Germany, Russia, Italy and Ukraine record contagion records

Germany, Russia, Italy and Ukraine record contagion records

Passersby wear face masks as they walk near a Christmas tree in a shopping mall in Berlin, Germany, on Nov.21, 2020.

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Passersby wear face masks as they walk near a Christmas tree in a shopping mall in Berlin, Germany, on Nov.21, 2020.

Several nations in Europe registered new record numbers of Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, including Germany, Italy and Ukraine. Russia also reported new highs and remains the fifth most affected country by the pandemic. Meanwhile, India reported that it will produce more than 100 million doses of the Russian vaccine.

The second wave of the pandemic picks up again in Europe after some encouraging reports. This Friday, two days after the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that the pandemic slowed down in the last week in this region, several nations of the continent such as Germany, Italy and Ukraine reported record numbers of the virus in the last 24 hours. The same situation occurs in Russia, which in recent days has seen a sustained growth in the number of infections.

Nine months after the WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic, the world registers 61,0104,906 accumulated infections and 1,434,509 confirmed deaths, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

Next, the main news about Covid-19 this November 27:

  • Germany exceeds one million infections and alerts shortage of nurses

The health authorities confirmed 22,086 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. That is, 538 infections more than the previous day, although below its absolute maximum so far: 23,648 infections reported a week ago, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology.

In this way, Germany joins the list of 12 nations that have overcome the barrier of one million infections.

Regarding deaths, another 426 people lost their lives in the last day, for a total of 15,661, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In the midst of this second wave of the pandemic, official statistics indicate that there is a shortage of nursing staff in the country. According to the latest data, at the end of 2018 in Germany there were close to half a million nurses, which represents 6 per 1,000 inhabitants.

But the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training estimates that by 2035 some 270,000 nurses will be needed in the positions to be filled to meet the needs of the population, if measures are not taken first.

The latest figures recorded for Germany, however, are above the averages for Italy, with an average of 4.4 nursing employees per 1,000 inhabitants, and 3.6 in Spain.

  • Italy once again exceeds 800 dead in a single day

822 people died in Italy in the last 24 hours, so the country again faces death figures that had not been recorded since March, in the worst known moment of the pandemic in this country so far.

According to the Ministry of Health, there are already 52,850 citizens who have died since the virus reached Italian territory.

The infections also showed an increase in the last day. There are 29,003 cases, a considerable increase compared to the nearly 26,000 reported on Thursday.

However, health authorities also emphasize that the increase in the number of cases may be the result of the greater number of tests carried out to detect the disease.

Meanwhile, the Government of Giuseppe Conte continues to work on a new decree that must enter into force on December 4 to replace the current one and that will determine the restrictions during the Christmas period.

  • Record of new cases in Ukraine for the second day in a row

This Friday, the country reported 16,218 infections, exceeding the previous day’s maximum of 15,331, as confirmed by the Minister of Health, Maksym Stepanov.

With that number, the new coronavirus cases have risen to 712,249 since the start of the pandemic, as shown by the independent count from Johns Hopkins. Also, Ukraine recorded 192 more deaths, for a total of 12,292.

In the midst of this wave of infections, on November 11, the Ukrainian Government decreed quarantines during the weekends throughout November as a containment measure, but without having to go to a strict confinement that would further harm the economy.

  • Russia reports more than 27,000 infections and explores with Hungary production of its vaccine

The authorities pointed to a new maximum of infections, of 27,543 new cases throughout the country, so the total now amounts to 2,196.69. In Moscow alone, 2,000 more cases were confirmed than the previous day.

However, in relation to the number of deaths, 496 were registered this Friday, which represents a reduction compared to 524 on Thursday. In total, the nation accumulates a figure of 38,175 deaths.

Meanwhile, the Russian government reported that it is in talks with Hungary for that country to produce doses of its Sputnik V vaccine. According to Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, a visit by Hungarian doctors to Moscow is scheduled next week.

With Reuters and EFE


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