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Follow the events of this Thursday, April 1, 2021 ⤵️
8:10 am. A “coronacorridor” between Taiwan and the Palau Islands. Taiwan and the Palau archipelago in the Pacific are inaugurating a “bubble” within which their nationals will once again be able to travel. About 100 enthusiastic Taiwanese tourists arrived at Taoyuan International Airport on Thursday morning, five hours before takeoff, time to be tested. Palau is located a thousand kilometers east of the Philippines and is one of the few places in the world that has not recorded any cases of coronavirus. Before the pandemic, tourism represented more than half of their GDP. Sixteen weekly connections should be put in place.
8 hours. Serious consequences for a third of the patients. According to English doctors, nearly a third of people who have been hospitalized due to Covid-19 are readmitted for further treatment within four months of being discharged from hospital. And one in eight people die within that time frame.
7:50 a.m. Ontario is going to re-define itself. The most populous province and economic engine of Canada, Ontario will announce during the day a strict re-containment of 28 days from Saturday. Ontario has crossed the threshold of 2,000 new cases every day for a week, against around 1,000 at the beginning of March. Non-essential businesses could remain open with a reception capacity limited to 25% while essential businesses could only accommodate 50% of customers in order to facilitate barrier gestures.
Sports halls and hairdressing salons would close their doors again. Schools would remain open next week until the Easter holidays.
7.40 am. Pray outside, recommends the WHO. A few days before Easter and two weeks before the start of Ramadan, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published recommendations on religious gatherings in Europe, calling for them to be organized outside in countries where gatherings are still allowed.
A tour of the news to start the day
7:35. Osaka does not want the Olympic Torch. According to several Japanese media, Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura wants the Olympic torch relay stage to be canceled in the city of Osaka (western Japan), due to a further increase in Covid-19 infections. The Tokyo Olympics (2020) are to be held from July 23 to August 8. The Olympic Torch Relay started on March 25 in Fukushima (northeastern Japan), and is scheduled to pass through Osaka Department on April 13 and 14, starting with Sakai City and ending with Osaka City. .
7:20 a.m. Containment ends … in New Caledonia. “As I speak to you, the risk of the virus circulating among the Caledonian population is now very low,” Thierry Santa, president of the government, said at a press conference. “We have decided to resume activities as widely as possible (…). From tomorrow, you will be able to freely enjoy life outdoors, all activities will be able to resume, on the sole condition of respecting the barrier gestures and the recommendations ”of the health authorities, he said. Strict confinement with closure of schools had been decreed on March 9 for two weeks then extended twice after the detection of cases outside the fortnight for the first time in a year.
Only gatherings of more than 50 people remain prohibited and discos closed until Sunday April 11. Likewise, wearing a mask continues to be compulsory in work premises, places open to the public and when traveling with others.
7:10. Advanced curfew in Guadeloupe. The epidemic situation is stable but still fragile. The prefecture announced that the curfew was reduced from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. from tomorrow and until Monday inclusive. Some 317 people tested positive in the territory between March 22 and 28 against 335 for the previous week, but forty people were still in intensive care on Sunday.
7 hours. South Korea will set up a vaccination passport. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said a mobile app, which will allow international travelers to present digital proof of vaccination, will be officially launched this month. “The introduction of a vaccination passport or ‘Green Pass’ will only allow those who have been vaccinated to experience the recovery of their daily lives,” he said at an executive meeting. The application will be protected in such a way as to prevent tampering.
6:45 a.m. Hecatomb in Brazil. The coronavirus killed 66,573 people in March in Brazil, more than twice as many as in July 2020, which was the deadliest month in the first wave. “We are at the worst time, with records of deaths and contaminations, which signals that April will still be very bad,” epidemiologist Ethel Maciel, professor at the Federal University of Espirito Santo, told AFP ( UFES).
6:40 am. However, in Australia. The lockdown of Brisbane, the country’s 3rd largest city, ends on Thursday, in time for the Easter holidays. A single new case of locally transmitted covid in the state of Queensland has allayed fears of a generalized epidemic. The authorities had confined the 2 million inhabitants a few days ago after the discovery of two clusters which now seem to be under control. The Queensland outbreak has crossed the border, with a case in neighboring New South Wales, leading to the cancellation of the popular Bluesfest music festival in the coastal tourist town of Byron Bay and the reintroduction of brakes to the mobility in four municipalities in the north of the State.
6.30 a.m. China borders on a small town. The Chinese city of Ruili, in Yunnan province, on the border with Burma, has been placed in quarantine after the detection of six cases of Covid-19. A general vaccination campaign will be launched among 210,000 inhabitants.
6:20 am. Global review. The pandemic has killed at least 2,805,004 worldwide since the end of December 2019. The United States is the country with the most deaths with 550,998 deaths, Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020, behind cardiovascular disease and cancer.
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6 hours. Hello and welcome to this live from Thursday, April 1, 2021. It’s not an April Fool’s Day, it’s not an April Fool’s Day …
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