The wind of freedom has blown in Europe

As part of a plan to gradually ease quarantine measures in the UK, museums and theaters will open from Monday, and restaurants and cafes will be able to receive visitors in their enclosed spaces.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that the government will continue to phase out restrictions, even as the virus strain, first identified in India, is becoming dominant in parts of the kingdom. According to Hancock, data cited earlier by the University of Oxford indicates that the current vaccination campaign in the country is working successfully against the strain. The head of the Ministry of Health urged compatriots who have not yet vaccinated themselves not to hesitate with this.

“We need to be extremely vigilant about the spread of the disease. The vaccination campaign is our race to fight the virus. And the new strain has given the virus new opportunities in this race. But the vaccine will still work, we have a high degree of confidence that the vaccine will win, “Hancock said.

The Portuguese government said Friday that British tourists will be able to visit the country from Monday – Lisbon is lifting restrictions imposed in January to contain the spread of Covid-19. The move came after Britain added Portugal to its green list of countries that can be visited without the need to isolate itself upon returning home.

The British will be able to visit Portugal if they have a negative PCR test for Covid-19, made no later than 72 hours before boarding the plane.

The wind of freedom blows in Poland too. People enjoyed their first outdoor mask-free weekend at many tourist destinations across the country. The decree came into force on Saturday, allowing restaurants and bars to receive visitors on open terraces. Warsaw is taking such steps against the backdrop of a decrease in the number of coronavirus infections.


Thousands of demonstrators marched in Europe and Tunisia – Liberation

It is undoubtedly the biggest demonstration of the day. In the UK, thousands of people gathered at Marble Arch, next to Hyde Park, from where they walked towards the Israeli Embassy, ​​waving Palestinian flags and signs asking to “release” the Palestinian Territories. Organizers, including the Stop the War Coalition, the UK Muslim Association and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said the demonstration brought together 150,000 people. Police have not confirmed this figure, however.

In Germany, demonstrations, bringing together thousands of people, were organized in Berlin and in several other cities of the country such as Cologne, Leipzig and Hamburg. In total, three gatherings had been authorized in the German capital. Two of them took place in the popular district of Neukölln, in the south of the city. More than 3,500 people were present, police said. The authorities ordered the dispersal of the rally after half an hour, due to the “Non-compliance with measures” of social distancing against the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the authorities, the demonstration gave rise to “Attacks against the police” and arrests. Projectiles, including signs, bottles, were notably thrown at the police, noted an AFP journalist.

Earlier in the afternoon, a first demonstration of a hundred people took place in peace, according to German media. A third rally took place in the Kreuzberg district, bringing together several hundred people. In Frankfurt, a pro-Palestinian rally and a pro-Israel demonstration were held simultaneously a few meters away, separated by a police cordon.

In Spain, around 2,500 people marched in peace in the center of the Madrid capital. “The silence of some is the suffering of others”, “Jerusalem eternal capital of Palestine”, could we read on the banners and placards brandished by the demonstrators, among whom a large number of young women. “It’s not a war, it’s genocide!”, they chanted as they walked up from Atocha station to Place de Sol.

In Warsaw, around 300 people, mostly Palestinians living in Poland, demonstrated in front of the Israeli embassy. Palestinian flags in hand, they waved placards “Stop the Holocaust of the Palestinians” or “Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine”, and shouted slogans in favor of the “Free Palestine”.

Numerous gatherings in Tunisia

Gatherings were also held in Tunisia, where demonstrators took to the streets of Tunis and several Tunisian cities, such as Sfax and Monastir, to demand the intervention of the international community to stop the «crimes» Israeli forces. Hundreds of demonstrators draped in Palestinian flags gathered in the center of the capital Tunis, before marching on the iconic Habib Bourguiba Avenue, under police surveillance.

The Tunisian authorities had condemned a “Aggression against the Palestinian Territories” led by Israel and called on the international community to “to assume their responsibilities”. The country, which currently sits on the UN Security Council, presented a draft declaration calling on “Israel to stop the activities of colonization, demolition and expulsion” of Palestinians. This declaration was not adopted by the Council, meeting urgently this week, due to opposition from the United States.

In Paris, the demonstrators were present despite the ban

In France, rallies were held in several cities, including Paris where demonstrations were banned by the police headquarters highlighting the precedent of 2014, when a pro-Palestinian march degenerated into urban violence. The police applied in the capital the instructions of “Systematic and immediate dispersion” as soon as demonstrators tried to regroup, using water cannons and tear gas. Despite some tensions, the demonstration turned mainly to confusion. “France is the only democratic country to ban these demonstrations”, protested the lawyers of the Association of Palestinians in Ile-de-France.

