Category: Corona virus

Last Covid info: Only 53% of Britons want a vaccine. Numbers fall in Germany

Only half of the British population would accept to be vaccinated against Covid-19, revealed a study quoted today by The Guardian. According to the publication, the “shocking conclusion” of this survey details that only 53% of the group of citizens interviewed would accept the administration of a vaccine, if available. The study was carried out in mid-July and included a sample of 2,237 residents of the United Kingdom, aged between 16 and 75 years old.

Mark Drakeford, Prime Minister of Wales, called on the population to “continue to maintain” social distance and to wash their hands frequently. The minister left the message on Twitter, at a time, that Wales reopens several establishments today. “Swimming pools, gyms and leisure centers will reopen in Wales today. Indoor spaces for children to play also open doors, but areas that are difficult to clean should remain closed,” said Drakeford, quotes The Guardian.

According to data released this Sunday by the Robert Koch Institute, Germany accounted, in the last 24 hours, for another death and 555 infected. With this update, the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in the country has increased to 9,196 and that of confirmed cases to 215,891.

According to the most recent data released by the DGS, Portugal now has 52,537 confirmed cases and 1,750 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, with more from Friday to Saturday 186 new cases of infection and four more deaths.

New Zealand today reached the 100 day without any local contagion in the country by coronavirus, although officials warned that letting down guard was out of the question. There are currently 23 cases of infected with covid-19 in the archipelago, but all were detected at the border, upon entering the country, and are in quarantine.

Mexico has reported 695 deaths and 6,495 cases of infection with the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, Mexican health officials announced on Saturday. In total, the country recorded 52,006 deaths and 475,902 contagions confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic.

India has recorded 861 deaths and almost 64,000 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, totaling 2,153,010 infected since the start of the pandemic. According to the Indian Ministry of Health the total number of deaths reached 43,379 in the country, including more than 20,000 in the last 30 days.

The number of deaths from Covid-19 is now 22,903 in Africa, a continent with more than one million infected by the disease, which mainly affects the southern and northern regions, according to the most recent official data.

The United States continues to be the country most affected by the outbreak, with the highest number of contagions and deaths associated with the new coronavirus. In the past 24 hours, an additional 1,252 dead and 63,913 infected have been identified, according to an independent count from Johns Hopkins University. In total, 162,304 fatalities and 4,989,976 confirmed cases have been reported in the USA.

Worldwide, the pandemic has already claimed about 722,000 deaths and infected more than 19.4 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

Covid-19: France estimates impact on tourism at around 40 billion

The French government today admitted that the covid-19 pandemic caused immediate losses in the tourism sector of at least 30,000 to 40,000 million euros.

“Typically, tourism generates € 180 billion in revenue, of which € 60 billion is from international tourism. The immediate impact of the pandemic is at least 30 to 40 billion”, Secretary of State for Tourism Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne told “Le journal du Dimanche”.

In the balance of the summer he made to the newspaper, the Secretary of State recalled that part of the international clientele “disappeared” and that many operators foresee a drop in turnover of 20 to 25% by the end of the year, although he is beginning to see a progressive increase in Dutch, German, Belgian and Swiss tourists.

Paris is one of the main cities affected by the absence of Chinese, Russians and North Americans due to the closure of borders.

“One in two hotels is closed and the Louvre receives 10,000 visitors a day, instead of 50,000, but I hope that, as of September 1, the resumption of the large fairs and professional salons will allow the capital to reconnect one of the its economic engines”, he concluded.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed about 722,000 deaths and infected more than 19.4 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

Measures to combat the pandemic paralyzed entire sectors of the world economy and led the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make unprecedented predictions in its almost 75 years: the world economy could fall 4.9% in 2020, dragged by a contraction of 8 % in the United States, 10.2% in the euro zone and 5.8% in Japan.

The portuguese president says that “There is an evolution in black lists favorable to Portugal”

The President of the Republic said today that he hopes that Portugal will integrate, by the end of August, the lists of countries without restrictions related to covid-19, in terms of the circulation of tourists, including the United Kingdom.

“I am hopeful that, as the days go on and until the end of the month, there will be a complete transition from the worst or intermediate lists to the best lists in terms of tourism,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Porto Santo, Madeira archipelago, where a short vacation ends today.

The head of state said that tourism is increasing, albeit slowly, and, on the other hand, said that the pandemic situation in Portugal has evolved positively, which favors the lifting of restrictions on the movement of people.

