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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Thousands of radical took to the streets of Latvia’s superior of Riga precocious Wednesday to protestation mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.

The Baltic News Service, the region’s main quality agency, said the fig of radical exceeded the maximum allowed for nationalist protests, radical did not observe distance, and galore didn’t deterioration look masks.

Up to 3,500 radical participated, BNS reported, quoting police.

On Thursday, constabulary said it was investigating aft a fewer insignificant incidents were reported, including a smashed constabulary car model and firecrackers being used.

The protestation ended astir midnight.



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CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s 2 astir populous states connected Thursday recorded caller highs successful COVID-19 cases.

New South Wales reported a grounds 681 cases successful the latest 24-hour period, mostly successful Sydney. The erstwhile precocious was 633 connected Wednesday.

Neighboring Victoria reported 57 caller infections successful its superior Melbourne. It was the highest regular tally since the last days of a 2nd question of infections successful aboriginal September past year.


Melbourne and the full authorities of New South Wales are successful lockdown arsenic authorities effort to stamp retired coronavirus dispersed arsenic Australia had successfully done passim the pandemic earlier the delta variant arrived connected its shores.

Melbourne is successful its 6th lockdown of the pandemic and Thursday marked the 200th time that Australia’s second-most populous metropolis has been locked down.


WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand volition present let youths aged 12 to 15 to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Previously, lone those aged 16 and implicit were eligible.

The authorities announcement Thursday came arsenic the federation remains successful a strict lockdown arsenic it deals with a caller outbreak of the fast-spreading delta variant, its archetypal microorganism outbreak successful six months.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said determination were 11 caller infections, bringing the full successful the outbreak to 21. She said the outbreak had been linked to a rider who returned from Sydney earlier this month.


On Tuesday, the authorities imposed a lockdown of astatine slightest 3 days crossed the state and of astatine slightest 7 days successful in Auckland and Coromandel. New Zealand wellness workers are utilizing lone the Pfizer vaccine successful their inoculation campaign.


UNITED NATIONS — The United States is urging the much than 150 countries readying to nonstop their person oregon a authorities curate to New York to talk astatine the U.N. General Assembly adjacent period to see giving a video code alternatively to forestall the yearly high-level week from becoming “a super-spreader event.”

A enactment from the U.S. Mission sent to the 192 different U.N. subordinate nations besides called for each different U.N.-hosted meetings and broadside events to beryllium virtual, saying these parallel meetings that gully travelers to New York “needlessly summation hazard to our community, New Yorkers and the different travelers.”

The U.S. note, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, said the Biden medication is peculiarly acrophobic astir Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the incoming General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid hosting high-level in-person events connected clime change, vaccines, the 20th day of the U.N. World Conference Against Racism, nutrient systems and energy.


“The United States is consenting to marque each effort to marque these important events connected shared priorities palmy successful a virtual format,” the enactment said.

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