Russia and Ukraine have reached maximum numbers of infections due to covid-19, while the World Health Organization defended this Thursday the need to keep schools open during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We must ensure education for our children,” said the director for Europe of the WHO, Hans Kluge, highlighting that children and adolescents are not the main drivers of contagion and that the closure of schools is not effective. In addition, Kluge said that lockdowns are “a waste of resources” and that they cause many side effects, such as damage to mental health or increased gender violence, and that if the use of masks exceeds 90% among people , they would not be necessary.
Meanwhile, the second phase of clinical tests of the vaccine against covid-19 developed by the English University of Oxford shows that it is safe in healthy older people and causes an immune response, reports this Thursday the medical journal “The Lancet”. In collaboration with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and other organizations, the researchers tested the preparation in an experiment with 560 healthy adults, including 240 over 70 years.
Russia has posted new highs in daily infections and deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours since the outbreak of the pandemic last March, according to local authorities. The number of those confirmed infected on the last day amounted to 23,610, almost 3,000 more than the previous day, while deaths stood at 463, compared to 456 registered the day before.
In total, 2,015,608 cases of covid-19 and 34,850 deaths have been registered since March. Russia is the fifth country with the most confirmed coronavirus cases after the US, India, Brazil and France.
Ukraine recorded a record of 13,357 daily cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 583,510, according to the latest balance made by the authorities of that country. The number of deaths from the infection stood at 257 people in the last 24 hours.
The Ukrainian government previously decreed weekend quarantines, a step that experts say may not be enough to stop the pandemic if infections continue to increase.
The German health authorities recorded 22,609 new infections with coronavirus in the last 24 hours, almost 750 more than a week ago and more than 5,000 more than yesterday, although below the maximum of 23,542 last Friday.
According to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) updated last midnight, the positives recorded since the first contagion in the country was announced at the end of January amounts to 855,916, with 13,370 deaths, 251 in the last 24 hours, after yesterday’s 305, the highest figure of this second wave. In Germany as a whole, the cumulative incidence in the last seven days stands at 138.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
On the 2nd, a new stoppage in public life came into force – softer than the one decreed in spring – which was expected to be a “breakwater” that would flatten the curve of new infections, with the aim of achieving an accumulated incidence below 50 per 100,000 inhabitants. The current restrictions translate into the closure of gastronomy, nightlife, sports in closed places and cultural life for at least all of November and the commitment to keep schools and nurseries open as much as possible.
Half of the French do not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a poll released this Thursday, which reflects the political division on the matter, between supporters of forcing the population to be vaccinated to stop the pandemic and those who believe it should be a voluntary act.
The survey, published by the BFM TV channel, indicates that only 40% of French people want to be vaccinated when the first vaccines arrive, while 46% do not want to and 14% have not made the decision.
France announced 427 new deaths from covid-19 in the previous 24 hours, to a total of 46,698 deaths, although the number of patients in intensive care fell for the second day in a row. The total number of infections is already 2,065 million.
The Irish hope that the six-week confinement decreed on October 21 will give way to a relatively “normal” Christmas, and although it seems that the curve of coronavirus infections is being “flattening, experts warn that it is necessary to design strategies in the long term to eliminate them completely, Patricia Kearney, an epidemiologist at the University of Cork, told ..
At the beginning of this latest confinement, milder than that of March, the incidence of COVID-19 accumulated for 14 days in Ireland was around 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and about a thousand new infections were diagnosed every day.
Almost a month later, the incidence is 115, a number that in Europe only Iceland (72.3) and Finland (54.5) improve, while this Wednesday 379 new cases were detected in the previous 24 hours.
Greece, which this Saturday celebrates two weeks of confinement, has not yet managed to bend the epidemic curve and hospitals are in a state of alarm, with only 18% of ICU beds available.
On Wednesday the country registered 3,209 new infections, bringing the total number since the beginning of the pandemic to 82,034 cases. Greece has just under eleven million inhabitants. In addition, there were 60 deaths to mourn, which leaves the total number of deaths from coronavirus at 1,288.
One of the focuses of attention is on the Archbishop of Athens and Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church, Jerome II, 82, who is in the ICU of an Athens hospital after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2.
Denmark will implement a regional travel recommendation model in Schengen countries and the United Kingdom as of next month, the Danish Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday. The new system, already used by other countries, will mean that non-essential travel to regions with low coronavirus contagion in countries marked with quarantine will not be discouraged and, conversely, that travel to high contagion regions will not be recommended in countries that do. they meet the conditions.
The Danish authorities will maintain the same scale for the regions as for the countries: those with less than 30 new cases per week per 100,000 inhabitants will be considered low risk and those with more than 75 per 100,000 inhabitants high.
Portugal, where one of the biggest concerns is the daily upward pressure on its income, with 3,051 hospitalized of which 432 are in intensive care, is in a state of emergency (maximum level of alert) until November 23 and this Friday its extension of 15 days will be voted in Parliament.
A total of 191 municipalities, including Lisbon and Porto, which make up more than 80% of the country’s total population, are under partial confinement and a curfew because they have a prevalence of more than 240 positives per 100,000 inhabitants.
Since the pandemic began, 236,015 people have already been infected in Portugal, of which 78,641 are still active with the virus, while 3,632 people have died, 79 on Wednesday.
The Government of Croatia is going to tighten measures to stop the pandemic while the Minister of Health himself, Vili Beros, has tested positive for coronavirus.
The Balkan country of 4.5 million has recorded 3,164 new infections and 49 deaths in the last 24 hours, while there are 1,944 people hospitalized and 204 of them require the help of respirators, according to official data.
The head of the Slovak Government, Igor Matovic, announced on Thursday that his country will organize a third massive national covid test before Christmas, reported the TA3 network. The Central European country, of 5.45 million inhabitants, was the first in the world to convene its entire population over 10 years of age for rapid analysis on two consecutive weekends.
The contagion rate was 1.06% of the population, in the first test round – carried out from October 31 to November 1 – and 0.62% in the second – between November 7 and 8- , which allowed the isolation of about 50,000 people with SARS-CoV-2. Since then, the number of infections has been reduced, calculated as the average number of cases registered in the last seven days, from 2,887, the maximum reached on October 30 to 1,326 on Wednesday.