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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.
- 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.