FAfter a “massive” increase in Covid-19 cases recorded for several days, especially among young people, the autonomous region in northeastern Spain is reimposing restrictions.
“The epidemiological situation in Catalonia is very complex,” said Catalan government spokeswoman Patricia Plaga on Tuesday, because “the number of cases is increasing at an exponential rate, much higher than we can tolerate.”
Consequences: Discos and other nightlife venues will have to keep their doors closed and a negative antigen or PCR test, or vaccination, will be required to participate in outdoor events bringing together more than 500 people.
Like Catalonia, the Netherlands returned to restrictions on Saturday morning after a sevenfold increase in daily infections in one week, reaching 7,000 new cases on Friday.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in particular ordered nightclubs and restaurants to close at midnight.
While Catalans and Dutch have to leave ballrooms indefinitely, the French are finding the joys of Friday nights for the first time since March 2020, and not without some boondoggles.
“Tonight, it’s going to be magical,” says Laurent, a 48-year-old executive who arrived just before midnight at the Parisian hall of the Sanctuary to make sure he was one of 300 delegates. It’s as if we’ve been springs stuck for too long, and now they’re going to fail.”
Health card ‘stressful’
However, the need to provide a health permit has sometimes prevented revelers at the door. Either because they didn’t have one, or because security guards like Sacred reject negative test footage, for fear of being tampered with. In the absence of a QR code, they request an email from the lab with the result.
But “it’s daunting, plus it’s hard to scan QR codes at night,” noted the five bouncers at the Bordeaux (southwest) Monseigneur nightclub, where plainclothes police passed around 2:00 a.m. (OOH00 GMT) to check on the progress of controls.
The French government has decided that it is necessary to provide evidence of complete vaccination for at least 14 days, a negative PCR or antigen test less than 48 hours, or evidence of contamination with Covid-19 between six months and fifteen days before that.
It remains to be seen whether this reopening will resist the false attacks of the Delta version, en route to a majority in France – President Emmanuel Macron is due to give a speech Monday night on the health situation – as almost anywhere else in the world.
This variant, which initially appeared in India, is the most contagious listed since the outbreak of the epidemic in early 2020. It is causing epidemic outbreaks in Asia and Africa and increasing the number of cases in Europe and the United States.
According to the World Health Organization, “the world is in a dangerous phase of this epidemic.”
In this context, the prospect of 65,000 football fans gathering at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday evening for the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy raises great concern.
And even more so than the “third half” celebrations, outside the stadium, in a country where almost all restrictions have been lifted, but this Delta variant doesn’t deliver, far from that (almost 30,000 more new cases per day in the UK than last week).
According to the preliminary results of a study conducted by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, published on Thursday, men were for the first time more likely than women to test positive in England. Its authors mentioned gatherings to watch Euro games as a possible explanation.
The latest anti-coronavirus restrictions are set to disappear from England on July 19, and from August 16, adults who are considered contact cases, but who have been completely immune for at least two weeks, will not have to self-isolate for ten days.
Vaccination is a must
Argentina extended its health restrictions on Friday until August 6. Border closures have been maintained, but the number of Argentines and residents allowed into the country has been increased.
Restrictions are also restored in Thailand, including a curfew in Bangkok. From Monday, non-essential travel will be banned and people will be forced to stay home from 9pm to 4am.
Vaccination before August was now a must in the Latvian army, otherwise the army would lose its jobs. Immunity will also be granted from July 14 for any traveler wishing to go to the Mediterranean island of Malta.
“We will be the first country in Europe to take this measure,” the Maltese health minister noted on Friday.
The list of available vaccines has arrived new since Friday: Cuba authorized the emergency use of Abdallahi’s vaccine, the first in Latin America against Covid-19 and which represents a beacon of hope for this country and for the region that failed to prevent it. epidemic.
At least 4013,756 people have died around the world since the disease appeared at the end of December 2019, according to a report prepared by AFP from official sources on Friday midday. The United States is the worst affected country, with 606,806 deaths out of 3,381,977 recorded cases.