The Delta variant destabilizes France, Europe and the world
Nothing can stop this Delta variant that crosses borders at an alarming speed. No country is spared.
Europe is hard hit and countries like Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Greece, France should be very affected in the next few weeks and the summer looks very complicated.
France should be very affected in the coming weeks and the summer looks very complicated. The rest of the world, are devastated by this new variant as India, Brazil, South Africa, Russia.
These figures are believed to be underestimated, as they are based on daily reports from health authorities in each country and exclude revisions made by some statistical agencies. The 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 the official figures.
The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 607,135 deaths for an estimated 33.8 million cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. They are followed by Brazil with 532,893 deaths and more than 19 million cases, India, Mexico, and Peru.
“We are in a connected global economy, what happens in any part of the world affects every other country,” she said at a press conference on the sidelines of the G20.
The Treasury Secretary called for “working together to accelerate the immunization process and aim to immunize 70% of the world’s population next year”.
On Saturday, the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Venice warned that the global economic recovery could be held back by “the spread of new Covid-19 variants and the different pace of vaccination”.
Since Saturday, the number of people hospitalized and in critical care has not changed. According to the latest report from Santé Publique France, 7183 Covid patients are in hospital, of which 947 are in critical care. Four deaths were also reported in 24 hours
The number of contaminations, on the other hand, continues to increase: 4256 cases have been counted since Saturday, up 66% compared to last Sunday.
“This virus surprises us all the time. We would never have imagined that we would be at our third version,” said Professor Gilbert Deray, head of the nephrology department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital (AP-HP), on LCI.
The Minister of Health Olivier Véran warned of the risk of propagation of the Delta variant, on Radio J: “The epidemic starts again in the heart of summer. It starts again with young people. The same thing is going to happen as last summer: young people will contaminate the less young and you will have an increase in hospital pressure. We’re at about 3,000 new diagnoses a day. But with this Delta variant, we could have more than 20,000 cases by early August.
“We are facing an almost new enemy because it is much more contagious. The more people you get sick, the more people you’re going to get with severe forms.”
“Without vaccination, we would have a much bigger wave than the last one. Those who wait should not wait. You have young people who will have long Covid. You can have sexual dysfunction.”
“Vaccination reduces the health impact, but if the wave is very high, we will still have a health impact. If we were all vaccinated, we wouldn’t talk about it. We would focus on the economic recovery.”
“The risk of infection has never been higher than with this variant for people who are not vaccinated. I’m telling these people that they are taking a major risk of contamination.”
“The EU has kept its promise”: the European Union has reached its target of having enough doses to vaccinate 70% of its adult population, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Saturday.
Responsibility for vaccinating Europe’s estimated 366 million adults lies with the governments of the 27 member states, and some are moving faster than others. “Covid-19 is not yet defeated. (…) Now the Member States must do everything they can to ensure that vaccination progresses,” said Ursula von der Leyen. Only then will we all be safe.
The EU’s joint vaccine procurement program, managed by the European Commission, has provided 330 million doses of BioNTech-Pfizer’s vaccine, 100 million of AstraZeneca’s, 50 million of Moderna’s, and 20 million of Johnson & Johnson’s. Apart from the latter, all require two doses for maximum effectiveness.
It records +3,162 new cases in 24 hours, for a total of 905,601 confirmed cases. 9,660,794 doses of vaccine have been administered. Portugal re-establishes a night-time curfew in 45 municipalities, including Lisbon and Porto.
The country has a total of 3,937,703 cases at last count. The country counts, on Sunday 11 July 2021, 801,003 deaths in total. 46,612,489 doses of vaccine have been administered. In Spain, there is an explosion in the number of Covid-19 infections among young people.
In Italy, there have been 2,785 new cases in the last 24 hours. There were 19 deaths in 24 hours on Saturday 10 July 2021. The total number of deaths is now 127,775 since the beginning of the epidemic. The total number of cases recorded is 4,271,276. 57,409,238 doses of vaccine have been administered.
In Denmark, there were 658 new cases of infection in 24 hours, making a total of 297,543 cases. The country has recorded 2,538 deaths, including 0 in the last 24 hours. 5,890,105 doses of vaccine have been administered.
NEW RECORD OF DEATHS IN RUSSIA
752 people have died from Covid-19 in 24 hours: Russia announced on Saturday that it had recorded a new record number of daily deaths due to the coronavirus, the fifth since the beginning of the month. Hit hard by the Delta variant, the country has recorded 25,082 new contaminations. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 5.7 million cases have been recorded in Russia and 142,253 people have died, according to government figures.
The fight against the pandemic in the country is faltering because of the population’s distrust despite the authorities’ injunctions. According to the Gogov website, which aggregates data from the regions and media for lack of official statistics, 28.4 million people have received at least one dose of one of the three licensed Russian vaccines, or nearly 19.5% of the population.
Bangladesh has made arrangements for 17.5 million additional vaccines against Covid-19, the health ministry announced on Saturday, as the country’s death toll rises to more than a million.
For the moment, only 5.8 million of the country’s 169 million inhabitants have been vaccinated. The campaign has been hampered by the suspension of vaccine exports by India, which is itself experiencing shortages.
According to Health Minister Zahid Maleque, the government has procured 4.5 million new doses from manufacturers. The country will also receive 6 million doses through the Covax international vaccine sharing system, and China will provide 5 million doses from August. “We believe that in the coming days there will be no more shortage of vaccines,” the minister told reporters. “Our goal is to gradually vaccinate some 80% of the population.
Cafés, party halls, and other gathering places will be closed for a fortnight in Libya, the government announced on Sunday as it tries to stem a new rise in coronavirus cases in the country.
The Libyan government announced “the total closure of cafes and party halls for a fortnight” while “the organization of funerals and weddings and the use of public transport are now prohibited,” according to a decree by Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah.
The new round of restrictions comes after Libya announced on Thursday that it was temporarily closing its air and land borders with neighboring Tunisia, where the health situation is dire.
The Peruvian government on Sunday extended for a month the state of emergency that has been in force for 16 months as part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and which allows citizens’ rights to be restricted.
Under a resolution by interim President Francisco Sagasti and his government, the state of emergency, which was due to end on 31 July, will continue until the end of August. Within this framework, “the exercise of constitutional rights relating to personal freedom and security, the inviolability of the home and the freedom of assembly and transit in the territory remain restricted”, according to the official newspaper El Peruano.
Thailand recorded a record number of infections on Sunday, with 9418 people infected.