Rio Carnival parades cancelled because of COVID-19: Live | News

US, UK and France among countries reporting record infections as Omicron sweeps the world.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s live blog on the coronavirus pandemic as the Omicron variant continues to sweep the world. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

A brief summary of some of the latest developments:

  • The United States set a new world record for daily cases, reporting 1,082,549 new cases on Monday after the holiday weekend.
  • The UK, France and other European countries are also reporting record numbers of cases.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that there is growing evidence that Omicron, although more transmissible, causes milder symptoms.

Here are the latest updates:


Macron agrees not to be vaccinated

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned people in France who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 that their access to key aspects of life will be limited.

“I really want to annoy them,” Macron told Le Parisien in an interview. “And we will continue to do so, until the end. This is the strategy.

He added that this would mean “limiting their access to activities of social life as much as possible”.

The French government is trying to pass legislation that would make vaccination compulsory to enjoy cultural activities, take intercity trains or visit cafes and restaurants from January 15.


Rio cancels carnival parades for second year in a row

The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has canceled its annual carnival street parades and parties for the second year in a row.

The city’s mayor says it’s because of an increase in COVID-19 cases and the threat of the arrival of the Omicron variant.

Hundreds of thousands of people typically attend such events every year.

“Street carnival by its very nature, due to its democratic aspect, makes any kind of control impossible,” Eduardo Paes said on a live Internet broadcast.

The Rio samba schools display will take place with strict sanitary protocols for those watching from the stands.


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