Traditional US run: Because of Corona: Boston Marathon 2021 will be postponed

BostonAfter this year’s Boston Marathon had to be canceled for the first time in its history due to the corona pandemic, the 125th edition of the traditional race planned for April 19, 2021 will also be postponed.

As the organizers announced on Wednesday, the Boston Marathon will take place next autumn at the earliest due to the current corona crisis.

That year the marathon, which first took place in 1897, was postponed from April 20 to September 14 before it was finally canceled.

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Angela Merkel wants to convince the countries of this plan

Angela Merkel

For the Chancellor, the previous bans and regulations of the federal states should not go far enough.

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Berlin In the corona pandemic, Germany is heading for new restrictions on public life: According to information from the Handelsblatt from coalition circles, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wants to convince the prime ministers of tough measures in the switching conference scheduled for Wednesday to prevent a loss of control over the infection process.

The contact rules are to be tightened, pubs and restaurants are to be closed. In addition, the sports and leisure area is to be shut down.

According to information from the Handelsblatt, the Chancellery is convinced that a “short and clear” brake must be applied. This is the only way to prevent a prolonged lockdown like in spring, which would have devastating effects on the economy.

How big the new restrictions in everyday life will be depends on the decisions of the Bund-Länder group. In the Chancellery, however, they have a clear idea of ​​the measures that are required: one has to act tough in restaurants and at events. It is also important that the meeting sends out a unified message to reduce private contacts.

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) called for a “quick and consistent response” to the rapidly increasing number of infections. The new restrictions would also require additional aid to the economy. As an example, the CSU boss cited an entrepreneurial wage for self-employed people. Sectors particularly affected, such as tourism or the event sector, need further support.

The director of the Institute of German Economy, Michael Hüther, warned in a guest article for the Handelsblatt of serious consequences for retailers, hotels, restaurants, trade fairs and cultural establishments. A change of course in dealing with the pandemic is necessary: ​​”Politicians have got caught up in a one-dimensional security promise that cannot be fulfilled.”

Increasing new infections

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities reported 11,409 new infections within one day on Tuesday. A week ago the number was 6,868.

Merkel had appealed to citizens several times to limit their social contacts and thus slow down the spread of the virus. In the Chancellor’s view, appeals are no longer sufficient.

There was already a crucial preliminary meeting in the Chancellery on Monday evening. According to information from the Handelsblatt from coalition circles, Merkel sat down with Chancellor Helge Braun (CDU), her economic advisor Lars-Hendrik Röller and the virologist Christian Drosten to discuss further measures in the fight against Corona.

The Chancellor took a very tough line, it said. There could be no question of a “lockdown light”. Merkel, the previous bans and regulations in the federal states did not go far enough.

From the perspective of the Chancellery, the problem is as follows: With the increasing number of new infections, contact tracking is no longer guaranteed, and the test options are reaching their limits. In addition, there is a risk that, given an exponential growth in the number of infections, there will no longer be enough protective equipment available.

Germany is still doing well in terms of intensive capacity in hospitals. However, if the development of the infection process continues unchecked, bottlenecks and rising deaths threaten here too.

Division of work planned

After the meeting in the Chancellery, according to information from the Handelsblatt, the division of work was as follows: Drosten is supposed to convince scientific institutions such as the Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences, to adopt a tougher course. Merkel herself wanted to convince the prime ministers.

The heads of government of the federal states held discussions on the phone with each other and individually with the Chancellor on Tuesday. Also in country circles it was said: It amounts to a partial lockdown, i.e. more restrictive restrictions for certain areas such as gastronomy or events.

But much is still in flux. What exactly one can agree on, will only finally be shown on Wednesday in the video link. However, it is already becoming apparent that daycare centers and schools should remain open.

A debate on schools is expected in the Chancellery. Educational institutions should remain open as much as possible, but in high-risk areas one also has to think about regional closings. Studies and data from the RKI showed that there is an infection rate in schools. Children would then become “bridges of infection” that could carry the virus from family to family.

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Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) said on Tuesday, however, that daycare centers and schools are not drivers of infection and should definitely remain open. In view of the increasing number of cases, intervention must be made at larger events and meetings, “often also in a family context”.

