June 13, 2021

Belgium is rediscovering its cafes; the total deconfinement in the United Kingdom in question

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 3.7 million people worldwide since the start of the epidemic, which appeared at the end of December 2019, according to a report drawn up on Wednesday, June 9 by Agence France-Presse ( AFP). After the United States (598,326), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (476,800), India (353,500), Mexico (229,100), and Peru (187,200). Among the countries hardest hit, Peru is the one that deplores the highest number of deaths in relation to its population.

These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. They exclude the upward revisions carried out a posteriori by certain statistical organizations. The World Health Organization (WHO) even estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that which is officially recorded.

  • United Kingdom: Johnson believes it is too early to guarantee total deconfinement on June 21

Boris Johnson said on Wednesday it was too early to guarantee that the final phase of deconfinement in England could take place on June 21, as was initially announced, as data regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine campaign against Delta variant of Covid-19 continue to be evaluated. “Monday (…), we will look at where we are. I think that everyone can see very clearly that the cases (of contamination) are increasing, and that in some cases hospitalizations are increasing ”, said the British Prime Minister. “We need to assess to what extent the vaccination campaign, which has been phenomenal, has protected the population, so that we can move forward to the next step. This is what we are looking at ”, he added.

The Delta variant, identified for the first time in India, and considered to be more contagious than the Alpha variant, has become the majority in the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson has repeatedly warned in recent weeks that the spread of this variant is casting a shadow over the deconfinement schedule.

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  • Belgium serves the noose

As in France, a new aspect of social life resumed on Wednesday in Belgium. With a few differences. In addition to the reopening of indoor cafes and restaurants, cinemas and sports halls can resume their activity, for the first time in more than seven months. Work in the office is allowed for everyone for one day a week. In this country of 11.5 million inhabitants, where Covid-19 has killed more than 25,000, more than 56% of the adult population is now vaccinated, protected by at least one dose.

The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care was 319 on Wednesday, up from more than 900 six weeks ago, at the peak of the third wave. The authorities demanded to go below the threshold of 500 to allow these relaxations of June 9, which constitute the first step of the “Summer plan”.

  • Spain eases entry conditions into its territory

A decree published in Official newspaper Spain on Wednesday states that, as with travelers arriving by plane, Spain will now allow travelers arriving by road if they have a vaccination certificate. Until now, the country required a negative PCR test of less than seventy-two hours for anyone wishing to cross the French land border in order to travel to Spain.

In addition, the Spanish authorities raised, on Wednesday, to 12 years, against 6 years so far, the minimum age from which a negative test for Covid-19 is necessary to enter Spain.

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  • Deconfinement slowed down in Lisbon after new cases

The Portuguese government decided on Wednesday to slow down the deconfinement process in Lisbon and in three other municipalities in the country in order to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, which is experiencing a resurgence. In addition to the Portuguese capital, the municipalities of Odemira (south), Braga and Vale de Cambra (north) will continue to apply the measures in force until June 27.

Teleworking will remain compulsory there where it is possible, while it will be recommended in the rest of the country from June 14, date of the next phase of deconfinement. On this date, restaurants will still close at 10:30 p.m., compared to one in the morning in other parts of the territory.

“The situation of these municipalities does not allow us to continue deconfinement”, said Mariana Vieira da Silva, spokeswoman for the government, after a council of ministers, specifying that the number of cases had increased in Lisbon, especially in ” the youngest “.

Portuguese health authorities recorded 890 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, but no deaths in twenty-four hours. This is the largest number of new contaminations in one day in the country, which has 10 million inhabitants, since the start of deconfinement on March 15.

  • In India, 28 elephants tested

After the death attributed to Covid-19 of an Asian lioness, 28 elephants were subjected to screening tests in a forest reserve in southern India, authorities said on Wednesday. The 9-year-old lioness, whose species is endangered, died in early June in the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, according to local press. This is the first animal death in India attributed to the virus.

Screening tests have revealed that the lioness and eight other felines, including two in a worrying condition, were carriers of the virus, the newspaper reported over the past week. The New Indian Express. To AFP on Wednesday, a ranger in Mudumalai National Park in southern Tamil Nadu commented:

“After the lions at Vandalur Zoo (Arignar Anna Zoological Park) tested positive for Covid-19, we were asked to screen the elephants, as a precaution. “

Analyzes of samples taken on Tuesday from 28 elephants, including two baby elephants, must be carried out by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in the state of Uttar Pradesh (north of the country). The results are expected within a week. “The animals had no symptoms, it was just as a precaution”, specified the forest ranger.

Some 21 tigers in Bhagwan Birsa Park in northeastern Jharkhand state were also tested over the past week after a 10-year-old tiger died with a high fever. , according to the local press.

The World with AFP