The last: Expert: France has “lost control” of the virus


PARIS – Patients infected with the virus now occupy more than half of intensive care units in France, and some doctors are calling for tighter restrictions after another record jump in confirmed infections. Dr.

PARIS – Patients infected with the virus now occupy more than half of intensive care units in France, and some doctors are calling for tighter restrictions after another record jump in confirmed infections.Dr Jean-François Delfraissy, head of the government advisory body on viruses, expressed surprise on Monday at the “brutality” of the increase, after more than 52,000 new cases were reported on Sunday.

Speaking on RTL radio, he launched the idea of ​​local lockdowns or to extend 21 hours in France. at 6 a.m., which currently cover about half of the country and more than two-thirds of its population.

The number of people hospitalized in France with the virus has increased sharply in recent weeks, once again putting pressure on ICUs. COVID patients now occupy more than two thirds of ICUs in the Paris region.

Dr Eric Caumes, head of the infectious and tropical diseases department at the Pitié-Salpétrière hospital in Paris, told Franceinfo on Monday that “we have lost control of the epidemic, even if it does not date. yesterday ”.

France is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, with 34,761 deaths linked to the virus. It currently registers more than 340 positive cases per 100,000 people nationwide every week.

Delfraissy warns that this latest wave of the virus could be “stronger than the first” and is spreading across Europe.



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MELBOURNE, Australia – Australia’s former coronavirus hotspot Melbourne will largely emerge from lockdown after the city recorded its first day without a new COVID-19 case on Monday in more than four months.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said from 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday that all shops, restaurants, cafes and bars would be allowed to open and outdoor contact sports could resume.

As of 11:59 p.m. on November 8, Melbourne residents will no longer be limited to traveling within 25 kilometers (16 miles) from their homes. They will also be allowed to travel from the city to other parts of Victoria.

“Now is the time to open up,” Andrews told reporters.

Melbourne, the country’s second largest city, has been subject to strict lockdowns since early July and the state government has been accused of inflicting unnecessary economic damage by failing to ease restrictions earlier.

The last time Victoria recorded a 24-hour period without a single case was on June 9 before a second wave of infections began. A week has passed since Victoria lost her life to COVID-19. The death of a 90-year-old man on October 19 brought the state’s death toll to 817. Only 88 people have died with COVID-19 elsewhere in Australia.

Victoria’s daily infection tally peaked at 725 in early August.


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – The Sri Lankan Parliament has closed to disinfect the premises after a police officer who served there was diagnosed with COVID-19.

A coronavirus cluster that began among workers in garment factories earlier this month has grown to 4,400 cases, more than half of the national total of 7,872. The death toll rose to 16 on Sunday.

In the past 24 hours, 351 new patients have been detected and the majority belong to the clothing group.

To contain the spread, the government has closed schools and banned gatherings across Sri Lanka, and a curfew is in place in many parts of the western province, where infections have been concentrated.

Several thousand people have been asked to quarantine themselves in their homes, while 8,421 others are quarantined in a place run by the military centres.


NEW DELHI – Coronavirus cases in India continue to decline, but rising air pollution and Hindu festivals raise fears of new infections.

The health ministry said 45,148 new cases brought India’s total to 7.9 million on Monday. It also reported 480 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 119,014.

The Indian capital is experiencing an upsurge with nearly 4,000 new cases, the highest in the past five weeks. Experts expressed concern about severe air pollution caused by farm fires, exhaust from diesel generators, dust from construction sites and burning of garbage.

“When you have high levels of air pollution, you will see an increase in serious COVID-19 infections,” said Dr. Randeep Guleria, a government health expert.

The southern coastal state of Kerala is the second worst state for active cases in the country. Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan blamed “gross negligence” during the 10-day Onam festival at the end of August.


MARBLEHEAD, Massachusetts – A school district superintendent has said that a Massachusetts high school will switch to fully distance learning after students attended a house party where they wore no masks and shared drinks.

Superintendent John Buckey said in a letter to families on Sunday that the action came in response to a house party Friday with young people who were not socially distanced or not wearing masks, shared drinks and ” generally ignored “COVID-19 rules.

Buckley wrote that he understood “the desire of young people to be together, as far away from adults as possible”, but that ignoring the rules “might harm the community as a whole”.

Students at Marblehead High School will learn remotely until at least November 6. Buckley said the hybrid learning model could restart on November 9 if no coronavirus cases are identified during that time.


BERLIN – The head of the United Nations declares that “the Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest crisis of our time”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday opened an online session of the World Health Summit with a call for global solidarity in the global crisis and demanded that developed countries support health systems in countries who lack resources.

The coronavirus pandemic is the main theme of the summit, initially scheduled for Berlin. Several of the leaders and experts who spoke at the opening stressed the need to cooperate across borders.

“No one is safe from COVID-19. No one is safe until we are all safe, ”said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “Even those who conquer the virus within their own borders remain trapped within those borders until it is conquered everywhere.”

More than 42 million people have been infected with the virus and more than a million people have died from Covid.


ROME – The number of confirmed one-day coronavirus infections in Italy topped 20,000 on Sunday, with more than a quarter of new cases recorded in Lombardy, the northern region that has suffered the brunt of the pandemic in the country earlier this year.

According to figures from the Ministry of Health, there have been 21,273 new cases since the previous day, bringing the total of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Italy to 525,782.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza said the government’s latest crackdown on social freedoms, including the closure of restaurants in the early evening and the closure of gyms, for the next 30 days, was justified by the growth in the contagion curve around the world, with a “very high wave” across Europe.

“Every choice brings sacrifices and renouncements” to activities, said Speranza. “We must react immediately and decisively if we are to avoid unsustainable numbers.”

The number of confirmed deaths in Italy from the pandemic has risen to 37,338, with 128 deaths since Saturday.


PHOENIX – Arizona health officials reported 1,392 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths on Sunday. This is the highest total of single-day coronavirus cases reported in the state since September 17.

Arizona continued to see a slow but steady increase in the average number of COVID-19 cases reported each day as a drop that lasted through August and September.

Officials from the State Department of Health Services said the latest figures brought Arizona’s total to 238,163 known infections and 5,874 known deaths.

The number of infections is thought to be much higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest that people can get infected with the virus without feeling bad.


The Associated Press


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