AFP, published on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 8:17 p.m.
New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– USA to lift restrictions on international travel –
The United States will lift “at the beginning of November”, for vaccinated people, the restrictions which weighed since March 2020 on international travel, and whose maintenance annoyed many of their partners, Europeans in the lead.
In addition to showing proof of vaccination against Covid-19, travelers will have to be tested within three days before their trip to the United States, and wear a mask, authorities said.
– Helsinki: singing “Happy Birthday” again allowed –
Deprived of nursery rhymes and forced for months only to hum birthday songs, schoolchildren in Helsinki obtained the right on Monday to sing again at the top of their lungs, thanks to a relaxation of restrictions against the Covid.
– New York: for unvaccinated Bolsonaro, it’s “pizza-coca” in the street –
Arriving in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, President Jair Bolsonaro was pictured having dinner standing in the street with a pizza on Sunday, a fancy attributed by Brazilian media to his refusal of the Covid vaccine.
– Auckland extends its confinement –
The lockdown of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is being extended for two weeks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday.
New Zealand is following a “zero Covid” strategy aimed at eradicating all traces of the coronavirus from its territory. The toll is currently 27 deaths out of five million inhabitants since the start of the pandemic.
– Vientiane is locked –
Residents of Vientiane, the capital of Laos, have been ordered to confine themselves until September 30, in an attempt to stem the wave of the coronavirus epidemic, official media said on Monday.
– The “safe” Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year olds –
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 is “safe” and “well tolerated” by children aged 5 to 11 and the right dosage triggers a “robust” immune response, according to the results of a study announced Monday by the laboratories.
The two companies plan to submit this data to the authorities “as soon as possible”, according to a statement, which specifies that the immune reaction was “comparable” to that observed in 16 to 25 year olds who received a higher dose vaccine.
– Fiji wants to reopen –
Fiji, still in the grip of the epidemic, wishes to welcome tourists again from November, in the hope of reviving an economy devastated by the pandemic.
– France: towards an extension of the health pass –
A bill to extend the health pass in France beyond November 15 “is being prepared and will be presented to the Council of Ministers on October 13,” Prime Minister Jean’s entourage told AFP on Monday. Castex.
Faced with an improvement in the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron said he was ready to “lift certain constraints” in “territories where the virus circulates less quickly”, without giving a deadline.
– More than 4.68 million dead –
The pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed at least 4,689,140 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Monday at 10 a.m. GMT.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (673,765) ahead of Brazil (590,752), India (445,133), Mexico (271,503), and Peru (199,066).
The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the results of the pandemic could be two to three times higher.