Countries like Australia and Israel, which appeared to be safe, have returned to measures such as isolation.
Although it seemed that the COVID-19 pandemic was finally in the process of being defeated in some nations, many parts of the world began to see increases in the disease, so restrictions have been re-implemented to control its spread.
Countries that had successfully mitigated the SARS-CoV-2 virus, such as Australia, Israel, and some areas of Europe, have now put new restrictions in place this weekend. This is because some groups of outbreaks have been reported, so they want to anticipate more transmissions.
This is a key point now that the Delta strain has become the dominant variant in several countries.
New waves of restrictions
According to the NPR news portal, this Friday, authorities in New South Wales, Australia, reported that non-essential travel would be restricted until July 2. This due to the evolution of an outbreak of the virus that has been evolving.
The local government reported that the outbreak that was detected last week caused the infection of at least 65 people. The AP agency reported that the emergence is attributed to a Sydney airport limousine driver who was not vaccinated and did not wear a mask, and is suspected of being infected while transporting a group of foreigners.
Now, residents of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra will not be able to travel outside of the Sydney metropolitan area for non-essential reasons.
This is because we want to make sure it doesn't last for weeks and weeks, and we think it's a balanced response to the threat. " said Gladys Berejiklian, the state prime minister.
In addition, it was recommended that residents of the Sydney metropolitan area limit unnecessary activities, avoid large gatherings in the coming days, and comply with current restrictions.
For Israel, things have become a bit more complicated, as, on Thursday, more than 180 people tested positive for the coronavirus; on the fourth day, that infection exceeded 100.
The country admired by other nations for vaccinating large parts of its population, beginning to return to normal and which canceled the use of masks just a week ago, took steps back. The government will now require the masks to be reused and postpone plans to allow certain international visitors to enter. Health officials also blamed the Delta strain for the spike in infections.
Israel will postpone the entry of unauthorized tourists until August 1. At the same time, those who had already been authorized to enter will still enter the country.
For his part, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced a national campaign to vaccinate people under the age of 12 and asked residents not to travel abroad if not necessary.
Portugal, for its part, has been hit hard by the Delta variation, which is responsible for seven out of 10 new cases of coronavirus in Lisbon. For this reason, the government announced new restrictions for this weekend.
The new restrictions include capacity limitations for restaurants and cafes and mandatory closing times at 3:30 p.m. on weekends. Event venues will be allowed only 25% capacity, compared to 50% previously.
While weekend trips to or from the capital are prohibited unless visitors can show a negative coronavirus test, the policies will be reassessed weekly according to the Portuguese government.
"We are fighting against this time between the spread of the disease and the vaccination process," Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva told a news conference on Thursday.
But one country that has not taken these measures is the United States. Despite warnings from their health officials, many places have reopened.
The Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health warned this week about the danger posed by the variant delta for non - vaccinated. In addition to this, President Joe Biden announced that the White House would not meet its goal of vaccinating 70% of the population before July 4, Independence Day.
For example, in Hawaii, restrictions will be lifted for travelers already vaccinated even though the immunization rate for locals is below state goals. Governor David Ige stated that this action would be taken only when the state reached 60% of the population inoculation. However, as of June 21, 57% have the injection. For his part, Ige assured that by July 8, the state would reach its goal.
In addition, by that date, it is also planned to end the requirement of COVID-19 testing before traveling for resident visitors of the United States. They already have the full schedule of the vaccine. However, travelers will need to submit their proof of immunization to the state government's Safe Travels site.