BY iñigo gurruchaga
Travelers arriving in the UK from a list of 59 countries and 14 British overseas territories will not have to lock themselves in for 14 days from today. The list includes those from Spain in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but not Scotland, where his Government has decided to extend the quarantine requirement to travelers from Spanish airports.
Museums, restaurants, pubs are open, although with a reduction in visitors and a prior reservation obligation. The shops have also resumed their activity. And in the next few days concerts and outdoor sports competitions will be allowed. Tourists visiting the United Kingdom have to plan their journey in more detail and comply with the obligation to wear a mask or protective fabric on public transport.
According to the evaluation sent by the London Government to the Scottish Government, the prevalence of the coronavirus in Spain is 330 people per 100,000 inhabitants, when in Scotland it would be 28. Along with the news of local confinements, these are the reasons given by the Chief Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to decide at the last minute that travelers from Spanish airports would have to lock themselves up.
The Scottish Executive’s announcement has caused consternation in the local tourism sector. Glasgow and Edinburgh airports estimate that 60% of vacation flights have Spanish destinations. Tourism agencies are struggling to amend the reservations made by those who assumed that the list would be the same for the whole of the United Kingdom. In 2018, a substantial number of Spaniards, 250,000, visited Scotland. Sturgeon will review his decision on the 20th. The announcement means that travelers from Spain will launch the Scottish quarantine system. Although it entered into force on June 8, a disagreement between Edinburgh and London over access of passenger data by aircraft has so far prevented the border control of travelers at Scottish airports necessary for quarantine.
German exports start recovery, but far from pre-epidemic levels
German exports recovered 9 percent in May from April, when more than 31 percent collapsed due to the pandemic, the biggest decline in 70 years. According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), exports of German goods and services in May were, however, 29.7 percent below those of the same month the previous year. Compared to February, the last month not affected by Covid-19, the drop is 26.8 percent. He highlighted the contraction in demand from countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, especially hit by the Sars-Cov2. The figures of the order book to the German industry, published this week, gave a similar image: the first European economy is starting the recovery after the forced stoppage of activity due to the pandemic, but this process is long intuited because there is still time to go. in order to recover the pre-crisis levels.
The main German cruise companies, such as TUI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd and Aida will resume their activity in the coming days. This has been advanced by the Clia sector association, which advocates a cautious reopening after more than three months of forced stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic. Boats from these companies were unable to complete their last trip due to the eruption of Covid-19, with its passage trapped inside, or were quarantined when an infected person was detected on board. Now the companies have developed a security protocol together with the city-state of Hamburg, the health authorities and those responsible for the German ports association. These master lines include that on these first trips passengers may not disembark in the ports of any other country. “We are pleased that our partners have a reliable framework with this protocol to restart their activity”, says the director of Clia, Helge Grammerstorf. TUI is scheduled to start its first cruise on July 24, while Hapag-Lloyd will start on August 31 and Aida on August 5.
The slaughterhouse next to Gütersloh (west) epicenter of the largest Covid-19 outbreak in weeks in Germany cannot yet restart its activity. The municipal authorities consider that it is still too early to be able to assess as a whole the protocol of sanitary measures proposed by Tönnies, owner of the plant and largest meat producer in the country. This Sunday a new ventilation system will be tested, aware that the spread of the coronavirus is closely linked in closed spaces to the processes of air circulation. Policy makers said they want the plant to reopen, but that safety is more important than speed. Nearly 1,000 people were infected with the coronavirus in this outbreak, mostly temporary slaughterhouse workers – a facility with 7,000 workers -, employees from Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, for the most part in very precarious working conditions and residing in overcrowded conditions. in company accommodation.
Another Gütersloh slaughterhouse has been ruled out as a focus of coronavirus. Several of its employees tested positive, but when analyzing the majority of the workforce, it has been ruled out that the plant is the focus. The activity, which had been suspended as a preventive measure after these cases were detected, will resume at this slaughterhouse next week.
It also appears that the degree of alertness has been lowered in Euskirchen (western Germany). After 13 members of a family of 15 tested positive for coronavirus, authorities decided to quarantine the 500 members of their religious community and test about 1,000 people. Of the first 648 tests there are only 14 positives; This Friday the results of the remaining 360 will be announced.
The Robert Koch Institute, the leading epidemiological center in Germany, has registered 395 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Thus, the daily figure is lowered again, after a week of progressive increase in identified infections. Thus, the total number of people infected by Sars-CoV2 stands at 198,178, of which some 183,000 have already overcome the disease and 5,100 remain ill. The death toll from the epidemic reaches 9,054 individuals. On Thursday, 452 new cases had been registered, after the figures had climbed from 219 to 442 in the previous five days. The reproduction rate, or R value, was at 0.66, when the day before it stood at 0 , 70. This indicator in the average modality of the last seven days stands at 0.86.
Moscow goes one step further in de-escalation
BY rafael m. doll
The Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobianin, announced yesterday the lifting of more restrictions imposed by Covid-19 in the de-escalation that started in June. From next July 13, the use of the mask in the streets and other open places will no longer be mandatory, but it will continue to be so in closed places and on public transport, as well as gloves.
Starting Monday, schools, universities and other educational centers will also open their doors. You can even go to the discotheques, establishments that must reduce their usual capacity in half. It will also be necessary to dance with the mask and gloves on and observing the social distance. Later, on August 1, the cinemas, theaters and concert halls will resume their activity, but also with the requirement to sell only half of the locations at the box office.
The truth is that in the Russian capital almost nobody already uses the mask on the street and many do not do it in transport. Since last month, businesses, including department stores, dry cleaners, hairdressers and general service establishments, have been operating. Libraries, much of the museums and sports centers, also opened. People what they miss the most, besides the cinemas and theaters, are the big sporting events and the street gatherings.
Moscow registered 568 infections yesterday, the lowest number since April. The number of infected continues to decrease and also that of deceased, since yesterday there were 28 deaths. The total number of positive cases in the Russian capital since the start of the pandemic exceeds 228,000 and the number of deaths from the coronavirus exceeds 4,000. So far, there have been no regrets for a major outbreak of coronavirus in the country’s main city.
Several uncontrolled outbreaks force to test 300,000 people in the department of Mayenne
BY PAULA ROSAS
The number of positive cases has quadrupled in a week in the French department of Mayenne, west of Paris, for which reason the health authorities have been forced to carry out a massive detection campaign for Sars-Cov-2 between the population. Some 300,000 people will undergo tests – not compulsory -, mainly in the city of Laval, where additional precautionary measures will be taken.
The use of a mask will be mandatory in the markets, where the separation distance between the stalls will be increased. The mayor of the town has decided to cancel the fireworks on July 14, as well as several other events planned for the coming weeks. The pools will operate by time bands and weddings will be reduced to 20 guests. At the moment, however, the prefecture does not foresee a reconfinement of the population.
The authorities are currently evaluating 129 outbreaks of contagion, although Mayenne’s is, at the moment, the most worrying in metropolitan France. Around 500 cases of coronavirus are diagnosed daily in the country, “although they are probably half the reality”, warns the president of the Scientific Council that advises the government on the health crisis, Jean-François Delfraissy, in an interview in ‘Le Figaro ‘. The number of calls to SOS Médecins, the home health service, has also multiplied in recent weeks, one of the indicators that the authorities are monitoring to monitor the epidemic.
Today the Minister of Health has also announced that the government plans to test all travelers coming from risky non-EU locations at the same airports. The tests will not, however, be mandatory, “because we cannot force someone to take the test,” said Olivier Véran, however, in an interview at BFM.