In London, a Euro final under the shadow of the Delta variant

England is preparing this Sunday, July 11 to host the final of Euro 2021 football, but the progression of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, extremely contagious, is raising fears that the festivities will spread the disease even more.

Italy and England will face off from 8 pm (London time) in front of 65,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium, near London. This is a historic day for England, who find themselves for the first time in the final of this competition.

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Specialists are especially worried about the indoor gatherings that this evening will generate. In the UK, almost all restrictions have been lifted and 30,000 new daily cases have been recorded in the past week.

Uneven vaccination

The spreads of new variants of the coronavirus pose risks to the world economy, warned the G20 finance ministers on Saturday, while vaccination is very uneven from one country to another and that being lifted or, at the On the contrary, strengthening of sanitary restrictions are operating in dispersed order.

The main target of concern is the Delta variant, which initially appeared in India and is spreading at high speed, causing epidemic outbreaks in Asia and Africa, and increasing the number of cases in Europe and the United States.

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Global economic recovery “Remain exposed” not only in particular to “The propagation of new variants” but also to “Different rates of vaccination” on the planet, the G20 warned in its final statement on Saturday. Leaders of the world’s 20 richest countries have called for accelerating immunization around the globe, pledging to do more to support developing countries.

While 70% of the population is vaccinated in some developed countries, this figure is less than 1% for low-income countries, said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

New restrictions

The European Union has reached its goal of having enough doses to immunize 70% of its adult population of some 366 million, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday. “By tomorrow, some 500 million doses will have been distributed in all regions of Europe”, she clarified.

Other regions of the world are struggling. Bangladesh has signed agreements for 17.5 million additional vaccines against Covid-19, its health ministry announced on Saturday, as the country of 169 million people is experiencing death records and has exceeded one million. case. Its population has been subjected to the most severe confinement since the start of the pandemic. The army patrols the streets to keep people in their homes.

Many countries, such as Spain, the Netherlands or Thailand, have decided to reintroduce health restrictions. French President Emmanuel Macron could announce Monday for his country in the face of the attacks of the Delta variant, on the way to being the majority in France, while Argentina, for example, extended his until early August.

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As of Wednesday, Malta will close its borders to unvaccinated travelers, making it the first country in Europe to take the step.

Minimum Olympic Games

In Japan, where the Olympic Games are approaching, it is the competitions accessible to the public that are shrinking. The prefectures of Hokkaido and Fukushima, in the north of the country, have decided to ban the presence of spectators in the stands during the football, baseball and softball matches of the Olympic Games (23 July-8 August) which are there. planned.

They thus take the opposite view of the Japanese authorities who had announced the day before that the events would take place behind closed doors in the capital and neighboring departments but that spectators could be present at other competition sites far from the gigantic megalopolis.

This disease has killed at least 4,013,756 people since it was detected at the end of December 2019, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources on Friday.

Emmanuel Macron will address the French on Monday July 12 at 8 p.m.

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