Belgium confirms the decrease in infections, hospitalizations and deaths from covid-19, Germany registers a new maximum of infections, Austria once again exceeds one hundred deaths in 24 hours, while France considers that it has reached the peak of the second wave of the pandemic .
In the fight to defeat the disease, in northern Italy at least 70% of the population are tested for coronavirus, in Portugal the extension of the state of emergency is voted and Greece requisitions two private clinics to face the shortage of covid squares.
Belgium has registered more hospitalizations but fewer deaths in the second wave of coronavirus than in the first, with 36% of deaths in autumn compared to 64% last spring, health authorities reported this Friday.
“Mortality has been lower” despite the fact that there have been more hospitalizations thanks “to progress in the way of treating patients, to the experience acquired and the introduction of certain therapies for the most serious patients,” he declared this Friday at the wheel of press the spokesman of the technical committee Yves van Laethem.
Belgium has registered a total of 15,025 deaths from covid since the start of the pandemic, of which 9,591 (64%) were recorded in the first wave and 5,434 (36%) in the second, he added.
One month after having become the European country with the highest incidence of coronavirus, Belgium continues to confirm the decline in infections, hospitalizations and deaths from covid, but the authorities warn: “All indicators continue to evolve favorably, but it is clear that we still have A long road ahead of us before we get to a more normal situation, “the spokesman added.
The German authorities posted a new high of 23,648 new infections with covid-19 in the last 24 hours, 1,039 more than on Thursday, and 106 above the record of daily infections registered a week ago, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) updated last midnight.
The total number of positives since the first contagion was announced in the country at the end of January stands at 879,564, with 13,630 deaths, 260 in the last 24 hours.
Around 570,100 have overcome the disease and the number of active cases stands at about 286,800, estimates the RKI.
For Germany as a whole, the cumulative incidence in seven days stands at 139.0 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The president of the RKI, Lothar Wieler, warned yesterday that the pandemic situation in Germany “remains very serious” as contagion figures have stabilized at the moment only at a level “still too high”.
Austria has once again registered more than 100 deaths in 24 hours from covid this Friday, after this figure was exceeded for the first time on Wednesday, in full confinement and with the economy partially paralyzed.
In the last 24 hours, 108 people have died from the disease in the country of 8.8 million inhabitants, bringing the total to 2,224 deaths from covid since the pandemic began. More than half of those deaths have been registered so far in November.
New infections have fallen compared to last week, when the daily maximum with 9,586 cases was recorded last Friday. Today the figure is 6,668, slightly below yesterday’s number, but well above the maximum of 1,321 new infections registered in spring.
The French health authorities considered this Friday that the maximum peak of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country has been overcome, but they recommend maintaining preventive measures to avoid a new outbreak.
The data indicate a significant decrease in all epidemiological indicators, which are more marked in those cities where a curfew was first established as of October 17.
In addition, secondary schools in the Paris region will begin to diagnose possible cases of covid-19 as of next Monday through the massive deployment of antigen tests.
In the last 24 hours, there were more than 2,200 hospital admissions of which 311 took place in intensive care units, and 429 deaths from the coronavirus were recorded, up to 47,127 since the start of the epidemic.
The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, signed today the ordinance by which it remains in the red zone until December 3, with a slight confinement of its population, the regions of Calabria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Apulia, Sicily and Valle de Aosta, while the openings of shops and restaurants are evaluated during the birth period.
Italy registered 36,176 new coronavirus infections and 653 deaths in the last twenty-four hours and the growth of cases has decreased slightly compared to the past weeks.
The autonomous province of Alto Adige or South Tyrol, in northern Italy, today began a campaign to test for coronavirus at least 70% of its population, about 350,000 people, after having to apply a confinement of its citizens due to the increase in infections.
The Community of Madrid will close the perimeter of the region for ten days, from Friday 4 to Monday 14 December in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
This measure, more restrictive than other perimeter closures that only lasted four days, is taken with the aim of arriving at Christmas in the best possible conditions.
Along with the Community of Madrid, other Spanish regions also announced the perimeter closure of their territories during the bridge that is held from December 4 to 8, at a time when the expansion of the pandemic is slowing down, with successive drops in the accumulated incidence, which currently stands at 436.27 per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Portuguese Parliament votes this Friday the extension of the state of emergency, in force until November 23, according to the proposal of the Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in a context where they have not yet reached the maximum peak of infected, which could arrive the next week.
Yesterday, Portugal registered a new daily record of infections with 6,994 positives, so the state of emergency will be extended, after the parliamentary process, for another fifteen days.
At present, of the 308 regions of the country, 191 are in a curfew, so their neighbors cannot go out on the street, with few exceptions, from 23 to 5 hours (Monday to Friday) and from 13 to 5 hours on weekends.
The country has accumulated 243,009 positives and 3,701 deaths since March and expects that the maximum peak of deaths from covid of this second wave will be reached during the second week of December.
The Greek government has temporarily requisitioned two private clinics in the city of Thessaloniki to address the shortage of covid places in the north of the country and the refusal of hospitals to voluntarily assign beds.
The order published today in the Official State Gazette is valid for two weeks and stipulates that the two clinics must cede all their personnel and facilities to public health.
Last week the government of the conservative Kyriakos Mitsotakis had asked the hospitals of the private network to make 200 beds available for the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 patients who do not require intensive care, but none had been willing.
Despite the fact that Greece has been in confinement for almost two weeks, the epidemic curve has still not improved and 3,227 new cases were registered on Thursday, with the positive rate increasing from 12.5% to 13.8% in one day.
Hungary will purchase coronavirus vaccines from non-Western countries, such as Russia or China, if they are available sooner in large quantities, the country’s prime minister, the ultra-nationalist Viktor Orbán, said on Friday.
“We have ordered 12 million vaccines from Western producers,” Orbán said in an interview on Hungarian public radio. But he clarified that, if some other country develops them before, “Hungary must also order there if it is faster.”
The prime minister thus responded to a warning from the European Union (EU) to his Government in which he recalled that in EU countries only products authorized by the European Medicines Agency are allowed to circulate.
Russia has once again renewed its record of infections by covid-19, with 24,318 new cases detected in 85 Russian regions, according to health authorities.
In total, during the entire pandemic in Russia 2,039,926 people have sickened and 35,311 patients died. During the last day, 461 people died and 24,758 patients were discharged.
According to Antonina Ploskíreva, deputy director of the Center for Epidemiology Research of the Russian supervisory body Rospotrebnadzor, quoted by the TASS agency, there is “a definite trend towards the beginning of the stabilization (of the epidemiological situation) in Russia.” However, he warned that “it is still early” to say that the situation has stabilized.
In this context, Patriarch Irineus I, the highest spiritual leader of the Serbian Orthodox Church, died this Friday in Belgrade at the age of 90 after contracting the coronavirus.
The Serbian spiritual leader was hospitalized for covid-19 last day 4, three days after officiating in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, a liturgy at the funeral of the head of the Montenegrin Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Amfilohije, who also died from coronavirus .
The church ceremony lasted hours, while a good part of the thousands of priests and faithful gathered did not wear masks and many kissed the hands of the deceased, exposed for two days in an open coffin.