The most populous city in Australia, Sydney, was the epicenter of protests against the restrictive measures imposed since June 27 by the authorities due to the increase in infections. During the marches, violent acts were recorded, with an unknown number of detainees. For its part, Vietnam, faced with the Delta variant, put its capital in quarantine; while Russia, with 799 deaths, said the worst of this new wave of the virus had passed.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc and peripheral closures in numerous countries despite the majority having started their vaccination plans. Even in the places where the most progress has been made in the supply of vaccines, high data of infection are registered among the population, which has not yet received the complete guideline.
This situation is of particular concern due to the possible mutations that infections can generate and how they can affect the effectiveness of the doses. Until now, there is no evidence that any of the strains located throughout the world have been able to pose a real danger to vaccines.
Likewise, there is concern about the increase in cases in the nations that make up Southeast Asia, which has caused peripheral confinements to return.
To date, 193.1 million people are known to have been infected with the disease, of which 4.1 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The positive data is that 3,808 million people around the world have already been inoculated.
Next, the most outstanding news about Covid-19, this Saturday, July 24, 2021:
- Arrests in Sydney, in the framework of protests against new confinements
The increase in cases in Australia has led to the reaction of the authorities and the closure of much of the essential activities. This situation has in turn caused the anger of hundreds of citizens who took to the streets of the country this Saturday in the face of what they consider a violation of their freedom, starring in Sydney – the most populated city – in the largest marches.
Australia has been characterized by its strong isolation from the epidemic, which has allowed the country not to suffer like other nations, which have been on the brink of collapse. And even with restrictions since June 27 that prohibit its citizens from leaving home, Sydney has registered negative data. During these measures, any type of gathering of people is strictly prohibited.
That is one of the reasons why thousands marched, leading the protest into direct confrontations with the police. On the day, in addition, road blockades were registered throughout the city.
The citizens who came out to demonstrate denounced what they consider to be a violation of their rights to freedom and demonstration. Although, the local police responded by assuring that, although they “respect” these basic rights, the current sanitary regulations restrict them temporarily.
Unmasked participants marched from Sydney’s Victoria Park to City Hall in the central business district, carrying signs calling for ‘freedom’ and ‘truth’.
Australian Health Minister Brad Hazzard responded to the comments: “We live in a democracy and I’m usually one who supports people’s rights to protest. But right now we have skyrocketing cases and we have people who think it’s okay. go out and possibly be close to each other at a demonstration. “
The authority of New South Wales, the state to which Sydney belongs, confirmed the record of 163 infections per day. In addition to this state, more than half of the 25 million inhabitants that the country has are under extraordinary rules of confinement, especially in large cities.
- Vietnam Faces Worst Virus Wave Since Pandemic Start
The Delta variant of the disease is wreaking havoc in Vietnam. The capital of the Asian country, Hanoi, had to be totally confined to the highest wave of infections since the pandemic began, a year and a half ago.
The last 48 hours have been very negative in terms of the increase in cases and hospitalizations, which is why the authorities announced on Friday night – unexpectedly – that the capital would be completely closed for the next few weeks. This means that 4.6 million citizens will not have permission to circulate freely.
The measures are the usual ones: prohibition to leave the house except for exceptional situations, closure of non-essential sectors and veto to meetings that exceed two people. These rules are similar to those that Ho Chi Minh City has experienced since July 9.
Although Vietnam allegedly managed to successfully contain the virus during the first waves of the pandemic, it is now facing the worst of times as it observes that its vaccination process is not going as fast as it should to try to contain the cases. Only 324,000 people of the 97 million inhabitants of the country have been fully immunized.
- Russia registers 799 deaths, keeping Moscow as its epicenter
Russia continues to post high data for daily deaths from Covid-19, despite the apparent decline in daily cases at a general level. Moscow continues to be the national epicenter of this health crisis, having 105 deaths.
Russian authorities are confident that the nation has already passed the peak of this wave, one of the worst since the pandemic began, and they believe that vaccination will prevent the next waves of the virus from causing more deaths.
Russia has entrusted most of its program to the national Sputnik V vaccine, and so far some 35 million Russians have been inoculated with at least one dose. Figures that still do not serve to cushion the impact of the current coronavirus.
In Moscow, according to local authorities, about 90,000 people are inoculated daily. Russia expects 80% of its population to be immunized against Covid-19 on November 1.
- Tunisia sees its highest death toll
Nor does the situation appear to be the best in North Africa, where Tunisia – one of the best positioned states on the continent in terms of access to vaccines – broke records of daily deaths from the disease. In the last 24 hours, the country suffered 317 deaths, surpassing a total of 18,000 losses.
Regarding infections, the latest official balance reported 5,600 new cases, bringing the total to more than 563,000 positives.
The authorities ensure that all efforts are focused on the acquisition of new vaccines. The nation’s president, Kaïs Saied, affirmed that in the next few weeks 5 million Tunisians will receive immunization. Tunisia recently received a donation of 4.5 million doses from the European Union, Saudi Arabia and China.
Despite these data, the Government rules out a general confinement due to the economic repercussions it would have on a country that lives off tourism and has been facing a serious crisis for years. However, 21 out of 24 regions have acted, shutting down completely because of the virus.
Tunisia faces a serious problem of sensitizing citizens to get vaccinated. Since March, only 4 million people have signed up for the program that inoculates the population against the virus.
With AP and EFE