Covid-19 advances and breaks records in central and eastern Europe

There is concern in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.


01:04 PM / 17/10/2020

Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, among other countries, recorded new records of contagion by covid-19 this Saturday, October 17, which for weeks has been unstoppable in Europe.

The increase in infections has moved in recent days to the center and east of the continent, where the virus has grown exponentially and there are countries such as Bulgaria in which on Saturday the mark of infections was exceeded for the fifth consecutive day.

Merkel asks Germans to stay in their homes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans this Saturday to stay home as much as possible in the face of the new rebound in the coronavirus with a new maximum of infections.

“Please, as long as possible, stay at home and where you live. I know that in addition to sounding harsh in individual cases it represents a harsh sacrifice,” said the chancellor in her customary weekend video message.

Merkel made the appeal after it was disclosed that Germany registered 7,830 new infections, which represents a new high for the third day in a row, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology.

“The way we will live winter and celebrate Christmas is decided these days. We have to do everything so that the virus spreads uncontrollably,” warned the chancellor.

Czech Republic, at the head of accumulated cases in the EU

The spiral of infections also reached a new maximum in the last 24 hours in the Czech Republic, with 11,105 positives detected, the Ministry of Health reported.

The minister of the portfolio, the epidemiologist Roman Prymula, warned that he hopes that the high incidence of the pandemic among the population will continue for the next ten to fourteen days, before the effect of the restrictive measures adopted is noticed.

Authorities and experts from the Central European country, in a state of emergency since October 5 and with the entire educational and leisure sector closed, also recommended a voluntary confinement.

The Czech Republic, one of the least affected European countries in the first wave in spring, now leads the contagions in the European Union, with 701 accumulated cases per 100,000 people.

In Austria and Hungary the virus reaches unknown levels

Austria and Hungary also recorded records of COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours since the pandemic began.

In Hungary, 1,791 new cases have been registered, health authorities reported, when in recent weeks the number of new daily infections remained between 800 and 1,300.

In the last day, 24 deaths have been registered in Hungary, bringing the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 1,109 in a country of 9.8 million inhabitants.

In Austria, the new daily positives released this Saturday reached 1,747, which represents a new maximum and a figure much higher than the 1,163 registered the previous day.

At the beginning of the month, the daily record of 1,050 cases that had been registered in the first wave of spring was already surpassed.

Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina with records

Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina also added records of infections, with 898 and 716 new cases, respectively, in the last 24 hours, according to the authorities of those countries.

In Slovenia, with two million inhabitants, 250 people are hospitalized and 43 need mechanical respiration.

In Bosnia-Herzegovina -with 3.3 million inhabitants- the number of infected also grows daily, and in the last 24 hours almost a hundred more were registered than yesterday.

In neighboring Croatia the situation is still worrying; With four million inhabitants, more than 1,000 new cases (1,096) were registered for the second consecutive day.

And in Montenegro, a small republic of 600,000 inhabitants, for weeks the number of new daily cases has been around 200; Yesterday that mark was already surpassed, and 273 and seven deaths were registered.

Bulgaria breaks its own mark for the fifth day in a row

Bulgaria meanwhile registered its fifth consecutive day with a record of positives with 998 cases in the last 24 hours, according to its health authorities.

In that period 14 people died while the total number of those killed due to the pandemic amounted to 958.

In the Balkan country, of seven million people, there are 1,450 hospitalized, of which 76 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU.


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