Vietnam has put the entire southern region in a two-week hiatus starting at midnight on Sunday, as confirmed that COVID-19 cases exceeded 3,000 for the third day in a row.
The lockout order includes the Mekong Delta and the Ho Chi Minh City metropolis, the country’s financial and economic hub with more than 35 million people – nearly a third of Vietnam’s population.
Officials say they want to act as the number of infections has reached almost 50,000 since the outbreak re-emerged in late April after several months without any cases being recorded.
Ho Chi Minh City, the epicenter of the surge, had already announced full lockout a week ago but now accounts for most of the country’s cases with more than 2,000 a day.
-From the Associated Press, last updated at 7 am ET
What is happening in Tokyo
A substitute on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19 at a training camp in Japan, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said Monday.
The USOPC did not say whether Olympic champion Simone Biles or any of the other favorites to win the team’s gold were isolated due to contact tracking. The positive test was the latest in a growing line of daily reports of athletes and others testing positive at the Olympics delayed in a pandemic. The unnamed gymnast was the first American.
Earlier, officials said the third athlete at the Olympic Village in Tokyo tested positive for COVID-19, with the Czech Republic team reporting the latest case Monday in a player on the beach volleyball team of the country.
Two South African men’s soccer players had their COVID-19 cases announced on Sunday. Players and team video analysts who tested positive the day before were moved to the “isolation facility” run by the Olympic organizing committee.
Their 21 close contacts across the South African team are now facing extra scrutiny ahead of their first game on Thursday against Japan in Tokyo. The monitoring regime includes daily testing, travel in a dedicated vehicle, separate training from unaffected and restricted teammates in their dining rooms.
Meanwhile, the sponsor of Tokyo 2020 Olympics Toyota will not run Games-related television commercials due to weak public support for the Olympics, with two-thirds of Japanese doubting that safe Games could be held during the COVID-19 pandemic, reported the local media.
The Olympics, which have been postponed for a year due to the pandemic, are officially open on Friday and run until 8 August.
Japan has seen a total of 842,018 reported cases of COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University corvavirus, with 14,993 deaths reported.
Tokyo reported 1,008 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the 29th consecutive day that cases were higher than seven days earlier. It was also the fifth consecutive day with more than 1,000 cases. The Olympics will be opened under a state of emergency in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.
-From the Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, last updated at 7:40 am ET
What is happening around the world
As of Monday morning, more than 190.4 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than four million deaths reported.
Fi Africa, The Tunisian government has decided to use the armed forces to vaccinate people in regions with the worst infection rates and in areas with particularly low vaccination rates.
Tunisia is currently recording one of the highest daily per capita infection rates in the world and has reported the highest number of pandemic deaths per capita in Africa. The country reported a total of 546,233 cases of COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University case tracking tool, with 17,527 deaths reported.
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Fi Europe, more than 100,000 people marched across France on Saturday to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to force vaccination of health workers and require a COVID-19-free certificate to enter places such as restaurants and cinemas .
Corks have risen, beatings have risen and heartfelt festivities have raced across the dance floors as England’s nightclubs reopened on Monday as the country lifted the most restrictions. remaining after more than a year of lockdowns, mask warrants and other pandemic-related cords.
For club goers and nightclub owners, the moment lived the moniker given by its media, “Freedom Day”. But the big step out of the blockade has met with nervousness from many Britons, and concerns from scientists, who say the UK is entering unknown waters by opening it up when infections aren’t on. fall but rise.
As of Monday, face masks are no longer legally required in England, and with the rules of stored physical distance, there are no limits on the number of people attending theatrical performances or major events.
In America, Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa said on Monday it approved trials with the third dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19. Anvisa said the third dose of the vaccine should be given to 10,000 volunteers between 11 and 13 months after the second shot.
Minneapolis Federal Reserve Chairman Neel Kashkari said many U.S. economic sectors have faced rapidly rising prices and are struggling to adjust for reopening after closing.
In Middle East, Saudi nationals need two doses of COVID-19 vaccine before they can travel outside the kingdom from August 9, the state news agency SPA reported on Monday, citing the ministry of the interior. The decision was made on the basis of new waves of infection globally, new mutations, and the “low efficacy of a single dose of vaccine against these mutations,” the statement said.
In Asia-Pacific region, South Korea will expand tougher COVID-19 restrictions on private meetings outside the Seoul metropolitan area, as the country struggles to have its worst outbreak, the Prime Minister said. His minister on Sunday.
-From Reuters and The Associated Press, last updated at 8:40 am ET