Spain: What is the situation of covid-19 in Madrid – Europe – International

Almost a million people have to submit to new restriction measures by covid-19 in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, the region most affected in this second wave of the epidemic throughout Europe.

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The measures, which will be effective as of this Monday, affect 13 percent of the population in 37 different locations in the capital. The parks and gardens will be closed, the capacity will be cut in half and the meetings will be limited to a maximum of six people. In principle, these limitations will be in effect for 14 days.

The president of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced the decision on Friday afternoon, after scuffles with the central government.
The management of the covid-19 crisis has been completely politicized, Diaz Ayuso is part of the Popular Party (PP, right-wing), in the opposition, while the president is a member of the Spanish Social Workers Party (Psoe, moderate left).

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The regional president of Madrid, the conservative Isabel Díaz Ayuso.

Since the middle of the week it was known that the region had to take action on the matter, because the situation worsened at high speeds (although it is far from suffering a situation like the one experienced in March and April).

On Thursday alone, 1,301 positive cases were reported, almost a third of the country’s total, which stands at 4,541. In the rest of Spain, coronavirus patients occupy 8.6 percent on average, while in Madrid it increases to 21 percent.

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Units designed to care for critical cases in hospitals in the region are already 64 percent full. More than 3,000 infected people begin to displace patients with other pathologies and have forced the cancellation of non-urgent operations.

The management of the coronavirus crisis in Madrid has been in the eye of the hurricane since the epidemic arrived in Spain. It is the most populated area, with eight million people: the nerve center of the country. It is the heart of Spain’s roads and railways, the headquarters of the country’s main airport and the workplace of millions of people who commute every day from neighboring regions.

During the de-escalation phases after the general deconfinity, in June, the region took the rudder and ended up skipping some steps. It passed to the so-called new normal, with social permissiveness (it was the last region to make the use of masks mandatory) and without complying with some requirements, such as the reinforcement of primary care (public clinics before going to hospitals or, precisely, to avoid reaching them).

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Another determining factor for the increase in infections has been the lack of trackers to track the contacts of infected people. It was necessary to turn to the army and the private sector, and even so it lags behind the rate of infections.

What they are telling us is that we have to go to work crossing the entire city in a crowded subway, we have to go clean the houses of the people from the north of the city

The new restrictions apply in several of the less favored areas of Madrid. Infections have risen since July in neighborhoods with low incomes, overcrowding, precarious jobs or jobs and few telework options. Among those places are Puente de Vallecas, Villaverde and Usera, where thousands of Colombians live.

Enrique Villalobos, president of the Regional Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Madrid, points out that “what they are telling us is that we have to go to work across the entire city in a crowded subway, we have to go clean people’s houses from the north of the city, but then the weekend while they go to the Sierra (where the farms are), we have to stay at home locked up”.

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He hopes that they will implement “practices aimed at fighting the virus and not stigmatizing the people of the southern neighborhoods.” He also denounces that neighborhood businesses will be affected.

This Monday Díaz Ayuso and President Sánchez will meet at noon. It is a long-awaited appointment, which did not materialize because it could be interpreted as a transfer of space and power. In the end, the reality of the pandemic once again prevails over other considerations.

EL TIEMPO correspondent


“The situation is extreme and tends to get worse,” said Mayor Gay

“We are in an extreme situation,” Mayor Héctor Gay said today at a press conference regarding the health situation in Bahía Blanca.

Sitting next to the hospital directors, he admitted that “there is a lot of concern about an increase in cases that is directly saturating the health system, since the number of beds is scarce (in some hospitals) and, in other cases, nil.”

The communal chief also highlighted the wear and tear of human resources in the hospital complex. “The degree of exhaustion of health workers is high, the curve is increasing and the entire health system is convinced that it will continue to increase.”

Then he offered a tip. He stated that the intensive care units are reaching their highest occupancy percentage and that the COVID-19 clinic rooms had 83% of beds occupied as of yesterday.

“Yesterday was a record day for positive cases, in Bahia and throughout the country. The situation is extreme and tends to worsen,” he said. “This pandemic has put us all to the test. We have come to confirm that we are on high alert, working together from day one.”

