A case of a British strain found in a 25-year-old Murcian patient from the United Kingdom
The Ministry of Health has confirmed a case of the British strain in a 25-year-old male patient from the United Kingdom at Christmas. The notification process to the Ministry of Health was launched due to the epidemiological suspicion of the case, at which time the Arrixaca Microbiology Service sent the sample to the National Microbiology Center, which confirmed that it is this strain.
Public Health worked on the study and tracing of the contacts in this case, with the tracing protocol. Seven samples have been submitted so far, with two results of which only one belongs to this variant.
This strain seems to spread more easily, although there is no evidence that it causes more serious clinical conditions. However, the health authorities recall the importance of maintaining maximum prudence and responsibility, respecting at all times the current measures, as well as those of distancing and hygiene that we all know.
The United Kingdom will request a negative PCR and mandatory quarantine for those who travel to the country
The UK government has announced that international travelers will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test to be allowed into the country. This measure is part of the significant tightening of border controls to try to stop the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.
The new rules will go into effect next week and will apply to returning British citizens as well as foreigners. Passengers must present a test result taken a maximum of 72 hours before boarding the planes, ships or trains to the UK, and could be fined 500 pounds (553 euros) at border controls without a negative result.
Additionally, travelers entering the country will have to be quarantined for 10 days, even with a negative result, unless they come from one of the few countries considered low risk on the government’s list of travel corridors. The people who will be exempt from this regulation will be carriers, children under 11 years of age and the crew from countries that do not have the infrastructure to carry out these coronavirus tests.
The British government has explained that the regulations will only enter into force in England for now, but is already working with the regional authorities of Wales and Northern Ireland to apply the measure. The Scottish Executive has also specified that it hopes to adopt it, although it has pointed out that Scotland already maintains the illegality of making non-essential trips to and from that region.
A few weeks ago, the government of Boris Johnson suspended direct flights from South Africa due to the appearance of a new variant of the coronavirus that could be more virulent than that detected last year in the southeast of England. “We already have significant measures in place to prevent imported cases of COVID-19, but with new strains appearing internationally, we have to take more precautions,” Shapps said in a statement.
According to the latest official figures, the United Kingdom recorded a total of 1,162 new deaths with COVID-19 yesterday, and the upward trend of recent days continues.
With information from The Guardian and EFE.
There are already more than 88 million cases of COVID in the world
The number of COVID-19 cases in the world now exceeds 88 million, according to the count of John Hopkins University, which brings the number of deaths to more than 1.8. According to the data that appears on the website of that independent university, the total number of infected is 88,042,762, with the United States leading with 21,574,043, followed by India with 10,413,417, Brazil with 7,961,673, Russia with 3,297,833 and the United Kingdom with 2,898,052.
Regarding Latin America, the eleventh place on the list is occupied by Colombia, with 1,737,347 cases, the twelfth Argentina with 1,690,006 and the thirteenth Mexico with 1,493,569. Spain appears in ninth place with 2,024,904 infected.
The number of deaths worldwide has reached 1,898,655, with the United States leading (365,317), Brazil (200,498), India (150,570), Mexico (131,031) and the United Kingdom (78,632).
The European countries with the highest mortality rates, in addition to the United Kingdom, which ranks fifth worldwide, are Italy in sixth place (77,291), France in seventh (66,700), Russia in eighth (59,628) and Spain in tenth (51,675).
The nursing staff requires greater foresight and organization: “With the same staff we are doing the usual tasks and vaccination”
On December 27, the vaccination process began in Aragon. Emilia Najera was the first person to receive the Pfizer vaccine at the Romareda Residence in Zaragoza. Almost two weeks later, 6,197 doses have been administered in all health sectors, 45% of which have been received.
The Nursing Union, SATSE, has demanded that all the autonomous communities, without exception, accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination campaign and administer the corresponding doses every day of the week, including holidays, to achieve the objective that the 80 percent of the population of our country is immunized in July of this year.
In this sense, Cuca Oliván, provincial secretary of SATSE in Huesca, assures that vaccination is being “insufficient and slow” and that the cause of this situation “is not the nurses, we are used to this pandemic, on weekends They are doing PCR so why are we not going to vaccinate? ”
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Joan Ribó acknowledges that the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Valencia in which there were agglomerations was “a mistake”
The mayor of València, Joan Ribó, has indicated this Thursday regarding the arrival last Tuesday of the Three Kings to the City Hall in open-top buses and the public who gathered to see them that “it has been a mistake” to raise this act as it was done, while affirming that this is an issue that should be “improved”.
Along these lines, he has considered that “the protocols were not reviewed properly”, he said that there was a mistake and pointed out that “it could have been done differently.” Likewise, in reference to fallas activities, it has ruled out, based on this and given the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, organizing other events.
“In the conditions we are in, we can neither speak nor raise them,” said the mayor, who assured that his team “always” intends to “learn” from what is happening “and improve it.”
The European Commission announces the purchase of 300 million more doses of Pfizer vaccine
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced today the decision of Brussels to acquire more than 300 million additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, with which almost two weeks ago most of the countries of the UE started the vaccination campaign. These doses will therefore be added to the 300 million already purchased to double the total figure.
Madrid is now looking for volunteer nurses for the vaccination campaign
The Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid urgently requests nurses from health centers to support the vaccination campaign, as it has advanced this Thursday the Chain Ser, who has had access to the emails. In them, the remuneration that these health workers will receive for that work, outside of their working hours, is not specified, but the word “voluntarily” is reiterated.
This call to nurses comes after the vaccination campaign began on December 27 across the country, when the vaccination plan is supposed to be closed and underway. In addition, it has been known that the Community led by Isabel Díaz Ayuso rejected the services of Madrid Salud, an autonomous body that depends on the City Council of the capital, to administer vaccines in mid December. At that time, the Ayuso Government had already agreed with the Red Cross a six-month contract for 804,000 euros that materialized at the end of December.
Madrid is from the beginning one of the communities with the worst vaccination rate, in fact, according to the latest Health data, occupying the last place, with 11.5% of the vaccines administered. On the opposite side is Asturias. Check here why it is the only community that has already administered all the vaccines received so far.
Germany records its daily record of deaths with COVID
Germany registers 1,188 deaths with or from COVID in the last 24 hours, the highest number to date, which exceeds the 1,129 deaths announced on December 30. In addition, the country adds 31,849 new infections, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the leading epidemiological center, reported this Friday. The accumulated incidence in the last seven days in the country as a whole is 136.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, still far from the maximum of 197.6 cases reached on December 22.
In total, the RKI counts 1,866,887 people infected with Sars-CoV2, of which 38,795 have died. The number of individuals who have overcome the disease is around 1,494,100.
Germany is unable to stop the spread of the pandemic despite successive tightening of restrictions, prolonged this week at least until the end of January. This week the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the heads of the 16 regional executives took a step further. They agreed to reduce private meetings to cohabitants plus one person from outside the home and limit mobility in areas with a cumulative incidence of more than 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Information of EFE.