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Mass protests against Covid restrictions in European cities – BBC News

The Belgian capital Brussels is the latest European city to see mass protests and unrest over tighter coronavirus restrictions. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets, some throwing fireworks and missiles at police who responded with tear gas and water canon. Belgium has brought in new measures in response to a sharp riseContinue reading “Mass protests against Covid restrictions in European cities – BBC News”

Germany bans unvaccinated people from hospitality and leisure venues – BBC News

Authorities in some parts of Germany have banned unvaccinated people from bars, restaurants and leisure facilities, as the country battles a fourth wave of Covid. The country has recently recorded its highest Covid infection rates since the pandemic began, with some hospitals already close to capacity.

Christian group fights Idaho Covid mandates despite pocketing bailouts

Christ Church leaders and aligned companies received millions of dollars in coronavirus bailouts amid campaign against mandates The controversial rightwing Christ Church – and its pastor, Douglas Wilson – have led an uncompromising campaign of opposition to coronavirus public health measures in Idaho, revealing the church’s powerful influence in its home city of Moscow and beyond.Continue reading “Christian group fights Idaho Covid mandates despite pocketing bailouts”

As Russia shuts down, Putin ‘can’t understand what’s going on’ with vaccine hesitancy

“We have a reliable and efficient vaccine. The vaccine really reduces the risks of illness, grave complications and death,” he said.  Russia Wednesday reported 1,028 new coronavirus deaths, the highest 24-hour death toll in the country since the start of the pandemic. Putin said he didn’t understand the vaccine hesitancy in the country, even amongContinue reading “As Russia shuts down, Putin ‘can’t understand what’s going on’ with vaccine hesitancy”

French far-right conspiracy theorist in custody: informed source

Daillet, 54, and his secretary — identified as 67-year-old Ginette M. — were placed in custody on Tuesday “for planning attacks against the state and other violent action,” including an attack on a Masonic lodge in eastern France, the source said. Daillet is also alleged to having helped organise the abduction of an eight-year-old girlContinue reading “French far-right conspiracy theorist in custody: informed source”

‘The UK really is in trouble’: Doctors warn of a dire Covid crisis as officials reject restrictions

The U.K. is seeing rampant Covid infections and a slowly increasing number of hospitalizations and deaths. The warnings come just as government officials have insisted that more restrictions on public life are not yet necessary. Making matters potentially worse, the U.K. is also monitoring a mutation of the delta variant. An increasing number of doctorsContinue reading “‘The UK really is in trouble’: Doctors warn of a dire Covid crisis as officials reject restrictions”

Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity, inquiry finds

Brazilian president savaged for ‘macabre’ and ‘slovenly’ response to Covid pandemic and ‘deliberate neglect’ of Indigenous people Jair Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity and jailed for his “macabre” reaction to a Covid outbreak that has killed more than 600,000 Brazilians, including a disproportionate number of Indigenous citizens, a congressional inquiry has found. TwoContinue reading “Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity, inquiry finds”

Brazil pandemic probe to recommend Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, senator says

A Brazilian Senate probe into the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic will recommend in its final report due next week that President Jair Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, the senator leading the inquiry said on Friday, though it remains highly unlikely that he will face a trial on any such charges. Renan Calheiros saidContinue reading “Brazil pandemic probe to recommend Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, senator says”

Alaska state senator who was banned from airline for refusing to wear a mask tests positive for COVID-19

An Alaska state senator who was banned from Alaska Airlines for not wearing a mask tested positive for COVID-19.  “It’s my turn to battle Covid head on,” State Sen. Lora Reinbold announced on her Facebook page Tuesday.  The state senator has not been able to travel to Alaska’s capital since she was banned from theContinue reading “Alaska state senator who was banned from airline for refusing to wear a mask tests positive for COVID-19”

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