In the United States, half a million deaths from Covid-19. British authorities are ready to start withdrawing the country from a hard lockdown; France, on the other hand, faces a third nationwide quarantine. Australian Open fans booed the official mentioning vaccinations.
This and other news on the development of the situation with coronavirus in the world is in our review.
According to Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the pandemic in the world, a total of almost 111.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus, and almost 2.5 million have died.
The death toll in the United States alone is close to 500,000. The United States continues to lead in terms of the number of cases – 28.1 million people.
Britain will start exiting lockdown, but with many conditions
Britain announced plans to gradually exit the lockdown, in which the country has been living since late December.
The authorities said the exit would be careful and would take place in four stages, each of which, in turn, would be split into several stages.
The first phase is scheduled for March 8, when schools will open, which authorities say is a priority. Earlier, the government discussed the issue of measures that will help schoolchildren catch up with the curriculum.
Various options were proposed: significantly shorten the summer holidays this year, extend the school day until the end of the school year by an average of two hours, and even leave all students for the second year. However, the final decision has not yet been made.
From the beginning of March, it will also be allowed to meet people on the street, but not more than one person at a time. But from March 29, the British will already be able to gather in open spaces with companies of up to 6 people or two families. From the same date, people will be able to go for walks outside their neighborhoods, but spending the night outside the home will continue to be prohibited.
The work of sports clubs and sections will also resume at the end of March.
The second phase will open shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor dining establishments in England from April 12, as well as zoos and theme parks.
On May 17, the third stage will come when the main restrictions on social contacts will be removed and it is allowed to meet indoors (albeit in small groups).
Boris Johnson expressed the hope that starting from June 21, all restrictions on social contacts in England will be lifted, and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have to make their own decisions in this regard.
At the same time, the authorities warn that the planned exit from the lockdown will be possible only if four conditions are met:
- The campaign to vaccinate the population continues to run smoothly;
- The data confirm that vaccination significantly reduces the number of deaths from coronavirus and patients requiring hospitalization;
- The incidence rate in the country does not threaten a sharp increase in hospitalizations;
- The new strains of the virus do not pose a significant threat.
In France, the threat of a new lockdown
The statistics of infection rates, which have not been decreasing for a long time, France does not allow authorities to relax quarantine measures.
The epicenter of the infection at the moment is Nice – more than 700 cases of the disease per 100 thousand inhabitants. This is three times more than in the rest of the country, where the statistics now stand at 190 cases per 100 thousand people.
There will be a partial lockdown in Nice and throughout the region over the next two weeks.
Experts believe that the current situation is the result of relaxation during the Christmas period, when the number of international flights to the south of France increased from 20 to 120 per day, and most tourists, according to the mayor of Nice, did not pass the virus test. Scientists also believe that the British strain that has entered the country is making itself felt.
Many shops in the country are open, but restaurants are still closed. The most important thing now is to avoid a third nationwide lockdown, according to the French authorities.
The situation in Germany is not improving
Monday at Germany Many schools have reopened, but authorities warn that the epidemiological situation remains difficult.
Only in two of the 16 federal states the statistics are less than 50 cases per 100 thousand people, in other states it is far from the desired result.
In some areas of Bavaria, there are 354 infected per 100 thousand inhabitants. And although the situation has improved slightly compared to January, the authorities do not believe there is reason to be happy.
According to German Health Minister Jens Spahn, the current state of affairs is very annoying. He promises that vaccination of teachers will begin across the country at an accelerated rate from March 1.
Spectators at the Australian Open whistled the vaccine
During the awards ceremony for the winner of the Australian Open in tennis (he was Novak Djokovic), many fans in the stands roared disapprovingly at the mention of the vaccination campaign in the country.
This year’s Grand Slam tournament was held with a very limited number of spectators, and many top players did not come at all due to restrictions. Speaking at the awards ceremony, one of the organizers of the touriner said that the emergence of the vaccine inspires optimism and confidence that everything will soon return to normal.
In general, the vaccination campaign was approved by the majority of people in Australia, but last Saturday in a number of cities, including Melbourne and Sydney, there were few anti-vaccination campaigns.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack called the behavior of Australian fans abhorrent. According to him, the vaccine will help the country return to normal life, and it is unworthy to boo anything at all.
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