Coronavirus: the Provincial Hospital has no places and there are 20 isolated nurses

At Hospital Provincial There were no places left in the Intensive Care Unit and the scenario was further complicated with the isolation of 20 nurses because they were close contacts of people with a Covid diagnosis. The Modular, in Granadero Baigorria, had 18 of the 21 therapy places occupied last night. Finding a bed is no longer easy. Even the Clemente Alvarez Emergency Hospital arrive ambulances asking for “institutional support” for patients with social work who require hospitalization and cannot find a place to be housed. In this context, with a 90 percent occupied health network, both in the public and private sectors, the pandemic shows “the bottleneck” that is generated in the system because “More enter than leave”, a vehicular metaphor that allows to clearly visualize the lack of availability for patient care. “It’s like having a parking lot that from one day to the next stops having cars per hour, with a high level of circulation, and suddenly they are all monthly”, explain the health authorities.

The person in charge of the Third Level of the provincial Ministry of Health, Rodrigo Mediavilla, admits that “the scenario is increasingly critical”, and to this he adds the dynamism and volatility of the balances that are achieved within the crisis. “Until a few hours ago in the Provincial there was a stable situation that collapsed with the isolation of 20 nurses, so what was more or less controlled, is at the limit”, details.

In fact, with just 72 hours of operation, the Modular Hospital of Granadero Baigorria has already occupied 18 of the 21 intensive care beds available. However, another scarce asset, which is trained human resources, means that this space is not working yet at one hundred percent of its capacity, the official himself admitted.

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In this fragility, the Covid has particularities that further complicate the scenario, and it is the time required for hospitalized patients, either in the general ward or in intensive care, to go discharged and vacate a square. “The doubling time of the disease is 10 days, but the time of stay of a patient in intensive care is 20”, Mediavilla pointed out, to explain that the “bottleneck occurs because more people enter than they leave.”

The vehicular metaphor

For several weeks now, the Municipal Health Secretary, Leonardo Caruana, used the vehicular metaphor to explain why, beyond the fact that 80 percent of those infected with coronavirus They travel the disease in the isolation of their homes and with mild symptoms, the remaining 20 percent who contract the virus and do require medical attention, rapidly causing the collapse of health effectors.

“It’s like having a parking lot that from one day to the next stops having cars per hour, with a high level of circulation, and suddenly they are all monthly,” said the official; an image that was ratified in the last hours by the head of the Sanitary Emergency Operations Center (Coes), Juan Becerra, and broke down the reasons that cause this situation.

“You have to take into account that a patient with Covid who is in the general ward has an average stay of between 10 and 14 days, and if he requires assistance in intensive care where the resource is even more finite, that average is stretched to 21 days, making the process even slower, “said Becerra, explaining the bottleneck that the system has, even despite having suspended all scheduled interventions that lead to hospitalization.

Thus, the doctor explained not only that “the coronavirus patient is a patient who does not stabilize in therapy in three or four days and is then discharged, as in other conditions, but quite the opposite,” and even indicated that “in winter respiratory diseases they do not have an average occupancy of beds as high as Covid.”

To the saturation itself, elements are added that are not admitted out loud, which is the hospitalization of patients with coronavirus positive or suspected of having the virus is not simple due to the procedures themselves and also, there is a high rejection in the private sector which may have to do with the quality of social work to the occupation of the system itself, and the fact that not all sanitariums prioritize them.

Function differently

Faced with that critical limit in which beds are found, Becerra once again emphasized the “need for restrictive measures that make the city behave differently”, adding: “What is sought is to have less” competition “With other emergency pathologies that must continue to be treated and that require the same beds, such as polytrauma, road accidents, those fallen from a height on a construction site”.

For the doctor, these limitations not only reduce infections, but above all they “relieve” the system.


After the celebration of a mass, there are 16 infected with coronavirus and 900 isolated in Córdoba

At least 16 people who attended a mass last week in the Cordoba town of Justiniano Posse they tested positive in coronavirus and 900 others, among those attending that celebration and close contacts, were isolated in a preventive manner, while it is being investigated whether the priest promoted not wearing a mask.


Alert on Egan’s team! Four Italian Ineos cyclists, isolated by the coronavirus

August 22, 2020 – 12:19 pm

Agencia AFP

Four Italian riders from the Ineos cycling team, who are not on the list to run the Tour de France that starts next Saturday, were placed in isolation due to a case of coronavirus among them.

