Half of EU vaccinated as Covid returns in China’s Wuhan – Times of India

Paris: Half The European UnionThe population of the U.S. is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 AFP The tally showed on Tuesday, as China’s Wuhan said it would test all 11 million residents after the virus returned to where it first emerged.
The highly contagious Delta variant is increasing infections around the world, even in places that have long touted their successes in overcoming the pandemic.
China brought domestic cases down to almost zero after the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan in December 2019, helping the economy recover and life largely back to normal.
But a fresh outbreak has jeopardized that record, as the delta version of the rapid spread reached dozens of cities after infections among airport cleaners in Nanjing sparked a series of cases nationwide.
Wuhan reported its first local infection in more than a year, with officials saying they were launching a massive testing program for all 11 million residents.
Mao, a 27-year-old Wuhan resident, told AFP he was “not worried” about the new outbreak because “Wuhan has accumulated rich experience” after ending the grueling lockdown in the early months of the epidemic.
Across China, authorities have confined residents of entire cities to their homes, cut domestic transport links and launched mass testing in recent days.
The European Union, badly hit by earlier waves of the pandemic, has now fully vaccinated more than 50 percent of its population.
Spain leads the pack of big Me The countries with 58.3 percent of the population are followed by Italy with 54.4 percent, France with 52.9 percent and Germany with 52.2 percent, according to an AFP tally.
The European Union has now surpassed the United States’ vaccination rate – which remains at 49.7 percent – as a new wave driven by the Delta variant in that country, which has seen hospitalizations at levels not seen since last summer. have been admitted.
The US on Monday hit President Joe Biden’s goal of giving at least one jab to 70 percent of adults by a month’s delay – dashing hopes of declaring victory over the worst of the pandemic by Independence Day on July 4.
Officials blame falling vaccine rates – particularly in areas where hesitation is high among young people, low-income and racial minorities – for the missed deadline as well as the rising caseload.
“These cases are concentrated in communities with low vaccination rates,” Jeff Ziants, white House The coordinator of the Kovid Task Force told reporters.
“One in three cases nationwide occurred in Florida and Texas last week.”
In a silver lining, the US says it is already lagging behind according to the latest vaccination data.
In Australia, where only 25 percent of the 15 million population have been fully vaccinated, officials are relying on lockdowns to contain the Delta outbreak, which has recorded 3,600 cases since mid-June.
The country still has restrictions on the movement of millions of people, and soldiers stormed the streets of Sydney and surrounding areas on Monday, which are entering the sixth week of a lockdown that runs until the end of August.
australian airline Qantas Said it would send 2,500 workers home without pay for two months from mid-August, as the lockdown kills demand for flights.
Nearby Indonesia has seen its Covid toll, recorded on Monday 1,568 deaths, more than double with the next highest number of fatalities in the country, Russia with 788.
Also fighting a major delta surge is Bangladesh, which on Tuesday extended its lockdown and announced plans to vaccinate at least 10 million people within a week.
And Iran, the Middle East country hardest hit by the pandemic, reported more than 39,000 cases on Tuesday, the highest daily figure ever.
New record came a day later supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered that “necessary measures” be taken to contain the country’s fifth wave of the outbreak, warned by the government.


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