More than 1.1 million deaths from the new coronavirus have been officially recorded worldwide, according to a count made by Agence France-Presse, from official sources on Saturday, October 17. In total, more than 39.3 million cases have been reported. For the day of October 16 alone, 6,118 new deaths were recorded.
First curfew evening in France
In France, where the number of contaminations reached a new record on Saturday with more than 32,000 new cases reported to Public Health France (SPF) in twenty-four hours, ten large cities, including Paris and its suburbs, are now subject a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for at least four weeks. This measure concerns the inhabitants of ten large cities including Paris and its suburbs, or 20 million people in total.
From the first evening of the curfew, the streets of the French capital gradually froze in silence, a situation that Paris had not experienced since 1961, in a completely different context, when a strict curfew had been imposed. decreed for the French Muslims in Algeria. “It’s speaking, it is 9 pm and there is no one left, the situation is almost clean”, welcomed Commissioner Patrick Caron, of the Parisian police.
But the rise of the Covid-19, which has led to the establishment of this curfew since the night of October 17 in many large metropolises in France, is now fueling uncertainty and despite everything shaking up plans for many French. The outlook for the All Saints’ Day holidays is bleak for the tourism sector despite government encouragement to leave.
Israel eases restrictions
Israel began the first stage of its gradual deconfinement on Sunday, after seeing a drop in the number of cases of people infected with the new coronavirus, a month after the restrictions came into force.
Nurseries, kindergartens, national parks and beaches have reopened, businesses that do not cater for the public have been able to resume work and Israelis are now allowed to travel more than 1 kilometer from their homes. Gatherings are however limited to less than 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors.
New Zealand records Covid-19 case
New Zealand reported a new case of Covid-19 on Sunday. The announcement comes two weeks after a statement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who welcomed her country for “Conquered the virus again”, and in the aftermath of the Labor Party’s resounding victory in the general election, largely attributed to the government’s success in tackling the pandemic.
Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield announced that a port worker tested positive on Saturday afternoon. “As this person was tested the day she developed symptoms, the health ministry was able to place contact cases in isolation”, Mr Bloomfield said.
New restrictions in Poland
Warsaw and other large cities in Poland are enforcing new restrictions: middle and high schools, closed, will have to practice distance education, restaurants will have to close at 9 p.m. In addition, wedding ceremonies will be prohibited and the number of people admitted to shops, public transport and religious services will be limited.
Relaxation of measures in Melbourne
The 5 million inhabitants of Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, have been under drastic restrictions for more than a hundred days to fight the virus. After a steady decline in the number of new contaminations, the authorities on Sunday lifted the measure which limited to two hours the time that people could spend outside their homes in order to engage in authorized activities.
They have also extended to 25 kilometers the distance Australians can travel to exercise, buy basic necessities and work in professions deemed essential to society. Daniel Andrews, Prime Minister of Victoria, which includes Melbourne, said “Do not do what is popular, but what is safe”. It is on the date of 1er November that the measure requiring residents to stay at home could be lifted, and restrictions on businesses relaxed, only if cases of contamination remain under control.
Coronavirus remains active on the skin for nine hours
The coronavirus remains active on the skin for nine hours (5 times longer than the flu), Japanese researchers have found who confirm the need for frequent hand washing to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. In comparison, the pathogen that causes influenza survives on the skin for about 1.8 hours, says study published this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
However, both the coronavirus and the influenza virus are inactivated within fifteen seconds by the application of ethanol, used in hand sanitizers.
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