The balance sheets rise inexorably as European countries increase restrictions to halt the second wave of the epidemic. Spain crossed the threshold of 40,000 deaths on Wednesday and the United Kingdom that of 50,000 deaths. For its part, Italy has exceeded one million cases since the start of the epidemic. In Greece, the government has decreed a nighttime curfew in addition to the containment already underway in the country.
- UK passes 50,000 dead
The United Kingdom, which is already the country hardest hit in Europe by the pandemic, has passed the 50,000 death mark, according to the latest report from health authorities. This takes into account deaths occurring within 28 days of a positive test. The country recorded 595 additional deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total number of dead to 50,365. The UK had not seen such a high daily death toll since May 6, when 612 deaths were recorded. “Every death is a tragedy”, reacted on television the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, deploring a “Sad course”. Despite the hope of a vaccine soon, “We are not out of business yet”, he continued, calling on the British to continue to follow the rules intended to combat the spread of the virus.
- Spain passes the 40,000 dead mark
Spain passed the 40,000 Covid-19 death mark officially recorded since the start of the epidemic on Wednesday, according to official figures provided by the Ministry of Health. The country recorded 311 new deaths on Wednesday, reaching a total of 40,105 deaths since the start of the pandemic, France having crossed the same threshold of 40,000 less than a week ago. The day before, Spain had reached its record of deaths in 24 hours since this second wave, with more than 400 new deaths. However, the authorities believe that the epidemic has entered a phase of “Net stabilization”. “It has been several days since the cumulative incidence over 14 days has stabilized” around 525 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, explained Tuesday Fernando Simon, director of the health emergency center of the Ministry of Health.
- Italy has exceeded one million cases
Italy, the first country in Europe to be hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic last spring, has exceeded one million cases since the start of the epidemic, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health. The country has recorded 32,961 new cases and 623 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total since February to 1,028,424 cases and 42,953 deaths. With just over 60 million inhabitants, Italy is the 10th country to cross the threshold of one million infected people, after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia, France, Spain , Argentina, the United Kingdom and Colombia, according to an AFP count. Italy has been one of the hardest hit European countries, especially the northern regions which have recorded more than two-thirds of cases, while the southern regions have been relatively spared so far.
- Contained Greece declares curfew
Greece, already contained, on Wednesday decreed a nighttime curfew from Friday after a significant rise in daily infections resulting in “a pressure” on health services. While traffic remained dense in Athens, despite a lockdown imposed since Saturday, Secretary of State for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias announced a night curfew throughout the country from Friday “between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. “. Only “travel for work and health reasons” will be allowed, he said. The whole of Greece has been confined again since Saturday and until November 30, only stores of “essential” products remaining open, mainly supermarkets and pharmacies.
- First vaccinations in early 2021 in the EU?
The European Commission on Wednesday approved a contract to buy up to 300 million doses of a vaccine developed by the American Pfizer and the German BioNTtech. The two laboratories announced that their vaccine was “90% effective” against Covid-19 infections, raising immense hope in the face of the pandemic. The first vaccinations in the European Union could take place “in the first quarter of 2021”, in an “optimistic” scenario, said Wednesday the director of the European agency in charge of epidemics. Americans who have pre-ordered 100 million doses say vaccinations could start before the end of the year.
- More than 1.2 million deaths worldwide
The pandemic has killed at least 1,275,113 people around the world, according to an AFP report from official sources on Wednesday at midday. The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 239,695 deaths for 10,258,090 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. The world’s leading economic power on Tuesday also recorded a new record of 201,961 cases in 24 hours. After the United States, the countries most affected are Brazil, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.