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Israel threatens to ban unvaccinated people from public places

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced Thursday that all unvaccinated residents of Israel will be banned "soon" from all public places with a hundred or more people, according to Israeli media. This prohibition will apply both indoors and outdoors, and will also affect synagogues.

Bennett also announced that from August 8, people will only be allowed to enter theatres, stadiums or places of worship if they show proof of vaccination, proof that they have had COVID-19 and have recovered, or a self-payable negative test. For example, the government hopes to encourage unvaccinated people to get vaccinated.

People who refuse the vaccine "undermine the efforts of all of us," Bennett said in a televised address.

"If everyone gets the vaccine, life can go back to normal. But if one million people refuse, the other eight million will have to undergo lockdowns."

More than 56 percent of Israel's 9.3 million residents have received two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

The Ministry of Health registered 1,336 new infections on Thursday.

Most of the new cases in the past month showed only mild symptoms, but at least 73 people have had severe symptoms.

That is an increase of 19 compared to mid-June.

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Italy will tighten corona rules as of August 6

Italy will tighten the corona rules from August 6, the Italian cabinet announced on Thursday. This means, among other things, that from that date a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery is required to visit public places such as the gym, the swimming pool or the museum. The state of emergency will also be extended until the end of the year.

The measures are a response to the rapid increase in new corona infections recently, especially among young people. Health authorities in Italy registered more than 5,000 new infections and 15 deaths within one day on Thursday.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza urged the population to get vaccinated.

More than 53 percent of the population of approximately 60 million people over the age of 12 has so far been fully vaccinated.

The determination of risk zones (white, yellow, orange or red) will also be different from 6 August.

The leading factor is then no longer the infection ratio in a certain area, but the occupancy rate in COVID-19 departments and intensive care units.

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Largest number of hospital


in a month

The number of corona patients in Dutch hospitals increased again on Thursday. There are now 436 patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That is 8 more than Wednesday and is the largest number in a month, according to figures from the National Coordination Center for Patients Spreading (LCPS).

61 corona patients have entered the nursing wards in the past 24 hours. 11 people were brought into the ICs. There are now 329 corona patients in the nursing ward, 7 more than Wednesday. There are now a total of 107 corona patients on the ICs. That's one more than the previous day.

The influx of patients on Thursday is slightly smaller compared to the past two days.

On Tuesday, the LCPS recorded the largest increase since the end of May.

At that time, 20 people were brought into the ICs and 76 into the nursing wards.

Hospitals foresee a further increase, as the number of new corona infections has risen sharply in recent weeks.

The total number of admitted corona patients is expected to rise to about 800. According to Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Acute Care Network (LNAZ), hospitals can handle this.

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Ddos attack on GGD sites over test and prick

appointments People can again make an appointment online for a corona test or a vaccination. Due to a Ddos attack on a supplier,

 the entire appointment system

was down on 


, but the attack is now over, reports the umbrella organization GGD GHOR Nederland.

The affected supplier will report the attack. "And if it helps, we will certainly not fail to do so," said the GGD organization. According to the GGD, there does not seem to be any connection between the DDoS attack on the supplier and the technical failure at software company Akamai, which made some major sites from around the world

inaccessible for

a while on Thursday 


There were also DDOs attacks on Wednesday.

As a result, people could not log in to the GGD with their DigiD data.

Not only were people unable to make a new appointment, it was also virtually impossible to view test results or view previous appointments.

Occasionally someone managed to make an appointment via the website, but most people couldn't get through.

In a ddos ​​attack, a computer system is flooded with traffic.

The system cannot handle all those visitors and collapses under the pressure, making sites inaccessible. 

According to the organization, the DDOs attacks do not affect the functioning of the Digital Corona Certificate (DCC).

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Janssen vaccine

package leaflet

mentions very rare side effect

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is listed in the package leaflet of the Janssen corona vaccine as a very rare side effect. This is reported by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

By June 30, 108 cases had been reported worldwide following a dose of the Janssen vaccine. At that time, more than 21 million people had received this vaccine. At that time, one death had been reported.

GBS is a neurological disorder in which nerve cells become damaged. The syndrome can even lead to paralysis, but most people recover from it.

The Dutch side effects center Lareb received some reports about Guillain-Barré syndrome after a Janssen injection.

Eleven such reports were received about the AstraZeneca vaccine.

On 9 July, the EMA already decided to include Guillain-Barré syndrome as a warning in the package leaflet of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The EMA's safety committee concluded that there may be a connection between Janssen's vaccine and GBS.

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