Spain’s Prime Minister Says The Tennis Star Must Comply With His Country’s Health Rules To Compete

Spain’s Prime Minister Says The Tennis Star Must Comply With His Country’s Health Rules To Compete

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43 min agoDjokovic must comply with local health rules to compete in Madrid Open, Spain’s prime minister says From CNN’s Al Goodman in Madrid 

Tennis star Novak Djokovic arrives in Belgrade Monday. Darko Bandic/APSerbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has to comply with Spain’s health rules to be able to compete in Madrid Open that kicks off in late April, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.

Sanchez lauded Australia’s decision to deport Djokovic, saying he has “total respect for the decision of the Australian government.” 

“The rules are there to comply with and no one is above the rules. And if those are the rules that the Australian government has approved, then they have to be allowed,” he said. 

Spain currently requires visitors to show proof of full vaccination, a recent PCR negative test within 72 hours before arrival or a certificate of having recovered from Covid-19, according to its health ministry. 

International sporting events in the country may add additional rules for participants such as Covid-19 testing on a daily basis during the tournament, a senior government official told CNN on Monday.

Hear what Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic had to say about Djokovic getting deported:

5 hr 50 min agoGreece’s vaccine mandate goes into effect for those aged 60 and over                                  From CNN’s Chris Liakos

A man wearing a face mask sits on a bench as pedestrians walk outside Evangelismos hospital in Athens, Greece, Monday, January 17, 2022. Thanassis Stavrakis/APA vaccine mandate for those aged 60 years and is now in effect in Greece.

Greek government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou suggested the mandate had helped get that group vaccinated.

“It is important that 90%, nine out of 10, of our fellow citizens over the age of 60, have now been vaccinated. Almost half of those who were unvaccinated, when the mandate was announced, made … the choice to get vaccinated,” he said during a news briefing.

“We call on those who are still skeptical to make the same choice as soon as possible. Not only to escape the fine, but mainly to protect themselves against serious illness. That, after all, was the goal of the mandate and that is what we are aiming for. Mandatory vaccination is a means of individual and collective protection,” Oikonomou added. “In any case, as the deadline for their vaccination has expired, the law will be applied in full.”The mandate, which came into effect midnight Sunday into Monday Greek time, does not apply to those who have exemption approval due to health reasons and does not impose fines on those who need to be vaccinated at home and are awaiting for a slot. 

6 hr 58 min agoChairman of Joint Chiefs Gen. Milley tests positive for Covid-19From CNN’s Barbara Starr

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. Anna Moneymaker/Pool/Getty ImagesGen. Mark Milley tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday and “is experiencing very minor symptoms,” Joint Staff spokesperson Col. Dave Butler said in a statement Monday. 

Milley “is working remotely and isolating himself from contact with others,” Butler said, adding that the top US general “can perform all of his duties from the remote location.” 

“He has received the Covid-19 vaccines including the booster,” Butler said.

According to the statement, Milley most recently had contact with President Joe Biden on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Gen. Raymond Odierno’s funeral.

“He tested negative several days prior to and every day following contact with the President until yesterday,” Butler said.

“All other Joint Chiefs of Staff except for one tested negative for COVID-19 yesterday,” he said.

7 hr 7 min agoModerna: Combined Covid-19 and flu booster could be available by fall 2023From CNN’s Livvy Doherty

Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said Monday, January 17, 2022, that a combined Covid-19 and flu booster shot from Moderna could be available in some countries by fall 2023. Vials of the Moderna Inc. Covid-19 vaccine is seen in this file photo dated December 28, 2021. Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesA combined Covid-19 and flu booster shot from Moderna could be available in some countries by fall 2023 at the earliest, CEO Stéphane Bancel said Monday.

Speaking at the Davos Agenda, a virtual event being held this week by the World Economic Forum, Bancel said this date was a “best case scenario,” but that he believed it was possible for some countries next year.

He explained it was a goal for the company to have a single annual booster shot available to avoid “compliance issues” where people are wary about getting multiple shots every winter.

8 hr 51 min agoParis police orders masks to be worn in outdoor markets and other crowded areasFrom CNN’s Joseph Ataman in Paris

Visitors wear protective masks at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, in this file photo dated January 12, 2022. Nathan Laine/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesMasks are to be worn outside in certain crowded areas in Paris, the prefecture police announced Monday. 

The new decree imposes obligatory wearing of masks in areas where “the density of people does not guarantee, without the wearing of masks, the proper upholding of barrier measures,” the prefecture statement said, referring to acts like social distancing against Covid-19 infections. 

According to the statement, masks should be worn in outdoor markets, at rallies or gatherings of 10 or more people in public, when waiting for public transport or outside stations and malls, as well as outside teaching and cultural institutions. 

This comes after Paris’ administrative tribunal ruled on Thursday that the city-wide outdoors mask mandate was “disproportionate.” Courts in the towns of Versailles and Nantes also ruled against city-wide mask mandates last week.

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