Day: April 2, 2021

Portugal

Portugal: Wine industry suffers decline in revenue amid COVID-19 pandemic

      Portugal’s economy has been affected by many sectors of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the country’s wine sector.    The second lockdown has further damaged the income of several companies (especially small businesses), and the closure of restaurants and bars has also severely affected the wine distribution business.    Jorge Santos works for […]

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Netherlands

Netherlands suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine

  The Ministry of Health said the Netherlands temporarily suspended the use of AstraZeneca‘s COVID-19 vaccine for people under the age of 60 after a woman was shot and killed on Friday.  News agency ANP reported that due to this decision, about 10,000 scheduled vaccination appointments will be cancelled.    The Ministry of Health stated […]

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Spain

Spain: Face masks mandatory on all beaches

  From March 30th 2021, masks must be worn on Spanish beaches and in all public spaces. If holidaymakers are allowed to travel to Spain this summer, they will have to wear masks on the beach.  The Spanish government issued a new decree on Tuesday that stipulates that all people six years of age and […]

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France

France: The sad summer of canceled festivals

  With the surge in Covid infections, the slow introduction of vaccines, and strict restrictions that make it impossible to survive, more and more organizers are struggling to decide to cancel the summer music festival in France.  The latest cancellation announcement was made on Friday by the organizers of the world-famous comics festival in Angoulême […]

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Italy

Italy expels two Russian diplomats over spy scandal

  Italy expelled two Russian officials on Wednesday after frigate captain Walter Biot was caught handing over documents for 5,000 euros to a Russian official late on Tuesday.  They were named on Thursday as Alexey Nemudrov, Russian embassy naval and aeronautical attaché, and Dmitri Ostroukhov, an employee of the same office at the Roman Embassy.  […]

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Italy

Italy: Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for all health workers

  The Italian government has mandated the covid-19 vaccine for all medical staff, including pharmacists, and this has triggered controversy in Italy.    The order is part of a decree approved by Prime Minister Mario Draghi on March 31 to protect “as many medical staff and medical staff as possible and those who may be […]

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