While the world fears the effects of the Delta variant this summer, the Tokyo Olympics (OG) – maintained despite growing public opposition – will not fall through the cracks. Three positive cases have already been discovered within the same team. in the Olympic Village, five days before the opening of the Olympics.
Worldwide, the pandemic has killed more than 4 million people since December 2019, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse (AFP). The United States remains the most bereaved country with 608,400 dead, followed by Brazil (538,942), India (412,531), Mexico (235,740) and Peru (194,845).
Two first cases of Covid-19 among athletes housed in the Olympic Village
With the discovery of three positive cases for Covid-19 within “The same team” at the Olympic Village, the Tokyo Games, at the Japan, are faced Sunday with the management of a first source of contamination.
Five days before the opening of the Olympics, which will take place from July 23 to August 8, the organizers detected two athletes infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the village, after announcing the very first positive case the day before – of a member of the management – in this immense residence, emblematic of the Games. These three contaminations concern “The same country and the same sport”, revealed Sunday a spokesperson for the organizing committee during a press conference, without further details on the concerned delegation.
The two positive athletes and their companion were “Isolated in their room”, according to this spokesperson, while their “Close contacts have been identified”. These were immediately tested. They must “Eat in their room, train separately and take separate transport”, explained Pierre Ducrey, deputy director of the Olympic Games within the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
These are not the first cases of Covid-19 linked to the Games, since the IOC on Sunday identified 55 positive tests among the 30,000 carried out on 18,000 athletes, supervisors, officials or journalists who arrived in Japan since 1er July. The IOC has also confirmed that one of its members, the South Korean Ryu Seung-min, had tested positive on his arrival in the archipelago.
But the first outbreak in the Olympic village illustrates the fear of cascading contaminations in this place without equivalent in the sporting world, putting to the test the anti-Covid measures prepared for months. Almost all of the Olympic events will take place behind closed doors and the tens of thousands of participants are subject to drastic restrictions due to health risks.
Restrictions are on the rise in Europe
European countries, where a strong rebound in the epidemic is expected in the coming weeks, are trying to contain the spread. In the aftermath of the imposition of a nighttime curfew in Catalonia, it was the turn of the island of Mykonos, in Greece, to reinstate certain restrictions, including a curfew between 1 am and 6 am.
Mykonos is one of the main tourist destinations in Greece, and its picturesque beaches as well as its vibrant nightlife attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, including many celebrities. But the growing number of clandestine parties in the villas of the island and the increase in Covid-19 contamination worries the Greek authorities.
For its part, the France Since this Sunday, has been imposing Covid-19 screening tests of less than twenty-four hours on unvaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands. Until now, seventy-two hour tests have been accepted, except for individuals coming from the UK, who were required to take a test of less than forty-eight hours. France has also expanded its list of countries “Red” to new countries: Tunisia, Mozambique, Cuba and Indonesia.
Worried about the “Persistent presence” in France of the Beta variant, identified for the first time in South Africa, the Britain has decided to submit those who come to quarantine, even if they are vaccinated. This variant is one of the four so-called “worrying” variants identified by the WHO, alongside Alpha, Gamma and Delta.
The EU has overtaken the United States in the share of population vaccinated
The Delta variant makes governments fear a new runaway of the epidemic. The European disease agency predicts a strong rebound in the number of Covid cases in the coming weeks, with nearly five times as many new cases by 1er August. However, the number of hospitalizations and deaths should increase more slowly thanks to vaccines.
If it hopes that the recent tightening of health measures in certain member states will bear fruit, the European Union can at least rejoice on one point: that of having overtaken the United States for the rate of the population having received at least one vaccine dose. Long lagging behind on vaccination, “The EU has now vaccinated a larger part of its population in the first dose than the United States (55.5% / 55.4%)”, said the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, on Twitter. “We continue, we accelerate! “
“We promised it, it’s done. The European Union overtakes the United States this week and becomes the first continent to be vaccinated first in the world. All while exporting half of our production to more than 100 countries ”, also welcomed on Twitter the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, while the European vaccine strategy had started more slowly than in the United Kingdom and the United States for lack of sufficient supply and was the subject of criticism at the beginning of the year .
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