French lawmakers approve bill to tackle fourth wave of coronavirus

PARIS, July 26 – The French parliament on Monday approved a bill which will make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for health workers as well as require a bolstered health pass in a wide array of social venues as France battles with a fourth wave of coronavirus infections. Visitors heading to museums, cinemas or swimming pools in France are already denied entry…

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Putin says Russian navy can carry out ‘unpreventable strike’ if needed

MOSCOW, July 25 – The Russian navy can detect any enemy and launch an “unpreventable strike” if needed, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday, weeks after a UK warship angered Moscow by passing the Crimea peninsula. “We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it,” Putin said speaking at…

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England will soon abandon almost all Covid-19 restrictions. Will this action boomerang like The Netherlands ?

On Monday, England will do away with all of its legal coronavirus restrictions in what many people have dubbed “Freedom Day”. Masks will no longer be compulsory indoors, social distancing will be abolished and more than six people will be allowed to mix inside homes for the first time since September last year. But with 50,000 new COVID-19 cases per…

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Dutch coronavirus average hits two-week low, but Covid hospital total still rising

The moving average for new daily coronavirus infections in the Netherlands fell below seven thousand for the first time in two weeks. At the same time, the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients rose for the twelfth straight day, with three consecutive days where over 80 new patients were admitted into care. New data from the RIVM showed that another 4,665…

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EU sends four fire-fighting planes to tame Sardinia fires

BRUSSELS, July 25 – The European Union is sending four forest firefighting planes to Sardinia in response to a request from Italy to help tame fires that have swept across parts of the island, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people. Two of the Canadair planes, amphibious planes used to pick up water to drop on fires, are provided by…

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“Spain is a safe tourism destination”: Tourism Minister Of Spain

MADRID, July 9 – Spain is a safe destination for tourists even though COVID-19 cases are rising, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Friday, citing its vaccination programme and the number of hospitalised patients being kept under control. “Governments must not raise alarms,” she said in an interview with RNE radio station. “We cannot measure the epidemiological situation only based…

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Coronavirus risk level in several Dutch regions could be downgraded next week

The number of people diagnosed as being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has fallen acutely over the last five days, and the drop could be enough to reduce the warning levels in over a half-dozen regions of the Netherlands. Domestic authorities divide the country into 25 different security regions. This past Wednesday, the Dutch government categorized 23 of them at…

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Germany tightens rules for unvaccinated travellers from Spain, Netherlands

BERLIN, July 23 (Reuters) – Germany is classifying Spain and the Netherlands as areas with a high incidence of coronavirus, which means that unvaccinated travellers returning from those countries will have to quarantine for at least five days. The move coincides with the summer school break in Germany, when many families vacation on the sunny Mediterranean beaches of Spain or…

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Donald Tusk has taken over as leader of Poland’s main opposition party

Political comebacks are always a gamble. “Can the soufflé rise twice?” was the withering putdown once delivered by Australia’s then treasurer, Paul Keating, to a re-emergent rival. (It turned out that it couldn’t.) For Donald Tusk, a former prime minister of Poland who returned to domestic politics this month after an international career that took him to the presidency of the eu’s…

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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel defends warning systems in wake of deadly floods

Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended Germany’s warning systems against widespread criticism after deadly floods last week. Speaking during a visit to the country’s flood-hit state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday, Merkel said Germany had a “very good warning system” but pledged a thorough review of “what worked and what didn’t work” in the wake of the natural disaster. It was…

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