LIVE Mandatory Corona Pass for Restaurants and Bars in Italy

Is there ever an end to the corona crisis? After a tough year and a half, full of lockdowns and freedom restriction measures, people are ready for a party or holiday. But due to increasing infections, despite the many vaccinations, we are thrown back in time. What‘s happening today? Follow the latest COVID news here.

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Italy sharpens corona rules from August 6, the Italian Cabinet announced Thursday. This means, among other things, that from that date a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery is required to visit public places such as the gym, pool or museum. The state of emergency is also extended until the end of the year.

The measures are in response to the rapid increase in new coronavirus infections lately, especially among young people. The health authorities in Italy recorded more than 5,000 new infections and fifteen deaths within one day on Thursday.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza urged the population to get vaccinated. More than 53 percent of the population of about 60 million people over 12 years of age have been fully vaccinated so far.

The identification of risk zones (white, yellow, orange or red) will also happen differently from 6 August. Leading is no longer the contagion ratio in a given area, but the occupancy rate in COVID-19 departments and intensive care departments.

22.00 โ€” German authorities warn of false floods

The German authorities warn of untruths about the floods last week in western Germany, with at least 177 people dying. The lies would come from anti-corona activists. According to police and government, they also make dubious calls for donations, according to German media.

According to German media, rumors include a lack of assistance in Koblenz in the affected Land Rhineland-Palatinate. Authorities reported on Twitter that there was no scaling off, while it was claimed on social media.

Germans are advised to inform themselves from multiple sources, monitor the information channels of the authorities and donate money only through official aid organizations. Rescue and cleaning work is still taking place in affected areas.

18.00 – GGD sites test and puncture appointments unreachable by attack

People can make an appointment for a corona-virus test or vaccination online again. A dDoS attack on a supplier left the entire appointment system down on Thursday, but the attack is now over, reports the overarching organization GGD GHOR Nederland.

There were ddos attacks on Wednesday too. As a result, people were unable to log in to the GGD using their Digid credentials. Not only could people not make a new appointment, it was virtually impossible to view test results or see previously made appointments. Occasionally someone managed to make an appointment through the website, but most people didn’t get through it.

The affected supplier is going to report the attack. โ€œAnd if it helps, we will certainly not fail to do that,โ€ said the GGD organization.

15.15 โ€” EU countries donate few Covid 19 vaccines to poorer countries

European Union countries have donated 4 million vaccines against Covid-19 to poor countries so far. That‘s less than 3 percent of the 160 million vaccines that would be donated to contain the pandemic. This is evidenced by pieces of the EU. It’s mostly about doses of AstraZeneca.

The European Union has committed itself to help vulnerable people around the world vaccinate, but so far, vaccines have been purchased to help its own population. In total, countries within the Union have now received some 500 million doses from the various pharmaceuticals. That‘s enough vaccines to fully vaccinate 70 percent of all adults. Outside the EU, that percentage is much lower. South Africa has so far been able to vaccinate 7 percent of the population once and Nigeria only 1%.

Brussels has said earlier that at least 100 million vaccines must have been donated by the end of this year. The 4 million doses that have found their way to poorer countries so far have mostly gone to former colonies. For example, the Netherlands has sent some 250,000 Astrazeneca vaccines to Suriname. In the end, it will be 500,000 to 750,000.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on Western countries to share their vaccines with poorer countries through the international Covax program, but despiteInsisting the European Commission to hurry up donations, there is not much shot in it. The vaccines that are donated are Astrazeneca vaccines and to a lesser extent Janssen. In many EU countries, very little vaccines are pricked because of the risk of rare but dangerous side effects.

European Union donations are very close to those of the United States. They sent more than 15 million vaccines to countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America over the past month. The US has promised to give away a total of 80 million vaccines, largely through Covax.

EU documents show that Germany plans to donate 33 million vaccines from August, 30 million of which are AstraZeneca brand. France has promised to donate 60 million vaccines, mainly to Covax. So far, that country has donated 800,000 doses, mainly to former colonies such as Senegal, Mauritania and Burkina Faso. But according to a spokesperson for the French Ministry of Finance, nearly 5 million Astrazeneca vaccines have now been given to Covax. At the end of summer, Janssen and Pfizer vaccines will be added.

14.26 โ€” Company Israel wants to test oral coronavaccine

Israel is about to become the first country where an oral corona vaccine is tested, according to Jerusalem Post. The Oravax Medical company is still waiting for permission from the Ministry of Health. It’s expected in a matter of weeks.

