DSince its appearance in December in China, the Covid-19 disease has killed more than 60,000 people worldwide, including almost three-quarters in Europe, with a spread that does not visibly weaken and raises the question of wearing a generalized mask.
In total, more than 60,000 deaths have been recorded, including more than 45,000 in Europe, the continent most affected, according to a last report by the AFP established from official sources on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. GMT.
The number of hospitalizations in intensive care has decreased for the first time in Italy since the pandemic exploded there more than a month ago, announced on Saturday civil defense.
The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care in Italian hospitals has dropped below 4,000 (3,994 compared to 4,068 the previous day). “This is important news because it allows our hospitals to breathe. This is the first time that this figure has been falling since we managed this emergency, “welcomed the head of civil protection Angelo Borrelli.
With nearly 15,000 dead (including 8,300 in Lombardy), Italy is the most bereaved country in the world by the Covid-19, according to official reports.
But the number of deaths is undoubtedly much higher as evidenced by the first data on excess mortality in the affected areas.
The containment of the population will be extended in Spain until April 25 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, announced Saturday the head of government Pedro Sanchez, who did not rule out other extensions.
The economic “hibernation” decreed last Sunday and consisting of stopping for two weeks all non-essential activities will however not be extended beyond the Easter weekend, added the socialist.
“The Council of Ministers next Tuesday will again seek the authorization of the Chamber of Deputies to extend, for the second time, the state of alert”, which allowed to impose a containment of the strictest, “until to Saturday, April 25 at midnight, “said Mr. Sanchez in a television address.
Declared on March 14, the state of alert was to end on April 11 at midnight after having already been extended by two weeks. These two additional weeks of confinement are “the time our health system needs to recover,” said Sanchez.
Spain is the second most bereaved country in the world after Italy, with 11,744 deaths due to Covid-19 according to the latest assessment published on Saturday, and nearly 125,000 confirmed cases. The increase in the number of cases has slowed gradually since the middle of last week and the death toll has just fallen two days in a row to 809 after the record 950 deaths announced Thursday.
“We now know that these three weeks of collective isolation” since mid-March “are bearing fruit,” said Sanchez. The confinement has “stopped the spread of the virus, contained the avalanche in hospitals, cared for the sick and saved lives,” he said.
France has 7,560 people who have died from COVID-19 since the start of the epidemic, health director Jérôme Salomon announced on Saturday, including 5,532 in hospitals and 2,028 in nursing homes and other medical and social establishments.
This represents an additional 441 hospital deaths in the past 24 hours. The first reports on medico-social establishments, including retirement homes, began to be published on Thursday. As of Friday, at least 1,416 deaths have been reported from these facilities.
“Tonight, we have never had so many resuscitation patients,” said Jérôme Salomon in a press briefing, with 6,838 serious cases.
However, there is “a slow decrease in the increase,” said the Director General of Health, seeing it “good news for caregivers.”
“We are at the beginning of the period where we can assess the impact of confinement,” said Jérôme Salomon, calling on us not to “relax the effort” during this period of school holidays for part of France.