Coronavirus worldwide: Ten more Corona cases around the Olympics, protests in France and Brazil.

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About 193 million people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 4.1 million infected people have died. About 3.8 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

Despite the many precautions, such as plastic between seats in the canteen and instructions to keep your distance, the cases of the infections at the Tokyo Olympics are piling up.
Despite the many precautions, such as plastic between seats in the canteen and instructions to keep your distance, cases of infection are piling up at the Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo Olympic organizers reported a total of ten new infections around the Summer Games on Sunday (7/25). This brought the number of positive tests at the Games to 132 since recording began on July 1. One of the athletes affected is a Dutch rower, according to the release. The Oranje team had already confirmed the Corona case of 21-year-old Finn Florijn on Saturday. In the German team there had been the first Corona infected on the opening day by cyclist Simon Geschke.

Brazil

Thousands of Brazilians have again taken to the streets against the Corona policy of the government of President Jair Bolsonaro. In demonstrations Saturday (July 24), they demanded impeachment proceedings against the head of state, more vaccinations and economic aid, the news portal “G1” reported. Protests occurred in at least 13 provincial capitals, including Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Salvador. Bolsonaro downplayed the pandemic from the start and opposed tough curfews. Most recently, Bolsonaro also cast doubt on the wisdom of vaccinations.

Paris
Some 161,000 people demonstrated in Paris and other French cities on Saturday (July 24) against the tightening of Corona rules. This was reported by French media. According to the report, riots broke out in Paris on the fringes of the protest. Just Friday (7/23), the National Assembly had approved a bill to extend the requirement for proof of a negative Corona test, vaccination or recovery. Thus, the certificate will become necessary from August for the use and visit of long-distance trains, bars, restaurants and shopping centers. The deputies also gave their approval to a planned mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers in the first reading. Now the Senate must approve the new regulations.

Great Britain
Due to massive staff shortages in many areas, the British government has relaxed the Corona quarantine rules for further occupational groups. Thus, in England, train drivers, border guards or firefighters who have had contact with Corona infected people are now allowed to test themselves daily instead of going into quarantine. This was announced by the government on Saturday (24. 7.). Initially, these special rules had applied only to health care workers and later to food service workers.

USA
The U.S. is buying another 200 million doses of Corona vaccine from manufacturers Biontech and Pfizer. With that, the government is making preparations for vaccinating younger children and possibly necessary booster shots for adults, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday (7/23). Just over half of the doses are expected to be delivered by the end of the year, with the remainder to be delivered by April 2022, meaning 500 million doses have been ordered by the U.S. government so far out of options of up to 600 million. In addition, the U.S. government has ordered 500 million doses to be given to other countries. It has already begun shipping vaccine doses from manufacturers Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Astrazeneca and Pfizer/Biontech. This week alone, 22 million doses have been shipped, Psaki said.

Croatia
Croatia is tightening precautions on the Adriatic coast. Gatherings of more than 1,000 people will be banned starting Monday (7/26) – regardless of whether those present have been vaccinated against Corona or have survived an illness. This was decided by the government’s Corona Crisis Staff in Zagreb on Friday (23/7). The new restrictions also affect the catering industry and private gatherings, where only up to 15 people without an immunity certificate are allowed to attend.

Italy
Faced with rising infection rates, Italy is tightening corona rules. Starting Aug. 6, indoor restaurant visits, museums, gyms and swimming pools, among others, will require at least proof of vaccination, a negative Corona test or proof of recovery. This was announced by the Italian Council of Ministers on Thursday evening (July 22). The state of emergency will be extended until December 31. New rules will apply to the classification of risk zones against the pandemic (white, yellow, orange and red zones) from August. Instead of incidence, the utilization of hospital beds in Covid 19 wards and intensive care units will be the decisive parameters in the future.

source: nzz.ch/picture: pixabay.com

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