New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
Eradicating smallpox would have been impossible with current misinformation, says Dr Fauci
Eradicating diseases like smallpox would have been impossible with the misinformation about vaccines currently spreading in the United States, White House anti-Covid adviser Anthony Fauci said on Saturday.
“We would probably still have smallpox, and we would probably still have polio in this country, if we had had the kind of false information that is widespread now,” he said.
Los Angeles sheriff will not enforce mask-wearing obligation
The Los Angeles County Sheriff on Saturday criticized the decision of local authorities to reintroduce the requirement to wear a mask indoors, including for those vaccinated, and warned that he would not enforce it.
Senegal suspends bus travel ahead of Eid
The national bus company in Senegal announced Saturday to interrupt its intercity links, citing “alarming information” on the resurgence of cases of contamination. This decision comes a few days before Tabaski, the holiday of Eid, which usually results in large population movements across the country.
Great pilgrimage in limited numbers to Mecca
Hundreds of Muslim worshipers have arrived at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, western Saudi Arabia, to take part in the great annual pilgrimage from Saturday, marked for the second year in a row by an ultra-limited quota of pilgrims due of the Covid.
Only 60,000 Saudis and foreigners resident in the kingdom and vaccinated were allowed to participate in the hajj.
Greece: curfew in Mykonos
Greece on Saturday imposed a five-hour curfew and other restrictions on the tourist island of Mykonos, known for its festive nights, due to a “worrying” rise in contamination.
France imposes tests of less than 24 hours
France has announced that it is imposing Covid-19 tests of less than 24 hours from Sunday on entry into its territory from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands.
The French government has also confirmed the expansion of the list of “red” countries to Tunisia, Mozambique, Cuba and Indonesia.
Demonstrations in Paris against vaccination and the health pass
Several thousand people, in at least three rallies, demonstrated Saturday in Paris against vaccination, the “dictatorship” or the health pass.
British Health Minister positive
British Minister of Health Sajid Javid announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19, two days before the lifting of almost all restrictions in England, a deconfinement that worries due to the surge in cases linked to the Delta variant.
Frustration in Britain
The turnaround by the British government, which announced that fully vaccinated UK residents returning from France will eventually have to continue to observe quarantine, has sown frustration and anger. Holidaymakers and the travel industry have denounced the “confusion” and noted a “paradox” as the government prepares to lift almost all remaining restrictions in England on Monday, including masks and social distancing.
Peru: almost half of the police force contracted the Covid
The national police is the institution most affected by the Covid-19 in Peru, with 787 deaths and more than 50,600 contaminations, or nearly 50% of its staff affected, said on Saturday the Minister of the Interior José Elice, who deplores a “dramatic” situation.
Uruguay: appearance of the Delta variant
The first cases of the highly contagious Delta variant were identified in Uruguay on Saturday, authorities said.