EU multiplies measures to contain COVID-19 outbreak

EU multiplies measures to contain COVID-19 outbreak
Protesters in France protest President Emmanuel Macron’s announcements to fight the coronavirus. Reuters / Pascal Rossignol

Fearing a stronger outbreak in the coming weeks, European countries are trying to contain the spread of COVID-19, growing up ban hardening of the conditions of their citizens or entry into their territories.

on the tourist island of Mykonos, the capital of night party in Greece The dance will end immediately after the night curfew comes into force between 01:00-06:00, the same time as it was enforced The eve in the Spanish city of Barcelona in Spain.

France requires all unvaccinated people from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands to have a negative COVID test in the past 24 hours from this Saturday.In addition, Cuba, Indonesia, Mozambique or Tunisia are included in the “red” list of countries at risk of the epidemic.

A young woman wearing a mask watches the sunset as hundreds of people gather in the Little Venice area of ​​the Greek island of Mykonos, Sunday, August 16, 2020.  (AP Photo / Thanasis Stavrakis)
A young woman wearing a mask watches the sunset as hundreds of people gather in the Little Venice area of ​​the Greek island of Mykonos, Sunday, August 16, 2020. (AP Photo / Thanasis Stavrakis)

in that country According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 114,000 people demonstrated in different cities this Saturday to protest against the implementation of compulsory vaccination. For some professionals or health certificates to access most public places from August.

Type Delta has disrupted plans for several European countries, who relaxed measures against COVID-19 and relied on The heat of progressive normality thanks to the rapid progress of vaccination across much of the continent.

but Infections are on the rise again and a new outbreak of this pandemic is predicted, which has already caused more than 4 million deaths in the world.

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Spain, for example, registers a Rapid increase in infections, especially among young people who have not yet been vaccinated, and it has about 8 million citizens under curfew.

A youth underwent a PCR test yesterday at the Central University Hospital of Asturias (HUCA).  EFE / JL Cerejido
A youth underwent a PCR test yesterday at the Central University Hospital of Asturias (HUCA). EFE / JL Cerejido

Deaths, however, remain low Thanks to the high vaccination rates, which was celebrated this Saturday by the head of government, Pedro Sánchez. “Next week, one out of every two Spaniards will have the full pattern”He said in an act of his Samajwadi Party.

The European Agency for Disease Control (ECDC) estimates The strong rebound in the pandemic is more than five times the number of new cases between now and August 1. However, he believes that the number of hospitalizations and deaths will not increase that much.

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On brazil, One of the most bereaved countries with more than half a million deaths, the pace of the vaccination campaign improved the situation, with an average of 1,252 deaths this week, As against about 3,000 in early April.

Conversely, in the Pacific Ocean, officials Australians fail to contain outbreak detected in Sydney After weeks of imprisonment and now ordered to close the shops.

People queue at the mass vaccination center at the Olympic Park in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  EFE / EPA / Dan Himbrechts
People queue at the mass vaccination center at the Olympic Park in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. EFE / EPA / Dan Himbrechts

On America, A slowdown in the vaccination campaign, which runs into the misgivings of the most obstinate, has hit the White House and Facebook, which President Joe Biden accused of “killing people” for not fighting misinformation about the virus in the platform .

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Another factor that may have accelerated the epidemic Either the large concentration of people for sporting events, such as the impending Olympic Games, or the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca, which began this Saturday.

On Games organizers Tokyo announced the detection of the first case of COVID-19 in the Olympic Village.

First confirms positive for COVID-19 in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village.  EFE / EPA / Frank Robichon
First confirms positive for COVID-19 in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village. EFE / EPA / Frank Robichon

On Mecca, capacity was limited to 60,000 participants, Only Saudis or resident foreigners duly vaccinated, a far cry from 2.5 million in 2019. In addition, robots will be used to distribute bottles of holy water and pilgrims will not be able to touch the Kaaba.

it will not let the Egyptians Amina Ghafari Fulfill one of the five duties of every Muslim, for which you have been saving for 30 years. “I was already financially prepared and now it is the virus that stops me”, lamentation.

With info from AFP

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