Morrison denies that Djokovic was “singed out” for COVID-19 | Coronavirus pandemic news

Due to public outcry against the “exemption”, the tennis star was detained in a detention center in Melbourne.

Hello, and welcome to Al Jazeera’s live blog about the coronavirus pandemic. This is Kate Mayberry from Kuala Lumpur.

Summary of main developments:

  • More daily records were broken, and France reported more than 332,000 cases on Wednesday, a surge driven by the Omicron variant.
  • The world’s top men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic was denied entry to Australia and is expected to be deported. The unvaccinated player stated that he has received a medical exemption so he can participate in the Australian Open.

The following are the latest updates:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends boosters for young people

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that young people between the ages of 12 and 17 receive additional Pfizer BioNTech vaccines.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement: “It is vital to protect our children and young people from the complications of COVID-19 infection and serious illness.” “I encourage all parents. Let their children keep abreast of CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.”

The initiative covers approximately 10 million young people.

Morrison says Djokovic has no evidence of medical exemption

Scott Morrison has been talking about Australia’s move to ban tennis star Novak Djokovic.

He told reporters at a press conference in Canberra that the Serbs had failed to provide enough evidence to secure a medical exemption for COVID-19 vaccination.

“I can only say that the evidence [for] The medical exemption provided was deemed insufficient,” Morrison said, adding that Djokovic was not “singed out” for review.

Djokovic has been taken to a detention hotel awaiting deportation.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stretched out his hands while speaking to reporters in CanberraAfter Novak Djokovic was denied entry, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke at a press conference in Canberra Parliament House [Lukas Coch/EPA]

Japan asks the U.S. to tighten COVID rules on bases

According to Kyodo News, Japan has asked the United States to strengthen COVID-19 measures on its military bases, including restricting personnel from leaving US bases.

Kyodo News said that this request was made when Japanese Foreign Minister Ringo was talking on the phone with US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken.

Japan has been controlling COVID-19, but the southern island of Okinawa, which has a large US base, has become a new hot spot.

Read all updates on January 5 here.