Rotterdam mayor condemns ‘orgy of violence’ in Covid protests
The mayor of Rotterdam has condemned “an orgy of violence” in protests against Covid measures in the Dutch port city, in which seven people were injured and more than 20 arrested.
Reuters reports that crowds of several hundred rioters set cars on fire, set off fireworks and threw stones at police during Friday night protests. Police responded with warning shots and water cannons.
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“The police were forced to draw their weapons and even fire direct shots,” the mayor said. Ahmed Aboutaleb he said at a press conference early Saturday.
When asked to describe the event, Aboutaleb said it was “an orgy of violence, I can’t think of another way to describe it.”
Authorities said they had arrested more than 20 people and hoped to arrest others, as the center of the city where the riots occurred is widely monitored by security cameras.
The protesters had gathered to oppose the government’s plans to restrict access to closed places to people who have a “crown pass”, showing that they have been vaccinated or have recently recovered from an infection.
The pass is also available to people who have not been vaccinated, but have proof of a negative test.
the Netherlands He reimposed some lockdown measures last weekend for the first three weeks in an effort to slow the resurgence of the coronavirus, but daily infections have remained at their highest levels since the pandemic began.
Authorities reported a record of more than 23,000 new cases on Thursday, well above the previous daily high of 13,000 reached in December 2020.
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Hong Kong Authorizes Sinovac Vaccine for Children 3-17 Years
Hong Kong approved lowering the age limit for China’s Sinovac Biotech Covid vaccine to three years, down from 18, while pursuing a broader campaign to incentivize its 7.5 million residents to get vaccinated, Reuters reports.
“Adolescents aged 12 to 17 will be given priority to receive the CoronaVac vaccine, with a view to extending it to children of a younger age group at a later stage,” said the Hong Kong Secretary of Health and Food (SFH ). Sophia chan it said in a statement released Saturday.
According to the statement, the SFH considered that the benefits of approving the extension of the eligibility by age to cover those from three to 17 years “outweigh the risks.”
An advisory panel to the Hong Kong government on Covid vaccines had previously recommended SFH to approve the new age limit, the statement added.
The age eligibility extension comes as the vaccination campaign in the Asian financial center that began in February has been delayed in many other developed economies, with about 67% of the population vaccinated with two injections of Germany’s Sinovac or BioNTech. .
In a separate statement on Friday, the city government said it purchased an additional 1 million doses of the BioNTech vaccine for the implementation of the third dose of the Covid vaccine.
Hong Kong has followed Beijing’s lead in maintaining strict travel restrictions to curb new outbreaks, in contrast to the global trend to open up and live with the coronavirus.
International business lobbies have warned that Hong Kong could lose talent and investment, as well as competitive ground to rival financial centers such as Singapore, unless you relax your travel restrictions.
Despite the fact that there are hardly any recent local cases and a virtually Covid-free environment, Hong Kong has imposed a mandatory hotel quarantine of up to 21 days for arrivals from most countries at the expense of travelers.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism