In the Netherlands, dozens of participants of the illegal “COVID party” were fined

Police in the Netherlands Utrecht on Monday evening interrupted a party with at least 120 visitors.

This is reported by the TV and radio company NOS.

Eight organizers and 54 participants of the party, who could not be identified, were arrested and fined. The rest of the visitors were fined only for violating coronavirus measures.

The illegal party was held in a business park. The police noticed many people in one of the hangars around 23.00 and began to monitor the situation.

“The hangar was full of people. There was a DJ, the music was loud and many people were dancing, ” a Utrecht police spokesman said.

When the police finished the party, many of those present fled, but they were intercepted by law enforcement officers who surrounded the hangar.

Then the visitors, who only received a penalty, were able to leave. The unidentified party-goers were taken by bus to the pre-trial detention facility in Houten. They were allowed to return home after presenting their passport or other identification.

In the Netherlands, strict coronavirus restrictions continue to apply, in particular, the night curfew.

A resident of Athens died half an hour after the AstraZeneca vaccine

A 64-year-old resident of Athens died half an hour after being vaccinated with AstraZeneca, the Greek newspaper Proto Tema reports.

The woman was vaccinated in the clinic and then spent another 15 minutes there, as prescribed by the rules. About half an hour later, she was found unconscious in a nearby park. Medical workers tried to treat her on the spot but to no avail.

The National Vaccination Committee said there was no link between the woman’s death and vaccination. It is noted that the deceased suffered from chronic diseases.

Greek doctors also note that cases of thrombosis after the AstraZeneca vaccination were recorded 7-14 days after the introduction of the vaccine.

After the information about the formation of blood clots in patients vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, and several fatal cases, European countries began to massively abandon this vaccine.

Vaccination with the drug has been suspended in 24 countries, including Lithuania, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Portugal, Cyprus, Sweden, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Denmark, Iceland, and Norway.

In Barcelona, 5,000 people are invited to a concert for the Covid-experiment

Barcelona is organizing an experimental concert for 5,000 spectators to test how safe it is to hold such mass events when all the guests have a negative test for coronavirus.

This is reported by The Guardian.

The concert, which will take place on the evening of March 27, is organized with special permission from the health authorities. It was recommended not to book tickets for people who know that they have been in contact with a coronavirus patient, and people who have cardiovascular diseases or have cancer.

Those who purchased a ticket had to show up for a quick antigen test at one of the indicated points in the morning. The final pass to the concert for them will be a negative test result, the message about which comes to the mobile phone. At the concert, there are no distance restrictions for the audience, but the mask will be mandatory.

On the morning of March 27, all tickets for the concert were sold out. Their cost — 23-28 euros-included the cost of the test and the mask, which will be issued at the entrance.

The audience also agrees that if they become ill in the near future and receive a positive test, the health authorities will transmit this data to the concert organizers.

A few weeks after the event, the team will compare the incidence rate among 5,000 spectators and among the general population to see if there is a greater incidence among concert-goers.

This is the second such experiment. The first one was held for 500 people in December. According to the organizers, the screening before the concert, together with the mask mode, successfully prevented infections, despite the fact that there was no requirement to observe the distance at the event.

Similar experimental events are being organized in the Netherlands — a party has already been held in a dance club and a football match with 5,000 spectators will be held on March 27.

Italy and France have announced their readiness to resume vaccination of AstraZeneca

The authorities of Italy and France announced their readiness to resume the use of the coronavirus vaccine, which was created by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca, in the vaccination campaigns of their countries. This is reported on the website of the Italian government.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi held a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. They discussed the suspension of the AstraZeneca drug in some European countries. “This is a temporary precautionary measure that will last until Thursday, March 18, until the analysis of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is completed,” the report said.

If the EMA gives a positive verdict on the drug, Italy, and France are ready to “immediately return to its use”.

20 European countries have decided to ban the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The authorities of Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, and Spain have partially or completely stopped vaccination. The cause was the occurrence of thrombosis in the vaccinated.

At the same time, the company stated about the safety of the vaccine. AstraZeneca explained that a detailed study of the health status of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the EU and the UK with the coronavirus drug showed no data on an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, or thrombocytopenia.

Spain, following a number of countries, has stopped the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine

Spain has joined EU countries to temporarily halt the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports from Denmark about the development of blood clots in some vaccinated patients.

According to El Pais, sources in the Ministry of Health said this.

After a series of announcements from the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Italy, which one after another decided to stop the use of the vaccine pending the withdrawal of the EU regulator about a possible side effect, an urgent meeting was convened in the country.

According to sources present at the meeting, the ministry decided to collect information on possible side effects and then, depending on the conclusion, resume vaccination.

“The administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Spain was suspended on Monday afternoon, according to sources from the Ministry of Health,” La Vanguardia also said. This decision was allegedly resorted to for reasons of caution, while the EU regulator completes the study of cases that may be side effects of the vaccine.

As of Friday, March 12, regions of Spain have received over 1.7 million doses of Astrazeneca vaccine, of which 814,000 have already been used.

Until now, in Spain, this vaccine has only been used for groups under the age of 55.

Recall that before this, a number of European countries had already suspended vaccination with the drug AstraZeneca after the formation of blood clots in some vaccinated patients in Denmark. It is currently not proven that these cases are related to vaccination.

The latest series of such decisions appeared on March 15 — the use of the vaccine was suspended by the Netherlands, Germany, followed by France and Italy.

The European Medicines Agency believes that the AstraZeneca vaccine can continue to be used during the investigation and that the number of thromboembolic events in vaccinated people is no higher than in the general population.

“There is currently no evidence that these incidents are caused by vaccinations. It is important that the campaign continues so that we can save lives and prevent severe disease,” the BBC quotes WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeer.