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Coronavirus: last minute on infections, the omicron variant and the return to schools LIVE

The covid continues to advance in Europe with the omicron variant and also in Spain. The week begins with the return to schools and changes in protocols on close contact lockdowns. Vaccination continues to advance at a good pace, but the authorities call not to lower our guard and continue with protection measures.

In this thread we explain the latest news:

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5,438 new infections in Aragon

Aragon has reported 5,438 new covid infections corresponding to this Sunday, which are 603 more than the day before but 2,321 more than the same day last week. According to provisional data published this Monday in the Transparency Portal of the Government of Aragon, 5,438 infections have been reported in the province of Zaragoza, 796 in that of Huesca and 590 in that of Teruel, while in 6 the origin has not been identified . Since the start of the pandemic, 269,281 people have contracted the coronavirus in Aragon and 182,310 have recovered, of which 574 were discharged yesterday. The number of people killed by covid-19 in Aragon rises to 4,122, which is 7 more than those that appeared a day before on the portal. By health areas, those of the city of Zaragoza are those that lead the number of infections. Valdespartera-Montecanal is the one that reports the most cases with 186, closely followed by Sagasta-Ruiseñores with 183 and Avenida de Cataluña-La Jota with 147. In the province of Teruel, in the capital Teruel Ensanche has reported 139, while in Huesca It is the area of ​​Barbastro that registers the most cases with 98 and Huesca Santo Grial with 96. Regarding the incidence, it is located at 14 days in 5,189 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the whole of Aragon, and at 2,853.1 at seven days. The incidence in towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants is led by Utebo with 7,464.7 and Cuarte de Huerva with 6,468.4, and all of them are above 3,000 cases and only Calatayud, Caspe, Alcañiz and Fraga are found by below 5,000. At seven days, Ejea de los Caballeros lead with 3,974.1 and Tarazona with 3,381.3, where up to six towns present data above 3,000 cases. The three provincial capitals registered at 14 and 7 days: Huesca (5,775.1 and 2,696.6), Zaragoza (5,343.9 and 2,997.2) and Teruel (5,317.3 and 3,330.6). The town with the lowest index is Fraga with 3,126.4 at 14 days and 1,608.8 at one week.

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The owner of a bar in Palma, reprimanded for asking for a passport

The Local Police of Palma has intervened this weekend in a bar in which a group of 18 people rebuked the owner for asking for the COVID certificate to access the interior. This was reported by the Palma City Council this Monday, in the balance of actions over the weekend. The event took place on Saturday afternoon, in a bar on Vicari Joaquim Fuster street. The Police went to the scene and controlled the situation. This weekend the Christmas campaign has ended, which has been active until January 7 with the focus on avoiding crowds, traffic controls and citizen security. In this line, in the devices against the bottle it should be noted that on Friday night no meetings of this type were detected in the controlled polygons. On Saturday, 13 acts of complaint were raised for breach of the ordinance regulating the civic use of public spaces in the polygons and one act for the consumption of narcotic substances in the street. As for traffic actions, on Saturday night there were two accidents. In one of them the driver was under the influence of alcohol; in the other, he lacked a driving license.

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Regulate the price of antigens

Pedro Sánchez has taken advantage of the radio interview on the SER to announce that the Government will regulate the price of antigen tests. The President of the Government has also taken the opportunity to send a message to people who have decided not to be vaccinated: “It is important to remind the unvaccinated that they have the right and duty to protect themselves and the entire citizenry.”

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A different surveillance of the covid

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the same interview in the SER, has opined that the way the covid behaves makes us rethink the way to face its effects in primary care and tend more to the follow-up of the flu. “I think we have to evaluate the evolution of the covid towards an endemic disease,” he said. And he added: “I think we have the conditions to, with caution and little by little, we begin to evaluate the evolution of this disease with different parameters.”

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Spain will buy the anticovid pill

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has announced in an interview on SER that Spain is going to buy Pfizer's antivirals against covid. Sánchez has revealed that the Spanish Executive will acquire 344,000 doses this same month of January. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) revealed in mid-December that it authorized member states to use Pfizer's anti-covid pill before its formal approval, an emergency measure against the new wave of omicron infections.

