13.19 Again in Austria, more than 1,700 new coronavirus infections occur daily
Infections with the new coronavirus are again spreading significantly faster in Austria. In the past 24 hours, 1,727 new cases have been recorded in the country, while an average of 1,747 were confirmed daily last week. At the same time, the number of patients with covid-19 in need of intensive care is also increasing. As reported by the Austrian news agency WHAT, citing data from the ministries of health and interior, the seven-day incidence per 100,000 population in the country rose again to 137.4. The highest number of new infections was confirmed in Lower Austria on Monday – 483, followed by Vienna with 348, and then Austrian Styria with 230.
The number of patients with covid-19 in the intensive care units of Austrian hospitals, meanwhile, is five percent higher than last week. Hospital care is currently needed by 1,362 patients, 53 more than on Monday, of whom 271 are in intensive care, 13 more than last week. 37 patients have died from covid-19 in the past 24 hours.
The British version of the new coronavirus has been spreading in the northern neighbor for some time, and the spread of the South African version is particularly worrying in Tyrol. The state of Salzburg is now also reporting a suspicion of the Brazilian version, which has yet to be definitively confirmed or refuted. As APA reports today, Slovenia has been gradually easing controls on its borders with Austria, Italy and Hungary for ten days now – unlike many other European countries, which are further strengthening their controls due to the spread of new versions of the virus.
Although, in principle, an obligation or a negative test for a new coronavirus or quarantine still applies upon arrival in Slovenia, there are no more permanent border controls on the Slovenian side of the border, only random ones are carried out. In addition, it is now permitted to cross the border at all border crossings, including smaller ones.
The Slovenian Interior Ministry explained to APA in this regard that the fear that new versions of the coronavirus would spread to us from abroad is currently “not in the main focus”. The epidemiological picture is better in all neighboring countries than in Slovenia, and in addition, these countries have already taken measures to curb the spread of new versions, such as Austria in Tyrol.
12.03 343 new coronavirus infections in Croatia
In Croatia, 343 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in the past 24 hours after 6879 tests. Thirteen patients with covid-19 died, the Croatian Civil Protection Headquarters announced today. Despite a slight increase in the daily number of infections in Croatia, further easing of measures is expected on 1 March. In the past 24 hours, there were 30 new infections in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and three in the County of Istria.
There are currently 2201 active cases of infection in Croatia. Hospitals are treating 786 patients with covid-19, and 67 people need the help of medical ventilators. So far, more than 110,000 people have been vaccinated against covid-19 in Croatia, including almost 60,000 with two doses. Vaccination of people over the age of 65 and chronic patients began in Zagreb on Monday. In front of the medical institutions where the vaccinations were organized, long queues can be seen today from the early morning hours, with hundreds of people in them, Croatian media report.
In Croatia, they also speculate that they will further relax the measures from March 1, if the epidemiological picture does not significantly deteriorate in the next few days. Thus, the operation of the restaurant terraces should be allowed from next Monday. It is supposed to also enable outdoor fairs and sports activities for children in the halls. The announcement of the easing of measures is expected at Thursday’s session of the Croatian government.
11.08 In Portugal, 70 percent of the population wants to be vaccinated in the summer
In Portugal, they want to have 70 percent of the population vaccinated against covid-19 in the summer, the Minister of Health announced on Monday Marta Fearful. So far, about 294,000 people have received the first dose of the vaccine in Portugal, which has a population of ten million, and both 106,000. National Vaccination Program Coordinator Henrique Gouveia e Melo he said immunity could be achieved in August or early September if enough vaccine is available. He added that the vaccination program will be accelerated in the second quarter of the year, when 100,000 people are expected to be vaccinated daily. Currently, an average of 22,000. After Portugal had one of the highest rates of new coronavirus infections in the world in January, the number of new cases fell by more than 50 percent last week to around 2,100 a day. Health authorities said Monday that 61 patients had died from covid-19 in the past 24 hours, and confirmed 549 new cases of the infection, the lowest since early October last year.
10.03 899 new coronavirus infections confirmed on Monday
According to the tracker for covid-19, 4,369 PCR tests and 35,320 rapid antigen tests were performed in Slovenia on Monday, and 899 new infections were confirmed. The proportion of positives on PCR tests was 20.6%. The total number of active cases is 11,593. The 7-day average for those infected was 771.3 on Monday.
Eight people died, the government said on Twitter. 567 people were treated in hospitals on Monday, and 107 patients needed intensive care. The 7-day average for those infected was 767 on Monday.
9.46 In Afghanistan, vaccination against covid-19 begins
A covid-19 vaccination campaign was launched in Afghanistan today, with more than 100,000 people planned to be vaccinated. Vaccination has begun, although the country is rocked by rebel attacks almost every day. The first dose of the vaccine was given to a well-known journalist Anisa Šahid, and then a doctor and two members of the security forces were vaccinated, foreign news agencies reported.
