Corona … Fears of paralysis of the health system in Gaza and optimism about a vaccine in America and Europe


Public health advisers in the Gaza Strip have warned that the sharp increase in cases of coronavirus infection may cause the health system to fail, and America and European countries are preparing for massive vaccination campaigns against the virus, while continuing to ease restrictions in several countries.

Abdel Raouf Al-Manaameh, a microbiologist and a member of the health advisory committee to confront the Corona virus in Gaza, said that Covid-19 patients operate 79 of the 100 ventilators located in Gaza.

He added that within 10 days, if things remain at this rate of rise, the health system will not be able to absorb these cases, and therefore there will be cases that need intensive care that will not find a place in hospitals, noting that the death rate is currently 0.05% among Covid patients – 19 may go up.

“Within 7 days, we will exhaust our capacity to care for critical cases,” Abdel Nasser Subuh, an emergency health officer in the WHO Gaza sub-office, warned.

Gaza, whose estimated population of two million people suffer from overcrowding and poverty, has recorded about 14,000 infections and 65 deaths from the Coronavirus, most of them since last August.

The number of Coronavirus infections worldwide is approaching 59 million, compared to about 1.4 million deaths, and the Worldometer website, which specializes in monitoring victims, showed that the number of people recovering from the disease amounted to about 40.7 million.

The United States is the most affected in the world, as it recorded 12 million and 588 thousand injuries, compared to 262 thousand and 696 deaths, followed by India, which recorded – according to the same site – more than 9 million injuries, and 133 thousand and 773 deaths.

Vaccination campaigns

Moncef Al-Salawi, head of the US President’s administration team to develop and distribute the Corona vaccine, expected the vaccine to start being distributed in the United States on the eleventh of next month, and said that vaccination of about 70% of the population will ensure real immunity and the return of life to normal by May.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, told CBS that reaching the stage of herd immunity in the United States depends on the extent of Americans’ confidence in the vaccine, which will be produced once it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Member of the Board of Directors of “Pfizer” and former Commissioner for the Administration of Drug and Food, Scott Gottlieb, suggested the possibility of vaccinating the population with the vaccine annually until more data on this vaccine is reached.

Gottlieb added in an interview with “CBS” that the study of the duration of vaccine immunity is still ongoing, indicating that the Food and Drug Administration adopts a wise approach to the issue of approval of vaccines.

The number of injuries in the United States has exceeded three million since the beginning of this month, which is the highest toll recorded in the country in one month since the start of the pandemic.

The state of California announced a night curfew, while other states have limited gatherings and returned to remote education, while the health sector warns of the worsening of the crisis with recommendations issued to refrain from traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday this week.

On Sunday, the G20 pledged to make all efforts to ensure that the new Corona virus vaccines reach everyone in a fair way, according to the final statement of the group’s virtual summit, but without specifying details of how to apply this.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her “concern” about the slowdown in talks related to providing vaccines to the poorest countries.

On the other hand, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Sunday the start of the Corona vaccination program in January, stressing that Spain and Germany are the first two countries in the European Union to have a complete vaccination plan, and he promised to cover a very large sector of the population within six months.

In Italy, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Saturday that his country – one of the countries most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic – is planning to launch a massive vaccination campaign next January.

Speranza told a meeting of pharmacists that the campaign “will start at the end of next January, where we hope to get the first doses.” “This campaign is unprecedented … It will require an extraordinary mobilization” of resources.

Italy, like other European countries struggling to deal with the second devastating wave of the epidemic, has recorded about 1.3 million infections and 50 thousand deaths since the outbreak of the Corona virus at the beginning of this year.

Relaxation of restrictions

On the other hand, New South Wales and Victoria, the two largest states in Australia, reopened their borders today, Monday, after more than four months of closure, with the state of Victoria ending a second wave of the pandemic, which raised the possibility of a quick return to normal life and economic recovery. .

The lifting of the border closure at midnight sparked celebrations across the border towns, especially in Victoria, which has not seen new infections recorded for 24 days, although it was recording 73% of the total injuries in Australia.

In Britain, the Telegraph newspaper said that the transport minister will announce on Monday that the comprehensive quarantine restrictions will end in time for Christmas so that families can travel to high-risk “red list” countries to visit relatives.

On Sunday, the newspaper added that the restrictions will be reduced from 14 days to 5 days, if the results of Corona virus tests are negative for those returning from flights 5 days after their return to the country.

In Spain, Prime Minister Sanchez affirmed that his country’s strategy to curb the rise in injuries “is giving results,” considering that this is evidence that the declaration of the state of emergency last month, the imposition of a night curfew and restrictions on travel between regions, has proven its effectiveness.

In this context, the French government spokesman said in a press statement that the process of “easing” the closure measures imposed since October 30 in the country will take place in “three stages”, the first at the beginning of next month, the second at the end of the end of the year holiday, and the third with Beginning of January 2021.

Tightening restrictions
On the other hand, the Portuguese government decided to tighten restrictions to limit the spread of the Corona virus.

Today, South Korea recorded 255 new cases, down from 330 cases that were registered on Sunday, a day after it tightened rules of social distancing, while it is fighting a third wave of infection.

Iran imposed tougher restrictions on Saturday to curb the third wave of the epidemic, including closing non-essential businesses and imposing travel restrictions, but state media reported widespread violations of the rules.

In Turkey, the authorities began to impose a partial curfew during the weekend to limit the noticeable rise in the number of coronavirus infections, and the authorities had imposed a complete ban on smoking in public places.

Criticism of opponents of gags

In Germany, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas criticized anti-mask protesters who compare themselves to victims of Nazism, accusing them of underestimating the Holocaust and “ridiculing” the courage shown by survivors.

Maas’s comments came after a young woman climbed onto a stage during a protest against the coronavirus restrictions in Hanover on Saturday, saying she felt “just like Sophie Scholl,” the German anti-Nazi student who was executed by the Nazis in 1943 for her role in the resistance.

“Anyone who compares himself today to Sophie Scholl and Anne Frank mocks the courage it took to confront the Nazis,” Maas wrote on Twitter.


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