The latest news on the pandemic on Friday, May 13
There are 39,317 new cases of COVID-19 in Italy (Here is the newsletter). Thus, the number of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the epidemic has risen to at least 16,954,784. Yesterday, 130 deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of victims to 164,976 since February 2020.
• Two years after contracting Covid-19, half of the patients who were hospitalized at that time still had at least one symptom. This is suggested by a study just published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine Which has followed patients since the beginning of the epidemic and thus represents the longest follow-up published to date.
• North Korea imposed a lockdown To control the first recognized outbreak of Covid after the country announced for more than two years that it had managed to keep the virus outside its borders.
10:34 a.m. – Shanghai tried to reopen
Yesterday, 312 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 with local transmission were reported in mainland China, of which 227 were in Shanghai. The National Health Commission announced that today. Shanghai will attempt to reopen its doors again in a few days after the city’s strict lockdown, now in its seventh week. Vice Mayor Wu Qing said at a press conference that the goal in Shanghai is to eradicate the community, which means that any new case will only occur in people who are already quarantined. No specific date has been set after the middle of the month, and Wu did not say how the reopening would take place except that the city intends to gradually restore industrial production, education and medical services. The censors removed complaints of food shortages and videos posted online showing people in Shanghai and other regions arguing with police. In Beijing, which has a much lower outbreak, more daily tests have been ordered, studies have been suspended, people have been ordered to work from home, restaurants are limited to fast food, and many shops, tourist sites, banks and government offices are closed. .
09:08 – Release, Rt index stabilized at 0.96
The Rt index stabilized at 0.96, and the infection decreased from 559 to 458 cases per 100,000, Intensive employment and hospitalizations are decreasing: these are the latest data from the monitoring of the Higher Institute of Health. Intensive care employment rate decreased to 3.4% (Ministry of Health daily survey as of May 12) compared to 3.7% in the previous week (Ministry of Health daily survey as of May 5). The employment rate in medical fields at the national level decreased to 12.6% (the daily survey by the Ministry of Health on May 12) compared to 14.5% (the daily survey by the Ministry of Health on May 5) in the previous survey. There are no high risk areas.
08:42 – Nightmare threat to North Korea: 18,000 confirmed cases
More than 18,000 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in North Korea, Yonhap News Agency, citing Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency, reported. According to one report, 6 people have died from the virus. Yesterday, the country detected its first case of Omicron BA.2, also known as Omicron stealth. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called a meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party and ordered a nationwide lockdown: The maximum prevention system for the epidemic emergency has been activated in North Korea. Together with Eritrea, North Korea Only one in two countries has not started a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The global COVAX COVID-19 vaccine sharing program has reduced the number of doses allocated to the country, under sanctions imposed over its nuclear program, and Pyongyang has rejected offers of vaccines from China. Leader Kim Jong-un was reportedly vaccinated in July 2021, but there is no confirmation. And on the same tested cases (350 thousand) do not add up to the capacity of tampons shown by the state. As of the end of March, only 64,207 people out of 25 million had been tested for the coronavirus and all had tested negative, according to the latest WHO figures. It is not even clear whether North Korea has imposed the mask since the beginning of the epidemic: citizens have been seen wearing the mask, but also participating in important political events, which mobilized tens of thousands of people, without any protection.
08:28 AM – Seoul provides North Korea with vaccines and medical equipment
South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol offered to send Covid-19 vaccines to North Korea Following the announcement of the first outbreak of the epidemic in the country in more than two years of the pandemic. President Yoon Seok Yeol’s spokesman said in a statement that President Yoon Seok Yeol plans to provide vaccines and other medical supplies, stressing that talks will be held with the North Korean side on the details. Meanwhile, Pyongyang said today that six people (including the Omicron type) have died after the fever exploded in the country, affecting 350,000 people since the end of April.
May 13, 2022 (change on May 13, 2022 | 11:00)
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