Austria and the United Kingdom were among European countries battling a growing coronovirus infection on Sunday, while sanctions in the South Korean capital Seoul were loosened and work resumed on a much-awaited potential vaccine.
New cases in Britain reached more than 3,000 in 24 hours on Saturday for the second consecutive day, with the Sunday Times newspaper reporting that nearly one-third of the elderly were in care homes where the virus has returned.
“I think someone would have to say that we are on the edge of losing control,” Mark Walport, former chief scientific adviser to the British government, told BBC Radio.
Following local lockouts this month, new government restrictions came into force in England on Monday, limiting social gatherings to more than six people.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the country was already experiencing “the beginning of the second wave” as new daily transitions are headed to 1,000.
Kurz said the government would prohibit incidents and expand areas where it is mandatory to include all shops and public buildings.
Meanwhile, France reported 10,000 new infections on Saturday, close to the peak of the first wave in April.
Prime Minister Jean Castex refused to announce any new major sanctions on Friday, despite an “apparent deterioration” in the country’s outbreak.
Worldwide, 921,219 people died of the virus on Sunday out of 28.8 million cases.
Around 4,000 health workers demonstrated in Brussels on Sunday, calling for more spending on the healthcare system in the country that was in the grip of the coronovirus epidemic.
With political parties in Belgium still struggling to form a permanent government for more than a year after a national election, activists – who wore masks and shouted slogans such as “caretakers” – pay and The money called by politicians to increase healthcare.
“We came to Brussels to demand more respect and performance for our jobs and pay raises,” said one of the guards who had given her name only as Marie-Stella and who had worked as a nurse since 1988 work done.
Psychiatrist Claudine said, “I would like me to be given the means to deliver high quality and humane care. And for that we need financial resources.”
The event was organized by the health activist group La Sante en Lute, which calls for the end of “modernization of care” and says the coronavirus crisis has exposed the fragility of Belgium’s health system, including for employees Lack of adequate security and adequate testing is included. Virus.
Belgium has reported 9,923 fatal attacks from COVID-19, placing it third in the world for deaths per 100,000 people – behind San Marino and the small city-state of Peru. The government has stated that the higher rate is explained by the decision to be involved in her death where COVID-19 is only suspected, not confirmed.
In the Middle East, 90 UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a spokesman for UN forces said on Sunday.
UNVIL spokesman Andrea Tenanti said in a statement that the confirmed cases were transferred to a specialized UNIFIL facility equipped to deal with COVID-19 cases.
He said 88 of the infected people belonged to the same party, but did not specify the nationalities of the 90 peacekeepers.
“We have made strong contacts, and have implemented a thorough regime of testing and segregation” to prevent a major outbreak, he said.
Some 45 countries contribute peace troops to UNIFIL, which was established in 1978 to patrol the border between Lebanon and Israel, which are technically at war.
Tenanti said UNIFIL’s operations along the Lebanon-Israel border were not affected by new virus cases.
Opposition to ‘aggressive’ lockout
In South Korea, officials in Seoul said they would ease some infection control measures initiated in recent weeks after a spike in cases in the capital region for half of the country’s 52 million population.
Coffee shops, restaurants and bakeries will return to normal service, while gyms and private cram schools may reopen.
While the country has undergone an initial COVID-19 boom with extensive tracing and testing, it has seen new cases of triple-digit daily since August, with numbers in the 30s and 40s.
Police on Sunday arrested dozens of participants in an anti-lockdown demonstration in the southern Australian city of Melbourne, carrying around 250 people.
Defying orders to stay in the house, the crowd gathered at the Central Queen Victoria Market, where they were met by a heavy police presence.
Melbourne police said “many protesters were aggressive and threatened the officers with violence.”
The Australian program followed several demonstrations in Germany and Poland on Saturday, at which people protested against anti-coronavirus measures and defined rules for wearing masks.
Meanwhile, Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden called Donald Trump “reckless” for holding a packed rally Saturday in Reno, Nevada, where many attendees did not wear masks.
The Republican president is under pressure as the US toll continues to rise, near 6.5 million cases on Saturday, with more than 193,000 deaths – the highest in either measure in the world.
In Latin America, which crossed eight million virus cases this week, more than 131,000 deaths occurred in the most affected Brazil. Kovid-19 As of Saturday, it ranks second in the world behind the United States.
Vaccine testing resumed
In the UK, regulators gave the pharma company AstraZeneca and Oxford University sub-clearance to resume one of the most advanced experimental COVID-19 vaccines for clinical trials.
Her voluntary testing was “voluntarily prevented” by researchers after a UK volunteer developed an unexplained disease.
Even during the standstill, AstraZeneca said that it expected the vaccine to still be available “by the end of this year, early next year”.
The vaccine development has turned into a political football in the US, where Biden has accused Trump of “undermining public confidence”, regularly raising the possibility that a job would be ready before the November election.