AFP, Posted on Friday, July 30, 2021 at 9:33 AM.
Local reforms in China, troops mobilized in Australia, prolongation of state of emergency in Japan: Delta variation undermines summer irresponsibility and forces many countries to tighten health restrictions.
At the same time, wearing a protective mask is again recommended in areas most affected by the virus in the United States, where President Joe Biden is trying to restart a failed vaccination campaign.
China, the first country to have an epidemic in 2020, threatens its zero Govt policy, spreading from Nanjing in the east to five provinces and the first in six months to Beijing.
After a positive test by nine Nanjing airport staff on July 20, 184 pollution cases were reported in Jiangsu province on Friday – 206 nationwide. Several hundred thousand people were resettled in the region and in the Chinese capital.
There are concerns about the effectiveness of Chinese vaccines, with the vast majority of new cases involving vaccinated individuals. Zhang Wenhang, an epidemiologist based in Shanghai, agreed that they could “slow down the spread and reduce the death rate” but not “eradicate the virus.”
The Delta variant is as contagious as the chickenpox, probably having more serious consequences than its predecessors, and the affected population seems to be spreading whether vaccinated or not, official U.S. documents have concluded.
This variation does not particularly affect children, and contrary to some hypotheses the World Health Organization (WHO) noted on Friday, the increased rate of infection “for all ages”.
Reducing barrier gestures such as wearing a mask and physical abstinence when the entire population is not vaccinated significantly increases the risk of the emergence of anti-vaccine variants, European researchers underlined for their part.
“Delta is a warning that it says the virus is developing, but something needs to be done before the most dangerous forms appear,” said Dr Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s head of emergency situations.
– “Speed never seen before” –
One week after the start of the Olympics, the state of emergency in Tokyo was extended to the end of August and extended to four other disciplines.
“The epidemic is spreading at an unprecedented pace,” especially among young people, Prime Minister Yoshihit Suka warned.
The organizers of the Olympics have identified 27 new cases related to the event, including three athletes, the highest daily number to date.
Japan is doing all it can to reduce the risk of a Kovit-19 explosion during the Olympics, although WHO President Tetros Adonom Caprais has ruled.
In the Philippines, thirteen million people will be locked up again until next week in the capital, Manila.
Also in southern Australia, 300 soldiers were sent to Sydney, which is in its fifth week and has been extended by a month until August 28th.
In the United States, even those who have been vaccinated are invited to wear a mask in areas where the virus has spread. Joe Biden further suggested that local authorities pay $ 100 for those who are newly vaccinated.
Broadway theaters, which have been closed since March 2020, will have to be re-vaccinated to the public starting in September.
– Third dose –
Israel, which initially launched a massive vaccination campaign, believed its population was immune and re-established a health pass in more than 100 populated areas on Thursday.
Hebrew State also launches a “complementary” vaccine campaign with a third dose for people over 60. Israeli President Isaac Herzog received him on Friday.
In Europe, where many countries are facing a fourth wave, it is time to turn the tide.
The curfew has been extended in Barcelona in northeastern Spain, and France has ordered a re-control of the Reunion and Martinique islands this weekend, where the situation is considered “dramatic”.
Germany, for its part, makes it mandatory for travelers on Sunday to have a vaccination certificate or Govt test when entering its territory.
According to the United Kingdom, the corona virus continued to progress there last week, according to a study by the National Statistics Office (ONS), which shows a declining number of cases registered by health services on a daily basis.
The epidemic has killed at least 4,190,383 people since the end of December 2019, according to a report established Thursday by the AFP from official sources. But the WHO estimates that this number could be two to three times higher, given the high number of deaths directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19.