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Virus: the final of Euro-2020 under the shadow of the Delta variant


 Virus: the final of Euro-2020 under the shadow of the Delta variant

The progression of the Delta variant of the extremely contagious coronavirus is raising fears that the festivities linked to the Euro 2020 football final on Sunday evening in England will further disseminate the disease.

Virus the final of Euro-2020 under the shadow of the Delta variant

  • Italy and England face off from 8:00 p.m. London time, or 9:00 p.m. on the continent, in front of 65,000 spectators, at Wembley Stadium near London, where the gauge has been raised to 75% on this already historic day for the team. England, in the final of a competition for the first time since 1966.

  • It is not so much the stadium itself that worries specialists as the gatherings, especially those indoors, that this big football festival will generate, especially in the United Kingdom where almost all restrictions have been lifted and where 30,000 new daily cases have been recorded over the past week.

  • 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.

  • The global economic recovery "remains exposed" not only in particular to "the spread of new variants" but also to "different rates of vaccination" on the planet, the G20 warned in its final statement on Saturday.

- Announcements expected in France -

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.

Virus the final of Euro-2020 under the shadow of the Delta variant

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 said.

Other regions of the world are struggling. Bangladesh has made 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.

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

- OJ more and more restricted -

In Japan, where the Olympic Games are approaching, it is the competitions accessible to the public that are shrinking.

Virus the final of Euro-2020

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.

Neighboring South Korea, long held up as a model for managing the pandemic, has reported 1,378 more cases, a record for the third day in a row, and its capital Seoul is set to be imposed the most draconian measures that it has known since this health crisis broke out.

Russia announced on Saturday a new record of daily deaths (752) from the coronavirus, the fifth since the beginning of the month. This country also identifies 25,082 new contaminations.

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. The United States remains the most damaged country, 607,135 people having perished there for a total of 33,847,207 recorded cases.