French university plan, Swiss vaccine agreement: daily COVID-19 bulletin


TOP HEADS– Switzerland has signed an agreement with the American biotech company Moderna for early access to the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing. The agreement entitles Switzerland, which has 8.6 million inhabitants, to 4.5 million doses of vaccine.

Spain has denied that the country is facing a second wave of the virus, despite a sharp rise in cases last week. Fernando Simon, chief epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health, said: “It is not clear that the increase in detected cases is not simply due to the increase in testing. ”

Universities across France to reopen in September after almost six months of closure. Students will be asked to wear face masks.

– Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the country doesn’t need to put its citizens in a second lockdown, despite the admission that “the virus is making a dangerous advance”.

Flights were delayed or canceled at Eindhoven Airport on Friday morning due to a shortage of available air traffic controllers, said the airport.

– The United Kingdom has added Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas to its mandatory 10-day self-isolation list the following peaks in the three countries. Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said the country would not hesitate to add more countries to its quarantine list.

Ukraine has its highest daily new infections since the start of the pandemic. There have been 1,453 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, up from 1,318 the previous day.

– The World Health Organization has warned against “Vaccine nationalism” and called on richer countries, which are developing treatments for the virus, to help poorer countries protect themselves.

– The 2020 The London Marathon will be reserved for elite runners, its organizers have announced it. It will be the first time in 40 years of racing history that amateur runners will not be able to participate.

The number of new infections in Russia increased by 5,421 in the past 24 hours, bringing the national total to 877,135. Deaths also increased, from 119 to 14,725.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of the United Kingdom, Prince William and his wife Kate, meet with residents at Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff. / AFP

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of the United Kingdom, Prince William and his wife Kate, meet with residents at Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff. / AFP

We have a growing number of complex cases, a number of deaths. What numbers do we need to reach to think about respecting the rules?

– Maksym Stepanov, Ukrainian Minister of Health


Iolo ap Dafydd of Londres

British tourists traveling to France are warned they may need to be quarantined for 14 days upon their return.

It could be a blow to hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers as coronavirus infections in France increase – especially after realizing Spain was less of an option for their vacation this summer.

The government says it is “closely monitoring” the situation as COVID-19 cases increase in several European countries.

Quarantine rules for people returning to Wales from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas have been in place since midnight Thursday.

The other three UK countries will have the same 14-day rule on Saturday. And the Foreign Office is expected to warn against all non-essential travel soon.

In the UK, an update is expected on local lockdown measures in the North West of England region and in the city of Leicester. Meanwhile, the number of cases is increasing in the Scottish city of Aberdeen – up to 79, with more cases expected in the coming days.

Toni Waterman in Brussels

Belgium is currently recording an average of 550 new coronavirus infections per day and other governments are taking note of the surge in new cases.

From Saturday, Belgians traveling to England or Wales will have to self-isolate for 14 days. Then, on Monday, Finland will ban all non-essential travel from Belgium to the country.

Meanwhile, local authorities in the Brussels region say face masks will become mandatory in all public places if and when the regional average of new coronavirus cases exceeds the threshold of 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants over a seven-day period. Currently, the capital region has 38 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

John Bevir to Francfort

For the second day in a row, there have been more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus daily in Germany. With 1,147 confirmed infections reported and eight other deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 9,183.

The health minister confirmed that from Saturday travelers arriving in Germany from high-risk regions will be forced to undergo a coronavirus test – unless they bring proof of a recent negative result.

Jens Spahn admitted the increase in the number of cases was worrying, but insisted authorities could cope.


Alex Fraser in Milan

There have been 402 new cases of coronavirus in Italy in the past 24 hours.

The government is drafting a new decree for the latest measures to combat the virus and its threat to the Italian economy.

One of these policies will offer a 20 percent discount on all restaurant bills across the country to encourage people to eat out.

This week, confusion over social distancing rules forced bullet train companies to cancel more than 8,000 tickets at the start of the August holiday in Italy, when people travel from major cities to coastal and mountainous regions.

Trains have been limited to just 50% of their capacity to enforce distancing, but over the weekend the transport ministry appeared to indicate to train operators that this could be relaxed.

Shortly after, the Minister of Health announced that seat restrictions would remain, disrupting people’s vacation plans earlier this week.

Stefan de Vries à Amsterdam

In response to the increase in COVID-19 infections, the Dutch government has tightened its rules.

At a press conference on Thursday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that from now on all patrons of cafes and restaurants will have to sit down.

They will also be asked to give their name and contact details, so that they can be found in the event of an epidemic. In addition, travelers to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the third busiest in Europe, from countries with a high number of cases, will be asked to take a test on site.

Since there are significant regional differences, mayors can opt for even stricter local rules.

Rutte stressed that “corona is not a game” and called on people to take responsibility and strictly follow guidelines. “I hope and believe that we are not a country of toddlers. We can do it together. ”

Most of the rules are voluntary. Rutte said: “We are all adults in a mature democracy. Not a dictatorship where I can put a policeman in front of every door. ”

Yesterday there were 601 new cases in the Netherlands, the highest number in almost three months. Although the number of tests is now much higher than last May.



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