Latest: France sees drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations


PARIS – The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in France fell this weekend for the first time since September, after two weeks of new nationwide lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spike in infections and relieving strains hospitable.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care also fell for the first time in six weeks, according to figures released on Saturday night, although patients infected with the virus still occupy 96% of standard ICU beds in France.

The number of weekly infections per 100,000 population in France has been falling for 14 straight days, and some doctors say they are starting to see signs of relief in overcrowded ICUs.

But it is still too early to say whether the one-day drop in the number of hospitals means France has reached the peak of this second wave of the pandemic.

France has reported more viral infections than any European country and has recorded 44,246 deaths linked to the virus. The government has imposed a partial nationwide lockdown from October 30 at the time of the second wave and could start easing measures on December 1 if the number of patients infected with the virus in hospitals declines steadily.



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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan authorities say around 400 inmates in heavily crowded prisons across the country have tested positive for COVID-19 as infected cases increase in the capital and its suburbs.

Twelve of the 400 are prison officers while the rest are inmates. The cases are detected in five prisons in different parts of the country.

Sri Lankan prisons are very crowded with over 26,000 inmates crammed into facilities designed to accommodate around 10,000.

Sri Lanka has seen a new outbreak of the disease since last month when two groups – one centered on a garment factory and the other on the fish market – emerged in Colombo and its suburbs. Confirmed cases from just those two groups rose to 13,079 people on Sunday.

The total number of positive cases in Sri Lanka reached 16,582 on Sunday, with 53 dead.


ANTWERP, Belgium – Many three-star Michelin meals have been placed in a take-out box and sent on Deliveroo scooters, as renowned chefs in Belgium and elsewhere attempt to get through a second pandemic lockdown that is likely to threaten even the lucrative Christmas season.

Sergio Herman, who has run three-star, two-star establishments and many other establishments that have wowed Michelin powers and the finest palates around the world, doesn’t see much of a positive in coming out of his job amid the pandemic. .

“Sometimes you feel like everything you’ve built over the years slips like sand through your fingers. It gives you that kind of fear, ”he told The Associated Press.

In much of Europe, exclusive restaurants have lost the precious appeal of the luxury dining experience – of eating multiple inventive dishes, lounging in sommelier tastings, indulging in after-dinner sweetness and enjoying the sweet after dinner. ‘have that little extra chat with the chef.

“All of this cannot be simply replaced with a plastic box and tray. It’s just impossible, ”Herman said amid the hustle and bustle of his new restaurant, Le Pristine, in the Belgian port of Antwerp.


NEW DELHI – India has reported 41,100 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s overall total since the start of the pandemic to 8.79 million.

On Sunday, the health ministry also reported 447 deaths during the same period, bringing the total number of deaths to 129,635.

India is second in the world in terms of reported cases behind the United States, but daily infections have been on the decline since mid-September. However, there has been a surge in infections in New Delhi, which has seen an upsurge in recent weeks, recording more new cases than any other Indian state.

New Delhi recorded 7,340 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, including 96 deaths.


SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has scheduled a press conference for Sunday morning as the number of COVID-19 cases soars in the Pacific Northwest, where he will detail the new restrictions.

Inslee’s office said it would discuss actions to tackle the crisis, but gave no details. The Seattle Times reports that Inslee’s announcements will include a ban on indoor service in restaurants and bars and significantly reduced capacity in grocery stores and retail stores.

The newspaper cited industry officials briefed by Inslee staff. The Democratic governor will also ban all social gatherings indoors. And Inslee would limit grocery stores and retailers to 25% occupancy.


HARTFORD, Connecticut – The two U.S. Senators from Connecticut self-isolated on Saturday after Democratic Governor Ned Lamont’s staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy each tweeted on Saturday that they had not had close contact with staff, but were taking the step out of caution.



Lamont chief spokesperson Max Reiss identified himself as the senior official who tested positive in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday. Reiss wrote that he was not sure how or where he contracted the virus.

Murphy tweeted on Saturday that he had “attended an event yesterday with the governor, but was not in close contact with the member of staff who tested positive.” However, to be on the safe side, I self-isolate until I take a test and visit the attending physician’s office on Monday morning.

Blumenthal tweeted on Saturday afternoon that he had just “returned from a test myself and is currently self-isolating”.


CARSON CITY, Nevada – Nevada reported a record number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus for the second day in a row amid warnings from Governor Steve Sisolak that the state is at a “critical juncture.”

Sisolak implored residents to stay home and do what they can to protect themselves one day after announcing he tested positive for COVID-19. Sisolak told reporters on Friday he was not experiencing any symptoms and would go into quarantine.

Nevada reported 2,269 new cases and 15 more deaths on Saturday, surpassing the record of 1,857 new cases set on Friday.

Sisolak warned Nevadans earlier in the week that if the state fails to slow the spread of the virus within two weeks, it will be forced to reapply more stringent measures.


NEW YORK – Students, parents and teachers continue to watch with anxiety the results of New York’s coronavirus tests. The latest figures for Saturday fell below the city’s threshold for closing school buildings, but the mayor warned the city was at a “crucial” time in the fight against the resurgence of the virus.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday warned parents and teachers to plan for a possible school closure as early as Monday, saying the city could cross its decisive line – 3% of citywide coronavirus tests coming back positive over a period seven days – over the weekend.

The rate remained below this Saturday, at 2.47%, he said.

“But that could change,” the Democratic mayor tweeted, warning that the city was facing “a critical weekend” in the fight against the pandemic.

New York has the largest public school system in the United States, with over one million students. It has become one of the few large cities to reopen classrooms this fall after the pandemic forced schools online in the spring, although families were given the option to continue distance learning this fall.

About 280,000 students attended in person, far less than the city had originally planned.


ATHENS, Greece – Coronavirus deaths have passed 1,000 in Greece, and officials say more than half have occurred since October 18.

The Greek government has decided to close elementary schools, kindergartens and day care centers for two weeks from Monday. Children will be homeschooled, as is already the case for high school and university students.

Authorities have stepped up the application of a 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew, including making arrests.

Two exchange students who threw an after-hours party at their apartment in Thessaloniki, in the north of the country, were arrested Friday and fined 3,000 euros ($ 3,550) each there. The 24-year-old Palestinian and the 21-year-old Frenchwoman were also sentenced on Saturday to suspended prison terms of two years and two months.

Their 15 guests, all university students from Western Europe, were fined 300 euros ($ 355) each, but were not arrested.


BALTIMORE – The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus has reached a new daily high in the United States.

Data from Johns Hopkins University indicates that the number of confirmed cases reached 184,514 on Friday, as the number of those infected continues to rise.

Johns Hopkins data shows that the seven-day moving average of virus-related deaths reported daily in the United States has increased over the past two weeks, from around 828 on October 30 to 1,047 on Friday, an increase of about 26%.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate has also increased over the past two weeks, from 6.4 to 9.6, an increase of about 50%, even as the number of tests performed has increased.


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