The coronavirus advances in Europe without brake, following the advantageous steps that Spain has been marking for weeks and with figures that exceed those registered in the first wave of the pandemic and that the arrival of more restrictive measures.
France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria or Hungary are just some of the countries that this Saturday recorded records of daily infections since the pandemic began. Infections are more, but also diagnostic tests, confirming that the more you look for the virus, the more you find it.
However, in recent days, the focus has shifted to the center and east of the continent, as shown by the maximum number of infected in 24 hours that the three most populous countries in the EU, Germany, Italy and France.
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The record of Germany it is the third in consecutive days. This Saturday, the country registered 7,830 new cases, almost 500 more than last Friday, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute. In response, Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans to stay home as much as possible and to limit their travels and meetings.
“Please, as long as possible stay home and in the place where they live. I know that in addition to sounding harsh in individual cases it represents a hard sacrifice. […] The way we will live winter and celebrate Christmas is decided on these days. We have to do everything so that the virus does not spread out of control, “he warned.
In Italy, 10,925 new infections were recorded this Saturday, a figure never before reached during the pandemic and representing a thousand more than on Friday. There, the Government is meeting tonight to prepare a new decree with urgent measures with which to contain the pandemic.
The first Minister, Giuseppe Conte, is expected to offer a press conference this Sunday to explain these new measures that will be aimed at establishing greater limitations on establishments and gyms or eventual French curfews, the latter one of the most talked about topics on the Italian streets.
The data from France they are, however, much higher than those exposed. The country notified this Saturday 32,427 infections and the worst records in almost all the parameters that measure the pandemic.
The previous record of daily cases was registered last Thursday, with 30,621, in parallel to the premiere in nine large metropolitan areas, including Paris, of a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. It will last for four weeks.
At the head of the second wave
Other countries like Czech Republic or Hungary They were among the least affected by the emergence of the pandemic in the second wave, a pattern very different from that experienced in recent days.
The spiral of infections also reached a new maximum this Saturday in the Czech Republic, with 11,105 positives detected. There, the Minister of Health, the epidemiologist Roman Prymula, warned that the high incidence of the pandemic will continue for the next 10-14 days, before the effect of the restrictive measures adopted.
Therefore, both the authorities and the experts of the Central European country, in a state of emergency since October 5 and with all the education and leisure sector closed, recommended a voluntary confinement.
Austria and Hungary They also registered in the last 24 hours records of infections since the pandemic began. In Hungary, 1,791 new cases have been registered, a notable difference from the between 800 and 1,300 reported in recent weeks. For its part, in Austria the new positives reached 1,747, the highest figure since the daily record of 1,050 infections registered in the first wave was surpassed at the beginning of the month.
Too Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina they added records of infections, with 898 and 716 new cases, respectively, in the last 24 hours. Neighboring Croatia is also worrying: with four million inhabitants, more than 1,000 new cases were registered for the second day in a row.
In Montenegro, a small republic of 600,000 inhabitants, for weeks the number of new daily cases was around 200 but yesterday that mark was surpassed, with 273 infections. Bulgaria meanwhile registered its fifth consecutive day of record positives, with 998 cases in the last 24 hours.