The second wave of coronavirus that is hitting the entire planet increasingly resembles a tsunami. From day to day, each new record of infections is torn apart by the next data: a few hours after having passed the threshold of 37 million cases in the world, there are already almost 37 million and 300 thousand. And the state of health of Europe is worrying, where the spread of Covid-19 is galloping at the rate of over 120 thousand cases a day, with an increase of 8.3% compared to the previous day.
Maximum alert in France
The France, with 16,000 cases recorded yesterday, a surge in intensive care hospitalizations and over 32,000 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic, is grappling with a number of infections that frighten the authorities and oblige the government to extend the areas in which the maximum alert is expected. An example above all, the area around Paris: 17% of the coronavirus tests carried out in the French region of Ile-de-France are positive. This was announced by the director of the regional health agency, Aurélien Rousseau, speaking to Bfmtv. “It is a fact that we never expected”, he commented, while the broadcaster describes it as “a sign that the situation is getting worse and worse”.
Rousseau underlined that in the region, the most populous in France, “among people aged between 20 and 30 there are over 800 positive cases, the alert threshold is 50”, “for three days, and here is the alarm, these figures are rising very quickly among older people, which means there is a transition between generations, and this is our greatest concern ». In the Ile-de-France there are 473 Covid-19 patients in resuscitation, that is, they occupy 42% of the beds available.
Among the areas that feed a strong concern among the authorities are also Toulouse and Montpellier, which from tomorrow, Tuesday 13 October, will become, like most of the main French cities, a maximum alert zone. Previously it had touched Lyon, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne and Lille, Marseille. But when is the maximum alert level reached? It occurs when the incidence rate in the general population exceeds 250 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last seven days, when it exceeds 100 in the over 65s and if the occupancy rate of beds in the intensive care units of Covid-19 patients has reached 30% in the region. France has several areas in this situation. Hence the concern of the local authorities.
Faced with the strong resurgence of the coronavirus, the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, now launches a strong appeal to the French not to throw in the towel of the fight against the coronavirus. “You can’t give up,” he told France Info, announcing a new version of the StopCovid application, the French equivalent of Immuni, for 22 October. It was precisely the French premier, last November, who was criticized for having publicly acknowledged that he had never downloaded the first version of the anti-Covid app. “The French – he said today – considered a little too soon that this virus had disappeared.” “The reality – he warned – is that the second wave is here among us”. And “you can’t give up”. The premier then stressed that a “generalized lockdown must be avoided by all means”.
Macron will speak to the nation
Due to the gravity of the situation in France that could lead to the imposition of new lockdowns, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, will speak to the nation on Wednesday evening, in a live interview from the Elysée that will be broadcast on TF1 and France 2 stations. .
The president of Polynesia infected
Two days after meeting Emmanuel Macron in Paris, the president of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, tested positive for Covid-19 on his return to Tahiti, announced a press release from his communications service on Sunday. “The president, Edouard Fritch, has been declared positive for Covid-19 on his return from Paris,” the statement read. “As a precaution and protective measure, his partner, who traveled with him, has also been tested and is negative.” Fritch (68) met with President Macron on Thursday.
In the UK, 12,872 cases of coronavirus have been recorded, according to government data cited by the Guardian. Yesterday there were 15,166 infections. In total, the country has 603,716 infections. As for the deaths, another 65 were reported (yesterday there were 81), bringing the toll to 42,825. Sunday’s figures, forecast by the Guardian, show lower numbers due to delays in reporting the counts over the weekend. Premier Boris Johnoson will issue three alert levels today. Level 1, “medium” alert in areas where the rate is relatively low, will be subject to the rule of six, the curfew at 10pm for restaurants and pubs, as well as social distancing and masks; at level 2, “high alert”, the ban on visits to homes and on socializing indoors in restaurants and pubs with members of other families will be added.
At level 3, “very high alert”, the forced closure of bars and pubs, casinos, gyms and betting centers is expected, but not of the restaurants that could remain open until 10 pm. Manchester is likely to end up in this last category. , Newcastle and Liverpool. The mayor of the latter Steve Rotheram stressed that the new restrictions “must be accompanied by financial support for works and commercial activities”. The plan will be discussed tomorrow and could be implemented as early as Wednesday while protests from entrepreneurs and trade associations grow, concerned about the impact on the economy and in particular on the “hospitality industry” which has been “decimated”.
