We are beginning to isolate again to face the 7th wave

The 7the The COVID wave continues to cause concern as Asian Las Vegas, Macau decided to close its casinos and non-essential businesses from Monday.

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The leaders of this autonomous region of China are therefore tightening the screws and will even jail those who do not respect this return to health restrictions. Keep in mind that China is applying an extremely strict COVID-zero policy.

These new measures may seem excessive given that Macao recorded just 71 new cases of COVID-19 and transcontinental China just 358 in its latest daily report. Meanwhile, the hardest-hit countries are flirting with 100,000 cases a day. However, the strategy aims to eradicate the virus through lockdowns, border controls and mass testing.

In that spirit, a senior city official, Andre Cheong, announced at a news conference this Saturday that residents must stay at home for at least a week. Violators face up to two years in prison.

For the past month, the city had already closed most of its businesses, from bars to movie theaters. Authorities also clarified that employers will not have to pay their workers during the COVID-related shutdown.

Internationally, the rise in cases this 7the Wave is worrying to say the least, especially in Europe, Asia, but also in the land of Uncle Sam.

In the United States, you have to go back to mid-February to see 167,000 new cases in a single day. Compared to early June, that’s 30,000 more infections per day. In Europe, too, the numbers are worrying. France (137,947), Italy (101,883), Germany (95,919) and Spain (83,613) have seen a staggering increase in daily cases. For France, this means 84,000 more infections than at the beginning of June.

French Health Minister François Braun also arrived at the National Assembly wearing a mask this week, recalling that wearing a mask in crowded places is strongly recommended.

In Quebec, the curve of the number of cases per day is advancing. 1,755 infections were reported on Thursday, while a month ago the province was able to reach around 700 daily cases. According to this, 1000 more people are infected every day. The proportion of positive cases in the tests carried out is also high at 14.5%.

This rate is comparable to the statistics of the last wave. The 1,534 people hospitalized and 339 active outbreaks forced the Dright Luc Boileau, National Director of Public Health, and Christian Dubé, Minister of Health, held a conference last Thursday, April 7the hit wave.

INCREASE IN COVID CASES PER DAY

June 2022 July 2022
The world 438 234 1,226,442
United States 137 103 167,905
France 53,802 137,947
Italy 28,547 101,883
Germany 77,878 95,919
Spain 33,293 83,613
Brazil 45,073 71 114
Japan 15,584 49,927
Australia 27,658 41,743
China 358 199
Canada 2314 8767
Quebec 738 1597

Source: ourworldindata.com

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