Daily Post – June 27th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

463 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ NEWS

A resurgence of the epidemic has been observed in some countries where an improvement in the situation and an advance in the vaccination campaign had made it possible to lift health restrictions. This increase in cases, mainly related to the Delta variant, concerns :

Australia: all eyes are on Sydney. On 26 June, the authorities imposed a two-week total re-containment of the city, which is facing an outbreak of new cases caused by the Delta variant. In this country, which has so far contained the spread of Covid rather well, more than 80 people have tested positive this week, all linked to a driver who drove airline crews from Sydney airport to quarantine hotels. For its part, New Zealand suspended the “air bubble” allowing non-quarantine flights with Australia for three days on 26 June.

UK: by 22 June, nearly 65% of the population had received a first dose, mainly from AstraZeneca. But while the country has seen an improvement in the situation since the end of April, with an average of almost 2,000 cases over seven days, it is not out of the epidemic. By Wednesday, more than 15,800 new cases had been reported. Faced with the surge in the Delta variant, which now accounts for nearly 90% of new infections, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has postponed the lifting of the latest anti-Covid restrictions until 19 July.

Portugal: On Tuesday, the country reported almost 1,500 new cases of coronavirus infection in 24 hours, a new daily record since 20 February. Two days earlier, Portugal’s National Health Institute (Insa) reported that the Delta variant had become predominant in the greater Lisbon area, accounting for more than 60% of new cases detected. The Minister of Health acknowledged that the country could have “acted differently” to prevent this spread. Portugal was the only EU country that British tourists were able to visit for three weeks between mid-May and early June, when the Delta variant, which emerged in India, was already circulating in the UK.

Israel: the country has announced that it will postpone the reopening of its territory to tourists until 1 August and is preparing for new measures to contain the coronavirus epidemic, with cases increasing in the country despite a large vaccination campaign. According to the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, this increase in infections is due to the spread of the Delta variant. However, this increase in cases is slight compared to other countries, since the average over seven days was 50 cases on 23 June. The country, which prided itself on being the first to emerge from the health crisis thanks to a vast vaccination campaign, reinstated the obligation to wear a mask in closed public places and businesses on 25 June.

An increase due to the Delta variant and a weak vaccination campaign for some countries

Russia: more than 20,000 new coronavirus infections and 568 deaths were recorded in 24 hours, one of the highest daily totals since January, according to figures released Thursday by the government. The explosion since mid-June has been driven by the Delta variant, which accounts for nearly 90% of the infections in Moscow. In response to the outbreak, the mayor of the Russian capital has made vaccination compulsory in the service sector, while the immunisation campaign has lagged since December amid Russian mistrust of vaccines. St Petersburg, which is hosting Euro matches, recorded the highest daily death toll from the coronavirus in the country since the start of the pandemic on 26 June, with 107 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Indonesia: the two-million-case mark was passed on Monday. The number of new daily cases has doubled in recent weeks in the archipelago, where the Delta variant that appeared in India has been confirmed. The country is trying to accelerate the pace of vaccination as only 7% of its population has received at least one dose, according to the latest official data. Numerous cases of infection among health workers who had been vaccinated have raised questions about the effectiveness of the Sinovac vaccine, which is produced in China and on which Indonesia is heavily dependent for its campaign.

An increase in cases due to the Brazilian variant

Brazil: where the pandemic has never really been slowed down. The country nevertheless saw a record number of Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, with 115,228 new cases reported in 24 hours, according to the latest Health Ministry figures. This peak would confirm the arrival of a third wave. Only 11.36% of the population is fully vaccinated and the health situation is deteriorating. However, life seems to be almost back to normal in most of the country’s cities, with restaurants, bars and shops open and large numbers of unmasked people on the streets.

Colombia: which on Monday passed the 100,000 mark in pandemic-related deaths. The country had seen a low point in March with an average of 3,000 cases over seven days. The upsurge was identified at the beginning of April and restrictions were put in place. But in addition to the Brazilian variant, since April 28, demonstrations by thousands of Colombians have multiplied, fanned by strong police repression, making these measures ineffective.

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▫️ TRAVEL NEWS – From France’s point of view. (🔸 =New)

Nothing new in the past 48 hours

24/06: People who have been vaccinated or who have already had covid can now enter Norway without quarantine. .
24/06: The US says restarting international tourism is a priority, but has not yet announced a date for reopening borders to Europeans. .

24/06: From 1 July, vaccinated people will no longer need to be tested on arrival in Iceland or quarantined while waiting for the results.
24/06: The Netherlands no longer requires a test for travellers from France.
24/06: Israel postpones the opening of its borders to tourists until 1 August.

23/06: Russia, Namibia and Seychelles have been added to the red list 🔴 of countries for which a compelling reason is required to travel from France, even for vaccinated people.
23/06: By plane or by boat, travellers who wanted to travel between Guadeloupe and Martinique will no longer be isolated on arrival.
23/06: Australia begins to reopen its borders to vaccinated students.


