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– The restrictions are multiplying in the world, in full epidemic recovery is increasing. Austria is fully reconfigured on Monday while Slovakia is confining all unvaccinated.

– Demonstrations by opponents of the restrictions are tense: riots broke out in Rotterdam on Friday evening, while a curfew was declared in Guadeloupe.

– In France, the incidence rate has returned to above 100 over the last seven days, a first since mid-September. This figure is twice the alert threshold, set at 50 by the government.


Thousands of Australians demonstrate against vaccination. Guadeloupe, Rotterdam and now Australia. The weekend is marked by more or less tense demonstrations against the measures taken by the rulers to control the fall outbreak of Covid-19. In Australia, demonstrators gathered on Saturday in the country’s largest cities to protest against compulsory vaccination, which is only required in certain states and territories for certain professional categories. They were 10,000 in Sidney and 2,000 in Melbourne. Almost 85% of Australians over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated and have returned to almost normal lives.


After “hellOf Rotterdam, a canceled demonstration in Amsterdam. A demonstration against health measures scheduled for Saturday in Amsterdam was canceled after the violence that accompanied that of Rotterdam the day before. “Yesterday evening, hell broke loose in Rotterdam”anti-sanitary measures organization United We Stand Europe said on Facebook, referring to the chaos that erupted Friday night, prompting law enforcement to shoot at protesters. Maintain the demonstration in Amsterdam “Didn’t seem fair to us”, underlined the organization United We Stand Europe, deploring the injuries of two demonstrators, which had also been announced by the Dutch media. A demonstration planned in the southern city of Breda on Saturday is meanwhile maintained, according to local media.


Australian Open tennis requires vaccination for all players, including Novak Djokovic. All players playing the Australian Open, scheduled for January in Melbourne, will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19, tournament manager Craig Tiley confirmed on Saturday, increasing pressure on world number one, Serbian Novak Djokovic , nine times titled in Melbourne and who refuses to say if he is vaccinated or not. Six weeks ago, only 50% of players scheduled to participate in the tournament were fully vaccinated, but that rate climbed to 80% after the government in Victoria announced it would deny access to unvaccinated athletes. Novak Djokovic, who could aim for a historic 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne, “Said he considered it a private matter, continued Craig Tiley. We would like to see Novak here. He knows he will have to be vaccinated to play here ”.


Outbreak of violence in Rotterdam after a demonstration against health restrictions. Rotterdam police had to fire on the night of Friday to Saturday, when a demonstration against health restrictions degenerated into a riot. Several dozen people were arrested and at least seven people were injured, including police officers, in clashes on one of the city’s main shopping streets. The Netherlands were the first in Western Europe to reintroduce partial containment last week with a series of health restrictions, notably affecting the restaurant sector, to cope with an outbreak of Covid-19 cases. More information here.


1.2 million doses of Pfizer arrive in Iraq. Iraq has received 1.2 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine as part of the Covax international aid program, as the country fears a new wave of the epidemic. Seven million people have received one or two doses, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health, or 17% of the estimated 40 million Iraqis. The health system, besides plagued by years of corruption, conflict and neglect, is struggling to cope with the progression of the epidemic. The Covax initiative is a public-private partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO), the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the Cepi (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) aimed at helping the poorest countries achieve the vaccine.

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