Leonardo Basso, who tested positive this Saturday, Filippo Ganna, Gianni Moscon and Salvatore Puccio were withdrawn by the British formation from the Italian championship scheduled for Sunday in Cittadella.

Basso, who had tested negative on Tuesday, trained only in the last ten days, he specified his training. But on Friday he completed the recognition of the time trial with Ganna and this Saturday he trained with his three teammates.

Ineos specified that the four corridors will be isolated for 14 days.

“Four members of the staff chose to isolate themselves because they are considered secondary contacts. Although they were in contact with the runners wearing masks, keeping social distance and other protocols, the team considers that it is a precautionary measure,” added the British formation.


“I have a good memory of the month I was isolated in a jail cell”

After finishing last year the publication of his ‘Diarios’ (Ed. Pepitas de Calabaza) with the edition in a single volume with an unpublished epilogue of his literary project, Iñaki Uriarte (New York, 1946) lives these days of confinement without excessive anxiety at his home in Bilbao. “I have been training for this all my life,” jokes the writer, whose work has attracted the admiration of a select group of readers, the praise of distinguished colleagues, and who has been able to read the excellent reviews garnered after his recent translation into French.

– Has home confinement changed a lot in your daily life?

– No. I used to go out in the morning, late, around twelve-thirty, I would go for the newspaper, the bread, tobacco, something in the pharmacy, a purchase in the supermarket, things like that, and then I would have a coffee on a terrace, that this has changed. The rest of the day was practically spent at home. And a couple of times a week he ate or dined with a small group of friends. So this life is quite similar to the one before.

– Well, you joke that you have never worked, many people are imitating you these days …

– Well, with that that I have never worked I mean that I have never been on the payroll, nor have I had a fixed schedule, but I have done some things, such as writing encyclopedias, translating, writing some literary criticism … But well, i haven’t been a salaried. In fact, I have no pension.

– And being a risk group, do you live the pandemic with fear?

– I am not afraid, although I am in fourteen risk groups. My wife is more obsessed and protects me a lot. The last thing he said to me is that I have to wash my hands fifteen times a day, but I laugh. On the street I have the impression that people are more afraid of me than I am of them. These days I have remembered when I first went to that tough New York of the early eighties, I went down to the street with a little fear and immediately realized that the one they were afraid of was me, because I was the brunette. People moved away. And now the same thing is happening to me: I see someone with a mask that comes from far away and I’m not afraid, but I notice that he is. And a strange thing: if you go through the mountains walking alone and you meet someone on a path you say ‘hello’, or whatever, normally; Well now, you meet someone on a completely empty street and you don’t greet each other, or anything, not a word, you hardly even look at each other.

– He spent four months as a young man locked up in prison.

– Sure, and an entire one in a three by three meter isolation cell. It was for a strike against the Burgos trial. It was the best month in prison because I was sick of being with people all the time. I have a good memory of that month, I read ‘Zero and infinity’, by Koestler, and ‘Resurrection’, by Tolstoi, and I made myself a pipe with breadcrumbs to smoke the tobacco bits that were left in my pockets. Being alone doesn’t worry me much, other than that now I’m in a big house, with lots of light, my wife and the two cats, Tom and Woody.

– Precisely, of that prison experience there is an episode of which he is proud, although he does not remember.

– A friend who was with me in the cell told me about it. When they were released, the prisoners usually took their suitcase running, said goodbye and went out whistling, but we were three in the cell and each day we had to clean one, and the day they released me it was my turn. And, according to this friend, I, very serious, in Burt Lancaster plan, instead of running away, I took the mop and the bucket, and I started to clean the cell to leave it well to my colleagues and when I finished I left. I don’t remember that, but my friend Álvaro always tells it.

– He told me that he had been training his whole life for this.

– That is a bit of a ’boutade’, but there is some truth. I’ve been training my whole life for this. Due to my introverted or not very sociable character or something misanthropic or whatever, I have been looking for thinkers and books that fit with my way of being, starting with Epicurus, for example, whose motto was “hide your life”, although later I have done quite the opposite when publishing the newspaper! I liked those ancient philosophers who sought self-sufficiency and did not depend on others. Ovid said something like this: “He who lived unnoticed lived well.” And my favorite writer, Montaigne, also more or less hid from very young society, at 38 years old.

