BY iñigo gurruchaga
The British Government will probably be able to meet its goal of doing half a million tests a day this fall thanks to the acquisition of two new tests that allow the confirmation of results in 90 minutes and machines that will facilitate the multiplication of tests. The tests would have the ability to differentiate between Covid-19 and other diseases, such as common fever.
Both technologies have been produced in the United Kingdom. DnaNudge is a company with establishments in London shopping centers, where they offer DNA analysis and nutrition plans adapted to the genetic baggage. Its test machine allows you to make 15 daily papers without resorting to a laboratory. It already operates in eight London hospitals. The Government will distribute 5,000 to British hospitals in the coming months.
The LamPore test, created by Oxford Nanopore, is capable of detecting false negatives due to poor test performance and distinguishing between various infections. Based on samples of mucus or saliva, it will be initially distributed in nursing homes. The company produces two machines, one capable of 15,000 daily tests and the other, portable, which can do 2,000.
Politicians denounce the “danger” of protests in times of pandemic
BY JUAN CARLOS BARRENA
After massive violations of hygiene rules in the demonstration against the policy to tackle the coronavirus epidemic in Germany last Saturday in Berlin, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of federal chancellor Angela Merkel questions the authorization of new major protests . “Demonstrations like that are a danger to society,” says conservative deputy Armin Schuster, speaking today to the newspaper “Rheinischen Post.”
The ostentation of not respecting the rules, the attacks on the media representatives and the repeated violent confrontations with the police justify “a consistent action by the authorities authorizing the protests,” says Schuster. Politicians from virtually the entire spectrum have criticized the organizers of the demonstration as “irresponsible”, which brought together thousands of deniers of the pandemic, extreme right-wing elements, followers of all kinds of conspiracy theories and citizens dissatisfied with the actions of the federal government to confront the disease.
Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht stressed that the right to demonstrate “is an important constitutional asset”, but demanded that hygiene standards be respected so as not to threaten the health of others. “I cannot understand the protesters who act in a despotic manner,” said the minister, who advocates that the police act harshly and prosecute any violation of the rules. The German Diet of Municipalities has also demanded a heavy hand with this type of protests because they are potential outbreaks of the disease. «It is irresponsible not to respect the rules in such a tight space. Heavy fines must be imposed if the rules are violated in the protests, “said association president Helmut Dedy.
Digitization of companies
The coronavirus epidemic is forcing the digitization of German companies by leaps and bounds. 55% of German firms want to advance in this field, according to a survey by the Ifo institute of economic studies among managers of more than 800 firms. 31% highlight having introduced new computer programs to facilitate remote collaboration among their employees and 36% report having intensified the use of the digital instruments they had before the crisis. 78% intend to promote teleworking from home, 64% will increase virtual online conferences and 59% are even willing to completely abandon face-to-face meetings. In addition, 61% intend to significantly reduce work trips in the long run. The increase in the use of digital instruments is seen in all German economic sectors, but it is even more marked in large companies.
The coronavirus pandemic has failed to stop the real estate boom in Germany, where the purchase and rental prices of flats and houses continue to rise significantly. There is no stop and much less lower prices for tenants and buyers despite the immense economic consequences of the epidemic, concludes a joint study by the Gewos Institute for Urban and Regional Research on Housing and the Inmobilienscout24 portal. “So far, there has been no bankruptcy in the German real estate market due to the virus,” said Gewos Institute manager Carolin Wandzik, who noted that rents rose 0.8% on average in the second half of this year compared to previous quarter and 3.6% in the interannual comparison. The price of the square meter rose in turn by 1.8% and 8.5%, respectively. For the study, we analyzed the rentals of homes of 80 square meters and the sales of single-family houses of about 130 square meters, measures that represent the average of the German market.
Holidays trigger contagion in Russian beach areas
BY rafael m. doll
The Russian Black Sea coast in the Krasnodar region is being the scene of COVID-19 outbreaks. This was announced by the director of the Rospotrebnadzor control body, Anna Popova. In her words, such a situation is due to the fact that people reproduce the social behaviors of the summer, with a greater number of encounters between family and friends, crowded discos and restaurants and crowds on the beaches.
“They have rushed a little in the de-escalation while many believe that the pandemic has already passed and everything has to go well from now on … so they stop observing social distancing and neglect the use of masks”, Popova laments while stressing that such a situation is “understandable” after the lifting of almost all the restrictions imposed by the pandemic in the area. According to their data, failure to comply with the protection measures is leading to “whole families falling ill.”
Since July 8, the number of new cases of COVID-19 has been on the rise in the Krasnodar Territory. If on July 8, 61 cases of coronavirus were detected in one day, on August 2, the daily number of positives rose to 107 people, a record figure for this region since the start of the pandemic. A total of 8,472 cases of the disease have been registered there, of which 7,305 have been recovered and 116 patients died.
On the Krasnodar coast are many of the most important Russian holiday resorts: Anapa, Dagomís, Guelendzhik, Sochi and Tuapsé. Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics and regular resting place of President Vladimir Putin, is the most demanded resort by Russian inland tourism, it has sea and mountains, hence it is also the most expensive.
Popova said, without specifying, that in four other Russian regions coronavirus outbreaks have also been detected, while in 80 of the 85 territorial entities in Russia, “the incidence of COVID-19 is decreasing or stabilizing.”
Since Sunday, 5,394 new positives have been registered in Russia, 33 fewer than the previous day. The total number of infections thus rises to 856,264. Of these, 653,593 were cured. There have also been 79 new deaths, nine more than the previous day, and the total stands at 14,207 deaths. Therefore, there are still 188,464 active cases. Russia ranks fourth on the world list in number of infections.
In Moscow, the territory most affected by the epidemic in the country, since Sunday there have been 693 new infections with COVID-19, 29 more than the previous day. The total of infected in the Russian capital thus amounts to 243,406, of which 182,184 were discharged. The first city in the country also records 13 new deaths, one more than the previous day. Thus, it reaches the total amount of 4,498 deaths and 56,724 active cases.