March 3, 2021

Last minute on the coronavirus and political news

09:56 h

New maximum of deaths with coronavirus in one day in Germany, which reaches 487 deaths

Germany registered 487 deaths with or from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the highest number to date, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the leading epidemiological center, reported on Wednesday.

The figure, which exceeds the 426 deaths last Friday, comes about two weeks after the peak of cases reported in the most populous country in the EU, which exceeded 23,500 new daily cases on November 13 and 20.

The number of new infections identified in the last 24 hours amounted to 17,720, which is more than a thousand less than the previous day and about 1,400 less than a week ago.

Experts point out that after the highs in mid-November, the curve has stabilized and is even falling, coinciding with the application of new restrictions to public life and economic activity.

In total, 1,084,743 covid infections have been reported in Germany, of which 17,123 have resulted in death. Some 779,500 people have overcome the disease and, according to data from the Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), 3,919 covid-19 patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICU).

EFE reports.

09:48 h

Russia registers 589 deaths with COVID-19, new daily maximum of deaths

Russia registered 589 deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the second consecutive daily maximum, according to data published this Wednesday by the country’s health authorities. According to official statistics, Russia already accumulates a total of 41,053 deaths caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

In the last day, 25,345 new cases of covid-19 were detected, bringing these to 2,347,401 since the beginning of the pandemic. Moscow, the main infectious focus of the country, added 5,191 positives, the lowest number since last November 25, and 75 deaths from coronavirus.

The authorities of the Russian capital extended until January 15 some sanitary measures, such as the confinement of those over 65 and teleworking for 30 percent of the workforce of companies, but they have avoided imposing stricter initiatives.

EFE reports.

09:43 h

France wants to convince Spain and Switzerland to stop skiing at Christmas

France wants to convince the Spanish and Swiss authorities to also close their stations during the Christmas holidays and if this is not achieved, it will impose controls on its borders to prevent the French from going there and getting infected.

This is the message of the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, who in an interview with the television channel BFMTV this Wednesday explained that “the Spanish and the Swiss for now are not oriented to these decisions, but diplomatic action continues.”

Castex said that he has discussed this issue with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, who pointed out that the opening of the stations depends on the autonomous communities and that today there will be a consultation meeting in which the opening of the those facilities.

In Switzerland – he recalled – that decision is not the competence of the federation either.

If despite all the stations in these or other European countries (Austria could keep them open during its Christmas holidays), “the idea is to prevent the French from going to be contaminated.”

EFE reports.

09:31 h

Employment grew in November by 31,638 people and workers in ERTE increased to 746,900

Last November, marked by the coronavirus pandemic, left an increase in the number of average workers affiliated with Social Security, of 31,638 people, and a rise in registered unemployment, with 25,269 people more targeted at public employment offices. November is usually, in a context of normality, a month of job loss, so that the monthly increase in membership represents the largest increase since 2006 and the barrier of 19 million workers is once again reached. Employment continues to recover, although there are still many jobs to rebuild: there are still 369,806 fewer workers than before COVID-19.

Writes Laura Olías.

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09:11 h

Health trusts in closing a joint plan against the coronavirus for Christmas despite the different regional proposals

The Ministry of Health led by Salvador Illa faces the meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System that is held this Wednesday with the confidence of being able to “agree” on a common plan throughout Spain that includes concrete measures to deal with the pandemic during next Christmas to avoid a third wave in January.

The Government wants the initiatives to be approved unanimously by all the autonomous communities, a task that seems complicated in view of what happened in the last meetings of the Interterritorial, in which there have been different frictions between the Executive and the governed administrations by the PP or with Catalunya. What will come out of the meeting, however, will be a set of recommendations that the communities will then have to transform into orders and decrees within their respective competencies.

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09:09 h

United Kingdom, the first western country to approve a coronavirus vaccine

The United Kingdom has become the first Western country to approve and start using a coronavirus vaccine to immunize its population. The British regulator is the first, even before the United States, to give the green light to the vaccine from the US company Pfizer and the German company BioNTech, which will be administered from next week.

It’s a statement, the Government of Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday the authorization for the emergency use of the vaccine and said that the public health (NHS, in its acronym in English) has “decades of experience in vaccination programs” and will be in charge of helping to people eligible for vaccination. In principle, the first to receive the vaccine will be health workers in hospitals. It may also be administered in special centers coordinated by the army, in various parts of the country. Next week, 800,000 doses will be available, according to Health Minister Matt Hancock. 10 million doses are expected to be available this month to immunize five million people (the vaccine requires two doses).

Informs Maria Ramirez.

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