– Were you surprised by the reaction of society in these circumstances? For example, around the elderly and their screening or not when going to the ICUs.

– I don’t know how far that debate will go, which seems pretty Nazi to me. But I also don’t know very well what to do or what not to do in a particular case. If you have an ICU for two, who’s up?

– The first one to arrive?

– Yes, that seems the most logical, now, I am not saying that I did not give it to the other in any case … Man, if he is an imbecile, no, but if he is a relative, or an uncle that I like and I’m already very bad, very bad, because maybe I would leave the ICU for him. Now, what if you have to make lists, look at age or state of health coldly, classify everyone, etc.? That strikes me as terrifying.

“I do not go down the street in fear of catching it, although I am in fourteen risk groups”

“Once the ‘Diaries’ have been published, I am encouraged because what I write is again for me”

– And how obedient have we been?

– That didn’t surprise me. It has confirmed in my idea that society is very … meek, although this meek does not sound good. Prefer security to freedom, we tend to the former and stick to what they tell you to do if you think you will be safer. It did surprise me when they banned smoking in closed public spaces, from one day to the next, and nobody protested, nothing happened. Authority tends to be listened to.

– And that, do you find it positive or negative?

– I guess it’s a genetic determinism. Freedom excludes you from the group and leaves you a little more unprotected, although if I think about what freedom and non-freedom are, I don’t know very well either. It happens to me like Saint Augustine with Time: «If they don’t ask me what Time is, I know perfectly well what it is, but if they ask me what it is, I start to build a taco». That happens to me with a lot of words, especially abstract and capital letters. Freedom… You don’t have to think about it too much either because I’m not sure that someone is truly free.

– Do you detect a certain social contempt for culture?

– I’m afraid to say that I don’t know very well what Culture is, either, in the abstract and with a capital letter. For me everything is culture. Sure, then they tell you about the culture workers … but I don’t know what culture is.

– A bookstore, say?

– Sure, it seems to me a fundamental element of what they call culture … but well, yes, they help them. I just read that the City Lights bookstore, which Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded in San Francisco in 1953, had closed in March because of the coronavirus and asked people for help. In four days they gave them half a million dollars. So, of course, that bookstore is culture, but it is a culture that people adore and they pay it with great pleasure. Another thing is that you have to subsidize everything. Man, at this moment it would have to be done, because the famous culture is not only the four figures that appear out there, but also the entire network of workers that is below and that you have to help in some way.

“If there was an ICU for two, I’m not saying that I wouldn’t give it to the other … If he’s an asshole, no”

“When I’m alone I never get bored, I get bored when I’m with people, who are boring”

– For you, is there boredom?

– I have written contradictory things. I say that when I’m alone I never get bored, I get bored when I’m with people, I mean boring people, and there is some truth to that. And what bores me the most in the world, which is the time that passes between you start to say goodbye in a meeting of people until you leave a fucking time. A terrible quarter of an hour passes in which I am no longer there, but at the same time I am. It is the most boring thing in the world. I never have boredom in general, but once it has turned into a small anguish that I attribute to not being busy.

– You who lived through time and place, what did you think of the series’ The invisible line?

– It is the series with the most interest I have seen in a long time. I liked it, it seemed to me that I had a good invoice and I was more interested in many personal things. I was walking around studying in Deusto. I once saw Txabi Etxebarrieta, I did not know him, but I know very intelligent and non-nationalistic people of whom he was intimate. I perfectly remember Sarriko’s mani, Sarrico then, who appears in the film. I remember having gone with a box of eggs to the conference of a foreign economist who seemed to us to legitimize the Franco regime. I threw an egg and someone told me that Amedo was running after me … I was surprised that the character of Melitón Manzanas is very tempered because, from what I have read, that bird should not look so good. It is also interesting because many people do not know how that great disaster started. And that the mythical Etxebarrieta was, in addition to being a fanatic, a highly educated poet. There are very dangerous writers.

– Do you come out at eight to clap on the balcony?

– You are right. At first I was embarrassed, but my wife started dating and yes, now we do. Three minutes, because we talk to my brother, who lives next door. I don’t know if we applaud us more than anything else, but hey… The other day a car from the Ertzaintza passed by and we applauded him with delight. Here there is no joking, no singers, there are three minutes of applause and you take the air. What I have done is personally thank the newspaper kiosk, the pharmacists, the baker, the supermarket … and I hope to give them more times.

