There is a new spike in infections in France, where 30,000 new Covid positives are reported for the first time in a single day. The Minister of Health announced 30,651, with a positive rate of 12.6%. In the last 24 hours the deaths have been 88 (a total of 33,125 since the start of the pandemic), while 1,750 beds are occupied in intensive care. Critical situation also in Great Britain, with almost 19 thousand infections.
While London switches to the “high” alert category for Covid-19, the UK introduces a mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals from Italy. The Italian daily bulletin on the new infections had recently been published, when the British Ministry of Transport announced the removal of Italy, the Vatican and San Marino from the list of the so-called “travel corridor”, which allowed travel without self-isolation.
And the Robert Koch Institute, in Germany, has included Campania and Liguria in the areas at risk for the coronavirus, explaining that from 17 October unnecessary travel to these regions will be not recommended. The “high” alert for London, equal to the second level out of three, goes into effect on Saturday: meetings with friends at home and outdoor gatherings of more than six people will be prohibited, the use of public transport will be discouraged, but commercial activities will remain open; restaurants and pubs, however, will have to close at 10pm.
France reached a daily record exceeding the threshold of 30 thousand cases: in a single day, 30,621 new infections and 88 deaths were recorded. In clarifying the details of the restrictions announced by Emmanuel Macron, the Minister of the Interior explained that 12 thousand agents will be appointed every night to check compliance with the curfew in Paris and in the other eight cities concerned. As for the penalties, however, Gèrald Darmanin explained, it is “a fine of 135 euros, that is the same as that of the lockdown, and in the event of recidivism, after three times, the possibility of six months in prison and 3,750 euros fine “.
In Spain over 13 thousand cases in 24 hours The Spanish Ministry of Health today announced 13,318 new cases of coronavirus infection, 6,603 diagnosed in the last 24 hours and 140 deaths. The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health and Emergency Alerts, Fernando Simón, indicated that: “Spain is stabilizing, but the territorial differences are important. Navarre is the most affected community with 800 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, as El Pais reports. This evening the order of the Generalitat to close bars and restaurants for two weeks in Catalonia will come into force. The Giunta de Castilla y León will confine Salamanca from this Saturday, having reached 504 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with a level of intensive care occupied above 35%. “We cannot normalize such high accumulated incidence figures. Our national average quadruples the threshold for high-risk infections. The situation is worrying, unstable and fragile. We cannot let our guard down “, warned the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa.