New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– Indonesia passes the 2 million case milestone –
Indonesia passed the milestone of two million cases of coronavirus on Monday and faced with a new wave of contamination, hospitals are close to saturation in this Southeast Asian country where the presence of the Delta variant has been confirmed.
The country recorded 14,536 cases of Covid-19 on Monday, a new record compared to the previous high recorded at the end of January. Indonesia has nearly 55,000 dead for nearly 270 million inhabitants.
– Tajikistan: first cases since January –
New cases of coronavirus have been detected in Tajikistan, the first since January, authorities in the central Asian country said on Monday.
The population has shown “negligence which can lead to any situation,” said the government body responsible for the fight against Covid-19.
– South Africa: vaccine technology transfer center –
South Africa to host a “technology transfer center” for coronavirus vaccines to step up production know-how in the country, Africa’s most affected by the pandemic, said Monday South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
– Call from the designer of the Russian vaccine –
Alexandre Guintsbourg, designer of the Russian vaccine against the Sputnik V coronavirus, said Monday that he protected against “all known variants” including the Delta, responsible for a new epidemic outbreak in Russia.
These remarks are intended to encourage the Russian population to be vaccinated, while the immunization campaign is lagging behind against a background of mistrust, despite repeated calls from President Vladimir Putin.
The Moscow region recorded its biggest daily increase since the start of the pandemic on Monday with 1,811 cases. According to the mayor of Moscow, about 90% of new cases are due to the Delta variant.
– France will reopen its nightclubs –
Concerts with standing audiences will again be authorized in France from June 30, while nightclubs may reopen “from July 9,” the government announced on Monday.
These party venues will only be reopened upon presentation of a health pass (proof of vaccination or recent negative test), with reception capacities reduced to 75% for indoor events.
– Nightclubs: reopening also in Madrid and Barcelona –
Nightclubs reopen on Monday in part of Spain, notably in Madrid and Barcelona, the country’s two main cities, but with restrictions in terms of attendance and schedules.
– Olympic Games: maximum of 10,000 spectators –
The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, which open on July 23, authorized the presence of local spectators on Monday, but at 50% of the capacity of each site and within a maximum limit of 10,000 people.
Competitions could, however, take place behind closed doors if Covid-19 infections multiply again in Japan.
– More than 3.86 million dead –
The pandemic has killed more than 3,868,393 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Monday at 10:00 GMT.
After the United States (601,825 deaths), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (501,825), India (388,135), Mexico (231,187) and Peru (190,425).
These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. The WHO estimates that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.
© 2021 AFP