Coronavirus: Germany scares Europe where infections are increasing – La Stampa

The global number of coronavirus cases to date is approaching 22 million. The deaths, at 780 thousand. The United States now counts over 10 thousand deaths and almost 5.5 million infections. In Brazil over 108 thousand victims. Meanwhile, China has approved its first vaccine against Covid-19.

There is much anticipation in Europe for the data from France and Spain, which will be released in the late afternoon. Yesterday, France made 493 new cases official, a sharp decrease after having exceeded the threshold of 3,000 cases per day in the previous days. The total deaths are 30,429 (+19 in 24 hours as of August 17). Spain yesterday communicated 1,833 infections, also in this case down compared to the approximately 3,000 newspapers of the previous days, to a total of 359,082 (+59,162 in 14 days) and 54 deaths in a week.

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In Europe Germany scares, 1300 new infections
New infections in Germany continue to be above the 1300 ceiling. According to the Robert Koch Institut, the German epidemiological center, coronavirus infections increased by 1390 units to a total of 225,404 in 24 hours. Four victims out of a total of 9236. About 203,000 have been healed. According to the updated Zeit online tally, on a weekly basis the new infections in Germany were 8026. Just a month ago they were about 2400.

Waiting for data in France and Spain
There is much anticipation in Europe for the data from France and Spain, which will be released in the late afternoon. Yesterday, France made 493 new cases official, a sharp decrease after having exceeded the threshold of 3,000 cases per day in the previous days. The total deaths are 30,429 (+19 in 24 hours as of August 17). Spain yesterday communicated 1,833 infections, also in this case down compared to the approximately 3,000 newspapers of the previous days, to a total of 359,082 (+59,162 in 14 days) and 54 deaths in a week.

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South Korea, ban on churches in Seoul

South Korea has announced a ban on churches in Seoul and neighboring areas from holding public activities with the exception of worship services without any direct contact: it is the draconian measure decided to contain the rapid spread of the sudden outbreak of Covid-19 departed from the Protestant church of Sarang Jeil, in the capital. In a statement, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun made it clear that the government has raised social distancing rules to level 2 in Incheon, a city west of Seoul. The infections announced today are 246, for 15,761 total, with one more death, to 306.

“In the US, lockdown like Italy”
“When we went into lockdown, I wanted us to do it like Italy, where people couldn’t leave their homes. But the Americans do not react well to this type of prohibition “: said immunologist Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House task force against the pandemic mentioned by Cnn.

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In China, another 22 important cases
Meanwhile, China has confirmed 22 new cases of Covid-19 specifying that they are all imported from abroad. In Shanghai, where 14 cases have been registered, the authorities could introduce new restrictions according to the newspaper ‘Global Times’.

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Vaccine in China
It is Ad5-nCoV, developed by CanSino Biologics with the Biotechnology Institute of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences. The green light paves the way for possible mass production quickly in the event of a return of the pandemic, explained the China National Intellectual Property Administration, cited by the state network CCTV. The approval, received on 11 August last but made known only now, “is further confirmation of the efficacy and safety” of the product developed, the Tianjin group said in a statement, whose titles have meanwhile recorded substantial increases in the stock market.

In Russia 4,748 cases, a positive record since April 20
Russia has recorded 4,748 cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest number since April 20. The coronavirus center said so. The total number of cases reached 932,493. According to the crisis center, the coronavirus daily growth rate was 0.5% for the third day in a row. Moscow then documented 132 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, up from 55 the day before. In total, 15,872 patients have died from the virus in Russia. Tass reports it.

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India, the interior minister recovers but returns to the hospital
Narendra Modi’s right-hand man had recently announced that he had fully recovered from Covid. Mild but persistent symptoms instead brought him back to hospital. “I will continue to work from here,” said Amit Shah.

The Finnish premier accuses symptoms of Covid. Test today
“I have mild respiratory symptoms. I do the test for coronavirus and I put myself in quarantine », so the Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Twitter.

Dry air favors contagion, emerges from two studies carried out in Australia
Hot, dry air increases the risk of Covid-19 contagion, compared to humid air. Because the virus spreads in droplets when infected people cough and sneeze, droplets contract in dry air and turn into aerosols, which can penetrate deeper into the respiratory tract. This is what two studies conducted in Sydney indicate, where the epidemic started in February, in the height of summer, and began to grow at an exponential rate.

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As the air became wetter, the trend of the epidemic declined, even taking into account the effect of the lockdown periods. The studies were coordinated by Professor Michael Ward, epidemiologist at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, in collaboration with Fudan University in Shanghai and published in the journal Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. “These two studies add to a growing body of evidence that humidity is a key factor in the spread of COVID-19,” writes Ward. “This confirms the need to wear a mask, to prevent both infectious aerosols from leaking into the air by infectious individuals, and exposure to infectious aerosols from uninfected individuals,” he adds.

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