Record deaths in Greece
New measures are underway in Greece after the surge in cases. Greek health authorities have announced a daily record of 13 deaths from Covid-19, along with 280 new confirmed cases of infections. The total number of confirmed infections in the country since the beginning of the pandemic has risen to over 22 thousand, with 449 deaths. hence the decision to undertake new restrictions: the numbers of people admitted to restaurants, museums and archaeological sites will be quoted in Athens and in various regions of Greece. However where the incidence is higher.
The case of Romania and the Eastern countries
Romania remains the country most affected by the pandemic in the Balkans, with 2,880 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 53 deaths. The totals rose to 155,283 cases and 5,411 deaths. The country has experienced the worst week since the covid pandemic began. In fact, 19,383 cases were registered in the last seven days, almost the same number as those occurred in the first hundred days of the epidemic. In the last two weeks, the Balkan country, according to local media reports, is in second place for the percentage of deaths, 3.5 per hundred thousand inhabitants, surpassed only by Spain 3.6 per 100 thousand inhabitants. The contagion curve in the other countries of the region is high. There Croatia has registered 508 new cases and seven victims since yesterday, the Bulgaria 448 new infections with four deaths. A new daily record recorded the Slovenia with 411 infections in 24 hours, but no new victims, which in total have been 167 so far. Numerous infections also in Bosnia Herzegovina, with 302 cases in 24 hours, with a new victim. In this country, the toll since the beginning of the pandemic is 30,325 coronavirus infections and 907 deaths. The Montenegro reported another 228 cases out of 899 tests carried out, with another four deaths. The epidemiological situation in Serbia is more favorable, with 102 new infections (total 34,787) and one victim (763) in the last 24 hours, and the Kosovo with 49 cases and two deaths.
Also tightened in Spain to curb an increase in infections. From Tuesday the meetings will be limited to six people in Navarre, while bars and restaurants will close at 22. Cinemas, theaters and bookshops will have to reduce their presence to 30% and supermarkets to 40%. In Catalonia, authorities have called on companies to encourage teleworking and universities to avoid face-to-face classes.
Japan exceeds 90,000 cases
There are over 90 thousand cases of Covid-19 registered in Japan since the beginning of the epidemic. The local health authorities reported this, according to reports from the ‘Kyodo’ news agency. In the last 24 hours, another 437 infections have been confirmed, 136 of which in Tokyo, the area of the country most affected by the coronavirus with over 27 thousand cases. The data released by the Japanese government also count the approximately 700 infections that occurred on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined for several weeks last February in front of the port of Yokohama. The deaths linked to the epidemic in Japan are a total of 1,643.
India one step away from the United States
The number of coronavirus cases in India has exceeded the threshold of 7 million, a figure that is close to that reached by the United States, the country in the world most affected by the pandemic (7.7 million). The figure could actually be much higher given the much lower screening rate than elsewhere. However, the number of deaths (about 110 thousand) is lower than that of the United States (over 214 thousand). The relative youth of the Indian population, possible immunity from other diseases and the lack of an official death census may explain these figures.
The alarm of experts in the United States
Another 20,000 people will lose their lives in the United States due to the coronavirus by the end of this month: this is convinced by Tom Frieden, former director of the American federal health agency for the protection of health (CDC), according to whom these deaths are “inevitable” in light of the infections “which have already been registered”. CNN reports it. According to Johns Hopkins University, the virus has killed 214,377 people in the US to date. Therefore, if Frieden’s forecasts are correct by October 31st, this budget should exceed 234 thousand. “Whenever we ignore, minimize or underestimate this virus, we do so at our own risk and that of the people whose lives depend on us,” commented the expert.
According to a statistical model from the University of Washington School of Medicine, by February the death toll in the US could double to around 400,000 and daily deaths are expected to peak at around 23,000 in mid-January.
Infect three Vatican Swiss Guards
A case of coronavirus positivity was recorded in the Swiss Guard barracks in the Vatican. This was announced by the website of Swiss television Srf, which cites an internal information document sent to non-commissioned officers. According to the document, the Swiss Guard is subject to new measures with immediate effect, including the obligation to wear masks throughout the barracks area. Permits and holidays have been suspended.