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Vietnam put its whole southern area in a two-week lockdown beginning midnight Sunday, as confirmed COVID-19 instances exceeded 3,000 for the third day in a row.
The lockdown order contains the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh Metropolis metropolis, the nation’s monetary and financial hub with over 35 million folks — practically a 3rd of Vietnam’s inhabitants.
Officers say they should act because the variety of infections reached practically 50,000 for the reason that outbreak re-emerged on the finish of April after a number of months of no instances being recorded.
Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, the epicentre of the surge, had already introduced a full lockdown every week in the past however now accounts for a lot of the nation’s instances with over 2,000 day by day.
-From The Related Press, final up to date at 7 a.m. ET
What’s taking place in Tokyo
An alternate on the USA girls’s gymnastics group has examined optimistic for COVID-19 in a coaching camp in Japan, the USA Olympic and Paralympic Committee mentioned Monday.
The USOPC didn’t say if Olympic champion Simone Biles or any of the opposite favourites to win the group gold had been remoted due to contact tracing. The optimistic check was the newest in a rising line of day by day experiences of athletes and others testing optimistic on the pandemic-delayed Olympics. The unnamed gymnast was the primary American.
Earlier, officers mentioned a 3rd athlete on the Olympic Village in Tokyo has examined optimistic for COVID-19, with the Czech Republic group reporting the newest case Monday in a participant on the nation’s seashore volleyball group.
Two South African males’s soccer gamers had their COVID-19 instances introduced Sunday. The gamers and a group video analyst who examined optimistic someday earlier had been moved to the “isolation facility” managed by the Olympic organizing committee.
Their 21 shut contacts across the South Africa group now face additional scrutiny earlier than their first sport Thursday in opposition to Japan in Tokyo. The monitoring regime contains day by day testing, travelling in a devoted car, coaching individually from teammates not affected and being confined to their rooms for meals.
In the meantime, Tokyo 2020 Olympics sponsor Toyota is not going to run Video games-related TV commercials due to lacklustre public help for the Olympics, with two-thirds of Japanese doubting a protected Video games may be held in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, native media reported.
The Olympics, which had been postponed for a yr due to the pandemic, are set to formally open Friday and run till Aug. 8.
Japan has seen a complete of 842,018 reported instances of COVID-19, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College’s coronavirus tracker, with 14,993 reported deaths.
Tokyo reported 1,008 new COVID-19 instances on Sunday, the twenty ninth straight day that instances had been increased than seven days beforehand. It was additionally the fifth straight day with greater than 1,000 instances. The Olympics will open beneath a state of emergency in Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures.
-From The Related Press, Reuters and CBC Information, final up to date at 7:40 a.m. ET
What’s taking place all over the world
As of early Monday morning, greater than 190.4 million instances of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide,with greater than 4 million reported deaths.
In Africa, Tunisia’s authorities determined to deploy the armed forces to vaccinate folks within the areas with the worst an infection charges and in areas with significantly low vaccination charges. Tunisia is presently recording one of many world’s highest day by day per-capita an infection charges and has reported Africa’s highest per-capita pandemic demise toll. The nation has reported a complete of 546,233 instances of COVID-19, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College’s case-tracking instrument, with 17,527 reported deaths.
In Europe, greater than 100,000 folks marched throughout France on Saturday to protest in opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to drive vaccination of well being staff and require a COVID-19-free certificates to enter locations akin to eating places and cinemas.
Corks popped, beats boomed out and giddy revellers rushed onto dance flooring when England’s nightclubs reopened Monday because the nation lifted most remaining restrictions after greater than a yr of lockdowns, masks mandates and different pandemic-related curbs.
For club-goers and nightclub house owners, the second lived as much as its media-given moniker, “Freedom Day.” However the huge step out of lockdown was met with nervousness by many Britons, and concern from scientists, who say the U.Okay. is coming into uncharted waters by opening up when infections usually are not falling however hovering.
As of Monday, face masks are not legally required in England, and with bodily distancing guidelines shelved, there are not any limits on the variety of folks attending theatre performances or huge occasions.
Within the Americas, Minneapolis Federal Reserve president Neel Kashkari mentioned many U.S. financial sectors confronted quickly rising costs and had been struggling to regulate to reopening after the shutdown.
Within the Center East, Saudi residents will want two COVID-19 vaccine doses earlier than they’ll journey outdoors the dominion from Aug. 9, state information company SPA reported on Monday, citing the ministry of inside. The choice was made based mostly on new waves of an infection globally, new mutations, and the “low efficacy of 1 vaccination dose in opposition to these mutations,” the assertion mentioned.
Within the Asia-Pacific area, South Korea will increase harder COVID-19 restrictions on non-public gatherings to outdoors the Seoul metropolitan space, because the nation struggles to include its worst outbreak, its prime minister mentioned on Sunday.
-From Reuters and The Related Press, final up to date at 6:55 a.m. ET