Happy Thursday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening outside of the United States. Norweigan coronavirus numbers, Airline bailouts, London lockdown protocols, Guam public libraries reopening, and vaccine inequity in the Caribbean all cover the headlines of newspapers globally. As always, our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on FreedomForum.org.
Norway Today Published in Norway
Norway’s capital Oslo will tighten lockdown measures to combat a sharp rise in coronavirus infections linked to a more contagious variant. All restaurants, except take-away services, and non-essential shops, except groceries, pharmacies and liquor stores, will have to close while the “red” level is imposed at upper secondary schools, meaning that students, who were fully back at school, will now do some online learning. All organised outdoor leisure activities for adults, as well as private gatherings and home visits should be avoided. The number of corona cases in Oslo increased from 730 in week 7 to 1,124 in week 8. The growth is greatest among children between 0 and 9 years, and more and more children are getting infected at school.
The Welland Tribune, Published in St. Catharine’s, Canada
After a long standing legal battle, Air Canada has agreed to offer refunds to customers for flights postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bailouts are part of a long list of demands Otwatta has put out that Air Canada must obey to receive a bailout. Restoring vital flight routes and improving their financial transparency are also key demands. Unlike other countries like the United States, Canada has provided no relief or financial assistance to airlines who were hit especially hard during this pandemic.
The Evening Standard, Published in London, England
With the whole of England going into a tiered system in the New Year to decide lockdown protocols many were left shaking their heads at how a major metropolitan city such as London which was hundreds of people commuting in and out a day could only be tier two. This quickly changed as the numbers increased and England as whole went into a strict lockdown in February. As rules start to loosen, numbers are closely being watched especially in London where cases have dropped by almost 30%. Experts however are weary of these statistics fearing the drop could simply be a plateau which could skyrocket based on how careful people are this summer.
Pacific Daily News Published in Hagnata, Guam
Three public libraries have opened back up in Guam for limited services. These services include returns, browsing and borrowing, library card applications; and computer, laptop, internet usage and limited printing. Both employees and patrons are excited for the highly anticipated opening. Archival centers in three branches across the country have also reopened.
Trinidad And Tobago Newsday, Published in Port of Spain, T & T
Public health officials from around the Caribbean are set to address access to covid19 vaccines, equitable vaccination, logistics, communicating and other issues related to social protection from covid19 at the virtual ACS Multi-Stakeholder Task Force meeting on covid19 meeting next Monday. With smaller populations it makes no sense why small island nations like Trinidad and Tobago have only a small percentage of citizens vaccinated but larger countries have already handed out over one hundred million vaccines. Access to quantities of the vaccine are severely lacking in many Caribbean countries.
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