Coronavirus, Italy “surrounded” by infections: France, Spain and the case of the Balkans

In Europe it is time for mistrust. Countries that consider themselves healthier, or at least a little more virtuous, such as Norway, Finland, Greece, Portugal and, for now, Italy, they fear imported infections from states where the coronavirus is still very lively. Not just Spain and France. The thermometer also rises to the north, towards Belgium and Luxembourg; and especially to the east on the other side of the Adriatic, after that the virus entered Italy from Croatia, infiltrating a group of thirty Venetian boys. IS following two eighteen year olds from Padua who had celebrated their high school leaving certificate on the island of Pag in the name of carefree. Result: all in quarantine and open hunting by the local health units to those who have been at close range with the group.

Positives imported from across the border

In Friuli Venezia Giulia at least five positive, out of the last seven diagnosed, are “Importers” from across the border. In short, the fear of new autochthonous outbreaks is joined by that of traveling “nurseries”. Croatia, with less than six thousand infected since the beginning of the epidemic, and a still provisional death toll of 157, is not among the most fearful areas. In fact, since the end of July, cases still active seemed to be on the decline, but last Saturday the graph showed a modest +16 for the first time in ten days. Crossing national borders, especially for tourism, requires continuous updating to extricate themselves from self-certifications, exam reports, quarantines or sudden vetoes.

The rising curve in the Balkans

The routes to and from the Balkans, where the virus spread curve is rising sharply almost everywhere, are obstacle courses. Doors still closed in Italy, at least virtually, for non-EU citizens from Kosovo and Serbia (where the number of infected people per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last two weeks is 65.9) and from Montenegro (163). Closed, with some exceptions, also with Bosnia (130), North Macedonia (88) and Moldova. Not closed, at the moment, for those arriving from Bulgaria (43) and Romania (93.9) provided that, immediately after setting foot or setting foot in Italy, he undergoes fiduciary isolation and health surveillance.

The revolt of the Belgians armed with umbrellas

In the north of Italy, in Luxembourg, the recent infected are relatively few in absolute numbers (924) but too many in relation to the population: 150 for every hundred thousand inhabitants. In Belgium the cases in the last 14 days are almost 7,000 (58.4): here the deaths since the beginning of the epidemic are already almost ten thousand. In front of a lethality rate among the highest in Europe, the Belgian authorities have entrusted the police with the task of enforcing the distancing also outdoors; and two days ago on the Blankenberge beach, not far from Bruges, dozens of swimmers turned against the agents, brandishing umbrellas. The beach yesterday was closed to day tourists by order of the mayor, Daphné Dumery.

The camp to promote herd immunity

Some public order problems have also arisen in France, in the Cévennes National Park (Lozère) where Saturday night a rave party with over 10 thousand young people occupied the pastures and alarmed the farmers, which saw 4,000 loaded cars arrive in a few hours, in spite of the ban on gatherings and demonstrations of more than 5,000 people. In Tenerife, the Guardia civil had to evict about sixty people camped precisely to encourage the spread of Covid-19, perhaps in the belief that it is propitiating herd immunity. Specially constituted police units check compliance with the rules in night clubs in some Spanish locations, such as Zaragoza (Aragon) or Fuengirola (Andalusia).

August 9, 2020 (change August 9, 2020 | 23:41)


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