you are traveling or are unaware of the vaccination status of the people around you, then you should wear a mask in those situations. “Get vaccinated and you can enjoy the holidays very easily. And if you’re not, please be careful,” Fauci said. “Get tested if you need to get tested when you’re getting together, but that’s not a substitute for getting vaccinated. Get yourself vaccinated and you can continue to enjoy interactions with your family and others.” Fauci’s comments come as the US faces the second holiday season of the pandemic, but the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Many families and friends looking to spend Thanksgiving together this year are wondering how to celebrate safely and whether to host a holiday gathering with loved ones who are unvaccinated for COVID-19. A recent Harris poll of more than 2,000 people, including more than 1,400 who are vaccinated, shows half of vaccinated respondents are hesitant to spend the holidays with unvaccinated family and friends. READ MORE: Data Finds Drug Overdoses Up 28.5% From A Year Before“If you take some pretty simple steps, you can actually get together with your family indoors without a mask. The risk will not be nil, but it will be much, much, much lower than it could be,” said Dr. William Hanage, an associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Hanage puts vaccination at the top of that list. “If you’re not vaccinated or if you’re around people who aren’t for whatever reason, you can reduce risk by things like using rapid tests. People can take a rapid test before coming to the Thanksgiving meal,” he said....
    Chicago's Department of Public Health has warned people traveling for the holidays to exercise caution, especially if they are unvaccinated.  "Right now, for unvaccinated people, traveling over Thanksgiving is a risky move, especially if you plan to visit other Midwest or Upper Midwest states, where the daily case rates have not been going down,” Chicago's Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said in a statement, according to The Chicago Tribune. “Fully vaccinated people are at a much lower risk of serious COVID-related health problems, but all of us should be careful over the coming weeks — even more so if you plan to be among crowds or at large family gathering,” Arwady added. Chicago currently advises unvaccinated people traveling to a "high-risk" location to get tested one to three days before their trip and within three to five days of returning, according to a notice from the City of Chicago. The city's weekly COVID-19 travel advisory now includes 38 states and the U.S. territory of Guam, all of which have been deemed "high risk." States and territories are added to the advisory's list when they...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s disease control agency reported 52,826 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as infection rates continue to climb. The Robert Koch Institute said 294 more people died in Germany of COVID-19 since the previous day, bringing the country’s pandemic death toll to 98,274. German Health Minister Jens Spahn has called on doctors not to be too strict about waiting at least six months before giving patients vaccine booster shots. Infections have shot up in recent weeks, particularly among unvaccinated people, with southern and eastern Germany the hardest hit. The district of Meissen, near Dresden, reported almost 1,305 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past week. Meanwhile, authorities in neighboring Austria have said travelers will need to show a negative PCR test upon entering the country; previously, results from the cheaper lateral flow tests were allowed. The Alpine nation on Monday implemented a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people who haven’t recently had COVID-19. ___ Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or...
    Police officers monitor compliance with the lockdown in Innsbruck during the first day of a nationwide lockdown for people not yet vaccinated against the Covid-19.Jan Hetfleisch | Getty Images Austria has imposed fresh lockdown measures on around 2 million unvaccinated people, with individuals facing fines if they fail to comply with the rules. Those who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have been back under lockdown since Monday, with federal police stopping people in public places to check their vaccination status. Unvaccinated people who breach the lockdown rules face fines of up to 500 euros ($567), and anyone who refuses to comply with vaccination status checks could be fined 1,450 euros. The fresh restrictions apply to everyone over the age of 12 who has not had two doses of the vaccine. People who have recently recovered from the virus are exempt from the restrictions. Full proof of vaccination is required to visit public places like restaurants, hair salons and Christmas markets. In Vienna, children over the age of six will need to show a negative Covid test result to be...
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia is planning new restrictions on unvaccinated people in an effort to tame the latest surge of coronavirus infections that has caused a “critical” situation in the country’s hospitals, the prime minister said Tuesday. Prime Minister Eduard Heger said his government will vote Thursday on the latest proposals by an advisory group of medical experts that will be effective for three weeks. Among the proposed measures, people who have not been vaccinated will be banned from all non-essential stores, shopping malls, gyms, pools and hotels. They also won’t be allowed to attend any mass public gatherings like sports events. “The situation in hospitals is critical,” Heger said, adding that some hospitals are already at their limit for COVID-19 patients in their intensive care units and have been transferring new patients to other facilities. Unvaccinated people will be able to get into their workplaces with negative virus tests. If the situation doesn’t get any better in the next three weeks, the government is ready to impose even more restrictions, the prime minister said. He urged unvaccinated...
