While France is deconfining, other countries are facing the resurgence of the epidemic and are slowing down. On Thursday, the French government announced a lifting of the night curfew in France from Sunday, June 20 and the end of wearing masks outdoors. Few days ago, Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, meanwhile resolved on Monday June 14 to postpone the lifting of the last health restrictions in England by four weeks while the Portuguese government decided on Thursday to ban entry and exit from the region. from Lisbon during the weekend.
In Great Britain, Portugal or even Russia, the time has indeed come to worry about a resurgence of the disease, while the French are savoring the return to freedom.
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A return to normal is confirmed in France
At Disneyland Paris, Mickey and Pluto welcomed their first visitors on Thursday, after more than seven months of closure.
“On the national territory, the epidemic is in decline, it is in the process of being controlled”, welcomed the French Minister of Health Olivier Véran. If the coronavirus continues to kill in France (45 deaths announced Wednesday), contaminations are in sharp decline. On June 17, France recorded less than 3,000 cases (2,836 according to Our World in Data), a first since August 2020.
Faced with this, the French government decided to lift the obligation to wear a mask outdoors – and the fine of 135 euros that accompanied it – in the heat wave and at the start of the Euro football tournament.
More broadly, Western Europe is preparing for the summer vacation, and the ambassadors of the Twenty-Seven gave the green light on Wednesday to add the United States to the list of countries and territories whose travelers, even unvaccinated. against Covid-19, can be admitted to the EU. Europeans are based in particular on the epidemiological situation and the progress of the vaccination campaign, and countries can be included if they have recorded less than 75 cases of Covid per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days.
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Deconfinement pushed back in England
On the contrary, in Great Britain, the health authorities recorded Thursday 11,007 new cases of contamination in 24 hours, exceeding 10,000 for the first time since the end of February against the backdrop of a push of the Delta variant initially detected in India.
Europe’s most bereaved country by the pandemic, the United Kingdom has experienced a sharp decline in recent times, despite a large-scale vaccination campaign. This trend, marked by a 33.7% jump in contamination in one week, forced the British government on Monday to postpone the total lifting of health restrictions by one month. On June 17, the United Kingdom recorded 8,842 cases of Covid-19 compared to 2,836 in France, according to data collected by Our World in Data.
Reconfinement at weekends in Lisbon
On the Portugal side, the government has decided to ban entry and exit from the Lisbon region during the weekend, to prevent the increase in Covid cases from spreading to the rest of the territory.
“This is an additional measure, which was not planned, but which the government has taken to contain the increase in the incidence within the Lisbon metropolitan region,” said the minister. word of the government, Mariana Vieira da Silva.
Non-essential travel to and from the capital and its suburbs will be prohibited from Friday evening to Monday morning, until further notice.
Third wave in Africa
At the same time, in Africa, the third wave of the epidemic “amplifies and accelerates” with variants, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) office on the continent on Thursday, stressing that the number of cases is increasing. “22% per week” and calling for an increase in vaccine supply.
“Almost 12 million people are now fully vaccinated, but this represents less than 1% of the population” of the continent, said the WHO.
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Compulsory vaccination in Moscow
In Moscow, the epidemic has also sharply worsened, said the mayor of the city, where the vaccination campaign has been sluggish for months.
“Most likely, it is that we are confronted with new variants, more aggressive and which spread more quickly”, estimated Sergei Sobyanin.
He noted that the cases detected daily in the capital had risen in a few days from 3,000 to 7,000, and could Friday “to be over 9,000”.
Moscow and its region have made vaccination compulsory in the service sector (transport, catering, culture, health, education, banking, etc.), a first in Russia where the authorities have taken very limited measures despite a mortality that places the countries among the most affected in the world, according to official statistics.
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Olympics under tension in Japan
In Japan, almost a month before the opening of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed on Thursday that the state of emergency would be lifted on Sunday in the capital and in other departments of the country, even if restrictions will be maintained until July 11, especially for bars and restaurants which will continue to close in the early evening.
Japan will provide its nationals with a vaccination passport from next month, according to the government.
Since its appearance at the end of 2019, the coronavirus has killed at least 3,835,238 people worldwide and infected nearly 177 million people, according to an AFP report established Thursday from official figures.