The Covid-19 pandemic, the highly contagious delta version of which is spreading around the world, is raising new concerns: Australia on Friday decided to include some neighborhoods in Sydney, and Israel closed the obligation to wear masks in public places. will restore.
Africa, far behind the rest of the world in the race for vaccinations, is in the grip of a third wave of pollution, which is straining resources and already testing hospitals.
“The third wave is accelerating, spreading and hitting harder”, according to Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director of Africa, on Thursday, according to whom “this wave is likely to be the worst “.
A few thousand South Africans demonstrated in Pretoria on Friday, calling on the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party to demand an accelerated vaccination against COVID-19, as the country grapples with a third wave.
In Australia, a country that has so far well contained the spread of Covid-19, officials on Friday ordered four neighborhoods in central Sydney to be closed from midnight on Friday in an effort to stop the spread of the delta variant, d’first Identified in India.
A total of 65 people have tested positive this week, all of whom were linked to a driver who took airline workers from Sydney airport to quarantine hotels.
– Concerns in Israel –
Many countries are experiencing a surge in new cases, at least partly linked to the spread of the delta variant, which has already been responsible for a resumption of the pandemic in the United Kingdom for a few weeks.
Israel on Friday announced new restrictions in the face of a surge in contamination: the country, which claimed a way out of the health crisis thanks to a massive vaccination campaign, reinstated the obligation to wear masks in closed spectators and businesses. .
Moscow, Russia’s epicenter of the upheaval in the coronavirus sparked by Delta Edition, on Friday announced the return of mandatory telecommuting for 30% of the company’s employees.
Uzbekistan on Friday broke its record for new daily coronavirus infections since the beginning of the year and imposed restrictions in its capital. The identification of the delta variant on the region raises fears of a pandemic outbreak in this country of 34 million inhabitants.
Also facing a resurgence of the pandemic due to the delta version, Portugal on Thursday decided to stop gradually lifting its health restrictions and even tighten them in Lisbon.
In Spain, a student trip to the Balearic Islands resulted in a massive “cluster” of several hundred COVID-19 cases and several thousand young people in quarantine in seven regions of the country.
If the covid pandemic experiences a relative recovery – according to the WHO, with many new cases reported worldwide at the lowest level since February, the delta variant could lead to a rebound as early as this summer if Nothing happens. Fight it quickly, warn experts and health officials.
– “More Freedom” –
Vaccination in particular is synonymous with “greater freedom” for travel, praising European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides and French Health Minister Olivier Veran, Friday, the day of the European Health Pass’s entry into force.
The new coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 3,903,064 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report set up by AFP at 10:00 a.m. GMT on Friday.
The United States is the worst-hit country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 603,178 deaths among 33,590,549 cases, followed by Brazil with 509,141 deaths and India with 393,310 deaths.
According to health ministry data, India is experiencing a lull with 51,667 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. There were 400,000 daily contaminations in May.
But as its wealthiest state, Maharashtra, tightened restrictions on Friday, officials already feared a third wave.
On the other hand, in Iceland, the country on Friday announced the lifting of all national restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to vaccination progress in its region.