Countries neighboring the Czech Republic report a record increase in the number of coronavirus infections. Austria, Germany and Poland recorded the highest daily balances on Saturday. Slovakia then has the second highest daily increase since the beginning of the epidemic. However, none of these countries exceeded the limit of ten thousand new cases as the Czechia. This is despite the fact that Germany and Poland have several times more inhabitants.
In Slovakia, the latest daily balance decreased slightly compared to Friday’s record of more than two thousand new cases, to 1968 infected. Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced the intention to conduct a comprehensive test of all residents in the coming weeks. However, he did not specify whether it would be mandatory.
The Czech Minister of Health Roman Prymula spoke about a similar proposal this week. Comprehensive testing should be repeated once in Slovakia. Bratislava has already purchased 13 million so-called antigen tests. They are less demanding to process, but also less accurate.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, there have been 7830 more infections in Germany in the last day, which is the most since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 356,387 people were infected with coronavirus in the 80 million countries. The deaths with covid-19 in Germany have increased by 33 in the last day, bringing the death toll since the beginning of the pandemic to 9767.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had to go to quarantine, according to a spokesman, one of his bodyguards had a positive test for coronavirus. At the same time, Germany stated that it was ready to take over coronavirus patients from other European Union countries, if capacity allows.
In Poland, 9622 people have been infected with the virus in the past 24 hours. At the same time, the country registers 84 deaths on this day. Poland, with a population of around 38 million, has so far been identified as 167,230 infected, of whom 3,524 have died.
A new daily maximum was also announced by the nine million Austria – 1747 infected. In Austria, 63,134 people have tested positive for coronavirus so far and 890 people have died. Among the newly infected is Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg. According to his spokesman, the minister could become infected during Monday’s meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union in Luxembourg, which was attended by, among others, the Czech foreign minister Tomáš Petříček. Covid-19 is also attended by another participant in the Luxembourg meeting – Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès.
High additions were also announced on Saturday by other European countries; Britain registered 16,171 new cases in the last day and Italy a record 10,925 infected. More than 400,000 coronavirus infections per day were added for the first time in the world on Friday, with the new epicenter Europe now showing higher daily gains than the world’s three most affected countries – the United States, India and Brazil – combined.
The number of patients is also increasing in Eastern Europe
Ukraine is also not well off, recording a new daily record in the last 24 hours as well – 6,410 positive cases. At the same time, 109 infected people died there on Friday, which is the most since the beginning of the pandemic. The country has a registered population of approximately 42 million since March, 293,641 cases and 5,517 deaths.
Russia also reports high numbers for the past day – almost 15,000 new outbreaks and 279 deaths. Russia is the fourth most affected country in the world. Coronavirus was detected there in 1,384,235 people, of whom 24,002 died.
Due to the growing spread of the disease, new restrictions have entered into force in some European countries today. A medical emergency came into force in France, and a night curfew came into force in Paris and several large cities. In Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia, gastronomic establishments will close no later than 11 pm. Some local restrictions have come into force in Britain.
One million people have already died of covid-19
The rapid growth of the disease is evident not only in Europe. Iran has reported that its deaths from covid-19 have exceeded 30,000 and the disease has been confirmed in more than 526,000 people. Iran, with a population of over 80 million, is the most affected country in the Middle East.
According to the American Johns Hopkins University (JHU), coronavirus has been detected in more than 39 million people worldwide and over 1.1 million people have died. Over the last thirty days, the number of new infections has increased by nine million. The United States (8.1 million people) holds the lead in infections, followed by India (7.4 million) and Brazil (5.2 million).