‘Use federal powers, end bridge blockade’

‘Use federal powers, end bridge blockade’

The Biden administration on Thursday urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to use its federal powers to end truck blockades by Canadians protesting the country’s COVID-19 restrictions, as bumper-to-bumper demonstrations Auto plants on both sides of the border were forced to close. Or scale back production.

For the fourth straight day, scores of truck drivers blocked what they dubbed the Freedom Convoy, the Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, disrupting the flow of auto parts and other products between the countries. Occurred. The White House said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg spoke to Canadian counterparts and urged them to help resolve the standoff.

Trudeau met with Canada’s opposition leaders virtually late Thursday and said he had spoken to the mayor of Windsor. Trudeau’s office said it was willing to “respond with whatever is necessary” to end the blockade. Conservative Ontario Premier Doug Ford, successfully moved a courtroom to cut funding for the protest by asking the convoy to deposit millions of dollars in donations via crowd-funding site GiveSendGo. Ford has described protesting as a profession. With increasing political and economic pressure, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens announced that the city would seek a court order to end the occupation. “The economic loss is not sustainable and must end,” he said. US officials supported similar truck-borne protests inspired by Canadians, and authorities in Paris and Belgium banned road blockades to avoid obstructions there.

UK: No testing for jabbed passengers

Vaccinated travelers without taking a coronavirus test can enter the UK starting Friday, after the government ended one of the last restrictions imposed in two years due to Covid-19. Non-screened people will also get tested before and after arrival.

Denmark will stop covid vaccines

Health officials in Denmark said on Friday they were considering “ending” the country’s vaccination program in the spring and no longer see any reason to give boosters to children or a fourth shot to residents at risk of severe COVID-19. Is. The health authority said in a statement that the third infection wave in the country was declining “due to the immunity of the large population”.

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Source: WHO/Johns Hopkins

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