But social life should go on if there are functioning hygiene concepts. According to Kretschmer, this is important for public acceptance.

Scholz calls for further measures

The Chancellor commented on the situation on Tuesday at a video conference with nursing experts. Although we know more about the virus today than in the spring and can “proceed in a more targeted manner,” said the CDU politician. “But even with the increasing numbers, if we do not adhere to what we know about the virus, we will end up in situations that are extremely difficult.”

Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) called for additional measures to be taken against the spread of the virus. The increase in new infections in the past few days was “very worrying,” said Scholz of the German press agency.

The German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) warned of a wave of bankruptcies in the catering industry. “If our industry is practically banned from working for pandemic-related reasons and thus carries a special burden in the corona pandemic, the politically responsible have to pay for the damage quickly and in full,” explained Dehoga President Guido Zöllick.

It’s about the survival of the industry. “A third of the 245,000 businesses are threatened with closure if they close again,” said Zöllick.

The travel industry also warned of a corporate “catastrophe”. “If restaurants were closed and events were banned, small and medium-sized companies in the tourism industry in particular would once again become victims of the pandemic policy for no reason,” explained Michael Rabe, General Secretary of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW). “Nobody has yet presented reliable figures that our operations are among the pandemic drivers.”

More: In order to contain Corona, something other than further bans is needed, says Handelsblatt reporter Gregor Waschinski

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Ground zero of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe

Joaquin Soto Medina

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Transform the library into an intensive care unit. Make the gym an emergency observation area or turn a hotel into a health facility. These are some of the adaptations that the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid, ABC Salud award to the Best Public Hospital, to attend the flood of patients suffering from the Covid-19. An infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that has spread uncontrollably to become a pandemic that still shakes the world. A pandemic that forced the Marañón to be almost 100% dedicated to assisting Covid patients. To the point of becoming one of the European centers that has attended the most patients; with 1,064 admitted on March 29.

To cope with such a volume of healthcare demand, multidisciplinary teams were created led by experts in the treatment of this pathology, supported by physicians from other services. The 8,500 workers del Gregorio Marañón had to solve hundreds of problems and challenges. The hospital center launched innovative initiatives that improved the care and quality of life of patients affected by the coronavirus. How ensure the safety of expectant mothers by creating specific circuits for Covid patients. In turn, the first multidisciplinary program was created to attend to their physical, nutritional and psychological sequelae. Without forgetting the need to emotionally support patients and their families in a situation of chaos and uncertainty.

The Gregorio Marañón Hospital strengthened its team of psychologists and psychiatrists to also support its healthcare professionals, who worked in exceptional circumstances. This is how Celso Arango, director of the Institute of Psychiatry and Mental Health at Hospital Gregorio Marañón, explains: «The health workers faced something unknown. The demand and the amount of work was enormous and they had to make vital decisions, such as deciding who should join. Many were doing work that they normally did not do: we had pediatricians or ENT practitioners who were not specialists in infectious diseases. Every day several patients died in the hospital and could not even shake hands. “All of this generated an emotional burden on the health workers that could cause them multiple problems, such as becoming paralyzed or distressed at work or developing insomnia problems,” he says.

Groups of clinicians were created in morning, afternoon and night shifts seven days a week so that health professionals would free themselves, as much as possible, of this emotional burden and not take it home. “We still maintain these groups today,” Arango says.

Expectant mothers were also the patients who benefited from the hospital’s initiatives. Specific circuits were created just for them. «We doubled the beds dedicated to pregnant women with totally independent circuits for patients without suspected coronavirus and those with suspected or active infection by the virus “, explains the head of the obstetrics and gynecology service of Gregorio Marañón, Santiago Lizarraga. His isolation has been total. As the clinician points out, «in all this period of time we have not had any unwanted effects or in-hospital transmission accidents of the disease among patients ”.

