Netherlands bans flights with the UK over new virus variant
The Government of the Netherlands has decided this Sunday to prohibit air passenger traffic with the United Kingdom immediately and for at least ten days, following a recommendation from the Dutch health authorities due to fears of the new variant of the coronavirus detected in British territory.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health confirmed that a study carried out in the Netherlands in early December revealed that a virus with the variant described by the United Kingdom was also circulating, and, after the alarm in London, health authorities are now being analyzed this strain of coronavirus, how the affected person was infected and if there are related cases. “It seems that it spreads more easily and quickly and is more difficult to detect,” warns the Executive of The Hague.
The Netherlands Institute of Public Health (RIVM) asked Health to control passenger movements with the United Kingdom “as much as possible” to limit “the introduction of this strain of virus” into Dutch territory, so the The cabinet has taken the precautionary decision to declare a ban on air traffic of people from the British Isles until at least 1 January.
The prohibition does not include the transport of goods, nor the mobility of medical personnel, and the different ports, including Rotterdam, as well as rail transport, are kept open, so it is still possible to travel by car, train and boat .
The six new health areas in Madrid that will have mobility and capacity restrictions as of Monday
The Community of Madrid announced this Friday that it will maintain restrictions in the basic health area of La Moraleja, in Alcobendas, while expanding the perimeter closure in five new ones that are in an accumulated incidence of over 400 infections per 100,000 population.
They are Andrés Mellado, in Chamberí, and Sanchinarro, in Hortaleza, both in the municipality of Madrid; the basic areas of Felipe II and Mayor Bartolome González, in Móstoles; and that of Getafe Norte, in the municipality of Getafe. On the contrary, the restrictions that still remained in the La Elipa sanitary area, in the Ciudad Lineal district, are lifted as of Monday.
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Australia tightens restrictions in Sydney amid rising COVID-19
The Australian authorities this Sunday increased the restriction measures to the inhabitants of the city of Sydney, who will not be able to travel to the neighboring state of Victoria, given the increase in cases of covid-19.
The Government of New South Wales, whose capital is Sydney, announced in a statement the limitation of private meetings to ten people and banned most concerts and dance halls until next Wednesday, among other restrictions.
These measures are in addition to the confinement declared last night in the Northern Beaches district, the heart of an outbreak with more than thirty local infections in Sydney, until next Wednesday. For their part, the Victoria authorities declared Sydney a “red zone”, so its inhabitants will not be able to travel to that neighboring state.
USA exceeds 316,000 deaths and 17.4 million cases of COVID-19
The United States reached 17,631,293 confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and 316,006 deaths from the covid-19 disease this Saturday, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
This balance at 20:00 local time (01:00 GMT on Sunday) is 2,971 more deaths than on Friday and 215,185 new infections. New York State remains the worst hit in the country by the pandemic with 36,312 deaths, followed by Texas (25,910), California (22,448), Florida (20,484) and New Jersey (18,297).
Other states with a large death toll are Illinois (16,312), Pennsylvania (13,908), Michigan (12,074), Massachusetts (11,657) or Georgia (10,381). In terms of infections, California has become the new epicenter of the pandemic in the United States with 1,829,521 cases, followed by Texas with 1,586,156, third is Florida with 1,193,165, Illinois is fourth with 877,179 and New York fifth with 877,179.
Germany registers 22,771 infections and 409 deaths in 24 hours
Germany registered 22,771 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 409 deaths related to the disease, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for virology. On Sundays and Mondays, the figures are usually lower than the other days of the week because not all health offices communicate their data to the RKI.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 1,494,009 confirmed infections of coronavirus in Germany, it is estimated that 1,097,400 have overcome the disease and 26,049 deaths related to it have been registered.
The weekly incidence is 192.2 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Health authorities consider that a critical level has been reached when the weekly incidence reaches 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Germany has suffered a second wave of coronavirus that began to be felt strongly in October with an increase in infections and fatalities. The second wave has forced the imposition of new restrictions throughout the country, the most prominent of which is the closure of non-essential businesses.