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1) Hero

South Africa the hero of the fight against racism, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, died on Sunday at the age of 91. Tutu was a friend and comrade-in-arms of Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013, aiming for a “rainbow state” without racial boundaries. The duo contributed greatly to the transition from apartheid to majority power in the early 1990s without violence. Tutu also continued as a national conscience that criticized the corruption of even the new rulers. Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

2) Obligation to vaccinate

Parliament At its last plenary session of the year on Tuesday, it passed a bill on the vaccination obligation for nursing staff by 107-32 votes. In the discussion, the proposal was opposed by the Christian Democrats and the Basic Finns, whose MP Jari Ronkainen proposed rejecting the bill. As an alternative to vaccines, opponents offered to expand rapid testing. At the same time, Parliament approved the government’s proposal to abolish VAT on rapid tests of the corona, which will reduce the price of the tests by about one euro.

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3) Corona Tournament

Hockey the World Championships for men under the age of 20 had to be suspended on Wednesday due to a coronavirus epidemic. Prior to the suspension, three matches had already had to be canceled after the teams had to be quarantined. Finland had won Germany and Austria in the tournament in Edmonton and Red Deer, Canada, but in the third match against the Czech Republic, Finland won. In addition to the Czech Republic, corona cases were found in Russian and American teams and a couple of judges. Organizers have been accused of failing to take protective measures and the corona bubble leaked badly.

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