In various countries, new waves of Covid-19 are occurring, mainly caused by the Delta variant. While in some areas the situation is relatively under control, from others there are “alarm bells” that are difficult to ignore. This is the case, for example, in Australia. While the sixth lockdown in Melbourne (Victoria) will begin at 8pm (local time), 262 cases of contagion have been detected in New South Wales in the last 24 hours. This is the highest level ever recorded so far. As announced by the health authorities, most of these infections have concentrated in the state capital, Sydney, however other outbreaks have also occurred, which have prompted state premier Gladys Berejiklian to expand the restrictive measures also to areas adjacent to the metropolis.
In addition, five people have died in Sydney in the past 24 hours, all between the ages of 60 and 80 and not vaccinated. “I can’t stress enough how important it is for everyone, regardless of age, to step forward and get the vaccine,” said Berejiklian. “So far only 20% of the Australian population has been fully vaccinated due to delays in supplies, but also due to the hesitation of citizens.”
Contagions almost doubled in various areas of Japan
Delta variant, lockdown and restrictions: the situation in the world
Even in Japan, the situation is not the best. In recent days, the number of infections has almost doubled in many parts of the country, prompting the government to extend the state of emergency, already in force in Tokyo, to eight other prefectures of the archipelago. These are Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Shizuoka, Aichi, Shiga and Kumamoto. These are added to Osaka, Hokkaido, Ishikawa, Hyogo, Fukuoka and the metropolitan area of the capital, which also includes the prefectures of Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa. Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge for the management of the Covid-19 emergency, said that the number of patients in serious condition has almost doubled in the last two weeks, increasing the criticality of hospital facilities.
Since July 12, the Japanese government has introduced various measures to counter the spread of the epidemic, including the early closure of bars and restaurants at 8pm and a ban on the sale of alcohol after 7pm. So far Japan has never imposed restrictive orders. to the movements of people attributable to the lockdowns adopted in Europe and in the nations most affected by the pandemic. According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the Delta variant is responsible for approximately 90% of all cases reported in the Kanto region and 60% of infections detected in the rest of Japan. Since the beginning of the health emergency, at the national level, coronavirus cases have amounted to 979,534, with 15,235 confirmed deaths.
The situation in China
In Wuhan, the city in China where the coronavirus was first identified, all inhabitants will soon be subjected to molecular tests. The measure was considered necessary after infections related to the Delta variant were recorded in the last few days. To run for cover, the authorities have also put part of the metropolis in lockdown. The problem, of course, is not limited to Wuhan: a worrying increase in infections has also occurred in the rest of China. In July alone, 328 new cases were ascertained, a number almost equal to the total of those reported from February to June 2021. In Nanjing, the capital of the province of Jiangsu, all inhabitants (9.2 million) were subjected twice to anti-Covid test.
Despite all precautions, 40 new cases have been registered in Jiangsu in the past 24 hours, including four in Nanjing. The other 36 were identified in the city of Yangzhou. All patients were referred to designated hospitals to receive treatment.