In Marseille, around 1,500 people, according to the police, expressed their solidarity with the Palestinians. Massed under Palestinian flags next to the town hall, many adorned with the traditional black checkered keffiyeh symbol of the Palestinian cause, the demonstrators shouted hostile slogans against Israel and denounced the passivity of France and Western countries in the face of “To the massacres of Palestinian civilians”, noted an AFP journalist. They tried to parade on the Old Port before being blocked by the police.

In total, about 22,000 people took part in pro-Palestinian protests in France, according to the count on Saturday evening from the Interior Ministry. Important gatherings took place in Strasbourg (4,000 demonstrators), Lyon and Nantes (1,000). During the day, the police arrested 51 people, including 44 in Paris. There were two “light injuries” among the police: a BAC agent in Nice and a mobile gendarme in Paris.


The ‘going backwards’ undertaken by several countries with women’s rights despite the global advance of feminism

“Not all men have willpower. If vulgarity continues to increase, it will have consequences.” This phrase directed at women was uttered by Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, when asked what his Government is doing to curb the increase in cases of sexual violence against women and girls. Pakistan is just one example of the countries that, far from implementing policies aimed at the protection and eradication of sexist violence, continue with a discourse of criminalization and lack of protection of women.

However, it is not necessary to go to the Asian continent to observe this type of measures from the institutions. Turkey has made two decisions in this regard in recent weeks. The first was its departure from the Council of Europe Convention for the prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, because it was signed in the Turkish city in 2011. The second was just ago one week, when The decree that established violence by the husband towards his wife as a crime was annulled, allowing it again and thus satisfying the most conservative Islamist wing of Turkey.

The Convention, drawn up by the Council of Europe, states that “violence against women and domestic violence represent in Europe one of the most serious violations of the rights of the person grounded in gender, and remains buried in a blanket of silence. It aims for states to implement policies to eradicate this type of violence, but there are still nine other countries – in addition to Turkey – that have not ratified it. These are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Hungary, the latter, together with Poland, are considered internationally aligned states in many respects with the Turks.

While most countries are advancing at different speeds in the fight against sexist violence, others are moving backwards on the path they have achieved. In addition, they do it at a delicate moment, as he explains to 20Minutos Maribel Tellado, Campaign Manager at Amnesty International: “There are states that are denying their obligation to protect women and are trying to undermine rights that have been hard to achieve. They are also doing so at a time when the pandemic has multiplied gender violence worldwide. The case of Turkey is flagrant, because it was the first to ratify the Convention and sends a dangerous message to Europe, after having registered 266 women killed as a result of gender violence in the past 2020. ”

“The institutions of many countries do not fight against sexist violence and also violently repress civil society that does”

Turkey tops a list with countries from around the world

The country led by Erdogan is not the only one that practices a policy that ignores or promotes sexist violence. Within Europe, Hungary and Poland follow the Turkish trail. The Poles have even raised with the Constitutional Court whether membership of the Istanbul Convention is within the legal framework or what is proposed violates current norms. “This same Court was the one that vetoed the possibility of abortion in cases of serious malformation, which is the majority in the country,” Tellado clarifies. For its part, Hungary, which doubled the number of complaints of gender violence during the months of confinement, has a statement prepared by the congress to not ratify the Convention and described as “political whining” the protests that took place calling for annexation to the international agreement.

Beyond European borders, where anti-feminist currents are already present in all countries, there are other states where machismo and the culture of violence against women are fully established. Iran or Saudi Arabia are two countries where there is a male guardianship system, “which treats women as second-class people. They need the permission of a male legal guardian for many issues such as guardianship of daughters or to circulate alone and freely, “explains Tellado. In addition, from the institutions, far from implementing measures for equality are dedicated to persecuting activists who promote women’s rights, to silence dissenting voices and ensure that the the status quo.

On the other side of the Atlantic, in Latin America, the situation is not much better. The most striking case is that of Mexico, where in 2020 there were nearly 1,000 deaths certified as gender violence and the demonstrations – mostly peaceful – are violently repressed by the authorities. “Most of the institutions in many of these countries do not fight against sexist violence and also violently repress civil society that does,” they say from Amnesty International. On the other hand, Brazil is another of the Latin countries where The number of femicides continues to grow since 2019, when it increased by 7.2%. His government, led by Bolsonaro, modified the law to facilitate access to the possession of weapons and included a provision to reduce criminal penalties when homicides are committed “under stress,” despite the fact that this last point was not approved. The measure was made to stop drug trafficking, but several women’s associations denounce that it encourages femicide.

