Atlanta, Georgia 2021-07-22 08:46:00 –
TOKYO — The day before the Olympics, Tokyo hit a six-month high in a new coronavirus case.
Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on January 15.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and the International Olympic Committee have decided to hold the Olympic Games despite the pandemic. Suga declared Tokyo a state of emergency on July 12, but the number of daily incidents is increasing rapidly.
Audiences are banned from all Olympic venues in the Tokyo area, and some suburban sites are open to a limited number of spectators.
Emergency measures such as a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages and shortening of restaurant and bar opening hours will continue until August 22 after the Olympics end on August 8.
About 23% of the Japanese are fully vaccinated, well below the levels considered necessary to have a meaningful effect in reducing the risk to the general public.
Japan has reported about 853,000 cases and 15,100 confirmed deaths, most of which are this year.
— New in Tokyo Nearby virus cases 2,000 the day before the opening of the Olympics
— China rejects WHO Further conditions Study of COVID-19 origin
— Quoted by Merkel, Germany Increase in viral cases, Encourage vaccination
— Guinea withdraws from the Tokyo Olympics Quote coronavirus
What else is happening:
Guinea, Conakry — African country Guinea has withdrawn from the Olympics because of the coronavirus.
This decision will prevent five athletes from participating in the Tokyo Olympics. Minister Sports Sanusie Bantamasou announced on Wednesday in a letter to the President of the Guinea Olympic Committee. He blamed the virus and its variants.
Ben Dauda Nasoko, Executive Secretary of the Guinea Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press just days before a statement that the delegation had just released funds to go to Tokyo. The five athletes influenced by the decision are freestyle wrestlers, swimmers, and track and judo participants.
Guinea has participated in the Olympics 11 times but has never won a medal. North Korea is the only other country to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics because of concerns related to the coronavirus.
Delhi, India — The Government of India has rejected a recent study that estimated that the country’s over-death during a pandemic could be ten times more than the official COVID-19 victims, “misleading” and I called it “error”.
On Tuesday, a new study by the Center for Global Development estimated that over-deaths (the gap between recorded and expected deaths) have been between 3.4 million and 4.7 million since the pandemic began. The exact numbers may “prove elusiveness,” but the true death toll “is likely to be orders of magnitude higher than the official numbers,” he said.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Health issued a statement that the methodology of the study was misleading and strongly warned against ascribed all over-deaths to COVID-19.
Most experts believe that the official Indian casualties of more than 418,000 deaths are a huge underestimate, but the government has constantly dismissed these concerns as exaggerated. On Thursday, India registered more than 41,000 new cases and more than 507 official deaths. After the catastrophic surge earlier this year, the number of confirmed infections in India has been declining, but officials have warned that another surge could occur in the coming months.
Overall, India has the second highest number of cases in the world, with over 31 million confirmed infections.
According to the Vaccination Special Envoy of the Nairobi-African Union, Kenya, African countries will begin receiving the first 400 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines they are purchasing next week.
Strive Masiyiwa told journalists that six million shipments will begin next week and 45 African countries should receive their first shipment by the end of August. Mashiiwa says all doses should be delivered by September 2022.
The 400 million doses represent a joint effort by African countries to pursue doses other than the Global COVAX project aimed at delivering vaccines to low- and middle-income countries. COVAX’s efforts are lagging behind in delivery as India imposes export control of vaccines.
Due to vaccine nationalism around the world, Mashiiwa said there is “no possibility” that the African continent could reach its goal of vaccination of 60% of the 1.3 billion population by the end of this year. According to the World Health Organization, less than 2% of vaccines administered worldwide are in Africa, and the Africa CDC is currently experiencing a “serious third wave” infection in 29 of 54 countries on the African continent. It states that it is doing.
Separately, the United States shipped 1 million Johnsons & Johnsons to Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, The Gambia and Senegal this week, and another 1.2 million doses to Cameroon, Lesotho, Niger, Zambia and the Central African Republic this week. Said that he did. Delivery is part of about 25 million US donations to African countries.
