Withdrawal of the mask, extension of the health pass, imprisonment … The delta variant of the corona virus, in a few weeks, imagined themselves in countries like the United States or Israel, with the forest and the resumption, in the middle of the summer, with control measures.
The Govt-19 epidemic has killed more than 4.2 million people worldwide since the end of 2019, according to official figures released by officials in each country, according to a report by Agency France-Press (AFP) on Friday, July 30. But the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that these deaths are two to three times higher if the number of deaths directly and indirectly linked to the disease is taken into account.
The AFP reports that more than 4 billion drugs of the Govit-19 vaccine have been distributed worldwide. However, the vaccine remains very unequal: high-income countries thus inject an average of 97 doses per 100 people, while poor countries have only 1.6 doses.
Japan extends state of emergency
The Japanese government on Friday decided to extend the state of emergency in Tokyo and Okinawa until August 31, and to extend the capital’s four neighboring states of Siba, Saitama, Canakawa and Osaka (west). “The infection is spreading at an unprecedented rate”, Especially in the Tokyo area, said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suka. “If the increase in the number of victims is not stopped, hospitals may be overcrowded. “
An additional 3,300 cases were reported in the Japanese capital on Friday, while the number of daily cases nationwide exceeded 10,000. Vaccination in Japan has started slower than in other industrialized countries, and only 27.6% of the national population has been fully vaccinated, according to recent government figures.
The organizers of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on Friday filed 27 new lawsuits against people involved in the event, including three athletes; This is the highest daily number to date. The IOC denies any link between hosting the Olympics and the resurgence of the epidemic in Japan.
In the United States, Joe Biden is taking action to increase the vaccine
Joe Biden, made a promise “Summer of Freedom”, Had to take a series of steps on Thursday to restart the vaccine. “We are not completely out of the woods”As the country faces pollution caused by the rapid spread of delta diversity, the U.S. president said in a speech at the White House that the vaccine campaign has slowed after a growing start.
Henceforth, federal employees (4 million people, including 2 million civilians) must be vaccinated or comply with a series of restrictions. The mask does not need to be worn even in places where the Covit-19 cycle is short and should be subjected to regular checkups once or twice a week. Without going into the obvious vaccine duty, this is definitely a change of the Biden administration, which has refused to attach any idea of a ban by the vaccine. “I know people talking about freedom” Further “Freedom comes with responsibility”, The Democratic leader commented.
In the military, he asks to think “How and when” Add the Govit-19 vaccine to the list of compulsory vaccines for troops. Among the incentives, Joe Biden asks local authorities to pay $ 100 to any new person who gets vaccinated, from the emergency fund released to deal with the epidemic.
Israel launches booster vaccine campaign
Israel on Friday launched a booster vaccination campaign targeting people 60 and older. “We are launching a recall campaign”Israeli President Isaac Herzog received the third dose on the outskirts of Tel Aviv on Friday. “Israel is a pioneer, moving forward [cette] Third dose of vaccine ‘, Welcomed Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett, who arrived at the hospital with the President.
According to Pfizer, “New studies show third-dose neutralizing effects against delta variability [qui sont] It is five times more common among young people and eleven times more common among older people. ” But for now, the US Drug Regulatory Authority, which Israel generally follows, has not given the green light to the third dose for the elderly.
About 55% of the Israeli population was fully vaccinated due to a massive campaign launched at the end of December, mostly of Pfizer-Bioentech vaccines. In early June, authorities extended the vaccination period for young people between the ages of 12 and 16 and from the 1stThere is From August, Govt-19 can vaccinate children 5 to 11 years of age with severe complications.
If the epidemic is under control, as pollution increases, Israel re-established a health pass on Thursday. More than 100 people who have been fully vaccinated, Covit-19 cured, or have a negative PCR test of less than seventy-two hours will be allowed to enter the indoor or outdoor accommodation area.
In Australia, 300 players will ensure control in Sydney
Authorities said Friday that about 300 soldiers will be stationed on Sydney’s streets in the coming days to ensure control of an epidemic in Australia’s largest city. Their purpose will be to check whether citizens are complying with the control measures and will act primarily door-to-door.
The mobilization of five million people is in its fifth week in prison. The move is expected to last until the end of August. Residents can only leave their homes to play sports and go to work if work is deemed necessary, either for medical reasons or for shopping. But the parks and waterfront surfing have been crowded with locals for weeks.
Thirteen million people have been resettled in the Philippines
The government said on Friday that the Philippines was preparing to resettle 13 million people in the capital Manila region early next week in an effort to curb the rise in cases related to the delta diversity.
Restaurants and joint meetings are subject to an immediate ban, with a two-week lockout set for Aug. 6, Presidential Spokeswoman Harry Rock said on official television.
The Philippines has recorded more than 1.5 million cases of COVID-19 contamination – making it the second most affected country in Southeast Asia – including nearly 28,000 deaths since the outbreak.
The delta variant is spreading in China
China faces an epidemic that threatens the policy of zero cases of Govt-19. The resurgence of pollution, to a lesser extent, affected five provinces and the city of Beijing on Friday. These cases are in their central city of Nanjing (East).
It is acknowledged that the metropolis has reported only 184 patients since the discovery of nine maintenance workers who tested positive at the international airport in July. But this focus, in terms of geography, has been particularly significant in China in recent months. Nationally, at least 206 infections have been linked to this center due to the infectious variability delta.
Authorities in Jiangsu say most of the victims have already been vaccinated, raising concerns about the effectiveness of Chinese vaccines against this variant. Millions of people are now trapped in this province.
Saudi Arabia reopens borders for vaccinated tourists
Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it would reopen its borders from 1 p.m.There is August to vaccinate foreign tourists, after being closed for seventeen months due to the Govt-19 epidemic. However, Riyadh did not announce the lifting of restrictions on the Umrah pilgrimage, which attracts millions of Muslims from around the world each year.
Passengers who have been fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the Saudi authorities (including Pfizer-BioNtech, Astrogenega, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) can enter the country “Ignoring Isolation”, If they show a negative PCR test of less than seventy-two hours.
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