Greece launches the tourist season today, Friday, with the return of freedom of movement after a seven-month stone, the day after Washington announced that it would lift the obligation to wear masks for vaccinated Americans.
“We leave behind the black clouds of fear,” said Greek Tourism Minister Hari Theoharis as he opened the tourist season Thursday evening from the ancient temple of Poseidon near Athens.
The ban on movement between regions or going to the islands and the system for obtaining exit permits via SMS has been lifted. The museums of Greece, which imposed closure procedures since the seventh of November, reopen their doors on Friday.
The only condition for visiting Greece, whose economy is largely dependent on tourism, is obtaining a vaccine or a test to diagnose a negative COVID-19 infection.
The Greek government has also launched a vaccination campaign in preparation for the tourist season, especially on the islands. “All the islands will be protected by the end of June. A third of the islands have been pollinated,” the tourism minister said. More than 3.8 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in a country of 11 million people.
England is preparing to pass, after a few days, a basic stage in lifting the closure measures, with the reopening of museums, hotels and sports stadiums from next Monday, thanks to a clear decline in the spread of the Corona virus after a long stone and an intense vaccination campaign.
In Quebec, vaccination from Friday will be available to everyone.
In the United States, 35% of the population, equivalent to 117 million people, received the vaccine completely, either by receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires one or two doses of the Moderna and Pfizer / Bionic vaccines.
US President Joe Biden said from White House gardens, “If you get the vaccine completely, you will not need to wear a mask anymore!” His statement came as eight players from the New York Yankees baseball club had tested positive, despite receiving the vaccine.
However, the health authorities still recommend that vaccinated persons continue to wear masks in the means of transport such as planes, buses and trains, as well as airports and stations.
The United States, with more than 584,000 deaths, is the country with the most recorded deaths due to the pandemic, which caused the death of more than 3.3 million people in the world, followed by Brazil with 430,000, then India with more than 258,000, Mexico (219,590) and the United Kingdom (127,640).
Vaccines shortage in India
In India, many states face a shortage of vaccines, which limits the ability to vaccinate about 600 million adults between the ages of eighteen and forty-four who can now receive the vaccine.
This developing country is calling for the patenting of vaccines to increase to increase availability. In a positive development in this field, China announced Thursday its support for lifting patents on anti-Coronavirus vaccines.
In Brazil, the first football match will be held Sunday with an audience with ticket purchases since March 2020. Six thousand spectators will be able to attend the final match of the soccer tournament in the state of Marañaí in northern Brazil with a 15% filling in the stands. However, attendees must wear masks or they will be expelled from the stadium.
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