Latest COVID news as reports say vaccines could be rolled out to children aged five next year; riots break out in Rotterdam over coronavirus restricti
Latest COVID news as reports say vaccines could be rolled out to children aged five next year; riots break out in Rotterdam over coronavirus restrictions; the UK records another 44,242 daily cases and 157 deaths.
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), called for investment to be “better prepared” for future health threats.
He said a pandemic treaty or agreement “is the best way to achieve that”.
Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Belfast to oppose the planned introduction of COVID certificates.
They carried anti-vaccine and anti-COVID certification placards and banners as they assembled outside City Hall.
A majority of Stormont ministers have backed the introduced of the COVID certification, which will be required for nightclubs, bars, restaurants and a range of other settings from 13 December.
Those wishing to gain entry to designated venues would need to demonstrate evidence of vaccination, a negative lateral flow test result, or proof of a COVID infection within the previous six months.
Northern Ireland is currently seeing a spike in infections, with six deaths and 1,846 cases recorded today.
PA journalist Dominic McGrath shared a photo from the scene.
Protesters have been demonstrating against coronavirus measures in countries across Europe, including Hungary, Switzerland and Austria.
Thousands have also been gathering in Zagreb, Croatia to voice their opposition to restrictions.
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A further 49 deaths were recorded in Italy today, compared to 48 yesterday.
The health ministry’s latest figures show another 11,555 cases have been registered too.
Professor John Edmunds issued the warning in an interview on Sky News today.
Anti-vaxxers are marching through Hull, according to local media.
Demonstrators at the “We March for Carers” event are voicing their opposition to the government requirement for all care workers to be double-jabbed, HullLive reports.
Around 200 protesters, who are also reportedly calling for no further lockdowns, no health passports and no vaccines for children, are heading through the city centre.
As we reported earlier (14.00 post), Russia has reported a record high daily death toll for a second day running.
To see how each country has been affected when it comes to COVID-related deaths, you can use the map below.
Demonstrators marched through Vienna today, after the Austrian government announced a national lockdown would be introduced from Monday and jabs will become mandatory from next February.
Blowing whistles and chanting “resistance”, they waved Austrian flags and carried signs mocking government leaders as they headed through the city.
Most of the signs focused on the vaccine mandate, with placards reading, “My Body, My Choice”, and “We’re Standing Up for Our Kids”.
Officials say the lockdown will initially last for 10 days before being re-evaluated – but will last for 20 days at most.
Most shops will shut and cultural events will be cancelled.
People will be able to leave their homes only for certain specific reasons, including buying food, going to the doctor or exercising.