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World 'Dracula's castle' offers tourists Covid shots

14:10  09 may  2021
14:10  09 may  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Visitors to Romania's forbidding Bran Castle, widely known as the inspiration for the lair of Dracula, are being jabbed with needles rather than vampiric fangs this weekend in a coronavirus vaccination drive.

a person standing in front of a building: The vaccination drive at Bran Castle deliberately plays up to the Dracula story © Daniel MIHAILESCU The vaccination drive at Bran Castle deliberately plays up to the Dracula story

"I came to visit the castle with my family and when I saw the poster I gathered up my courage and agreed to get the injection," said 39-year-old engineer Liviu Necula.

Those who take the jab are handed a certificate hailing their "boldness and responsibility" promising they will be welcome at the castle "for the coming 100 years" -- as well as offered a free tour of the "torture chamber".

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a castle with a clock tower in front of a house with Bran Castle in the background: Dracula author Bram Stoker is believed to have based the aristocratic vampire's lair on descriptions of Bran Castle © DANIEL MIHAILESCU Dracula author Bram Stoker is believed to have based the aristocratic vampire's lair on descriptions of Bran Castle

Nestled in a misty valley in the Carpathian mountains, Bran Castle is associated with the 15th-century Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, known as "the Impaler", although he never stayed there.

Dracula author Bram Stoker is believed to have been inspired by Vlad and descriptions of Bran Castle when writing his 1897 novel that helped found the modern vampire genre.

Romania's government has turned to local vaccination drives and 24-hour "marathons" at major venues like the National Library in Bucharest to get as many citizens as possible immunised.

"These centres are for everyone who wants to get vaccinated but doesn't feel like making an appointment online," Marius Nasta hospital director Beatrice Mahler told AFP.

But she added that it would still be difficult to reach people living in the many areas without local doctors.

Almost 3.6 million Romanians of the country's 19 million people have received at least one vaccine dose, with authorities aiming for five million by June.

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Cyprus: "Vaccinated tourists will not have to do quarantine even if they are contact" .
© AP - Petros Karadjias A beach of Cyprus that has decided to reopen its borders to all tourists vaccinated from on Monday May 10, 2021. Since Monday, the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus reopens its borders to vaccinated tourists from 65 countries. Relief for this country whose tourism sector represents 21% of the wealth of the country.

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