For the first time since the start of the Corona pandemic, people in New Zealand and Australia will be able to travel between the two countries again starting April 19. Quarantine is not required. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the move on Tuesday as “the beginning of a new chapter”. It was very difficult for many people not to be able to see their friends and family in Australia for a year.
Both countries closed their borders to travelers in March 2020. With few exceptions, only their own citizens and residents were allowed to enter the country. The island of New Zealand is a model country in crisis due to its extremely strict procedures and meticulous contact tracing. In the country of 4.8 million, about 2,500 cases have been recorded so far, and 26 people have died in connection with Covid-19. For a long time the situation was normal again.
Australia is also very successful in dealing with the epidemic. So far, authorities below have confirmed about 29,000 cases and 909 deaths out of more than 25 million people.
A person is killed in anti-insurance protests in Bangladesh
At least one protester was killed in violent protests against the week-long lockdown in Bangladesh. For the background of the death, the police did not comment on the request of the German news agency, next Tuesday. During Monday’s protests, several hundred merchants took to the streets of the capital Dhaka and asked the government to reopen their stores under certain conditions. According to the police, it was rumored that officials from the authorities beat a man while checking compliance with the corona measures.
In the evening, several thousand protesters came together with sticks and damaged and set fire to official offices. Some people also broke into a police station. Police responded with bullets and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Several people were injured during the protests, including police officers.
The Health Ministry was instructing people over the weekend to stay at home due to the rapidly increasing corona numbers. Shops should be nearby, public transport should not be run, and domestic flights should be canceled. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Insurance should be strictly required. Recently, the country also banned travelers from the European Union and a dozen other countries from entering the country for two weeks.
India reported 100,000 new infections in one day
In India, more than 100,000 new cases of corona were recorded for the first time in one day. This comes from figures from India’s Ministry of Health on Monday. Affected particularly by the wealthier state of Maharashtra with the Mumbai Financial City, a weekend shutdown has been announced in the meantime. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned of a worrying rise in the number of cases over the weekend.
But many people are living again as if it was no longer a pandemic. Before the general elections in several states there are also large campaign rallies. Hundreds of thousands of Indians flock to the sacred Ganges River to attend the Great Kumbh Mela pilgrimage festival – often without masks, photos taken at the site show. Virus mutations can also contribute to the increase. At the start of the year, there were sometimes fewer than 10,000 cases recorded in a single day, at the previous high last summer it was sometimes close to 100,000 cases per day.
India’s vaccination campaign is currently lagging behind the government’s goal of vaccinating 300 million of the country’s more than 1.3 billion people by summer. 79 million doses have been given since the vaccination began in January. India is considered the pharmacy in the world. The country produces a lot of vaccines for export. But due to the rapidly increasing number of cases in the country, this is now restricted. This also affects the United Nations’ Covax initiative, which is supposed to provide poor countries with vaccinations.
Rises in Scotland
In Scotland, after a month’s lockdown, the first hairdressers welcomed their clients again on Easter. In addition, garden centers and some other stores were allowed to reopen. According to the Palestinian News Agency, a barber near Glasgow opened at 06:00 – 96 and appointments were scheduled for the first day at his salon with four employees. In addition, on-site teaching is again permitted at universities and youth can participate in outdoor sports.
There should be more easing in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wanted to formally sign the planned openings on April 12 on Monday: then allow nonessential stores and outdoor restaurants to reopen. However, private internal meetings and trips abroad will remain banned until at least mid-May.
On Easter weekend, many illegal parties are broken up by police in England. Police said about 100 revelers gathered in Essex County. According to the Palestinian News Agency, police in the West Midlands also broke up a major event on Easter Monday night and arrested some of those involved. Police prevented a planned rave in Kent in southern England by confiscating equipment in advance and sending the organizers home.
The infection situation in Great Britain has decreased dramatically in recent weeks thanks to a strict lockdown and a well-developed vaccination campaign: the recent seven-day infection rate was around 48 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Corona exit tests in the Braunau region of Austria
A negative Corona test has been required since Monday to leave the Braunau region in Austria. The antigen test must not be older than two days, according to the province of Upper Austria that the PCR test should not be earlier than 72 hours. Police – backed by the military – focus control. The measures will initially be in place until April 11, after which the situation will be reassessed.
