According to Vandenbroucke, a more intense system of “contact tracing” will be developed by mid-July, going back more than a few days.
LBelgium will introduce this summer a list of 27 countries to which travel will remain banned despite the relaxations decided on thanks to the decline in the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister of Public Health, Frank Vandenbroucke, announced on Friday.
This is a decision taken by the Interministerial Conference (CIM) Health, he said during a press conference following a meeting of the Concertation Committee bringing together the main ministers of the federal government and the minister-presidents of the federated entities.
“Today we have to take a good look at whether we are maintaining the dikes through which we regain the freedom that is strong enough. This is linked to the movement of travelers and the danger of other variants, ”Vandenbroucke told the press.
List of countries
The approved list contains the names of 27 countries: the United Kingdom – the only one located in Europe -; South Africa, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jordan, Qatar, Nepal, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, India, Uruguay, Georgia, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Bangladesh, Uganda, Argentina, Zimbabwe, eSwatini (the former kingdom of Swaziland, editor’s note), Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Surinam, Peru and Pakistan, according to the services of Mr. Vandenbroucke.
The Belgians who return there will however have to comply with a mandatory quarantine. An entry ban applies to people who do not live in Belgium, with however an exception for diplomats and people in the transport sector, for example, with also quarantine.
According to Vandenbroucke, a more intense system of “contact tracing” will be developed by mid-July, going back more than a few days.
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published on June 18, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
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June 18, 2021 8:48 PM
Delta variant: Merkel and Macron call for vigilance at the Euro. Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron called on Friday for vigilance in the organization of Euro football matches in the face of the current rise of the highly contagious Delta variant of the new coronavirus. “I think it is important that we continue to be very vigilant (…) and this applies in particular to large demonstrations”, estimated the Chancellor during a press conference before a working dinner in Berlin the French Head of State.
June 18, 2021 8:21 PM
Vaccines: Palestinian Authority cancels deal with Israel. Palestinian Authority on Friday canceled deal with Israel to transfer one million doses of coronavirus vaccine, saying it was refusing to receive doses “In the process of being obsolete”. “After the examination by the technical teams of the Ministry of Health of the first batch of Pfizer vaccines received this evening from Israel […] it was discovered that it did not conform to the characteristics provided for in the agreement ”government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem said at a press conference hours after the Hebrew state announced an agreement. “The government refuses to receive vaccines about to be expired”, he added.
June 18, 2021 8:13 PM
In France, the pressure continues to decrease in hospitals. The pressure continued to decrease on Friday in hospitals, which have fewer than 11,000 hospitalized Covid-19 patients, according to figures from Public Health France. There are now 10,738 patients with Covid-19 hospitalized, against 11,114 the day before, according to data from Public Health France. Only 171 new people have been hospitalized in the past 24 hours with a diagnosis of Covid-19.
June 18, 2021 7:57 PM
A total of 65 positive Covid cases detected at the Copa America in Brazil. A total of 65 people have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the Copa America on June 13 in Brazil, the medical commission of the football tournament which is held until July 10 in Brazil announced on Friday. She specified that 5,458 PCR tests were carried out, of which 5,393 were negative and 65 positive, of which 46 were among the staff of the teams, the organization and the refereeing body and 19 among the players.
June 18, 2021 6:48 PM
WHO concerned about the spread of the virus in Africa. The trajectory of Covid cases in Africa is “Very, very disturbing”, estimated Friday the head of emergency situations at the World Health Organization, Dr. Michael Ryan, with the spread of more contagious variants and a dangerously low vaccination rate. According to data collected by the WHO, there were 116,500 new infections in Africa during the week ended June 13, 25,500 more than the previous week. If for the moment, the continent represents only a little more than 5% of the new cases recorded in the world last week and for 2.2% of the deaths, in some countries the infections have doubled and climbed by more than 50 % in other.
