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World - Europe - 2021-02-23
Dutch expected to ease lockdown slightly despite rising infections
Europe

Dutch expected to ease lockdown slightly despite rising infections

  • New coronavirus cases increased 19% to 29,997 in the week through Tuesday, the Dutch Institute for Public Health RIVM said, as new mutations continued to take hold.
  • "Infections would have been much higher at this stage of the epidemic without the current measures", the RIVM said.
Published 23 Feb, 2021 08:56pm
UN rights boss welcomes Biden stance against death penalty
Europe

UN rights boss welcomes Biden stance against death penalty

  • I welcome the pledge by the new US Administration to work towards ending the death penalty, both at federal and state level.
  • Deterrence is often an argument of those who oppose its abolition. However, there is no evidence that it deters crime more effectively than any other punishment.
Published 23 Feb, 2021 07:59pm
UK PM Johnson says optimistic about fully reopening in June
Europe

UK PM Johnson says optimistic about fully reopening in June

  • I'm hopeful, but obviously nothing can be guaranteed ... I'm very optimistic that we'll be able to get there.
  • Some in Johnson's Conservative party have questioned whether the timetable for re-opening could have been quicker, given the success thus far of Britain's vaccine rollout.
Updated 23 Feb, 2021 07:01pm