Record of deaths from COVID-19 in Italy and Spain; France exceeds two million cases

Italy and Spain registered new records in deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, while France exceeded two million infections

Italy, with 731 new deaths, Y Spain, with 435, registered this Tuesday new records in the number of deaths in the last 24 hours per coronavirus, Y France today exceeded two million cases positive, while in the rest of the European countries a slight reduction in infections is detected.

The decline in cases and deaths in many parts of Europe affects the figures globally, with 54.5 million positives (256 thousand in one day, a significant decrease compared to previous days), according to the World Health Organization (who), although the Johns Hopkins University raises more than 55 million infections on the planet. Both sources coincide in terms of deaths, more than 1.3 million in the world.

Two million cases in France and a million and a half in Spain

Despite the decline in positives in recent days, France exceeded the barrier of two million infections since the start of the pandemic and 46,200 deaths (437 in one day).

The Director General of Health of France, Jérôme Salomon, was forceful in describing the second wave of the covid as “massive and deadly”, for which he asked to maintain efforts in the face of an epidemic pressure that “continues to be high.”

Spain, for its part, exceeded one and a half million infections, with more than 13,100 in the last hours, the lowest figure since mid-October.

The figures are going down also in Germany, where in the last day less than 14,500 new positives were registered, reaching more than 815,000, and 267 fatalities (almost 13,000 in total).

In the neighbor AustriaAfter days of breaking records, daily infections fell to nearly 6,000 out of 8,000 previously, although hospitalizations are on the rise.

But in other parts of Europe cases and deaths are on the rise, as in Italy, with 731 deaths in the last 24 hours (almost 200 more than the day before and the worst figure since the beginning of April, a total of 46,464). and about 32,200 new infections, compared to 27,000 yesterday, up to more than 1.2 million positives.

Spain also reported a new maximum of deaths, 435 more since Monday, a new maximum of the second wave of the covid, to a total of 41,688.

In the same line, Russia recorded a record of daily deaths since the pandemic began (442) and cases increased by 22,410, almost 6,000 of them in Moscow.

Serbia counted the record number of almost five thousand infections in the last twenty-four and his Minister of Health, Zlatibor Loncar, has warned that “the numbers will continue to increase in the coming days.”

Ukraine It also had increases in almost 12 thousand cases (9,800 the day before) and in 159 deaths.

While, Portugal still does not bend the curve of the second wave of the COVID-19 and today it exceeded 3,500 deaths (81 in the last hours) and 230,000 positives (more than 4,400 in one day).

Anti COVID-19 measures in force and on the rise

For this reason, despite the declines in infections in much of Europe, restrictions continue and new measures are adopted.

Austria, where pharmacies will be able to perform rapid antigen tests, is experiencing a new economic shutdown from today until December 6, with the promotion of teleworking, distance learning, the closure of bars, restaurants and most shops and impossibility to go out except to shop, work, help others, or exercise.

Also from today until December 1, Serbia applied new restrictions consisting of closing from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. of restaurants, cafes and other gastronomy establishments, shops and shopping centers, but pharmacies and gas stations are open.

In Spain, the government approved a new package of measures to promote the solvency of companies and the self-employed, such as extending the maturity of loans, doubling the grace period to 24 months and lowering the VAT on disposable surgical masks.

Following the line of her neighbor England, Scotland tightened restrictions for three weeks in eleven areas -including the city of Glasgow- which will become at the maximum level of alert, which means not leaving home except for essential activities such as exercising, caring for dependent people, working in case not being able to do it remotely or go to schools, which will be open.

It also entails the closure of bars and restaurants that do not serve takeaway food, as well as gyms, hairdressers and other businesses considered non-essential.

For its part, Portugal – in a state of emergency until next day 23, a situation that could last, and with more than 80 percent of its population under partial confinement and a curfew – sees increased pressure in hospitals, especially in care intensive, where revenues today reach the highest figures since the start of the pandemic.

Italy, divided into a system with three levels of restrictions at the regional level (red, orange and yellow), lives under a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., restricted restaurant hours and has closed cinemas, theaters, gyms or swimming pools.

All eyes on vaccines

In a race against time to stop the pandemic, all eyes are on vaccines, especially after the last several projects announced an efficacy of between 90 and almost 95 percent, specifically the Russian Sputnik-V, that of Pfizer-BioNTech and that of Modern.

For this reason, negotiations are taking place to acquire vaccines from pharmaceutical companies: the European Comission (CE) has already signed contracts or is finalizing agreements with Pfizer and BioNTech, Sanofi-GSK, CureVac, AstraZeneca and the Oxford University, Johnson & Johnson and Modern.

Also the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, with an eye on tackling COVID-19, urged the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, the India, China Y South Africa) to accelerate the creation of a research and development center for coronavirus vaccines.

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