Covid-19: Spain and Portugal discouraged, Olympics without spectators … The recap of July 8

► Delta variant: Paris advises against holidays in Spain and Portugal

Invited in the program “Les 4V” on France 2, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, advised “To avoid Spain and Portugal” this summer, faced with the rapid spread of the Delta variant.

“It is a recommendation on which I insist, it is better to stay in France or go to other countries” than Spain or Portugal, he added, while stressing that these destinations were still authorized.

► Jean Castex evokes a “third dose” for the most fragile vaccinated first

Traveling to the Annual Congress of the Cities of France in Blois, Prime Minister Jean Castex declaredduring a sequence devoted to the epidemic that a “Third dose” would be necessary “Probably for the most vulnerable, who were vaccinated first” because “The immune defenses weaken.

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He also recalled the essential role of the vaccine in breaking the progression of Covid-19: ” The weapon is known, it is vaccination. We know that vaccines protect, in any case they protect severe forms of the disease. “

► No increased risk of contamination at the Indochina test concert

The Indochina test concert, which was held on May 29 in Paris in front of a masked crowd, demonstrated “The absence of increased risk of infection” to Covid-19, according to the results unveiled by the Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP).

However, the experiment took place when the Delta variant, which is more transmissible, was clearly less present than today.

► The Tokyo Olympics deprived of spectators

There will be “No spectators” at the venues for the Olympic Games in Tokyo which will open on July 23, due to the resurgence of the coronavirus in the Japanese capital.

This announcement comes a few hours after the decision of the Japanese government to reinstate a state of health emergency in Tokyo from Monday July 12 until August 22. This device will thus encompass the entire period of the Olympic Games, which last until August 8.

► Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel left the hospital

Xavier Bettel, hospitalized on Sunday after contracting Covid-19, left the hospital on Thursday due to the improvement in his state of health. The 48-year-old liberal leader will resume his teleworking duties on Friday.

He suffered from breathing difficulties and his condition had been described as “Serious” Monday. But he “Had not been intubated”, according to one of his collaborators.


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