Jun 18, 2021 3:54 PM
Vaccines: Israel will transfer a million doses to the Palestinians before expiration. Israel will provide the Palestinian Authority with one million doses of vaccine against the expiring coronavirus, according to an agreement between the two parties announced Friday by the Jewish state. Occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Authority confirmed delivery “in the coming days” of a million doses, without mentioning an agreement with the Hebrew state. “Israel has signed an agreement with the Palestinian Authority and will provide approximately one million doses of Pfizer vaccine that is about to expire and will receive in return the doses that the Pfizer company was to send to the Palestinian Authority.”the prime minister’s office and the Israeli defense and health ministries said in a joint statement.
June 18, 2021 3:40 PM
The number of deaths has fallen since early May in France, according to INSEE. The average number of deaths observed every day in France, all causes combined, has been declining since the beginning of May, after a peak in January and then stagnation since mid-March, INSEE indicates in its weekly death toll on Friday. during the Covid-19 epidemic. While 2,150 deaths were recorded daily on average in January, then 2,040 in February and just under 1,900 in March and April, this number fell to 1,740 deaths per day on average during the first half of May. , then to just over 1,600 over the period from May 16 to June 7 – latest figures available – according to the National Institute of Statistical Studies.
June 18, 2021 3:26 PM
Austria offers one million doses of vaccines to the Balkans. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Friday that he wanted to offer one million doses of vaccine against the coronavirus to the countries of the Balkans, at the end of a conference with the leaders of this region. “We will deliver a million doses of vaccines from Austria to the Western Balkans from August and by the end of the year”Sebastian Kurz told reporters. He thus received in Vienna leaders of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia. The head of the Austrian government did not reveal the distribution of deliveries between countries and a spokesman for the chancellery said that these donations would mainly consist of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
June 18, 2021 2:51 PM
A Belgian judge forced AstraZeneca to deliver 50 million doses, less than the number demanded by the EU. To end the conflict between the pharmaceutical company and the European Union, a Belgian judge has ruled: AstraZeneca will have to deliver 50 million doses of its anti-Covid vaccine to the 27 countries of the EU, in three stages by the end September, under penalty of financial penalties. The judgment was welcomed by both parties. The EU, which received only 30 of the 120 million doses promised in the first quarter, initially demanded that the additional 90 million be paid to it by June 30, under penalty of penalties.
June 18, 2021 2:37 PM
The Delta variant accounts for almost 90% of new cases in Moscow. According to Sergei Sobyanin, mayor of the city, this explains the virulence of the current epidemic wave. “According to the latest data we have obtained, 89.3% of patients are infected with a coronavirus which has mutated, says Delta, the Indian variant. And it’s more aggressive, spreads faster“, He affirmed on the antenna of the television channel Pervi Kanal.
Jun 18, 2021 12:17 PM
In Spain, the mask will no longer be compulsory outdoors from June 26. After several deadly waves, the country’s health situation has improved markedly, making it possible to reduce health measures. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday during a trip to Barcelona that “this weekend will be the last with masks outdoors“. He also specifies that this measure will be formally adopted on Thursday during an extraordinary council of ministers.
Jun 18, 2021 11:21 am
Israel will provide the Palestinian Authority with one million vaccines. Champion of vaccination, the Hebrew state will transfer doses of Pfizer which are about to expire, after an agreement signed between the two parties and announced on Friday. “Israel has signed an agreement with the Palestinian Authority and will supply approximately one million doses of the expired Pfizer vaccine and will receive in return the doses that the Pfizer company was to send to the Palestinian Authority.The Prime Minister’s office and the Israeli defense and health ministries said in a joint statement.
Jun 18, 2021 10:17 AM
In Tokyo, the vaccination of members of the organization of the Olympics begins. Thousands of Olympic volunteers and officials began to be vaccinated on Friday in Tokyo, just over a month before the start of the Games. While the controversy continues over the organization of the competition in the midst of a pandemic, Japanese organizers are now in the home stretch before the opening ceremony scheduled for July 23. They have just further reduced the number of foreign participants accepted in the country for the Games to 53,000, not counting around 15,500 athletes. This figure is well below the 177,000 people initially planned.
Jun 18, 2021 9:34 am
Cluster at the American Embassy in Kabul. The United States Embassy in Kabul has ordered strict containment of its staff after the appearance of a «important» focus of Covid-19 cases, in full withdrawal of American soldiers from Afghanistan. According to an internal memo, 114 diplomatic mission employees contracted the novel coronavirus and “Are placed in solitary confinement”, while one person died and “Several others were the subject of a medical evacuation”.
