The weekend, and the start of this week, are marked by the Indian crisis. In countries, contaminations are soaring and hospitals are overwhelmed.
■ Italy tries a bit of normalcy
Big smiles in Italy. Bars, restaurants, cinemas and theaters are partially reopening in the country on Monday.
A large majority of the twenty regions are now classified in yellow, the lowest level of risk in the face of the pandemic. Bars and restaurants are allowed to serve on the terrace, and also in the evening, for the first time in six months, although the curfew starting at 10 p.m. is still in effect. Cinemas, theaters and concert halls can also accommodate the public up to 50% of their capacity.
The AFP agency quotes Daniele Vespa, 26, head chef at the Baccano restaurant a stone’s throw from the Trevi Fountain, does not hide his joy: “It’s a beginning of a return to normality which brings a little air fresh. Hopefully it will be a nice reopening and that as soon as possible we can also serve indoors. ”
■ Still spared, Fiji is reconfining itself
A fourteen-day lockdown of the capital of Fiji, Suva, goes into effect on Monday in an attempt to curb the emergence of Covid-19 cases. A funeral is at the origin of an epidemic focus. These are the first local cases of coronavirus in 12 months. The nearly 100,000 inhabitants of this city and its suburbs are required to stay at home and non-essential businesses are closed.
A soldier contracted Covid-19 during his quarantine and then allegedly passed it on to his domestic worker, who attended a funeral in which nearly 500 people took part.
Health Secretary James Fong said four new cases of coronavirus emerged over the weekend: “Three of these cases include people who attended this funeral.”
AFP recalls that the Fiji Islands, 930,000 inhabitants, largely escaped the pandemic thanks to strict measures, including border controls and placements in quarantine. They have recorded less than a hundred cases and only two deaths.
■ Facebook censors an Australian politician
Facebook has deleted the page of Australian parliamentarian Craig Kelly who has repeatedly spread false information about the Covid-19 pandemic, the US social media giant said on Monday. He had made controversial statements regarding vaccine safety, containment measures and the promotion of non-scientifically proven treatments for the coronavirus.
“We do not allow anyone, including elected officials, to share false information about Covid-19 or about coronavirus vaccines that have been denied by public health experts,” a Facebook spokesperson said .
In 2020, his videos posted to his Facebook account were viewed six million times and his posts generated some five million reactions, according to social media analytics tool CrowdTangle.
On Australian channel ABC, Craig Kelly, who also questions climate change, likened the move to “censorship: The idea that they are promoting the whole truth is absolutely outrageous,” he said.
In February, Craig Kelly left the Liberal Party after being summoned by the Prime Minister, himself of that party, about his public positions.