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Italy stops COVID-19 vaccine shipment to Australia

  Italy and the European Commission have blocked the shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to AstraZeneca in Australia.  The British-Swedish drug manufacturer failed to fulfill its EU contractual commitments, so the Italian government rejected its request to export 250,000 doses from the Anagni factory near Rome.    Italy made this request and it was approved by […]

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Spain: Negative coronavirus test mandatory for Balearic Islands arrivals

  The Balearic Islands government announced that travelers from other parts of Spain must prove that they have tested negative for the coronavirus.    Starting from March 4 (Thursday), if domestic tourists leave the area and their cumulative incidence exceeds 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, they must show a negative PCR test.    Previously, […]

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Greece: Movement restricted to within 1.2 miles from home

  In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Greece on Thursday restricted the range of activities to within 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) of home.    Daily cases continue to increase as the country recorded 2,703 cases of the virus on Wednesday, the highest number of confirmed cases so far in 2021.    Nikos […]

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France: Escargot producers struggle to make ends meet

  Since the start of the second lockdown on October 30, with the closure of the country’s restaurants, producers of Escargot in the heart of French “Burgundy” are struggling to make ends meet.    Snailsboiled in garlic butter are a classic of French cuisine. They have long aroused the fascination and fear of tourists, especially […]

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Spain: Around 20% of population has reached COVID-19 immunity

  According to a study by the famous Spanish Institute of Epidemiology, Spain’s immunity to coronavirus has reached nearly 20% of the population.    According to statistics from the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE), 19% of the population is immune to coronavirus, a total of 9.7 million people. This measure is based on a combination […]

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Pandemic pushed Italy extreme poverty to 15-year high

  ISTAT said on Thursday that according to preliminary data, the number of absolute poor in Italy reached the highest level since 2020 in 15 years.  According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the incidence of absolutely poor households has risen from 6.4% in 2019 to 7.7% in 2020, which means an increase of 335,000 […]

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Portugal: 17.2% of population at risk of poverty

  According to a study released today, in 2019, more than 12% of the Portuguese population was in poverty and 17.2% were at risk of poverty. Without the support of the state society, this proportion increased to more than 43%.  The data is included in the report “Portugal, Social Balance in 2020-Portrait of the Impact […]

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Italy: Sardinia becomes first coronavirus white zone

  Sardinia has become the first white area in Italy to be classified as a low COVID-19 risk, which means that many of the restrictions imposed by other parts of the country to combat the spread of the coronavirus have been lifted.    As a result, Governor Christian Solinas signed an order early on Monday […]

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Greece to vaccinate over-60s by May

  Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said that Greece will soon reach the 1 million vaccination mark, which is a source of hope, because the more people vaccinated, the faster the pressure on the health system will subside and return to normal. He estimated that by the end of March, Greece will have 1,750,000 vaccinations, […]

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France: Elementary schools start Covid-19 saliva testing

  French elementary schools have begun to conduct saliva testing for Covid-19 infection in students seriously, and the government hopes to conduct 300,000 tests a week by mid-March.    Observers believe that the test is the last effort to avoid closing schools in one of the few countries to maintain the curriculum through the second […]

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France: Lockdown takes effect in Guadeloupe and La Reunion

  Officials on Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean Sea and La Reunion in the Indian Ocean announced a new curfew that will last at least two weeks to stop Covid-19 infection, which is increased due to the presence of more infectious variants.   Guadeloupe officials said a curfew from 10 pm to 6 am will […]

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Austria will work with Israel to produce a second-generation vaccine

  Austria and Denmark are dissatisfied with the slow introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine within the European Union, and have joined forces with Israel to produce a second-generation vaccine against coronavirus mutations. The two EU member states took this move because people are increasingly angry about the delays in ordering, approving and distributing vaccines, which […]

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