A police officer is seen in the empty stands ahead of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Olympic Stadium, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. / © Martin BUREAU / AFP
The most important developments both at home and abroad.
Starting with Luxembourg
- The latest figures from Luxembourg show that 103 new cases of coronavirus were discovered over the last 24 hours.
- The National Health Laboratory (LNS) has published its latest report on Respiratory Viruses in Luxembourg (ReViLux) on Friday. The Gamma variant remains dominant at 60% of all cases.
- According to Paulette Lenert, Luxembourg's Minister of Health, the summer holidays are the reason behind the recent slowdown of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19. Nonetheless, over 313,000 people have so far been fully vaccinated in Luxembourg.
- Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron as the Tokyo Games opened on Friday after a year's delay due to the pandemic and with the threat of coronavirus hanging over the competition.
- The European medicines regulator on Friday approved the use of Moderna's anti-coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, making it the second jab for adolescents for use on the continent.
- The novel coronavirus has killed at least 4,139,040 people around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Friday.
- More than half of all European adults are now fully vaccinated, the EU said on Thursday, as countries across Europe and Asia battled fresh outbreaks blamed on the fast-spreading Delta variant.
- Sydney's fast-growing coronavirus outbreak has become a "national emergency," state leaders said Friday, as Australia's largest city reported another record number of new infections.
- With Delta variant infections spiking across the United States, growing numbers of Republican officials and lawmakers have joined the chorus of support for coronavirus vaccinations, swatting aside conspiracies that have left millions of Americans unprotected.
- And last but not least, French president Emmanuel Macron's announcements have prompted hundreds of thousands to get vaccinated. How are cities coping with this flux in the middle of summer?