A cruise ship carrying more than 4,000 people has been grounded in Portugal’s capital Lisbon after a COVID-19 outbreak infected various crew members.
Lisbon, Portugal – A cruise ship carrying more than 4,000 people has been held up in the Portuguese capital Lisbon after a COVID-19 outbreak infected crew members, German news agency DPA reported on Saturday.
German company Aida Cruz told the DPA that it discovered positive coronavirus cases during routine health checks and accommodated those infected in coordination with Portuguese authorities in Lisbon.
Portuguese media reported that 52 crew members of more than 1,000 workers tested positive. None of the nearly 3,000 passengers had tested positive. Everyone aboard the ship passed a screening test and was vaccinated with two doses before the ship’s departure from Germany.
The ship awaits the arrival of new crew members to continue the voyage to Spain’s Canary Islands, the DPA said.
Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic:
Dozens of US colleges temporarily hold online classes to combat rising infection outbreaks
—Omicron Celebrates New Year’s Eve Around the World as Rage
– Record number of US children hospitalized with COVID
Britain estimates 1 in 15 had the virus before Christmas amid Omicron boom in London
– New COVID-19 cases in US hit record high
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Here’s what else is happening today:
BOSTON – As cases of COVID-19 rise as students return from winter break, dozens of US colleges are taking online classes again for at least the first week or semester – and some have warned that This can drag on for a long time if the wave transition does not subside quickly.
Harvard is moving online classes for the first three weeks of the new year, with a return to campus scheduled for late January, “conditions permitting.” The University of Chicago is delaying the start of its new term and is holding the first two weeks online. Some are inviting other students back to campus but starting online classes, including Michigan State University.
Many colleges expect an extra week or two to overtake the peak of a nationwide spike driven by the highly contagious Omron version. Still, the surge is casting uncertainty over a semester many expected it to be the closest to normal since the start of the pandemic.
For some American students, starting term remotely is becoming routine – several colleges used the strategy last year. But some fear the latest change could extend beyond a week or two.
Jake Maynard, a student at George Washington University in the nation’s capital, said he’s fine with a week of online classes, but beyond that, he expects officials to rely on booster shots and a traditional college experience provided.
TOKYO – Japan’s Emperor Naruhito prayed for those who died during the pandemic, taking video for the second straight year of his New Year’s greetings on Saturday, canceling public palace gatherings to prevent coronavirus infections.
Sitting in front of a bonsai tree with his wife Masako, Naruhito praised and thanked doctors and other health care workers, and expressed concern for countries lacking access to vaccines and adequate hospital systems.
“By cherishing the relationship between people more than ever, by sharing our pain and supporting each other, I hope from the bottom of my heart that we will overcome these difficult times,” he said.
Japan has recorded more than 18,000 COVID-19-related deaths, but the pace of deaths has been declining in recent months. Naruhito also expressed concern about the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
LAS VEGAS – The annual CES gadget conference will take three days instead of four, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and the return of some of its most famous tech presenters.
Convention organizer Consumer Technology Association announced Friday that CES will run from January 5-7, a day less than planned. The event still has more than 2,200 exhibitors confirmed to show their products at the Las Vegas convention, said spokeswoman Jean Abella.
The announcement follows the tech giant’s withdrawal from CES last week, citing the health risks of the Omicron version, including cellphone carriers like T-Mobile, whose CEO was slated to deliver the keynote address.
Computer maker Lenovo and social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook’s parent company Meta also canceled plans to participate. News outlets, including CNN, said they would cancel or reduce coverage.
CES was held solely last year. Abella said it will be a hybrid of online and in-person this year, with organizers offering digital registration, which allows access to about 40 livestream events.
Tampa, Fla. – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 75,900 new cases of COVID-19 in Florida on Friday.
This raises the tally to a daily 7-day average of 42,600, which peaked this summer when the delta version fueled a surge of infections in the state.
Friday’s report sets a single-day record for the number of new cases in Florida. This breaks the record set a day earlier when over 58,000 cases were reported in the state. The Omicron version of the coronavirus has spread across Florida and across the country in the past few weeks.
Rising numbers during the holiday season have sent thousands of people to COVID-19 testing centers across Florida, resulting in long lines in many areas.
Three people collapsed while waiting in line at the Tampa testing site on Friday morning.
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Hundreds of unaffiliated employees working at public colleges and universities in Nevada were fired Friday, a day after the State Board of Regents voted to keep the staff vaccine mandate in effect.
The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents stunned 6-6 on Thursday over a measure to repeal the staff vaccine mandate and then rejected the measure to push back the effective expiration date by two weeks. Without majority support for repeal, the mandate—which Governor Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Faculty Alliance support—remained in effect.
Higher education officials said on Friday that 379 employees were being sacked, 188 attribution employees terminated their contracts and 18 others had resigned voluntarily. Regents said employees who have been fired can seek reinstatement if they show proof of vaccination in January.
PARIS – Describing himself as “absolutely optimistic”, French President Emmanuel Macron has used the final New Year’s address of his current term to express the hope that, with vaccination, an end to the coronavirus pandemic in 2022 Will happen.
Macron stopped short of saying he would run for re-election in April. He only said that he wanted to continue to serve the French “whatever my place and circumstances”.
The president appealed to the 5 million illiterate but deserving people in France to get coronavirus jabs, saying: “All of France is counting on you.”
France has lost 123,000 people to COVID-19 and new cases are at unprecedented levels, with the highly contagious Omicron variant rising. France reported a record 232,200 new cases on Friday, its third day running above the 200,000 mark.
ROME – Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, has used a New Year’s Eve speech at the end of his term to call to action those who “ruin” their chances of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The option is called a “crime” for all those who haven’t been able to receive the injection.
In a televised speech to the nation on Friday night, the head of state, Mattarella, noted that he was serving the final days of his seven-year term with parliament to elect his successor in the first weeks of 2022. Referring to the recent COVID-19 in Italy and several other countries driven by virus variants, Mattarella noted a “sense of despair” over the failures.
ALBANY, NY – Federal ambulance crews and additional National Guard members are headed for New York City, and hospitals in western New York are receiving more federal aid as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations keep rising.
State officials announced the new postings on Friday.
Gov. Kathy Hochul also said that students at state universities and the City University of New York must be on campus in the spring semester to receive coronavirus vaccine booster shots and test negative before returning from vacation leave.
The new confirmed cases are breaking records day by day in the state, Hochul said at a news briefing, rising above 76,500 on Thursday.
An average of 53,000 New Yorkers tested positive in the week ending Thursday, compared to 13,000 per day two weeks ago. More than 7,900 people with COVID-19 are hospitalized across the state, a 67% increase in a week.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas officials on Friday requested federal aid to increase COVID-19 testing and treatments, following reports that the state is running low on antibody treatments that have proven most effective against the Omicron variant. Has happened.
In a statement, Governor Greg Abbott said the Texas Division for Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services had made the request.
They are seeking federal resources for additional COVID-19 testing locations in six counties, an increase in medical personnel and more sotrovimab, the monoclonal antibody treatment that has been shown to be most effective against the more-infectious Omicron.
Abbott called on the Biden administration to “step up in this fight and provide necessary resources to help protect Texans.”
GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Novavax Inc. said it filed data Friday with the Food and Drug Administration to support approval of its long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine, a different kind of shot than current US options.