He also sent a message to the youth in the preview of the spring weekend.

“We need that every day avoid social gatherings, it is essential to avoid crowds of people. Next September 21 is not only Student’s Day and Spring but also Health Day. The best recognition is to take care of each other, not there is a recipe in the world that exceeds care, distancing and prophylaxis measures “.

The director of the Penna Hospital, Gabriel Peluffo, said that he personally asked the mayor to hold this conference and said that “we are close to collapse, although it is a word that many do not like.”

“At the Penna, with 9 beds assigned to therapy, we have all occupied and 7 with a respirator. That brings a significant inconvenience. In the COVID clinic there are 16 patients. We saw this coming, even in this last week the increase in the number of cases is alarming and that is why we are here. “


Belarusians took $ 1 billion from banks in August :: Finance :: RBC

Since August 9, protests of those who disagree with the results of the presidential elections have continued in Belarus. But against the background of the political crisis, the population was actively withdrawing funds from banks, and also buying foreign currency in cash. According to the National Bank, in August, net purchases of foreign currency by the population amounted to $ 622 million against $ 874 million in the previous seven months.

How the behavior of Belarusian depositors affects banks

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In August, many Belarusian credit institutions imposed restrictions on withdrawing funds from accounts and buying foreign currency – local media reported about queues at ATMs and currency exchange offices. Banks also suspended the issuance of certain types of loans to the population and imposed restrictions on cash withdrawals and transfers from credit cards. By the first week of September, rates on short irrevocable deposits, from which funds cannot be withdrawn early, overcame the bar of 15%, and in some banks exceeded 20% per annum.

“Subsidiaries” of Russian banks in Belarus have sharply raised rates on deposits

According to Fitch’s estimates, at the end of the first half of 2020, up to 60% of the liabilities of Belarusian banks were in customer deposits. Moreover, 63% of the total volume of client funds are foreign currency deposits and accounts (approximately $ 11.6 billion). The National Bank as a whole can satisfy the demand of credit institutions for ruble liquidity, but the ability to supply banks with foreign exchange is limited by “modest reserves,” analysts stressed in their August 28 survey.

Moody’s pointed to risks for banks in Belarus due to withdrawal of deposits

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On September 11, the S&P agency downgraded the outlook on the sovereign ratings of Belarus to negative. The reason for the revision was the increasing risks to the financial stability of the banking system. As analysts noted, the acceleration of the outflow of funds from banks with the subsequent conversion of these savings into foreign currency could lead to a rapid depletion of the National Bank’s foreign exchange reserves. In August alone, the foreign exchange reserves of the Belarusian regulator fell by 15%, or $ 1.4 billion. If the trend continues, the Belarusian government will face a choice: to satisfy the demand for foreign currency within the country or to isolate the reserves of the National Bank in order to use it for its own purposes. The second option could undermine the stability of the banking system, S&P experts warn.

Will the Belarusian regulator be able to stabilize the situation?

There is no need to overly dramatize the scale of the outflow of savings from Belarusian banks, says Ivan Uklein, director of the credit institutions ratings department at Expert RA: “Two-thirds of the total amount of funds withdrawn went from current accounts, and not from time deposits. This is a largely predictable and normal situation. That is, there are no unpredictable risks for the National Bank of Belarus. “

September 14 National Bank of Belarus extended measures that were taken at the end of August to reduce pressure on the foreign exchange market. Until October 13, inclusive, the regulator will not conduct permanently available operations to support and withdraw liquidity for banks – instead, liquidity will be provided to the sector through auctions. Auction transactions allow banks to further conduct bilateral transactions.

“Bidding at auctions has certain limits, in contrast to direct refinancing at the request of banks. In addition, the volume offered by the National Bank is distributed on a competitive basis, depending on the rates offered, ”explains Uklein. According to him, this approach allows to solve two problems: to avoid speculation on the part of banks, which could channel the obtained liquidity to Forex transactions and influence the exchange rate, as well as to solve liquidity problems of specific players. At the same time, the analyst does not exclude that the National Bank’s policy may be aimed at ensuring that market participants with parent structures abroad increase fundraising through this channel.