Physical and emotional footprints

Another of the milestones of the Gregorio Marañón Hospital was to create the first multidisciplinary post-Covid program to attend to the enormous physical, nutritional and psychological consequences of patients. According to the pulmonologist and one of the coordinators of the program, Javier de Miguel, «we realized that many had been admitted to the ICU for an average of 50 days. They all carried with them a series of deficits that were common. Among them, the loss of muscle mass to the point of being unable to stand upright. As well as nutritional problems after having been feeding through venous lines or nasogastric tubes. This program is started as soon as the patient leaves the ICU, or even from the ICU itself and is discharged when it is functional again in all its affected areas.

During the first wave of the pandemic, they treated a total of 40 patients in the program and in this second, 15. «We are very satisfied with the results. Despite being very fragile patients, practically none have been readmitted and mortality has been very low, despite being in a very compromised situation, “says pulmonologist Javier de Miguel.

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Laschet calls for an “effective corona brake”

Dhe North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) expressed alarm about the current pandemic dynamics shortly before the federal-state talks on Wednesday. The situation is “very, very serious,” said Laschet on Tuesday evening in Düsseldorf. “The measures currently in force are not sufficient to stop the trend.” With a view to the discussions between the country leaders and Chancellor Merkel on Wednesday, Laschet said that “a political course is needed to stop developments.”

Wednesday is a “crucial day” in fighting pandemic. There must be a strong response from the Prime Ministers and the Chancellor. Germany is in a phase in which “we need an effective Corona brake, not half-heartedly, but consistently with a clear time limit”. The federal and state governments would have to agree on rules that people understand. “There must be a strong joint response from the 16 countries tomorrow.” It is important to ensure the greatest possible health protection for the population without imposing a second lockdown. “Because the consequences would be damage to the children’s educational opportunities and economic damage that would exceed those from the spring.”

You need “different tools and ideas to meet the whole range of challenges that the pandemic poses.” Laschet spoke out in favor of a strict ban on contact, as in the spring, and it had proven to be effective after a few days the number of new infections has decreased. Each individual must now help to contain the virus and follow the rules in solidarity. Laschet pointed out that the vast majority of infections arise from private contacts, among friends and acquaintances. That is why he calls on citizens to drastically reduce their social contacts and to cancel all celebrations in November.

A lockdown with far-reaching restrictions on all public life should be avoided. Education and the economy should not be restricted. “There is a lot at stake if we want to prevent the lockdown, if we want to prevent the collapse of the economy, if we want to prevent the loss of many jobs, then we must now work together to achieve this great solidarity.” If we succeed, ourselves To concentrate in November, one could go into December in a “still crisis-ridden, but more relaxed Advent and Christmas season,” said Laschet. “Achieving this goal requires every effort”. November is the “month of decision”. Laschet said: “The school lessons, the educational opportunities of the children, the day-care center care deserve that all other areas help so that there is no further damage to children through weeks of absence from school and day-care centers.”

Laschet rejected a one-week corona lockdown for Germany that was brought up by the deputy CDU federal chairman Thomas Stobl. Rather, the goal must be that – as with the drastic measures in March – the daycare children, schoolchildren, families and economic life are not the ones to suffer again, said the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister. “I think a complete lockdown for a few days has all the damage just described in an increased manner. And nobody can guarantee that after seven days the situation will be better, ”said Laschet, who is also deputy CDU head of the federal government. “That’s why I think slowing down in November is more targeted than such a measure.”

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As if aged by ten years: Study: Mental decline due to Covid-19

An infection with the coronavirus can have long-term consequences. According to a study, the lung disease Covid-19 is said to have a drastic effect on brain function in the worst cases. There are, however, considerable doubts about the causal relationships.

According to one study, Covid-19 can have a significant impact on brain function. The worst cases of infection can be associated with mental deterioration equivalent to an aging of the brain by ten years. A study of more than 84,000 people, led by Adam Hampshire, a doctor at Imperial College London, found that coronavirus infection was associated with significant cognitive deficits for months in some severe cases.

“Our analyzes are consistent with the view that Covid-19 has chronic cognitive consequences,” the researchers wrote in a report on their results. “People who had recovered, including those who had no symptoms, showed significant cognitive deficits.”

Cognitive tests measure how well the brain is doing tasks – for example, remembering words or putting points together on a puzzle. Such tests are often used to assess brain performance in diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and can also help doctors assess transient brain disorders.

