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Australia and New Zealand started free travel between both countries


Residents of Australia and New Zealand have been allowed to travel freely between both countries since Monday without having to go into quarantine afterwards.

That is the first time in more than a year.

Both Australia and New Zealand have largely contained the coronavirus by pursuing strict policies and closing the borders completely.



At airports in Sydney (Australia) and Auckland (New Zealand) there were lines of people waiting for their relatives and friends on Monday.

Thousands of people are expected to board a plane on Monday.

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Coronavirus detected in otters in American aquarium


Otters in an aquarium in Atlanta have tested positive for the corona virus, the zoo reports Monday. "They started to show mild respiratory symptoms, including sneezing, runny noses, lack of energy and coughing," the Georgia Aquarium said in

a press release

. The zoo expects the animals to make a full recovery.



The animals will remain out of sight of the public for the time being and will receive good care, according to the report. How many animals are sick has not been disclosed. Tonya Clauss, vice president of the aquarium's animal health service, said the otters are "very closely monitored" and show only mild symptoms.



The otters are said to have contracted the infection from an infected staff member who had no symptoms of his own.

According to the aquarium, the animals have no direct contact with visitors.

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Half of US adults have had first shot


More than half of adult Americans have received at least one dose of a corona vaccine. Roughly 130 million Americans over the age of 18 have had a shot, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 84 million people in the US have also had a second injection, which is nearly a third of the adult population.



Not only does the US have the highest death toll from the corona virus, the country is also going the fastest in terms of vaccinations. However, American epidemiologist and government adviser Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday that his country is still in a precarious situation.



President Joe Biden has announced that any American who wants to could have had a vaccine before May 1.

For the time being, the vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech are being used.

The use of the Leiden Janssen vaccine has been temporarily suspended due to possible rare side effects, but Fauci expects that a decision will be taken next Friday to use the drug again in some form.

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Cabinet wants to continue with Fieldlabs despite criticism


The outgoing cabinet wants to 

continue

 with so-called Fieldlab events that are planned in the near future, despite the criticism that has erupted about a 538th Orange Day in Breda next Saturday.



Opponents fear the great risk of contamination now that the hospitals are still full of corona patients.

But the government believes that the scientific research behind these events is of great importance in connection with the reopening of society, insiders confirm after news from 

BNR

.

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The catering industry thinks that only terraces are open too few


Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) still wants, if anything is allowed in the catering industry, that there is more than just the terraces.

Chairman Robèr Willemsen of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland emphasizes again tonight that his organization thinks that more is possible.

"We will not only settle for open terraces, especially when it comes with heavy restrictions".



On Sunday evening it 

became clear

 that the caretaker cabinet is slightly more positive about possible relaxation of the corona measures on April 28 than was the case recently.

But whether the terraces can really open and whether other corona measures will be scaled down is not yet clear.

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