COVID-19 Daily - July 19, 2021: Freedom Day in England; protests in Cyprus; COVID-19 positive cases at the Tokyo Olympics!

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The week started with positive news from many parts of Europe, but at the same time with much less good news. July 19 will go down in history as "Freedom Day" in England. But things are not going as well at the Tokyo Olympics, with new cases of COVID-19 being reported. Let's see the news from July 19!

  • England lifted all COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, despite the increase in the number of new cases. This has alarmed scientists around the world. On the night between Sunday and Monday, after 00:00, nightclubs reopened and other bars and restaurants were allowed to operate at full capacity. The mask is no longer mandatory in crowded places, only in means of transport, airports and airplanes. The opposition Labor Party called the move "reckless". 122 scientists criticized the move as "dangerous and premature."
  • PBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak are isolating themselves after Health Minister Sajid Javid tested positive for COVID-19.

Children over 12 could be vaccinated in England!

  • UK Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said COVID-12 vaccines will be given to children over 19 years of age who are considered “at risk” or who live with adults classified as “vulnerable”.. More than 300.000 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 could be vaccinated. 
  • MPeople protested in Cyprus against anti-VOCID measures. Protesters attacked the Cypriot television station Sigma TV and set fire to cars. Cyprus introduced green pass last week, allowing access only to those vaccinated in supermarkets, restaurants and other indoor places. The country is going through the fourth wave of COVID-19, in which the Delta variant is dominant.

Three positive cases with COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics!

  • Czech beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic tested positive, this being the third case with COVID-19 detected in the Olympic village of Tokyo, after two other South African footballers. 
  • Lockdown of five days in Melbourne and Sydney, as Australia's largest metropolis is struggling with outbreaks of COVID-19, where the Delta variant is dominant.
  • About 60 Saudi pilgrims gathered at Mount Arafat for hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and one of the greatest religious events. It is the second time that the hajj, which normally attracts more than 2 million pilgrims, is hosted under pandemic restrictions. Authorities in Saudi Arabia have limited the event to fully vaccinated adults between the ages of 18 and 65 without chronic disease. They said no cases of COVID-19 were reported among the attendants.
  • Germany's seven-day incidence rate rose to 10,3, according to the Robert Koch Institute, with 546 new COVID-19 infections and one death reported in the past 24 hours.
  • The Czech Republic is on the verge of gaining collective light against COVID-19. According to the Czech biochemist Zdenek Hostomsky, more than 4 million people have been completely vaccinated, another 1.7 million people have been naturally immunized, going through the disease. The Czech Republic has a population of 10.6 million people. Scientists believe that the number of those who have been infected with COVID-19 and cured is much higher.

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