A Hindu priest makes an offering to an idol of Bhagwan Sai Baba inside Sai Baba Temple decorated with medicines, face masks and other items commonly used to prevent the Covid-19 coronavirus, during Guru Purnima celebrations in Bangalore on July 24, 2021. / © AFP
The most important developments both at home and abroad.
Starting with Luxembourg
- According to RTL information, the State of the Nation Address will be given on 12 October by Minister of State Xavier Bettel. He did not give a speech in the spring, so this address is eagerly awaited with an outlook on the development of the pandemic in the autumn.
- During the government council held on Friday, proposals for a Covid-19 testing scheme for the start of the new academic year were accepted.
- As part of the Ministry of Health's campaign to get everyone who is eligible vaccinated, on 16, 19 and 20 July, 160 homeless people were given the Johnson&Johnson jab.
- The number of new corona infections in Germany continues to rise and has again triggered a discussion (see 16:56 post) about additional parameters apart from incidences and case numbers. The Robert Koch Institute reported 1,919 new cases on Saturday 1919 and a seven-day incidence of 13.6 - after 13.2 the previous day.
- The UK's health secretary, Sajid Javid, posted on Twitter that he has made a full recovery from the virus, a week after testing positive.
- Anti-lockdown protests continued this weekend across the world. In Australia, thousands marched through the country's two biggest cities in anti-lockdown protests Saturday, sparking violent clashes with police in Sydney.
- Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Saturday it was scouring its supply chain to find more doses of its Covid-19 vaccine for Southeast Asia, which is facing its most serious outbreak yet of the virus.
- China has supplied over 10,000 Covid vaccines to a Myanmar rebel group operating near its southern border, its spokesman said, as Beijing seeks to halt the influx of cases from the coup-wracked country.