Another quarantine and restrictive measures were introduced in many countries of Europe and America.
Millions of people worldwide found themselves facing new lockdowns and quarantines over the Easter weekend due to an increase in the number of coronavirus infections, despite ongoing vaccinations around the world.
Italian authorities announced a strict three-day nationwide lockdown on Saturday. For the second year in a row, Italian Catholics are unable to celebrate Easter in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
The new isolation measures also took effect on Sunday in France, where a rapidly spreading new variant of the coronavirus has led to the filling of intensive care units in hospitals. Restrictions have also been recently introduced in Belgium and other European countries.
On the other side of the Atlantic, in the Canadian province of Ontario, the third lockdown began on Saturday. The restrictions will be in effect for 28 days due to the spread of new, more dangerous coronavirus mutations and increased hospitalizations. New restrictions were also introduced in British Columbia and Quebec.
One of the world’s worst outbreaks of the pandemic continues in Brazil – a more contagious version of the virus, first detected in this country, and continues to spread, causing alarm in other Latin American countries. Bolivia has closed its border with Brazil, while Chile, Ecuador, and Peru have completely closed their borders.
The United States on Friday became the first country to vaccinate 100 million people fully. The announcement comes just over a week after the Biden administration reached its goal of implementing 100 million vaccinations.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are currently more than 130 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The victims of the pandemic were 2.8 million people. The United States leads in the number of infections – 30.6 million cases, followed by Brazil with 12.9 million and India with 12.3 million cases.