Why is this current of thought growing against fighting to eradicate gender violence?

The reasons behind these types of policies that propose setbacks in the fight against sexist violence are diverse. “Many excuses are used, which are ultimately false accusations. Many argue that they are trying to overturn traditional values ​​or that they are trying to normalize homosexuality. In reality, what they hide behind is misogynistic logic and in many cases homophobic. In the background what there is is an absolute disregard for the rights of women and girls. They seek to keep women in inferior conditions, “says Tellado. This occurs mainly in countries where religion has a great political influence and they see women’s rights as an attack on their perception of values, using all its mechanisms to that they do not succeed.

On the other hand, the educational aspect is one of the keys to maintaining the superiority of men over women. Many of the countries mentioned are aware of this and educate with that orientation. They are inculcated from the time they are girls to normalize violence by men, internalizing that they are inferior. In this way, they ensure that dissenting voices -which are very often persecuted- have little strength, because in their mentality this discourse is contrary to their customs and what they are used to, so they reject it and maintain the current order.

The Amnesty International expert exemplifies this situation in a concise way: “While we were working on a report on the situation of women in sub-Saharan Africa, an activist explained to us that in Mozambique girls are taught that the husband beats his wife if he really loves him. It links love with gender violence, which translates into the total perversion of the story, so that it is internalized and perceived as something natural and even good. “

In this way, in the middle of the year 2021 it can be seen how until relatively recently most states fought in one way or another against gender-based violence. Now, Instead of advancing at different speeds, there are countries that have decided to turn around and move in the opposite direction, also trying to convince others that this is the right path. However, while avoiding the countries that are on the right path, thousands of women pay the consequences of this type of policy every day and with their lives.


COVID does not give up and fills the US, Brazil, India, Poland, Turkey with death … despite vaccination

By Vanessa Gera

WARSAW, April 9 (AP) .- The hospitals from Turkey Y Poland are filling up. Pakistan is restricting internal travel. The United States Government will send the most aid to Michigan, the state with the largest increase in contagions from coronavirus in the country.

The global rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths includes Thailand, which has weathered the pandemic much better than other nations, but is now struggling to contain it.

The only exceptions to the situation are countries with advanced vaccination programs, basically Israel and Great Britain. The United States is also seeing an increase in new cases despite being a global leader in vaccinations, and the White House said Friday it would send federal assistance to Michigan to control the state’s infection rate, the worst in the country.

The World Health Organization indicated that infections are increasing in all regions of the planet, driven by new variants of the virus and because in many countries the population left confinement too early.

Several people arrive to receive their vaccine against COVID-19 at a temporary inoculation center. Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, EFE

“We have seen increases (in cases) around the world for six weeks. And now, sadly, we are seeing increases in deaths in the last three weeks, ”said Dr. Margaret Harris, WHO spokeswoman, at a press meeting in Geneva.

In its weekly epidemiological update, the agency indicated that more than 4 million cases of COVID-19 were reported in the last week. Deaths were up 11 percent compared to the previous week, with more than 71,000 reported.

The increase in infections, hospitalizations and deaths extends to countries where vaccination is finally gaining momentum. That makes the prospects even worse for much of the world, where large-scale inoculation programs remain a distant reality.

One of the most affected countries is Turkey, where most of the new cases of coronavirus are related to a variant detected for the first time in Great Britain.

Ismail Cinel, director of the Turkish Intensive Care Association, said that the increase in cases is beginning to put pressure on the country’s relatively advanced health system, and “alarms are ringing” for intensive care units, which are still they are not saturated.

“The mutant form of the virus is causing more organ damage,” Cinel said. “Before, 2 out of 10 patients died; now the figure is 4 out of 10. And if we continue like this, we will lose 6 ″.

Only countries with advanced vaccination programs have been the exceptions in the increases in COVID cases. Photo: Gala Cañas, Cuartoscuro

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan eased restrictions on COVID-19 in March to reduce damage to the country’s economy. But the new upturn forced him to announce new restrictions, such as lockdowns on weekends and the closure of cafes and restaurants during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, which begins on April 13.