– What will be the first thing you do when the confinement is over?

– I would like to take a trip that I had planned: drive to Lake Como and Sils-Maria, where Nietzsche practically lived confined during the summers, like someone who goes to a sanctuary. I was very excited, but I don’t think I will. Taking that away, the coffee on the terrace, seeing a few friends again and I don’t know if we can go to Benidorm.

«I knew little of Berrio but was very fond of him»

“He was one of those people whom I didn’t know much, but whom I had great affection for. Sometimes that happens: you know others more, but since you don’t love them so much, their death doesn’t impress you the same ». This is how Iñaki Uriarte remembers the recently deceased Rafael Berrio. The San Sebastian musician confessed several times his devotion to Uriarte’s work, to the point that he paid tribute to it by borrowing the title ‘Diarios’ for one of his albums. The two came to meet one night in San Sebastián.

– After having accumulated a select group of admirers of his ‘Diarios’ in Spain, now they begin to arrive from France, where the book has been translated.

– The translation was a very curious story and I owe it to Frédéric Shiffter, an essayist whom I admire and who lives in Biarritz. I was reading his personal blog and one day I opened it and I found a photo of me, with my cat Borges in my arms and the translation of one of my texts. We exchanged emails, he insisted on publishing it.

– Well, it has been very successful in France. Even Frédéric Beigbeder praised him.

– Yes, the ‘Basque Montaigne’, he said. The scare was the entire page of ‘Le Figaro Magazine’. Very good reviews came out, but I have no idea if the book sold well or not.

– In any case, what have you felt about this critical success?

– Amazement, the same that I keep experiencing here.

– Why did you edit the three ‘Diaries’ in one volume last year, with an added epilogue?

– Because I wanted to have the three books together, I wanted to see my complete work a little chubby and not scattered in three volumes. I did a little bit of work on that and then, since I had another thirty or forty pages, I decided to call it an ‘epilogue’, put it all together and it was over. And the truth is that I have felt very relaxed.

– It seems that between literary ambition and tranquility, you have chosen the latter.

– Yes, I have no literary ambition.

– Not even when seeing the good reception that their ‘Diaries’ had?

– It happened the other way around, it’s a bit like a psychiatrist: it came as a responsibility. I thought that the next one I would get crazy or that they were reading over my shoulder what I was writing. It happened the other way around, but now, once my complete diaries plus the epilogue have been published, I am more encouraged because what I write is again for me. I go back to the beginning, I write for myself and for two or three friends.

– And will you publish it?

– I have no idea. Five years from now and if I have thirty pages, but for now I will continue writing what I feel like and without any idea of ​​publishing more … Because I feel like it. Five years from now, between the coronavirus, diabetes or whatever, I’m not the same here anymore.

– Are you aware that diarists will come out of this confinement in blanket?

– Yes, what happens is that they are going to look a lot alike. In fact, my own book has been revived a little, there are people who are reading it and as always they treat me very well in the networks, that’s where it goes.

– How do you feel when you see that your ‘Diarios’ inspire another artistic work, as was the case with the Rafael Berrio album of the same name?

– I was really excited. I knew him very little. He played in Bilbao and I went to greet him, and then I was in San Sebastián to present the book. Then I went to dinner with those from La Tertulia Errante and I liked him very much. Of course, he also liked me and then there is a tendency that you like him. I’m not a very musician, but from then on I listened to his songs. ‘The joy of living’ I have heard millions of times because I like it so much. He was one of those people whom I did not know much, but whom I had great affection for. That happens sometimes: you know others more, but since you don’t love them so much, their death doesn’t impress you the same.


Three health workers from the Municipal Hospital were preemptively isolated

Hospital discharges are beginning to become a problem in Bahía Blanca. A nurse and two technicians from the Municipal Hospital (one from a laboratory and the other from X-rays) had to be isolated after having contact with a person currently hospitalized with coronavirus.

Although the health authorities maintain secrecy, The new one He learned that the decision was made earlier this week.

This is a new series of casualties in hospital facilities, taking into account that the positive case of a HAM nurse forced preventively isolate four workers with whom he had contact (two doctors and two nurses) and that in the last hours it was confirmed that two maids from the same private sanitarium contracted the virus.

In the case of the nurse, it was also detected that she was not affected by the attention of any patient with coronavirus but was infected by a person who brought food to a boarding school.

