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COVID-19 green pass protests in Rome, cases on rise in Romania

11 October, 2021 12:58

From protests against green passes in Rome to rising cases in Romania, coronavirus infection continues to shape our lives, reports Strategy2050.kz.


As of October 11, there have been 237 million confirmed cases and more than 4.8 million deaths.

Europe

Thousands of people went on the streets in Rome on Saturday to protest against the COVID-19 pass – a new requirement to come into effect from October 15 mandating employees both in the public and private sector to show proof of vaccination with at least one dose, recent recovery, or a negative PCR test in the past 48 hours.

Italy has already required its citizens to present the pass when visiting public venues, including museums, bars, indoor cafes, and restaurants.

Meanwhile, 80 percent of the country’s population over the age of 12 has been vaccinated, a target that Italy reached on Sunday, according to the official data.

"That's a critical level above which experts say - and the trend we've been recording for weeks confirms this - that the risk of hospitalization is drastically reduced," said the office of a special commissioner for the COVID emergency, as quoted by Reuters.

Cases have been on the rise in Romania that reported 385 cases on Friday, the highest since the pandemic began, reports Al Jazeera.

Besides the rising death toll, Romania also shows the weakest vaccination campaign in Europe. Romanian officials describe the situation as a health catastrophe.

Across Romania, restrictions are in place, including wearing masks in public places and curfew from 6.00 pm until 5.00 am, but only for unvaccinated people. Visiting public places, such as cinemas, dining places, is only possible for fully vaccinated or those who have recently recovered from COVID-19.

Russia also reports increased deaths from COVID-19, 962 deaths over the 24 hours. The new cases surpassed 28,000.

The low vaccination rate has been cited as the main reason behind the spike in COVID-19 cases.

Asia

Malaysian officials announced they lift travel restrictions for their full vaccinated citizens. From now on, Malaysian citizens can travel abroad without the need to receive permission. The new rule comes into effect from October 11.

The ease of travel restrictions comes as Malaysia immunized 90 percent of its population.

In Kazakhstan, more than 7.8 million people were vaccinated with the first component and nearly 6.9 have been fully immunized against the virus, reports coronavirus2020.kz.

Compared with the beginning of September, the daily incidence of coronavirus infection decreased 2.4 times, the occupancy rate of infectious beds decreased from 39 percent to 33 percent and intensive care beds from 40 percent to 31 percent, said Kazakhstan’s Healthcare Minister Alexei Tsoy at a press briefing on October 6.

"Over the past month, the epidemiological situation in Kazakhstan has stabilized. Kazakhstan and eight regions have moved from high-risk zone to a moderate risk zone. Three regions have moved from a moderate risk zone to a low-risk zone,” he said.

According to him, the number of severe and extremely severe patients over the past month has also decreased.

Among schoolchildren, a total of 9,185 cases were registered and among students - 1,282 cases.

“The low incidence rate among university students once again demonstrates the effectiveness of vaccination," said Tsoy.

He said that to date Kazakhstan administered 14.4 million doses of vaccine. The leaders in vaccination rates are East Kazakhstan, Turkistan Region as well as cities of Almaty and Shymkent.