The United Kingdom will advance to the second phase of the deflation, while in France the hospital pressure continues to increase.
This Monday, the British Prime Minister announced that shops, cafes and pubs with terraces, hairdressers, gyms and other services reopen on April 12, thus initiating the second part of the deconfination plan.
“Our collective efforts to give time and space for 31 million people to be vaccinated are paying off,” said Boris Johnson at this Monday’s press conference, quoted by the weekly Expresso.
“This is paying off. I myself will go to a pub next Monday ”, he said, as a joke.
“We are doing our map to freedom and stick to it. We do not have any signs in the current data that lead us to think that we will have to deviate from the program ”, he said, but without forgetting the calls for the population to remain cautious.
“It is to be cautious, to monitor the data in all phases and to comply with the rules (…) that we hope, all together, to make this map for freedom irreversible”, he recalled.
On the other hand, the head of the Executive did not want to give a certain date for the resumption of international travel. Boris Johnson expects these to resume on May 17, but certainty will not be given until the end of the week.
“We are hoping to be able to [retomar as viagens internacionais] the 17th of May. I would like to give you more information, and know people want to know, but we are not yet at that stage. As soon as we have more solid data, we will inform you about it ”, he declared, quoted by the online newspaper ECO.
Hospital pressure increases in France
Pressure in hospitals in France due to covid-19 increased again and 197 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, on the day that the containment rules that will be applied came into force for four weeks.
The Government indicated on the digital page dedicated to statistics that 10,793 new contagions were registered in the same period, a relatively low number but which may be related to the performance of less tests on Sunday.
Hospitalizations for the new coronavirus rose to 29,907, compared to 29,356 the day before. However, these figures are lower than the peak reached in the second wave, when 33,500 hospitalizations were announced in mid-November.
For several days now, remain very high hospitalizations in intensive care units (UCI), with 5433 cases registered on Sunday.
The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, indicated that it is possible that the number of patients in the ICUs in this third wave that reaches France will approach the ceiling that occurred in the first wave, when 7148 people were hospitalized.
Véran also indicated that the number of beds in the ICU is being increased to face this eventuality, with an increase from seven thousand to eight thousand. The contingency plan provides that up to 10 thousand can be installed, if it’s necessary.
In relation to the vaccination campaign, 9,351,329 people (14% of the country’s population) received the first dose, in addition to the 3,142,151 who already guaranteed the two doses (6% of the total).
Since the entry into force of the curfew at 7 pm local time, the period provided by the Government for the French to travel and organize a prolonged confinement of four weeks has ended.
This regime means, first of all, that they are only allowed to travel in one ten kilometer radius around your residence, except for a valid justification.
In addition, all non-essential commercial activity is closed. At the same time, and as has been the case since the end of October, bars, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theaters, concert halls, museums, gyms and most establishments with a vocation for social events will remain closed.
Infection cases soar in Japan
According to the newspaper The Guardian, Japan is also experiencing an increase in cases of infection with the new coronavirus, at a time when the Olympic Games are about 100 days away.
This Monday, the International Swimming Federation announced that the Olympic qualifying competitions in water jumps, artistic swimming and open water, in which Portuguese athletes should participate, were canceled because of the pandemic.
However, North Korea has announced that will not participate in the Olympic Games due to the risks of contagion from covid-19.
This Pyongyang announcement puts an end to Seoul’s hopes of using Tokyo2020 for a relaunch of the Pyongyang-Washington negotiation process, suspended since the failure of the Hanoi summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump in February 2019.
Timor-Leste registers first death by covid-19
Timor-Leste recorded, this Tuesday, the first death by covid-19. It is a 44 year old woman who suffered from hypertension and kidney failure and who died at Lahane Hospital in Dili, according to health officials.
Source of the Integrated Crisis Management Center (CIGC) explained to the agency Lusa that the victim, who had mild symptoms, was initially placed in isolation in the center of Tasi Tolu, having subsequently been transferred to Vera Cruz when the symptoms worsened.
“It was found to be positive and I didn’t have any serious symptoms. So he entered as a normal positive person ”, explained the source. “She is the second patient with renal failure, but in this case, you did not accept, from the beginning, undergoing hemodialysis. He refused to undergo hemodialysis before. Your family knew about that decision“, He told Lusa.
The same source explained that the patient’s situation deteriorated with the covid-19 infection and that the woman died in the morning, local time.
Another patient who is hospitalized in a serious condition, a 69-year-old woman with comorbidity, continues to receive medical attention and her condition is stable.
Timor-Leste is currently experiencing the worst moment since the start of the pandemic with 485 active cases and a total of 778 infected since the start of the pandemic. The municipality of Dili is under sanitary fencing and compulsory confinement until April 16 and those of Baucau and Viqueque until April 9.