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Coronavirus: no deaths in UK, surge in Southeast Asia

The United Kingdom recorded a day without death from covid-19, a first since July 30, and several other countries continue to lighten their health arrangements, while the pandemic is getting worse in South Asia. Is.

To hope to defeat the coronavirus, “global action” is needed to ensure a more equitable distribution of vaccines, warned Tuesday the heads of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Trade Organization ( WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

In this regard, the WHO at the same time granted its emergency approval to the Chinese Sinovac vaccine, which can thus integrate the Covax system for making serums available in disadvantaged countries.

But, a sign of the difficulties in this area, at the same time as the publication in the daily The Washington Post of this international call to the leaders of the planet to a “new commitment”, we learned that the European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan had maintained before the WTO their reservations about a possible lifting of the patents concerning these vaccines.

A point of view that does not share the Brics group (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) which continues to campaign for the suspension of these title deeds.

– Good news in the northern hemisphere –

Passers-by in London on June 1, 2021 (AFP – JUSTIN TALLIS)

The best news of the day on the pandemic front came from London, where health services said they had recorded no deaths from the disease in 24 hours.

However, contaminations (3,165 cases in 24 hours) are on the rise and the Delta variant has pushed the British authorities to pause deconfinement in much of Scotland.

A wind of optimism, however, continues to blow in Israel which, after a massive vaccination campaign, eased its health restrictions a little more on Tuesday. The arrival of foreign visitors is always subject to drastic conditions.

The airports in the United States for their part experienced Friday and Monday, on the occasion of the first extended weekend of the summer season, their highest attendance since March 2020.

Some states like West Virginia are also trying to boost vaccination with lotteries to win pick-ups, fishing licenses or stays in natural parks.

Canada for its part will authorize a different vaccine between the 1st and the 2nd dose.

A vaccination center deserted in Washington on June 1, 2021 (AFP - Anita BEATTIE)

A vaccination center deserted in Washington on June 1, 2021 (AFP – Anita BEATTIE)

Russia has announced that it will resume its air links with several European countries and Algeria has relaunched an Algiers-Paris air link, after more than a year of closure.

And the European Union on Tuesday commissioned its technical platform intended to ensure the interoperability of “health passes” which will allow travel between member states from July 1, the European Commission said. The document will be recognized by all of the Twenty-Seven.

– Strong concerns in Southeast Asia –

People are lining up to get her vaccinated on May 31, 2021 in Phnom Penh (AFP - TANG CHHIN Sothy)

People are lining up to get her vaccinated on May 31, 2021 in Phnom Penh (AFP – TANG CHHIN Sothy)

On the other hand, strong concern prevails in several countries in Southeast Asia, from Thailand to Vietnam, which have seen the number of coronavirus cases soar in recent weeks, against the backdrop of the slow start of vaccination.

This region had been less affected than others by the first waves of the pandemic and some nations had almost escaped it after quickly closing their borders and putting in place very severe devices on their territory.

With nearly 2,800 dead since the start of the pandemic, 40% of which in May alone, Malaysia on Tuesday imposed a strict two-week confinement on its 32 million inhabitants. A series of daily new case records have been broken in recent days.

A strong degradation attributed to the new variants as well as to the gatherings during Ramadan and the Islamic holiday of Eid-el-fitr, often in defiance of sanitary rules.

Meanwhile, in India, thousands of doctors wore black armbands on Tuesday to demand the arrest of a popular guru who says yoga can prevent getting sick from Covid-19 and that conventional medicine has killed thousands of people. patients.

The WHO announced Tuesday that only one of three sublines of the Delta variant of covid-19, first detected in India, is still considered “of concern”, the other two having been downgraded.

In Latin America, the Copa América will finally be played in Brazil. After the withdrawals of Colombia then Argentina, the kickoff of the competition can be given on June 13 after the confirmation of the government on Tuesday.

Aerial view of the cemetery of Comas, near Lima (Peru) on June 1, 2021 (AFP - Ernesto BENAVIDES)

Aerial view of the cemetery of Comas, near Lima (Peru) on June 1, 2021 (AFP – Ernesto BENAVIDES)

In total, the coronavirus has killed more than 3.55 million people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported its appearance at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from sources official, the United States (595,205 deaths) and Brazil (465,199) remaining the most battered.

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