First a good student, Austria is overwhelmed by the second wave – Monitoring of Covid-19 around the world –

Hailed for its previous management, Austria is again confined from Tuesday and its government faces unprecedented criticism from the press, experts and the opposition, for its lack of responsiveness.

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 1,328,048 people around the world since the end of December, according to a report established by the AFP on Tuesday at midday. More than 55,022,350 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed since the start of the epidemic.

The United States is still the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 247,229 deaths for 11,206,054 cases recorded. Next come Brazil with 166,014 deaths and 5,876,464 cases, India with 130,519 deaths (8,874,290 cases), Mexico with 98,861 deaths (1,009,396 cases) and the United Kingdom with 52,147 deaths (1,390,681 cases).

>> Map of new contaminations over 14 days in Europe:

AUSTRIA – Good student overwhelmed by the second wave

Hailed for its previous management, Austria is again confined from Tuesday and its government faces unprecedented criticism from the press, experts and the opposition, for its lack of responsiveness.

“Lack of anticipation”, “irresponsible behavior”: the coalition government between the conservatives of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and environmentalists faces a shower of reproaches, since it announced on Saturday the need to close schools and shops for at least three weeks.

Until December 6, outings are only allowed in very specific circumstances (food shopping, professional and medical reasons, sports or walks).

The average number of daily infections was on Monday at 809 per million inhabitants over the last seven days, much more than in the United States (460) or in neighboring Germany (221). The country now has nearly 2,000 dead.

>> The subject of 12:45 dedicated to Austria:

The Austrian government announced on Saturday the closure of schools and non-essential stores. / 12.45 / 1 min. / Sunday at 12:45

FRANCE – Contamination at its lowest for a month

Asked about RMC / BFMTV on Tuesday, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran repeated that France was regaining control of the epidemic and had undoubtedly passed an epidemic peak. For him, the epidemic has entered a phase of decline, even if the virus continues to circulate very actively, adding not being able to bring forward a date for the end of the confinement.

In any case, he has ruled out for the moment the prospect of reopening shops before December 1, as their representatives claim.

France recorded less than 10,000 new cases of coronavirus contamination on Monday in 24 hours, the lowest increase since October 12, data published by health authorities show.

The daily number of cases of contamination rose to 9,406, for a total of 1,991,233 cases diagnosed since the start of the epidemic in the spring. Sunday, 27,228 new contaminations had been counted, according to Public Health France.

The positivity rate goes from 16.9% to 16.4%. Hospitals have recorded 506 additional deaths in one day, against 302 on Sunday. The total toll of the epidemic stands at 45,054 deaths in hospitals and nursing homes.

France now has 33,497 patients hospitalized for an infection linked to COVID-19, or 416 more than on Sunday.

GERMANY – 14,000 new cases

The number of confirmed cases climbed to 815,746 in Germany, 14,419 more than the day before, according to data reported Tuesday by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.

The institute also reports 267 additional deaths, bringing the death toll to 12,814 since the start of the epidemic in the country.

UNITED KINGDOM – Easyjet records its 1st annual loss due to Covid

British airline Easyjet fell into the red for the first time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with a loss of more than one billion pounds over its entire staggered fiscal year (1.2 billion francs).

The company warned in early October that it would fall into negative territory for the first time in its history blaming the impact of the virus, which has undermined air traffic and plunged aviation into a deep crisis.

Easyjet boss Johan Lundgren, however, was optimistic, assuring that the carrier had “not only withstood the impact of the pandemic, but now has”, after vast cost cuts and thousands of layoffs , “unparalleled foundations to emerge strong from the crisis”.

JAPAN – Olympic athletes will not be required to vaccinate

Requiring vaccines to participate in the Tokyo Games would be “going too far”, judged IOC President Thomas Bach, adding that the IOC would encourage athletes to be vaccinated before participating in the Olympics which have been postponed to l summer due to the pandemic.

He was visiting Tokyo to try to convince the Japanese population and the sponsors of the 2020 Olympics that the event could be held in July with spectators, despite the recent upsurge in infections.

He reiterated the IOC’s commitment to safe Games during a visit to the Olympic Village. He stressed that the organizing committee would take “all necessary precautionary measures so that the athletes can relax and feel safe”.

UNITED STATES – Biden denounces Trump’s refusal to cooperate with Covid

“More Americans risk dying” from Covid-19 if Donald Trump’s administration continues to block the transition, amid a worsening epidemic in the United States, President-elect Joe Biden said on Monday.

Referring to Donald Trump’s refusal to admit defeat in the November 3 election – “I won the election!” the outgoing president tweeted again on Monday – Joe Biden felt that this was primarily a source of embarrassment for the country, more than for its ability to prepare its own administration.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported 138,025 new infections and 660 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the toll to 10,984,398 infections and 245,470 deaths since the appearance of the virus in the territory.

In addition, with the approach of the Thanksgiving holiday, several states and metropolises – from New York to Seattle – have reintroduced restrictions in recent days in an attempt to stem the blaze of the coronavirus in the United States. While some have opted for a two-week mini-confinement, others have chosen to close cinemas, restaurants, high schools or universities.

CANADA – The threshold of 300,000 cases crossed

As of early Monday evening, Canada had recorded 301,332 infections since the start of the pandemic in the country in mid-March, and 11,007 deaths, according to the latest figures reported. Country of 38 million inhabitants, the country took less than a month to go from 200,000 to 300,000 cases of contamination, while three months had been necessary after the start of the pandemic for it to cross the threshold of 100,000 infections.

In Quebec and Ontario – the two most populous provinces in the country -, the second wave of the epidemic caused in most of the province the closure of bars, dining rooms, restaurants, museums and theaters and sport since early October.

RUSSIA – Death toll continues to climb

Russia announced on Tuesday a record 442 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, bringing the official death toll to 33,931.

Authorities also reported 22,410 new infections in the past 24 hours, including 5,882 for the capital Moscow, bringing the national total to 1,971,013.

SOUTH KOREA – Strengthening of distancing measures

South Korea has decided to strengthen health restrictions in the capital Seoul and its surroundings.

Stricter measures include banning public gatherings of more than 100 people, limiting the number of people attending church services and sporting events to 30% of venue capacity, while social distancing is tightened in venues. so-called high-risk like nightclubs and karaoke bars.

The government made the move after the total number of new confirmed cases in the country surpassed 200 on Monday for a third day in a row, the highest since early September.

RTSinfo with agencies

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