August 3, 2021

Belgium is rediscovering its cafes; 28 elephants tested in India

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 3.7 million people worldwide since the start of the epidemic, which appeared at the end of December 2019, according to a report drawn up on Wednesday, June 9 by Agence France-Presse ( AFP). After the United States (598,326), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (476,800), India (353,500), Mexico (229,100), and Peru (187,200). Among the countries hardest hit, Peru is the one that deplores the highest number of deaths in relation to its population.

These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. They exclude the upward revisions carried out a posteriori by certain statistical organizations. The World Health Organization (WHO) even estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that which is officially recorded.

  • Belgium serves the noose

As in France, a new aspect of social life resumed on Wednesday in Belgium. With a few differences. In addition to the reopening of indoor cafes and restaurants, cinemas and sports halls can resume their activity, for the first time in more than seven months. Work in the office is allowed for everyone for one day a week.

In this country of 11.5 million inhabitants, where Covid-19 has killed more than 25,000, more than 56% of the adult population is now vaccinated, protected by at least one dose.

The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care was 319 on Wednesday, up from more than 900 six weeks ago, at the peak of the third wave. The authorities demanded to go below the threshold of 500 to allow these relaxations of June 9, which constitute the first step of the “Summer plan”.

  • Spain eases entry conditions into its territory

A decree published in Official newspaper Spain on Wednesday states that, as with travelers arriving by plane, Spain will now allow travelers arriving by road if they have a vaccination certificate. Until now, the country required a negative PCR test of less than seventy-two hours for anyone wishing to cross the French land border in order to travel to Spain.

In addition, the Spanish authorities raised, on Wednesday, to 12 years, against 6 years so far, the minimum age from which a negative test for Covid-19 is necessary to enter Spain.

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  • In India, 28 elephants tested

After the death attributed to Covid-19 of an Asian lioness, 28 elephants were subjected to screening tests in a forest reserve in southern India, authorities said on Wednesday. The 9-year-old lioness, whose species is endangered, died in early June in the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, according to local press. This is the first animal death in India attributed to the virus.

Screening tests have revealed that the lioness and eight other felines, including two in a worrying condition, were carriers of the virus, the newspaper reported over the past week. The New Indian Express. To AFP on Wednesday, a ranger in Mudumalai National Park in southern Tamil Nadu commented:

“After the lions at Vandalur Zoo (Arignar Anna Zoological Park) tested positive for Covid-19, we were asked to screen the elephants, as a precaution. “

Analyzes of samples taken on Tuesday from 28 elephants, including two baby elephants, must be carried out by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in the state of Uttar Pradesh (north of the country). The results are expected within a week. “The animals had no symptoms, it was just as a precaution”, specified the forest ranger.

Some 21 tigers in Bhagwan Birsa Park in northeastern Jharkhand state were also tested over the past week after a 10-year-old tiger died with a high fever. , according to the local press.

The World with AFP