Rio de Janeiro and Paris. The inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro will not be able to enjoy its beaches this weekend, closed to contain the coronavirus, which on Friday alone left more than 2,800 dead in Brazil, while millions of French and Poles reinitiated a lockdown to control the contagions.
To the movement restrictions, Europe adds a slow and controversial vaccination campaign over the supply of the drug from AstraZeneca.
This vaccine has been administered again since Friday, as it is considered “safe and effective”, after having been suspended by fifteen countries, but the European Union has only received 30% of the 90 million doses agreed for the first quarter, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday.
The official thus threatened to block exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus, manufactured in Europe and destined for other countries, if the block does not first receive the promised doses.
“This is our message to AstraZeneca: Please respect the contract with Europe before starting to supply [dosis] to other countries, “said Von der Leyen.
Worldwide, the pandemic has already killed more than 2.7 million people and infected more than 122 million.
In the United States, the country most mourned by the coronavirus, the vaccination rate accelerated in recent weeks, with a current average of 2.4 million doses per day and the goal of 100 million inoculated in the first 100 has already been reached. days of Joe Biden’s rule, one month in advance.
“Very critical” situation
In Brazil, the pandemic appears to be out of control. The average daily death has doubled (from one thousand to two thousand), compared to last month and the country already accumulates a fateful balance of more than 290 thousand deaths from Covid-19 and 11.8 million infections.
The South American giant is going through the worst moment of the pandemic: of the 27 Brazilian states, 25 have an occupation equal to or greater than 80 percent in Intensive Care Units (ICU). In Rio, this percentage reaches 95 percent, according to the authorities.
The situation is “very critical”, summarized the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, after announcing the closure of the beaches this weekend.
“I make a call to the Cariocas: it is time to stay home,” he asked the inhabitants of the city, announcing that “more restrictive measures” will be announced on Monday.
The measures adopted by governors and mayors have not been enough to control the second wave of the pandemic or to convince the president, Jair Bolsonaro, of the need to reinforce social isolation.
In Sao Paulo, the economic and financial capital of the country, a series of holidays were announced to reduce circulation and travel.
And the automaker Volkswagen announced the suspension as of Wednesday and for 12 days of the manufacture of vehicles in its four plants in Brazil, “in order to preserve the health of its employees and their families.”
Latin America has more than 737 thousand deaths and 23 million infections.
Chile surpassed 7,000 daily cases of Covid-19 for the first time this Saturday since the start of the pandemic, a situation that led the government to confine some 28 municipalities and to quarantine all travelers. To date, the country has registered 22,180 deaths.
The situation is not good in Venezuela (30 million inhabitants), where the government announced that the country is suffering a second wave “more virulent” than that registered in 2020, as a result of a variant of the virus that emerged in neighboring Brazil.
Venezuelan authorities have reported 149,145 infections and 1,475 deaths, but the opposition and the Oenegés question the figures.
Protests against restrictions
From this Saturday, the Poles and a third of the French had to respect confinement measures to try to stop the infections.
A total of 21 million French, including Parisians, will have to respect the new measures, which are less severe than those applied a year ago.
For at least a month, non-essential shops will be closed, you will not be able to travel between regions and you will leave home with a receipt.
In Poland, given the deterioration of the health situation, the government imposed a partial confinement for at least three weeks, after having relaxed the restrictions in February.
Some restrictions that led thousands of people to demonstrate against in Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands or Austria this Saturday, in many cases violently and without a mask.
The most crowded rally took place in the German city of Kassel, where according to police between 15,000 and 20,000 people gathered, brandishing banners reading “Enough confinement” or “Corona rebels.”
This Saturday it was officially announced that there will be no spectators from other countries in the stands of the Tokyo Olympics, which will be held in July and August, due to health risks.