Italy today set a new record with almost 22,000 daily infections and 221 deaths in the last twenty-four hours, while the United Kingdom registered 367 deaths, the highest number since May.
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Major European countries continue to break records and prepare for tougher social restrictions to deal with the second wave of coronavirus, which threatens to collapse healthcare systems.
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Italy registered 21,994 new coronavirus infections in the last twenty-four hours, the largest increase recorded so far in the crisis, and 221 people have died, according to the bulletin published today by the Ministry of Health. This is the highest number of infections recorded so far, although many more tests are being done today than were done at the beginning of the emergency, in February or March. Since yesterday 174,000 diagnostic tests have been carried out.
In the last day 221 people have lost their lives due to the virus, a figure that has not been seen since the middle of May and that brings the balance to 37,700 fatalities. The situation of the hospitals is of particular concern. Of the 255,000 people sick with COVID-19 in Italy, 15,366 are admitted (1,085 more than yesterday) and 1,411 require intensive care (+127).
The United Kingdom reported 367 deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours on Tuesday, the highest daily figure that has been registered since the end of May. The British Government also reported the detection of 22,885 new infections and 1,152 hospital admissions in the last day.
About eight million people in England will be under the strictest regime of restrictions that the Government foresees for now from Thursday, when the city of Nottingham will enter the highest level of alert. That scenario involves closing bars that don’t serve food and banning social gatherings, but it doesn’t impose mobility restrictions.
French President Emmanuel Macron will deliver a televised speech to the nation tomorrow in which he will announce new measures to combat the advance of the coronavirus pandemic, which may include a new confinement of the population, the Elysee announced on Tuesday.
Macron will make these announcements after two meetings of his crisis ministerial cabinet and after Prime Minister Jean Castex gathered today the parliamentary political forces, associations of mayors and social partners. The head of the Government considered “essential” to adopt new measures, less than two weeks after a curfew was decreed to two thirds of the population that has not managed to stop the spread of infections.
According to various media, the Government is considering various hypotheses, among which the decree of a new confinement of the population takes on weight, half a year after the one that kept the country at idle between March and May.
The Spanish Ministry of Health notified 18,418 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infected to 1,116,738, with a cumulative incidence of 436.47 positives per hundred thousand inhabitants, while the number of deaths rises to 35,298, of which 267 have been notified in the last 24 hours.
According to the data provided to Health by the autonomous communities, the hospital pressure in all Spain due to COVID-19 stands at 13.93%, while 25.04% of the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds are already occupied by covid patients (24.24% on Monday).
In one week, a total of 1,025,912 tests have been carried out in Spain, 2,181 per 100,000 inhabitants, of which 13.26% of the total have tested positive.
With an accumulated incidence of 1,390.9 cases on average per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, Belgium has surpassed the Czech Republic (1,379.8) and is already the European country hardest hit by the second wave of covid.
Belgium registers an average of 13,052 new daily infections in the last week, according to the latest bulletin from the Belgian health authorities, and the average weekly increase in infections is 38%.
Hospitalizations in Belgium increased at a weekly rate of 88%, with 502 admissions on average per day, while deaths linked to Sars-CoV-2 stood at a daily average of 48.3 deaths, a weekly increase of 50 %.
Of particular concern is the situation in hospitals, which are already under a lot of pressure and could run out of intensive care beds within two weeks. Since Monday, October 19, Belgium applies a night curfew throughout the country, which has completely closed the hospitality sector.
Greece broke a new number of covid-19 infections on Tuesday by registering 1,259 new cases, the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic that exceeds a thousand and by far. According to the health authorities, in the last 24 hours there were 12 deaths to mourn, bringing the total number of deaths to 593.
The experts had been advancing for days that this week it was foreseeable that there would be more than a thousand cases and that the figures will not begin to fall until the curfew and other measures approved last week in some parts of the country become effective, among they are the capital region of Attica and Thessaloniki, the second largest city in the country.
Russia registered 320 deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest number of deaths in a day since the beginning of the pandemic, the country’s health authorities reported on Tuesday.
According to official statistics, 16,550 new positives for coronavirus were detected last day, 4,312 of them in Moscow, which is the main infectious focus of the country. With 1,547,774 accumulated cases, Russia is today the fourth country in the world in number of coronavirus positives after the United States, India and Brazil.
The lack of staff in hospitals is becoming one of the main problems in the care of coronavirus patients in Germany, where the number of patients in intensive care units has doubled in the last two weeks. There are enough beds and extra breathing apparatus in intensive care units, but physicians fear a shortage of professionals to care for patients.
The Czech Republic, with the highest rate of covid-19 cases in the European Union, has chosen to decree a curfew between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., after verifying that the severe measures imposed to stop the pandemic are not providing the desired effect. As reported today by the Ministry of Health, in the last 24 hours more than 10,000 new coronavirus infections were registered throughout the Central European country, of 10.6 million inhabitants.
The Polish Ministry of Health reported this Tuesday that in the last 24 hours it has registered 16,300 new coronavirus infections, a new record in a country that experiences a strong rebound in cases after a gentle first wave.
Poland is experiencing a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, hitting several consecutive highs after keeping the pandemic under control between March and June this year without resorting to major restrictions. The growth is now exponential and is expected to reach 300,000 infected this week.
Portuguese hospitals are beginning to organize themselves to face the complicated next week, in which it is estimated that hospitalized patients may grow by 80% and surpass the maximum number of interned in intensive care in the first wave. With hospital pressure on the rise -Portugal currently has 1,672 covid patients admitted, the highest number in the entire pandemic- some hospitals in the Lisbon area and in the north, the area most affected by the expansion of the curve, are beginning to warn of decisions will have to be made in the coming days.
The pressure on these centers concentrates the concern in the second covid wave in Portugal, where the number of patients hospitalized for coronavirus is expected to increase more than 80% between now and next week, to exceed 3,000 admissions on November 4, with 444 in intensive care.