Corona .. a warning in Germany against vaccination and a complete closure in Austria, and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands describes the protesters as “idiots”
German Health Minister Jens Spahn warned Monday that most of Germany’s population will either “receive vaccinated, recover or die” from Covid within a few months, as part of his call for vaccinations, while protests spread in European countries after angry people took to the streets protesting the closure measures.
“Probably by the end of this winter, everyone will have either been vaccinated, recovered or died” from the spread of the “highly contagious” delta mutant, the German minister said. “Therefore, we urgently recommend receiving the vaccine,” he added.
The warning comes at a time when Germany is racing to contain the record rise in the number of Corona injuries in recent weeks, while hospitals have raised the alarm about the pressure experienced by intensive care units.
Despite access to Covid-19 vaccines, only 68% of the German population has received full doses of vaccines, a percentage that experts say is too low to control the epidemic.
And the “Robert Koch Institute” reports that Germany, the largest country in the European Union in terms of population, recorded 30,643 new infections on Monday, bringing the total number of infections since the beginning of the epidemic to more than 5.3 million.
About 100,000 people have died so far, including 62 people in the last 24 hours. “We have a very difficult situation in a lot of hospitals,” Spahn said. Last week, Germany announced strict restrictions to contain a fourth pandemic wave sweeping the country.
Under which, non-vaccinators will be prohibited from entering public places such as cinema halls, sports halls and indoor spaces within restaurants.
In Austria, the closure became officially in effect since midnight on Monday, a measure that sparked outrage in the Alpine country, as did Belgium and the Netherlands, where the re-imposition of measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 led to clashes.
Vienna was once again a dead city, after shops, restaurants, Christmas markets, concerts and beauty centers were closed, except for schools, and silence prevailed in the capital and the rest of the country on Monday.
In Europe, Austria is the first country to return to quarantine its entire population, since vaccinations were made available to the population on a large scale.
And the imposition of home quarantine on 8.9 million Austrians, except for certain cases such as buying necessities, exercising and receiving medical care. It is also possible to go to work and take children to school, but the authorities have called for them to be kept at home.
This scenario was unthinkable a few weeks ago. Former conservative advisor Sebastian Kurz declared that the epidemic was “over”, at least for the vaccinators.
The reaction was quick, as about 40,000 people demonstrated on Saturday, denouncing the “dictatorship”, in response to a call by the far-right party.
And Interior Minister Karl Nahamer warned Sunday that besides “worried citizens” there are others “radicalised.” Monday, in Linz (north), another march mobilized thousands of demonstrators.
Unrest erupted in the Netherlands on Sunday, with protesters setting off fireworks and causing extensive damage in Enschede, near the German border, in Groningen and Leeuwarden in the north and Tilburg in the south.
But these recent demonstrations were less intense than the violence that erupted in Rotterdam on Friday and in The Hague on Saturday. The number of arrests over the three days of protests has reached 145, according to police and local media.
The government aroused anger with the imposition of a partial closure that includes a series of health measures, especially related to the restaurant sector, which should close its doors at eight in the evening. It also intends to prevent unvaccinated people from entering certain places to reduce transmission of infection.
On Monday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned the unrest sparked by the protests, describing them as “pure violence” carried out by “idiots”, while vowing to prosecute those responsible.
He told Dutch media that the riots in several cities across the country since Friday were “pure violence under the guise of protest”. He added that he would always defend the right to protest, but “I will never accept that fools use sheer violence.”
Also in Brussels, clashes were marred on Sunday by a gathering of about 35,000 demonstrators rejecting the new measures, according to the police.
Belgium announced the generalization of the muzzle, and also intends to make remote work mandatory for jobs that allow this in order to stop the spread of the epidemic in the country.
On Guadeloupe, one of the two main islands of the French Antilles, protests against the health certificate and compulsory vaccination of health care workers turned into a huge crisis. Police reinforcements arrived after violence spread from Saturday night to Sunday, including looting and burning.
On the other hand, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that her country would lift the three-and-a-half-month closure in Auckland, the country’s largest city, in early December by adopting a new strategy to combat the Corona virus.
In Australia, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today that Australia will allow eligible visa holders who have been fully vaccinated to enter the country from the first of December without applying for a travel exemption, as the country takes further steps towards resuming international travel.
provide the vaccine
Fifteen human rights groups have personally urged US President Joe Pei in a long-running battle to decide at the World Trade Organization that drug companies should waive intellectual property for Covid-19 vaccines, saying his leadership in these efforts is a “moral imperative”.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam, Public Citizen and 11 other groups said in a letter to Biden that an urgent waiver of vaccine ownership is urgently needed to combat the pandemic, noting that less than seven percent of the population of low-income countries received the first dose of vaccines.
More than 5.4 million people have died from COVID-19 worldwide since the first cases were detected in China in December 2019.
Contrary to a previous position of the United States, Biden expressed his support for the waiver of intellectual property rights in May in a move that surprised some allies, but without achieving any significant progress since then.
There is still opposition in the European Union, Britain and Switzerland to this step, arguing that such concessions may undermine years of investment and research efforts.