(Beijing) Chinese authorities on Tuesday decided to review all residents of the COVID-19 city of Wuhan, which has been affected by some cases of coronavirus as the highly contagious Delta variant pushes a growing number of countries to do so To impose restrictions.
Posted on Aug 3, 2021 at 12:05 pm Updated at 5:20 am
Jing Xuan TENG and AFP Bureaus Agence France-Presse
The virus resurgence, which hits countries long believed to have overcome the worst, is being aided by falling vaccination rates and new, more dangerous mutations.
China, where the epidemic first appeared in the metropolis of Wuhan in late 2019, believed it had practically eradicated the virus, as it had not had any cases of local infections for months.
This had allowed residents to resume normal life and economic recovery.
The renewed epidemic is now affecting dozen of Chinese cities. The Delta Tribe is spreading across the country after infecting workers in charge of cleaning aircraft at Nanjing Airport (east).
In Wuhan, the first city in the world to have been quarantined since January 23, 2020, all 11 million residents will be screened for 76 days.
Across China, the communist regime has once again released an arsenal of drastic measures similar to those taken in early 2020, with the containment of some cities, restricted travel and widespread screenings.
In Australia, soldiers have been stationed on the streets of Sydney (southeast), the country’s largest city, which has entered its sixth week of containment, which is expected to remain in effect until the end of the month.
The authorities are working to combat the spread of the delta variant, with more than 3,600 cases recorded in the metropolitan area since mid-June.
Only about 15% of Australia’s 25 million population have received two doses of the vaccine and the authorities’ strategy is to contain the spread of the virus.
This continues to affect countries where vaccination programs have been relatively effective.
In the United States, hit by a new wave related to the Delta variant, hospital admissions are reaching levels comparable to last summer’s wave.
On Monday, a month late, the country met President Joe Biden’s goal of having a rate of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on July 4th, American national holiday.
But the slowdown in the vaccination campaign, particularly in the traditionally conservative regions of the South and Midwest and among the youngest, impoverished and ethnic minorities, has deterred the country from achieving this goal.
“These cases are concentrated in communities with lower vaccination rates,” White House pandemic coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters.
“Last week one in three cases was detected in Florida and Texas nationwide,” he said.
However, the United States has seen a recovery in vaccination rates in recent weeks, particularly in the regions hardest hit by the recent wave of COVID-19.
Given the Delta variant, some countries have started offering a booster vaccination. According to laboratories, an additional dose provides improved immune protection, especially with regard to the spread of the delta variant.
Germany announced on Monday that from September 1 it will offer a booster dose to elderly and vulnerable populations, as well as people who have not received a messenger RNA vaccine.
The Ministry of Health announced that this decision was “in the interests of preventive health care”.
Sweden has also indicated that it would like to offer a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to “a large segment of the population” in 2022, although it could start with vulnerable populations as early as this fall.
“Our assessment is that eradicating the virus is not possible and that the vaccination work should therefore be long-term and aimed at reducing serious diseases and mortality,” said the chief epidemiologist, Swede Anders Tegnell.