Europe is easing restrictions too ‘brutally’ — WHO
23 March 2022 | 1:15 pm
European countries such as Germany and Britain are now seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases from the more transmissible BA2 omicron variant. Meanwhile, Indonesia eased rules for tourists.
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