The pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has killed more than 1 million people worldwide since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the onset of the disease in late December 2019, according to a assessment established by Agence France-Presse (AFP) from official sources Thursday, October 8. Almost 36 million cases of infection have been officially diagnosed.
The United States remains the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with more than 210,000 deaths. Brazil follows with nearly 150,000 dead, India (over 100,000 dead), Mexico (over 80,000 dead), and the United Kingdom (over 40,000 dead).
More than 4,000 new cases daily in Germany, a first since April
The number of new daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Germany surpassed 4,000 on Wednesday for the first time since early April, according to official figures, at a time when the surge in infections worries the government.
German health minister worried about the jump on Thursday “Worrying” new daily infections. “The number of infections is increasing, especially today, to a worrying magnitude”, Jens Spahn said at a press conference, calling for no “Spoil” Germany’s success so far in the fight against the pandemic, a country proportionately less affected than its neighbors.
Madrid court rejects partial containment measures
A court in Madrid rejected Thursday the partial closure of the Spanish capital and nine neighboring municipalities imposed by the authorities in an attempt to curb the second wave of Covid-19. Justice “Rejected ratification [des mesures], because they undermined fundamental rights and freedoms ” of the 4.5 million residents affected by the partial closure that went into effect on Friday evening, the court said in a statement.
New restrictions in Europe
More than 6 million cases of Covid-19 have been officially detected in Europe since the onset of the disease in January in the region, according to an assessment carried out by AFP from official sources on Wednesday afternoon.
The Belgium on Wednesday announced the closure of bars and cafes throughout the Brussels region to stem the spread of the virus, which is accelerating in the Belgian capital. This measure will be effective from Thursday, for one month, until November 8. Alcohol consumption in public space is also prohibited in the 19 municipalities in the region, said a spokeswoman for the regional executive. Restaurants can remain open.
In Italy, the government announced on Wednesday that it would make it compulsory to wear masks outdoors, with recalcitants facing a fine of up to € 1,000. An announcement that comes as the country extends its state of emergency until January 31, in order to combat the resurgence of the epidemic.
Wearing a mask in public areas will be compulsory throughout the Poland from Saturday, the Polish prime minister said Thursday, due to a record rise in contamination. “We have 30% more contaminations compared to the day before, which means that, depending on this dynamic, the number of contaminations risks doubling every three days”, said Mateusz Morawiecki. He stressed, however, that there was no “For the moment of necessity to confine Poland, as in spring”.
The Croatia calls for discipline after having identified a new record of contaminations. Some downplay the effects of Covid-19, which results in the “Non-compliance with protective measures, irresponsible behavior, which endangers both health and the economy”, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at a meeting of his government. “The economy must continue to run (…) but to ensure this, the individual responsibility and discipline of each citizen is paramount. “
Morocco extends state of health emergency by one month
The Moroccan government decided Thursday to extend the state of health emergency in effect since mid-March by one month to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP) agency announced. This new extension extends the special powers delegated to the Ministry of the Interior and aims to allow the adoption of one-off emergency measures to contain the contagion.
With more than 2,000 new cases daily in recent days, the epidemiological situation is fueling concern in this country of 35 million inhabitants, shaken by the economic consequences of the health crisis. The latest official report shows a total of 140,024 cases of contamination, including 2,439 deaths.
Five million people infected in Brazil
The Brazil Tuesday identified more than 5 million people infected with the new coronavirus and deplores almost 150,000 deaths, while the country records a decline in the pandemic.
With more than 31,500 new cases in the last twenty-four hours, according to the health ministry, the country of 212 million people has deplored 734 new deaths in one day, bringing the total since the start of the epidemic to 148 228 dead.
EU contracts US for 500,000 doses of remdesivir
The European Commission announced on Thursday that it had reached an agreement with the US pharmaceutical group Gilead for the supply of 500,000 doses of remdesivir, an antiviral authorized in theEuropean Union (EU) to treat Covid-19 patients. “Thanks to our common public procurement markets, we are giving European countries the means to join forces and gain access to equipment and essential medicines”, Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a statement.
The Gilead Group produces Veklury, the brand of remdesivir. All EU countries, European Economic Area member countries, the UK and six candidate countries (Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina) benefit from these purchases.
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