    Germany is planning new Covid restrictions for 14 million unvaccinated citizens as it battles soaring coronavirus cases, mirroring a health apartheid imposed in Austria. The country is battling a ferocious fourth wave of coronavirus and recorded 32,048 new infections on Tuesday, a rise of 47 per cent compared to a week ago, as well as another 265 deaths.   The incoming Social Democrat (SDP) government today warned that unvaccinated people will be barred from going to work and travelling on public transport.    The new government will also recommend that everyone should work from home unless they have a 'compelling business reason'. 'This is actually a lockdown for the unvaccinated,' said Dirk Wiese, the deputy head of the SPD parliamentary group.  A nurse takes care of a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the University Hospital of Aachen, western Germany, on November 10 Munich is first German city to cancel treasured Christmas market over Covid surge Munich on Tuesday became the first major German city to cancel its upcoming Christmas market, which usually draws some three million visitors,...
    The View’s reunion with Jedediah Bila went into meltdown when the panelists fought with their former co-host over her refusal to be vaccinated and her opposition to vaccine mandates. Bila beamed into the show on Tuesday, where Joy Behar brought up “the elephant in the room because you were supposed to join us in the studio weeks ago, but you couldn’t because ABC has a very strict policy.” Behar was referring to the fact that The View requires everyone in attendance to be fully vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination before they’re allowed into the building. When Behar asked her why she hasn’t been inoculated, Bila said she had a “medical exemption to the vaccine that’s been written by my infectious disease, vaccinated specialist in New York City that’s been co-signed by three other doctors.” “I’m not a candidate for this vaccine,” Bila said. She went on to claim that she has a “sky-high, multi-tier, multi-faceted natural immunity” to Covid, and the vaccine “poses a greater risk than a benefit” to herself. Bila emphasized “I am not anti-vaxx,” but...
    By Madeline Holcombe | CNN As it is, holiday gatherings with loved ones can be a careful dance of dodging landmines on the way to wonderful memories — and this year, we are adding potentially explosive conversations around vaccination status. About 58.5% of the United States is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many experts say that vaccination is the best way to protect against the virus and slow or stop the spread, but much of the population still has hesitation. In some cases, people have outright objections to being vaccinated. The difference in vaccine stances can complicate family and friends gathering for holidays, even for those who are getting their shots. Children under 5 years old are not yet able to get vaccinated, kids ages 5 to 11 are not yet fully vaccinated, and even those who have had both of their shots risk breakthrough infections. “Think about your vaccine as a very good raincoat,” said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and professor of health policy and...
    NICK KYRGIOS has backtracked on his call for the Australian Open to be cancelled. The Aussie tennis star seemed to say on his podcast No Boundaries that he felt January’s event should not go ahead to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in Melbourne. Getty 2 Kyrgios says his podcast comments had been taken out of context Getty 2 Djokovic is the defending Australian Open champion but it is not clear if he will be allowed to defend his title in January The Canberra-born 26-year-old said: “I don’t think the Aus Open should go ahead, just for the people in Melbourne – you’ve got to send a message. “How long did [Melbourne] do in lockdown? Two hundred and seventy-five days or something?” But he then clarified his remarks on his Instagram account, adding: “To say that I’d want the Australian Open cancelled, I think that was the sentence that got taken out of context. “It’s more so for the people of Melbourne who have gone through hell and back. “I think it’s been … nearly 300 days...
    London (CNN)Europe's leaders are toughening their stances towards unvaccinated people and pursuing measures that increasingly isolate them from the rest of society, as frustration grows over stalling shot rollouts and a wave of Covid-19 infections on the continent.Germany may become the next country to impose stricter rules on those who haven't been fully inoculated, after the parties making up its prospective new coalition government hardened their proposed Covid-19 approach in parliament.The proposed measures would require Germans to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to ride a bus or board a train, in an expansion of the country's "3G" system that requires either to enter certain venues and settings.Green Party co-leader Robert Habeck told public broadcaster ARD on Sunday that the rules in effect amount to a "lockdown for the unvaccinated." A Covid 19 patient at Leipzig University Hospital in Saxony. Vaccine uptake is low in the eastern German region, and hospitals are straining under the pressure of new admissions.The policy document by the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens is...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser for President Biden, said that while COVID-19 booster shots are increasingly important for vaccinated Americans because of waning immunity, the administration hasn’t given up on trying to persuade the unvaccinated to get their first shot. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told WTOP in a wide-ranging interview that while the country is coming down from its summertime peak of coronavirus cases, it’s now reached a plateau of around 70,000 to 75,000 cases per day and 1,000 deaths per day. The country is also beginning to see more hospitalizations among the vaccinated, Fauci said. “Although the vaccines are very effective in preventing severe disease and hospitalization and death, as time goes by, particularly among the elderly — and likely sooner or later among everyone — we’re starting to see a diminution and a waning of protection,” he said. “That’s the reason why we’re really pushing boosters, namely the third shot of an mRNA vaccine or the second shot of a (Johnson & Johnson),” he said, noting that research from Israel has shown that boosters...
