Australian authorities imposed, on Saturday, the total containment for two weeks of the city of Sydney, facing an outbreak of new cases of coronavirus caused by the Delta variant, much more contagious than the Alpha strain. In the country, which has so far contained the spread of covid-19 fairly well, more than 80 people have tested positive this week, all related to a driver who drove airline crews from the airport to Sydney to quarantine hotels. For its part, New Zealand suspended Saturday, for three days, the “air bubble” allowing flights without quarantine with Australia.
A new extremely severe containment will also be imposed in Bangladesh, from Monday, after a “dangerous and alarming” increase in cases of Delta variant contamination, authorities announced. Public administrations and private businesses will be closed for a week. Only medical travel will be authorized. On Friday, authorities recorded nearly 6,000 new cases and 108 deaths, the second heaviest toll since the start of the pandemic.
Russia’s second city, Saint Petersburg, which hosts Euro 2020 matches, recorded the highest daily death toll from the coronavirus in the country since the start of the pandemic on Saturday, 107 deaths. in the last 24 hours.
Two deaths of the Delta variant in the Gers
In France, two patients died from the Delta variant of covid-19 in the Gers (southwest). These are the first two cases of contamination by this variant in this department, indicated the local health authorities, who announced “an immediate action plan” to “avoid an epidemic resumption”.
These two people, aged 42 and 60, were not vaccinated and their state of health “was marked by risk factors”. They died at the Auch Hospital Center, said the Regional Health Agency (ARS).
The Delta variant, which has caused a rebound in contagions in Portugal in recent weeks, has also become predominant in the country, according to the latest data made public by the Directorate General of Health.
To cope with the situation, Portugal has decided to tighten restrictions in the most affected municipalities, such as Lisbon where the hours and the capacity of restaurants and shops have again been reduced.
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