June 18, 2021 9:22 a.m.
Moscow is closing its fan-zone. The city of Moscow announced Friday to close its Euro football fan-zone and to ban any entertainment event bringing together more than 1,000 people due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. “We are stopping mass entertainment events for a while, and we must also shut down the dance halls and the fan zone for a while” at the Luzhniki Olympic complex, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his website. The Russian capital recorded 9,056 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, a record since the start of the epidemic, and Russia, with 17,262 contaminations, is the highest since February 1, according to statistics released on Friday.
June 18, 2021 9:21 am
10,000 cases in 24 hours in the UK. British health authorities on Thursday recorded 11,007 new cases of coronavirus contamination in 24 hours, exceeding 10,000 for the first time since the end of February against the backdrop of a surge of the Delta variant initially detected in India. The country in Europe most bereaved by the pandemic with 127,945 dead, the United Kingdom saw its health situation improve markedly in the spring thanks to a long confinement and a very effective vaccination campaign. But the feeling of victory in the face of the virus is clouded by the sudden degradation observed in recent times. This trend, marked by a 33.7% jump in contamination in one week, forced the British government on Monday to postpone the total lifting of health restrictions by four weeks.
United States President Joe Biden became the thirteenth American head of state to be received by the Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom to drink the traditional tea. The president arrived with his wife Jill Biden at Windsor Castle this Sunday after the closing of the G7 summit in Cornwall, where the leaders of the main world powers pledged to donate until the end of 2022 billion doses of vaccines for the developing countries.
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During her time in the United Kingdom a friendship emerged and that is that the American first lady maintains a close relationship with Henry of Sussex, the youngest son of the heir to the British throne and who has just become the father of Lilibeth Diana Mountbatten-Windsor junto a Meghan de Sussex.
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The welcome to Biden was made with a military parade at the residence where the monarch is located after leaving Buckingham Palace at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The couple were received in the castle dating from the 11th century by the Guard of Honor, made up of the first battalion of grenadier guards of the Queen’s Company. After the military salute, the United States anthem was heard and the inspection of troops was given.
After the official acts, the moment of conversation came where Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, 95 years old, Joe Biden, 78, and the first lady Jill Biden, 70, enjoyed an English tea inside the building.
Friendship between Enrique and Jill
During the Bidens’ trip there was also a visit to a Cornish school where the American First Lady and Catherine of Cambridge, representing the British royal family, they shared with the children. During questions from the press it was revealed that Jill Biden maintains a great friendship with Henry of Sussex, brother of William of Cambridge, how did you get close?
The meeting with the queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom It was given a week after the birth of Lilibeth Diana in the United States, the second daughter of the Dukes of Sussex who already have Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Henry of Sussex He has known the American President and his wife for a long time. The son of Diana of Wales coincided in 2012 with Jill Biden at a reception at the British embassy in Washington.
In 2013, she and Michelle Obama They invited him to a picnic for military children at the White House. Following this, when Prince Harry began seeking support for the launch of the Invictus Games, Jill Biden he did not hesitate to travel to London. In 2015 both Obama and Biden helped him again in a competition that took place in Virginia.
There was not everything, because in 2016 the Invictus Games were held in Orlando with the presence again of Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, who attended with their husbands Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
The relationship is so close that a photo of him became important on Twitter after the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States, in what was a totally anecdotal event. A collaborator of Bill Clinton shared an image of when the former president and his wife Hillary greeted the new president and on the back wall appears Harry of England dressed in his military uniform in Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. The image dates from 2013.
After your visit to Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, whom the G7 leaders met during a formal reception in Cornwall on Friday 11 June, President Joe Biden He will travel to Belgium, where he will participate in the NATO summit in Brussels on Monday and another between the US and the European Union on Tuesday.
Queen Elizabeth was the guest of the Big Lunch on Friday June 11 in Cornwall. Not shrinking from any challenge, the sovereign refused to use a knife to share the dessert, preferring a sword.
