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DIRECT – Coronavirus: injured after police gunfire during anti-containment demonstration in the Netherlands

Many countries, including France, are facing a fifth wave of the epidemic. Follow all the news related to Covid-19 in France and around the world.


Iraq announced on Saturday that it had received 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine as part of the Covax international aid program, as the country fears a fourth wave of the epidemic.

In an Iraq where much of the population remains skeptical of vaccines, nearly seven million people have received one or two doses, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health, or 17% of some 40 million Iraqis.

The health system, besides plagued by years of corruption, conflict and neglect, is struggling to cope with the progression of the epidemic. The Ministry of Health announced in a statement on Saturday “the arrival of a new shipment of Pfizer anticovid vaccines, through the Covax Program and UNICEF”, the United Nations agency for children. This new delivery includes more than 1.2 million doses.


The pandemic of the new coronavirus has made at least 5.1 million in the world since the end of 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Friday. The United States is the most affected country, with 770,665 deaths, ahead of Brazil (612,370), India (465,082) and Mexico (291,929).

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the overall toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that calculated from official figures .


Dutch police fire left several injured in the port city of Rotterdam on Friday, where rioters protesting against sanitary measures set a police car on fire, threw stones and set off fireworks.

The incidents erupted during a protest against health restrictions and government plans to restrict access of unvaccinated people to certain sites. Several dozen people were arrested and at least seven people were injured, including police officers, in an outbreak of nighttime violence on one of Rotterdam’s main shopping streets.

The Netherlands were the first in Western Europe to reintroduce partial containment last week with a series of health restrictions, notably affecting the restaurant sector, to cope with an outbreak of Covid-19 cases.

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