Paris call off its New Year’s Eve fireworks. Denmark has wind up theaters, concert halls and museums. Ireland is again forcing pubs and restaurants to close at 8 p.m. And the Netherlands is anticipated to make public a strict new lock-down later Saturday.
With corona virus cases increasing rapidly across Europe as the Omicron variant spreads too, governments are imposing new limitations across the continent, activating plans for protests in many major cities.
“None of this is easy,”
Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin said Friday night, saying the new limitations were unavoidable to protect lives and livelihoods from the rising again virus, The Associated Press reported.
“We are all exhausted with COVID and the restrictions it requires. The twists and turns, the disappointments and the frustrations take a heavy toll on everyone. But it is the reality that we are dealing with.”
In the U.K., where established infections increase rapidly to new records this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised not to shut the country down, still The Sun reported that plans are being drawn up for movement limitation , and likely a two-week lock-down, after Christmas. Mask and vaccine mandates have before now been foist.
Meanwhile, Egyptian health authorities declared they have established the country’s first cases of Omicron. The World Health Organization said the variant has been reported in 89 countries, and the number of cases is multiplying in 1.5 to 3 days in places where it is escalating in the community, Reuters reported.
In an move to stem the spread, Canada said Friday it would be restore a testing essential for returning travelers who have left the country, surprisingly as it lifted travel bans on 10 African countries, the Toronto Star reported. Ontario has as well reinstate some limitations, which includes limiting indoor gatherings and restaurant hours.