Germany test centers 'fraud', France opens vaccines to all: COVID-19 Daily Bulletin
Updated 00:39, 01-Jun-2021
Daniel Harries
People wait to receive a dose of the vaccine in the rooms of the Claudia Comte exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. /AFP/Marco Bertorello

People wait to receive a dose of the vaccine in the rooms of the Claudia Comte exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. /AFP/Marco Bertorello


• The entire population of France will be eligible, from Monday, for vaccination against COVID-19.

• Twickenham Stadium, in West London, has been transformed into the UK's largest COVID-19 vaccination center, with 15,000 jabs available without a booking on Bank Holiday Monday.

• Fully vaccinated residents in the EU should be exempt from quarantine when traveling within the bloc, the European Commission urged on Monday in a sign of increased confidence in its jabs rollout.

• Three of Italy's 20 regions and autonomous provinces were moved under low-restriction "white zone" rules on Monday following an ordinance issued by Health Minister Roberto Speranza

World Health Organization members agreed to strengthen the global body at the heart of the pandemic response and give it more secure and flexible funding to better deal with future outbreaks.

• Italy faces a "huge" challenge to turn around its economy, heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic, said the governor of the Italian Central Bank.

• UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the next G7 summit to agree on vaccine passports and launch discussions on a "global treaty" to deal with pandemics.

• Italy has extended the entry ban on its territory for people from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka until June 21, as a precaution against the variant of the virus first discovered in India.

• Italy recorded 44 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, the lowest daily toll for more than seven months. 

• The British government is thinking about making vaccination compulsory for healthcare workers to stop the spread of the virus in hospitals, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said. 

• Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn and his counterparts in the 16 federal states will discuss control mechanisms for coronavirus test centers, following fraud accusations.

• All those who were closely involved in celebrations after the soccer Champions League final in the city of Porto should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and avoid close contact with others over the next 14 days, Portugal's northern region health authority said.

• The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development raised its 2021 global gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast. Still, it warned that "too many headwinds persist" as not enough vaccines are reaching emerging economies, making the world vulnerable to variants of the virus. 

• "Very, very few" coronavirus patients in hospital in England have received two vaccine jabs, showing the doses provide "very high" levels of protection, the chief of a British health association said.





Penelope Liersch in Budapest 

Hungary's COVID-19 data are showing a continued decline in fatalities and cases, with daily deaths at their lowest level since September. Government figures show five people have passed away due to the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, while fewer than 1,000 patients are in hospital. 

Data reporting sometimes lags over the weekend, but case numbers and other indicators have been falling steadily for the past month. 

The number of first-dose vaccinations is more than 5.1 million, and more than 3.6 million people have had a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

On Friday, Hungary flagged that a number of cases of the variant that was first identified in India had been found in the country. It's understood one patient has already recovered, while a second was being treated in hospital. 


Toni Waterman in Brussels

The search for a fugitive career soldier who has threatened one of Belgium's top virologists is entering its third week. Before Jurgen Conings went missing on May 18, he left two farewell letters laying out his intentions, including a threat against Marc Van Ranst, who has been a leading voice behind the country's restrictions. 

The police said Conings had been seen near Van Ranst's house before he disappeared. Van Ranst and his family have been moved to a safe house and, according to local media, at least a dozen people are now receiving extra police protection. Government officials on Sunday said they had no reason to believe that Conings is dead.




Nawied Jabarkhyl in London

A ban on evicting tenants ends in England today, with one charity warning almost a million people fear they will lose their homes. Due to COVID-19, eviction notice periods were extended to six months – now that will drop to four.

And Monday marks a public holiday in the UK, with police forces warning people to avoid areas that may be overcrowded. Temperatures are set to reach 24 degrees Celsius in London.

Coronavirus cases have risen in certain areas in recent weeks. There were almost 22,500 cases in the past seven days, a rise of 27 percent on the previous week.



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Source(s): Reuters ,AFP ,Xinhua News Agency

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