Germany struggles to impose local lockdowns as coronavirus infections spike

UNTV News   •   June 22, 2020   •   505

Authorities in Germany’s Goettingen have called on police to enforce quarantine measures following a rise in local coronavirus infections, which has caused the country’s virus reproduction rate to spike.

Tense situations in mass quarantine situations along with rising summer temperatures have seen tempers spike with police in Goettingen facing sometimes violent opposition to coronavirus measures.

A riot broke out at a block of flats on Saturday where around 700 people had been placed into quarantine.

Around 200 people tried to get out, but 500 people complied with quarantine rules.

In the ensuing fracas, eight police officers were injured after residents started to attack law enforcement officials.

“Recently the mood towards the measures and the law enforcers worsened as a result of a ring leader. A group started spreading resentment. Insults were made, there were attempted assaults and after the mentioned ring leader was taken into custody on June 19, things calmed down. Yesterday afternoon, however, things escalated again,” said Goettingen Chief of Police, Uwe Luehrig.

“The police, and I was able to see this with my own eyes on video, had bottles, stones, metal bars, planks of wood, household objects and fireworks thrown at them. This is what led to the aforementioned injuries. During the police deployment the police were forced to use measures like mild physical force but a lot of pepper spray was also used,” Luehrig said.

Low income residents of the housing estate, who are also not able to work, have complained of a lack of supplies with one man saying food brought to them was past its sell-by date.

Another resident complained of pain from the after-effects of the pepper spray.

City authorities have said they are fully funding translation and medical assistance and the delivery of care packages but admitted that things were still not running smoothly.

Germany’s reproduction rate of novel coronavirus infections jumped to 1.79, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health said on Saturday, far above the level needed to contain it over the longer term.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 687 to 189,822, data from the RKI showed on Sunday. (Reuters)

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Pasay City mayor open to possible city-wide ECQ to curb rising COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   March 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano on Thursday said she will not object should the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) decide to place the entire city under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

In an online media briefing, Rubiano said the city government is doing its best to contain the surge in COVID-19 cases.

She added that they have already looked into the idea of placing the city under ECQ upon learning of the detection of the more contagious COVID-19 variant, initially reported in South Africa in Pasay.

Rubiano, however, noted that placing Pasay City under ECQ will have an impact on the entire National Capital Region since the city is considered as a travel hub.

“Ang impact kasi ay nasa entire NCR dahil nakita niyo po at siyempre sa country na rin dahil nandidito po sa amin ang airport, MRT, LRT,” she said.

“Travel hub po kami at yung domestic air travel will be cancelled while international travel will be restricted,” she added.

Meanwhile, Rubiano confirmed that four residents of Pasay have tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant but all of them have already recovered.

The mayor also said that the patients were under quarantine when results of their tests came out.

“Yes po, recovered na pero inuulit po namin ang kanilang swab nang makasigurado po tayo. Na-isolate po namin agad sila pati po na-contact trace,” she said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Janice Ingente)

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to arrive on March 4

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility are set to arrive on Thursday night (March 4), according to Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go.

In a statement, Go said President Rodrigo Duterte will personally witness the arrival of the said vaccines. Go added that medical frontliners will now have the option to choose the brand of COVID-19 vaccine they want to receive.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. also confirmed it’s arrival, further explaining that the shipment is part of the first round of allocated doses from the COVAX facility.

The vaccines were initially scheduled to arrive on March 1 but was delayed due to “supply problems.”

Go, meanwhile, hopes for the continuous rollout of the country’s vaccination program and encouraged the public to register for vaccination.

Sana po ay tuloy-tuloy na po ang pagro-rollout ng pagbabakuna at dapat nating kunin ang kumpyansa ng mamamayan na ang tanging solusyon, ang tanging susi ay ang bakuna lamang para unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa normal nating pamumuhay, (I hope the vaccination rollout will continue and we should get the trust of our citizens which is the solution, the key for our lives to return to normal),” he said. AAC (witth reports from Harlene Delgado)

‘Hindi nakapagtrabaho dahil sa pandemya’: Roque clarifies ‘nakabakasyon’ remark

Robie de Guzman   •   March 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday clarified his earlier remark that Filipinos have been on a nearly year-long “vacation” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roque’s statement was in connection to the recent order of President Rodrigo Duterte to reduce the number of holidays this year and classify traditional holidays on Nov. 2, Dec. 24, and Dec. 31 as special working day in a bid to spur economic recovery.

“Napakatagal na po natin nakabakasyon. Halos isang taon na tayong nagbakasyon dahil sa COVID-19,” Roque said in a virtual briefing.

“Siguro naman po ngayong nandito na ang bakuna, hayaan naman nating maka-recover tayo for lost time, ‘no,” he added.

After receiving sharp criticisms from the public over his remark, Roque clarified that what he meant was the lost time and unemployment of many people due to the pandemic.

“Hindi naman po talaga bakasyon ‘yan, kung hindi, hindi nakapagtatrabaho, kaya ngayon na pupuwede na po tayong makapagtrabaho sana dahil nagbubukas na tayo ng ekonomiya, hayaan naman nating kumita at makapagtrabaho ang ating mga kababayan,” he said.

The Philippines rolled out its vaccination program on Monday following receipt of the 600,000 doses of Sinovac-made CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)


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