July 31, 2021

Algeria partially reopens its borders after fifteen months of closure

No one has died from Covid-19 in 24 hours in the United Kingdom, a first since July 30, while Algeria partially reopens its borders and Haiti extends the state of health emergency by fifteen days.

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 3.55 million people worldwide since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to an established report, Tuesday 1is June, by Agence France-Presse (AFP) from official sources on Monday.

  • In the UK, no death from Covid-19 in 24 hours

A sign warning of the spread of the coronavirus, in Hounslow, west London, on June 1, 2021.

British health services recorded no additional deaths from the coronavirus in 24 hours on Tuesday, a first since July 30, as the United Kingdom worries about the rise in cases linked to the Delta variant.

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Check-ups at the start of the week are often unusually low after the weekend due to delays in registering cases (Monday was a public holiday). But this decrease in the number of deaths is nevertheless good symbolic news for the most bereaved country in Europe, with almost 128,000 deaths due to the pandemic.

Despite this encouraging figure, the United Kingdom counted 3,165 additional cases of contamination on Tuesday (almost 4.5 million in total) according to the latest official report, a daily report increasing compared to previous weeks.

After a long and strict winter confinement, this country has experienced a health improvement that has allowed it to ease restrictions, but it is currently facing an increase in the number of cases, largely attributed to the spread of the Delta variant, initially appeared in India. Some scientists are warning of a potential third wave in the UK.

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  • Algeria partially reopens its borders

At Algiers airport, while Algeria resumed some international flights, on June 1, 2021.

Algeria partially reopened its borders on Tuesday, with the resumption of an air link between Algiers and Paris, after more than a year of closure due to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus. An Airbus A330 of the national company Air Algérie landed on Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. (French time) at Algiers Houari-Boumédiène airport, with 299 passengers on board, from Paris-Orly. The same aircraft had made its first flight to Orly in the morning, with about sixty passengers.

Immediately after disembarking on the tarmac in Algiers, the passengers were taken directly in buses parked at the exit of the airport to be then taken to a hotel in Zeralda, a coastal town west of the capital, where they will be confined for five days, according to images broadcast by private television channels.

The government announced last week a gradual recovery, from 1is June, Air Algeria flights to four countries: France, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. This limited reopening is accompanied by draconian conditions: compulsory isolation for five days in one of the hotels selected by the authorities and costs of confinement and screening on arrival at the expense of visitors. Land and sea borders remain closed for the moment.

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  • Haiti extends the state of health emergency by 15 days

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse announced on Tuesday the extension of the state of health emergency for two weeks in the face of the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country. “We know things are serious. Some hospitals even claim to be saturated ”, he said in a speech broadcast live on social media.

Over the past ten days, more than forty people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in hospitals while, since March 2020, less than 300 deaths have been officially attributed to the epidemic in Haiti.

On May 24, following the detection of the Alpha and Gamma variants in the country (respectively identified for the first time in the United Kingdom in December 2020 and in Brazil in January 2021), the health authorities had declared a first state of health emergency for eight days. The curfew established from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. is therefore renewed, as is the compulsory wearing of a mask in public spaces.

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The World with AFP