Reuters learned about Mishustin’s request to support the banks of Belarus

Anton Siluanov and Mikhail Mishustin

The regulator’s policy may lead to stabilization of the situation, believes Svetlana Pavlova, junior vice president of Moody’s. According to her estimates, in September the outflow of depositors’ funds from banks may be less than the indicators of August. “At the end of last week, rates on the interbank market went down (from a peak level of 25%), which signals a decrease in the liquidity deficit. Also in September the rate of the Belarusian ruble is still stable – and even slightly strengthened, ”the analyst emphasizes. At the same time, Moody’s does not exclude that with the aggravation of the political situation in Belarus, the banking sector may face a new raid of depositors.


Bloomberg learned about the participation of a US firm in blocking sites in Belarus :: Politics :: RBC

According to the interlocutors of the agency, representatives of the Sandvine company met with officials of Belarus, after which technologies were transferred to the authorities to block sites.

Photo: Viktor Tolochko / Sputnik / RIA Novosti

The American company Sandvine provided the Belarusian authorities with technologies to block websites in the country during protests. It is reported by Bloomberg with reference to sources familiar with the situation. The company advertises its products as capable of blocking more than 150 million websites, the agency said.

According to interlocutors Bloomberg, Sandvine representatives held personal meetings with republican officials, after which the Belarusian authorities received the necessary equipment.

During a video conference of Sandvine employees, the recording of which is available Bloomberg, the company’s management said that they have been interacting with a government organization in Belarus for more than one year and have provided the country with technologies that filter about 40% of Internet traffic.

Sandvine CTO Alexander Khavang noted during the conference that Belarus “can use the company’s equipment to block websites and instant messengers”, but did not see this as a violation of human rights, reports Bloomberg.

Sandvine did not comment on the situation. Bloomberg, the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs did not respond to the agency’s request.


Open letter from the UBA Faculty of Medicine regarding Covid-19: The situation will continue to worsen day by day


Today, we pass through Argentina, the most difficult moment of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, measured both in terms of new infections as well as the increasing number of people who die every day. If additional measures are not implemented, this situation will continue to worsen day by day. In this context, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires together with the signatory Medical and Scientific Societies, concerned about Public Health, communicate our position to the different government bodies, to our colleagues and to society as a whole.

Social distancing continues to represent the fundamental measure in the fight against the pandemic. We observe with great concern a relaxation in the fulfillment of the rules of distancing, which does not respect geographical limits or political districts. We make an energetic appeal in this regard that includes both governments and each and every citizen. We are talking about thousands and thousands of deaths that can be avoided.

Search devices for infected people with and without symptoms (but still contagious) and close contacts should be put into operation more quickly. To this end, you must dramatically expand our diagnostic capacity, implementing a more aggressive and active logic. What we have done so far in this area is clearly insufficient. Although to this day, mortality is lower than in many countries, our number of infected and deceased continues to increase.

The health personnel have made and continue to make an extraordinary effort. Day by day they put their health at stake, and that of their loved ones. It is essential to acknowledge their work and pay our warm tribute to them. We urge the authorities to urgently request strengthen the health system, by incorporating suitable personnel and adequate equipment, and recognizing those who have long been ignored and devalued. We ask society and governments to help us take care of and take care of us.

We are exhausted from working in this context and under these working conditions. The pandemic affects us all, the fear of getting sick and dying is present in society, and the fatigue due to distance and confinement is increasing. Doctors, nurses, kinesiologists, and other health workers are also stressed and exhausted from working continuously and without rest, for 160 days, in a system that does not recognize us, that does not take care of us, or provides the necessary protection elements for our work. We too get sick, we die. No one should be without work, but what is certain, no one should lose their life to work, and this is happening to us.