    Austria has implemented a new COVID-19 lockdown, but only for individuals who have not been vaccinated and do not have natural immunity from a recent infection. Unvaccinated Austrians who haven’t recently recovered from COVID-19 aged 12 and over are prohibited from leaving their house except for basic activities like attending school, work, going to the grocery store or going to get vaccinated, according to the Associated Press. The lockdown will remain in place until Nov. 24 for the time being. Austria has implemented a lockdown for unvaccinated people who have not recently had COVID-19. The move prohibits unvaccinated people 12 years old and older from leaving their homes except for basic activities like work, school or grocery shopping. https://t.co/JgWndEOmcY — The Associated Press (@AP) November 15, 2021 Daily COVID-19 infections in Austria have reached a new peak, although deaths remain far lower than the country’s high watermark from last winter. Roughly 65% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated. The new lockdown rules do not apply to children under age 12 because they are not yet eligible to be vaccinated...
    BERLIN (AP) — Austria took what its leader called the “dramatic” step Monday of implementing a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people who haven’t recently had COVID-19, perhaps the most drastic of a string of measures being taken by European governments to get a massive regional resurgence of the virus under control. The move, which took effect at midnight, prohibits people 12 and older who haven’t been vaccinated or recently recovered from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going to school or university or for a walk — or getting vaccinated. The lockdown is initially being imposed until Nov. 24 in the country of 8.9 million. It doesn’t apply to children under 12 because they cannot yet officially get vaccinated — though the capital, Vienna, on Monday opened up vaccinations for under-12s as part of a pilot project and reported high demand. Officials say police patrols and checks will be stepped up and unvaccinated people can be fined up to 1,450 euros ($1,660) if they violate the lockdown. “We really didn’t take this step...
    President Joe Biden, and his administration as a whole, likes to frame itself as reasonable, moderates Democrats opposite the radical socialists found on the far left wing of the party. So why does he keep adopting the same tactics utilized by brutal communist dictators? The Biden administration specifically channeled the methods utilized by Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution in China when OSHA encouraged employees at businesses affected by the vaccine mandates to snitch on their fellow workers if they failed to get the jab. OSHA has admitted that it doesn’t have the manpower to enforce Biden’s rule that businesses with more than 100 employees must ensure that their workers are either vaccinated or tested regularly. Instead, it will rely on “whistleblowers” to file complaints against businesses not in compliance with the regulation. “There is no army of OSHA inspectors that is going to be knocking on employers’ doors or even calling them,” a former OSHA chief of staff said according to ABC News. “They’re going to rely on workers and their union representatives to file complaints where the company...
    Anger is mounting in Austria as police began carrying out routine checks to stop two million unvaccinated people from leaving their homes in a lockdown which has been slammed for 'dividing the society in two'. The move, which took effect at midnight and applies to more than 20% of the country of 8.9million, prohibits unvaccinated individuals from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping - or getting vaccinated.  Police patrols have been stepped up and unvaccinated people can be fined up to 1,450 euros (£1,237) if they violate the lockdown.  Yesterday, protests took place in Vienna with furious anti-lockdown campaigners lashing out at the restrictions.   One 61-year-old anti-vaxxer from Burgenland, told The Telegraph: 'I cannot approve of the division of society into two parts. It is certainly not good for the country. It will have consequences. I am firmly convinced of that,' said Michael, an unemployed 61-year-old anti-vaxxer from Burgenland. Markus, a 40-year-old anti-vaxxer, said: 'Before Covid, fundamental rights were unconditional.   Following the announcement of the lockdown, which will last for ten days before being reviewed, hundreds of...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- There's an upward tick in COVID cases in states across the country, prompting concerns of a fall surge.New cases rose 23% in the past two weeks.All of this comes with the holiday season approaching, and people spending more times indoors.Health experts say vaccine boosters could help contain the spike.Four states, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and West Virginia, are getting a head start of the CDC by rolling out boosters to everyone 18 and older.Here are more of today's COVID-19 headlines:Hospitalizations on the rise for 4th dayAcross the country, hospitalizations are on the rise for the fourth consecutive day as 47,000 patients are now receiving care. Medical experts say several factors may be contributing to the rising numbers. "The vast majority of hospitalizations are still among the unvaccinated, but we are seeing waning immunity," Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Peter Hotez said. So far there is no word on when the FDA and the CDC will make the decision to extend boosters to all adults.Cases on the rise for the 1st time in 10 weeksThe contagious delta...
