Friday, October 30

Coronavirus: update on the coronavirus pandemic

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

– The virus survives 9 hours on the skin –

The coronavirus remains active on the skin for nine hours, Japanese researchers have found, confirming the need for frequent hand washing.

The pathogen that causes influenza survives on the skin for about 1.8 hours, says the study published this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

– More than 1.11 million dead

More than 1.11 million deaths from the new coronavirus have been officially recorded worldwide, according to a count made by AFP from official sources on Sunday at 11:00 GMT.

In total, at least 1,111,152 million deaths for more than 39.7 million cases, have been declared. The United States is the most bereaved country in the world with 219,289 dead, followed by Brazil (153,675), India (114,031), Mexico (86,059) and the United Kingdom (43,579).

– Israel: start of deconfinement –

Israel began the first stage of gradual deconfinement on Sunday, which will run until February 2021, after noting a drop in contamination.

Nurseries, kindergartens, national parks and beaches have reopened, and businesses that do not welcome the public have been able to resume work. Israelis are now allowed to travel more than a kilometer from their homes.

Gatherings remain limited to less than 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors. Containment is maintained in several ultra-Orthodox Jewish localities where the infection rate remains high.

Israel, which quickly ended a first lockdown to get the economy back on track, reconfigured a month ago.

– Easing in Melbourne –

Australia on Sunday announced a slight easing of restrictions in Melbourne, its second largest city, after a steady decline in new infections.

The measure limiting to two hours the time people could spend outside their homes for authorized activities is therefore lifted.

Residents can now travel up to 25 km to play sports, buy basic necessities and exercise essential professions.

– A case in New Zealand –

New Zealand announced a new case of the coronavirus on Sunday, two weeks after a statement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern congratulating her country on “again conquered the virus“.

The announcement comes in the wake of Ms Arden’s party’s resounding victory in the general election, largely attributed to successes in fighting the pandemic.

– First night of curfew in France –

In France, where the number of contaminations reached a new record on Saturday with more than 32,000 new cases listed in 24 hours, a dozen large cities, including Paris and its region, are now subject to a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. at least four weeks.

– Italy: 39 billion euros more against the Covid –

The Italian government adopted on Sunday in the Council of Ministers a draft amendment to the finance law amounting to 39 billion euros in response to the impact of the health crisis.

This law will be financed by the additional deficit and 18 billion euros from the European recovery plan.

Among the main measures, 1.4 billion euros to extend fixed-term contracts for 30,000 doctors and nurses, 400 million to buy vaccines, and 1.2 billion to hire 25,000 teachers.

The suspension of the payment of certain taxes and duties has also been decided.

– Positive or quarantined policies –

On Saturday, Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès announced a test “positive“, evoking”contamination probably occurred within (his) family circle“.

Her Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg, who participated like her on Monday in the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, is also positive.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the country’s moral authority, quarantined himself on Saturday, as a contact case of one of his positive bodyguards.

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