BEIJING: A fleet of 60 drones has been deployed in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to keep people indoors and remind those going out to wear masks.
China has largely stamped out cases of local COVID-19 transmission, but Guangzhou has seen an outbreak of the more contagious delta version of the virus, initially discovered in India.
Six new cases were reported in Guangzhou in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of outbreaks to more than 100.
Police-operated drones carry cameras and broadcast messages to outgoing people that they and others are safe by staying inside.
Flying unmanned vehicles add to an already dense layer of surveillance, including cellphone health confirmations, temperature checks and quarantine for those living or traveling in areas where the risk of infection is thought to be high.
Guangzhou has isolated many neighborhoods, restricted travel from the city and the surrounding province, and closed theaters and other indoor entertainment venues.
More on the pandemic:
– Brazilian President Bolsonaro fined without a mask during a motorcycle rally
– US governor weighed down Emergency orders as virus cases decrease
– Support groups appeal to G-7 for logistics support, cash to get shots Weapons to limit variants, dent the global pandemic
– mayor of moscow Ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight coronavirus infections that have more than doubled in the past week.
– British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated that the spread of the delta variant, first identified in India, will result in a delay in the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England.
Here’s what else is happening:
SAO PAULO – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro led a crowd of motorcyclists on the streets of So Paulo on Saturday and was fined for not wearing a mask.
So Paulo’s state government press office said fines – the equivalent of about $110 – would be imposed for violating a rule that requires masks in public places from May 2020.
Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bolsonaro, who tested positive for the coronavirus last year, was also fined in May for failure to wear a mask during a rally with supporters in the northeastern state of Maranho.
The conservative president waved to the crowd on his motorcycle and later spoke to helmeted but largely masked supporters from the top of a sound truck. When he insisted that masks were useless for those already vaccinated, he cheered and chanted – a claim disputed by most public health experts.
Vaccines are primarily designed to protect recipients from getting sick, not necessarily from becoming infected. While studies show that many vaccines reduce viral load and potential spread, not all varieties have been fully studied.
According to the health ministry, less than 12% of Brazil’s population has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
FALMOUTH, England – Public health experts and humanitarian groups are calling for money, increased vaccine production and logistical support to help developing countries where the coronavirus is still rampant.
He says that if rich countries hope to end the COVID-19 pandemic, they should do more than donate extra vaccines. While about half of the combined G-7 population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, worldwide the figure is less than 13%. In Africa, it is just 2.2%.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he expected leaders of the Group of Seven meeting in England to agree on providing at least 1 billion vaccine doses for poor countries. G-7 leaders continue to debate other forms of vaccine aid.
Rich countries must act quickly to protect their own citizens, not only altruistically, said Lily Caprani, head of COVID-19 vaccine advocacy for UNICEF. She says the virus will continue to mutate if allowed to spread unchecked, potentially resulting in more dangerous forms.
LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed due to the spread of the delta variant, which was first identified in India.
At the Group of Seven leaders’ summit in south west England, Johnson admitted on Saturday that he has become more pessimistic about allowing the lifting of legal limits on social contact on 21 June. He is set to announce about the timetable on Monday.
Government data on Saturday showed 7,738 new daily cases, down slightly from the previous day’s 8,125, the highest single-day figure since February 26.
The government has said it wants every adult to have at least one vaccine dose by the end of July. About 62% of the British population has had one shot by now, while about 44% have had two.
The UK has recorded nearly 128,000 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths, more than any other European country.
DALLAS – The airline industry’s recovery from the pandemic passed a milestone as more than 2 million people streamed through US airport security checkpoints on Friday for the first time since the beginning of March 2020.
The Transportation Security Administration announced Saturday that 2.03 million passengers were screened at airport security checkpoints on Friday. This was the first time in 15 months that the number of security checks crossed two million in a single day.
Airline bookings have been picking up since around February, as more Americans were vaccinated against COVID-19. In the US, travel restrictions such as mandatory quarantine have been eased.
The crowd on Friday was only 74% compared to the same day in 2019. However, according to the TSA, 2.03 million were 1.5 million more passengers than the same day last year.
NEW YORK — With a decline in COVID-19 cases and an increase in vaccinations, governors across America are grappling with when to end emergency declarations.
More than half a dozen states have already ended their coronavirus emergencies. That includes South Carolina and New Hampshire, where Republican governors ended their emergency orders last week. Soon more states may join that list.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, says his emergency declaration will expire on Tuesday. There was an indefinite state of emergency in the state for 15 months. He credits the state’s high vaccination rate for helping turn the tide in the fight against the coronavirus.
In many states, emergency declarations have been regularly extended by governors every few weeks or months since the start of the pandemic. Republicans are generally pushing for an end to emergency orders, but some Democrats are also supporting such moves.
BEIJING — In yet another acrimonious exchange of words between top US and Chinese diplomats, Beijing said it asked the US to stop interfering in its internal affairs and accused it of politicizing the discovery of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Put it.
Senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Antony Blinken held a phone call on Friday that revealed wide divisions in several contentious areas, including the curtailment of freedoms in Hong Kong and the mass detention of Muslims in the northwestern Xinjiang region .
Yang said China was “seriously concerned” about “absurd” stories that the virus escaped from a laboratory in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the cases were first discovered.
The US and others have accused China of failing to provide access to raw data and sites that would allow a more thorough investigation into where the virus came from and how it initially spread.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia says this year’s Hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all from within the kingdom due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Saudi Arabia made this announcement in its official Saudi Press Agency on Saturday. It cited the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to take the decision. It says this year’s Hajj, which will begin in mid-July, will be limited to the age group of 18 to 65 years. The ministry says that those participating in it should be vaccinated.
Every year, up to 2 million Muslims perform the Hajj, a physically demanding and often expensive pilgrimage that attracts faithful from all over the world. The Hajj, required by all able-bodied Muslims to perform once in their lifetime, is seen as an opportunity to cleanse past sins and bring more humility and unity among Muslims.
The kingdom’s Al Saud ruling family oversees and protects the Hajj sites in this oil-rich nation. Saudi Arabia closed its borders for months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the World Health Organization, it has given approximately 15.4 million doses of vaccines among a population of more than 30 million. The state has over 462,000 confirmed cases and 7,500 deaths.