In the US capital, the administration of President Joe Biden outlined how the federal government plans to help Michigan better manage vaccines that have already been assigned to the state, as well as expand diagnostic testing capacity and drug availability. Support will not include more vaccinations.

For its part, Brazil has the second highest total of deaths in the world, surpassed only by the United States. In Sao Paulo they have had to carry out nightly burials to cope with the demand, and school buses have been used to transport coffins. The rate of vaccination is advancing slowly – less than 3 percent of the 210 million Brazilians have received the two doses, according to the research portal Our World in Data – and some state governors have expressed concern about the supplies.

Pakistan is in the midst of a third wave of infections, and its rulers will restrict transport in cities on weekends starting at midnight on Friday.

In Thailand, the authorities ordered new restrictions to try to contain the infections.

The increase in infections is spreading in countries where vaccination is beginning to gain momentum. Photo: Dassaev Téllez, Cuartoscuro

Poland has seen a dramatic increase in deaths, and hospitals have been forced to turn away patients with cancer and other illnesses as intensive care units and other areas are full of COVID-19 patients. Hospitalizations for coronavirus have increased 20 percent in the last two weeks.


USA, Britain, Canada, Lithuania and Poland held a meeting on Ukraine

The United States, Britain, Canada, Lithuania and Poland held a meeting on Ukraine, the State Department said. They expressed concern about the “growth of Russian military activity” near Ukraine.

The meeting was chaired by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace. The United States was represented by Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Amanda Dory. “Russia’s destabilizing actions undermine the de-escalation of tensions that was reached by an agreement mediated by the OSCE on July 27, 2020,” the American side said.

During the meeting, a commitment was expressed to provide combat training and support to strengthen the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The countries indicated that this is necessary in order to preserve the territorial integrity of the country and continue to move towards achieving interoperability with NATO forces.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing that the US Department of Defense is seeing a rapid increase in the number of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine, including in Crimea.

“It is not completely clear what the Russians are doing there, and we want to understand this,” he said, adding that this uncertainty does not contribute to a more stable and secure situation.


USA, Canada, Lithuania, Poland and Britain discussed Russia’s military activity near Ukraine’s borders

Representatives of the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Lithuania and Poland held talks on the situation in Ukraine. They discussed the growing military activity of the Russian military. Countries accused Moscow of undermining the de-escalation in the Donbass.

From the side of the United States, and took part in the meeting. about. Deputy Defense Secretary Amanda Dory. The event was hosted by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace. It is noted that the countries participating in the virtual meeting “make the main contribution to helping Ukraine in the field of security.”

“The leaders … discussed the increase in Russian military activity in the region. Russia’s destabilizing actions undermine the de-escalation of tensions that was reached by an agreement mediated by the OSCE on July 27, 2020, “the message The Pentagon. The countries agreed to provide training to the Ukrainian military and support the “capacity building” of the Ukrainian military.

The day before, the Pentagon called on Russia to reduce tensions in relations with Ukraine and respect the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Earlier, representatives of Germany and France expressed concern about the movement of Russian troops. The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, accused NATO of increasing military activity in Ukraine.

About the negotiations on the settlement – in the material “Kommersant” “War is not forced to peace.”


Robert Lewandowski will miss the Champions League series against PSG

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski was injured in matches with his national team and will not see action for several weeks, PSG rubs his hands

Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski He will be out for about four weeks after suffering a knee injury in last weekend’s match between the Polish and Andorran national teams.

Sources of Bayern confirmed the injury of the player, who will not be able to play the league match against Leipzig or the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Paris Saint Germain.

The Polish team advanced on Monday that its forward would not play this Wednesday’s game against England, qualifying for the Qatar World Cup. Lewandowski had to retire due to injury in the 63rd minute of the match against Andorra (3-0), in which he scored two of his team’s three goals.

Photo: AFP

With this forecast, Lewandowski will be missing the series round-trip games against PSG in the 2020-2021 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. The Parisian team wants revenge after the last final and it seems that everything remains on a silver platter with the loss of the Pole.

However, not everything is victory for PSG, since it must be remembered that Bayern has many offensive resources and that its defense continues to be the most vulnerable point. The goal that gave the most recent Champions League title was scored by Coman, Lewandowski did not appear on the scoreboard.

Do you think that without Lewandowski Bayern will advance in the series against PSG? We read you in the comments.


