According to the International Air Transport Association, air travel demand is low compared to pre-pandemic levels. In fact, according to studies, it was 63 percent lower in May 2021. While the world is slowly reopening for travel, the World Health Organisation warms countries not to act in haste as that can have devastating results.
Britain reported more than 30000 cases for the first time since January on Wednesday, at a time when the government is looking to lower the restrictions. The country has said that it would provide genomic sequencing support to countries such as Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, and Pakistan to help them identify the new variants. The world is currently worried about the contagious Delta variant, and France has reported that 40 percent of its COVID positive cases are Delta variants.
Portugal, on the other hand, has reported 3000 daily cases in the last 24 hours, while Coronavirus cases in Germany have increased after a decline for more than two months.
Closer home, Japan, the host of the Olympic Games, this year is expected to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo for 16 days before the Games begin. Indonesia is looking at a grim trend, as it reports 1000 deaths due to the virus for the first time. South Korea too has reported the second highest number of daily cases ever recorded.
Mexico reported the highest number of daily infections since February, while in the Middle East and Africa, Tunisia is struggling to contain the virus as it reports 8000 daily cases, and 119 deaths.