Find all of today's most important Covid developments both at home and abroad in one place.
Starting with Luxembourg
- New restrictions apply to travellers arriving in Luxembourg from southern African states, who must now undergo a quarantine.
- From late December on, pharmacies will be able to administer coronavirus vaccines and tests.
- Stricter coronavirus measures are expected from next week, including a reduced validity period for Covid-19 tests.
- The protection against the coronavirus granted by vaccination can only be upheld if everyone receives a booster shot, according to virologist Dr Claude Muller, who spoke to RTL Radio on Saturday.
- Fears mounted Saturday that a highly-infectious new coronavirus strain was pushing its way into Europe as the world brought the shutters down to contain the new Omicron variant.
- Britain confirmed its first two infections and suspected new cases emerged in Germany and the Czech Republic, while Dutch authorities quarantined 61 passengers from South Africa who tested positive for Covid-19.
- Many countries have implemented emergency restrictions, including the UK, as the prime minister announced tougher entry rules for all arriving passengers and the return of a masks mandate.
- World nations gather Monday to thrash out whether to pursue a pandemic treaty setting out how to handle the next crisis -- which experts fear is only a matter of time.
An anti-Covid pill developed by Merck has proved effective in treating the disease, the US Food and Drug Administration said Friday in a much-awaited preliminary report.
- Next week's World Trade Organization ministerial conference, the global trade body's biggest gathering in four years, was postponed at the last minute Friday due to the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.