COVID-19 infection, caused by a highly contagious strain of the Delta, is on the rise in France, Iran and Australia, where we are fixing fines and interfering with major world events such as the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which began on Tuesday.
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, has more than 50,000 new infections every day, ten times more than in early June, and a record 1,338 deaths on Monday.
On this day of Eid al-Adha, the holiday of the Sacrifice, many believers observed the instruction not to go to the mosque, but, despite the prohibitions, meetings were held around them.
In Banda Aceh, Sumatra, thousands of people stood in front of the great Baiturrahman Mosque, where vendors sold balloons in the shape of animals.
The rest stayed at home. “We usually get together with the whole family for dinner on Eid al-Adha,” says Pringgo Tricusumo, who lives near Jakarta. “But this year it’s different. I can’t see my family and I can’t go anywhere. “
Something “never seen” in France
Europe is also experiencing an explosive increase in infections, despite the sustained pace of vaccination campaigns.
In France, the number of new cases rose to 18,999 in 24 hours, a rise “never seen,” Health Minister Olivier Veran said Tuesday, who described “an increase in the circulation of the virus by about 150%. more than a week. “
Despite these numbers, the mask will no longer be mandatory in places only accessible with a health passport that can hold at least 50 people, such as theaters, sports or museums. This passport implies that “we are confident that all people who return are fully vaccinated or have recently passed a negative test,” the minister justified. On the other hand, the decision worried respected epidemiologist Dominic Costagliola, who called it a “bad idea.”
The situation is also alarming in Iran, where a new daily infection record was broken on Tuesday with 27,444 cases and 250 additional deaths.
On the eve of the main Muslim holiday, which will be celebrated here on Wednesday, the Islamic Republic ordered the closure of public services and banks for six days in Tehran, as well as in the neighboring province of Alborz. The streets of the capital were nearly deserted and most businesses closed on Tuesday.
In the United Kingdom, despite appeals from several international scientists, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted nearly all health restrictions on Monday, while the number of cases stands at 50,000 daily.
On the other side of the world, 14 of the 25 million Australians will be imprisoned from Tuesday evening in the country’s third-largest city, Adelaide, hit by such a measure, after Sydney and Melbourne.
The vast island continent, long praised for its good track record against the pandemic, is now registering hundreds of new cases per day and is struggling to stem the progression of the Delta variant, with only 11% of its population vaccinated.
At least the tests “work”
Since the end of December 2019, the pandemic has killed at least 4,100,352 people worldwide, according to a report released by AFP from official sources on Tuesday.
But in India, the death toll could be ten times the official death toll, which is currently approaching 415,000, according to a study by the US Center for Global Development.
Three days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, already postponed for a year, concern is growing in Tokyo.
Several people, including athletes, tested positive in the Olympic Village and were immediately placed in solitary confinement, as well as several others believed to be contact.
“At least we know that standard tests work and detect positive cases at an early stage,” commented Martin Doktor, head of the Czech delegation, where two positive cases were diagnosed.
In terms of vaccinations, the European Medicines Agency announced on Tuesday the launch of a “continuous testing” procedure for serum from the French laboratory Sanofi Pasteur, setting the stage for a possible request for an upcoming EU approval.