The most important developments both at home and abroad.

Starting with Luxembourg

  • The latest figures from Luxembourg show that 94 new cases of coronavirus were discovered over the last 24 hours.

  • Although the economic situation improved somewhat across Europe in the second quarter of 2021, the pandemic impact is far from being under control.

  • More than a million CovidCheck certificates have been issued in Luxembourg since 10 June, according to a Ministry of Health statement issued on Thursday morning.

  • According to CHL, the majority of Covid patients currently in hospital are unvaccinated.
  • 727 residents tested positive for Covid-19 last week, 102 fewer cases than the week before (-12%). The number of PCR tests increased to reach close to 50,000 units.

And abroad

  • More than half of all European adults are now fully vaccinated, the EU said on Thursday, as countries across Europe and Asia battle fresh outbreaks blamed on the fast-spreading Delta variant.

  • It's been a rocky road for Tokyo 2020, from virus postponement to multiple scandals and unprecedented restrictions on fans.

  • Australia's prime minister on Thursday apologised for the country's glacial vaccine rollout, as Sydney recorded a record jump in new coronavirus infections.

  • China on Thursday said a WHO proposal to audit Chinese labs as part of further investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic showed "disrespect" and "arrogance towards science".

  • The Dominican Republic's President Luis Abinader received a third Covid vaccine dose on Wednesday and urged the population of the tourism-reliant Caribbean nation to follow his example.

  • The Indian government rejected on Thursday recent studies suggesting that millions of people have died in the country from Covid-19, several times the official toll of almost 420,000.

  • British supermarkets and suppliers warned Thursday of possible food shortages due to staff self-isolating, as rising coronavirus cases threaten chaos after the government controversially eased all restrictions earlier this week.