Thousands protest Europe virus curbs as surges prompt fresh restrictions

Thousands of protesters angry at COVID-19 restrictions rallied in cities across Europe on March 20 as several nations reimposed partial lockdowns to fight new surges in infections.

The coronavirus, which has killed more than 2.7 million people, has been spreading faster recently, with the number of new infections up globally by 14 percent in the last week, according to AFP data.

Slovenia ordered 90% of vaccine it was entitled to on pro rata basis

Brussels – Slovenia has ordered 90% of the vaccines it is entitled to in the first and second quarter of the year on a pro rata basis. In December, it did not put in an order for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine during a second round of joint EU purchasing, show figures from the EU’s vaccination steering board.

Bulgaria’s Premier to Take Part in Vienna Working Meeting on Fair Vaccines Distribution

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov will participate today in a working meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic - Andrey Babiš, of Latvia - Arturs Krishyannis Karinsch, of Slovenia - Yanez Jansha and of Croatia - Andrey Plenkovic, the government press service announced.

Five PMs, including Janša, urge EU summit on vaccines

Brussels/Vienna – Five EU prime ministers, including Slovenia’s Janez Janša, have addressed a letter to Brussels calling for a summit on Covid-19 vaccines. The call comes after Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz strongly criticised the distribution of vaccines among EU member states, saying some EU countries were receiving more vaccines than others.

Man injured in Inotesti fire transferred to Belgium; permission sought for second for treatment in Vienna

Romania's Ministry of Health (MS) informed on Tuesday that for one of two men injured in a fire at Inotesti, Prahova County, permission was granted for his transfer to the Reine Astrid Military Hospital in Belgium, while permission for the second patient for treatment at the Vienna-based AKH hospital was being sought.

C5 meeting discussing Slovenia’s EU presidency

Brdo pri Kranju – Foreign Minister Anže Logar will host a meeting of Central 5 foreign ministers in Brdo pri Kranju on Monday. Logar and his counterparts from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia will talk about Slovenia’s EU Council presidency priorities and efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.