Coronavirus: What happens in Canada and around the world on Sunday

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The Austrian government has ordered a nationwide shutdown for unvaccinated people since Monday to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the country.

The move prohibits unvaccinated individuals over the age of 12 from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as work, grocery shopping, walking – or getting vaccinated.

Authorities are concerned that hospital staff will no longer be able to deal with the growing influx of patients with COVID-19.

“It is our task as the Austrian government to protect the people,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday. “That’s why we decided that from Monday … there will be a confinement for the unvaccinated.”

Lock will last 10 days

The confinement affects about two million people in the Alpine country of 8.9 million people, reported news agency APA. It is not valid for children under 12 years of age because they cannot yet be officially vaccinated.

The confinement will initially last 10 days and police have been asked to check people out to make sure they are vaccinated, Schallenberg said.

Austria has one of the lowest vaccinations in Western Europe – only about 65 percent of the total population is fully vaccinated. In recent weeks, the country has faced a critical trend of infections. The country reported 11,552 new cases on Sunday; a week ago there were 8,554 new infections.

The seven-day infection rate is 775.5 new cases per 100,000 residents. By comparison, the index is at 289 in neighboring Germany, which has already also sounded the alarm about the rising numbers.


What is happening across Canada

Manitoba will soon impose new rules for children in recreational sports to protect against the spread of COVID-19. From December 6, those aged 12 to 17 must have proof of at least one vaccine dose of COVID-19 or a negative test result before playing indoor sports.

On Saturday, religious services in the province’s Southern Health region, which do not require proof of vaccination, were limited to only 25 people attending.

Manitoba and Saskatchewan currently stand as two of Canada’s COVID-19 hotspots, Canada’s most recent government daily epidemiological update suggests.

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What is happening around the world

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As of Sunday morning, more than 253 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the global database maintained by U.S. Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll was over 5 million.

In Europe, protests erupted in the northern Dutch city of Leeuwarden on Saturday night as a new confinement imposed amid growing infections forced bars and restaurants to close at 8pm local time.

A video showed some protesters causing a fireworks display and holding flares waving smoke. Dutch broadcaster NOS reported that riot police later moved in to push the protesters from the square.

Dutch riot police are deployed at Zaailand Square to remove a large group of people who, among other things, threw a fireworks display in Leeuwarden on Saturday night to protest COVID-19 restrictions. (Anton Kappers / ANP / AFP / Getty Images)

Nearly 85 percent of the Dutch adult population is fully vaccinated, but on Thursday the country’s public health institute recorded 16,364 new positive tests in 24 hours – the highest number ever during the pandemic that killed more than 18,600 people in the Netherlands.

In Asia, Cambodia will stop requiring quarantine for travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 since Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday.

Hun Sen said travelers will have to show a negative test result 72 hours before traveling and have two vaccine doses. Those who are unvaccinated will be in quarantine for 14 days.

Cambodia has vaccinated nearly 90 percent of its more than 16 million people, one of Asia’s highest inoculation rates.

Meanwhile in South Korea, the head coach of the women’s national football team was hospitalized after a positive test on COVID-19, the national sports federation said on Saturday. Colin Bell was positive last week after the team returned from the United States where they played two matches last month, news agency Yonhap reported.

In the Americas, The U.S. has administered more than 9.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the past seven days, the highest weekly total since late May, the White House director of data for COVID-19 said Saturday. Vaccinations of children ages five to 11, which became widely available this week, likely contributed to the total.

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