Tuesday, 10 August 2021
Test events are a funny thing, and they’re only going to become more prevalent as we try to get out of this crazy thing we call Covid.
5000 people gathered at the Atomium this weekend for a test event in Belgium. Nobody wore a mask.
On the one hand, great, this is progress.
On the other, oh my god, I don’t think I’m ready for this.
Thousands of people gathering at an event, people getting on flights, weddings, parties… we’re going to have to get used to these again.
Are you ready? Because I am, but also I’m not.
I want to get back to life as normal as possible, but I still get a little freaked out when people get too close to me on the train.
It’s irrational, kind of, but also a little rational as we all try to regain social skills that fell away at some point in the last two years.
Have you returned to normal? Let @johnstonjules know.
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The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine does not “yet” need to be adapted to deal with the new variants of the coronavirus in circulation, the head of BioNTech assured a press conference on Monday, advocating instead a third “booster” dose. Read more.
In a new report released on Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5°C or even 2°C will be beyond reach. Read more.
Belgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) has expanded the list of food items being recalled due to excessive levels of ethylene oxide, a chemical usually used in plant protection products. Read more.
Between 3 and 9 August, there were almost 44.7 hospital admissions on average per day of patients suffering from Covid-19, an increase of 17% compared to the previous reference period, according to the Sciensano Public Health Institute on Tuesday. Read More.
The Flemish Land Agency (VLM) has begun demolishing a former pig farm in Flemish Brabant, with the goal of integrating it into two nearby nature reserves. Read More.
Telenet clients will soon have to watch one minute of unskippable commercials before they can start watching the TV programmes they recorded, the company announced on Tuesday. Read more.
Eurostar plans to operate more trains from London to Brussels and to Paris from mid-August. Read more.