FCC launches an offensive in services in the US, Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom | Companies

The United States, the United Kingdom, and Central and Eastern Europe have become growth grounds for FCC Environment after years of work on its implementation. The division, which is the main engine of revenue and ebitda for the group that controls Carlos Slim, has short and medium term plans to multiply its foreign presence.

FCC Environment sees great opportunities in US cities, where it collects and manages solid urban waste. In past years, it settled on Florida and Nebraska, after which FCC Environmental Services seeks to break through in the Midwest area. The subsidiary already provides services to eight million people in the North American country, and for this 2021 it seeks an increase in sales and portfolio. The fact that the bidding for projects has been relaunched in the last tranche of 2020 plays in the favor.

FCC has evolved from garbage collection and landfill, to waste management for its reintroduction as raw materials or energy recovery. Hand in hand with policies against climate change and the promotion of the circular economy, the company expects a moderate development in Spain for the launch of new contracts. But see possibilities in Portugal related to soil decontamination and urban sanitation. And he’s hunting for business in UK based on state support for plastics recycling and energy recovery.

The group appreciates opportunities in the recycling of plastics in the United Kingdom or in the recovery of contaminated soils in Portugal

Already in the Central and Eastern Europe, FCC Medio Ambiente pursues organic growth in 2021 despite budgetary restrictions in the local Administration at least until the second semester, which could affect the outsourcing of urban services. In the longer term, between 2026 and 2030, the Spanish company trusts that Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland they will advance in the reduction of waste in landfills.

Despite having this lever of impulse in Europe somewhat more distant, FCC analyzes projects that could crystallize this year to arrive on time with the obtaining of permits and the execution of treatment plants and incinerators.

WRG conversion

FCC’s largest international investment before the 2008 crisis, the acquisition of the British landfill firm WRG (1,693 million euros in 2006), is no longer weighing on the group’s balance sheet and is even serving as a springboard.

WRG, later FCC Environment UK, in 2012 suffered a deterioration of the goodwill of 190 million due to the fact that its waste collection activity in landfills began to offer drops in cash flow. A crisis that was confirmed in 2013 with a further deterioration of 236 million in goodwill due to the collapse of tons of stored garbage. In 2014, the additional impairment was 650 million in property, plant and equipment. With a book value now close to 700 million (557 million at the end of 2019), the subsidiary has been restructured, has a new partner and offers benefits.

FCC budgets annual sales growth of 5% to 15% between 2021 and 2024 for FCC Environment UK

The reorganization in the year of the pandemic resulted in the creation of the new Green Recovery Projects (GRP), in which FCC Medio Ambiente holds 51% after the sale of 49% to Icon Infrastructure Partners in July 2020. Focused on recycling waste and energy recovery, the company owns five plants, located in Kent, Nottinghamshire , Buckinghamshire, Edinburgh and Lincolnshire. Added to these assets are 50% at the Mercia incinerator and 40% at Lostock.

FCC now estimates for FCC Environment UK a 5% to 15% increase in revenue between 2021 and 2024, starting from a budgeted growth of 12.3% for this year, when the level of business prior to the pandemic would be reached, and of 15.2% for 2024. The pull in sales will come from the entry into operation of the Lostock recovery plant, while the gross operating margin of the British subsidiary is forecast this year at 17%.

With the main assets and liabilities denominated in pounds, FCC does not expect impacts caused by Brexit in the services area in the United Kingdom.

The business that has endured in the pandemic

Essential services. FCC’s Environment area contributed 43% of the group’s EBITDA in 2020. 79.9% of its activity focuses on the provision of essential waste collection, treatment and disposal services, as well as the cleaning of public roads. Therefore, activity has not slowed down during the pandemic. The remaining 20.1% of their work is related to urban environmental services, such as the conservation of green areas or the management of sewerage.

Markets. In Spain, the main market for FCC’s services area, the weight of urban waste management and street cleaning stands out, which are the tasks with which it entered the United States. In the UK it focuses on urban treatment, recovery and elimination. And in central Europe, mainly Austria and the Czech Republic, FCC has a presence throughout the waste management chain.

Efficiency. The Environment area has made public this month its goal of reducing the 10% share of waste in landfill by 2035, from the current 51%. This is one of the main challenges of its 2050 Sustainability Strategy.


La Jornada – Covid-19 flares up in the world

Rio de Janeiro and Paris. The inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro will not be able to enjoy its beaches this weekend, closed to contain the coronavirus, which on Friday alone left more than 2,800 dead in Brazil, while millions of French and Poles reinitiated a lockdown to control the contagions.

