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Tunisia's president has fired the prime minister and frozen parliament's activities after violent demonstrations over the country's pandemic and the economically situation. Two witnesses told Reuters news agency that military vehicles surrounded the Tunisian parliament building late on Sunday.
(The) president also lifted the immunity of all parliament members Sunday and said he would name a new prime minister in the coming hours to bring calm to the country.
Thousands of people defied virus restrictions and scorching heat to demonstrate in the capital of Tunis and other cities. The largely young crowds chanted slogans calling for the dissolution of parliament and a new election.
Witnesses said people who had gathered nearby the parliament building cheered and sang the national anthem as military vehicles began to surround the building.
The U.S. top infectious disease expert says the United States is in an "unnecessary predicament" of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the dangerous delta variant.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Sunday the U.S. is "going in the wrong direction" and he described himself as "very frustrated" with rising infection rates. He says recommending that the vaccinated wear masks is "under active consideration" by the government's leading public health officials. Fauci also suggested booster shots may be suggested for people with suppressed immune systems who have been vaccinated.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Sunday he fears the number of new coronavirus cases in Germany could soar to 100,000 a day in about two months unless many more people get vaccinated and those who refuse may face restrictions.
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