New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
– Austria is re-fining itself in an electric climate –
Austria has been officially confined since Monday, its 8.9 million inhabitants having, on paper, the ban on going out, except for shopping, sports or for medical care. It is possible to go to the office and drop the children off at school, but the authorities have called for them to be kept at home.
On Saturday, around 40,000 people took to the streets in Vienna to cry out for “dictatorship”, at the call of the far-right FPÖ party.
In the Netherlands, 145 people have been arrested in the last three days of unrest, police say.
– Pressure for vaccination in Germany –
Germans will be “vaccinated, cured or dead” by the end of winter because of the current surge in the number of contaminations, Health Minister Jens Spahn warned on Monday.
Referring to a Delta variant “very, very contagious”, he called on the Germans to “urgently” get vaccinated, especially in the southern and eastern regions, because Germany is hit hard by a new wave of Covid-19 that experts attribute in particular to a vaccination rate (68%) among the lowest in Western Europe.
– France: peak of hospitalizations expected “at the end of December or January” –
The number of patients having contracted the Covid hospitalized in critical care is “relatively stable” and the consequences on the 5th wave hospital, “if it must occur”, are not expected before “the end of December or January”, said Monday the director general of the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris Martin Hirsch.
“The hospital is in a difficult situation. Today it’s not Covid patients, ”he said, citing flu or seasonal childhood illnesses, but understaffing and closed beds are increasing tensions.
-… and a “very explosive” situation in Guadeloupe –
President Emmanuel Macron assured Monday the French department of Guadeloupe (Caribbean), where the challenge to the vaccination obligation of caregivers has degenerated into a social crisis of magnitude, of the “solidarity” of the nation in the face of “a very explosive ”and asked“ not to give in to lies and political manipulation ”.
Police reinforcements from mainland participated in the dismantling of barricades, but the continued violence led the rectorate to suspend the reception of students in schools, colleges and high schools on Monday.
– Auckland is preparing for deconfinement –
New Zealand will end the three-and-a-half-month lockdown in its largest city, Auckland in early December, adopting a new strategy to fight the coronavirus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday.
The disease has only killed 40 people in a population of five million and the vaccination level is currently around 83%, but the pressure has increased with the Delta variant, leading the government to question its so-called “zero-Covid” policy with strict confinement.
– More than 5.1 million dead –
The pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed at least 5,148,939 people worldwide since the end of 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Monday at 11:00 GMT.
The United States is the most affected country, with 771,118 deaths, ahead of Brazil (612,659), India (465,911), Mexico (292,471) and Russia (265,336).
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the overall toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that calculated from official figures .