Israel reopens bars, cafes and restaurants as it returns to normal

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13:29 Johnson suggests that back to school is a great step to regain normalcy

British children are preparing to return to school this Monday, March 8, after a two-month closure. This return to class is considered by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a huge step for the country to regain a sense of normalcy.

As part of the plan, the millions of high school and college students returning to UK classrooms will be screened in the first weeks of the resumption of face-to-face classes. This is because the authorities want to quickly detect and isolate asymptomatic cases and thus avoid having to close schools.

So far, the UK government has distributed nearly 57 million test kits to schools across the country.

13:06 AMayor of Corleone announces his resignation for getting vaccinated early

The mayor of the Italian town of Corelone (south), Nicoló Nicolosi, announced his resignation after confessing that he was vaccinated early against the coronavirus along with other officials of the municipality, known to be the cradle of important gangsters in the past.

The 79-year-old councilor has called the municipal board tomorrow morning to present his resignation, the city council confirmed on its social networks. In recent days it had emerged that he was among a group of Corleone public officials who had been vaccinated before the deadline established in the categories of the Italian campaign.

Nicolosi yesterday confirmed that he received the first dose of the vaccine on January 8 and the second on January 31 and that he was inoculated “conscious” and “worried” because, if infected, the administration would be abandoned at this difficult time, he published on Facebook . Nicolosi assured that he had asked the governor of Sicily, Nello Musumeci, to include municipal administrators among the priority phases of vaccination due “to the duties they are called upon to perform” to protect their localities.

10:48 Ethiopia receives almost 2.2 million vaccines from COVAX

Ethiopia received almost 2.2 million vaccines from pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca through the global COVAX program, various UN agencies reported in a statement. “Today Ethiopia has received 2.184 million doses of AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine through COVAX. This is a historic step toward our goal of ensuring equitable distribution of vaccines globally in what will be the largest operation in acquisition and supply of vaccines in history, “the statement said.

The vaccines, licensed and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, were delivered by Ethiopian Airlines at the international airport of Addis Ababa, the capital, in the presence of several ministers of the African country and representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, which coordinates the supply of the drugs.

“WHO will continue to work with the Government of Ethiopia and global partners to ensure that Ethiopia receives, deploys and administers adequate amounts of COVID-19 vaccines to the Ethiopian people, because, as the WHO has repeatedly said, no one is safe. until everyone is safe, “said the representative of this organization in Ethiopia, Boureima Hama Sambo.

10:44 Israel reopens cafes, bars and restaurants

Israel took this Sunday (03/07/2021) the most important step in its post-vaccination de-escalation, with the reopening of cafes, bars and restaurants, the relaxation of restrictions and the return to university classrooms, among other measures, which prioritize those who are immunized against SARS CoV 2.

With more than 50% of their population inoculated with at least the first dose of the vaccine, restaurants will be able to receive customers who present the so-called “green pass”, granted to those who have recovered from COVID-19 or have received the second dose at least a week ago.

Occupancy may not exceed 75% and those who do not present the required certificate to enter may sit at outdoor tables. As of today, they can also open the halls of cultural events, which may not exceed 50% of their capacity and which can only be entered by those with the green pass and a limited percentage of people who present negative coronavirus tests.

In addition to university students, students between 11 and 14 years old who attend schools in the country’s cities classified as green or yellow based on their low infection and vaccination rates will also be able to return to class, while students from institutions Religious can only return to class as long as they have the green pass.

Places of worship may also receive faithful who present this certificate, although in limited quantities. Those who agree to receive people who do not carry the green pass will have stricter limits and will not be able to accommodate more than 20 people indoors and 50 outdoors. Stadiums and auditoriums will be able to receive large numbers of people, with limits of between 500 and 1,500 people depending on their capacity and whether they are open or closed.

Finally, the new regulations also extend to the entry and exit of passengers through Ben Gurion International Airport, which has operated in a very limited way since the end of January and which can be received from today (03/07/2021) until 1,000 Israeli citizens a day, a figure that would rise to 3,000 in the coming days.

10:33 China vaccinates slowly

Vaccination against covid-19 begins timidly in China, not only because the population feels that the epidemic is controlled but also because of limited production capacities and “vaccine diplomacy”, which diverts many doses abroad. At this rate, the Asian giant, at the forefront of vaccine development, could see how developed countries achieve herd immunity and reopen their borders sooner.

According to an Ipsos survey, the Chinese are the most likely to be vaccinated (85%), far ahead of Americans (71%), French (57%) and Russians (42%). But at the moment they seem to be waiting.

With only two deaths since May and life now almost normal, the Chinese strategy is “very effective and gives people a sense of security,” says Mathieu Duchâtel, director of the Asia program at the Montaigne Institute in Paris. “The sense of urgency that exists in the West … is not present in China,” he stresses.

China has already administered more than 52 million doses, which places it in second place in the world, behind the United States.

China expects to have vaccinated 40% of its 1.4 billion people by the end of June, according to respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan, a leading figure in the fight against coronavirus in the country.

mn (EFE, AFP)

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