The Hampshire team analyzed the results of 84,285 people who completed a study called the Great British Intelligence Test. The Hampshire results have yet to be verified by other experts.

However, scientists who were not directly involved in the study stated that the results should be viewed with some caution. “The cognitive function of participants prior to Covid is unknown, and the results do not reflect long-term recovery, so the effects on how the brain works may be short-term,” said Joanna Wardlaw, professor of neuroimaging at Edinburgh University.

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New infections increase – stricter rules threaten

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The number of nine infections in Germany has recently skyrocketed.

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Berlin In front of the top CDU bodies, Angela Merkel warned again on Monday of a loss of control in the corona pandemic. “The situation is threatening,” said the Chancellor. Obviously, the measures taken so far are not sufficient, every day now counts.

The “Bild” newspaper first reported on Merkel’s statements, which were confirmed to the Handelsblatt from party circles. It was the latest warning from the Chancellor, who had sworn the country to difficult months in her podcast.

Merkel is likely to adopt a similar tone in her government statement in the Bundestag on Thursday. In addition, she wants to discuss the next steps in a video conference with the heads of government of the federal states this Wednesday. After this week, is Germany facing a lockdown like in the spring?

The federal and state governments want to avoid this scenario in any case. But the steeper the curve of new infections shoots up, the greater the political pressure. The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach said that the number of infections could be so high in a few weeks that there would then be no alternative to tough exit restrictions such as in spring. The number of new infections reported to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recently regularly exceeded the mark of 10,000 cases within 24 hours.

Criticism of government strategy

When evaluating the threat situation, politicians orientate themselves strongly to the number of infections – there is also criticism of this. A group of renowned German health experts points out that “the number of infections currently dominating the public debate cannot be equated with the severity of the disease in the epidemic”.

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The group that has dealt critically with the government strategy in several thesis papers since the spring includes former members of the Federal Government’s Advisory Council on Health, health insurance representatives and medical professors. Many infections went unnoticed or were only slightly impaired, the authors write in their most recent paper.

“The drama of the epidemic is only justified by the serious disease progression or death.” That means: Instead of the number of those who tested positive, the focus must be much more on the occupancy of the clinics and the disease progression in risk groups.

The map of the Federal Republic in the daily situation report of the RKI is increasingly colored in the red alarm color. More and more districts are considered risk areas, so they recorded more than 50 confirmed new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. In 71 districts, the so-called seven-day incidence was even over 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and in relation to the whole of Germany it rose to 75.

The number of reproductions (R value), which indicates how many people an infected person infects on average, is also in the red area. To contain an epidemic, R must be less than 1. According to the RKI, the value has been well above this threshold since the beginning of October, most recently at 1.39.

The new infections reported daily now exceed the number of cases from spring – however, the values ​​are only comparable to a limited extent, as much more is now being tested. But the new dynamics of the pandemic can be seen in the positive rate: if 0.75 percent of the corona tests were positive at the end of August, the rate was recently five times as high. The health authorities are increasingly overwhelmed with the follow-up of the contacts.

In contrast, the capacities in the hospitals are still in the green area. The number of Covid 19 patients in intensive care units rose to almost 1,300 last week, but according to the RKI, around 8,300 intensive care beds are still available in Germany. Five percent of reported corona cases currently have to be hospitalized, compared with more than 20 percent in the spring. The proportion of deceased among the reported Covid 19 cases has been continuously below one percent since the end of July.

Mean age is now 39 years

One explanation for the differences compared to spring is that it is now more likely that young people are infected who, statistically speaking, have a very low risk of a severe course of Covid 19 disease. In the past few weeks, however, more and more elderly people have been infected, the average age of the cases rose from 32 years at the end of August to 39 years. Since the disease is more severe in the elderly, the number of severe cases and deaths is increasing, according to the RKI.

Angela Merkel

The Chancellor will be discussing the situation with the Prime Minister on Wednesday.

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Merkel also warned the CDU leaders, according to meeting participants on Monday, that Germany could soon find itself in a “difficult situation” with intensive care beds. The Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) told Deutschlandfunk before the federal-state consultations this week that he did not believe “that we need or will have a lockdown situation like in spring”. But this will only succeed “if we, as federal states, work in concert with the federal government to set clear standards that are transparent for everyone”.

