COVID-19 Daily - November 24: Protests in Europe; France will accept the booster dose for all vaccinated adults; Slovakia has adopted restrictions on unvaccinated people
The situation of the global pandemic is uncertain, with ups and downs. European countries, despite the growing number of vaccinated, continue to impose drastic restrictions locally. Austria went into a temporary lockdown, The Netherlands has activated a partial lockdown, and Germany has just introduced the digital certificate at work. Obviously, all these measures led to a wave of outrage from citizens, which also led to widespread protests in those states. Let's see the news about the pandemic:
- French Prime Minister Jean Castex tested positive for COVID-19 after learning that one of his daughters had contracted the virus. Castex will be isolated for 10 days. The 56-year-old had been completely vaccinated in the spring and had never tested positive. We remind you that on Monday, the Prime Minister of France met with the Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo.
- Extensive protests were reported in Brussels in which three police officers were injured. People took to the streets on Sunday, chanting "freedom", and protesting tougher measures, including working from home and wearing masks. De Croo told the press "we live in a free country, we can protest, but the way some protesters behaved has nothing to do with freedom".
German Health Minister Jens Spahn made an overwhelming statement: "Probably by the end of this winter, as they sometimes say cynically, almost everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured or dead."
- In Netherlands, Prime Minister Mark Rutte described the weekend's demonstrations as straight "Pure violence under the pretext of a protest." The return of the country to a partial lockdown, with bars, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets closing at 20:00, led to three days of violence with at least 130 arrests. The government said Monday that people must comply with the measures, otherwise additional restrictions will be implemented .
- Slovakia is the most recent country to adopt restrictions for the unvaccinated, because it fights one of the highest infection rates in the world. Those who have not received vaccines are not allowed to enter other stores than those considered essential, food and pharmacies, even if they have a recent negative test.