– France to extend the period between the first and the second vaccine dose from four to six weeks with the aim of accelerating its program by injecting more people, said Minister of Health Olivier Veran.
– A theme park in the Netherlands opened to 2,000 roller coaster fans over the weekend in a government-approved trial. Visitors over 12 had to order a ticket online and test negative no later than 40 hours before arriving at Hellendoorn Amusement Park.
– Hundreds of people took to the streets of Bucharest, Romania on Saturday to protest nationwide lockdown measures, such as an earlier curfew and the closure of all non-essential stores.
– Meanwhile, similar protests took place in Norway, Denmark, France and Finland as people grow frustrated with the restrictions in place to slow the spread of the virus.
– UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to skip the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh due to pandemic restrictions which limit up to 30 guests allowed to attend.
– England are set to ease their lockdown restrictions further on Monday as non-essential stores, zoos, restaurants and bars with outdoor service spaces are allowed to reopen after months of closures.
– But leading scientists in the UK fear that easing the lockdown too quickly could trigger a third wave. “There are areas in West Yorkshire, the black country [a region west of Birmingham in the English Midlands] and other areas that still have high infection rates. However, many people cannot afford to isolate themselves. We need to tackle this problem urgently, otherwise the virus will come back, ”warned Stephen Griffin of Leeds University School of Medicine.
– The European Union’s response to the $ 892.2 billion pandemic recovery is strong and not lacking, although many consider the fund insufficient, said European Council President Charles Michel.
The Hellendoorn theme park in the Netherlands opened its doors to 2,000 roller coaster fans this weekend in a government-approved trial. / Reuters
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will not attend Prince Philip’s funeral next Saturday because COVID-19 restrictions mean only 30 people are allowed to attend services. He said his place should be taken by a family member instead, with the event to be televised to millions of people.
Last minute preparations are underway as thousands of non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen in England from Monday. This will mark the last step in the country’s timeline to ease its nationwide lockdown, with the reopening of non-essential shops, gyms and pubs, among others. But measures to stop the spread of the virus will remain in place, such as social distancing and outdoor dining only.
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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has not ruled out purchasing Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine supplies.
Speaking on his Africa tour, Sanchez said it was not something his country was considering at the moment, but the idea was not out of place and any purchase should be made with the EU support.
Sanchez criticized Madrid’s regional government after considering the possibility of buying Sputnik V independently.
A team from the European medicines regulator, the European Medicines Agency, is in Russia to assess the vaccine.
A theme park in the Netherlands opened to 2,000 roller coaster fans over the weekend in a government-approved trial.
Hellendoorn is the first amusement park to reopen since lockdown measures forced them to close last year amid a wave of infections.
Other popular attractions that also participate in the trial include the Keukenhof Flower Show, zoos, casinos, and historic tourist attractions.
Visitors over 12 had to order a ticket online and book a test at a small number of designated locations. A negative test result no more than 40 hours prior to attendance must be presented upon arrival at the park.
Chermaine Streppel, who drove 100 kilometers to the amusement park, said: “The compromise of having a tampon stuck in your nose for five seconds was a whole day of fun. “
England are set to ease their lockdown restrictions further on Monday. / AP
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