To the movement restrictions, Europe adds a slow and controversial vaccination campaign over the supply of the drug from AstraZeneca.

This vaccine has been administered again since Friday, as it is considered “safe and effective”, after having been suspended by fifteen countries, but the European Union has only received 30% of the 90 million doses agreed for the first quarter, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday.

The official thus threatened to block exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus, manufactured in Europe and destined for other countries, if the block does not first receive the promised doses.

“This is our message to AstraZeneca: Please respect the contract with Europe before starting to supply [dosis] to other countries, “said Von der Leyen.

Worldwide, the pandemic has already killed more than 2.7 million people and infected more than 122 million.

In the United States, the country most mourned by the coronavirus, the vaccination rate accelerated in recent weeks, with a current average of 2.4 million doses per day and the goal of 100 million inoculated in the first 100 has already been reached. days of Joe Biden’s rule, one month in advance.

“Very critical” situation

In Brazil, the pandemic appears to be out of control. The average daily death has doubled (from one thousand to two thousand), compared to last month and the country already accumulates a fateful balance of more than 290 thousand deaths from Covid-19 and 11.8 million infections.

The South American giant is going through the worst moment of the pandemic: of the 27 Brazilian states, 25 have an occupation equal to or greater than 80 percent in Intensive Care Units (ICU). In Rio, this percentage reaches 95 percent, according to the authorities.

The situation is “very critical”, summarized the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, after announcing the closure of the beaches this weekend.

“I make a call to the Cariocas: it is time to stay home,” he asked the inhabitants of the city, announcing that “more restrictive measures” will be announced on Monday.

The measures adopted by governors and mayors have not been enough to control the second wave of the pandemic or to convince the president, Jair Bolsonaro, of the need to reinforce social isolation.

In Sao Paulo, the economic and financial capital of the country, a series of holidays were announced to reduce circulation and travel.

And the automaker Volkswagen announced the suspension as of Wednesday and for 12 days of the manufacture of vehicles in its four plants in Brazil, “in order to preserve the health of its employees and their families.”

Latin America has more than 737 thousand deaths and 23 million infections.

Chile surpassed 7,000 daily cases of Covid-19 for the first time this Saturday since the start of the pandemic, a situation that led the government to confine some 28 municipalities and to quarantine all travelers. To date, the country has registered 22,180 deaths.

The situation is not good in Venezuela (30 million inhabitants), where the government announced that the country is suffering a second wave “more virulent” than that registered in 2020, as a result of a variant of the virus that emerged in neighboring Brazil.

Venezuelan authorities have reported 149,145 infections and 1,475 deaths, but the opposition and the Oenegés question the figures.

Protests against restrictions

From this Saturday, the Poles and a third of the French had to respect confinement measures to try to stop the infections.

A total of 21 million French, including Parisians, will have to respect the new measures, which are less severe than those applied a year ago.

For at least a month, non-essential shops will be closed, you will not be able to travel between regions and you will leave home with a receipt.

In Poland, given the deterioration of the health situation, the government imposed a partial confinement for at least three weeks, after having relaxed the restrictions in February.

Some restrictions that led thousands of people to demonstrate against in Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands or Austria this Saturday, in many cases violently and without a mask.

The most crowded rally took place in the German city of Kassel, where according to police between 15,000 and 20,000 people gathered, brandishing banners reading “Enough confinement” or “Corona rebels.”

This Saturday it was officially announced that there will be no spectators from other countries in the stands of the Tokyo Olympics, which will be held in July and August, due to health risks.


Poland expands corona regulations nationwide Supports UK mutants | Reuters

[Warsaw, 17th Reuters]-Poland announced on the 17th that it will take measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus nationwide, as the number of people infected with the new coronavirus per day is the highest since the beginning of the year.

The country has so far implemented lockdowns (city blockades) at the regional level to curb the spread of infection by British mutants. The government said it could blockade the whole country if the number of infected people continued to increase.

Health Minister Negelski said at a press conference that theaters, shopping malls, hotels and cinemas will be closed from the 20th until Easter holidays. He explained that the school will switch to online lessons entirely.

According to the same minister, around 52% of newly infected individuals are British mutants.

The number of newly infected people confirmed on the 17th was 25,052, which was higher than the highest number since the beginning of the year, 21,049 on the 13th.

The death toll on this day was 453.

The cumulative number of infected people is 1,965,974 and the death toll is 48,032.

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