Between 10% and 15% of cases of COVID-19 in the world occur within health personnel, as explained by the municipal director of Epidemiology, Ezequiel Jouglard days ago.

Added to this difficulty are the quarantines for having had a close employment relationship, which implies significant losses for the health system.

This problem is part of the risk of collapse: not only the number of contagions could undermine the responsiveness of the health system, but also the fact that multiple workers are out of service for at least two weeks.

In the Municipal Hospital, as in the rest of the medical centers in Bahía Blanca, the action protocols are adjusted day by day to avoid the spread of the virus.


Confined in France, doubly isolated foreign students

“I’m getting used to it!” This is my third confinement in a row! ” Originally from China, Ran Yan has lived in a room at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris for over two years. In January, she went home to celebrate the Chinese New Year and was “Confined for the first time”. Then was “Placed in quarantine for 14 days” upon his return to France.

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Student in second year of Master in Communication at Sciences-Po, she is on an apprenticeship contract with the LVMH group: “All of my courses are online and I have to continue teleworking my apprenticeship contract. “ More concerned for her family than for her own health, she found “More reasonable to sit quietly in [sa] small room “, where she feels “Much safer”.

When foreign confinement was announced, many foreign academics who came to study in France returned to their families. In particular “Americans and Europeans”, notes Laurence Marion, Director General of the Cité internationale. But two-thirds of them stayed.

Stay to avoid endangering others

This is the case of Yacine Abdelkefi, Tunisian and student at ESSEC, for fear of contaminating his “Parents or even (his) grandparents”. “The problem is that there we are all very close, we are very attached to our habits and applying the barrier gestures between us is complicated”, he admits. To alleviate his loneliness, however, he left his university room in Cergy (Val-d’Oise) to join his cousin’s apartment in Paris.

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“In France I lack nothing, but in Tunisia the threat of shortage and the problems of organization are much more important”, he explains.

Chiara Barbonese, a student in international relations at the University of Turin, also decided to stay, for “Go to the end of your Erasmus program”, in the company of two other Italian students. To brighten up her long days, she tries singing : ” I love singing very much. Every evening at 7:30 p.m. I sing on the balcony and others answer. “

Kill boredom with social media

For her, as for others, what should have been a break from freedom turns into a trial. Everyone has no choice but to organize to try to kill boredom, especially through social networks. “At the moment there is a challenge organized at the Cité internationale. It’s a battle dance between the members of each house “, says Ran Yan.

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“My favorite time of day is when my neighbor across the way starts playing music at 8:00 pm”, says Aysun Zeynolova, who arrived from Azerbaijan in 2018 and is a second-year master’s student at Sciences-Po Paris. Locked in a university residence with “Twenty people”, she started talking to them. “Little extras that do good “Recognizes the young girl who says to herself “Introverted” and experienced a long period of depression.

Financial insecurity

For some, financial insecurity adds to the worry for their families. University restaurants have closed and student jobs have become impossible.

Roxanne Guignon manages the solidarity grocery stores of the General Association of Students of Paris (AGEP) for precarious students. Due to a lack of supplies and volunteers, she had to close her two solidarity grocery stores in inner Paris but mobilized to continue to help them : “We are trying to redirect them to other organizations such as Secours Populaire for example. We also do almost daily follow-up with them, via WhatsApp conversations. “

For its part, the management of the Cité internationale universitaire will “Set up a scholarship system, on a case-by-case basis”.


Coronavirus crisis | Greta Thunberg, isolated with symptoms of coronavirus

The environmental activistGreta ThunbergShe revealed on Tuesday that she is confined to her home with symptoms similar to those of the coronavirus, although she explained that in Sweden the test is not performed on those who do not require urgent medical treatment.

Thunberg has published on his Instagram account that he decided to isolate himself after arriving from a trip to Central Europe two weeks ago and thatten days ago he began to feel “some symptoms”such as tiredness, chills, sore throat, and cough. Her father, who had traveled with her to Brussels, also began to show symptoms, in his case “much more intense” and with fever.

“I have not been tested for the Covid-19, but it is very likely that it will, given the symptoms and circumstances,” according to the young activist, who is now “practically recovered.”

In your case, you have admitted thatshe hardly felt sick– “My last cold was much worse” -, which is why it has called on the young population not to lower their guard because it could be the case that they did not realize they had contracted the virus. “You can pass it on to people from risk groups,” he warned.

