Find all of today's most important Covid developments both at home and abroad in one place.
Starting with Luxembourg
- The latest figures from Luxembourg show that 666 new cases of coronavirus were discovered over the last 24 hours.
- Luxembourg was expecting 100,000 vaccine doses from Moderna on Wednesday, to be used as boosters.
- A press briefing is scheduled for Thursday at 11am following Saturday's chaotic protests. Minister of Internal Security Henri Kox, City mayor Lydie Polfer and deputy police chief Donat Donven will be speaking.
- The Aleba union, representing the majority of workers in the financial sector, suggests that employers should pay for testing their non-vaccinated employees.
- The CovidCheck app has been adapted to be compliant with the new regulations announced by the government.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologised and announced an internal probe Wednesday after a video emerged of senior aides joking about a Christmas party at Downing Street last year when social events were banned under Covid-19 rules.
- Papua New Guinea carried out the first in a series of mass Covid-19 burials Wednesday, interring 54 people whose remains were unclaimed for months as the pandemic ravaged the under-resourced Melanesian nation.
- The Omicron variant appears to be no worse than other coronavirus strains, top scientists from the WHO and the United States told AFP, while cautioning that more research is needed to judge its severity.
- Two doses of the BioNTech and Pfizer coronavirus vaccine may not be enough to protect against the Omicron variant, the companies warned Wednesday, but stressed it was "still effective" after a third jab.
- Brazil on Tuesday ruled out requiring a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for foreign travelers arriving in the country, despite a recommendation from the national health regulator.
- Travel operator Tui suffered a loss of 2,5 billion euros by the end of September 2021, the company communicated on Wednesday, but it nonetheless remains optimistic about 2022.
- Countries considering introducing vaccine mandates in the fight against Covid-19 must ensure they respect human rights, the UN rights chief said Wednesday, stressing that forced vaccination was never acceptable.