Covid infections are out of control in half the world

The number of infections per coronavirus it has skyrocketed in the last few days in half the world. Countries such as the United States, Canada, Russia or Japan have seen the positives for Covid increase almost exponentially. Therefore, all the alarms have gone off.

The United States reached 11,895,876 confirmed cases of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and 254,297 deaths from Covid-19 disease, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University. This balance at 20.00 local time (01.00 GMT on Saturday) supposes 197,215 new infections Y 1,878 additional deaths with respect to Thursday.

A sign reminds customers to wear the mask outside the Broderick Roadhouse bar in the city of Walnut Creek, California (USA) (JOHN G. MABANGLO / EFE)

The United States set an absolute record for new infections on Thursday, with 200,146 more cases than on Wednesday and also the highest number of deaths in 24 hours -2,239- since the beginning of May, in the middle of the explosion of the pandemic.

Despite the fact that New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it is still the most affected in terms of deaths in the United States with 34,252. It is followed in number of deaths by Texas (20,748), California (18,595), Florida (17,889) and New Jersey (16,712). Other states with a large death toll are Illinois (11,795), Massachusetts (10,469), Pennsylvania (9,676), Georgia (9,142) or Michigan (8,774).

The worst omens, overcome

In terms of infections, Texas has 1,114,545, followed by California with 1,084,348, third is Florida with 923,418, Illinois is fourth with 634,395 and New York fifth with 584,850.

The provisional death toll – 254,297 – far exceeds the lower limit of the initial estimates of the White House, which in the best of cases projected between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic.

US President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would rather be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although later he predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.

The prediction: 440,000 deaths by March 2021

For its part, the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) of the University of Washington, whose models for predicting the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, estimates that by the end of the year the United States will reach the 320,000 deceased and by March 1 at 440,000.

Likewise, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers extended the mandatory use of a mask throughout the state on Friday despite the legal challenge posed by conservatives, prolonging a health emergency order that requires covering the face in public spaces in order to curb an alarming increase in infections by Covid-19.

Wisconsin hospitals are overwhelmed and facing staff shortages. “

Evers’ decision to extend the order for its use in Wisconsin for another 60 days was the latest in a series of new restrictions imposed by state and local representatives across the country to reduce Covid-19 cases, which have skyrocketed. again with the arrival of winter.

Public health experts say increased indoor gatherings and social events due to colder weather are fueling contagion, putting already strained healthcare systems under further siege, just before of Christmas.

“Wisconsin hospitals are overwhelmed and facing staff shortages,” Evers said in a news release. More than a third are operating at full capacity, with Covid patients occupying about a third of all beds in intensive care units, he said.

The warning

Canada can register 60,000 cases a day by the end of the year if no action is taken

The average number of daily cases recorded was more than 6,200, almost double the cases reported a month ago, Evers said.

For his part, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today implored the country’s population to drastically reduce contacts with other people after medical authorities warned that by the end of the year Canada can register 60,000 cases of Covid-19 a day if no action is taken.

Cases across the country are rising massively “

Trudeau chose to address the country from the front steps of his official home in Ottawa, something he had not done since the spring, during the first wave of the pandemic, to emphasize that Canadians should limit their interactions with other people and stay home. as long as possible.

“I didn’t want to be here this morning. You didn’t want me to be here. But we are here again, “said a grim Trudeau at the beginning of his statement, adding that” cases across the country are going up massively. “

We are at risk that hospitals will not be able to respond and more loved ones will die “

The prime minister added that Canada is risking its future because “we are really at risk that the burden will skyrocket and hospitals cannot respond and more loved ones die. So we need to do everything we can now to slow the spread of Covid-19. “

Trudeau’s warnings came minutes after the country’s chief medical officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, released the new case projections. Tam explained that Canada can have 60,000 infections of Covid-19 a day in December, far exceeding what happened at the beginning of the year.

People with mask in Nunavut, Canada

People with a mask in Nunavut, Canada (NATALIE MAERZLUFT / Reuters)

“The national curve of the epidemic shows that cases have exceeded the peak levels of the first wave. Now, the average number of daily cases is 4,800. What is more, the growth of the epidemic is occurring rapidly, and this week there have been 15% new cases daily compared to last, ”explained Tam.

