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Delta variant forces several countries to re-impose COVID restrictions

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The Delta variant has threatened the economic recovery of several nations across the globe. A meeting of G20 finance ministers in Venice decided to re-impose Covid-19 restrictions.

London police warned football fans to not gather in large numbers for the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday. The restrictions will be in place till July 19.

The G20 finance ministers said that the economic recovery is characterised by great divergences across and within countries and remains exposed to downside risks, reported AFP. The final statement from ministers said that the spread of new variants of coronavirus and different paces of vaccination is also hampering recovery.

South Korea has only vaccinated about 11% of its 52 million population and reported 1,378 new cases on Saturday. This is the third time the country is hitting a record high. The East Asian country is banning any gathering of more than two people after 6 pm from Monday onwards. Schools, bars, and clubs will also be closed.

Pakistan has only vaccinated 8% of its 215 million population. The country had the spread of Covid-19 under control with under a million infections and 23,00 deaths. But, the cases are on the rise again.

The autonomous northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia, which had reopened its economy, announced that they have no choice but to reimpose the restrictions. Anyone who wants to participate in an outdoor activity involving over 500 people will have to provide a negative Covid-19 test proof.

Russia also said that it has hit a new record of the death toll for the fifth time since the beginning of the month. The country has vaccinated less than 20% of the population.

The European Union said that it has delivered enough doses of vaccines to cover 70% of the bloc's population. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that about 500 million doses will have been distributed to all regions of Europe by Sunday. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says that the proportion of adults above the age of 18 fully vaccinated in the EU and European Economic Area is only 44.1%, said the AFP report.

The Delta variant of coronavirus was first detected in India, and it is known for high transmissibility. It has spread to most of the countries despite swift efforts to vaccinate most of the population.

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