Topman Nadav Kidron of parent company Oramed Pharmaceuticals says the coronavine should be tested first on 24 volunteers who haven‘t had another vaccine yet. Half of that group takes one pill, the other half two. After that, the amount of antibodies are produced will be examined.

Kidron sees many benefits when it succeed in developing a vaccine that people can swallow. This does not have to be administered by professionals and could be widely distributed. โ€œPeople may even be able to take the vaccine at home.โ€

The company has already produced several thousand pills that can be used in the research. The goal, according to Kidron, is to demonstrate that the concept is feasible.

โ€œI pray and hope it works. Imagine that people have been vaccinated after we give them an oral vaccine,โ€ the top man says. โ€œThat would be a revolution for the whole world.โ€

12.00 โ€” Chancellor Merkel is concerned about the number of infections

Chancellor Angela Merkel is very concerned about the increasing number of infections in Germany. In twelve days, the number of infections doubled mainly due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Merkel made her statement at the probably last general press conference she held as Chancellor. Elections are held at the end of September and a new Chancellor will be elected.

At the press conference, Merkel called on people to get vaccinated. โ€œWe want our normal world back,โ€ she said. โ€œThe more people are vaccinated, the freer we are.โ€ According to Merkel, it’s important that people encourage their private and work environments to get vaccinated as well. Other safety precautions such as keeping distance, mouth masks, ventilating and regular testing should also be attentive.

In May, Germany relaxed the corona arrangements and reopened restaurants, shops and museums. Germany has now been fully vaccinated 48 percent of the population.

10.10 โ€” Australian Prime Minister says sorry for low vaccination rate

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized for the slow way the Covid-19 vaccination program was rolled out. He did so according to Australian media on the day when the number of infections in the country‘s most crowded state, New South Wales, reached the highest peak in 16 months.

โ€œI’m sorry we haven‘t been able to meet the goals we had hoped for at the beginning of the year,โ€ Prime Minister Morrison said. โ€œSome things we have in hand, others don’t.โ€

At the moment, 11 percent of Australians are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the original goal was that all residents would be fully vaccinated in October. There are fewer than 150,000 vaccinations available daily in the country, far less than many other developed countries.

According to Morrison, the picture has changed over the last month, as the number of people fully vaccinated has tripled.

The state of New South Wales reports 124 new infections with Covid-19 on Thursday, the highest number in 16 months. A day earlier 110 new cases were registered.

Last year, Australia was praised worldwide for the way the pandemic became.addressed. Soon after the outbreak, the country closed its borders. On a population of about 25 million people, more than 32,000 were infected and 915 people died. By comparison, in the Netherlands, at least 17,804 people died since the beginning of the outbreak.

This year, Australia is struggling to restrict the highly contagious delta variant. As a result, the number of infections is still growing. At the beginning of this month, this year‘s first Australian coronadode fell. Several cities and states in Australia have been in severe lockdown for several weeks, such as Sydney and South Australia.

09.30 โ€” Empty Unrest due to ‘pingdemic‘ in

United Kingdom In the UK, fears of the so-called โ€œpingdemicโ€ food shortages are growing. โ€œWe are very concerned about the situation,โ€ acknowledged Minister of Economic Affairs Kwasi Kwarteng, who received a question about pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets. โ€œWe’re keeping an eye on the situation.โ€

In the UK, hundreds of thousands of people received a call to go into home quarantine through an official app in a week. They are seen as contact from someone who tested positive for the coronavirus and are therefore โ€œpinged,โ€ which means they got a notification on their phone.

Business has already complained of staff shortages due to Brexit and is now saying that the situation is threatening to deteriorate due to the pingdemic. Sky News warns that supply chains are โ€œstarting to failโ€ because truck drivers and people in the meat sector come home, among other things.

The pingdemic dominates the front pages in British media on Thursday. โ€œPingdemic disrupts food supply in supermarkets,โ€ headlines The Daily Telegraph. The Sun and Daily Mail open with pictures of empty shelves. โ€œFear of shortages as stores are hit by ‘pingdemic’,โ€ writes The Times.

Some companies now take control of the business. Bidfood has called โ€œpingedโ€ employees to come to work if a PCR test shows that they are not contaminated. Topman Andrew Selley told the BBC that his employees have an essential role in the food chain.