“Those of us who do not belong to a risk group have an enormous responsibility, our actions can be the difference between life and death for many others,” he added.


The queen breaks her silence on the coronavirus pandemic with affirmation

March 19, 2020, 4:54 pm | Updated: March 19, 2020, 4:59 pm

The queen broke her silence on COVID-19

The queen broke her silence on COVID-19.


The Queen made a statement in the UK today as she and Prince Philip arrive at Windsor Castle to isolate themselves.

Queen she left Buckingham Palace today and joined her husband at Windsor Castle, where the couple are believed to be isolating themselves during the outbreak of COVID-19.

Prince William as well as Prince Harry is Meghan Markle they talked about the current crisis, but now the queen herself has released a statement to the nation.

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Shared on Thursday afternoon, the queen said she and her family “are ready” to do their part.

Queen and Prince Philip returned today to Windsor Castle

Queen and Prince Philip returned today to Windsor Castle.


The full statement reads:

“As Philip and I arrive in Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the UK and around the world are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty.

“We are all invited to change our normal routines and regular life patterns for the greater good of the communities in which we live and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.

The queen said that she and her family “are ready” to do their part.


“At times like these, it occurs to me that the history of our nation has been shaped by people and communities who come together to work together, focusing our efforts combined with a focus on the common goal.

“We are hugely grateful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, doctors and emergency and public services; but now more than ever in our recent past, we all have a vital role to play as individuals – today and in the future. days, weeks and months.

“Many of us will have to find new ways to stay in touch with each other and make sure our loved ones are safe. I am sure we are up to this challenge. You can be sure that my family and I are ready to play part. ”

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Juan Gabriel is isolated by the coronavirus, assures his former representative

The former representative of Juanga assures that the singer is in good health.

The former representative of Juanga assures that the singer is in good health.


Joaquín Muñoz, former worker of Juan Gabriel And who maintains that the ‘Divo de Juárez’ still lives, assures that the singer is in good condition.

Through his social networks he left a message in which he announced that Juanga is well protected and you are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus Covid-19.

Sweethearts, I inform you that Alberto is already perfectly. He had a flu and a cough, but he’s gotten over it. Do not be aware that you will be infected with the coronavirus, Alberto is well protected. Today was very hot, but in the afternoon it started to rain and cooled down ”

In the same publication he asked that they no longer insist that he show a current photo with Juan Gabriel because ‘you can’t and I have to respect what he decides‘.

Alberto is not going to leave until the President has mercy on him and tells the Prosecutor of the Nation to investigate the situation of Juan Gabriel ”

Finally, heHe wished all the fans a good night.


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Russia isolates itself hoping to escape the epidemic

After China, Europe. The largest country in the world by size announced on Monday March 16 the closure of its land border with its neighbor and close ally, Belarus, as well as with Norway and Poland, which it adjoins by the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. These measures are in addition to those already taken against Chinese and Iranian nationals, as well as the quarantine of all travelers from France, Italy or South Korea who arrive in Moscow.

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Russia seems to be spared the epidemic so far, according to official data. The country recorded Monday March 16 only 93 cases including two thirds in Moscow. All returned from Asia, Italy, France or Spain and no one died of the disease.

No containment

The authorities attribute the small number of patients to the gradual closure of the borders, in particular the 4,200 km with China, decided on February 20. “We have to do everything so that the situation does not develop according to the same scenario as in other countries, said Prime Minister Mikhaïl Michoustine. The restrictions implemented aim to avoid having to take more drastic ones in the future “.

Authorities in Moscow have started taking containment measures, in addition to the 14-day stay requirement for residents returning from several European countries. The city announced the closure from March 21 of all schools and will drastically limit from Tuesday March 17 all public leisure activity.

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Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin also called on the elderly and those most at risk not to “Leave their apartments unless necessary”. In most companies, employees continue to work in the office.

Unobtainable masks

In Russia as elsewhere, the inhabitants oscillate between worry and indifference. A sign of nervousness, protective masks have nevertheless become untraceable. Many Russians also have doubts about the real state of the epidemic and the tests carried out in a country where private clinics are more readily used than public medicine.

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According to several accounts, residents of Moscow under quarantine regretted not having been tested while coughing or feeling feverish. Others say that doctors refuse to travel when they call them. Authorities say they have carried out 104,000 tests since the start of the epidemic.