Protection of risk groups

The group of experts around the former health practitioners Matthias Schrappe and Gerd Glaeske calls for the protection of risk groups to be given greater focus instead of mental games about hard contact restrictions. The current debate on restrictions and safeguards is centered on the general population with an emphasis on younger or mobile people, they write.

The basic idea is to break the chains of infection. “It is questionable whether this will succeed,” the paper continues with a view to the spread of the virus.

The group proposes a number of preventive measures for risk groups. For example, hospitals and nursing homes should only be allowed to be entered with FFP2 masks, which offer a high level of protection against infections. In addition, elderly and sick people would have to receive free FFP2 masks through their doctor’s offices.

While there were major bottlenecks in professional protective masks in the spring, the federal government has now created large reserves. “It is better to use them now and replace them later than to manage them in warehouses.”

More: Cancellation of the party congress causes Zoff in the CDU – Merz: “Decision against the base”.

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COVID-19 in Puerto Rico: Health reports 234 positive cases, 125 probable and four recent deaths

The Department of Health reported this Tuesday 234 new positive cases and 125 probable COVID-19 which raised the totals for each line to 32,461 and 31,036, respectively.

The confirmed and probable cases reported correspond to samples taken between October 13 and 24. In that period, the day with the most cases registered was October 22 with 74 confirmed infections.

However, Salud adjusted the total number of confirmed cases by adding 29 cases with a sample collection date from April 28 to October 12. The same happened with the total of probable cases, although in this line 32 cases that had a positive molecular test were subtracted and there were six cases with a sample collection date of May 23 to September 28.

“The adjustments in totals are made as part of an effort by the Department of Health, entities and clinical laboratories, to ensure that any sample made for COVID-19 is registered in the Bio Portal, regardless of the date it was taken” , defended the agency in a press release.

Graph showing the accumulation of confirmed COVID-19 cases through the epidemic curve that continues to rise.

The agency also reported four new deaths, all confirmed, which brought the total number of deaths on the island to 808. Following today’s report, the deaths are broken down into 616 confirmed and 192 probable.

New confirmed deaths:

  • 89-year-old woman from the Bayamón region
  • 55-year-old man from the Bayamón region
  • 60-year-old woman from the Aguadilla region
  • 68-year-old man from the Bayamón region

“The change in the number of deaths should not be interpreted as having occurred in the last 24 hours. In the same way, it is important to point out that the death report may vary, to the extent that the processes of registration and codification of the causes of death take place, which could take several days, ”the statement cited.

However, the number of patients hospitalized for the virus rose to 395, representing 39 more patients than yesterday. Of the total hospitalized, 56 are confined in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 37 are connected to an artificial respirator.

Likewise, three minors are still being held in an ICU and only one is on an artificial respirator.

To date, the country’s hospitals have 186 intensive care beds and 752 artificial respirators available for adults.

Health defined probable death as the death of a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19 through a serological test (non-diagnostic) or whose death was recorded by his doctor using clinical criteria when evaluating symptoms. Meanwhile, confirmed deaths involve people who tested positive for a molecular (diagnostic) test.

Similarly, the term confirmed positive case refers to infections whose result was validated by a molecular test. Likewise, the probable case refers to that positive result for the disease that was obtained by serological test.

Confirmed positive cases

The total of 32,461 confirmed positive cases corresponds to 17,479 women and 14,982 men.

The group of patients between 20 and 29 years old dominates with the highest number of infections (5,689), followed by those between 30 and 39 years old (5,476) and those between 40 and 49 years old (5,473).

The metropolitan region is the one with the most confirmed positive cases with a total of 11,688, followed by the Bayamón region (7,309) and Caguas (4,297). However, it has 286 confirmed cases for which it has not been able to identify the region.

San Juan remains the municipality with the most confirmed infections with 6,267 cases, followed by Bayamón (2,723), Carolina (2,501) and Guaynabo (1,277). Health still does not have available the municipality of 607 confirmed cases.

Probable positive cases

The total of 31,036 probable positive cases is divided by 17,323 corresponding to women and 13,713 to men.