We are very concerned about the increase in community circulation, the lack or misuse of chinstraps and masks, the fact that distancing measures are not respected, social gatherings without care, because this leads directly to an increase in infections, disabilities and deaths. It is necessary to increase our awareness of risk, as individuals and as a society. We all want to believe that the worst is over, but it is not, and it will not happen as in stories or dreams, that things happen just by wishing them. The increases in cases in the interior of the country and “plateaus with high numbers” in some cities, only herald new cases of disease, and not even societies with very advanced health systems, were able to sustain the risk of illness, without having to suffer a huge number of victims. It is not possible that the need for the freedom to have a coffee, expose us to more loss of life. We need society to make these situations of “lack of individual and community care” visible as problematic. For now, the best remedy we found was distancing, and protective measures, and in the meantime, we will also continue investigating vaccines, plasma, serums or some medicine.

Now is when, responsibly and as an adult society, we must assume the responsibilities that correspond to us, as a community, as individuals and as governments, and take charge of health care and life for ourselves and our people


Dr. Jorge Geffner, Chair of Immunology

Dr. Carlos Rojo, Graduate Cloister, Edgardo Knopoff School of Medicine. School of Public Health

Claudia Negri. Secretary of Degree and Courses

Dra. Angela Gentile, Argentine Society of Pediatrics

Raquel Wainsztein, Department of Pediatrics,

Dr. Perez Rosales, IAR

Dr. Luis Sarotto, Department of Surgery

Dr. Adrian Desiderio, Department of Surgery

Dr. Pascual Valdez, Argentine Society of Medicine

Dr. Pablo Rossini, Intensive Therapy Specialist Career

Dr. Guillermo Chapero, Argentine Society of Intensive Care

Dr. Ignacio Brusco, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health

Dr. Hugo Rios, Institute of Cell Biology

Dr. Adriana Alberti, Department of Public Health

Dr. Guillermo Roccatagliata, Garrahan Hospital

Dr. Donato Spacavento, uba professor

Dr. Sergio Varela, Professor of Kinesiology.


8,550 new cases of coronavirus detected, 53 new “clusters”

8,550 positive cases have been confirmed since Friday, roughly the same level as the day before (8,975 cases), confirming the marked increase compared to previous days when there were just over 7,000 new cases in 24 hours.

“In mainland France, the progression of viral circulation is exponential. The dynamic of transimission in strong growth is worrying ”, notes Public Health France, in its regular update of the situation.

Above all, the multiplication of tests does not explain “the increase in observed cases”, according to this press release. “Since the beginning of July, the number of patients screened has multiplied by a little more than two and the number of new cases by twelve”, notes Public Health France. Nearly nine million tests have been carried out since the start of the epidemic, including more than one million in the past week.

53 new clusters

Some 53 new “clusters” have been detected, out of a total of 484 under investigation, including 208 in nursing homes.

At the same time, the positivity rate (proportion of the number of people tested positive in relation to the total number of people tested) continues to increase: it reached 4.7% on Saturday, while it stood at 4.3% on Wednesday and 4.4% Thursday, according to the DGS.

The number of hospital deaths has reached 20,222, or 12 more in the past 24 hours, for a total of 30,698 deaths since the start of the epidemic. The number of new hospitalizations over the last seven days has reached 1,661, including 285 in intensive care, according to Public Health France.


here is the situation in Wallonia

Twenty-five Aldi stores dependent on the Erpe-Mere plant were on strike on Monday to denounce the growing workload.

In fact, the Aldi group has invested 350 million euros in this new store concept designed to “better meet customer needs”. Each store has therefore adopted a new look: wider aisles, new furniture, an enlargement of the bakery department and a greater range of fresh products. The departments have also been reorganized according to the order of the day

A multiplication of products and tasks which inevitably resulted in an overload of work for the employees. For the unions, the situation has lasted too long and they consider that the compensation is insufficient in these times of health crisis. ” They have to work longer and spend almost 12 hours in their branch. ».

All of the striking Aldi stores were reopening their doors on Tuesday, however, and the discussions between unions and management that took place that same day in the afternoon proceeded in a constructive manner.

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Popova called the proportion of the elderly among those who died from COVID-19 in Russia :: Society :: RBC

The proportion of elderly people among the deaths from coronavirus exceeds 80%, said the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova

Anna Popova

(Photo: Mikhail Pochuev / TASS)

Most of those who died from coronavirus in Russia are citizens over 65 years old. This was reported by the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova, reports TASS.