Berlin-Chancellor Angela Merkel says coronavirus infections in Germany are on the rise at an alarming rate. She appeals to citizens for vaccination and persuades others to do so.
Germany’s prevalence remains low compared to other European countries, but is steadily rising as it bottomed out on July 6 with 4.9 new week cases per 100,000 inhabitants. That rate on Thursday was 12.2.
Over 60% of Germany’s population was first vaccinated by Thursday and 48% were fully vaccinated. However, vaccination campaigns have been delayed in recent weeks.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters Thursday that infectious diseases are increasing “with momentum of concern” and “exponentially growing.”
“We all want to regain normality,” Merkel said, but “much more vaccine protection is needed for this.” She said that all vaccinations are important for getting everyone’s life back to normal.
Seoul, South Korea — South Korea has reported 1,842 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours — breaking the pandemic’s daily record for the second consecutive day.
The incident announced on Thursday raised the total number of incidents in the country to 184,103, with 2,063 deaths from COVID-19.
The new incident includes 270 sailors who recently returned home after a major outbreak on a destroyer engaged in anti-piracy missions off the coast of East Africa.
In South Korea, infections have skyrocketed in recent weeks as vaccination campaigns are slow, public alerts are loose, and more contagious delta variants are widespread. The number of cases per day in this country has exceeded 1,000 for 16 consecutive days.
Health officials say they are discussing whether to extend the strictest distance restrictions imposed on the densely populated metropolitan area of Seoul.
New Orleans — New Orleans officials have issued a “strongly recommended” recommendation for people to resume wearing masks indoors as cases of coronavirus surge to levels not seen in months.
The city hopes to avoid a pandemic-related closure that would have devastated its significant tourism economy in 2020, but Mayor LaToya Cantrell stopped demanding masks on Wednesday.
Rather than forcing the city to oblige, the mayor states that the recommendation “takes responsibility for the individual.”
The announcement was made when New Orleans posted figures showing that the seven-day average of new cases had risen to 117, the highest since early February. It had dropped to 8 degrees in mid-June, but began to skyrocket in early July.
Athens, Greece — Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters gathered in Athens on Wednesday to oppose the Coronavirus vaccination requirements proposed by the Greek government.
Demonstrations in front of the Capitol took place hours after the government submitted a law requiring long-term care facilities and employees of long-term care facilities to be vaccinated with COVID-19.
Under the bill, if employees do not comply, they may be suspended unpaid from mid-August.
Police fired tear gas and water cannons after protesters attempted to break through the police cordon.
Thousands also attended a protest rally in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city.
Salt Lake City — Utah recorded the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in five months due to a surge in the virus among unvaccinated people.
With the Utah intensive care unit reaching a capacity of 81.5%, state health officials have renewed their plea for people to be vaccinated. The number of people hospitalized for the virus in the state is 295, the highest since February.
Utah recorded an average of about 622 confirmed cases per day last week, about three times the rate experienced by the state at its lowest in early June.
State health data show that the recent surge is almost entirely associated with unvaccinated people. About 66% of adults in Utah have been vaccinated at least once, and 60% have been fully vaccinated.
Kansas Mission — Coronavirus cases tripled in two weeks amid an onslaught of false vaccine information. The proliferation of infectious diseases is straining hospitals, frustrating doctors and pushing clergy into conflict.
Throughout the United States, the seven-day moving average of daily new cases in the United States exceeded 37,000 on Tuesday, up from less than 13,700 on July 6, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Health officials have blamed delta variants and flattening vaccination rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 56.2% of Americans have been vaccinated at least once.
Dr. James Williams is a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at Texas Tech and says he is treating more COVID-19 patients. He states that the patients are young, often in their 20s, 30s and 40s, and are overwhelmingly unvaccinated.
Williams says: “It’s like seeing a car accident before it happens.”
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