Coronavirus worldwide: 18 new cases at the Olympics

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About 197 million people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 4.2 million infected people have died. About 4 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

Corona numbers at the Tokyo Olympics continue to rise

As of Sunday (Aug. 1), 18 more cases have been recorded. The peak had been reached on Friday (30. 7.) with 27 new infections. One athlete from the Olympic village has been affected. There was another prominent case with world pole vault champion Sam Kendricks from the USA testing positive. This brought the number of positive tests around the competitions in Japan to 259, with a total of 24 athletes infected with the corona virus so far.
In Italy, the daily Corona infection figures have recently continued to rise. In almost all regions and autonomous provinces, the authorities have recorded growing numbers of cases in all age groups, said the weekly Corona situation report of the Italian Ministry of Health in Rome on Friday (30. 7.). The delta variant is the most common, according to the latest results. At last count, authorities reported just over 6600 new infections and 18 deaths related to the virus. Because of the infection situation, the government led by Prime Minister Mario Draghi decided last week to introduce restrictions starting Aug. 6.

The delta variant of the coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and can break through the protection of vaccinations more easily. The amount of virus in infected individuals is significantly higher than in the original variant and infection can be passed on more easily, according to an internal CDC presentation published by the Washington Post. However, the agency’s findings do not call into question the effectiveness of the vaccines, which continue to protect against severe disease or death with a high probability, even in the case of Delta. Protection against infection also exists, but appears weaker. In addition, the CDC concludes that Delta is probably more dangerous than the original virus and that those who contract it are more likely to experience severe courses.

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