Europe: how is the second wave going and what measures are countries taking | coronavirus – Health

With records of reported cases that are three times higher than those of the first peak of the pandemic in MarchEurope is submerged in its second wave of the new coronavirus, the same wave that experts predicted a few months ago. The data is worrying. In the last week, cases increased 44 percent, with a trend that rapidly tends to place this continent again as the focus of the pandemic.

Proof of this is that Europe breaks its own records of positives daily, with figures above 150,000 daily. Those numbers, as analyzed by health authorities, are located very close to those that America showed in August, which for now is the region most affected by the pandemic.

And that also shows that the two continents are the face of the same coin, but at the wrong time: if in August America was locked and Europeans were enjoying their holidays, Now that the former are beginning to experience the ‘new normal’, it is Europe that is once again suffering the return of restrictions.

(Read also: The drastic measures in Europe to stop the second wave of coronavirus)

The situation is such that the World Health Organization (WHO) warned yesterday Saturday that many European cities are suffering significant increases in the number of patients treated in the intensive care units (ICU) of their hospitals, with what they could reach their limit in the coming weeks, thus contradicting those who lowered the profile of gravity to the predicted second wave.

Recently, the director for Europe of the WHO, Hans Kluge, had clarified that although the number of cases today is higher “compared to the peak of the April curve”, the “number of deaths represents one fifth” of those recorded in the hardest moment of the pandemic.

However, in the face of this potential overflow of serious cases, the WHO itself warned this week that if trends and projections, Europe could reach a mortality level “four or five times higher than in April” if the restrictions that have been applied are gradually and prematurely lifted.

For now, Europe already has more than 7 million positives and about 250,000 deaths.

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By countries

When referencing cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the Czech Republic ranks first in this part of the world with 660.8 cases, triggered in the last two weeks. This rate is followed by Belgium (505.4), the Netherlands (435.2), France (321.6), the United Kingdom (300.2) and Spain (295), according to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention , with data as of October 16.

France, for example, recorded 30,000 new coronavirus cases and 88 deaths on Friday alone. “It’s frightening. I feel like I’m going back to March, ”said Hocine Saal, head of the emergency service at the Montreuil hospital, on the outskirts of Paris.

Taking measurements

The responses to the advance of the pandemic have not been long in coming. Since this Saturday, for example, a curfew has been in force in Paris and other French cities, one of the measures that continue to multiply on the continent to stop the spread of the virus.

In France, activities were paralyzed in some cities from Saturday between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am Around 20 million people in Paris and eight other cities, such as Marseille, will be affected under penalty of fines, and there will only be exceptions with authorization.

(See: European countries that have reinforced measures for outbreaks of coronavirus)

Belgium ordered the closure of cafes and restaurants starting Monday for four weeks. For its part, London went further in restricting people: banned its nine million inhabitants from meeting with family and friends in closed spaces since this Saturday.

In Germany, a country considered exemplary in its management of the first wave, the situation is also critical. Changes were announced there. Chancellor Angela Merkel called for new restrictions after registering a record 6,638 cases on Friday.

In regions where more than 35 new cases are confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, the capacity will be limited to private events and the use of masks will be imposed when distances cannot be maintained or people have to share space for a certain time. In addition, if the 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants are exceeded, stricter rules will be imposed, such as restaurant closings at 11pm

On the other hand, in Spain, the region of Catalonia decided to close all its bars and restaurants for 15 days, to try to avoid a “total confinement”. These measures come after strong movement restrictions in Madrid imposed by the central government.

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And Italy, which was the first country in Europe affected by the pandemic and which until now had managed to keep the outbreak under control, surpassed the threshold of 10,000 cases on Friday. The regions most affected by the rebound are Lombardy (north), Campania (Naples region, south) and Piedmont (north-west).

The new restrictive measures include a ban on private parties, more rigid hours for bars and restaurants, and limits the number of guests at home to six. Weddings and baptisms must have a maximum of 30 guests and the use of masks, even outdoors, is mandatory throughout the country under penalty of a fine of up to 1,000 euros (about $ 900).

And while all this is happening, the world is stepping on the accelerator for the development of effective therapeutic interventions or a vaccine that prevents contagion, something that would only happen until next year. Meanwhile, governments must make use of what is known to be effective: masks, distance and hand washing.



