Nations Tighten Virus Curbs As Dutch Curfew Protesters Clash With Police
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Jan, 2021 ) :Clashes broke out in the Netherlands on Sunday as anti-curfew demonstrators protested against coronavirus restrictions, while France imposed new border controls with numerous countries under pressure to slow the spread of new variants.
In the Netherlands, a Covid-19 testing centre was burned in one village, while police used tear gas against demonstrators in Eindhoven, where cars were burned and businesses looted, and deployed water cannon and dogs in central Amsterdam.
The clashes came on the first day of a new 9 pm to 4:30 am curfew, the country's first since World War II.
In Denmark, two men were arrested on Saturday night for burning an effigy of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at an anti-restriction protest, while thousands marched against virus measures in Spanish capital Madrid.
The rule does not apply to those travelling by land, including thousands of cross-border workers.
Israel is well advanced in its vaccination drive, as more than 2.5 million of the nine-million-strong population have been vaccinated in just a month.
Newly-installed President Joe Biden this week warned that the total toll could rise to 600,000 fatalities, but hopes to distribute 100 million vaccine doses within his first 100 days in office.
Vivek Murthy, Biden's nominee for surgeon-general, told ABC news on Sunday that 100 million doses in 100 days was "a floor, not a ceiling" and cautioned about new strains, calling them "very concerning".
Experts have warned that Brazil faces running out of vaccine doses as well as vital equipment like syringes, and that vaccine-sceptic President Jair Bolsonaro could be endangering supply chains with criticism of the China-made CoronaVac shot.
In India, around one-third of people are not turning up for vaccine appointments, with fear of side effects high after reports of a few cases of severe reactions spread widely through the media and messaging services.
"I am very afraid. I hate needles and I am worried about side effects," 17-year-old pharma student Khushi Dhingra said with tears in her eyes as she waited in line for the vaccine at Sharda Hospital in Greater Noida, near New Delhi.
European health authorities have said there is no evidence the vaccines were to blame in the deaths of small numbers of nursing home residents who died after receiving them.
Set to air on Sky Atlantic next year, director Michael Winterbottom said the show would focus on "the efforts of scientists, doctors, care home workers and policy makers to protect us from the virus."