“We have a group of people over 65, who, unfortunately, also today in the Russian Federation make up more than 80% of the total number of deaths from coronavirus infection,” Popova said.

The elderly are at risk for COVID-19. In addition to them, those with chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or cancer are at greater risk of contracting coronavirus, reported on the website of the Moscow Department of Health.

Children are not included in the risk group. In addition, according to Popova, there are very few cases when they infected any of the adults. “There are very few cases of infection of adults from children, or they are not clearly described,” she said. RIA Novosti.

Popova named regions with the largest proportion of residents with antibodies to COVID

Anna Popova


Lavrov said about the management of the Belarusian opposition from the West :: Politics :: RBK

Sergey Lavrov

(Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that Western forces rule the Belarusian opposition. He stated this in an interview with Channel One following a meeting with US First Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan. Its decryption published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“We drew attention to the initiative of the President of Belarus A.G. Lukashenko, which he put forward even before the presidential elections and repeated already in the post-election period, – the initiative for constitutional reform as a basis for consolidating society with the subsequent organization of presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. I believe that a hand is extended to all those who are interested in a stable, united Belarus. It, of course, should be noticed by the opposition and those of our Western partners who are now leading this opposition, ”Lavrov said.

According to him, Russia does not consider it possible to try to impose mediators on the Belarusian leadership and the people from outside, “be it the OSCE, the EU, or some separate neighboring country”.

The minister called Belarusians a wise people who can determine the forms of national dialogue and how it will help to overcome the difficulties that have arisen now.

According to Lavrov, the American ambassador heard serious warnings from Russia about the activities of circles that, “say, in Poland and Lithuania express dissatisfaction with the normalization of the situation in Belarus, and are also trying to provoke violent actions in order to provoke an appropriate response from the security officials.”

Protests after the presidential elections in Belarus. the main thing

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Lavrov called the meeting with the American diplomat useful, but expressed doubts about the legitimacy of the Belarusian opposition council. “We would very much like to understand what are the political criteria on which this coordinating council wants to function. There was a lot of contradictory information about the council’s program, ”said the head of Russian diplomacy.

According to him, on the website of opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the goals pursued by this body were described very contradictory. The minister also noted that the composition of the coordinating council also raises questions, since many of its members learned that they are included in it, after the fact.

Rebecca Ross, former spokesman for the US Embassy in Russia reported on Twitter that Lavrov at a meeting with Bigan discussed the situation in Belarus. The American diplomat condemned the use of violence against the protesters and expressed support for the sovereignty of Belarus and the right of its people to self-determination.

Tihanovskaya announced on the creation of an opposition coordination council for the transfer of power in the country on August 14. It is planned to include representatives of associations interested in national dialogue, including labor collectives, parties and trade unions. On the fact of the creation of the coordination council of the opposition, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus aroused criminal case.

Russian Foreign Ministry reported warning to Washington on Belarus

Sergey Lavrov

The reason for the creation of the council was the results of the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9. By data The Central Election Commission of the republic, the victory was won by Alexander Lukashenko, for whom 80.1% of voters (4 661 075 people) voted. For his main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – 10.1% (588,622 people). However, her headquarters did not recognize the election results and demanded transfer of power by peaceful means.

Since then, rallies have been held in Belarusian cities. The demonstrators are demanding a recount; in the first days of the protests, the security forces dispersed them using special means.

Thousands of protest march in Minsk. Photo report

Photo: Evgeniy Maloletka / AP


Coronavirus and back to school: 61% of families with children worried about their financial situation

Lhe coronavirus crisis and the large-scale economic unemployment it has caused are widening the financial gap between families with and those without children, according to a survey of 600 households by the financial service provider Intrum, specialized in debt collection, we read in Het Laatste Nieuws on Tuesday.

With September promising to be expensive with the start of the school year, 61% of families with children are worried about their financial situation. Among households without children, this percentage is “only” 38%.

For many families, the combination of peak annual costs with significantly lower income is a heavy burden. Half of those with children thus – after paying all the bills – have difficulty making ends meet until the end of the month.