Russia and Indonesia reported that They have records of deaths today from the coronavirus, which spreads throughout the world driven by its Delta variant and which forced the imposition of new restrictions in the Spanish region of Catalonia in the face of the “exponential” increase in COVID-19 infections in the territory.
Meanwhile, vaccination, the only bulwark against the Delta variant, continues to advance very unevenly. To help Vietnam, one of the countries in Asia where there has been a rebound in cases in recent weeks, the United States sent two million doses of Moderna’s immunizer on Tuesday, which are part of the 80 million doses that the president Joe Biden promised to share with the rest of the world.
In Indonesia, the healthcare system is on the brink of collapse. Overcrowded hospitals cannot accept more patients, so families have to figure out how to find medical oxygen for their sick relatives.
In central Jakarta it was launched an oxygen distribution station, while in Bandung, in the province of West Java, the gas cylinders are being distributed in ‘rickshaw’.
Yesterday, the government announced that it had imported oxygen from Singapore and asked other nations, such as China, for help.
Some 10,000 concentrators, which are oxygen-generating devices, were to be shipped from Singapore and some arrived on a Hercules transport plane.
On Monday, the government ordered all available oxygen supplies to be shipped to hospitals.
The country of nearly 270 million people imposed drastic measures on Saturday in both Jakarta and the island of Java and Bali, but this Tuesday registered a new record of deaths from covid-19, with 728 deaths, and 31 thousand new cases, according to health authorities. Only 5 percent of the population has received both doses of the vaccine.
The pandemic, which has caused almost four million deaths worldwideIt is also hitting Russia hard, where 737 deaths from covid in 24 hours were reported on Tuesday, a record in the country.
In eight days, Russia has set six mortality records, while the population remains reluctant to get vaccinated.
Measures against the coronavirus tighten in Catalonia
In Spain, where cases are also increasing, Catalonia (northeast) again imposed restrictions to slow the progression of infections verified in recent days, especially among young people.
As of Friday, the nightlife venues in this region of high tourist activity will not be able to use their interior spaces.
In addition, those who participate in outdoor musical events with more than 500 people standing an antigen test should be performed, or present a negative PCR test carried out no more than 12 hours before, or proof that they have a complete vaccination.
“The epidemiological situation in Catalonia is complicated,” said the regional government spokesperson, Patricia Plaja, because “the rate of infections is growing at an exponential rate much higher than we can afford.”
Yesterday, the chief epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health, Fernando Simón, admitted that “the data is not good at all” in the country, with a cumulative incidence of 204 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and approximately 600 among young people.
In the United Kingdom, however, despite the fact that infections are also on the rise, mainly driven by the Delta variant, the government said today that people with the full vaccination schedule will soon they will not have to quarantine in England when they have been in contact with a sick person.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, relying on the success of the vaccination (almost 64 percent of the population has already received the two doses), announced yesterday that as of July 19 most sanitary measures will be lifted that remain in force in England, such as the use of face masks and social distances, which generated some controversy.
Meanwhile, in Japan, which is also facing a worsening pandemic, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and local authorities ask the public to “refrain” from attending the marathon and to walking tests, due to the risks of infection.
In addition, new restrictions are expected for the public of the rest of the competitions between now and the end of this week.