In France green pass obligation on airplanes and trains from 7 or 10 August. In Japan 3 thousand positives a day
The United Kingdom reopens not only on the domestic front but also on the external borders, betting everything, in one case or another, on the effectiveness of vaccines: on those insured at home by now in the tens of millions, as on those (identical) administered in USA and in the EU area, including Italy. The turning point in this last regard was announced today with the awaited formalization by the government of Boris Johnson of the revocation from 2 August of the precautionary quarantine for all those who arrive on the island from overseas or from continental Europe. Provided they are doubly vaccinated in the countries of origin. The easing is currently only valid for England, the nation by far the largest among those that make up the Kingdom and the only one over which the central British Tory government has full competence in matters of health emergency. While for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland a decision will be up to local governments by virtue of devolution. However, this is a significant novelty, potentially involving millions of travelers and tourists arriving from next week in London or any other English location. And that in terms of reciprocity follows the recognition of vaccines carried out in the Kingdom already guaranteed (with the exemption from quarantine for arrivals from across the Channel) by about twenty EU states, but not yet from Italy. “We want to help people living in the United States or in European countries to reunite with their families and friends in the United Kingdom”, underlined the Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps, specifying that anyone who will disembark from these areas starting from next Monday he will simply have to present a negative anti-Covid test issued in the place of origin and carry out a control over the Channel two days after entry: exactly as already foreseen for a few days only for resident and vaccinated travelers on the island who repatriate from the destinations of the so-called orange (or amber) list. Lightening pleases the tourism industry and many people with their suitcases ready. But it does not convince a part of the medical-scientific world (already divided in London and its surroundings on the timing and the extent of the end of internal restrictions decreed by Johnson in England starting from the so-called Freedom Day of last July 19). While it is openly criticized by the Labor opposition, which still says it is worried by the spread of infections fueled by the new Delta variant (which went up beyond the Channel in the last 24 hours from 23,500 to 27,700 approximately), as well as by the risk of being able to import other new mutations of the virus: in particular from the US where, observes Angela Rayner, deputy leader of Labor, “there is no national health system like us” and vaccination certification therefore does not offer absolute guarantees of verification, varying between state and state.
In France, the compulsory health pass for long-distance means of transport will come into force between 7 and 10 August. This was announced by the Minister of Transport, Jeran-Baptiste Djebbari, specifying that the checks will not be “systematic”, but in any case “numerous”. The measure was approved by the French parliament in the night between Sunday and Monday and “is currently being examined by the Constitutional Court, should be promulgated on 7 August and come into force in the following days, between 7 and 10 August”, explained the minister in an interview with Bfm TV. The pass, which is equivalent to the Italian green pass, will therefore be necessary for internal flights and to travel on Tgv (high-speed trains), intercity and night trains.
What is disturbing is the news that bounces back from Germany, where today the head of the German public health institute, the Robert Koch, has formalized the entry into the “fourth wave” of the pandemic of the most populous country in Western Europe. A country whose government, led by the very prudent Chancellor Angela Merkel, also avoids the state having recourse to new squeezes at least until a meeting with the ministers-presidents of the regional Laender scheduled no earlier than August 10: evidently relying in turn on the hope of a barrier effect guaranteed by the further enlargement of the population of vaccinated. Barrier effect which, moreover, the latest British data – although not yet consolidated with respect to the long-range trends of the Delta strain – seem to confirm if only in part. With a curve of new infections that returns to rise from yesterday but remains in decline on a weekly basis to date; a daily number of deaths that falls below 100; and an impact on hospital admissions still contained within the sustainable limits compared to previous waves.
Covid infections continue to rise in Tokyo, where for the first time 3000 newspapers have been exceeded. Government sources anticipate the Kyodo agency. The infections are expanding in the prefectures adjacent to the capital, Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama, and the head of the Cabinet, Katsunobu Kato, said the executive is ready to offer more assistance to hospitals, and to increase the prevention measures of the virus. .