Public administrations do not escape the consequences of the pingdemic either. According to Sky News, police have already indicated that a lot of employees fall out in some control rooms. This does not always allow quick response to phone calls. Cleveland police say employee engaged is being withdrawn.

British are not legally obliged to go into home quarantine for ten days when they get notified through the app. They don‘t have to put them on their phone either. It’s just urgent advice.

Yet many people are responding to the call and that is why the government is under pressure to take action. The government has already decided that fully vaccinated people no longer need self-isolation as of 16 August when they get in the picture in contact investigations unless they test positive themselves.

08.00 โ€” China denounces WHO plan for follow-up research into origin virus

China is unspeakable about a World Health Organization (WHO) plan to re-investigate the origin of the coronavirus outbreak. Deputy Health Minister Zeng Yixin clearly made it unpleasantly surprised at a press conference.

A WHO research team, with Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans, went to China earlier this year to conduct research in and around the metropolis of Wuhan. They concluded afterwards that the virus probably passed from a bat to another animal and hence to humans.

The WHO proposed follow-up research in China earlier this month. That should also focus on markets and laboratories in the area where the virus was first detected at the end of 2019.

The team with Koopmans did not find it very likely that the virus comes from a lab before. Yet the United States, among other things, take that scenario seriously. President Joe Biden has urged his intelligence agencies to figure that out.

China has already called for not to โ€œpoliticizeโ€ the investigation into the origin of the virus in the past and countergas on Thursday. A group of prominent Chinese experts stressed in Beijing that the theory that the virus comes from a laboratory is โ€œextremely impossibleโ€.

Researcher Liang Wannian, who has collaborated with the Koopmans team, said that the lab at Wuhan devoted much attention to โ€œnever had the virus.โ€ Nor did he see any reason to free up any more resources to investigate that.

Deputy Minister Zeng, in turn, concluded that the โ€œplan for the second phase of theprovenance study contains language that science or common sense does not respect.โ€ He stressed that his country would not participate in such a plan.

07.02 – Peruvian healthcare workers who made corona patients pay for hospital bed

Peru authorities arrested nine healthcare workers on Wednesday who made seriously ill corona patients pay thousands of dollars for a hospital bed in a public hospital during the pandemic.

Peruvian prosecutor, Reynaldo Abia, said that Guillermo Almenara Irigoyen public hospital administrator is one of the arrested in capital Lima.

The fraud came to light after a man, whose brother in exchange for an amount of 82,000 Peruvian sol (more than 17,600 euros) was hospitalized, complained to the police.

Peruvian Health Minister ร“scar Ugarte told journalists that major sentences will be handed out. โ€œThis is totally reprehensible,โ€ he said in response to the arrests. โ€œWe can‘t negotiate with human lives.โ€

The corona pandemic has already caused multiple corruption scandals in Peru, the previous Health Minister filed his resignation after it became clear that some top officials were unjustifiably given priority in vaccination.

06.40 โ€” The Netherlands probably even red on Europe’s corona map

Netherlands is most likely to be an even red spot on the map of corona cases in Europe on Thursday. The province of Groningen is currently dark red, the highest possible level, and the other provinces are red. But provinces such as North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht, North Brabant, Gelderland and Overijssel may also go to dark red.

The corona map is made weekly by the ECDC, the European equity of the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM). The organization looks at the number of positive tests over the past two weeks and the percentage of positive tests. The number of new cases in the Netherlands is still rising, even though this is less rapid last week than the previous week.

Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Luxembourg are also all red. The rest of Europe is green, with some orange areas here and there. That means that the corona outbreak is fairly under control at the moment. For those countries, Dutch tourists may be a danger because they can introduce the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

The new corona map may cause those countries to tighten the access rules for Dutch people. For example, the Netherlands has been a risk area for Germany since last week. Berlin could take the Netherlands one step higher this week, in the group of ‘Hochinzidenzgebiete’. Those are places where the coronavirus is common. This category includes Britain, Portugal and Suriname, for example. If the Netherlands gets that status too, vacationers must show proof of a negative results of a corona-virus test or vaccination certificate before entering the country at all.

According to Minister Hugo de Jonge and RIVM, the number of positive tests has been stabilizing over the last few days and could begin to decline in the next week. If so, the Netherlands could go back to orange or green on the European corona map in three or four weeks. Then the rules for vacationers might be relaxed as well.