Borders tightened as coronavirus curfew fury spills over

25/01/2021 9:30:00 PM

Borders tightened as coronavirus curfew fury spills over

Borders tightened as coronavirus curfew fury spills over

Border restrictions were being tightened around the world Monday in the face of an unrelenting coronavirus threat, after a weekend in which anger at social distancing rules bubbled over into fiery clashes in the Netherlands.

The United States was set to join France, Israel and Sweden in pulling up the drawbridge to certain arrivals, with special concern about new strains of the pathogen that originated in Britain and South Africa.“When I arrive in a country, the idea is not to contaminate it,” Antoine, an 18-year-old Belgian, told AFP at Paris’s main international airport after new rules on tests for EU arrivals came into force.

“It’s up to us to show that we are civic-minded,” said Spaniard Claudio Barraza.The stipulations came as Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador became the latest public figure to test positive for the disease, and New Zealand reported its first community case for more than two months.

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(Photo by GAIZKA IROZ / AFP) The United States was set to join France, Israel and Sweden in pulling up the drawbridge to certain arrivals, with special concern about new strains of the pathogen that originated in Britain and South Africa. “When I arrive in a country, the idea is not to contaminate it,” Antoine, an 18-year-old Belgian, told AFP at Paris’s main international airport after new rules on tests for EU arrivals came into force. This includes some agents that were moved earlier this year. “It’s up to us to show that we are civic-minded,” said Spaniard Claudio Barraza.  The lack of an indemnity deal, which settles who will shoulder the cost of adverse effects from the vaccine, had delayed the arrival of the first Pfizer batch initially expected in mid-February. The stipulations came as Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador became the latest public figure to test positive for the disease, and New Zealand reported its first community case for more than two months. As the first child stood up, the person repeated the process and dropped another child onto the US side of the fence. In Washington, President Joe Biden will on Monday reimpose a ban on most non-US citizens who have been in Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much on Europe, as well as adding South Africa to the list, a senior White House official said.

Biden last week tightened mask-wearing rules and ordered quarantine for people flying into the country, which on Sunday topped 25 million cases. "Immediately after both children landed on the ground, two smugglers immediately fled the area and abandoned the helpless little girls on the north side of the international boundary line," the CBP said in the statement.  — Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News   EMBED Watch more in iWantTFC. Since it emerged in late 2019, Covid-19 has killed more than 2.1 million people, with almost 99 million cases registered, according to an AFP tally from official figures. The children were both alert when responding agents made contact and rendered aid, before taking them to a hospital"for precautionary reasons and further evaluation," according to the statement. On Sunday, France started demanding a negative PCR test for arrivals by sea and air from European Union neighbours. Sweden said it would prohibit entry from neighbouring Norway for three weeks, after cases of the more infectious British strain were detected in Oslo. Cristo Rey -- a 29-foot tall limestone statue of Jesus near El Paso, Texas, according to the release.

And in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country was “closing the skies hermetically, except for rare exceptions” to both arrivals and departures for a week. – Fury in the Netherlands – Protests against a coronavirus curfew in the Netherlands degenerated into clashes with police and looting in cities across the country Sunday, a day after a Covid-19 testing centre was set on fire in the northern village of Urk. CBP El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Police used water cannon and dogs in Amsterdam, public television NOS reported, after hundreds gathered to protest the 9 pm-4:30 am curfew, set to last until February 10. At least 30 people were arrested in Eindhoven, where mayor John Jorritsma told reporters that if the country continued “down this path, then I think we are heading for civil war”. "If not for the vigilance of our agents using mobile technology, these two tender-aged siblings would have been exposed to the harsh elements of desert environment for hours," Chavez said in a statement. In New Zealand, officials confirmed the first case of Covid-19 in the community for more than two months, in a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe.

– Vaccination challenges – Scientists say the only way out of the pandemic is large scale vaccinations, but the roll-out has stuttered in may places. "The inhumane way smugglers abuse children while profiting off parents' desperation is criminal and morally reprehensible. Egypt began its programme, with a doctor and a nurse getting the Chinese-made Sinopharm jab. Health Minister Hala Zayed said Cairo had inked deals for vaccine shipments from British, Chinese and Russian firms, for a total of around 100 million doses — enough for about half Egypt’s population. There can be no doubt that children are exceptionally vulnerable when placed in the hands of smugglers. In India, around one-third of people are not turning up for vaccine appointments, with fear of side effects high after reports of a few cases of severe reactions spread widely through the media and messaging services. Australia’s medical regulator formally approved the Pfizer vaccine, with the first doses expected to be administered in late February, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday. I applaud our heroic Border Patrol agents who have saved lives this week and every week, while putting their own lives at risk for the greater good of the country," he said.

On the long-term economic impacts of the pandemic, anti-poverty group Oxfam said Monday the emergency was aggravating inequality. “The 1,000 richest people on the planet recouped their Covid-19 losses within just nine months, but it could take more than a decade for the world’s poorest to recover,” the group said. This story was first published on CNN. .