The mutant “Omicron” of the “Corona” virus continues its missile spread in the world, bringing with it infection numbers to new record levels, prompting many countries to further tighten measures without reaching a complete closure.
Yesterday, the Qatari Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs decided not to allow non-vaccinated people, including children under 12 years old, to enter mosques, starting tomorrow, Saturday, and the Ministry of Awqaf set, in a circular reported by Qatar News Agency (QNA) yesterday, new controls for attending mosques, in line with the procedures The precautionary measures followed in the country, and the measures included spacing in the obligatory and Friday prayers to the extent of the carpet (a physical distance of half a meter), and maintaining a distance of one meter for each worshiper during Friday prayers.
The regulations of the Ministry of Endowments also included the necessity of presenting mosque-goers to the application of “precaution”, and that each worshiper should bring his own prayer rug, taking into account the wearing of a mask.
Meanwhile, one of Africa’s top public health officials said yesterday that he was comfortable with the way South Africa was dealing with the latest wave of “Covid-19” infections caused by the mutant Omicron, adding that tighter closures were no longer the best way to contain the virus.
“The time to use the lockdown is over,” John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a news conference. “In fact, we should consider how to use public health and social measures more cautiously and in a balanced manner while increasing the vaccination rate.”
In addition, after three days of arduous talks that contributed to igniting controversial statements by French President Emmanuel Macron, who said he was ready to “disturb the lives” of unvaccinated people, the French Parliament approved yesterday a bill to convert the health card into an official vaccination certificate stating that the holder had received it. The vaccine against “Corona” is used to enter theaters and cinemas and use public transportation.
BFM news station reported that 214 deputies voted in favor of this bill, 93 deputies against it, and 27 abstained.
For his part, French Prime Minister Jean Castix, in a statement reported by BFM, praised the new law, stressing that “this is a good thing not only for the government but for the country.”
In Hong Kong, a government minister was sent to a quarantine camp yesterday, after he had direct contact with a person infected with Covid, at a large party attended by other government officials and deputies.
Election rallies were canceled in central India in light of a sudden increase in the number of infections caused by the mutant Omicron, and the number of new infections increased nearly three times in two days. India recorded 90,000 new infections during the 24 hours, with Bombay, the country’s financial capital, recording a record number since the beginning of the epidemic, which amounted to 15,166 new infections within 24 hours.