New reports, new measures and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The situation in France
While the curfew in nine French metropolises begins at midnight on Saturday, the country has recorded 122 deaths linked to Covid-19 over the last 24 hours, a figure which tends to climb, as well as that of admissions in intensive care, according to the official figures released Friday evening. The total number of deaths since the start of the epidemic has reached 33,303, for 834,770 cases, or 25,086 more than the day before, according to Public Health France.
October 2 saw more deaths (136), but to find such a high mortality we have to go back to September 18, which was an exception, and otherwise to May. New admissions to hospital intensive care units continue to rise sharply: 171 patients on Monday, 226 Tuesday, 193 Wednesday, 219 Thursday and 212 Friday, according to the public database. This indicator is one of the most closely monitored by the authorities, who fear a congestion of emergency and intensive care services.
The country has 1,791 Covid-19 patients currently hospitalized in intensive care, 50 more than the day before. The Minister of Health Olivier Véran said Thursday that France had 5,800 intensive care beds. The daily number of intensive care admissions climbed to 771 admissions on April 1, according to SpF. At that time, at the peak of the epidemic, more than 7,000 patients were hospitalized in intensive care. The number fell sharply until the end of July, before rising steadily.
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Virus: Catalonia closes bars and restaurants
The Spanish region of Catalonia decided on Wednesday to close all its bars and restaurants for 15 days, a drastic measure intended to avoid a “confinement total” which comes after the partial closure of the capital Madrid.
Death of Estelle Mouzin: Monique Olivier confirms Michel Fourniret’s involvement
Monique Oliver, ex-wife of Michel Fourniret, confirmed “l’implication” of the serial killer in the disappearance of Estelle Mouzin in 2003, said the lawyer for the father of the girl after a six-hour reenactment Thursday in Guermantes, in Seine-et-Marne.
Covid-19: for caregivers, after “sprint”, the “distance running”
“The teams are tired, sick” : after the “sprint” spring, the caregivers of the intensive care units at Lariboisière hospital in Paris are preparing for “a long distance race” to take care of all patients, those with Covid like others. Already 40% of beds “sheave” are occupied by Covid-19 patients.
The positivity rate of those tested also increased: 12.9% on Friday, against 12.6% the day before.
Belgium closes cafes and restaurants for 4 weeks
Cafés and restaurants will close in Belgium from Monday for four weeks in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet told RTBF after a government crisis meeting. Until now, the closure of cafes only concerned the Brussels region and ran until the beginning of November. The measure is extended to the whole country and also concerns restaurants.
The minister explained that the decision to close these places judged by specialists “the most propagators” of the virus aimed to avoid “absolutely” a new containment as in spring. But, he added, “the situation is serious from a health point of view”, it is necessary “prevent our health care system from being saturated”.
Belgium, a country of 11.5 million inhabitants, recorded 191,959 cases of coronavirus and 10,327 deaths on Friday, making it one of the European countries most bereaved by the pandemic.
The balance sheet in the world
More than 1.1 million deaths due to the new coronavirus have been officially identified around the world, according to a count made by AFP from official sources on Friday at 15:00 GMT.
In total, at least 1,100,056 dead, for 38,997,267 cases, were reported. Almost one in five deaths has occurred in United States, the most bereaved country in the world with 217,798 dead for 7,985,356 cases.
At the same time, more than 400,000 new cases of Covid-19 contamination were listed worldwide on Thursday alone, a record according to AFP’s count.