Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
Pilgrims are starting to arrive in the holy city of Mecca for the second reduced hajj held during the coronavirus pandemic, circling Islam’s holiest site in masks and on distant paths.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is only allowing 60,000 fully vaccinated residents to participate, seeking to repeat the success of last year that saw no virus outbreaks during the five-day ritual.
Curfew on the Greek Festival Island
Greece is imposing a five-hour nighttime curfew and other restrictions on the popular travel island of Mykonos due to a spike in local infections.
The measures include a curfew from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. and a ban on bars, clubs and restaurants from playing music, and are in effect immediately until July 26.
France’s testing requirements
France imposes a negative COVID test carried out in the previous 24 hours for people not fully vaccinated and arriving from certain European countries such as the United Kingdom (United Kingdom), Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Countries -Low.
UK Minister of Health gets COVID
British Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating – just as his government is preparing to drop most of the pandemic restrictions in England.
âI was feeling a little groggy last night so I did a lateral flow test this morning and it turned out positive,â he said in a video message on Twitter.
Thousands of people are rallying in Paris against mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers and nursing homes, many of whom remain reluctant or outright opposed to jabs.
Starting next week, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required for theaters, cinemas, music festivals and amusement parks.
Infection of the Olympic Village
Tokyo Olympics organizers reveal the first case of COVID-19 in the Games Village, six days before the opening ceremony.
Organizers say an anonymous person tested positive for the coronavirus in the village, where thousands of athletes and officials will remain during the Games. – AFP