The countries of Europe, led by Spain, continue to ease restrictions related to Corona and its gradual return to “normal life”, at a time when India is still suffering from a high wave of injuries despite the decline of its intensity today, Monday, while each country deals in its own way with the application of its precautionary measures and the imposition of sanctions Violators must bear some characteristic of wit.
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The winds of freedom blew on Sunday with the end of the health emergency in Spain, as residents can finally leave their areas or gather on the street in the evening.
In several cities in the country, chants, applause and music rose at midnight Saturday, when the restrictions imposed since last October will end and the curfew has been lifted in most regions.
In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm today, Monday, easing the restrictions associated with the epidemic, based on the improvement of the health situation, according to his media office on Sunday.
In Germany, more than 7 million people have received the vaccine, benefiting from the easing of strict health restrictions. This order will allow them to assemble and enter any store without presenting a negative examination, as is the case at present for all citizens, with the exception of stores that are considered “essential” such as food stores and pharmacies.
In several cities in the region of Bavaria in southern Germany, bars and restaurants are opening their patios on Monday. Likewise, in Milan, northern Italy, the famous “La Scala” theater reopens its doors to the public today.
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus reopens its borders Monday to vaccinated tourists from 65 countries.
Doubts about AstraZeneca
With the start of Europe’s return to normal life, doubts are left surrounding its strategy in vaccination campaigns against the Corona virus, after announcing that it would not renew its orders for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The European Union has not currently renewed its contract to obtain more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for the period after next June, according to what European Commissioner Thierry Bruton announced on Sunday.
With this statement, the European official left doubts surrounding whether this decision meant a final rejection of the AstraZeneca vaccine. “It’s not over yet, wait,” he said, adding, “We have started” to renew contracts with “Pfizer-Biontech,” but “we will have other (contracts).”
And European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Saturday the conclusion of a new contract to purchase up to 1.8 billion doses of the “Pfizer-Biontech” vaccine.
“More decades and other technologies will follow,” she added. The contract with the allied German and American laboratories in the production of the vaccine provides for deliveries from this year through to 2023.
On Monday, experts from the European Medicines Agency will head to Russia to inspect the factories of the “Sputnik-V” vaccine, which has not yet been authorized in the European Union, although Hungary has started using it.
Calls to close in India
Calls for the imposition of general isolation measures increased in India, as Corona virus infections and deaths continued to close to record levels today, Monday, which increases pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
The Ministry of Health recorded more than 366,000 new infections, along with 3,754 deaths, down from the record levels recorded in recent days, bringing the total number of infections to more than 22 million and deaths to more than 246,000.
At a time when many hospitals are facing a severe shortage of beds and oxygen, and while morgues and crematoria are crowded with dead bodies, experts believe that the real numbers of victims are much greater than what is being recorded.
Several states imposed strict lockdown restrictions over the past month, while others imposed travel restrictions and shuttered cinemas, restaurants, bars and malls.
However, pressure from Indian medical institutions is still mounting on Modi to announce a nationwide lockdown, as he did during the first wave of the outbreak last year.
India, the largest vaccine producer in the world, has so far given the vaccine with two doses to only 2% of its population.
While each country deals in its own way with implementing its precautionary measures and imposing penalties on violators, the police in the Cambodian capital punished violators of the curfew, which begins at eight in the evening until five in the morning, which was imposed to contain the Corona epidemic, by forcing them to run.
The punishment came as the country was suffering from a wave of an outbreak of the Coronavirus, in which it recorded nearly 20,000 cases in less than 3 months. About 500 new cases were registered on Monday.
Police arrested and fined hundreds of people for violating anti-virus rules, and several cases resulted in prison sentences. Meanwhile, officers in Chroy Changvar, in the northeast of the capital, Phnom Penh, issued the penalty for jogging as a deterrent, the local Koh Santivip website reported.
According to the report, people who were caught driving after 8:00 pm on Friday were forced to run 10 laps around a large square in the area to “teach them a lesson.”