End of confinement in Sydney, 4.84 million dead … update on the Covid-19 pandemic in the world

Sydney comes out of confinement

The people of Sydney come out of nearly four months of strict containment on Monday, decreed in Australia’s largest city to block the Covid-19 epidemic.

In this city of five million inhabitants, containment was decided in the summer to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of the highly contagious coronavirus.

It was lifted after 106 days of restrictions, in view of the drop in contamination – 477 cases recorded on Sunday in the state of New South Wales, the most populous in the country – and the advance of vaccination, with more than 70% of the population over 16 years of age fully vaccinated.

Malaysia: restrictions relaxed for vaccinated travelers

Malaysia has decided to ease restrictions on travel within its borders and abroad for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19, due to a slowdown in the epidemic and a rising vaccination rate, she said on Sunday.

The country has been in the grip of its worst wave of Covid-19 in recent months, prompting the authorities to put in place strict containment throughout the territory.

The country, which has some 32 million inhabitants, has experienced more than 2.3 million cases and around 27,000 deaths from Covid-19.

Fear of an outbreak of bronchiolitis

After being placed under cover due to Covid, the countries of the northern hemisphere are preparing for this winter for a possible rebound in bronchiolitis, a respiratory disease that affects babies and can sometimes lead them to hospital.

“The bronchiolitis epidemic could be large,” warns in its latest opinion the Scientific Council, which guides the French government.

Last winter, confinements and anti-Covid barrier gestures also blocked other viruses, including RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), responsible for bronchiolitis.

The children were less infected than usual, and therefore have less immunity. The French Scientific Council thus notes a “significant acquired collective immunity deficit for children born after March 2020”.

Death of the father of the atomic bomb in Pakistan

Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of the atomic bomb in Pakistan and national hero for his admirers, died at 85, Pakistani authorities said on Sunday, after having tested positive for Covid-19 and hospitalized several times since August.

More than 4.84 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 4,843,739 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established on Sunday at 10 a.m. GMT by AFP from official sources.

More than 237.4 million cases of infection have been officially diagnosed since the start of the epidemic. The vast majority of patients recover, but a still poorly evaluated part retains symptoms for weeks or even months.

The United States is the country most bereaved by this epidemic with 712,974 deaths, followed by Brazil (600,829), India (450,589), Mexico (281,958) and Russia (216,415).

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.

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