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Russia, Poland and Iran each set new COVID-19 records

Even Pope Francis was subject to the new coronavirus rules and kept a safe distance from applicants in the weekly audience on Wednesday.

In Lisbon, football fans weren’t surprised after Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive. It just showed that everyone was at risk of getting infected, and famous athletes were no exception.

The Portuguese government is trying to tighten the law to mandate face masks in crowded outdoor areas.credit:AP

Starting Thursday, Portugal will impose stricter measures to reduce spreads, including tightening restrictions on meetings and penalties for facilities that violate the rules.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa is also promoting national face mask legislation and forced use of national tracking apps by some workers.

Portugal, a country with a population of just over 10 million, was initially praised for its swift response to the pandemic, with 91,193 confirmed coronavirus cases and relatively few 2117 deaths, but the cases recovered. ing.

Impossible choice

Major European economies such as Germany, Britain and France have traditionally resisted pressure to close schools, but in Germany politicians argue whether to extend school breaks for Christmas and New Year to reduce transmission. doing.

The Netherlands has returned to a partial blockade and closed bars and restaurants, but the school remains open.

The Czech Republic, which has the lowest per capita rate in Europe, plans to shift schools to distance learning and bring in thousands of medical students. Hospitals are reducing non-urgent medical procedures to release beds.

“Sometimes we’re about to cry,” said Renka Krezikova, chief nurse at Slanny Hospital near Prague, when the contractor rushed to change the general ward to the COVID-19 department.

According to the World Health Organization, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and Spain accounted for more than half of the new cases in Europe in the week leading up to October 11.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is just one of the European leaders under strong pressure to stop the spread of COVID-19.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is just one of the European leaders under strong pressure to stop the spread of COVID-19.credit:AP

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to reveal further restrictions on Wednesday, and local media reported that a curfew is being considered.

“The curfew … this is a word we haven’t heard for a long time,” recalls the Algerian War of 1954-62, with pensioner Francis Boutry shrugging in the Paris market. “What can we do? We must somehow stop this virus.”

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced opposition calls for another blockade in Britain, but has so far resisted.

However, hospitalizations are on the rise and the field hospitals built in the spring are ready again.

The UK reported 19,724 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, an increase of 2490 from the previous day compared to 143 on Tuesday, with daily deaths of 137.

Northern Ireland has already announced that it will close schools for two weeks and restaurants for four weeks, but the Wales government has announced that it will enact legislation banning residents from high-risk areas of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. did.

In Spain, Catalan authorities have ordered bars and restaurants to be closed for 15 days, limiting the number of people who can enter the store.

In Belgium, the second lowest infection rate in Europe, hospitals need to reserve a quarter of the bed for COVID-19 patients.

“We are on the verge of disaster.”

Poland is strengthening training for nurses, with cases reported daily on Wednesday reaching a record 6526, officials said they may consider establishing a military field hospital for coronavirus patients. Stated.

“I don’t have good information. We are on the verge of disaster,” said Polish immunologist Pawel Grzesiowski.

He said Poland should do more tests, close schools and help doctors in the fight against the pandemic. Instead, he said, the government is trying to blame doctors for difficult situations.

Deputy Prime Minister Jasek Sashin said on Twitter earlier this week that some doctors have refused to join the coronavirus team.

According to health officials, Poland currently has enough beds and respiratory organs to cope with a pandemic, but local shortages cannot be ruled out.

In a country of 38 million people, 141,804 cases of coronavirus have been identified and 3217 deaths have been confirmed, with a rapid increase in the largest cities of Warsaw and Krakow.

As of Wednesday, COVID-19 patients occupied 6084 beds and used 467 ventilators out of a total of about 1000 available, compared to 5669 and 421 the previous day.

Poland’s dominant nationalists are proud to act swiftly and contain the pandemic in the spring when the government begins strict restraints on social life and takes steps such as closing schools and shopping centers. I did.

However, opposition parties and some doctors have accused the Cabinet of not preparing a health care system for the second wave and the new surge in COVID-19 cases.

Russia sees record daily case road

On Wednesday, the Russian Coronavirus Task Force announced that it had recorded 14,231 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours since the pandemic began. At the same time, 239 people died and the death toll reached 23,205.

Recently, the number of new infections has steadily increased, but Russian officials say there is no need to impose blockades or restrictions on economic activity.

Moscow, home to about 13 million people, is the region of the country most affected by the pandemic, with over 4,500 new infections reported.

Mayor Sergei Sobianin said students in grades 6-11 would take online classes for two weeks starting Monday, while younger students would go to school as usual.

For the past two weeks, students have been on vacation to prevent the virus from getting infected and taking it home.

Older students, who make up two-thirds of children infected with the virus, study online at home, according to Sobianin.

“The decisions we make today are not easy, but only necessary taking into account both the epidemiological situation and the need for school children to have a quality education,” he wrote on his website. I will.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the domestic coronavirus situation was still very tense and many did not follow all safety guidelines.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Russia has recorded 1,340,409 infections, the fourth largest number in the world after the United States, India and Brazil.

Italy struggles to contain the virus

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In Italy, 7332 new coronavirus infections were recorded on Wednesday. This is the highest daily tally in the country since 5901 on Tuesday, soaring.

There were also 43 COVID-related deaths compared to 41 the day before. This is far less than the peak of the pandemic in March and April, when more than 900 deaths peaked daily.

Prior to Wednesday, the highest daily tally of new cases was 6557 cases, reported on March 21, in the midst of a national blockade. That same day, 793 people died.

Italy’s daily death toll remains relatively low, but the number of people receiving intensive care for the virus is steadily increasing.

According to official figures, Italy was the first country to be infected with COVID-19 in Europe, with 36,289 deaths since the outbreak in February and the second highest death toll on the continent.

The government was able to control the infection by the summer, thanks to the world’s toughest blockade, but the infection has surged again in recent weeks.

Nevertheless, Italy still records far fewer daily cases than France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he was determined to avoid a new general blockade, as the economy is recovering from the last time.

But some of the country’s most prominent scientists say closing the country again may be the only way to stop the infection from swirling.

Iran’s virus deaths hit a record high

Europe’s dark stats were reflected on Wednesday in some parts of the Middle East.

Iran set a new record for a day of new coronavirus deaths and infections, the third in a week, with 279 deaths and 4830 new cases.

On Wednesday, Iran recorded the highest daily record of new deaths and infections, and Russia and Poland recorded the highest cases reported daily.

On Wednesday, Iran recorded the highest daily record of new deaths and infections, and Russia and Poland recorded the highest cases reported daily.credit:AP

Iran is suffering from the worst outbreaks in the Middle East, with more than 513,000 confirmed cases, announced by Sima Sadat Lari, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health. Since the first case was announced in February, more than 29,300 deaths and 414,800 recovery have been seen. Iran has a population of over 83 million.

In recent weeks, Iran’s daily death toll has skyrocketed to record highs, with government officials continuing to resist a total blockade for fear of economic craters hit hard by U.S. sanctions. Nevertheless, concerns are rising.

On Wednesday, Iran announced a ban on round-trip travel to five major cities, including the capital of Tehran and the holy city of Mashad, to prevent the spread of the infection. Kianoush Jahanpour, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, told state television that the ban on travel aims to reduce risk prior to Saturday’s religious holidays. Iran’s weekends are Thursday and Friday.

The coronavirus has spread to some of the highest levels of the Iranian government, many of whom are older men. Among the recently infected people is the head of the country’s nuclear organization, but Iran’s vice president of budget and planning was also tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday.

Reuters, Associated Press

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