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International COVID-19 instances now over 200m

The variety of COVID-19 infections recorded worldwide handed 200 million on Thursday, an AFP rely confirmed, because the pandemic surges world wide, significantly within the Asia-Pacific area the place the Australian metropolis of Melbourne locked down once more.

The extremely contagious Delta variant has pushed the virus to return with a vengeance, the variety of day by day instances recorded worldwide rising by 68 per cent since mid-June.

However as extra of the world will get vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus – significantly in rich nations – the variety of deaths has elevated at a slower price, up 20 per cent because the begin of July, in keeping with AFP’s rely.

In Australia, which had initially fended off the virus by slamming shut its borders, nearly two-thirds of the 25 million inhabitants had been in lockdown on Thursday because the nation struggles to quash a Delta outbreak.

The nation’s two largest cities obtained a double blow of their efforts to retain “Covid Zero” standing, with a file variety of new instances in Sydney and Melbourne imposing its sixth lockdown.

Little greater than per week after Melbourne’s final lockdown ended, Victoria premier Daniel Andrews mentioned he had “no alternative” to lock down town and the remainder of the state.

“None of us are joyful to be right here, none of us,” he mentioned, citing the hazard posed by eight new “thriller” instances that had but to be traced.

Round two thousand protesters took to the streets chanting “no extra lockdown”, and the police responded in large numbers, making arrests and utilizing pepper spray to disperse the group.

– Southeast Asia ravaged –

The Delta variant has been working rampant in Southeast Asia, with Thailand recording 20,000 new day by day instances for the primary time on Wednesday — and once more on Thursday.

The nation additionally introduced 160 deaths in 24 hours, as exhausted morgue employees wrestle to deal with the mounting our bodies.

“I’ve seen our personnel faint fairly a number of occasions currently so fatigue is certainly beginning to set in and we’re nearly at our limits,” forensic scientist Thanitchet Khetkham informed AFP.

Indonesia’s complete Covid dying toll handed 100,000 on Wednesday after it recorded 1,739 of the ten,245 fatalities registered worldwide, the worldwide toll rising previous 4.25 million.

Japan’s capital Tokyo had a brand new file variety of day by day instances with 5,042, simply three days earlier than the top of the Olympics.

Africa additionally posted a brand new file with the 6,400 deaths within the week to August 1, representing the continent’s most because the begin of the pandemic, the World Well being Organisation mentioned. 

Habib Sagna, a cemetery supervisor in Senegal’s Dakar, mentioned that in a traditional week, they might maintain six or seven funerals.

“However now, we will do six or seven in a single day,” he informed AFP.

– Vaccine inequality –

The USA stays the nation with the best variety of deaths and infections, nevertheless, it mentioned that it plans ultimately to start permitting totally vaccinated foreigners again in.

A White Home official mentioned that the US administration desires to reopen the nation to guests from overseas in a “protected and sustainable method,” although with out specifying a timeframe.

On the opposite finish of the spectrum China, the place the virus first emerged in December 2019, was tightening its borders after recording its most new instances in six months.

China’s immigration authority introduced it could cease issuing abnormal passports and different paperwork wanted for exiting the nation in “non-essential and non-emergency” instances – however stopped in need of issuing a blanket ban on abroad journey.

Greek authorities in the meantime introduced Thursday new restrictions together with a curfew on the island of Zante and the Crete metropolis of Chania to battle surging infections.

In Spain, a curfew in Barcelona and most of Catalonia was prolonged for 2 weeks as hospitals come underneath strain.

Additionally on Thursday, France turned the newest nation to announce it could rollout a 3rd booster shot of a Covid vaccine from September, becoming a member of Israel and Germany.

President Emmanuel Macron’s assertion got here only a day after the World Well being Group known as on all nations to halt booster pictures till a minimum of the top of September to assist ease the drastic inequity in dose distribution between wealthy and poor nations.

Nonetheless, Washington swiftly shot down the WHO’s proposal.

“We undoubtedly really feel that it’s a false alternative and we will do each,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned.



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