COVID-19 Daily - July 8, 2021: over 30 new cases of COVID-000 in the UK; the incidence rate increases in Germany; Romania has extended the state of alert!

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The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving and European countries are beginning to report more and more new cases. As a result, some countries have reintroduced anti-covid restrictions, others declare a state of emergency. Let's see what's new today!

  • Japan declares a state of emergency amid growing cases in Tokyo, just two weeks before the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics. The Olympics may be held without spectators.
  • The UK reported 32.548 cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, which is the largest daily increase since January. England celebrated a place in the Euro 2020 final on Wednesday. According to a study by Imperial College London: men were 30% more likely than women to come out positive. The explanation would be that they met at the EURO 2020 matches.
  • The seven-day incidence rate in Germany has risen slightly after a steady decline in recent days. In the last seven days, the incidence rate has increased to 5,1 cases per 100.000 citizens. On Wednesday, 985 new infections were registered in the country, ie 177 more than a week ago. 

Nasal spray vaccine

  • Finnish developers of a new type of nasal spray vaccine have obtained funding from public and private sources to continue clinical trials, according to the University of Eastern Finland. Funding will now help complete the first two phases of the vaccine's clinical trials.
  • EEurope’s economy is recovering better than expected, thanks to the launch of vaccination campaigns and effective isolation measures, said European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni. Economic growth in the European Union would expand by 4,8% this year and by 4,5% in 2022, according to economic forecasts for the summer of 2021. 
  • Bulgarian authorities have detected 43 new Delta cases, which means that the number of new infections in the country in the last 24 hours has reached a total of 51, says the Ministry of Health. 

Romania extends the alert status by another 30 days, from July 12. At the same time, several changes were made to the alert law.

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