Covid-19 direct updates: Europe enters “virus-free phase” as cases grow


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Hundreds of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims seeking entry On Tuesday, border guards stopped Ukraine from Belarus without complying with virus travel restrictions, border guards stopped on Tuesday as Ukraine mobilized additional protection to strengthen its forces.

Last month, Ukraine closed its borders as cases accelerated in the country, in part to stop an annual pilgrimage to the city of Uman, the tomb of Rabbi Nachman, who founded the Breslav branch of the Hasidic movement. The pilgrimage is scheduled for the Jewish New Year, which begins on Friday. Israeli health officials supported Ukraine’s decision in response to the pandemic.

According to the Ukrainian Border Service, pilgrims began arriving at the border crossing point with Belarus on Monday afternoon. Belarusian authorities allowed the group to pass and they gathered on the road in the buffer zone between the two border stations.

Hundreds of men and boys a night danced and sang songs. Their luggage was stacked along the fields on either side of the road. The men tried to persuade the border guards to allow them to celebrate the new year, the most important Hasidic religious holiday. The little boys, looking dull and sleepy, stood watching.

Some pilgrims traveled to the Novi Yarylovychi border crossing point believing it was open, which was not the case, Israeli public broadcasting tweeted. Ukrainian authorities reported that foreigners had been warned of closing the border.

Ukraine’s border service said 690 pilgrims had gathered at the border by Tuesday, and agency director Serhiy Deyneko said more charter flights to Belarus were expected. Belarusian the media reported a different number of pilgrims at the border saying about 1,500 people had already arrived.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the border closure would take place until its expiration on September 28. The country reported nearly 20,000 new cases of the virus last week, for a total of more than 160,000. Times database.

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