Latest coronavirus: WHO warns of mental health crisis in Europe


Greece announced stricter restrictions in three cities in western Attica following an increase in coronavirus cases as the country enters week six of a nationwide lockdown. The nighttime curfew will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in Eleusis, Mandra and Aspropyrgos, three hours earlier than before.
Hospitalizations linked to the coronavirus have climbed to record levels in Arizona. State hospitals were treating 3,884 patients with positive or suspected Covid-19 cases, up from 3,809 the day before, according to data from the state health department on Thursday.
Pfizer said he has millions of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine sitting in warehouses awaiting delivery instructions, denying reports the company has production problems. The US drugmaker said Thursday that no deliveries have been suspended or delayed. Pfizer said it sent 2.9 million doses across the country last week.
Poland will go into lockdown from December 28 to January 17 in a bid to regain control of the pandemic, the country’s health minister said on Thursday. Under the new restrictions, hotels, shopping malls – except food stores and pharmacies – and ski slopes will close.
Another 885,000 Americans have applied for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, as new restrictions to tackle the resurgence of coronavirus cases continue to strain the job market. Weekly jobless claims rose 23,000 from 862,000 last week. Economists expected the claims to change to 800,000.
The Bank of England kept monetary policy unchanged Thursday citing an “unusually uncertain” outlook for the UK economy. The BoE’s monetary policy committee has decided to leave interest rates at 0.1% and the target for its asset purchase program at £ 895 billion by the end of 2021.
The British government placed parts of the east and south-east of England under the strictest coronavirus restrictions from Saturday as he relaxed the rules for Bristol. The number of infections in the Southeast region has increased by 46%, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, while cases in the east are up two-thirds from last week.
Government incentives for employers in England to hire apprentices have failed to offset almost 46 percent decrease in on-the-job training since the first lock. The Chancellor’s employment plan has led to 11,520 new apprenticeships since its launch in August, according to figures from the Ministry of Education.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak plans to expand the UK’s £ 68bn emergency coronavirus loan programs to help businesses grappling with the combination of new pandemic restrictions and a disruptive end to the Brexit transition, Whitehall sources say.

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