Feared around the world, the second wave of the pandemic due to the new coronavirus gained consistency on Sunday. The term was officially used in Austria and Israel decided to go into confinement again.
In Israel, the infection rate in the country is on the rise with currently 153,217 cases of Covid-19, including 1,103 deaths, for a population of nine million.
According to data collected by AFP, the Jewish state is the second country in the world with the most cases of the novel coronavirus per capita in the last two weeks after Bahrain. It suddenly became on Sunday evening the first country strongly affected by the coronavirus to re-impose national confinement, of at least three weeks.
The lockdown will go into effect from Friday for the feast of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will continue during Yom Kippur and end on the last day of Sukkot, around October 9, authorities said.
A new containment, at least partial, also comes into force Monday in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital being in the grip of a sharp worsening of the epidemic three months after the lifting of the restrictions.
“Rule of six” in England
The second wave is also sweeping in the United Kingdom: more than 3,500 new cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in the country on Friday, according to government figures, the worst daily toll since May 17. And the reproduction rate (known as “R”) is now between 1 and 1.2, ie above the level leading to an acceleration of contamination.
From this Monday, it is forbidden to meet more than six people from different households in England, but not in other provinces of the United Kingdom. This restriction applies indoors and outdoors, with the exception of schools, workplaces, weddings or funerals.
On Tuesday, all meetings with friends or families will be banned in Birmingham, the second most populous city in the United Kingdom, according to a decision by local authorities. Locals can still go to cafes, restaurants or shops but cannot meet other people from different homes.
A reality in Austria
“Second wave”, the expression was always used to fear it. It has come true, according to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who said on Sunday that his country was “at the start of the second wave” and that the number of new cases is expected to soon exceed 1,000 per day.
He called on the population to strictly respect anti-virus measures and to reduce contact. From Monday, masks, already mandatory in supermarkets and transport, will be in all Austrian shops and public buildings.
Same concern in the Czech Republic, which recorded for the third consecutive day a record of infections on Saturday, with 1,541 new cases, according to the Ministry of Health. This country of 10.7 million inhabitants is now one of the three member states of the European Union where the daily progression of the virus is the fastest, after France and Italy. However, these last two countries carry out twice as many screening tests.
The pandemic has killed at least 921,097 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December, according to an AFP report on Sunday. More than 28,819,490 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed, of which at least 19,133,300 are now considered cured.