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A French politician, attacked by anti-vaccines

French politician Stephane Claireaux, a member of President Emmanuel Macron's ruling La Republica En Marche party, said on Monday that he had been attacked during the weekend week by protesters who were demonstrating against the covid passport. The attack on Claireaux, which took place on Sunday, comes amid public anger in France after Macron said he wanted to “save” unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated that they would end up receiving the covid vaccine. Claireaux is a Member of Parliament for the constituency of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a French overseas territory in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, near the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. “It is clear that I will file a lawsuit. Some think the right decisions are not being made. We are all receiving death threats in the mail, at some point it has to stop,” Claireaux told France Info on Monday. French Overseas Minister Annick Girardin condemned the attack on Claireaux. Girardin's Twitter account posted a picture of the incident, which showed protesters throwing mud at Claireaux while he was outside his home.

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Uganda reopens schools after two years

Uganda is preparing to reopen schools across the country this Monday after almost two years of paralysis due to the coronavirus crisis, in what that it is one of the longest periods of educational closure caused by the pandemic in the world. Authorities and teachers are anticipating the difficulty of reopening after such a long break, which threatens to provoke a lost generation of students. According to the representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Uganda, Munir Safieldin, around 15 million students had their education interrupted since March 2020, when schools closed for the first time. “We expect minimal attendance because the children say that they no longer come back. They are tired of studying, they are doing other things,” laments high school teacher Bosco Wantate. The teacher also recalls that many parents do not have money to educate their children because they have been unemployed for months. Thus, the situation is “dramatic” because “most students have not attended for two years, especially those under eight who live in remote areas where, to begin with, they had little access to education,” according to the humanitarian aid worker Lilian Ssengoba. The worker regrets that “many girls have already been forced to marry or are pregnant, or are working to support their families.” On the other hand, and according to the Ugandan newspaper 'The Monitor', the Government has advised school directors not to hide cases of covid if they want their schools to remain open. Likewise, teachers are asked to trust a new school surveillance system of the pandemic that links student data to medical centers. “We want to make sure that cases are identified early and are referred to the health authorities,” explained the Secretary of State for Primary Education, Joyce Moriku Kaducu. In total, there have been 83 weeks of closure due to a pandemic that has left almost 150,000 affected throughout the country, of which 3,300 have died. However, and as is the case in many other African countries, it is feared that the true figures are much higher than those represented in the official balance.

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Djokovic, free

A The Australian court on Monday ordered the release of the world's number one tennis player, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who had been detained since last Thursday in a detention center in the city of Melbourne after the revocation of his visa for not being vaccinated against the covid-19. Judge Anthony Kelly of the Melbourne Federal Circuit Court has urged the Australian Government to implement the release order within the next 30 minutes, hand over his passport and personal effects and pay the legal costs of Djokovic, who could play in the Open in Australia.

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30% vaccinated students in Catalonia In the In the case of Catalonia, the return to schools is accompanied this Monday by new protocols to deal with the covid. As the main novelty, approved on Friday by the Public Health Commission and the autonomies, only kindergarten and elementary school students will be confined when there are more than five positives in a class or more than 20% of the students have been infected in a period seven days. But only students who have not been immunized will have to stay home. In secondary education, the pre-existing protocols will be maintained and only unvaccinated students should be confined for six days. For both, the Generalitat will offer a free antigen test when there has been a positive test in the classroom.

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The loss of teachers in Madrid, of 5%

The Colleges and institutes of the Community of Madrid estimate that at least 5% of teachers will be on leave due to covid when classrooms reopen this Monday, although there could be “many more”, and they doubt that the substitutions can be covered in a couple of days as provided by the Ministry of Education. Although the counseling has affirmed to be “speeding up the process of appeals” of interns for these substitutions, union sources and groups of teachers consulted by Efe do not see it possible, due to “the saturation” that exists in primary care to process medical leave, which will “lengthen the process”.

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