“We keep our promises. The European Commission has closed the first agreement to purchase up to 400 million doses of the future coronavirus vaccine.” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the EU Commission, wrote on Twitter. Meanwhile, Germany includes Spain among the areas at risk for Covid-19. In Paris, gatherings with more than 10 people are prohibited.
Contagions on the rise in Germany – A new record of infections in Germany with 1,449 cases in the last 24 hours (Thursday there were 1,445). According to the Robert Koch Institut, it is the highest number of infections since May 1st, with a daily contagion factor R0 of 0.91, while the seven-day average level of contagion has risen above the 1.06 threshold. “This trend is alarming – the institute explained – and a further worsening of the situation must be absolutely avoided”.
Berlin places Spain among the countries at risk Given the increase in cases recorded in Spain, Berlin places the Iberian country among those at risk for the coronavirus. However, the Canary Islands are an exception, excluded from the tightening of measures for those returning from vacation. The decision means that those returning from holidays from Spain must undergo the test, and remain in quarantine until the result.
Spain, smoking prohibited outdoors and closed discos – Spain, meanwhile, recorded an increase of 2,987 cases in 24 hours with 12 deaths. The government has ordered a ban on smoking on the street if the distance of 2 meters cannot be respected. The measure, already introduced in Galicia and the Balearics and now extended to the whole country, is part of the new package of restrictions to deal with the new wave of coronavirus. Health Minister Salvador Illa announced 11 measures, including the closure of nightclubs and greater control over the use of bottles in the premises. Illa then recommended limiting the meetings to the closest groups, not exceeding a maximum of 10 people and having frequent tests in social and health centers.
France and UK require mutual quarantine – The UK will impose a 14-day quarantine on those arriving from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos, and Aruba. London’s Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, announced on Twitter. Clement Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs in Paris, reacts by announcing a “reciprocity measure”, which will therefore impose the French quarantine on those arriving from the islands across the Channel.
Paris and Marseille “risk areas”, gatherings of more than 10 people banned in the capital – The head of the French national health service, Jerome Salomon, announced that Paris and Marseille have been declared risk areas due to the sharp increase in infections. Meanwhile, the prefecture of the French capital has decided to ban the gatherings of more than 10 people if adequate protection or distancing are not guaranteed. The obligation to wear a mask, until now limited to some areas of the city, has been extended to other districts.
In Greece, new restrictions after the increase in cases Situation to be monitored also in Greece where, in the face of the recent increase in cases, the Greek health authorities have announced new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, while Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has launched an appeal to young people to respect the protection measures. According to reports from the Greek media, the authorities have extended the night curfew, from midnight to 7, already in force in Mykonos and other tourist areas, to all commercial activities in Attica, the Saronic islands and the island of Kythera.
Mexico: half a million infections exceeded – Mexico has surpassed half a million confirmed cases of coronavirus positivity, after recording 7,371 new cases in the past 24 hours. This was announced by the Ministry of Health, specifying that now in the country the infected are 505,293 with 55,293 dead.