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As of Monday, people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are limited in Austria, the chancellor announced on Sunday, condemning the “embarrassingly low” vaccination rate. In the Netherlands, the clashes marked the return of a controversial measure, with bars closing from 8 pm onwards.

Austria – People without vaccinations are limited since Monday

Austrians who have not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have not recently contracted the disease should limit themselves from Monday to allow a decline in the circulation of the coronavirus, Chancellor Alexander Schalenberg announced Sunday. , Parliament approved the measure in the evening.

“The situation is serious. We do not take this remedy lightly, but unfortunately it is necessary. We need to increase the vaccination rate. This is embarrassingly low,” he said at a news conference introducing this new measure, which affects several million people.

About 65% of the Austrian population is fully vaccinated, which is one of the lowest rates in Western Europe.

Directly, the persons concerned will not have the right to leave their homes except for shopping, sports or medical care. The remedy is applicable from the age of 12 years. According to the chancellor, “undeclared” checks will be carried out.

The government will assess the impact of these restrictions in 10 days, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said, calling for the refractory to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

On Saturday, more than 13,000 new cases were registered in this country with a population of 9.8 crores.

Germany – Massive return to teleworking

Germany is preparing for a massive return to telecommunications in an effort to prevent a new wave of Covid-19, indicates a bill consulted by AFP on Sunday. The reintroduction of the homework rule, which was lifted in early July, comes as the country faces a worrying resurgence of the pandemic.

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According to the bill, German employers would be forced to offer the possibility of working from home in the absence of a “forced professional reason” to come to the office. Anyone going to work will also be asked to prove that they have been vaccinated or that their test is negative.

Thursday’s approval

The bill is expected to be introduced for approval on Thursday in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, before being signed by the upper house on Friday.

The number of infections and deaths has risen sharply since mid-October, in a country where vaccination rates barely exceed 67%. “The coming wave will eclipse all previous ones,” said Michael Kreischmer, the prime minister of Saxony, whose region is currently most affected.

The number of new cases currently stands at 35,000 per day (an average of over 7 days), a figure that has never been higher. Deaths have risen from about 50 per day in the early fall to 150 today, but they are still far from figures reaching the peak of the second wave in January 2021, with an average of about 900 deaths per day.

Netherlands – Conflict after new imprisonment

Dutch police arrested 15 people in Leeuwarden after bars closed due to COVID. [EPA/Anton Kappers – Keystone]Police said they arrested fifteen people on Saturday night in a town in the northern Netherlands who were unhappy with the early closure of bars due to COVID-19 after clashes between law enforcement and hundreds of people.

Police said on Twitter that a large group of people were shooting fireworks and refusing to leave Leeuwarden town center after bars and restaurants were forced to close. “The riot police made several allegations in the center of Leeuwarden. Fifteen arrests were also made,” she said.

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The new restrictions are politically sensitive, with police using water cannons in The Hague on Friday to disperse protesters who were throwing stones and setting off fireworks during a government press conference to announce the new measures.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday announced partial containment, along with a series of health restrictions, to tackle the record number of Covid-19 cases, particularly affecting the restaurant sector. Bars and restaurants must close at 8 p.m. until at least December 4.

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Covid: Netherlands returned to partial control.  As of today, bars and restaurants close at 8 pm. [RTS]
Covid: Netherlands returned to partial control. As of today, bars and restaurants close at 8 pm. / 7:30 PM / 2 min. / Saturday at 7:30 pm.

Syria – Donation of 2 million doses from China

China donated half a million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Syria, bringing the doses received by the country to nearly two million a week, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates around the world and an alarming rise in cases.

According to the World Health Organisation, Damascus had already received more than 1.3 million doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine as part of the Covax program last week.

According to the Minister of Health, the number of people who have thanked for this program is more than 600,000. He called on the population to get vaccinated at the earliest as cases rise in the country.

Morocco – Reinforced border controls

Morocco has decided to strengthen border controls due to the increase in cases of Kovid-19 infection in Europe. “As part of the preventive health measures imposed by a context marked by an increase in contamination cases in the European neighbourhood of Morocco, the Moroccan authorities have decided to strengthen the control system for access to the national territory”, a press release The release indicates the Inter-Ministerial Covid Monitoring Committee.

Thus, in addition to the mandatory health pass and negative PCR tests, upon arrival in Morocco, a double check will be carried out by thermal cameras and electronic thermometers as well as antigenic tests, according to the details of the press release.

These measures pertain to all arrivals from so-called “List B” countries, i.e. France, several EU countries, as well as the United Kingdom, Algeria and Tunisia.

Guadeloupe – Anti pass resistance

Anti-health protesters at the international airport in Guadeloupe, France, blocked air traffic on Saturday, blocking access.

According to local media, several hundred protesters with firefighters on the front lines had gathered on the access road to the airport as the tourist season begins in Guadeloupe.


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