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Australian city of Sydney reports new cluster of infections


The Australian province of New South Wales reported a new corona cluster in the city of Sydney on Sunday.

A man is said to have infected six of his friends.

The cluster was reported hours after Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said there are no more active "corona hotspots" in Australia.

Still, he kept a blow and emphasized that there was a good chance that new clusters would emerge.



In recent months, corona clusters have been discovered in the provinces of South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

They are now under control.

The health minister said on Sunday that Australia will feel the impact of the coronavirus for a long time to come, as the virus is not yet under control in most of the world.

'Austria extends lockdown by two weeks'


Austria is going to extend the current corona measures for another two weeks until February 7, reports

APA

news agency

based on insiders.

This means that shops, restaurants and schools will remain closed until then.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is expected to give a press conference on Sunday morning.



The Alpine country has been in a hard lockdown since December 26, which means that, just like in the Netherlands, people must stay at home as much as possible.

According to

APA

, easing could potentially be instituted starting Feb.8, such as reopening gyms and museums.

From now on people must wear medical mouth masks (FFP2 masks) when they visit somewhere and keep a distance of at least 2 meters from each other.

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In the Austrian capital Vienna, an estimated 10,000 people demonstrated against the corona measures on Saturday.

Five people were arrested.

Many participants did not wear a face mask or did not adhere to the distance rules.

The country is currently in a third lockdown.

Only essential stores are still open in Austria.

The government may announce further tightening on Sunday.

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South African virus variant shows up in Denmark


The variant of the coronavirus that was first discovered in South Africa has now also surfaced in Denmark.

Local health authorities report this on Saturday. 



It is still unknown how the more contagious mutation got into the country and how many people are infected with it.

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Police raid an illegally opened café in Leeuwarden, 15 people fined


The police and enforcement of the municipality of Leeuwarden raided an illegally opened café in the city on Saturday.

Fifteen people, including the operator, were fined 95 euros.

There was also illegal gambling inside.

The same day, an Eindhoven café that announced last week to reopen its doors on Sunday decided to abandon its plan.

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The most important news of Saturday January 16.



Inland:


  • RIVM reports

    5,340 new positive tests

    , again less than the average of the past seven days (5,873).

  • There are currently 

    2,360 corona patients

     in Dutch hospitals, 109 fewer than Friday.

    666 of these are treated in intensive care, nineteen less than a day ago

  • Primary schools

     will not open yet on January 25.

    The cabinet is adopting the OMT's advice on this.

  • Two hundred infections

    with the British corona variant

    are now

    known in the Netherlands.


Abroad:


  • Family members of residents of 

    Flemish retirement homes

    have been secretly vaccinated with leftovers from the corona vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.

    Family of employees were also given leftover vaccine.

    The authorities call it inadmissible.

  • The

     South African corona mutation first appeared

    in 

    Denmark

    .

  • Bonaire

     will again allow flights from the United States and Canada from Saturday.

    Travelers must have a negative PCR test.

  • In the Brazilian city of 

    Manaus,

    hospitals are struggling with oxygen shortages.

  • The strict curfew went into

     effect

    in

    France

    on

    Saturday 

    .

    From 6pm to 6am, residents of the country must stay at home.

  • In 

    England

     several churches are used as puncture sites.

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