[En continu] In Basel, a few hundred people for a rather quiet Morgenstraich

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The United States is getting closer half a million dead, while vaccines offer a glimpse of hope.

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■ A few hundred people in Basel for the Morgenstraich

Despite the cancellation of the Basel Carnival, a few hundred people gathered around 4am on Monday for a silent Morgenstraich. With a few exceptions, they respected the ban on playing the drum or the fife.

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This hint of carnival atmosphere prevailed above all on Rümelinsplatz in the old town, while other squares and streets were not very busy. Several cliques had brought out their luminous lanterns, which they had not been able to use last year.

Despite the ban on playing music, the Morgenstraich March could be heard: many people present were playing it through portable speakers. Vehicles and numerous police patrols were present. The police asked those present, who had formed large groups, to put on their masks. For the rest, they kept a low profile. At around 5 a.m., the old town started to empty.

■ In Great Britain, all adults vaccinated by the end of July?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promises that all adults will receive a first dose of the vaccine by the end of July and every over 50 by mid-April.

To date, a quarter of the UK population has received the first dose of the vaccine, but less than 1% of the population has received the second dose. Globally, at least 205.31 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered in at least 109 countries or territories, according to a count made by AFP.

■ Economiesuisse criticizes the government’s handling of the crisis

Switzerland has not faced the pandemic optimally, according to Economiesuisse, the organization of vaccination, in particular, is “a huge disappointment”, criticizes the president of the umbrella organization, Christoph Mäder, in an interview published by the See.

In a country that considers itself high-tech, it can’t be very complicated to develop an IT tool that allows you to register within a reasonable timeframe, he says. According to him, if there is something positive to be learned from this crisis, it is to be hoped that digitalization will really progress.

According to Christoph Mäder, the biggest quack since the start of the crisis has been the discussion about the usefulness of masks. The president of Economiesuisse cannot understand that it has been claimed that masks are useless. This has seriously damaged the credibility of the Confederation and undermined the confidence of the people. The same goes for the bickering between Bern and the cantons. In addition, there has been too long hesitation about conducting large-scale screening tests, criticizes Christoph Mäder.