Half of EU vaccinated as Covid returns to China’s Wuhan – News Vibe24

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    PARIS: Half of the European Union’s population has now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, an AFP report showed on Tuesday, as China’s Uhan said it would test all 11 million people after the virus returned to where it first appeared.
    The highly contagious Delta variant has led to growing infections around the world, even in places that have long promoted their success in overcoming the worst of the pandemic.
    China has brought domestic cases to near zero, with the coronavirus first appearing in Wuhan in December 2019, allowing the economy to recover and life to return to normal.
    But a new boom has jeopardized that record as the Delta variant spreads rapidly to dozens of cities as infections among Nanjing airport cleaners sparked a chain of reported cases across the country.
    After Wuhan reported the first local infections in more than a year, authorities said they were launching a mass testing program for all 11 million people.
    Mao, a 27-year-old Wuhan resident, told AFP he was “not worried” about the new epidemic because “Wuhan has accumulated a wealth of experience” after enduring an exhaustive blockade in the first months of the pandemic.
    Throughout China, authorities have restricted residents of entire cities to their homes, cut off internal transportation and conducted mass tests in recent days.
    Struck by previous pandemic waves, the European Union has now fully vaccinated more than 50 percent of its population.
    Spain leads the largest EU countries with 58.3% of its population fully vaccinated, followed by Italy with 54.4%, France with 52.9% and Germany with 52.2%, according to a report. of AFP.
    The EU has now surpassed the US vaccination rate – which remains at 49.7% – as the country experiences a new wave due to the Delta variant that has driven hospitalizations to levels not seen since last summer.
    The United States on Monday met President Joe Biden’s goal of delivering at least one puncture to 70% of adults a month by delaying – hoping to announce victory over the worst pandemic by Independence Day on July 4.
    Officials blamed falling vaccine rates – especially in areas where reluctance is more prevalent among younger people, those on lower incomes and racial minorities – for the missed deadline as well as the growing case load.
    “These cases are concentrated in communities with lower vaccination rates,” Jeff Zients, co-ordinator of the Covid White House task force, told reporters.
    “One in three cases nationwide occurred in Florida and Texas last week.”
    In a silver investment, the US states that were left behind are lagging behind according to the latest vaccination data.
    In Australia, where only 15 percent of the population of 25 million is fully vaccinated, authorities are relying on exclusions to stop the Delta outbreak, which has recorded 3,600 cases since mid-June.
    Millions are still subject to travel restrictions in the country and troops took to the streets of Sydney and surrounding areas on Monday, entering the sixth week of the lockdown, which will last until the end of August.
    Australian airline Qantas has said it will send 2,500 employees home without pay from mid-August for two months, as restrictions kill demand for flights.
    Nearby Indonesia has seen its Covid toll soar, with 1,568 deaths on Monday, more than double the country with the next-highest death toll, Russia at 788.
    Also battling a significant rise in the Delta is Bangladesh, which extended its blockade on Tuesday and announced plans to vaccinate at least 10 million people within a week.
    And Iran, the Middle East country hardest hit by the pandemic, recorded more than 39,000 cases on Tuesday, its highest daily number.
    The new record comes a day after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered “necessary measures” to be taken to curb what the government warns is the fifth wave of the country’s epidemic.

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