countries across Europe It is struggling to speed up vaccinations against the coronavirus and outpace the spread of the most contagious delta variant, in a perilous race to prevent hospital wards from filling again with patients fighting for their lives.
This urgency coincides with the summer months in Europe, when mild weather brings more social gatherings and governments are reluctant to clamp down on them. Physical distancing is often neglected, especially among young people, and some countries are scrapping the requirement to wear masks outdoors.
Incentives for people include to get free grocery shots, travel and entertainment coupons, and prize raffles. The president of Cyprus even appealed to a sense of patriotism.
The risk of infection from the delta variant is “high to very high” for partially immunized or unvaccinated communities, according to the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC), which monitors 30 countries on the continent. It estimates that by the end of August, the variant will account for 90 per cent of cases in the EU.
And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that “it is very important that progress is made in rolling out the vaccine at a very high rate.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) is also involved. The variable makes transmission growth “exponential,” according to Maria van Kerkhove, its technical lead on COVID-19.
Daily new case numbers have already risen sharply in countries such as the United Kingdom, Portugal and Russia.
In some countries, the virus is spreading faster among young people. In Spain, the national rate of notification of a case for 14 days per 100,000 people rose to 152 on Friday. But for the 20-29 age group, the number rose to 449.
These numbers have raised alarm across the continent.
The Dutch government is working to expand its vaccination program to those aged 12 to 17 to help avoid a frightening new increase. Greece offers youth 150 euros ($219) in credit after their first jab. Rome authorities are considering using trucks to vaccinate people on the beach. Poland last week launched a lottery open only to fully vaccinated adults, with new cars among the prizes.
Portuguese authorities extended the opening hours of vaccination centers, set up new entry clinics, called in members of the armed forces to help run operations, and reduced the time between two doses of AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine from 12 weeks to eight weeks.
“We are in a race against time,” said Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva.
Emerging variables have shed light on the unprecedented scope of immunization programmes. The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that in the countries surveyed, 61 percent of people over 18 received a single injection and 40 percent were fully vaccinated.
What’s happening all over Canada
As of 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Canada has reported 1,416,661 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6,256 considered active. CBC News has a death toll of 26,348. More than 38 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far across the country.
at British Columbia, 78.5 percent of the eligible population received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 33 percent of those eligible received a second dose.
in the meadows, Saskatchewan 49 new COVID-19 cases recorded and Manitoba It added 48 and another death on Saturday.
Manitoba no longer releases coronavirus newsletters on the weekends, so no more details about the death have been included.
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Ontario There were 209 new cases and nine more deaths on Saturday.
Beginning Monday at 8 a.m., residents ages 12-17 will be eligible to book an appointment to receive a second shot from Pfizer through the regional reservation system. They must wait 28 days between doses, as recommended by the Ontario Department of Health.
at Quebec, the opening hours of the vaccination clinic at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal will be extended on July 5 due to a close view of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, which will take place at the Bell Center. People who wish to have the vaccination on site can do so from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays.
in Atlantic Canada, new bronze He saw no new cases; And the Nova ScotiaWhich added eight infections on Saturday, says international travelers can start entering the province again on Monday. at Prince Edward Island, more than 82 percent of the eligible population received the first vaccine dose, with just under 24 percent complete vaccinations.
in the north, Yukon Health officials are now working to reduce the number of visitors to long-term care homes as the region has recorded 31 infections over the past two days. Nunavut reported 10 new infections; and in Northwest TerritoriesMask and appointment requirements will be raised at many Yellowknife institutions — such as the public library and pools — on Monday.
What is happening around the world
As of Saturday, more than 183.1 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to data it published. Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America. The reported global death toll was more than 3.9 million.
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at AsiaMalaysia will ease its coronavirus lockdown in five states next week in a bid to allow its economy to reopen faster.
at Africa, South Africa recorded more than 24,000 cases on Friday, the highest toll of new infections since the pandemic began.
In the Americas, protests against President Jair Bolsonaro spread across Brazil on Saturday, a day after a Supreme Court judge authorized a criminal investigation into his response to corruption allegations related to a vaccine deal.
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