The World Health Organization (WHO) in mid-July announced the beginning of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic due to the aggressive Delta strain, which has already covered 142 countries. More and more countries are recording new outbreaks and returning restrictions: somewhere gradually, but somewhere people have already been banned from leaving home without an urgent need. Also, new "lockdown trends" have emerged: France has made life difficult for the unvaccinated with restrictions (only they will be denied access to restaurants and bars), the United States has introduced mandatory vaccination for civil servants.
Ukraine’s authorities are still discussing what the lockdown will take place
On August 11, the Cabinet of Ministers extended the emergency situation and adaptive quarantine until October 1, 2021. Meanwhile, the possibility of a lockdown is not ruled out. The decision to introduce certain restrictions in a city, district or region is made by the local authorities.
The Ministry of Health plans to delay the lockdown as long as possible, said Chief Sanitary Doctor Igor Kuzin. The date of a possible lockdown has not yet been announced.
Kyiv has already begun to prepare for a new quarantine and in test mode has launched a system for issuing special passes to public transport.
The future lockdown will differ from previous ones due to mass vaccinations. Schools will work if the team of teachers is vaccinated by more than 80%. The same privileges for those vaccinated against coronavirus during a lockdown can be introduced for cinemas, museums, and other public events.
Israel approved new restrictions on August 11 to contain the spread of the Delta strain. The Green Pass has also been extended to include swimming pools, gyms, cinemas and shopping centers. This rule will take effect on August 18th.
Children 3-12 years old will have to present a negative test result at the entrance. Children 12 and older who have no valid reason not to get vaccinated will have to pay for a rapid test.
It was decided to return to the "purple standard" in shopping and commercial centers, the occupancy of which will be calculated according to the formula: one person per 7 sq. m. "Purple Standard" will start operating on August 16.
Also, restrictions are imposed on holding mass events.
In private houses, as well as in places that are not covered by the "green standard", there can be up to 50 people indoors and up to 100 people outside.
The Australian capital Canberra will be quarantined for a week after the discovery of a Delta infection. During the lockdown, residents of the capital will be able to leave their homes only to go to the store for the necessary goods, to work and study, if there is no opportunity to work and study remotely, as well as to visit hospitals and receive vaccinations.
It is allowed to play sports on the street, but not more than an hour a day. Lockdown has been operating in Sydney for seven weeks. Also last week, the authorities introduced a lockdown in the country's second largest city, Melbourne.
Japan will not allow spectators to the Paralympic Games
The Japanese authorities are seriously concerned about the epidemiological situation in Tokyo in the light of the spread of the coronavirus. Spectators will be prohibited from attending virtually all Paralympic events, which are due to open on 24 August. The government and the organizers of the Games will make an official decision next week.
A state of emergency has been declared in Tokyo: restaurants and bars are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages; establishments can work until 20:00.
In South Korea, the recommendation to ban travel outside the country has been extended for another month. Also, the South Korean Foreign Ministry called on the country's citizens living abroad to observe all sanitary precautions.
People were urged to minimize vacation travel and were asked to allow companies to work from home amid a fourth wave of infections and vaccine shortages.
France introduced privileges for the vaccinated
In France, you cannot eat in a restaurant or drink in a bar without a "health pass" (including on open terraces). In addition, vaccination against coronavirus has become mandatory for health workers and those who work with people at risk.
The French authorities hope that the expansion of the "sanitary pass" will encourage fellow citizens to be vaccinated more actively and will be able to prevent the fourth wave of coronavirus, the beginning of which is feared due to the rapid spread of the extremely contagious "Delta" variant.
USA imposed restrictions on unvaccinated civil servants
Restrictions have been announced for those civil servants who have not been vaccinated. They will be obliged to wear a mask in the workplace and take a coronavirus test several times a week. In addition, they will be limited to business trips.
But all Americans who received the first vaccine will be paid $ 100 each.