While Denmark warned of the virus mutating and transmitting it to humans via mink, the United States recorded a new daily record.
In recent weeks, Europe has become the epicenter of the epidemic, as it is witnessing the fastest spread of it in the world, and the largest number of infections is recorded.
The French Press Agency counted more than 11.6 million injuries, half of them in Russia, France, Spain and Britain, in addition to about 294,000 deaths.
The Regional Director of the World Health Organization in Europe, Hans Kluge, confirmed that the continent is currently witnessing a “surge” in the number of injuries, with “one million additional infections recorded within only a few days”, and “we are also witnessing a gradual increase in deaths.”
He added, “With the generalization of the muzzle and strict control of gatherings, we can save the lives of more than 261 thousand people by February in Europe.”
Warnings in Denmark
In Denmark, strains of the Corona virus linked to mink have been detected in 214 people since last June, prompting the authorities to execute all mink animals in it.
And Danish Prime Minister Matte Frederiksen said on Wednesday that her country will cull up to 17 million animals from you after the virus mutates.
“We have a tremendous responsibility towards our people, but with the change that has now been discovered, we have a greater responsibility towards the rest of the world as well,” she added.
She pointed out that “the mutated virus in the mink may represent a risk for the effectiveness of the future vaccine, and this means the risk of its possible spread from Denmark to other countries.”
And in Italy, large areas today re-impose lockdown and curfew measures that will last until the third of next month, to limit the spread of the virus.
The 20 Italian regions will be divided into green, orange and red areas, depending on the severity of the epidemiological situation in them, and different restrictions will be imposed in each region.
In turn, and for fear that the injuries would exceed the capacity of hospitals to absorb, Greece announced the re-imposition of a stone that begins Saturday and will continue for a period of 3 weeks.
Under the measures, Greeks will only be able to leave their homes after obtaining permits via text messages on cell phones.
In France – which has reimposed isolation measures since last October 30 – the health authorities said that the second wave was “severe and spread rapidly,” with 58,000 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours.
After Ireland and France, England – the most affected country in Europe – re-imposed a general quarantine that began on Thursday, to contain the virus that has killed nearly 48,000 people.
In Slovenia, a demonstration in which hundreds of people took part in Ljubljana protesting the quarantine measures Thursday evening witnessed violent confrontations after the police intervened to disperse the crowd with tear gas and water cannons.
1.2 million deaths
The Corona virus has killed at least 1.2 million people worldwide since the World Health Organization announced the emergence of an epidemic in China in late December.
The United States is still the country most affected by the epidemic, with a total of 234,876 deaths.
Yesterday, Thursday, more than 120,000 new infections were recorded within 24 hours, in a new record daily toll, according to data published by Johns Hopkins University.
In Latin America, measures were re-imposed in Ecuador due to the growing disregard for preventive measures, and the authorities of Guayaquil (southwest) prevented the sale of alcohol between Thursday and Sunday, and the holding of parties and events.
In Colombia – which had imposed 5 months of isolation that lasted until the end of last August – the authorities canceled the requirement for travelers to present a negative “Covid-19” test, which sparked many criticisms.
As for China, it decided to prevent the entry of foreign travelers from France and about 10 other countries from the most affected by the epidemic, in an effort to avoid the return of the epidemic to its lands.