The number of people infected with COVID-19 in the world has exceeded 37 million :: Society :: RBC

The number of people infected with COVID-19 in the world has grown by 1 million in two days. Most cases were detected in the United States, India and Brazil – these three countries account for more than half of all coronavirus cases

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 37 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the world, it follows from the consolidated statistics Johns Hopkins University.

1 million cases increased in two days: 36 million mark was passed October 8th.

The top three countries in terms of the number of cases of infection include the United States (7.68 million), India (6.9 million) and Brazil (5 million).

Russia ranks fourth in this indicator (1.28 million). For the last day in it identified 12.8 thousand new cases of COVID-19 is the second record in the last two days. It is higher than the peak value that the country passed in May.

Scientists have named new symptoms of coronavirus

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the president of the local PS threatened with death!

On September 18, the lifeless body of Mbaye Wade, an agent of the Protocol service of the Province of Liège, was found in his room in rue Ambiorix, in Liège, by his companion, Liège lawyer Pascal Rodeyns, adviser communal MR in Liège.

►► Mbaye Wade was finally buried in Olne: here is Why

Mbaye Wade had expressed the wish to be buried in Senegal. His parents, established there, therefore requested the repatriation of their son’s body in order to be able to bury him in the holy city of Touba, in accordance with the wishes of the deceased.

But this was not possible following the refusal of the local authorities to bury him.

The body which takes care of the cemeteries and mosques of Touba refused to accede to this last will because of… the sexual orientation of the deceased.

►► Olne’s PS president threatened with death after his statements about Mbaye Wade: our information


Why you might be taxed this Friday

After refunds overpayments by taxes, now comes the time for direct debits to regularize the “outstanding payments”.

Between July 21 and August 7, the tax administration proceeded, in one go, reimbursement of what had been overpaid. That is to say that if between 2019 and 2020 your income fell, you benefited from a tax credit or a refund of reductions, you were surely one of the taxpayers who were entitled to a reimbursement from taxes.

On the contrary, you may be one of the taxpayers who have to pay additional income tax or a balance, following the 2019 tax return. For example because the amounts of withholding taxes that you paid in 2019, or that you benefited from an excessively large advance of tax reductions or credits in January 2020, explains Bercy.

First samples today

If you are in this case, the amount payable will be debited from this Friday, September 25. The tax administration specifies that it will be taken at once, this Friday, if it is ” less than or equal to 300 € “. However, if this amount is greater than € 300, it will be debited from your account in four installments, on September 25, October 26, November 26 and December 28, 2020.

No worries, then, if you are taken. In addition, each sample will be identified, on your bank statement, by its origin, details the Ministry of the Economy. (“DIRECTION GENERALE DES FINANCES PUBLIQUES”) and by its wording (“2019 INCOME TAX BALANCE INVOICE NUMBER XXX” 1).


“The fight against the coronavirus is far from won”, warn experts

According to scientific experts, letting the virus circulate could “lead to another generalized lockdown”.

Dix scientists, including Emmanuel André, Marc Van Ranst and Erika Vlieghe, plead in a post published Thursday on a blog dedicated to Covid-19 to maintain a level of circulation of the virus “which is sustainable”, “via measures not too complicated and well understood”. According to experts, letting the virus circulate could “lead to another generalized lockdown”.

In this post, experts warn that the fight against the coronavirus is far from won. According to scientists, the rebound of the last two weeks is probably due, among other things, to a decrease in motivation to comply with the measures and to returns from vacation.

Moreover, they explain that the increase in numbers is not only linked to the fact that more tests are carried out: “The number of infections is increasing relatively faster than the number of tests”.

“While the numbers are increasing exponentially, it is impossible to continue to extend the lines of defense indefinitely,” warn specialists. “Today, we see that primary care is at its peak. “

This is why it is very important for the signatories to reduce the circulation of the virus, considering where to tighten the measures and how long to maintain them, rather than relax them. According to them, politicians must develop a motivating framework “to limit the number of close individual contacts, according to societal priorities”.

They demand a clear objective, which is not only to temporarily stabilize the curve, which leads to too rapid relaxation of the measurements. They notably propose to keep the reproduction rate (Rt) at 0.8. “We must therefore learn to live with sustainable measures that keep the virus under control,” the scientists conclude.


