The essentials of the Covid-19 crisis



Israel

The government introduces a “Covid badge”

While four million Israelis have been vaccinated, including 2.6 million who received the second injection, the Israeli authorities plan “Responsible deconfinement”, from Sunday February 21, thanks to a badge system. Green for people who have had two injections or who have recovered, it gives access to sports halls, concerts or restaurants. Purple for others, it allows them to go to libraries, museums, cafes or certain places of worship.

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Appointments

The Scientific Council welcomes four new members

A decree published in Official newspaper on February 17 appointed four new members to the scientific council, responsible for supporting the government in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. They are Catherine Chirouze, infectious disease specialist at Besançon hospital, Angèle Consoli, child psychiatrist at Pitié-Salpêtrière, Olivier Guérin, president of the French society of geriatrics and gerontology and Thierry Lefrançois, specialist veterinarian in infectious diseases. Chaired by Jean-François Delfraissy, this council now has 17 members. Its last opinion dates from January 12 and was devoted to the “race against time” between vaccines and variants of the virus.

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Netherlands

The curfew maintained, but on hold

A Dutch court of appeal on Tuesday, February 16, suspended a judgment ordering the lifting of the national curfew against Covid-19. A court in The Hague had in fact ruled earlier today that the Dutch government should end ” at once “ to this measure, in force since January 23, which had led to violent riots. The final judgment on appeal is expected this Friday 19.

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