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Epidemiological conditions around the world are deteriorating. Many European countries are opting for new anti-crown measures and stopping public life. Meanwhile, protests against the measures are taking place in several European countries, and violence between police and protesters has erupted in some places. In Croatia, however, authorities face criticism after revealing that large quantities of the vaccine remain in storage.
In Croatia, 834 new infections with the new coronavirus have been confirmed in the last 24 hours after 6,884 tests, and another 20 human patients have died, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said. There are currently 6,922 active cases of infection in the country, which is more than 30 percent less than in Slovenia.
The newspaper Jutarnji list reports that by Saturday, Croatia had consumed only 72.4 percent of the doses of covid-19 vaccines it had received so far. It has received 411,008 doses of vaccines approved in the EU, and 121,643 doses of vaccines remain unused in storage. Most doses of AstraZeneca remained unused. This is shown by the data of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the newspaper states, adding that the average percentage of consumption of delivered vaccines in EU member states is 80 percent.
Tightening of measures in France, Germany and Poland
The announcement of a third wave is tightening measures in some European countries. Germany promises to extend existing measures to close public life over the Easter holidays. This stems from a proposal for conclusions to be discussed on Monday between talks between the government in Berlin and the leaders of the Länder. The seven - day incidence of infections in the country, meanwhile, has exceeded the critical limit of 100.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the government would reintroduce some restrictions. Health authorities have warned of an exponential increase in the number of infections.
In recent talks between the federal government and the Länder on measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in early March, it was agreed that certain measures could be released if the incidence were less than 50, while measures would be tightened again if the incidence over 100.
In France, where more than 35,000 infections were confirmed yesterday, the adoption of new measures has driven thousands of people out of regions where new restrictions have come into force. The new partial halt to public life will thus apply to millions of people in regions where they have confirmed high growth in the number of those infected.
Among other things, the measures will also apply to the capital Paris, where all non-essential shops are closed, and restrictions on movement will also apply. The curfew, which was in force between 6 pm and 6 am, will now come into force an hour later. Prime Minister Jean Castex said the new measures would take effect for at least four weeks at the start of the third wave. In France, 4.1 million infections and 90,893 deaths have been confirmed so far.
In Poland, meanwhile, non-essential shops, hotels and cultural and sports venues are being closed for at least three weeks.
However, the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to deteriorate sharply. Sarajevo continues to report an increase in the number of hospitalized and dead. On Friday, 21 people died with covid-19, and the number of new infections rose to 1,700.
In the UK, half of all adults have already been vaccinated.
The British government announced on Saturday that every second inhabitant of the country had already been vaccinated against covid-19 and described the national vaccination program as a great success. Almost 27 million people have been vaccinated with at least one dose, of which two million have already been vaccinated with another.
On average, more than 420,000 doses of the vaccine have been distributed daily in the country recently, with a record high number of people expected to be vaccinated on Friday, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The interval between the first and second dose is predominantly at 12 weeks in the country.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be able to say that we have vaccinated half of all adults in the UK,” Health Minister Matt Hancock said in a video posted on Twitter. “This is very important because the vaccine represents our path out of the epidemic,” he added.
German police have been criticized for taking action during protests in Kassel.
The day after the protests in Kassel, Germany, where a crowd of people on Saturday expressed disagreement with the anti-crown restrictions, there has been criticism of the police and their violent actions against the protesters. British police, however, arrested at least 33 people during Saturday's protests against the restrictive measures in London, according to the latest data.
More than 20,000 people gathered in Kassel for Saturday's protest rally, one of the largest in Europe this weekend. Many of them did not wear protective masks. Clashes broke out between groups of protesters as well as with police, who used tear gas, rubber bands and a water cannon. Several people were arrested.
Protests in Germany against restrictive measures.
Critics accuse the police, on the one hand of not being decisive enough to disperse the protest rally called for by the Querdenken movement, but on the other hand, they believe that in certain cases it took too harsh action against individual protesters.
The videos, which circulated on social networks, caused quite a stir, reports the German news agency DPA. One of them shows a police officer trying to take away a woman’s bike, then hitting her helmet and pushing her to the ground. “Madness,” commented Lehar Party MP Katharina Koenig-Preuss on the clip.
Georg Maier, the interior minister of the federal state of Thuringia, where Kassel lies, expressed concern over the footage via Twitter on Saturday night, saying police action would be critically examined. Police also responded, saying they were taking the criticism seriously and that the footage circulating on the web would be reviewed along with footage of police officers.
Protests against the restrictive measures also took place on Saturday in the British capital London, where the crowd set out on a march from Hyde Park to Westminster. Police have arrested at least 33 people, most for violating anti-crown rules, according to the latest figures. She also stated that the number of people who took part in Saturday's protests far exceeded the expected turnout, reports the British BBC.
Parents, students and teachers in Italy are protesting against the closure of schools
In central markets in 35 cities across Italy today, thousands of parents, students and teachers protested against what they saw as unnecessary school closures due to the covida-19 epidemic. These are the first major protests against the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, which took place last month.
Protesters in Rome wore crazy hats to draw attention to the impact of school closures on education. In Milan, however, they left messages leaning on their school bags on these. The number of participants was limited everywhere according to the anti-crown rules.
Most schools at all levels have been closed in Italy since March 15, when the government stepped up efforts to curb the spread of new coronavirus infections. As a result, millions of parents have to work from home or pay for childcare. Students, meanwhile, continue their education from home.
The National Open School Network, which organized the protest in Rome, stressed that they want to get schools to be given the status of urgent public services, which should therefore be opened immediately.
The government justifies school closures with a rise in infections, especially with the more contagious British version, which is more common among younger people. Draghi promised on Friday that schools will be the first to open when conditions allow.
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