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12.30 – Mayor of Eindhoven: rather wait to relax

Mayor of Eindhoven and chairman of the Southeast Brabant security region John Jorritsma would rather have waited at least a week before the corona measures were relaxed. “It would have been worthwhile to wait until the moment when it was really possible to take that first step”, he says in the television program WNL Op Zondag on NPO 1.

A group of intensivists from hospitals in Brabant has written an urgent letter about the situation in intensive care to the Ministry of Health, the board of the National Network Acute Care (LNAZ) and the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS). The doctors warn that “the Dutch population does not seem to realize how close we are currently to the moment when our IC capacity is reached.”

The terraces will also open again in Eindhoven next week.

The terraces will also open again in Eindhoven next week.

Jorritsma says he understands these concerns: “We are almost at the top of the curve, but we are not there yet. That is why it is a matter of finding a balance. We speak with one voice from the Security Council, so I have taken a loyal position, but I expressed my concerns about it last Monday. ”

Brabant was the epicenter of the corona crisis during the first outbreak. “I don’t want to experience again what I saw then. It would therefore have been worthwhile to me if we had waited at least a week ”, says Jorritsma.

12.20 – Italy restricts travel traffic with India to mutated corona variant

Italy decided on Sunday to limit travel with India, following the example of other countries, due to the rapidly growing number of new corona infections in the Asian country. Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza writes on Twitter that he has issued an order to ban foreign travelers who have been in India in the last two weeks from Italy.

India is experiencing a serious health crisis as a result of a mutated variant of the corona virus. On Sunday, the country reported the world’s highest number of new corona infections in 24 hours for the fourth day in a row. Nearly 350,000 new infections and 2,767 new corona deaths were reported.

Roberto Speranza.

Roberto Speranza.

Italian citizens will still have the option to return from India if they test negative for the corona virus upon departure and arrival. After arrival they are obliged to go into quarantine, according to the Minister of Health. People in Italy who were still in India in the past 14 days have been asked to get tested.

Germany already announced on Saturday that it will ban most travelers from India out of concern about the new corona variant. According to German government sources, this decision will be officially announced on Monday.

Belgium reported on Friday that it wants to tighten the rules for travelers coming from high-risk areas. The seven-day quarantine they have to serve must become stricter. For example, the federal government wants to prevent the Indian variant of the coronavirus or other dangerous mutants that have come along from being spread.

10.43 – US to help corona-hit India

The United States is deeply concerned about the massive increase in coronavirus cases in India and plans to quickly provide additional support to the Indian government and health workers. That’s what a White House spokeswoman said.

“We are in active high-level talks and plan to rapidly mobilize additional support for the Indian government and Indian health workers in their fight against this latest serious outbreak. We will announce more very soon, ”the spokeswoman told Reuters news agency.

06.35 – Nearly 68,000 corona deaths in Brazil this month

In Brazil, 67,977 deaths from Covid-19 have been counted since the beginning of this month as of Saturday. The country has thus exceeded the record set in March, when more than 66,000 deaths were recorded. This is evident from figures from the Ministry of Health.

In the country of 212 million inhabitants, 3,076 people have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 67,977 since April 1. In all of March, 66,573 deaths were recorded. Over the past seven days, an average of 2,545 deaths per day have been recorded on more than 60,000 infections. 71,137 new infections were registered on Saturday.

Despite the new monthly record, the number of deaths is stabilizing. “In the last two weeks there has been a stabilization in the number of infections and deaths from Covid-19,” said the Brazilian health institute.

A total of 389,492 deaths have occurred in Brazil since the first Covid-19 case in February 2020, making it the second worst hit country in the world in absolute terms, after the United States.

The number of cases and deaths started to increase exponentially from January, mainly due to the spread of the more contagious Amazon variant of the virus. The country has so far vaccinated 5.8 percent of its population, or 12.4 million people.

President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been regularly criticized for his chaotic policies towards the pandemic, has come under fire from all sides for his handling of the health crisis and a parliamentary committee of inquiry will begin next week to investigate any government negligence. .

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