Across France, on the eighth weekend in a row, tens of thousands of people protested against so-called covid passports, which their holders prove they had been vaccinated, underwent covid-19 or had a negative coronavirus test. According to the DPA, 200 protest marches were called in the country; opponents of passports complain about the suppression of freedom and the division of citizens into two categories.
According to estimates by the prefecture, at least 6,000 people took to the streets in Montpellier, southern France, and around 4,000 protesters in Avignon. In Paris, the crowd tried to break into the Forum des Halles shopping center, BFM TV reported. However, police took control of the situation and protesters dispersed.
According to the French Ministry of the Interior, a total of 170,000 people across the country took part in today’s protests. In previous months, organizers of demonstrations against covid passports repeatedly took over 200,000 people to the streets.
In France, which has a population of about 67 million, about two-thirds of people are already fully vaccinated and almost three-quarters have received at least one dose of anti-cancer vaccine. At the same time, the number of hospitalized patients with covid-19 is decreasing and the incidence of seven days is decreasing, which indicates the number of newly infected per 100,000 inhabitants. However, the situation remains tense in the French overseas territories.
France today reported 13,336 new cases of coronavirus infection and another 83 deaths from patients with covid-19. The number of people hospitalized in intensive care units fell by 36 to 2,223 a day.
Travelers, who spent unpleasant moments waiting at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday, resorted to social networks to express their frustration with endless queues and insufficient ventilation. Some claim that people even collapsed while waiting.
London Airport apologized for several hours of queues, but transferred responsibility for them to the border guards. The British Ministry of the Interior explained the control of coronavirus measures and the numerous returns of families with children from vacation.
“Waiting times may be extended as we ensure that all passengers comply with health measures (…) However, the very long waiting times recorded at Heathrow Airport on Friday evening are unacceptable,” the Home Office responded.
In Friday, Britain registered 37,578 new cases of coronavirus and 120 deaths.
In Italy, new coronavirus tests showed 6,157 positive findings and another 56 infected people died. The number of patients in intensive care units rose to 569 from Friday’s 556.