Measures

    • World leaders to tackle climate, pandemic at UN summit

      World leaders to tackle climate, pandemic at UN summit

      The world leaders are returning to the UN in New York to tackle issues linked to the change in climate, pandemic and migration. As the Covid-19 is still devastating lots of countries on the back of inequitable vaccination progress, about a third of the 193 UN states are planning to send videos, but presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers for the remainder are due to travel to the United States, Reuters elaborated.

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    • Despite strict lockdown Australia's Covid-19 cases rise

      Despite strict lockdown Australia's Covid-19 cases rise

      Australia's New South Wales state has topped 1,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time since the pandemic began, news wires reported. The state recorded 1,029 locally transmitted cases in the last 24-hour reporting period, health authorities said Thursday, marking the latest in a string of daily records in recent days.

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    • Belgium scraps Covid restrictions on restaurants

      Belgium scraps Covid restrictions on restaurants

      Belgium will scrap Covid-19 restrictions on restaurants and cafes, allowing them to operate under their usual hours as more than two-thirds of the population have been vaccinated, news wires reported. The measures will take effect on 1 September, but will not apply to Brussels, because of the low vaccination rate in some parts of the city.

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    • UK vaccinates all 16-17 year olds by 23 August

      UK vaccinates all 16-17 year olds by 23 August

      UK announced that all British residents between the age of 16 and 17 will be offered their first Covid-19 vaccine dose by 23 August, according to a target set by British Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Javid confirmed on Sunday that offering young people the vaccine by the envisaged date would allow the teenagers to have the two weeks necessary to build maximum immunity before returning to school in September, Reuters reported.

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    • Epidemic state of emergency extended

      Epidemic state of emergency extended

      The Council of Ministers has adopted a decision to extend the state of emergency declared in response to the pandemic, which was originally set to expire on 1 August and is now to continue at least until 31 August 2021, the press office of the interim government announced.

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    • The Netherlands return measures as Covid cases jump

      The Netherlands return measures as Covid cases jump

      The Dutch government has reintroduced some measures to contain Covid-19 after a spike in new cases, particularly among young people. PM Mark Rutte said that bars, cafes and restaurants will have to close at midnight again as of this weekend and for much of the summer, while dancing clubs will have to close at all.

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    • ECB retains pandemic bond purchases beyond March 2022

      ECB retains pandemic bond purchases beyond March 2022

      The European Central Bank is likely to preserve its pandemic bond purchase programme beyond previously earmarked March, 2022 deadline. If ECB halts the bond purchase programme which was designed to offset the consequences of the Covid-19 economic downturn, it would put at risk the stability of the European financial system, Reuters reported quoting ECB board member Fabio Panetta. His statement is likely to sparkle a conflict with the more conservative members of the bank's ruling body.

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    • Bulgaria announces new rules for entry as of 1 May

      Bulgaria announces new rules for entry as of 1 May

      The Bulgarian health minister issued on Thursday an order with new rules for entry into Bulgaria from 1 May. Persons arriving from India, Bangladesh, Brazil and countries and territories in Africa will be temporarily banned from entry into the country. Exception will apply to Bulgarian citizens and persons with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria and their family members, and they will be allowed to enter but will be quarantined for 10 days.

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