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  • Borislav Ivanov

Europe has been engulfed by anti-COVID measures protests

Tens of thousands of people marched in Brussels, Belgium's capital, to protest anti-Covid legislation. Protesters hurled fireworks towards police officers, who responded with tear gas and water cannons. The demonstrators are mostly opposed to the usage of Covid passes, which prevent the unvaccinated from entering establishments such as restaurants or bars. This follows new demonstrations in the Netherlands over stricter lockdown regulations.

People threw fireworks at police and set fire to bicycles in The Hague on Saturday, only one night after protests in Rotterdam became violent and police fired firearms. Thousands of protesters also marched to the streets in Austria, Croatia, and Italy, as outrage about additional limitations grew.

Face mask regulations have been tightened in Belgium, particularly in venues like as restaurants where Covid permits are already required, and most Belgians will be compelled to work from home four days a week until mid-December. There are also proposals to make immunizations for medical personnel mandatory.

The World Health Organization (WHO) previously stated that it was "extremely concerned" about the rise in coronavirus incidence on the continent. Dr Hans Kluge, its regional director, warned that unless safeguards are strengthened across Europe, 500,000 additional fatalities might be reported by next spring. "Covid-19 has once again become the leading cause of death in our region," he stated, adding that "we know what has to be done" to combat the virus, such as being vaccinated, wearing masks, and utilizing Covid passes.

Many governments throughout the continent are enacting additional restrictions in an attempt to combat growing illnesses. Several countries have reported record-high daily case numbers.

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