pandemic update

New reports, new measures and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– Multiplication of restrictions in Europe

The Austrian government announced on Saturday the closure of schools and non-essential stores until December 6, after two weeks of partial containment which failed to slow the epidemic.

In Italy, nearly half of the population will find themselves in partial confinement on Sunday, after the classification in “red zone” of the region of Naples (Campania) and Tuscany.

Greece announced on Saturday the closure of primary schools, kindergartens and nurseries until the end of the month. Colleges and high schools have already been closed since Monday and a re-containment has been applied in the country since November 7.

In Portugal, the curfew, put in place from 11:00 p.m. on weekdays, is applied from 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in more than a hundred Portuguese municipalities where approximately 70% of the ten million Portuguese live. Nearly 500 people protested against this measure on Saturday in the center of Lisbon.

Europe: a vaccine for January –

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) plans to give its favorable opinion on a first vaccine against the new coronavirus “by the end of the year” for distribution “from January,” said Saturday its director.

“If the data is solid, we can give the green light to the first vaccine by the end of the year and start distribution from January,” said Guido Rasi, director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA ).

– In France, “live a long time with the virus” –

In France, where we will have to “live with the virus over the long term”, Prime Minister Jean Castex said he was working on “rules” for the country until the arrival of a vaccine.

“Festive, family gatherings in party rooms will not be able to resume for a long time. Likewise, bars and restaurants which are also part of places of strong contamination will not be able to reopen from December 1,” he said. indicated.

– More than 1.3 million dead –

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 1,305,039 people worldwide since December, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Saturday.

The United States is the most bereaved country with 245,574 deaths, ahead of Brazil (165,658 dead), India (129,188 dead), Mexico (98,259 dead) and the United Kingdom (51,304 dead).

Mexico surpassed one million cases on Saturday, becoming the 11th country to cross this threshold after the United States, India, Brazil, France, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Colombia and Italy.

Germany: anti-mask demonstrations –

Several “anti-mask” demonstrations took place in Germany on Saturday, one of which in Frankfurt was marked by the use of water cannons targeting counter-demonstrators.

In Frankfurt (Hesse, center), nearly a thousand people demonstrated in the city center at the call of the collective “Querdenker” (“Free thinker”), at the initiative of several rallies in recent months against anti-Covid restrictions.

– “Total” confinement in Lebanon –

Lebanon began on Saturday a new “total” confinement, for a minimum of two weeks in order to combat the skyrocketing increase in Covid-19 cases which is having repercussions on hospitals now saturated.

– Mohamed Salah in solitary confinement –

Tested positive for Covid-19, Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah was in solitary confinement in a Cairo hotel. Asymptomatic, the player will miss the qualifying match for the African Cup of Nations on Saturday against Togo as well as two matches with Liverpool.

– Nations League: match canceled –

UEFA has announced the cancellation of the Nations League match between Romania and Norway, scheduled for Sunday, after the Norwegian authorities’ decision to ban the selection’s move to Bucharest due to a case of Covid-19 .

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