In this category, the group of patients between 20 and 29 years of age also registered the highest number of probable infected with 5,096, followed by the group of 40 to 49 years with 5,007 and that of 50 to 59 years with 4,937.

The metropolitan region dominates the statistics with 7,640 probable infected, followed by the Bayamón region (6,844) and Caguas (3,921). However, he has 248 probable cases for which he has not been able to identify the region.

San Juan is also the largest municipality with probable cases (3,951), followed by Bayamón (2,130) and Carolina (1,508). The agency does not have the town of 534 probable cases available.

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COVID-19 in Puerto Rico: Health reports 234 positive cases, 125 probable and four recent deaths

The Department of Health reported this Tuesday 234 new positive cases and 125 probable cases COVID-19 which raised the totals for each line to 32,461 and 31,036, respectively.

The confirmed and probable cases reported correspond to samples taken between October 13 and 24. In that period, the day with the highest cases registered was October 22 with 74 confirmed infections.

However, Salud adjusted the total number of confirmed cases by adding 29 cases with a sample collection date from April 28 to October 12. The same happened with the total of probable cases, although in this line 32 cases that had a positive molecular test were subtracted and six cases were added with a sample collection date from May 23 to September 28.

“The adjustments in totals are made as part of an effort by the Department of Health, entities and clinical laboratories, to ensure that any sample made for COVID-19 is registered in the Bio Portal, regardless of the date it was taken” , defended the agency in a press release.

Graph showing the accumulation of confirmed cases of COVID-19 through the epidemic curve that continues to rise.

The agency also reported four new deaths, all confirmed, which brought the total number of deaths on the island to 808. Following today’s report, the deaths are broken down into 616 confirmed and 192 probable.

New confirmed deaths:

  • 89-year-old woman from the Bayamón region
  • 55-year-old man from the Bayamón region
  • 60-year-old woman from the Aguadilla region
  • 68-year-old man from the Bayamón region

“The change in the number of deaths should not be interpreted as having occurred in the last 24 hours. In the same way, it is important to point out that the death report may vary, to the extent that the processes of registration and codification of the causes of death take place, which could take several days, ”the statement cited.

However, the number of patients hospitalized for the virus rose to 395, representing 39 more patients than yesterday. Of the total hospitalized, 56 are confined in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 37 are connected to an artificial respirator.

Likewise, three minors are still being held in an ICU and only one is on an artificial respirator.

To date, the country’s hospitals have 186 intensive care beds and 752 artificial respirators available for adults.

Health defined as probable death that death of a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19 by means of a serological test (non-diagnostic) or whose doctor registered the death using clinical criteria when evaluating the symptoms. Meanwhile, confirmed deaths involve people who tested positive for a molecular (diagnostic) test.

Similarly, the term confirmed positive case refers to infections whose result was validated by a molecular test. Likewise, the probable case refers to that positive result for the disease that was obtained by serological test.

Confirmed positive cases

The total of 32,461 confirmed positive cases corresponds to 17,479 women and 14,982 men.

The group of patients between 20 and 29 years old dominates with the highest number of infections (5,689), followed by those between 30 and 39 years old (5,476) and those between 40 and 49 years old (5,473).

The metropolitan region is the one with the most confirmed positive cases with a total of 11,688, followed by the Bayamón region (7,309) and Caguas (4,297). However, it has 286 confirmed cases for which it has not been able to identify the region.

San Juan remains the municipality with the most confirmed infections with 6,267 cases, followed by Bayamón (2,723), Carolina (2,501) and Guaynabo (1,277). Health still does not have available the municipality of 607 confirmed cases.

Probable positive cases

The total of 31,036 probable positive cases is divided by 17,323 corresponding to women and 13,713 to men.

In this category, the group of patients between 20 and 29 years of age also registered the highest number of probable infected with 5,096, followed by the group of 40 to 49 years with 5,007 and that of 50 to 59 years with 4,937.

The metropolitan region dominates the statistics with 7,640 probable infected, followed by the Bayamón region (6,844) and Caguas (3,921). However, he has 248 probable cases for which he has not been able to identify the region.

San Juan is also the largest municipality with probable cases (3,951), followed by Bayamón (2,130) and Carolina (1,508). The agency does not have available the town of 534 probable cases.

