[En continu] “If necessary, new measures must be taken, even if they are hard”

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The assembly of the Swiss Socialist Party was held virtually today. In New York, the Covid vaccine is a new asset on dating sites. Iran plunges into a dramatic health situation.

our follow-up of the day Friday

■ Protection of the population must be a priority for the PS

“We must take our responsibilities,” exclaimed on Saturday the co-president of the PS Cédric Wermuth before the virtual assembly of delegates, before presenting them with the party’s position paper. The priority goes to the protection of the population. “The measures that need to be taken are partly very hard. But they are necessary. New restrictions on economic and public life may still have to be decided, Cédric Wermuth said. For this, we must make the necessary money available to compensate all people and companies affected by the coronavirus crisis.

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At the same time, jobs and income must be maintained. “We are asking for 100% coverage of low and middle wages,” insisted the co-chair. Currently, it is only 80%. And the economy must be stabilized.

Testing and tracing capacities need to be expanded and the vaccination campaign accelerated. Switzerland must also support research into “Long Covid” and those who suffer from it.

■ In Iran, the fear of a new wave

Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday of a new wave of Covid-19 in Iran, after an increase in the number of cases in parts of this Middle Eastern country most affected by the pandemic. Some towns in Khuzestan province in southwest Iran are now “red” zones, after several weeks of low levels of contamination across the country. “This means that we are heading towards the fourth wave. We must all be vigilant to avoid this ”, underlined Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Iran is the country in the Middle East hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic with nearly 59,000 deaths out of more than 1.5 million people infected.

■ The Covid vaccine, a new asset on dating sites

In New York, in a few weeks, being vaccinated against Covid-19 has become a strong argument on dating sites. Some use it to better conclude, others use it to show their faith in science and ward off anti-vaccines.

“The most desirable thing on a dating site right now is to have had the vaccine,” explains Michael Kaye, communications manager for the OkCupid platform. Thus, 43% of the approximately 1,500 users of the “Coffee Meets Bagel” meeting platform questioned said they were more attracted to a person who declared himself vaccinated.