Ontario again in lockdown; Italy also restricts use of AstraZeneca

Some of the news from across the border.

  • The Canadian province Ontario goes into lockdown again. The local authorities have issued the a state of emergency declared and ask residents to stay indoors for four weeks from Thursday and only leave the house when strictly necessary. “The situation is extreme, extremely bad and at the moment I am extremely concerned,” said Prime Minister of Doug Ford province at a press conference.

    Last week, corona measures for non-essential stores in Ontario were already tightened, but now these businesses have to close completely. Schools will remain open in large parts of Ontario, only in the badly affected city of Toronto they have to be closed. More than 3,000 infections are diagnosed daily in Ontario and a record number of people with Covid-19 are in intensive care. This may have to do with more contagious variants of the virus that circulate in the province.

  • Also in Tunisia authorities are concerned about a resurgence in the corona epidemic. The government decided on Wednesday to extend the previously imposed curfew and ban on gatherings, reports Reuters news agency. People visiting the country must also be quarantined. At the moment, 80 percent of the IC beds in the African country are occupied and it is feared that healthcare will be overrun.
  • Following in the footsteps of some other European countries, also limited Italy the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. The shots will only be given to people over 60 years old. Earlier today, the United Kingdom set this age limit at 30, Belgium opted for 55 years. The countries are thus responding to the rare but serious side effect of blood clots in combination with a low platelet count that has been found in a number of people.
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