We follow events in the world after the declaration of the pandemic. How is the situation developing abroad?
17 Oct 2020 at 23:59 (updated 18 Oct 2020 at 13:39) SITA, TASR, ČTK
Coronavirus in the world
- Total number of confirmed cases: 40,023,261
- Number of cured: 29,934,935
- Number of deaths: 1,115,600
The pandemic is accelerating again. On Friday, more than 400,000 people were infected in one day in the world for the first time. Europe is becoming the epicenter of the pandemic and in recent weeks has registered an average of 140,000 people infected daily, Reuters reports, citing its own calculations.
Europe currently shows higher daily increases than India, Brazil and the United States combined, with 150,000 more infected on the continent on Friday. The region currently reports one million infections every nine days and has recorded 6.3 million cases of coronavirus infection since the onset of the pandemic.
Coronavirus in Europe
Coronavirus in the Czech Republic
- Total number of confirmed cases: 168,827
- Number of cured: 68,945
- Number of deaths: 1,352
There were 8713 infections and 33 deaths in the Czech Republic on Saturday. This is a record increase in the number of infected, which was recorded over the weekend, when fewer people are usually tested. The Novinky.cz portal informed about it with reference to the data of the Czech Ministry of Health.
The Czech Minister of Health Roman Prymula stated that the impact of the introduced measures on the rising trend in the number of infected will not manifest itself until two weeks later. In the middle of the week, the daily increase in those infected in the Czech Republic exceeded 9,000 for the first time, and on Friday more than 11,000 were added.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 168,827 people have been infected with the new coronavirus in the Czech Republic, of whom 1,352 have been infected. Half of the victims died during October.
So far, 68,945 people have been cured of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic. Currently, 98,530 people are infected in the Czech Republic, of which 3,415 are hospitalized. Since the end of September, the number of patients in hospitals has tripled and the number of people hospitalized in a serious condition is three times higher.
Due to the unfavorable development of the epidemic, stricter epidemiological measures have been in force throughout the Czech Republic since Wednesday. All schools from primary to tertiary have switched to distance education, with the exception of classes for children with special needs. Restaurants, bars and clubs are closed.
A maximum of six people can gather. Most of the measures are valid until 3 November, ie until the end of the emergency. The schools are to be closed by November 1.
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Coronavirus in Austria
- Total number of confirmed cases: 64,806
- Number of cured: 49,561
- Number of deaths: 893
In Austria, 1,672 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection occurred in 24 hours. The current numbers of those infected were brought on Sunday by the daily Kurier, with reference to the local Ministry of Health.
Compared to Sunday’s data on the number of new infections last week, this is almost double the increase. On Saturday, Austria reported a record 1,747 new cases. There are 893 deaths in the country so far.
Vienna was the most infected (431) and high rates were reported by Lower Austria (356), Upper Austria (274), Salzburg (182) and Tyrol (167). This is followed by Styria (86), Vorarlberg (79), Carinthia (53) and Burgenland (44).
A total of 64,806 people tested positive in Austria. By Sunday morning, 49,561 people had recovered from COVID-19. 742 patients are hospitalized, 135 of them in intensive care units. They performed 1,938,028 tests in the country.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called on the people of the country to “stick together” and try to stop the spread of the pandemic due to the high number of infected on Sunday in a video published on Facebook entitled “The situation in Austria is serious”.
“It’s up to all of us,” Kurz said on the sidelines of a possible further closure of the country. He called on Austrians to reduce their social contacts and refrain from celebrations, private meetings or parties, writes the APA agency.
The country’s course warned that there would be “extremely difficult times” during autumn and winter, with “restrictions, necessary measures and renunciation”. The course also estimated that a vaccine should be available next summer and thus a return to so-called normalcy.
On Saturday, it was announced that the Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg had tested positive for a new type of coronavirus. However, after preventively testing the remaining members of the government, the infection was not confirmed in any other member of the government cabinet.
A video conference will take place on Monday, which will be attended by representatives of all Austrian federal states in addition to the course, together with Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober and Interior Minister Karel Nehammer. According to it, it is intended to serve “joint talks on the next steps and take the right measures” in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus in Ukraine
- Total number of confirmed cases: 298,872
- Number of cured: 125,377
- Number of deaths: 5607
The number of confirmed cases of infection with a new type of coronavirus in Ukraine has increased by 5,231 in the last 24 hours. This is a slight decrease compared to a record increase of 6,410 cases from Saturday. There were also 90 more deaths from infected people, according to data from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus spread monitoring system.
The number of recovered patients rose to 125,377. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Ukraine has recorded a total of 298,872 cases and 5,607 related deaths.
The highest number of newly confirmed infections were recorded in the Kharkiv region (589), in the capital Kiev (453) and in the Khmelnytsky region (338).
A new zoning of quarantine restrictions also came into force in Ukraine on Monday, which will apply at least until the end of October.
At the same time, the Ministry of Health issued a set of recommendations for municipal elections on Thursday, which will take place in Ukraine on October 25.
Coronavirus in Italy
- Total number of confirmed cases: 402,536
- Number of cured: 249 127
- Number of deaths: 36,474
Italy has been facing a growing number of new cases of coronavirus infection in recent days. On Saturday, authorities uncovered 10,925 new cases, the highest since the start of the pandemic.
A total of 402,536 people have been infected in the country so far, of whom 36,474 have succumbed to COVID-19. The government is trying to curb the spread of the disease with new measures and is considering a more extensive introduction of work from home.
Coronavirus in France
- Total number of confirmed cases: 867,197
- Number of cured: 104,696
- Number of deaths: 33,392
France has recorded 32,427 cases of coronavirus infection in the last day, the highest number since the onset of the pandemic. The total number of infections increased to 867,197 after Saturday, of which 33,392 succumbed to the disease, and recorded 90 deaths in the last day.
The streets of Paris and eight French cities were left empty on Saturday night, as some 20 million French people were banned from going out at night, Reuters and AFP reported. The government has taken this action following a large increase in new cases of coronavirus.
Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a night curfew from 9 pm to 6 am in the cities where the coronavirus was most active. This measure is valid from Saturday for a period of at least four weeks.
To perform permitted activities, people need a certificate, e.g. for a trip to and from work, medical treatment, a visit to a dependent relative or a walk with a dog. Those who do not comply with the measure risk a fine of € 135, while repeated violations could result in a fine of up to € 3,750. Compliance with the curfew is monitored by around 12,000 police officers and gendarmes, who are deployed to help the city police.
The government defended the measure as the only way that can prevent the so-called lockdown, at a time when indicators assessing epidemics such as deaths and hospitalizations are deteriorating across Europe.