    HAMBURG–Germany is scrambling to deal with a raging fourth wave of COVID-19 as the country this week recorded its highest number of cases yet amid flatlining vaccination rates, fractured political decision-making, and an increasingly radical anti-vaccine movement. More than 16 million people aged 12 or above—around a third of the country’s population—remain unvaccinated, according to Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s disease control agency, and health minister Jens Spahn has publicly blamed those people for what he calls a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” On Thursday, Germany recorded more than 50,000 new daily COVID-19 infections and reached its highest seven-day incidence since the beginning of the pandemic, at 249.9 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The Robert Koch Institute said unvaccinated or partly vaccinated people now face a “very high” risk to their health. Some 97,000 COVID-related deaths have been reported in Germany since the pandemic began two years ago, but according to Christian Drosten, director of the Institute of Virology at Charité Berlin, if the crisis continues on its current path there could be a further 100,000 deaths. Recent polling suggests the German...
    BERLIN (AP) — A nationwide lockdown in Austria for unvaccinated people who haven’t recently had COVID-19 went into effect on Monday, and officials signaled that further measures may follow amid soaring infection rates. The move, which took effect at midnight, prohibits people 12 and older who haven’t been vaccinated or recently recovered from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going for a walk — or getting vaccinated. The lockdown, which is being imposed until Nov. 24, is believed to affect about 2 million people in the Alpine country of 8.9 million. It doesn’t apply to children under 12 because they cannot yet officially get vaccinated. Officials have said that police patrols will be stepped up and unvaccinated people can be fined up to 1,450 euros ($1,660) if they violate the lockdown. Authorities are concerned about rising infections and increasing pressure on hospitals. Austria on Sunday recorded 849.2 new cases per 100,000 residents over the previous seven days. About 65% of the population is fully vaccinated, a rate that Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has described...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Local health officials remain concerned that the onset of cooler weather may lead to a new surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among the unvaccinated.Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer noted that the approaching winter season - despite last week's mini-heat wave - has begun to take its toll in the form of higher infection rates as more people gather indoors."We do acknowledge the risk that comes with cooler weather and indoor gatherings, and perhaps some waning of vaccine effectiveness. getting vaccinated, getting your boosters and masking up indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces remains critical as we confront the real possibility of a winter surge," Ferrer said."Certainly around the country and across parts of the world, the colder weather has already brought significant increases in cases and unfortunately in hospitalizations. It would be foolish to not heed the warrant inherent in these increases. Our ample supply of vaccinations allows us to offer the initial series to everyone 5 and older, and boosters for those with waning protection, putting us in a better position...
    VIENNA, Austria -- The Austrian government has ordered a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people starting at midnight Sunday to combat rising coronavirus infections and deaths.The move prohibits unvaccinated people 12 and older from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going for a walk - or getting vaccinated.Authorities are concerned about rising infections and deaths and that soon hospital staff will no longer be able to handle the growing influx of COVID-19 patients."It's our job as the government of Austria to protect the people," Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday. "Therefore we decided that starting Monday ... there will be a lockdown for the unvaccinated."The lockdown affects about 2 million people in the Alpine country of 8.9 million, the APA news agency reported. It doesn't apply to children under 12 because they cannot yet officially get vaccinated.SEE ALSO: US lifts pandemic international travel ban, opens doors to visitors EMBED More News Videos The U.S. lifted restrictions Monday on travel from a long list of countries including Mexico, Canada and most of Europe....
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Across the country, hospitalizations are on the rise for the fourth consecutive day as 47,000 patients are now receiving care.Medical experts say several factors may be contributing to the rising numbers."The vast majority of hospitalizations are still among the unvaccinated, but we are seeing waning immunity," Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Peter Hotez said.So far there is no word on when the FDA and the CDC will make the decision to extend boosters to all adults.Here are more of today's COVID-19 headlines:California, Colorado and NM expand virus booster accessCalifornia is among three U.S. states now allowing coronavirus booster shots for all adults even though federal health officials recommend limiting doses to those considered most at risk. The nation's most populous state, along with Colorado and New Mexico, instituted their policies to try to head off a feared surge around the end-of-year holidays when more people are gathering inside. Colorado and New Mexico have among the nation's highest rates of new infections, while California - lowest in the nation earlier this fall - now joins them in...
    The Austrian government has ordered a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the country. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg today confirmed that millions of citizens would be placed into lockdown from tomorrow amid a worrying trend in infections.     The move, which will affect about two million people in the country of 8.9million, prohibits unvaccinated individuals from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping - or getting vaccinated. It will not apply to children under the age of 12 because they cannot yet officially get vaccinated.  It comes after hundreds of Dutch protestors had a water cannon turned on them by police last night after they objected to the partial return of lockdown introduced by The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Earlier today hundreds of people descended upon the streets of Ballhausplatz in Vienna during an anti-vaccination rally.  Hundreds of protesters walk through a street in Vienna during an anti-vaccination demonstration A group of demonstrators hold a placard reading 'no to compulsory vaccination' during an anti-vaccination protest at the Ballhausplatz in Vienna Austrian Chancellor...