The southern state of the United States suffers the onslaught of the delta variant and records approximately 20% of all new hospitalizations for Covid-19 in the country. Uruguay announced the reopening of its borders to foreigners progressively from September 1, while Bolivia resumed vaccination with Sputnik V after months of delay.
The world continues its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic with successes and defeats. Despite a successful vaccination campaign, the delta variant is ravaging the United States, especially Florida, where hospitalizations for the virus are growing exponentially.
Bolivia is fighting to speed up the immunization of its population, which demands greater organization and speed from its leaders.Meanwhile, the Government of Uruguay feels confident with its progress and announced that it will reopen its borders to foreigners after a year and a half of restrictions.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the world has accumulated 203.7 million infections of Covid-19, of which 4.3 have ended in deaths. More than 4,472.6 million doses of vaccines have been inoculated, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
These are the main news about the health crisis this Tuesday, August 10:
- Florida debates the mandatory nature of masks in the middle of a record of hospitalizations
Florida is again drawn as one of the epicenters of the pandemic in the United States. The advance of the delta variant caused a record of hospitalizations in the state, with 15,169 people admitted to health centers for Covid-19.
The alarming figure means 1,192 more patients than the previous day, which had already meant a record of hospitalizations. Intensive care units are bordering on 90% occupancy, with half of the beds housing people sick with Covid-19.
In fact, Florida has 20.7% of those hospitalized by the coronavirus in the entire United States, which has a total of 73,300 people in health centers due to Covid-19.
23% of new COVID hospitalizations in the US are in Florida, and their hospitals are being overwhelmed again.
– Jen Psaki (@PressSec) August 4, 2021
This wave of infections comes at a particularly critical time, as state schools reopen this week in full debate around the mandatory nature of masks.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Republican, is preventing schools from making masks mandatory for face-to-face classes. Spokesmen for the educational community and the health sector maintain that this puts the health of both students and teachers at risk.
In fact, DeSantis has even announced that it could suspend the salary of teachers who defy its guidelines and force students and families to wear masks at school.
US President Joe Biden said that the White House is looking for options to support professionals in the education sector who suffer retaliation for “trying to take care of their community” and prevent infections.
- Uruguay will reopen its borders after a year and a half
Starting next September 1, Uruguay will progressively reopen its borders to foreigners, after the country’s borders have been restricted since March 17, 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As announced by the president of the country from Montevideo, Luis Lacalle Pou, throughout the month of September foreign owners will be able to enter Uruguay in the country, and during the following two months all foreigners will be able to enter.
𝙀𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙟𝙚𝙧𝙤𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙣 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙞𝙚𝙙𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙨 𝙚𝙣 𝙐𝙧𝙪𝙜𝙪𝙖𝙮 𝙥𝙤𝙙𝙧á𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙖𝙧 𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙖í𝙨 𝙖 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙧 𝙙𝙚𝙡 1 ° 𝙙𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙧𝙚.
– Presidential Communication (@compresidencia) August 10, 2021
In order to reach Uruguay, tourists must present a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test.
Lacalle Pou justified the decision by the advancement of the vaccination campaign in Uruguay and warned that it is expected that on November 1 of this year 75% of the population will be fully immunized.
Currently and since January 2021, the only foreigners who could enter Uruguay were residents in the country, accredited diplomats or workers of aircraft, ships and other types of carriers. In addition, the Government also allowed specific cases of family reunification.
- Bolivia resumes vaccination with Sputnik V
The long lines and protests marked the day of resumption of vaccination of the Bolivian population with the second doses of the Russian drug Sputnik V. Some 200,000 people received the first dose and still do not have the full schedule, due to delays in the arrival of the vaccine.
Bolivian authorities announced that immunization with the drug was resuming, but many Bolivians who went to the vaccination points assured that they had not received more information. The disorganization caused discomfort for people who have been waiting for their second dose for weeks.
In some cases, such as in the city of La Paz, the annoyances turned into protests and some citizens blocked an entrance way to the urban nucleus to demand to be immunized.
The Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) in La Paz reported that it would begin vaccinating people who had received the first dose in April. Later, they will contact the immunized in May, and so on.
Bolivian authorities assure that this will guarantee the full vaccination of the 200,000 people awaiting their second dose of Sputnik V. The shortage of the drug had already sparked protests during the month of June.
- UK records highest death toll since March
This Tuesday, the United Kingdom reported 146 deaths from Covid-19, the highest total daily deaths since last March 12. This occurs despite the decrease in infections, the number of new cases fell to 23,510, from more than 25,000 that it maintained yesterday.
The figure is at least half of the 54,674 reported on July 17, just before social distancing measures were removed. Last week some 196,047 Britons were infected with Covid-19, 7% more than the previous week and the highest number this month.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, confident in the vaccination plan, allowed for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in England, as the numbers indicated that fewer people were being hospitalized thanks to the vaccines. So far, three in four British adults have received two doses of the vaccine and 90% have received at least one.
“Today we will reach a new milestone in which we have already obtained 90% of the population with one dose, today we will reach a milestone in which 75% of adults would have had two doses. And this is very important in the creation of that vaccine defense wall. It is something that is helping us to get out of this pandemic, towards normality, “said Sajid Javid, UK Health Secretary today.
The country reported 622 deaths from coronavirus in the past seven days, up 15% from the previous week, but still below the weekly death toll of more than 8,000 earlier this year.
With EFE, Reuters and AP