The court arrested the assets of the ex-management of B&N Bank in a claim for 306 billion rubles. :: Finance :: RBC

Mikail Shishkhanov

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A Moscow court arrested the assets of the banker Mikail Shishkhanov and the ex-management of B&N Bank at the suit of the Trust Bank for the amount of 306.5 billion rubles. This follows from the electronic filing cabinet

The claims of “Trust” are connected with the activities of Rost Bank, which since 2014 has been undergoing reorganization with B&N Bank and its subsidiaries.

B&N Bank itself was sent for reorganization by the Central Bank in September 2017.

A claim against the former management of B&N Bank, the bank of non-core assets “Trust” filed September 18. The lawsuit was filed against the former co-owner Mikail Shishkhanov, as well as the bank’s top managers – the former first deputy chairman of the board Alexander Lukin, ex-board member Alexei Farafontov and ex-member of the board of directors Kirill Lyubentsov.

Later, another lawsuit filed by Trust against Shishkhanov, Lukin and Lyubentsov, as well as against Vladimir Kiryusha and foreign companies Forcipe Investments Ltd, Kinetic Services Corp. was registered in the file of arbitration cases. The amount of the claim is 22.7 billion rubles.


The leader of the “Time Machine” Andrei Makarevich revealed the size of his pension :: Society :: RBC

Andrey Makarevich

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Musician and leader of the Mashina Vremeni group, Andrei Makarevich, said that with all the additional payments, his pension was 26 thousand rubles. About this he himself stated the newspaper “Look”.

“Now I don’t remember exactly the figure, but, in my opinion, I get 26 thousand. This is with all additional payments, ”said Makarevich.

He also added that he receives a “rather large” pension, unlike other people, since in addition to the title of People’s Artist, he is a labor veteran.

According to Makarevich, there are no non-working pensioners in his social circle and among his peers. “That is, all my friends are practically my age and should be retired, but they are not there, because they are simply not interested,” the musician said.

Pension Fund denied reports about the threat of suspension of pension payments

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State Duma deputy Vakha Agayev dies of coronavirus :: Society :: RBC

He underwent treatment in Moscow and was in a coma for the last days. Agaev was a deputy of the last two convocations of the State Duma, elected on the federal lists of the Communist Party

Vakha Agaev

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State Duma deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Vakha Agayev died of coronavirus. This was reported to RBC by his fellow party member Denis Parfenov.

“Unfortunately, this is true,” Parfenov said. The information was also confirmed by the deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the party, Yuri Afonin. “Yes, [он умер] today in Moscow, “said Afonin (quoted from TASS).

how write “Vedomosti”, citing a source in the party leadership, in recent days, 67-year-old Agayev was in a coma. At about 19:00 Moscow time, party colleagues received information about his death from COVID-19.

Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan infected with coronavirus dies

Uktam Barnoev

Vakha Agaev was born in Kazakhstan, in 1977 he graduated from the Chechen-Ingush State University named after I. L.N. Tolstoy, where he studied to be a historian. In 1985 he graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the Moscow Cooperative Institute Tsentrosoyuz.


New wave of Covid-19 and bank data leak caused losses of up to 8% in world markets

In this context, the shares of the “old continent” registered their worst fall in three months on Monday. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange fell 4.4%; Milan and Paris fell 3.7%, while Madrid sank 3.4%, as did London. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 3.2%, a decline not seen since the beginning of June.

On concerns about new infections, the travel and leisure index collapsed 5.2%, accumulating its worst two-day decline since April, with airlines such as IAG – which owns British Airway – plummeting 12.1%. In addition, Lufthansa plunged 9.5% after further cutting its fleet and workforce due to the coronavirus crisis.

Parallel, European banks fell 5.7% to hover around record lows after a joint report by 108 media outlets warned of a possible link between entities such as HSBC and Deutsche Bank with astronomical amounts of “dirty money.”

These documents refer to some 2 trillion dollars (1.7 trillion euros) of transactions between 1999 and 2017 originating from drugs and criminal acts, and even from embezzled fortunes in developing countries.

For its part, on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.8% to 27,147.7 units; the S&P 500 lost 1.2% to 3,281.06 units and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.1% to 10,778.80 units.

Given this climate, the CBOE volatility index of the market (VIX), a measure of investor anxiety, soared to its highest level in nearly two weeks.

The death of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also made it less likely that another stimulus package will pass through Congress before the November 3 presidential election, aid that remains “stalemate.” for three months.