The ceremony marking the start of the vaccination campaign was also attended by the Afghan president Ašraf Gani. Afghanistan received 500,000 doses of AstraZenece from India earlier this month. In the country under the Hindu Kush, only 55,600 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed so far, according to official data, and 2,430 people have died from covid-19, but experts estimate that the epidemic has hit the country much harder. Tracking the virus is made more difficult by limited testing and a war-torn health care system. A study published by the Afghan Ministry of Health in August last year estimated that up to ten million people were infected with the virus. almost a third of the population.
Afghanistan, especially the capital Kabul and other urban centers, has recently been rocked by almost daily attacks, although peace talks are under way between the government and the Taliban. The conflict escalated again last fall. According to the UN, November last year was the bloodiest month for civilians since monitoring the data. In general, the number of civilian victims of the conflict decreased in 2020 compared to the previous year. The UN recorded 3,035 civilian casualties last year, 15 percent less than in 2019, the German news agency dpa reported.
9.18 Studies: Post-first dose vaccines reduce the chance of coronavirus infection and hospitalization
Vaccines reduce the chance of new coronavirus infection and hospitalization for covid-19 after the first dose, according to two studies in the United Kingdom. The authors of the studies and the relevant British authorities described these findings as very encouraging. An analysis by the British Office of Public Health showed that the vaccine, developed by the American Pfizer and the German BioNTech, reduces the risk of coronavirus infection by 70 percent after the first dose. After the second dose, the risk is reduced by 85 percent, reports the French news agency AFP. They also found that vaccinated people who become infected are much less likely to die or have to be hospitalized. In those who received a dose of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, the chance of hospitalization or death from covid-19 was reduced by more than 75 percent.
“This key report shows that vaccines are working. The evidence that Pfizer offers a high level of protection against coronavirus is very encouraging, ”said the British Minister for Health. Matt Hancock.
A study in Scotland, meanwhile, showed that vaccines produced by Pfizer and BioNTech and AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford reduced the risk of hospitalization for covid-19 after the first dose. By the fourth week after vaccination with the first dose of Pfizer, the risk is reduced by up to 85 percent. For AstraZeneca, the reduction is 94 percent, according to a study led by the University of Edinburgh. Based on data for both vaccines, the risk of hospitalization in people aged 80 and over was reduced by 81 percent in the fourth week after vaccination. They used patient data to track the epidemic and the course of real-time vaccination between December 8 and February 15. The figures included the total population of Scotland, which has a population of 5.4 million. During the period under review, 21% of the population received the vaccine. 650,000 people in Scotland received the Pfizer vaccine and 490,000 the AstraZenecino. This is the first study examining the effect of vaccination in preventing severe forms of covid-19 disease, which necessitates hospitalization, for the entire country. The study authors explained that this data could also be used for other countries that are vaccinated with these two vaccines. The United Kingdom is one of the worst affected countries in the covida-19 pandemic. More than 120,700 people have died there since covid. It was also the first country to start mass vaccinations against the disease in December last year. So far, at least the first dose of the vaccine has been given to more than 17 million people, ie. one third of the adult population of the United Kingdom.
6.42 The death toll from covid-19 has exceeded half a million in the United States
In the US, the number of deaths from coronavirus has exceeded 500,000. Despite the fact that the average daily number of newly infected is declining, there are still 1,500 to 3,500 deaths a day. A good year after the first case of the infection was recorded, more than 28 million people have already been infected across the Luža, which puts the USA in first place in terms of both the number of infected and the number of deaths. Experts also remain concerned about new versions of the virus spreading across the country. There were 56,500 new infections and 1,250 deaths on Monday. That’s a big drop from January, when there were 200,000 infections a day and up to 4,000 deaths.
They calculate that the increasing vaccination of people, the use of masks and the observance of safety distances will contribute to the improvement of the situation. According to the report Washington Posta about 13 percent of the population, or 43 million people, received the first dose of the vaccine. By the end of July, 300 million doses of the vaccine are expected to be available to Americans. American President Joe Biden is with his wife last night Jill, Vice-President Kamali Harris and her husband marked the infamous number with a minute of silence in the White House, and in memory of the dead he ordered flags to be dropped across the U.S. at half-mast for five days. After the speech, he attended a candle-lighting ceremony in memory of the dead in front of the White House. They lit 500 of them and each symbolized 1000 lives lost.
Covid-19 has so far claimed as many dead in the U.S. as World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined. Similar to the new September 11, 2001, when nearly 3,000 people died in terrorist attacks on the United States every six months.
Back then, Americans were united, but today they are divided as the last before the Civil War. Much of the former president’s supporters Donalda Trumpa it still does not take the pandemic seriously and does not take action against it.
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