There are exceptions for schoolchildren, individual career groups, court dates and for those who travel non-stop. Whoever settles in the area, however, a valid negative certificate must be presented upon departure. The proportion of seven days in the Bavarian border region last week for several days was over the 400 mark.
China records the largest daily increase in new infections in two months
Within 24 hours, China reported the largest increase in new coronavirus infections in more than two months. The National Health Commission said 32 more confirmed cases had occurred, 15 of them in Yunnan Province, which could be traced back to a group in the city of Ruweli, on the border with Myanmar. The number of new asymptomatic cases that China does not classify as confirmed cases is 18. According to official figures, the total number of confirmed cases in China rises to 90,305, while the number of deaths has not changed at 4,636.
Classified as a high incidence area – Netherlands
Due to the particularly high number of corona infections in the Netherlands, the federal government classifies the neighboring country as a high-infection region after Easter. Anyone entering from Tuesday from there to Germany, should be able to actually test the negative aura to enter, as the Robert Koch Institute announced on Sunday. The ten-day quarantine requirement with the option to free yourself with a second test after five days remains unchanged. There are exceptions for passengers.
After the Czech Republic, Poland and France, the Netherlands, which borders North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, is the fourth neighboring country to be classified as a region with a high prevalence. Croatia has also been a country with a higher rate since Easter Saturday. Areas with more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days are considered high-infection regions.
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Turkey reports a record number of new infections
Turkey sets a new record for the number of new infections. The Ministry of Health announced that 44,756 cases had been added during the past 24 hours. This is the highest value since the start of the epidemic after the previous record of 42,308 the day before.
The European Union accepts the dispute over the distribution of an additional vaccine
In a bitter dispute over the distribution of additional corona vaccines, the 27 European Union countries agreed on Thursday. First, ten million Biontech vaccines will be distributed according to the size of the population. In addition, 19 member states of the European Union are supporting another five countries in urgent need of vaccines. Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia and Slovakia should receive a combined 2.85 million more cans in the second quarter than they are usually entitled to through quotas, as the Portuguese presidency of the European Union announced Thursday evening.
Germany is also participating and, according to this model, is giving up about 500,000 vaccine doses in favor of the five states. However, he wanted to give something to Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. “A very large majority of European solidarity with the most affected countries shows a vaccine shortage, which is an important sign in the Corona crisis,” said a European Union diplomat. “It is regrettable that Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic reject this gesture of solidarity.”
Sebastian Kurz explained in Vienna that Austria is now receiving 199,000 doses of vaccine instead of 139,000, and this was a “strong result”. The Austrian chancellor has been complaining for weeks about the uneven distribution of vaccines among the 27 members. That is why the European Union summit last week instructed the European Union ambassadors to split the early delivery of ten million Biontech / Pfizer cans in the second quarter in such a way that the holes are connected.
Basically: Each of the 27 states is entitled to participate according to the size of the population. If a country does not exhaust this, other EU countries can purchase these quantities. Some governments put special attention to AstraZeneca and now due to delivery problems behind. Austria ordered less than Johnson & Johnson, and thus feared loopholes.
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São Paulo has exhumed old graves for lack of space for new Covid-19 deaths
In Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, ancient cemeteries are now being emptied to make way for the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths. The community secretary in charge of funerals said Thursday that the city council is setting a daily record of the number of burials this week. Transfer of mortal remains is standard for grave operations, but it is now given a new urgency as Brazil experiences the worst coronavirus wave since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health reported 3,769 new deaths on Thursday. Bolivia then announced that they want to close its border with Brazil, because there are fears of a new variant of this disease. Chile has already closed its borders to all foreigners. “What is happening in Brazil is a global threat,” said Jose Miguel Bernucci, secretary of the National Medical Association of Chile.
Countries across the region fear that Brazil is fertile ground for a new variant of the virus with cases soaring and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to endorse masks and lockdowns. After expressing doubts about the vaccines, Bolsonaro said Thursday that he will not choose to be vaccinated until all Brazilians have been vaccinated. Brazil has been slow to introduce a vaccination campaign. Only about seven percent of the population has received their first vaccine. The Brazil outbreak was the second deadliest in the world after the United States.