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Dutch town to test every citizen in bid to halt new variant spread

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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People are at work during the construction of an additional Covid-19 testing facility in a sports hall in Bergschenhoek, on January 12, 2021. - All residents of the municipality of Lansingerland will receive a targeted call to be tested for the corona virus. (Photo by Robin UTRECHT / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by ROBIN UTRECHT/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

The Dutch municipality of Lansingerland will test all of its residents from the age of two for Covid-19, following an outbreak in a primary school which included cases of the more transmissible UK variant.

The Chinese city of Langfang, which lies next to Beijing and has nearly 5 million residents, has gone into a “soft lockdown” after new Covid-19 cases were identified in Hebei province.

Hebei province detected 40 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on Monday, the provincial Health Commission said in a statement.

Of the new confirmed cases, 39 were reported in Shijiazhuang, while one was reported in Langfang, the Hebei Health Commission said.

China reported a total of 136 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, according to the country’s National Health Commission.

California's surge of Covid-19 has just got even worse, after at least two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo became infected with the virus, the zoo and Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

New Zealand has announced that all travelers, apart from those from Australia, Antarctica and some Pacific Island nations, will be required to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival in the country.

“Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that most global air routes will be of critical concern for the foreseeable future, and we must respond strongly to the evolving situation,” Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said in a press release on Tuesday.

Millions of doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine left the Serum Institute of India’s warehouses early Tuesday as the country of 1. 3 billion people prepares to rollout the shot.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country expects to vaccinate 300 million people in the next few months.

And Monday marked the seventh day in a row the country reported more than 200,000 new Covid-19 infections.

"This is what we were afraid of -- people letting their guard down over Christmas and New Years," New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday while announcing the spread of the virus was increasing across the state.

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