Coronavirus

    • Protesters in France demonstrate for sixth weekend in a row

      Protesters in France demonstrate for sixth weekend in a row

      Thousands protested across France for a sixth consecutive weekend on Saturday against a Covid-19 health pass required for daily activities, news wires reported. According to the Interior Ministry, around 175,500 people in total marched on Saturday, down from roughly 215,000 last weekend although numbers could increase as people return from summer holidays.

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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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    • Starting today, Bulgaria introduces new restrictions

      Starting today, Bulgaria introduces new restrictions

      Starting next week, new restrictions will be introduced in the country in response to the spread of the more aggressive Delta variant of the novel coronavirus, Minister of Health Stoycho Katsarov announced. According to him, restaurants and bars, gyms, cinemas, theatres and other public establishments will initially be operating at a capacity reduced from 50% to 30%.

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    • EU accepts three more Covid certificates

      EU accepts three more Covid certificates

      North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine will be connected to the EU's system and Covid certificates issued by the three countries will be accepted in the EU, as of tomorrow, 20 August 2021, under the same conditions as the EU Digital Covid Certificate. At the same time, North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine have agreed to accept the EU Digital Covid Certificate for travel from the EU to their countries, the EC said in a statement.

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    • Fake health passports sale in France surges

      Fake health passports sale in France surges

      People refusing to get Covid vaccines in France are ready to pay hundreds of euros for fake health passes in an online black market, news wires reported. It has flourished since July, when the government imposed new regulation requiring people to show such pass in order to enter cafés, inter-city trains and other public places, according to AFP.

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    • India hits record daily vaccination drive

      India hits record daily vaccination drive

      India administered more than 8.8 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine in the past 24 hours, the highest-ever number of vaccinations achieved on a single day, the federal Health Ministry said on Tuesday, cited by dpa. The new peak in inoculations comes amid a sharp fall in daily infections, which declined to 25,166, the lowest since 16 March.

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    • New Zealand locked down over single Covid-19 case

      New Zealand locked down over single Covid-19 case

      New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern put the nation under strict lockdown on Tuesday after one new Covid-19 case was reported in its largest city of Auckland, news wires reported. It is the the country's first in six months. Under new order all of New Zealand will be in lockdown for three days from Wednesday while Auckland and Coromandel, a coastal town that the infected person had also spent time in, will be in lockdown for seven days.

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