France Demands Antivirus Pass For 2 Million Workers – .

France Demands Antivirus Pass For 2 Million Workers – .

PARIS – Some 2 million French workers in restaurants and other service jobs are now required to present a health passport to travel to work, as part of the government’s efforts to fight viruses.

PARIS – Some 2 million French workers in restaurants and other service jobs are now required to present a health passport to travel to work, as part of the government’s efforts to fight viruses.
The public is already required to present the pass to visit French restaurants, tourist sites and many other public places.
Starting Monday, all staff must also show the pass, which requires proof of vaccination, re-testing for negative virus, or recovery from COVID-19. Those who do not risk suspension or other penalties, and companies that do not comply face potential fines.
Nearly 72% of French people have received at least one dose of the virus and more than 64% are fully vaccinated. A small but noisy minority of people opposed to vaccinations or the health card system have been holding weekly protests across the country since July.
France recorded the second-highest number of infections in Europe over the past month, but its summer peak in cases has started to ease since the government imposed stricter vaccination and other viral rules. The country has reported more than 114,000 deaths linked to the virus.
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand has reported its first death from coronavirus vaccine.
A health board that monitors vaccine safety said on Monday that a woman died of myocarditis after receiving the Pfizer vaccine. The board said the woman likely developed the disease from the vaccine, although she had other medical issues that could have contributed to it.
Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield said myocarditis was a very rare side effect and there was clear evidence taking the vaccine was much safer than being infected with COVID-19.
Health authorities have so far administered vaccines to more than 2 million New Zealanders. The board declined to answer questions from The Associated Press, including the woman’s age and date of death, citing the protocol because a medical examiner, known as the coroner, is further investigating on the case.
Also on Monday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland would remain strictly locked down for at least two more weeks and the rest of the country for at least one more week, but with slightly fewer restrictions, as the nation battles a delta epidemic. variant.
SINGAPORE – Singapore has fully vaccinated 80% of its population, reaching a milestone that would make the country “more resistant to COVID-19,” according to a senior government official.
Singapore’s vaccination rate of 80% among its 5.7 million people ranks it among the most vaccinated countries in the world.
“This is the result of the collective effort of many people working behind the scenes and the people of Singapore coming out to take care of themselves and the people around them,” the Minister of Health said on Sunday. from Singapore, Ong Ye Kung, in a post on Facebook.
Singapore has already started easing restrictions on coronaviruses earlier this month, allowing those who are fully vaccinated to dine at restaurants. It will also open traffic lanes with Germany and Brunei that would allow vaccinated travelers from those countries to travel to Singapore without having to serve a mandatory quarantine period.
Singapore has so far reported 67,304 coronavirus infections, with 55 deaths.
SYDNEY – Australia’s success in protecting its indigenous peoples from the pandemic ended with the death of a man in his 50s.
The man, who was not vaccinated against COVID-19, died on Sunday at Dubbo Base Hospital, west of Sydney, New South Wales, said Monday a state government official, Scott McLachlan.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier this month that one of the most significant achievements of Australia’s pandemic response was the fact that COVID-19 had been kept away from indigenous communities in the Outback and that no native Australian had died from the virus.
Last year, the Australian government restricted movement in indigenous communities in the Outback because their inhabitants are considered particularly vulnerable to disease.
Indigenous Australians make up 3% of the population and have poorer health, lower education levels and shorter life expectancies than other ethnic groups. Indigenous adults make up 2% of the Australian population and 27% of the prison population.
Australia has been relatively successful in eliminating COVID-19 clusters in the past. But a delta variant outbreak that began in Sydney in June and has locked in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory is proving more stubborn.
Four people died from COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the death toll in Australia from the pandemic to over 1,000. Only 6.3% of indigenous people in the Dubbo area are fully vaccinated, compared with 26% of the population. general population.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The number of new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand has fallen dramatically for the first time since an outbreak was detected almost two weeks ago.
Officials hope this is an indication that a strict national lockdown could work to stop the spread of the virus.
Health authorities reported 53 new cases in the community on Monday, up from 83 a day earlier. Part of this decrease may have been due to less testing.
The New Zealand government pursues an elimination strategy in which it tries to eradicate the virus completely whenever it appears. The government put the country in the strictest form of lockdown after the first case of the current delta variant outbreak was detected on August 17.
ATHENS, Greece – Clashes erupted in Athens on Sunday evening between police and some participants in a rally protesting against COVID-19 vaccinations.
Police estimate the number of participants in the rally in central Syntagma Square to be between 7,000 and 8,000.
As the final speech denouncing the government’s plans to make vaccination of health workers and students compulsory, some young people attacked the police standing in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier next to the Greek Parliament with bottles, firecrackers and firebombs.
Police used tear gas, stun grenades and a water cannon to disperse the protesters, who shouted obscenities at the police and against Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
While more than 5.7 million people out of a Greek population of 10.7 million have been fully vaccinated, there has been a recent upsurge in cases and hospitalizations, almost entirely fueled by the delta variant and mostly affecting non vaccinated.

The Associated Press


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