In Russia a record of 752 deaths in 24 hours
The wave of positives pushed by the contagious Delta variant is scary in Europe, forcing countries to back down on openings in order to contain the growing outbreaks. In Spain, Catalonia has closed discos and other nightclubs over the weekend, and a vaccination certificate will be required in order to access any outdoor event involving more than 500 people. A measure that risks compromising the fundamental tourist season for the Catalan community, an important destination for summer holidays.
Also in the Netherlands, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced a series of new restrictive measures, including the closing of all discos and restaurants at midnight, in the face of the new peak of infections that the country is experiencing: on Saturday there were over 10 thousand , a daily record since Christmas.
“The pandemic is not over and we still have significant segments of the population who have not received the vaccine,” explained Patricia Plaja, spokesperson for the Catalan Generalitat, announcing the new restrictions for the community. Cases among young people are most worrying: the Spanish Ministry of Health reported that the transmission of the coronavirus in this segment of the population has doubled in seven days.
In the Netherlands, the new wave of infections has prompted the government to back down on the easing of restrictions, while on Saturday there were 10,345 new infections, the daily maximum recorded since Christmas.
The daily average of infections is now 7.5 times higher than eleven days ago, when the figure reached a low point after the third wave of infections.
“There is a dark cloud in front of the sun,” said Prime Minister Rutte, announcing the closures for discos and restaurants. “For the moment, infection rates are exploding, mainly due to the highly contagious Delta variant. If we don’t do something, it will increase further. It is clear that the rapid spread of the virus must be nipped in the bud ”.
And it is not only in Europe that the Delta multiplies the infections. In the United States, the alarm for the variant is growing, after the country exceeded the threshold of 20,000 new cases of coronavirus infection for the fourth day in a row, a trend that had not happened since last May.
Contagions of the strain run mainly in counties where the vaccination rate is less than 40%. In Asia, South Korea experienced the third consecutive day of record contagion in 24 hours, reporting 1,378 new cases, as it prepares on Monday to impose on Seoul the toughest restrictions the capital has seen since the start of the crisis. The hope of the world is now placed in vaccines, which in terms of hospitalizations and deaths are proving their effectiveness, containing the numbers compared to the increase in infections.
An effect attributed to the situation in the United Kingdom, where on the eve of the European final at Wembley, there were over 32,000 daily cases from Covid – over 3,000 fewer infections since Friday – while the increase in hospitalizations and hospitalizations remain at lower levels. especially that of the dead: no more than 34 in the last 24 hours.
The most dramatic situation is experienced in countries with a lower percentage of vaccination, such as in Russia, where 752 deaths caused by Covid-19 were ascertained on Saturday, the maximum in a single day since the beginning of the epidemic.