In addition, the country is seeing an increase in cases among the highest-risk adults and the elderly in part as a result of infectious outbreaks taking place again in nursing homes and community centers. Trudeau also announced that the land border with the United States will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least December 31.

New all-time high in Russia

Russia, for its part, marked a new all-time high with 24,822 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to health authorities. In addition, 467 people died since yesterday, a record since March, bringing the total fatality to 35,778, according to the source. Although there have never been so many coronavirus patients discharged in a single day, more than 26,000.

Moscow, the epicenter of the pandemic in this country, also recorded unprecedented numbers of infections with 7,168, to which we must add 74 deaths. In the second city of the country, Saint Petersburg, 2,476 cases were registered. With 2,064,748 infections, Russia is the fifth country in the world with the most confirmed cases after the US, India, Brazil and France.

Putin speaks of “complex” situation

On Wednesday, the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, confirmed the “complex” situation with the coronavirus in different regions of the country and called on local authorities to “not make up” the real situation.

Despite the unstoppable increase in cases, the Russian Government continues without adopting restrictions at the national level, as it did last March, although the Ministry of Health called on the regions to adopt specific restrictive measures wherever the epidemic situation is most serious.

Concern in Japan

The coronavirus is also raging in Japan. The Japanese government decided today to limit the subsidy campaign to promote “Go to travel” tourism after the country has recorded daily records of cases of Covid-19 for three days in a row.

During a meeting of the Japanese committee for the management of the pandemic to which local media had access, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga explained that, under the program, from now on reservations will no longer be accepted for trips to areas that are suffering. increases in infections.

Arrival of the third wave

The decision, on the recommendation of the panel of doctors that advises the Executive, comes after Japan reported more than 2,400 new daily cases on Friday, a record number for the third consecutive day, and Tokyo recorded 539 infections today, also the maximum daily number for the Japanese capital since the pandemic began.

Other regions such as Osaka or the northern island of Hokkaido, both highly touristy, have also been registering record volumes of new daily cases. Japanese experts speak of the arrival of a third wave that responds to falling temperatures, pushing people to spend more time indoors.

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walk down a street in Hong Kong, in an October photo

People wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus walk down a street in Hong Kong, in an October photo (Kin Cheung / AP)

Also in Hong Kong, the recent upturn in Covid cases has caused the suspension, for at least two weeks, of the “travel bubble” that the financial city was going to launch with Singapore starting this Sunday, announced today the Hong Kong Trade and Economic Development, Edward Yau.

In October, the Hong Kong and Singapore authorities announced that they had reached an agreement to authorize trips to the other party without the need to quarantine in order to resume flights between the two financial cities in a “progressive and safe” manner. However, the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Hong Kong has caused that operation to be put on hold until at least December, Yau said today at a press conference.

Since the first cases of coronavirus, German health authorities have multiplied their workforce, using the military for example, to provide contact tracing of infected people,

Since the first cases of coronavirus, German health authorities have multiplied their workforce, using the military for example, to provide contact tracking of infected people, (POOL / EFE)

In Germany there is also concern about the current pandemic situation in the country, although the situation is much better than in Spain, for example. The German health authorities recorded 22,964 new infections with coronavirus in the last 24 hours, 503 more than a week ago and only 684 less than the new high of 23,648 registered yesterday.

According to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) updated last midnight, the positives counted since the first contagion in the country was announced at the end of January amounts to 902,528, with 13,884 deaths, 254 in the last 24 hours.

The RKI estimates that about 593,100 have recovered from the disease and that there are currently about 295,500 active cases. In Germany as a whole, the cumulative incidence in the last seven days stands at 140.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The number of patients with covid-19 in intensive care units rose to 3,615 yesterday, of which 2,103 – 57% – receive assisted respiration, according to data from the German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI).

The speed of spread is worrisome, which has been increasing in recent days to 1.05, which implies that every 100 infected infects on average another 105 people.

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