First modification: 07/29/2021 – 14:40
The data of the Japanese capital are worrying in the heat of celebration of the Olympic Games. In a week, Tokyo has practically doubled infections amid a widespread rebound across Japan. In other news, France called on the United Kingdom to end the mandatory quarantine and Poland is studying mandatory vaccination of health personnel.
The pandemic continues to register worrying data, especially among the countries with the highest percentage of the population that has not been vaccinated. With much of the planet pending the Tokyo Olympic Games, the situation in Japan is particularly worrying, which still does not have a high percentage of immunized people.
Meanwhile, in Europe infections are also on the rise, although high vaccination has allowed deaths to not saturate hospitals.
To date, a total of 196 million people have been infected worldwide, of which 4.1 million have died from the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Around 4 billion doses have been applied worldwide.
Next, all the news related to the pandemic on this July 29, 2021:
- Tokyo doubles the number of infections in a week in the Olympic Games
Tokyo, the host city of the Olympic Games, registered 3,865 cases in the last day. This figure practically doubles the daily cases of a week ago and is especially worrying when the Olympics have not even reached the halfway point of their duration.
The data show that the main cause of this situation is the Delta variant, which, as in other parts of the world, seems to be the most widespread in Japan. This country has only partially or totally immunized those over 60 years of age, so young people are the most affected.
The Japanese authorities assure that this boom has nothing to do with the Olympic Games since they maintain that the ‘bubble’ created around these events is working. Most of the participating athletes are vaccinated against the disease and also have no outside contact.
Despite this, this Thursday 24 infections were announced between people related to the Games, of which three were athletes. So far, 193 positives for Covid-19 have been detected in people participating in the Games, of which 20 affect athletes.
These sporting events are turning out to be one of the most unique in history as there are no audiences in the stands and the Japanese can only enjoy them through television. Many of the Japanese citizens have been against celebrating the Olympics due to the bad situation that the country has in health matters.
However, many critics say that the Olympics do have to do with the increase in cases. Many Japanese would be gathering at home or at family events to watch the major disciplines their Olympic team competes in.
The overall situation in Japan is not much better. In addition to prolonging the state of emergency in prefectures such as Tokyo or Okinawa, the authorities are considering declaring it in four more prefectures.
- France describes the quarantine imposed by the United Kingdom as “discriminatory”
The United Kingdom decided to lift the mandatory quarantine of all travelers from the United States and the European Union except France, something that has not sat well at the Elysee and that they have classified as “discriminatory”. London’s decision was justified due to the alleged presence of the Beta variant in the Gallic country.
From Paris they assure that this decision is “unjustified” because this variant, from South Africa, barely represents 5% of total infections. “It is excessive and incomprehensible. It is a decision that has no scientific basis and that is discriminatory”, said the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, to the chain ‘LCI’.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has begun a dialogue with the United Kingdom to withdraw this measure that they consider harmful from France. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has already contacted Boris Johnson to discuss the matter.
France also reacted with astonishment to the decision of the United States to veto the access of Europeans even if they are vaccinated “except out of imperative necessity.” This question is surprising in the Elysee because the United States is allowing citizens of Latin America to enter without problems, even if they are not vaccinated, despite the fact that the situation in this region is much worse.
- Poland studies compulsory vaccination for health personnel
Poland could join the list of European countries that began to force their health personnel to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to minimize their risks from the pandemic. Along with them would be required teachers and officials in contact with large groups.
“Some teachers are not vaccinated and this professional group is exposed to infection through frequent contact with children,” said Andrzej Horban, chairman of the scientific advisory group set up during the pandemic in Poland. This obligation could be extended to workers facing the public, such as those who work in commerce.
This obligation to certain labor groups has already been approved in nations such as France, where numerous restrictions have also been imposed on those who do not want to be immunized against Covid-19.
In Poland there have also been numerous protests against vaccines and the use of masks in closed spaces. Poland is one of the countries with the most skeptical people with the doses precisely next to France. The Polish Ombudsman has already expressed doubts about the imposition of vaccination on these people.
With EFE and Reuters