22/06: The islands of Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan in Thailand could reopen to vaccinated people as early as July 15, shortly after Phuket opens on July 1.
22/06: Travellers, even unvaccinated, can now enter Montenegro without a test.
22/06: People who have been vaccinated or who have already had covid are now exempt from PCR testing to enter Italy.
22/06: Hong Kong to reduce quarantine time to 7 days for vaccinated people.
22/06: As of July 5, fully vaccinated travellers who are allowed to enter Canada will no longer be required to quarantine or test on the 8th day after arrival. In addition, fully vaccinated air travellers will not be required to stay in a government-approved hotel. However, tourists are still not allowed in until at least 21 July.


21/06: Estonia no longer imposes a quarantine on travellers from France.
21/06: The land border between Guinea and Senegal will be reopened very soon.
21/06: Niger has reopened its land borders.
21/06: Tunisia announces a general lockdown in four regions.
21/06: Norway to reopen its borders on 24 June.
21/06: The Czech Republic has reopened its borders.
21/06: Finland has reopened its borders to people who have been vaccinated or who have already had the covid.
21/06: Canada extends the closure of the land border with the United States until at least July 21.


19/06: Following Germany’s classification of Namibia as a country with a variant of concern, as of midnight Saturday 19, French nationals not resident in Germany are no longer allowed to board a flight to Europe via Germany.


18/06: In contrast to the easing of health restrictions in several European countries, Portugal has decided to ban entry to and exit from the Lisbon area over the weekend.
18/06: France is now placed in a green zone by Romania. Travellers arriving from France are exempt from quarantine and no longer need to present a PCR test on arrival in Romania.
18/06: Germany has removed France from its list of travel risk areas. There is therefore no longer a quarantine.

17/06: Indonesia may start to reopen its borders in July, but it is not clear how.
17/06: The UK is considering re-allowing vaccinated Britons to travel. It is not yet known whether vaccinated Europeans will be able to enter the kingdom without quarantine.
17/06: Ireland to reopen its borders without quarantine on 19 July.
17/06: Latvia has reopened its borders.
17/06: Hungary will reopen its borders on 24 June.
17/06: The list of green, orange and red countries for entry to and exit from France has been updated:

▸ Canada, USA move to green list (but these countries do not yet allow travellers from Europe)

▸ Turkey moves to orange list

▸ Afghanistan, Maldives and Paraguay move to red list


17/06: Unvaccinated people without compelling reasons can now travel to French Polynesia if they have been in the US for at least 15 days (previously 1 month) even if they are not American.


16/06: Thailand gives itself 120 days to fully reopen its borders. Source
16/06: Malawi closes land and sea borders. Source : Email from Malawi Tourism Council

15/06: Morocco has reopened its air and sea borders.
15/06: The launch of the health pass in the European Union is scheduled for 1 July, but Member States retain the possibility of reintroducing certain travel restrictions, particularly in the case of variants. States agreed to harmonise the validity periods of PCR tests (no more than 72 hours before arrival at destination) and antigenic tests (no more than 48 hours). They also agreed that travelling children under 12 years of age should be exempt from testing and that minors travelling with their parents or an accompanying adult should not be required to undergo quarantine if the accompanying adult is not subject to it. However, the implementation of these decisions is not binding.


14/06: Vaccinated travellers will no longer need a PCR test to enter Kyrgyzstan from 19 June.
14/06: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina.


12/06: The first phase of the reopening of the borders of Mauritius will start on 15 July, provided you are vaccinated and test negative. A 14-day quarantine will be imposed. Unrestricted travel to Mauritius will not be possible until 1 October.


11/06: France is now placed by the Romanian authorities in the “yellow zone”, with reduced entry conditions. Travellers arriving from France are exempt from quarantine.
11/06: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested to enter Honduras.


10/06: As of 21 June, it will be possible to download a certificate of vaccination, certified in accordance with European standards, with English subtitles, from the Health Insurance teleservice. This certificate will be part of the authorised proof for travelling within the European Union as of 1 July.


09/06: The United States on Tuesday took the first measured steps towards a return to international travel, easing its warning to people wishing to travel to several countries, including France, and announcing the creation of working groups with key partners to prepare for this resumption.
09/06: Vaccinated people can now travel outside the EU directly from France without compelling reasons. Non-vaccinated tourists can only leave Europe from a country other than France. See the rules for entering / leaving France
09/06 : Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin : End of the compelling reason. PCR test less than 72 hours old, even for vaccinated persons. Self-isolation of 7 days for non-vaccinated persons.
09/06 : Reunion and Mayotte : End of the urgent reason only for vaccinated persons. PCR test of less than 72 hours.
09/06: French Polynesia: End of urgent reason only for vaccinated persons. PCR test less than 72 hours old.
09/06: French Guiana, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna: Compelling reason maintained
09/06: Canada may begin to gradually open its border with the United States to vaccinated people from 22 June.

▫️   NEWS FROM A SMALL ISLAND 🇬🇧

British Health Minister Matt Hancock, a key figure in the government’s response to the pandemic, announced his resignation on Saturday for breaking rules against Covid in connection with an extramarital affair with one of his advisers, revealed on Friday by a tabloid.

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