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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“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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World’s tallest sandcastle constructed in Denmark, with a theme on Covid pandemic

A sandcastle in Denmark has established a new Guinness World Record of 21.16 metres, which is 3.5m taller than the previous record of 17.66m set in Germany in 2019. The structure is built in the shape of a triangle to avoid collapsing like many others have. A wooden structure was built around it to allow the artist to carve the…

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Norway’s beach handball protest is about a lot more than bikinis

Over the weekend, at the European Beach Handball Championships in Varna, Bulgaria, Norway’s women’s beach handball team staged a protest: They wore shorts while competing in the bronze medal game. According to the rules put in place by the International Handball Federation, this was not allowed. The rulebook states that women must wear bikini bottoms “with a close fit and…

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Iceland sees success with 4-day work week

A study in Icelandic government offices again shows the benefits of a shorter workweek. Productivity rose enough to ensure that all services were still provided as needed. Because of the study’s success, 86 percent of Icelanders now or soon will have the right to a shorter workweek. Having rolled out a major program that reduced the work hours of more…

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25.6% of the world has received a COVID-19 vaccine.Check how your country is doing.

The globe reached a couple of Coronavirus milestones this week. One is terribly grim: We passed 4 million deaths due to the virus. The other, offers faint hope: Through July 13, more than a quarter (25.6%) of the world’s population has now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine according to Our World in Data, which collects information from local governments.…

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Miami Swim Week 2021: Catwalk highlights Inclusivity & Diversity

After missing out on Miami Swim Week last year, the annual swimwear showcase is back and it’s truly a reason to rejoice. Miami Swim Week saw its most inclusive and diverse casting yet with a host of shows that put women of all sizes, shapes and ethnicity on the runway. Now, in the aftermath of the shows, people are praising…

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Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine shows 97.6% efficacy

The Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) have reported that the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine showed a 97.6% efficacy. This was based on the analysis of data on disease infection rate among people receiving both shots of the vaccine. The vaccine, which is based on an established and well-studied platform of…

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Sweden’s King Carl XVI Celebrates 75th Birthday Without Pomp

Sweden’s King Carl XVI celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday, but due to the pandemic celebrations were kept to a minimum, without the lavish flair of a royal anniversary. In contrast to the monarch’s 70th birthday when people lined the streets of Stockholm to fete him, the Swedish Royal Court said celebrations would be “limited” because of the pandemic. Instead…

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Finland ranked happiest country in the world once again in 2021

Finland has been named the happiest place in the world for a fourth year running, in an annual UN-sponsored report. The World Happiness Report saw Denmark in second place, then Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands. New Zealand was again the only non-European nation in the top 10. The UK fell from 13th to 17th place. Data from analytics researcher Gallup…

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