On Friday June 11, Elizabeth II went to the Big Lunch reception which took place in the botany garden of the Eden Project, in Cornwall. This event, which aims to bring together several communities around a lunch, will be part of the celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. On the occasion of this visit, the 94-year-old sovereign honored her hosts to cut the cake, but with a certain touch of originality.
The queen agreed to use a small sword, the one that had belonged to Edward Bolitho, formerly Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall. She even insisted on using it. The Mirror reports that an assistant offered her a knife, to which Elizabeth II reportedly replied: “I know there are, but it is more unusual”. It still took the help of his daughter-in-law Camilla Parker Bowles to achieve this, all under the amused gaze of Kate Middleton who had accompanied them.
Meeting with the G7
A few minutes earlier, the three crowned heads were in the presence of the heads of G7 member states for a reception which also took place at the Eden Project. This year, the United Kingdom is indeed hosting the group’s 47th summit. The British royal family therefore mobilized to welcome them, and on this occasion, some official visits and receptions were organized.
The Portuguese manager of the banking sector António Horta-Osório was awarded this Saturday by Queen Isabel II with the degree of knight of the Order of the British Empire, becoming entitled to the title of “Sir” before his name.
The former chief executive of Lloyds Bank was recognized by the monarch for “important service to UK taxpayers over the past 10 years, leading Lloyds Banking Group from the brink of collapse back to profitability.”
The effort to place the customer at the center of the bank’s concerns, the creation of a culture of greater equity and social responsibility are also mentioned, namely in the promotion of minorities and women for management positions.
The Portuguese also led the process of reprivatizing the bank, which was 43% owned by the state when it took office in 2011, following support given during the 2008 financial crisis.
“The progress he has spurred at the bank has enabled the Ministry of Finance to fully return the bank to the private sector, returning 21.2 billion pounds (24.7 billion euros) to the taxpayer: 900 million pounds (1,050 billion euros) more than what was originally invested”, stresses the recognition note.
In a statement issued after the award, Antonio Horta-Osorio said he was “profoundly honored to receive such a prestigious distinction.”
“I have spent more than half of my professional life in the UK and it has been a great privilege to have led Lloyds Banking Group for a decade. While it is a personal recognition, I would like to think it reflects the efforts of many thousands of colleagues,” he added.
The distinction was announced in the List of Annual Decorations awarded on the occasion of the monarch’s official birthday, celebrated today (although it turned 95 on April 21), when it bestows dozens of people on the recommendation of the Government.
This year, many are recognized for their work during the covid-19 pandemic, including scientists such as Andrew Pollard of Oxford University and Sarah Gilbert, who were involved in developing the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
The list includes various types of professionals, from the healthcare sector to politicians, artists, sportsmen or ordinary citizens who have served the community.
The title of Knight is one of the highest in the Order of the British Empire, as is the title of Dama, awarded in 2010 to the painter Paula Rego.
After leaving Lloyds in April, António Horta-Osório took over as chairman of the board of directors of Credit Suisse, ending 28 years of executive roles in banking, as CEO (chairman of the executive committee), first at Santander and then at Lloyds Bank.
His career began in banking at Citibank in 1987, followed by Goldman Sachs in New York and London.
In 1993, he was invited by Emilio Botín to join Santander, having created Banco Santander de Negócios Portugal, becoming executive vice-president of the Santander group in 1999.
Horta-Osório took over the leadership of Lloyds Bank in March 2011, at the invitation of the British Government and Finance Minister George Osborne to turn the bank around following Lloyds’ takeover of HBOS (another British bank), which led to the State entry in the capital, with 39%.
Today, Lloyds is already the UK’s largest digital bank, with over 16 million digital customers, and the only one with an integrated platform of financial products, including banking and insurance products, and has the largest shareholder base in the country with more than 2.4 million shareholders.
The bank ended the first quarter of the year with a net profit of 1,397 million pounds (1,606 million euros), 191% more than in the same period last year.
The UK has recorded 17 deaths and 8,125 cases of covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the latest official data, which this Friday also confirmed that the Delta variant is 60% more transmissible.
