DIRECT. Covid-19: the Spanish ambassador promises tourists that “the strictest safety measures” are taken “for their health”

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The answer is clear. “In Spain, we take the strictest security measures” for the health of tourists, said the Spanish ambassador to France, José Manuel Albares Bueno, on Friday July 8 on franceinfo. “We must not send out messages of anxiety or panic. We must not weaken the tourism sector in Europe”, he added in response to remarks by the French Secretary of State for European Affairs on Thursday. Clément Beaune, had advised on France 2 to the French “to avoid Spain and Portugal” this summer, in the face of the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19. Follow our live.

Chile lifts restrictions. The Chilean government announced Thursday an easing of restrictions without however reopening the borders, while 73% of its 19 million inhabitants are vaccinated. Students will be able to return to schools and many businesses will be able to reopen. The country, where the curfew is maintained, has recorded 1.5 million cases, including 33,000 deaths.

Resurgence of cases in Africa. “Africa has just experienced the most disastrous week in the history of pandemics on the continent, but the worst is yet to come, as the third wave continues to spread”, said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Director of the World Health Organization for Africa. The WHO, however, notes progress in the distribution of vaccines. More than 1.6 million doses have been deployed in Africa by the Covax mechanism.

In France, hospitalizations down but contaminations on the rise. In total, 7,384 Covid patients were hospitalized on Thursday (including 100 new hospitalizations in 24 hours), against 7,539 on Wednesday, according to figures from Public Health France. But if the hospital’s numbers continue to drop, the number of cases has tended to increase again in recent days, which is attributed to the Delta variant, which is more contagious. 4,442 new contaminations were recorded in the last 24 hours, against around 2,600 a week ago.

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