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The figures of new infections and deaths in Europe from coronavirus register new highs, as is the case of Germany with a new record of deaths, so some countries extend the restrictions or extend those they had already adopted.

GERMANY

Germany registered a new record with 1,244 deaths with or from covid-19 in 24 hours, after the previous maximum of 1,188 last Friday, while the number of new daily infections rose to 25,164, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology , updated last midnight.

The number of positives since the first contagion was announced in the country amounts to 1,978,590 and the number of fatalities to 43,881.

The maximum number of infections was registered on December 18 with 33,777 new infections.

In Germany as a whole, the cumulative incidence in the last seven days stands at 151.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and new infections totaled 125,749 in the last week.

Since December 26, the number of people who have already received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine in Germany has risen to 758,093, which corresponds to 9.1 individuals per thousand inhabitants.

PORTUGAL

Portugal will be confined again from tomorrow, Friday, given the exponential increase in positives and deaths from covid-19 since the end of December, with a record of 116,328 active cases that put a lot of pressure on hospitals, where there are 4,240 admitted, 596 in care intensive.

The confinement will last for at least one month, according to the Portuguese Government, which has decided to keep schools and basic services open, and whenever possible, the obligation will be to telework.

In addition, given the pressure on the hospital system, the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, has issued a dispatch to suspend non-urgent activity and postpone all normal or priority priority surgeries, if it does not pose a risk to the patient, including the oncological ones.

The country, with 10 million inhabitants, accumulates 8,236 deaths and six consecutive days above the hundred daily deaths, and has 507,108 positive cases of covid.

ITALY

Italy registered 507 deaths in the last twenty-four hours, with which 80,326 people have lost their lives since the crisis broke out in February 2020, and is ranked as the second European country with the most deaths, only surpassed by the United Kingdom, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

On the other hand, 15,774 new infections were confirmed, an increase in line with that of recent days, and some 175,000 diagnostic tests have been carried out.

Last night the Council of Ministers of Italy approved a decree that extends the state of emergency until April 30 and the restrictive measures currently in force, and in some cases with greater limitations, until March 5.

The curfew is confirmed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and bars and restaurants will continue to be closed from 6 p.m., as will all gyms, swimming pools and cinemas. The only opening is that of museums, only in those regions with the lowest rt rate in infections.

UNITED R.

The United Kingdom registered 1,564 new deaths from coronavirus in a single day on Wednesday, the highest daily figure since the pandemic began, while 47,425 infections were detected. In total, 84,767 people have died so far in the country from the coronavirus.

Several hospitals in the United Kingdom have had to resort to makeshift morgues for emergencies due to the lack of capacity in health centers due to the increase in deaths from the pandemic.

On the other hand, the requirement to have a negative covid-19 test to be able to enter England, which was to come into effect the next morning, has been delayed to next Monday the 18th, reported the Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps, in your Twitter account.

Those who do not comply with this measure can be fined 550 pounds (560 euros). Passengers, even with this negative test, will have to quarantine for 10 days.

Scotland hopes to adopt the same measure for international travel, while Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to make announcements on this requirement in the coming days.

AUSTRIA

Austria is in its third confinement since December 26, with hotels, gastronomy and leisure closed at least until next January 24.

Classes are also suspended and will be resumed starting Monday, January 25 with certain limitations.

Despite the restrictions, this Wednesday almost 2,000 new infections and 49 deaths were recorded, bringing the coronavirus deaths to almost 6,900.

FRANCE

The French Government will announce this Thursday new restrictive measures of social life given the concern of an aggravation of the epidemic situation due to the evolution of the covid-19 in neighboring countries, which now register much worse figures.

It is not expected that a new confinement will be decreed because for now the number of cases in France is not skyrocketing and is very far from the October peaks (it reached more than 60,000 one day), when the second confinement began. extended until December 15.

On Wednesday, 23,852 new infections were reported in 24 hours and 232 deaths, which exceeded the threshold of 69,000 deaths (69,031) since the start of the pandemic.

Also, although there is not an explosion of new cases, the trend is upward. It has gone to an average of about 20,000 infections a day, compared to 10,000 at the beginning of December.

IRELAND

The Irish Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly, reported this Thursday that almost half of the new cases of covid-19 detected in his country are caused by the so-called British variant, more contagious, which has triggered infections and led to Irish executive to decree on January 6 a third strict confinement of at least one month.

The health authorities indicated this Wednesday that 63 new deaths were registered, five of which occurred in November, one in December and the rest this month.

Thus, the total number of deaths stood at 2,460, while 3,569 new infections were detected in the previous 24 hours, for a total of 159,144.

RUSSIA

The mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobianin, today decreed the resumption of face-to-face classes from next Monday for all schoolchildren and the maintenance until next day 21 of the other restrictive measures in the capital to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Sobianin said that, on the one hand, the New Year’s holiday bridge halted the increase in infections and the vaccination campaign was extended, but, on the other hand, hospital admissions did not decrease, which amounted to more than 13,000 people.

The operational center for the fight against covid-19 reported today that Moscow registered 5,893 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the highest number since last January 1, thus contradicting Sobianin.

Across the country the number of new infections rose to 24,763 on the last day, the highest since last day 2.