Belgium will ban non-EU members from traveling from Britain
Belgium will ban non-EU passengers Britain to limit the spread of the Delta variant.
Britain is on a list of 27 states that will also face an order that will take effect by June 27 at the latest, Jan Eyckmans, a spokesman for Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, told AFP. With Belgian restrictions already in place in South Africa, India and Brazil, only EU citizens or Belgians will be able to enter the country. Those passengers will still have to meet strict quarantine rules as well as pass Covid tests before they can move freely around Europe. The only exception for British or other non-EU passengers coming from the banned country will be diplomats on basic work and transport staff, the government said.
Experts saw the death toll Brazil, which is already the highest in Latin America, climbs far more, reports Reuters.
“I think we will reach 700,000 or 800,000 deaths before we see the effects of vaccination,” said Gonzalo Vecina, former head of Brazilian health regulator Anvis, predicting an imminent acceleration of deaths.
“We are experiencing the arrival of these new variants and the Indian variant will send us into the loop.”
Raphael Guimaraes, a researcher at Brazil’s Fiocruz Biomedical Center, said delays in the vaccination program in Latin America’s most populous nation mean its full effects will not be felt until September or later.
Guimaraes warned that Brazil could revisit scenes from the worst peak in March-April, when there were an average of 3,000 deaths a day in the country.
“We are still in an extremely critical situation, with very high transmission rates and hospital bed occupancy that is still critical in many places,” he said.
Brazil exceeds half a million deaths from Covid-19
Brazil exceeded 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday Health The ministry said it had registered 2,301 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The country recorded an additional 82,288 cases of coronavirus on Saturday, with nearly 17.9 million cases registered since the onset of the pandemic, Reuters reported.
When panic struck at the start of the pandemic, Australians rushed out and bought a lot of carbs, new food sales data reveals.
Figures show that cereal sales – which includes pasta, rice and flour – rose 40% in March 2020 from a month earlier as people were supplied with the first lock of Covid-19.
The total amount of scanned food at the checkout increased by 4.5% that month compared to the year before. The year-on-year jump was even higher in Victoria of 8.4% in March 2020, and in September it jumped to more than 14% as the blockades dragged on.
New research The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that cereals, as well as other long-lived food categories, were especially popular at the beginning of the pandemic. The purchase of spices, spreads and staples such as oils, coffee and tea has also increased.
Dubai’s the top crisis and disaster management committee said it would allow travelers from South Africa who have received two doses of the vaccine approved by the UAE to enter Dubai starting June 23, Reuters reports.
Travelers from India who have valid residence visas and who have received two doses of vaccine approved by the UAE will also be allowed into the emirate.
Meanwhile, travelers from Nigeria only have to show a negative PCR test done 48 hours before departure, and upon arrival in Dubai they will undergo another PCR test.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will suspend passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia since entering the country by national and foreign flights, effective from 23.59 on June 21, Reuters reports.
Restrictions would also cover transit passengers, except for transit flights traveling to the UAE and traveling to those countries.
Freight flights between those countries and the UAE will continue, as usual, the statement added.
Restrictions were said to be introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Thousands took to the streets Brazil on Saturday to protest against President Jair Bolsonar’s pandemic, including his insufficiently rapid acquisition of vaccines and on suspicion of the need to wear masks, Reuters reports.
Brazil is expected to exceed 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 when official figures are released later Saturday, the largest death toll in the world after the United States.
“We are protesting against the genocidal government of Bolsonaro, which has not bought vaccines and has done nothing to take care of its people in the last year,” said 36-year-old Aline Rabelo as she protested at the National Mall in Brazil.
Only 11% of Brazilians were fully vaccinated, and 29% received the first dose, according to data from the health ministry.
The country’s largest broadcaster, Globo, reported that protests had been held in at least 44 cities in 20 states until the early afternoon.
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More than 75% Canadians aged 12 and over received at least one Covid-19 vaccine, and more than 20% received both doses, CBC News reported.
The USA has administered 317,117,797 doses of Covid-19 vaccine in the country since Saturday morning and distributed 379,003,410 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Those numbers are higher than the 316,048,776 doses of vaccines that the CDC said went into arms by June 18 out of 377,935,390 doses.
The agency said 176,737,141 people had received at least one dose, while 149,125,164 people had been fully vaccinated as of Saturday.
Schools in Mexico City will be closed again from Monday
Mexico City schools that have just returned to individual instruction will be closed again starting Monday, as the capital rises to a higher level of coronavirus risk, education authorities said.
Mexico City officials eased restrictions on gatherings in schools, hotels, shops and restaurants just two weeks ago as the dense urban zone moved to the lowest level of the government’s four-level “traffic light” model, Reuters said.
But the federal health ministry has put Mexico City on the stage from June 21 to July 4.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the city’s Epidemiological Scoreboard, a calculation of risk factors, has climbed to nine points with eight points, putting the capital on a more restrictive level.
The Federal Administration for Education in Mexico stated in a statement that the suspension of classes applies to both private and public schools.
Mexico reported more than 230,959 deaths from coronavirus and 2,471,741 confirmed infections.
Israeli The Ministry of Health insisted on a shipment of Covid-19 in a dose of Palestinians rejected as if they were expiring were “completely valid”.
The Palestinian Authority on Friday canceled an agreement that Israel should receive a million stab wounds in exchange for doses from Pfizer that Palestinians are expected to receive later this year.
PA spokesman Ibrahim Melhem said the initial delivery of about 90,000 doses of Pfizer was not “in line with the specifications contained in the agreement, and accordingly Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh ordered the health minister to cancel the agreement”.
“The government is refusing to receive vaccines that will expire soon,” Melhem said in a statement quoted by the official WAFA news agency.
The Israeli health ministry said the vaccines it delivered were “completely valid”, although the prime minister’s office acknowledged on Friday that they would “expire soon”, without stating the date of use.
“The Palestinian Ministry of Health received Pfizer vaccines that were valid, with expiration dates that were known, agreed upon and that matched the agreement of the two sides,” the ministry said.
Five police officers were injured overnight in the west France as they smashed an illegal rave of 1,500 people, authorities said on Saturday, while one party participant lost his hand in the clashes.
Police dropped tear gas to disperse a crowd of people who opposed the coronavirus curfew at 11pm on Friday and were detained at a racetrack near Redon in Brittany on Saturday afternoon, AFP reports.
There were “very violent clashes” when 400 police intervened, said local prefect Emmanuel Berthier, adding that the violence lasted for more than seven hours during the night.
Police arrested five men on Saturday and opened an investigation into violence against people in positions in public authorities.
Two of the five injured police officers had to be transferred to a hospital in Redon, Berthier said.
This year’s World Refugee Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the insecurity faced by those forced to flee their homes, actress Cate Blanchett said as the world struggles with the unpredictability of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Oscar winner and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador said the annual event on June 20 followed a time of “challenge and reflection”.
“We have been forced to face a sense of uncertainty and of course this is a situation that most refugees live with year after year,” Blanchett told Reuters.
“There is a kind of opportunity … to think about how we dealt with uncertainty and maybe put ourselves in the place of mothers and fathers and doctors and lawyers who, through no fault of their own, have been displaced and live with, often over 18, 19 years , in the condition we have been dealing with for 18 months. “