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Quarantine for objectors: Slovakia wants to test all citizens for four days

The Slovak government wants to slow down the further spread of the coronavirus in the country with rapid tests for everyone. After a test run over the weekend, around five million citizens are now being asked to smear.

Over the next two weekends, the Slovak government wants to test almost the entire population of the country for the corona virus. Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced on Monday evening that the national Corona crisis team had approved the plan after a pilot phase was successful last weekend. The founder of the populist-conservative election platform Ordinary People OLaNO had only announced the plan a week ago.

From Friday to Sunday, four areas on the Polish border that were particularly badly affected by the pandemic were tested, a total of around 180,000 people. In the next two phases, all residents over ten years old in the rest of the country are to be subjected to a rapid antigen test within four days, on Saturdays and Sundays. Participation in the tests is officially voluntary. However, anyone who cannot show a negative corona test in the days after the test has to go into a ten-day forced quarantine.

A feeling of security can be deceptive

The fact that the Fridays, which were also initially planned, were canceled is due to a staff shortage that health experts had warned of. Health Minister Marek Krajci said it was easier to find enough helpers on the two days off than on Friday. On Sunday, Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad, who was responsible for the organization, did not rule out the possibility that the tests of almost five million people might have to be canceled due to a lack of staff. Krajci had called on medical students and health workers to volunteer. In addition, the army is providing around 8,000 soldiers for the next mass tests.

Matovic said that the project could set an example for all of Europe. Chancellor Angela Merkel also showed great interest in talking to him, reported the head of government. Even in this first phase, “an estimated 6000 potential spreaders of the virus were discovered, which under normal circumstances would not have been noticed,” said Matovic to the TV broadcaster TA3. But he also admitted that doubts about the accuracy of the rapid tests were justified and warned against a “deceptive feeling of security”. Even those who got a negative test result should continue to pay attention to safety rules such as wearing mouth and nose protection.

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Gustavo and Adriana die a week apart

The pandemic it moves faster and faster and has now hit the world. In recent weeks, the Covid it seems to have spread uncontrollably throughout Europe, but the situation is not rosy in other continents as well. The story of Gustavo Salemme and his wife Adriana Cheble, both medici and positive results after getting infected in Hospital in Argentina, proves it.

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Been married for 40 years

Gustavo and Adriana, respectively 67 and 62 years old, were two Argentine doctors from Cordoba, married for 40 years and with three children, who tested positive, died a week later: Gustavo died on 9 October last, his wife Adriana on the 16th. The news was revealed by the couple’s eldest son, Matìas, who sent a long message to sensitize everyone on the severity of the virus. The man had explained to the Infobae portal: “I no longer lived with my parents, but the family had suddenly divided: my younger brother, who lived with them, had tested positive, and my sister, who is pregnant, has never seen my parents after learning of their positivity ».

Gustavo and Adriana’s son, after thanking friends and family (“The pain and mourning are only alleviated by their affection”), has decided to send a message on Instagram. “Beyond what one might believe about this pandemic, the quarantine, the government, the restrictions and the measures, the only real and concrete thing is that the virus exists and can kill. If we do not become aware of this and do not start behaving with social responsibility, we will hardly get out of it “- reads the post -” We have to take care of each other, this virus does not forgive: we respect the protocols and we will get out faster. Let’s help the doctors who are giving their lives for all of us in our own small way, let’s take care of ourselves and others, it’s not that difficult. We must be responsible and take precautionary measures, starting with masks and social distancing ».

Matìas, in Infobae, then added: «Everyone must understand that a few days are enough to lose a loved one. Mine died a week later. I know that, wherever they are, they will give me the strength to go on and I am happy that they are together ».

Covid Italy, bulletin of today 26 October: 141 deaths and 17,012 new cases, but fewer swabs

Covid Italia, the bulletin of today 26 October 2020. There are 17,012 new cases of coronavirus in Italy. The deaths are 141. The swabs made in the last 24 hours are 124,686, down compared to yesterday when 161,880 were carried out (-37 thousand approximately). The percentage of positives on the swabs carried out is around 13.6%.

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