LISBON, Portugal – Portuguese authorities have confirmed suspicions that the new delta variant of the coronavirus is causing a spike in new cases in the Lisbon region.
Portugal’s National Institute of Health said on Sunday that the highly infectious variant that was first found in India has a prevalence of 60% of new cases in the national capital.
The recent rise in infections prompted authorities last week to ban all travel to and from Lisbon on weekends. The measure came into effect on Friday. The Lisbon metropolitan area has around 2.8 million inhabitants.
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– United States sends 2.5 million doses of vaccine to Taiwan, tripling of commitment
– Ugandan Olympic team member tested positive for coronavirus
– As Brazil exceeds 500,000 dead, protests against the president
– Afghanistan strives to increase oxygen supply as infections skyrocket
– US families are angry that coronavirus restrictions still keep them away from loved ones in nursing homes, even as elderly vaccinations are rampant
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LONDON – London football stadiums have been turned into ‘super pop-up’ vaccination sites as Britain tries to get young adults vaccinated against COVID-19.
More than four-fifths of adults in the UK have received at least one injection of the vaccine, and the government wants everyone aged 18 and over to receive a vaccine by July 19, the date scheduled for the restrictions to be lifted social and economic issues.
Hundreds of people lined up at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London on Sunday, following similar events on Saturday at venues such as Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium in west London and the Olympic Stadium in the east London, home of West Ham United.
Britain is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases due to the more infectious delta variant first identified in India.
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has announced plans to allow social gatherings of up to six people and allow restaurants and cafes to operate until midnight in the densely populated Seoul area, starting on 1st of July.
Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol said on Sunday that the relaxed distancing rules were aimed at “striking a balance between quarantine and (the effort to) get back to normal amid the protracted COVID 19 pandemic” .
After a two-week transition period, health officials plan to allow gatherings of eight people in the Seoul area from July 15. Currently, authorities allow gatherings of up to four people and allow restaurants, cafes and other businesses to operate until 10 p.m.
Restrictions on the number of people at private gatherings in the area other than Seoul will be lifted.
Kwon says about 30% of South Korea’s 52 million people received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. He says South Korea reported an average of 444 new cases of the virus every day last week, down 15% from the previous week.
BEIJING – China has announced that more than one billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the country.
The National Health Commission did not say on Sunday how many people had been vaccinated. As elsewhere, most vaccines in China are given in two doses.
The pace of vaccinations has accelerated in the country of 1.4 billion people after a slow start. The total number of doses administered has doubled to 500 million in less than a month, according to government counts.
China has approved seven nationally developed vaccines and recently approved two of them for children as young as 3 years old. Regulators have not approved any non-Chinese vaccine so far, although they appear to be moving towards doing so for the one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets of cities in Brazil as the country’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed half a million.
It’s a tragedy many critics attribute to President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to downplay the disease.
Thousands of people gathered in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, waving flags that read “Get out Bolsonaro”. Other demonstrators put up posters saying: “500,000 dead. It’s his fault.”
Similar marches have taken place in at least 22 or 26 states in Brazil. They have been promoted by left-wing opposition parties who have been encouraged by the decline in Bolsonaro’s polls in the run-up to next year’s presidential race.
Bolsonaro supporters have taken to the streets more often over the past month, largely because many agree with his rejection of restrictions meant to quell the coronavirus and the anger the lockdown measures have hurt businesses.
Critics say such messages, along with Bolsonaro’s promotion of refuted treatments such as hydroxychloroquine, contributed to the rising death toll and a slow vaccination campaign that completely inoculated less than 12% of the population. population. The country of some 213 million people records nearly 100,000 new infections and 2,000 deaths a day.
MOSCOW – Russia’s National Coronavirus Task Force on Saturday reported 17,906 new infections, more than double the daily tally at the start of June.
More than half of the new infections are in Moscow, where cases have tripled this month. The growing number of cases has alarmed authorities, who have stepped up measures to hamper the spread.
Moscow, its outskirts and two other Russian regions this week ordered mandatory vaccinations for workers in retail, education and other service sectors. Moscow has closed food courts in shopping malls and restricted restaurants and bars in the capital to take out orders from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Russians are largely resistant to vaccinations and only about 12% of the population has received an injection. Nearly 5.3 million cases have been reported in the country of 146 million, with 128,911 deaths, but experts consider both figures to be underestimated.
KABUL – Afghanistan is working to increase oxygen supply as a deadly third wave of COVID-19 worsens, a senior health official told The Associated Press in an interview on Saturday.
The government is setting up oxygen supply plants in 10 provinces where up to 65% of people tested in some areas are positive, Health Ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigir Nazari said. According to WHO recommendations, anything above 5% shows authorities are not testing extensively enough, allowing the virus to spread unchecked.
Afghanistan performs just 4,000 tests a day and often much less.
The number of 24-hour infections in Afghanistan also continued to climb, rising from 1,500 at the end of May, when the health ministry already called the increase a “crisis”, to more than 2,300. this week.
LONDON – Thousands of heavy metal fans were camping, singing – and even moshing – on Saturday at Britain’s first full music festival since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The three-day Download Festival, which takes place in Donington Park in central England, is part of a series of test events to see if mass gatherings can resume without triggering COVID-19 outbreaks.
About 10,000 fans, a tenth of the festival attendance before the pandemic, have secured tickets to watch more than 40 UK-based bands, including Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet for My Valentine.
Participants all passed COVID-19 tests before the event and do not have to wear masks or follow social distancing rules during the festival.
PARIS – French police clashed with revelers as they tried to break up an unauthorized rave in western France, authorities said on Saturday. A 22-year-old man lost his hand and several others were injured in the violence, including police officers.
Tensions erupted in a field near the Breton town of Redon on Friday evening, just two days before France lifted a nighttime curfew that had been in place for more than eight months and which has sparked growing frustration among young people.
Police repeatedly fired tear gas and charged groups of violent revelers who threw metal balls, gasoline bombs and other projectiles at security forces, according to images shared online and comments from the senior government official in the region, Prefect Emmanuel Berthier. Local authorities estimated that around 1,500 people attended the event despite a local ordinance banning it.
France lifts the nighttime curfew on Sunday.
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