The fourth wave of Covid and its variant D advances in Britain. One in every 75 people has had coronavirus, in a sign that made them uneasy. They have launched the experiment of opening everything in England when the rate of the epidemic is very high. It is the highest since the end of January.
The National Statistics Office estimated that the number of positive tests in the community was 741,700 cases in the week of July 17. The week before it had been 1 in 95 people.
A real challenge for the government, which has decided to lift the isolations marked by the “pìng”, which are received in its British health service system by those who are in contact with people infected with the virus.
Like the “ping” had left more than 600,000 people isolatedWith supermarkets with empty shelves because the isolated ones included the repositores, the truck drivers, the food producers, they had to change it.
This Friday they should not be isolated but take a daily test to come to work and avoid shortages.
“We apologize”: a sign explains that products are missing from a supermarket shelf in London this Friday. Photo. BLOOMBERG
Limits to the controversial “ping”.
But Environment Secretary George Eustice said the exceptions for food chain workers do not include other sectors, such as bars, restaurants and hotels.
They will continue to suffer the “Pingdemic”, as the phenomenon of the alert pin is called, which indicates that it must be isolated until a certain day and time and for as many days.
At least 10,000 workers in 500 places in the family supply industry will benefit from the measure, including food warehouses in 170 supermarkets, which suffered with their empty shelves. You will be tested daily.
But a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Panel said the British health service must refine its warning instrument. If the person is vaccinated, there is no point in isolating himself for four weeks, according to them. It has no value in controlling the epidemic.
An employee carries oxygen tubes for patients in front of a hospital in London. Photo: EFE
The French health passport model is going to be imitated by Great Britain too, when the Delta variant is 80 percent in France and on the Côte d’Azur. In busy beach areas, the chinstrap has once again become mandatory.
British Vaccination Minister Nadhim Zahawi said that passport will be required at football matches, festivals and concerts.
Beyond that some conservative deputies want to boycott the party conference in protest. They are they want to privilege the economy over health.
Zahawi said that “it is what must be done” to prevent the spread of the epidemic, which in Europe is already considered the fourth wave of Covid.
The official ruled out that they should be used in supermarkets and schools. But he listed that presentation in cinemas, concerts, conference centers and sports stadiums.
A coronavirus vaccination center in London. Photo: EFE
Delta variant advances in France
In France, variant D today represents the majority of those infected. Covid is gaining ground, in the south and southwest, where holidaymakers are concentrated. In the Eastern Pyrenees, Upper Corsica and Herault the chinstrap has been reinstalled, as in 48 other communes, such as St Tropez, Hyéres and Toulon.
In Landes, the incident rate doubled in a week: it went from 44 to 124 per 100,000 inhabitants. A delicate sign for vacationers because hospitalizations are also increasing.
The infectologists warn that the mask is essential because with this variant “we can get infected outside.”
But, at the same time, they warn that expands rapidly. An area that is orange turns red in a short time because the variant is extremely contagious. They prefer to test everyone to isolate the asymptomatic.
The health passport is already used in France. Photo: AFP
Although your health passport will be imitated by Great Britain, Italy and Spain, the French unions are furious because they consider it “transgressive of the law, dangerous and disturbing to see a reason for discharge by the employee for a reason appear for the first time relevant to his private life, “as the CFE-CGC wrote in a statement.
In the absence of a health passport, French employees can be suspended from their jobs. The text has been adopted at first reading in the French National Assembly and must be examined by the Senate.
It establishes that wage earners and public employees who do not have a health passport where it is mandatory will be subject to a procedure for suspending the employment contract Without remuneration.
The employee must present the required document. If you do not have it, you must ask for a vacation or if you can be temporarily transferred to another position or be suspended until the end of your vaccination cycle. If it exceeds two months, it may be a reason for discharge.
The Medef, which brings together the captains of the industry, supports the official project. “This bill that favors vaccinated people is a good thing,” said Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux.
“Vaccination is the most effective way to fight the epidemic. But the CFE-CGC is in total opposition to the provision of licensing for the health pass ”, they maintained.
The CGT called on the parliamentarians “to measure the social consequences of this law, which may lead to the suspension of their remuneration and their discharge.”
French lawmakers discover that the passport becomes “a minefield”, which they had not foreseen. The amendments will be severe in the Senate, and the Constitutional Council, the highest court of justice, must rule.
The government insists that the French should get used to living with the generalized health passport to prevent hospitals from overflowing with variant D. Otherwise there will be mandatory vaccination.