A study published this Friday by the Directorate General of Health in England (Public Health England, PHE) indicates that the estimate is higher than the previous one, mentioned by Health Minister Matt Hancock earlier this week, of being 40% more contagious compared to the Alpha variant, itself more transmissible than the early variants of the new coronavirus.
According to the PHE, 42,323 cases of this variant first identified in India were identified, up from 29,892 a week ago, representing more than 90% of the total infections in the country.
However, the body finds it “encouraging” to note that the progression of the variant is not accompanied by an increase in hospitalizations of the same proportions.
Fewer than 1,000 patients with the new coronavirus are currently in British hospitals and, of the 42 deaths infected with this variant, 23 were not vaccinated.
“The data indicate that the vaccination program continues to mitigate the impact of this variant” in populations where the number of people who received two doses of the vaccine is high, stresses the public body.
These different factors will inform British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision next week whether or not to advance to the fourth stage of the decontamination plan on June 21, when all restrictions in England should be lifted.
The rise in the Transmissibility Index (Rt) between 1.2 and 1.4 in England reflects the impact of the Delta variant in the country, which had been experiencing a decline in the number of cases since January.
As of Thursday, seven deaths and 7,393 cases had been reported.
In the last seven days, between June 5th and 11th, the daily average was nine deaths and 6,556 cases, which corresponds to an increase of 10.9% in the number of deaths and 58.1% in the number of infections in relation to seven days earlier.
Since December, 41,088.485 people have been inoculated with a first dose of a vaccine against covid-19, which corresponds to 78% of the adult population.
A total of 29,165,140 people, or 55.4% of the adult population, have also received the second dose.
Since the start of the pandemic, 127,884 deaths from covid-19 have been reported out of a total of 4,550,944 confirmed infections in the UK.
During his most recent trip to the UK with Joe Biden, the first American lady “shadows” the Melania Trump when wearing a coat with a loving message: “Love”, word engraved in beads and meaning “love”.
The comparison with the former first lady is unavoidable, as in 2018 Melania wore a green military jacket with a very different written message: “I really don’t care (I don’t really care).” At the time, Melania wore the coat while visiting a health center. detention of migrant children on the Texas-Mexico border, a move that led many to interpret their choice of coat as a commentary on the crisis detained children faced after their husband, then President Donald Trump, established a policy of separating migrant children from their parents.
Three years later, it is believed that Jill Biden wanted to respond to this situation by wearing the “Love” coat“I think we’re bringing love from America,” the first lady told a group of reporters after arriving in the UK with her husband, advances to Hollywood Life. “This is a global conference, and we are trying to bring unity across the globe.” And I think it is necessary, at this moment, for people to feel a sense of unity on the part of all countries and to feel a sense of hope after this year of the pandemic,” he says, making his position on the US migration policy.
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This Wednesday Great Britain recorded 7,450 new contaminations.
LBritain on Wednesday recorded the highest number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus since the end of February, according to the latest data published.
Thus, Wednesday morning, there were 7,450 new laboratory-confirmed contaminations, a daily number that had not been reached since February 26, according to the British government.
Six deaths also add to the heavy toll of 127,860 victims who succumbed to the Covid-19 pandemic.
One in 10 regions has an incidence greater than 100 contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants, which had not been reached since March 23. In addition, 309 of the 380 UK local authorities recorded an increase in cases on a weekly basis. This is the highest proportion since the beginning of January. These figures are valid for seven days, until June 5.
Good news, however, hospital admissions do not appear to be impacted by this increase in cases. This tends to prove the effectiveness of vaccination.
Contamination has been on the rise in Great Britain since the beginning of the month. As of June 1, only 3,165 new infections had been recorded, a number that doubled in three days. The figures, however, remain lower at the start of the year when the national statistics office estimated that more than a million people had been infected with Covid-19 the week of January 2.
The UK thought it was out of business. Three-quarters of its population has received a first injection of the vaccine, and more than 26 million adults have received their full immunizations. But the Indian variant, also called Delta or B1617.2, came to question the effectiveness of this campaign, not only because it spreads faster, but also because it seems to have an immune escape effect. : vaccination would be less effective against it.