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Dutch to drop last remaining COVID-19 restrictions next week

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch government will drop its last remaining COVID-19 restrictions next week despite a recent rise in infections as the nation learns to live with the coronavirus, officials said...

Blockades by virus protest convoys banned in Paris, Brussels

PARIS (AP) — Authorities in France and Belgium on Thursday banned road blockades threatened by groups organizing online against COVID-19 restrictions, in part inspired by protesters in Canada. ...

Czechs ditch COVID-19 pass rules, ease limits on crowds

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic moved forward with easing coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, cancelling a requirement for people to present a certificate proving they have been vaccinated or reco...

Vaccine passport protests in Europe draw thousands of people

HELSINKI (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in European capitals Saturday to protest vaccine passports and other requirements governments have imposed in hopes of ending the coronavirus pandemic. ...

390,000 obtain Taiwan’s digital COVID pass during first morning

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 390,000 people obtained a digital domestic COVID-19 pass during the first hours of availability, reports said Friday (Jan. 21). While a digital certificate f...

French premier says vaccine pass to go into effect Monday

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Jean Castex says a new COVID-19 pass will go into effect Monday, severely restricting the public lives of those who refuse to get inoculated by banning them from dom...

Taiwan's domestic COVID pass to launch on Jan. 21

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Jan. 20) announced its domestic COVID pass, which will go live on Friday (Jan. 21). After launching a digital CO...

Taiwan to reveal domestic COVID pass rules Thursday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is introducing the rules for a national COVID-19 pass on Thursday (Jan. 20), according to the country’s pandemic task force, with applications to open Friday ...

No vaccine? No cafe, according to new French virus law

PARIS (AP) — France’s parliament approved a law Sunday that will exclude unvaccinated people from all restaurants, sports arenas and other venues, the central measure of government efforts to protect ...

Belgium reverses COVID cultural rules: The show must go on!

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium reversed some of its COVID-19 restrictions Wednesday, allowing for the reopening of cinemas, theaters and concert halls. The move was a victory for the cultu...

Biden to pledge 500M free COVID-19 tests to counter omicron

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the omicron variant on the march, President Joe Biden plans to announce 500 million free rapid tests for Americans, increased support for hospitals under strain and a redoubling...

Virus fears trigger more holiday cancellations, restrictions

BOSTON (AP) — The nation’s second-largest city called off its New Year’s Eve celebration Monday, and its smallest state re-imposed an indoor mask mandate as the omicron variant leaped ahead of other v...

Military gives German hospital an edge in fighting COVID

WESTERSTEDE, Germany (AP) — As hospitals across Europe brace themselves for a surge in coronavirus cases over the holiday season because of the new omicron variant, Westerstede Clinical Center is caut...

UK: Omicron spreading quickly; Time to work from home again

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tighter restrictions Wednesday to stem the spread of the omicron variant, urging people in England to again work from home and mandating CO...

Shots fired at police, journalists in Martinique COVID riots

PARIS (AP) — Shots were fired overnight at security forces and journalists on the French Caribbean island of Martinique amid violent protests against COVID-19 restrictions, France's interior minister ...