“This is very important for Madeira, it is very important for the Algarve, it is very important for Porto, it is very important in general for Portugal”, he declared, just before taking a dip in the sea of Porto Santo, despite the rain that today it is felt on the island.

“There is an evolution in the black lists – let’s call it that – in favor of Portugal”, he said, reinforcing: “Portugal, in fact, has been following a path opposite to that of many other European societies, which are experiencing aggravations, which some consider that it’s already a second wave “.

The President of the Republic underlined that the forecasts point to an increase in tourism in the country by the end of the month, so he expects the United Kingdom to change the restrictions it imposes on citizens traveling to Portugal.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 715,000 deaths and infected more than 19.1 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 1,746 people died of the 52,351 confirmed to be infected, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.

Coronavirus found in particles suspended in polluted air in northern Italy

Italian researchers have identified the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in air samples collected over three weeks in an industrial area in the province of Bergamo, northern Italy.

In a study still under review, whose preliminary version can now be consulted publicly, the team led by researcher Leonardo Setti, from the University of Bologna, claims to have identified the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in air samples collected over three weeks in an industrial area in the province of Bergamo, in northern Italy.

“This is the first preliminary evidence that SARS-CoV-2 RNA may be present in suspended particles, which suggests that, under conditions of atmospheric stability and large concentrations of suspended particles, SARS-CoV-2 may create agglomerates with the particles and, by reducing its diffusion coefficient, increase the persistence of the virus in the atmosphere”, explain the researchers.

In a theoretical hypothesis published before the release of these results, the same researchers had suggested the possibility that a greater exposure of the population of northern Italy – a more industrialized region – to airborne particles may have been responsible for a greater incidence of Covid-19 in that area of the country.

The possibility that the virus can be transmitted by particles suspended in polluted air is directly related to the way in which the virus itself is transmitted, and the World Health Organization has already repeated that it is not transmitted by air. In other words, according to WHO: “SARS-CoV-2 is only transmitted by droplets expelled by infected people, not being suspended in the air” – information that can now be called into question by these new studies.

Commerce will reopen “on the 4th and 18th of May and the 1st of June”, announces Costa

The prime minister Antonio Costa said today that on April 30th , the Council of Ministers will announce which commercial sectors will restart their activity with security standards on May 4 and 18 and June 1. António Costa spoke to journalists after meeting with the Confederation of Portuguese Commerce, which, in turn, invited the Lisbon, Viseu and Fafe traders’ associations to be present.

According to the prime minister, the meeting aimed to “test the hygiene rules for everyone to feel safe when going to establishments” from the moment the restrictions on the operation of these sectors are lifted.

“All sectors of activity are setting safety standards, which will have to be validated by the General Health Directorate. These standards must all be in a position to be applied when, on April 30, the Council of Ministers announces what is the release schedule for the containment rules “, stressed the executive leader.

According to António Costa, “the confinement release rules will come into force every 15 days, the first on 4 May, the second on 18 May and the other on 1 June”, although they do not yet include all sectors of activity.

“Therefore, on April 30, after the Council of Ministers, we will announce the activities that the 4th, 18th or 1st of June will be able to resume – and always with restrictions on capacity and in terms of protection of individual equipment, whether for those who are meet, in some cases for customers “, he stressed.

António Costa said that the executive’s objective, with this phased reopening calendar, “is to measure the impacts of the previous measure every 15 days, seeing if it is possible or not to take another step” in terms of lifting restrictions.

“It is better to go slowly and safely now than after having unpleasant surprises that force us to step back. Each time we release a containment rule, the risk of contamination increases. We know this and, as such, we have to maintain that level of controllable contamination, capable of responding to the National Health Service (SNS) “, he claimed.

Before the journalists, the leader of the executive said that the meeting also involved the association of hairdressers, so that this sector can also resume the activity in safety for professionals and their customers. “Naturally, safety standards are not the same for all sectors, pointing as an example the fact that the work of a hairdresser inevitably requires proximity to the client” .

Regarding the reopening plan for the commerce and services sectors, António Costa stressed that there will be no “pre-covid-19 normality, until there is a vaccine”.

“With all sectors of activity, we must prepare what are the conditions so that the rules of containment can be eased,” he added.

António Costa also said that, on the part of the Government, “an effort is being made to increase the response capacity of public transport, ensuring its hygiene”. “The Minister of Infrastructure [Pedro Nuno Santos] is currently meeting with the mayors of Cascais and Sintra to increase the offer and safety on trains”, he revealed.

“These are the two railway lines where there are greater difficulties in ensuring social distance”, he justified.