The pandemic has killed more than 3.8 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse (AFP) from official sources on Tuesday, June 22, at noon (time of Paris).
After the United States (over 602,000 dead), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (over 504,000), India (389,000), Mexico (231,000) and Peru (190,000). These figures, which are based on the daily reports of the national health authorities, are generally underestimated. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.
US committee examines heart problems in vaccinated youth
American experts are due to meet in the United States on Wednesday to examine some 300 cases of inflammation in the heart triggered after the injection of certain Covid-19 vaccines, especially in adolescents or young adults. These cases were observed after the vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which have in common that they are based on messenger RNA technology.
The independent experts are convened by the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country’s leading federal public health agency, to review these cases of myocarditis and pericarditis, respectively an inflammation of the heart muscle or the heart. membrane that surrounds the heart. “These cases are rare, and the vast majority [d’entre eux] were resolved with rest and care ”, had reassured Thursday Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC.
Such cases were first reported in Israel, where vaccination was faster than in the majority of countries. The Israeli health ministry raised at the end of May “A possible link” between the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and cases of myocarditis in young men, while specifying that 95% were benign. A few cases have also been detected in France.
Israel warns of ‘new wave’ after spike in cases
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday warned of a ” new wave “ contamination after an increase in the number of patients attributed to the Delta variant, introduced into Israel by travelers. Israeli authorities on Monday identified 125 new cases, in a country where more than half of the population has received two doses of the vaccine.
New, very strict rules for spectators at the Tokyo Olympics
No alcohol, no hugs, no cheers, no autographs: the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics unveiled new, very strict rules on Wednesday for spectators of the “Pandemic Olympics”, at one point. month of the opening ceremony. Olympic officials on Monday decided to allow a maximum of 10,000 local spectators per venue, but organizing committee chairperson Seiko Hashimoto warned them not to expect the kind of party they are currently entitled to. Euro football supporters for example. In Japan, spectators will have to meet several anti-Covid requirements to enter the Olympic venues.
Anyone registering a body temperature above 37.5 degrees during two separate checks will be refused entry, as will anyone coughing or not wearing a mask, and with no refund possible if entry is refused. Once inside, spectators will be able to applaud, but will not have the right to cheer the sportsmen or “To come into direct contact with other spectators”, and they will be advised to return home directly after the competitions. It will also be prohibited to ask athletes for autographs or “To express verbal support”, wave a towel or engage in “Any form of cheer likely to create a crowd”. At the Olympics, spectators will also have to do without alcohol.