Poland Reports Daily Record of Almost 30,000 New COVID-19 Cases

 Poland has recorded a record daily high of nearly 30,000 new CCP virus cases amid a huge surge in infections that is overwhelming hospitals.

The Health Ministry reported on Wednesday 29,978 new confirmed cases, above the last record high of 27,875 from Nov. 7. The ministry also said that it recorded 575 more deaths since a day earlier.

Belgium Imposes New Lockdown to Fight Third Wave

Belgium will close schools, non-food stores, and hairdressers for four weeks from Saturday, in a sharp renewed lockdown designed to contain a rising third wave of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus infections, which causes the disease COVID-19.

A year on from the first pandemic shutdown, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo told a news conference that the variant of the virus first discovered in Britain had become dominant in the country and led to a doubling of COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

More Businesses Give Perks for Proof of Vaccination: Free Donuts and Rides, Dine-In Discounts

Businesses across America are increasingly leaning into the vaccination effort, offering a range of freebies and incentives to customers who show proof of getting a COVID-19 shot. Security experts note, however, that the information on vaccine record cards—currently the only proof of vaccination—contains sensitive information that bad actors could exploit, and so they urge people to be mindful when flashing the cards—and definitely not share photos of them on social media.

Germany Drops Easter Shutdown Plan, Merkel Apologizes

Chancellor Angela Merkel has dropped plans for a five-day shutdown in Germany over Easter, which had prompted confusion and criticism.

She called the idea a mistake and apologized to Germans. Merkel announced the decision after calling a hastily arranged videoconference with Germany’s 16 state governors, who are responsible for imposing and lifting restrictions.

Hong Kong Halts Use of Pfizer Vaccine, Cites Defective Lids

Hong Kong suspended the use of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday after its Chinese distributor informed the city that one batch had defective bottle lids.

The city’s government said the suspension was immediate while the matter is investigated by distributor Fosun Pharma and BioNTech, the German company that created the vaccine with American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer.

Hardest Hit Businesses Call for Extension of Federal Wage, Rent Subsidies

Canadian businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are calling on the federal government to extend emergency relief programs beyond the current deadline of June 5.

The Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses is calling for the federal wage subsidy and the federal rent subsidy programs to be continued until the end of the year. The coalition, which represents hotel, tourism, arts, culture, and hospitality industries, is backing up its call with the results of a survey it conducted among its members earlier this month.(The Canadian Press, Tom Ozimek, Reuters, and The Associated Press contributed to this report)


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