Local media has reported that about 10,000 people took to the streets of Rome to protest as some attempted to break past police in riot gear deployed to guard access to prime minister Mario Draghi’s office.
CGIL, which has accepted the green pass system for workers, condemned the attack on its offices, Reuters reports.
“The assault on CGIL’s national headquarters is an act of fascist thuggery, an attack on democracy and on the world of work,” its leader, Maurizio Landini, said in a statement.
“Noone should think that they can return our country to its fascist past.”
Under the pass system, any worker who fails to present a valid health certificate from 15 October will be suspended with no pay, but they cannot be sacked.
More data from Italy. Patients in hospital with Covid-19 – not including those in intensive care – stood at 2,692 on Saturday, down from 2,742 a day earlier.
There were 16 new admissions to intensive care units, decreasing from 17 on Friday.
The total number of intensive care patients fell to 367 from a previous 383, Reuters reports.
Some 344,969 tests for Covid-19 were carried out in the past day, compared with a previous 271,556, the health ministry said.
This week, New Zealand’s locked down cities woke to a brave new world of lifted restrictions: state-sanctioned picnics in parks, the prospect of reopening schools, a chance to reunite with friends and family. Infusing the visions of grass-stained blankets and beach-side beers, however, is a strong dose of Covid anxiety. Cases continue to circulate in the community, and the country’s long-held commitment to elimination is being been cast off.
France has reported 4,734 new coronavirus cases, Reuters reports.
The country has had more than 7 million cases overall.
Italian police used water cannon to push back hundreds of people demonstrating in Rome against coronavirus vaccinations, seeking to keep them from the prime minister’s office, Reuters reports.
About 10,000 people took to the streets in the heart of the Italian capital to protest against the green pass, a digital or paper certificate showing someone has received at least one dose of the vaccine, tested negative for Covid-19 or recently recovered from the virus, local media reported.
A few hundred of the demonstrators headed towards the prime minister’s office, they said.
Police lined up in riot gear to contain the protesters, who are backed by extreme far-right groups, Italian media said.
The protests came just days before the law for green pass enters into force, making it mandatory for all workers, in the latest effort by prime minister Mario Draghi’s broad coalition to persuade citizens to get inoculated.
After education unions in England urged the government to consider reintroducing extra safety measures in schools, a Department for Education spokesperson said: “The protective measures in place in schools strike a balance between managing transmission risk – with enhanced ventilation, regular Covid testing and vaccinations of older students and staff – and reducing disruption to education by removing the need for close contacts in bubbles to self-isolate and for face coverings to be worn.
“Our guidance is clear that schools should only introduce additional measures if advised by local Directors of Public Health in response to high case rates within the school, and those measures should be temporary and carefully balance public health concerns with the need to prioritise face-to-face education.”
France has reported 1,127 people are in intensive care for Covid-19 and 17 new deaths in hospital, Reuters reports.
More than two million people have been given the coronavirus booster jab in England so far.
Booster jabs are being given at least six months after a second dose.
NHS England said on Saturday that three weeks after the booster programme began, a total of 2.08m top-ups have been administered.
More than a third of 12 to 15-year-olds in Scotland have received a coronavirus jab.
Recent Covid data shows 78,097 young people in this age group have had a first dose of the vaccine – with 277 (0.1%) having had both doses.
Scotland’s 12 to 15-year-olds have been able to book in for a vaccine since 20 September after Scottish ministers accepted advice from the four UK chief medical officers, PA reports.
People are being told to self-isolate if they have Covid-19 symptoms, even if they have a negative PCR test result, after a number of cases where people tested positive using lateral flow tests – but then negative with PCR.
Anomalies have been reported by people in south-west England over the past week, with one public health official aware of a “high number” of inconsistent test results, according to reports by the i newspaper.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), which replaced Public Health England at the start of October, said it did not believe there were problems with any testing kits and added that there was no evidence of a new variant.