British authorities warned against large rallies ahead of the Euro 2020 football final on Sunday, fearing the transmissible variant of the Delta coronavirus that has fueled outbreaks around the world.
Many nations have been forced to re-impose curbs while fighting outbreaks accelerated by the variant – which was first detected in India – while also trying to increase vaccinations to allow their economies to reopen.
On Sunday, London will host 65,000 fans at Wembley Stadium for the final of the Europe 2020 Championship, the latest in a British football stadium since the start of the pandemic as locals face Italy.
Authorities are particularly concerned about the risk of large gatherings in fan and pub areas across England to see the country make its first appearance in a major football final in more than half a century.
“London still remains in a public health crisis, ”Laurence Taylor, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said on Saturday, urging people to stay socially distant.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he intends to ease all remaining restrictions in England on July 19, but infection rates they are rising again across Britain, driven by the Delta variant.
His government has argued that with more than 85% of adults receiving at least one shot, the link between infections, hospitalizations and deaths has been broken.
Health experts have expressed concern that Euro 2020 events will become super-broadcasters throughout the tournament, especially in Britain and Russia due to the Delta variant.
Authorities in Denmark, Finland and Scotland have already reported infections among fans after attending Euro matches.
Elsewhere in Europe, after an “exponential” increase in cases, officials in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia said they had no choice but to re-impose restrictions.
“Worse, much worse”
The world-famous number of deaths COVID-19 has exceeded four million, with the complicated struggle for the emergence of variants that have accelerated outbreaks even in countries that had successfully withstood the early stages of the pandemic.
Australia, where restrictions have recently been reinstated in several cities, announced on Sunday its first virus-related death in the Sydney outbreak.
It came when authorities warned that the situation in Sydney was expected to worsen, with Australia’s largest city in its third week of closure and its population not being vaccinated.
“Tomorrow and the days to come will be worse, much worse than what we have seen today,” said Gladys Berejiklian, prime minister of the state of New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital.
South Korea, once sustained as a response model to COVID-19, was scheduled to tighten restrictions from Monday in and around the capital Seoul after new daily infections reached their highest level since the beginning. of the pandemic.
The Asia-Pacific region has experienced a dramatic increase in cases in several countries, and Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam have imposed new restrictions as a result.
The rapid spread of the Delta variant through Asia, Africa and Latin America is exposing a crucial shortage of vaccine supply for some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.
These two factors also threaten the global economic recovery from the pandemic, G20 finance ministers warned on Saturday.
The less privileged parts of the world are expected to suffer this economic blow the most.
This impact focused on the indigenous town of San Martin Jilotepeque in Guatemala, where shops were closed and streets were left deserted, as some 90,000 residents were confined from Thursday to Sunday to curb the spread of the virus.
For the people of the city, the brief restrictions had no cost.
“We have payments to make, rent and children to support,” resident Bartolome Chocoj said.
“If we don’t die of COVID, we will starve.”
© 2021 AFP
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