According to a report from Agence France-Presse on the 1st, French President Macron issued a televised speech on the evening of March 31, again issuing a national blockade order. The United Kingdom, which is leading the vaccination campaign, has begun to drastically lift the ban. The prevention and control policies of other European countries are also inconsistent.
The third wave of the epidemic in France is currently high. The newly confirmed cases announced on the 1st in the past 24 hours have exceeded 59,000. Macron announced on March 31 that from April 3, the closed quarantine measures implemented in the 19 provinces with severe epidemics will be extended to all regions of the French mainland for a period of four weeks. Macron also promised that France will speed up vaccination work in the future. However, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance estimates that the cost of the national blockade will be a monthly loss of 11 billion euros (1 euro is about 7.7 yuan).
In comparison, the epidemic has been under control since the UK was vaccinated on a large scale. The country announced only more than 4,100 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours on the 1st. British Prime Minister Johnson previously announced that starting March 29th, people will resume a small-scale social life.
The situation in Germany is similar to that in France. The current “seven-day infection rate” has far exceeded the 100 infection rate per 100,000 people. According to the regulations of the German authorities, if it exceeds 100, it must be blocked. Germany launched the “Easter Hard Blockade” measure on March 23, but it was strongly opposed by all walks of life in Germany. Fearing that public opinion will continue to decline in this year’s general election, Merkel cancelled the plan the next day. According to data released by the Robert Koch Institute, a German disease control agency, on the 1st, more than 24,000 new cases were confirmed in Germany in the past 24 hours. Experts have called for an end to the relaxation of the regulations that were launched just half a month ago.
The Austrian capital Vienna and other regions also adopted bans from April 1st to 11th. Italy has formulated new regulations, all EU citizens entering Italy must undergo the new crown test and a five-day quarantine. Switzerland is relatively relaxed, and hotels and ski resorts are currently fully open. Many European countries are in a dilemma between the rebound of the third wave of the epidemic and the people’s strong demand for lifting the ban.
An office building in Orange County, California, USA, was shot on March 31. The incident resulted in the death of four people, including a child, and one injured. According to US media, this is at least the 20th major shooting since the Atlanta shooting.
According to a CNN report on the 1st, Orange County Police spokesman Amat said at a press conference that they received the call at about 5:30 pm on March 31 and rushed to the The local area where the incident occurred on the west side of Lincoln Avenue-a two-story building, and the gunman exchanged fire. The suspect was injured in the exchange of fire and was taken to the hospital. Amat said that the police found four dead including a child at the scene and sent one injured to the hospital. They also found a gun at the scene. “Los Angeles Times” stated that the gunman and the wounded were classified as critically ill that night. In addition, the police did not provide any other information about the suspect or the victim.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the building was the office of more than a dozen companies, including an insurance company, a telephone repair shop, and several property management companies. Amat refused to confirm the specific location where the gunman originally shot, but she said the shooting started in a room in the building and then moved to the courtyard area. In addition, Amat also stated that Orange County is “usually quiet” and that the last shooting incident was in 1997.
“Shocking and heartbreaking. Our hearts are with the families affected by this terrible tragedy tonight,” California Governor Gavin Newsom condemned the shooting on Twitter. California Rep. Katie Porter said: “I am deeply saddened by the shooting incident in Orange County.” The Los Angeles Times commented that despite the new crown pneumonia pandemic, major shootings have fallen to the lowest level in nearly a decade. However, the recent series of attacks shocked many Americans and hoped that strict legislation would strengthen gun control.
According to Yonhap News Agency’s report on the 1st, 46 vaccination sites across the country began to vaccinate against the new crown for people over 75 years old that morning, and this group of people will be vaccinated against Pfizer.
On the morning of the 1st, Seoul residents Liu and Hong, 79 and 92 years old, became the first elderly people in Seoul to be vaccinated. After being vaccinated, they told the media, “Before the media often reported negative news about AstraZeneca vaccines, so they were a little nervous. But after knowing that we will be vaccinated with Pfizer, I feel relieved.” According to reports, a 104-year-old grandmother from Suwon City, accompanied by her 68-year-old son, came to vaccinate that day and became the focus of attention. After being vaccinated, the old man said that “it is exactly the same as getting the flu vaccine.”
According to the “Korea Economy”, there are about 3.509 million people over 75 years old in South Korea who meet this round of vaccination standards. A previous survey showed that 86.1% of them expressed their willingness to get vaccinated. It is reported that 46 vaccination sites in South Korea vaccinate up to 25,000 people every day. The epidemic prevention department plans to set up more than one vaccination point in each city, county and district by the end of April, so that the public can be vaccinated. South Korea will vaccinate the inpatients and staff of nursing homes and nursing homes in various places with the AstraZeneca new crown vaccine from February 26, and will vaccinate medical personnel from various places involved in the fight against the epidemic with Pfizer vaccine from February 27. This is the first time that the new crown vaccination work has been carried out for ordinary residents.
According to Yonhap News Agency’s report on the 1st, South Korea’s Prime Minister Ding Shijun stated on the 1st that South Korea will adopt a “vaccine passport” containing the new crown vaccination record and resume international exchanges in this way.