This caused big falls in the health sector. Healthcare providers came under pressure from uncertainty about the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, with Universal Health Services shares falling sharply.


Faced with uncertainty, the dollar rose after two weeks of declines. “What we are seeing with the dollar is a bet on a safe haven without risk,” said Erik Bregar, head of foreign exchange strategy at the Exchange Bank of Canada in Toronto, adding that the trigger was fear in European morning trading of a new confinement in the United Kingdom due to the coronavirus.

The dollar index, which compares the greenback with six prominent currencies, was up 0.85% to 93.297 units, while the euro lost 0.9% to $ 1.1734, the yen weakened 0.1 %, to 104.70 units per dollar, and the pound sterling lost 0.9%, to 1.2797 dollars.


Gold and other metals suffered sharp declines, affected by an appreciation of the dollar, in a week in which investors will be watching the speeches of the authorities of the Federal Reserve in search of clues on more stimulus measures to revive a economy hit by coronavirus.

Gold lost 2.1% to $ 1,909.05 an ounce, after hitting its lowest value since Aug. 12 earlier. Prices fell almost 10% from an all-time high reached at the beginning of last month, due to a drop in hopes for new stimuli.

“Gold should be trading higher with safe haven demand, but it’s kind of a repeat as in the spring when the market sell-off, participants have been selling assets across the board,” said Bob Haberkorn, strategist Market Senior at RJO Futures

More strongly, spot silver collapsed 8.3% to $ 24.53, its lowest level in more than a month.


Oil prices fell sharply due to the return of Libyan exports and fear of a new confinement due to the outbreaks of coronavirus, which would be disastrous for demand.

WTI’s barrel for October delivery lost 4.4% compared to the close on Friday and closed at $ 39.31. For its part, that of Brent from the North Sea for delivery in November fell 4% in London and ended the day at US $ 41.44.

The Libyan National Petroleum Company (NOC) announced on Saturday the resumption of crude oil production and exports in Libya at “safe” sites.

This news came the day after the Marshal who controls the east of the country, Khalifa Haftar, announced the lifting, under conditions, of the eight-month blockade imposed by his forces.


The futures of soybeans, wheat and corn collapsed this Monday in the Chicago Market, due to sales of investment funds in this context of risk aversion by the new wave of infections.

Despite sustained demand from China, soybeans suffered a loss of more than 2%, their biggest daily decline since April 1. It should be remembered that the strong demand from the Asian giant took the oilseed to its highest level in more than two years last week.

In the meantime, Wheat decreased 3.5% (US $ 7.44) and closed at US $ 203.84 per ton, in what was its largest daily percentage drop since August 2019.

Argentine assets

Amid this scenario, the S&P stock index Merval de Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos (BYMA) began on Monday with a drop of 4% but then attenuated falls to 1.8% due to the rise of the CCL dollar, which touched $ 140 and brought the exchange gap with the official dollar to 85 %, which reflects that the expectations of devaluation of the peso are still latent.

In the fixed income segment, the new bonds they closed with losses of up to 3.3%, as reflected by the decline in Bonar 2035. Sovereign bonds accumulated a loss of up to 13% last week.

In New York, the falls were more pronounced, something that was reflected in Argentine country risk, which rose 6.4% to 1,348 basis points, compared to the 1,083 basis points recorded on September 10 after reconfiguring with the new bonds.


Governor of Altai Territory infected with COVID-19 :: Society :: RBC

Viktor Tomenko switched to a remote work format and is being treated on an outpatient basis. In June, the governor already went into self-isolation due to the coronavirus detected in the employees of his administration

Victor Tomenko

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Governor of the Altai Territory Viktor Tomenko fell ill with coronavirus infection, transfers press service of the regional government.

Tomenko’s COVID-19 test showed a positive result, in connection with which he switched to a remote mode of operation. Now the head of the region is at home, where he undergoes outpatient treatment.

“Governor Viktor Tomenko is constantly in touch with members of the government and heads of all regional authorities. Events with his personal participation have been canceled for the next 10-14 days, ”the message says.

Governor of Altai Territory left for self-isolation due to COVID-19 from colleagues

Victor Tomenko

The head of the region appealed to residents with an appeal to comply with sanitary safety measures and the prevention of coronavirus. Earlier, in June, Tomenko already self-isolated for a week, after several employees of the regional administration were diagnosed with COVID-19.