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* The English Premier League said on Monday it had found 94 positive COVID-19 cases among players and staff in the last week, the first week-by-week decrease in positive results for eight weeks.
* France on Monday reported 67,641 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period, a figure much lower than a couple of days ago, when daily additional infections were more than 200,000.
* Spain’s health ministry reported a record in the national 14-day COVID-19 infection rate, as the figure climbed to 2295.8 per 100,000 people from 1775.27 registered last Thursday, before a long weekend.
* A survey of wastewater showed the Omicron variant spreading to a majority of regions of Italy in December, the government said.
* The Netherlands, under a strict lockdown for the past two weeks, will reopen primary and secondary schools on January 10 despite infections remaining high, the government announced on Monday.
* The US Congress is experiencing a record rise in COVID-19 cases, with the seven-day positivity rate at a congressional test site surging to 13 per cent from just one per cent in late November, the Capitol’s attending physician said.
* Canada’s Ontario province announced restrictions to curb the spread of the virus as officials warned of a “tsunami” of new COVID-19 cases in the days and weeks ahead due to Omicron.
* Starbucks will require its US workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing in order to comply with new federal mandates, the company said in an update sent to employees on Monday.
* Turkey recorded 44,869 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest daily figure since late April, health ministry data showed on Monday.
AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST
* Israel will from next week admit foreigners with presumed COVID-19 immunity from countries deemed medium-risk, partially reversing a ban imposed in late November in response to the fast-spreading Omicron variant.
* Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi and his wife Isaura have tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating.
* The interval between receiving a second dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose in the US remains unchanged at six months, Food and Drug Administration Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock said.
* World markets got 2022 off to an optimistic start, with US and European equity markets powering higher on Monday, in parallel with rising oil prices and US Treasury yields.