Coronavirus

    • Kosovo, Albania and part of Serbia postpone school openings due to coronavirus

      Kosovo, Albania and part of Serbia postpone school openings due to coronavirus

      Kosovo on Tuesday postponed the beginning of the school year for students up through high school by two weeks following a surge of coronavirus infections due to the delta variant, and new precautions were taken in other Western Balkan countries like Albania and Serbia, news wires reported. Perparim Kryeziu, the spokesman for the Kosovo government, told the Associated Press that “we have put up some new restrictive measures,” which include postponing classes until Sept. 13, imposing a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. nightly curfew, having restaurants and bars only operate outside and mandatory mask-wearing both indoors and outside.

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    • Italy's FM Di Maio receives death threats over controversial health pass

      Italy's FM Di Maio receives death threats over controversial health pass

      Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday denounced a "climate of hatred" against the Covid-19 vaccination campaign after receiving death threats on social media, Reuters reported. "This is a worrying escalation, a climate of hatred which harms the country but will not stop the vaccination campaign," Di Maio wrote on Facebook of the threats. Protests are planned on Wednesday against the government's health pass, which restricts access to an array of services to those who cannot show they have received at least one does of the vaccine, have recently tested negative or recovered.

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    • WHO closely monitors new coronavirus variant called ‘Mu’

      WHO closely monitors new coronavirus variant called ‘Mu’

      The World Health Organization has said it is monitoring a new coronavirus variant known as "Mu", which was first identified in Colombia in January 2021, AFP reported. Mu, known scientifically as B.1.621, has been classified as a "variant of interest", the global health body said on Tuesday in its weekly pandemic bulletin. The WHO said the variant has mutations that indicate a risk of resistance to vaccines and stressed that further studies were needed to better understand it.

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    • Israel reports record 10,947 daily Covid-19 cases

      Israel reports record 10,947 daily Covid-19 cases

      Israeli Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that some 10,947 new virus cases were identified on Monday, with 7.65% of people tested screening positive. Only one other time, the country recorded more than 10,000 cases – 10,118. It was on 18 January, during the peak of the third wave, the most virulent and deadliest the country experienced, Jerusalem Post noted.

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    • EU reaches a crucial milestone: 70% of the adult population fully vaccinated

      EU reaches a crucial milestone: 70% of the adult population fully vaccinated

      The EU has reached on Tuesday a crucial milestone with 70% of the adult population now fully vaccinated, European Commission announced. In total, over 256 million adults in the EU have now received a full vaccine course. Seven weeks ago already, the Commission's delivery target was met, ahead of time: to provide Member States, by the end of July, with enough vaccine doses to fully vaccinate 70% of the adult EU population.

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    • EU removes US from 'safe travel' list

      EU removes US from 'safe travel' list

      The European Union recommended on Monday that its 27 nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the US because of rising coronavirus infections there, news wires reported. The guidance is nonbinding, however, the EU has no unified Covid-19 tourism policy and national EU governments have the authority to decide whether they keep their borders open to US tourists, AP noted. Possible restrictions could include quarantines, further testing requirements upon arrival or even a total ban on all nonessential travel from the US.

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    • EU set to recommend reinstating restrictions on US travellers: diplomatic sources

      EU set to recommend reinstating restrictions on US travellers: diplomatic sources

      The European Union plans to recommend that its member states reinstate restrictions on tourists from the US because of rising coronavirus infection levels in the country, EU diplomats said Monday, AP reported. A decision to remove the US from a safe list of countries for non-essential travel would reverse advice from June, when the 27-nation bloc recommended lifting restrictions on US travelers before the summer tourism season.

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    • Covid health pass becomes compulsory for some 1.8m employees in France

      Covid health pass becomes compulsory for some 1.8m employees in France

      From Monday, staff in contact with the public will have to show a Covid health pass on entering their workplace or risk being suspended without pay, news wires reported. The controversial health passport showing either proof of full vaccination against Covid-19, a recent negative test or recovery from the virus has become compulsory for some 1.8 million employees in France, RFI noted.

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    • WHO, UNICEF: All schools in Europe and Central Asia to stay open

      WHO, UNICEF: All schools in Europe and Central Asia to stay open

      As millions of children return to school across the European region, where the highly transmissible Covid-19 Delta variant is dominant, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Europe and Central Asia Regional Office on Monday call for schools to stay open and be made safer by adopting measures to minimize transmission of the virus.

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