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Find all of the day's most important Covid-19 updates in our daily roundup.
Starting with Luxembourg
- The latest figures from the Ministry of Health show that 237 new cases of coronavirus were discovered yesterday.
- A brewery lost a case in court after it sued its tenants – café owners - for failing to pay rent. The verdict may have implications for the entire Horesca sector.
- Between 19 and 25 January, 5 members of staff of the daycare centre and 3 pupils of the Michel Rodange primary school tested positive at the Waldbillig primary school.
- With Belgium closing its borders for all but non-essential travel, a lot of people have asked whether they can still go to Ikea. We set out to find the answer.
- The tourism industry needs to adapt to the new travel restrictions that were unveiled on Monday, including testing and varying quarantine rules in different countries.
- As the government announced on Monday, based on the recommendations of the National Ethics Commission, people over 75 years of age as well as "particularly vulnerable" people in all age categories will be vaccinated as a priority in the second phase of vaccination.
- The National Health Laboratory (LNS) has confirmed that three cases of the coronavirus variant first discovered in South African have been found in the Grand Duchy.
- During last week's state council, it was decided that people with physical or mental disabilities would be vaccinated at the end of the first vaccination phase. The ad hoc invitations will be sent out during the month of February.
- The effects of the pandemic remain clearly visible. Nearly 2,000 employees and nearly 350 more companies than in January are expected to benefit from short-time work next month.
And around the world
- EU demands that AstraZeneca make up delays of its Covid-19 vaccine by supplying doses from its UK factories on Wednesday risked setting the bloc and Britain on a post-Brexit collision course.
- The US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which is manufacturing the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Germany's BioNTech, now considers each vial contains six doses compared to five previously.
- Overnight clashes in northern Lebanon between security forces and demonstrators angered by a coronavirus lockdown injured at least 45 people, the Lebanese Red Cross said on Wednesday.
- When Romanian Orthodox priest Dorel Galan went public with his wish to get vaccinated against Covid-19, he was not expecting to be targeted by online trolls and anti-vaxxers.
- British citizens returning home from roughly 30 countries deemed at "high risk" from new coronavirus variants could soon have to quarantine in hotels, reports said on Wednesday.
- China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers at high risk of contracting Covid-19, state TV reported, with social media users and travellers squirming over the invasive procedure which doctors say can be more effective in detecting the virus.