As #COVID19 cases are found to spread, #Melbourne (city of ~5 million) tries to contain them by going into #Lockdown.
(The interview features the idea of a dedicated #Quarantine building - that would actually help, I guess)...
3 #university students in #Koblenz (Germany) were tested for #COVID19: positive.
At least 10 contacts then came forward with symptoms, too.
A mass testing of 188 students took place today.
3 dorms are quarantined, now.
#Austria´s Carinthia region worries about ´unruly #Tourists´.
As appeals for responsible behaviour didn´t seem to work,
"#mask-wearing will be mandatory in tourist-hotspots" (sic !).
but only from 9pm to 2 am. ktn.gv.at/Service/News?n…
Sounds like "widespread community transmission"... #Melbourne
#Tokyo´s city government wants to act,
but as they have no legal power to close #nightlife establishments
and asking people to "decide wisely, if they really should go there" didn´t work,
they try another way:
A week ago, #Luxembourg´s Health Minister already worried about a sudden re-surge in #COVID19 cases.
"It´s the barbecues, family parties,... people misunderstood the relaxation of confinement rules and are taking it to the max..."
"50 cases per day." msan.gouvernement.lu/fr/actualites.…
This weekend, the situation in #Luxembourg seems to have worsened:
it´s 83 new #COVID cases per day, now....
These days, #Luxembourg's tracing unit is processing 300 new #COVID19 contacts per day.
Each contact tracing call takes ~2-3 hours!!!
"every time we succed in convincing a case to isolate at home, we prevent 3-4 new cases from happening"
There was the idea to promote domestic tourism by giving travel discounts to #Japan's citizens.
As #COVID19 cases surge citizens of & voyages to #Tokyo may now be left out of that plan.
(And #Osaka asks to maybe not apply it to them as well)
Due to continuing outbreaks, #Melbourne will now have a mandatory facecover (mask) rule.
"It doesn't come at an enormous cost to the Victorian economy,
It still allows us to go about our business, and for going shopping for the basics when you need them."
It is said 80% of #Victoria´s new cases are from workplace transmissions.
Like abattoirs or even a law firm, refusing their employees to work from home.
And, apparently, "discouraging staff from wearing masks" is a thing as well...:
Japan's 2nd largest city #Osaka is reporting high case numbers for some days now.
A mobile test station in their most popular entertainment district now found:
1 in 5 tests came out #COVID19 "positive"!
"Young people lose their fear and spread the virus"
Japan´s neighborhood watches are a quite "effective" form of social control.
Nothing goes unseen.
This sticker was issued in Hakodate City (Hokkaido):
"函館在住" (Hakodate resident) would spare you some trouble when having the sticker on your car, there. www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2020…
The "Hakodate resident" car-sticker is one of many exhibits in Hokkaido´s new "World of Corona" museum.
The idea is to preserve typical "artefacts" (masks, posters,...) of our pandemic period, so that we can look back and wonder about this crazy time...
The mayor of Fukuoka City (south-west Japan) says
"We see, the second wave has arrived"
Young people are urged to stay away from the elderly.
By the end of this week, all ambulances and rescue helicopters will be equipped with "isolation" stretchers. www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2020…
The "isolation stretcher" in Japan´s ambulances is a simple add-on cover to standard stretchers.
Its main focus is to prevent potential contamination of the ambulance´s interior (therefore avoiding the need to sanitize the whole car after every transport)
3 months ago, it was quite common that a city had only one dedicated ambulance for #COVID19 transports.
This example from Ikoma City (Nara Prefecture, Japan) shows how they tried to create some level of "protection" with vinyl sheets...
Yikes! #Victoria has a record of 484 new cases over night.
3.810 were tested "positive" in the last 2 weeks.
3.400 of them had felt sick,
but continued daily life without isolation.
2.056 of them continued as before, even while waiting for test results!
"5 days prior to an attempt to #kiss someone,
you should reduce contact to everyone else, wear a N95 mask, fill out a daily questionaire and have 2 tests."
Says #Germany´s Occupational Health & Safety standard...
Once a person's test results come in as "positive", they need to be interviewed to find out and warn all their close contacts.
But in #Victoria, ~25% of interviews couldn't be done, because no one answered the phone.
So, they'll have personal visits, now.
To avoid the earlier mess of Ischgl´s evacuation, #Austria has a plan for the St. Wolfgang #cluster:
If a tourist tests "positive", he will be transported home by police (not allowed to travel alone).
~tests for tourists are VOLUNTARY
~results take 48 h orf.at/stories/317508…
Meanwhile, german press reports
"first tourists abort their visit to St Wolfgang (#Austria´s current #cluster) and leave"...
Interesting point of view by delegates of tourism and a doctor in #Austria´s #cluster area St Wolfgang:
"(regular) Testing of personnel without symptoms makes no sense - it´s like trying to avoid pregnancy by taking a test..."
#Austria´s St Wolfgang #Cluster was only detected when one hotel employee started to show typical #COVID19 symptoms (tuesday).
Probably, by that time at least 22 of her colleagues had already been infected (allegedly without obvious/serious symptoms)...
According to a regional spokesman, test results from saturday's tests found 9 more cases in #Austria's St Wolfgang #cluster.
Making it 53 cases. No indication whether the new cases are employees, residents or guests...
(sunday's results not in, yet)
Q: How many contacts are there, and where are they now? In Quarantine?
A: We don´t know yet.
But we don´t think there´ll be a need for emergency measures, since they have dispersed all over Austria... facebook.com/ooe.gv.at/vide…
Yes, during today's press conference they stated they had no knowledge of contacts or cases in St Wolfgang's neighboring towns.
And then came this doctor, suggesting that the neighbors would maybe not test accurately and there'd be clusters everywhere...
#Austria's St Wolfgang #cluster is now affecting 2 districts. The cases in St Wolfgang's neighboring towns belong to #Salzburg district.
And they have a different approach:
-testing is exclusively focused on trainees in tourism (starts today) apa.at/news/salzburg-…
It´s getting weird around #Austria´s St Wolfgang #cluster.
Official results say:
56 of them are personnel (~40 of them young trainees)
5 are youth from neighboring towns
"We are facing a critical situation and are on the verge of an explosive increase of infections.
We need to take measures to curb it." www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ne…
#Tokyo´s new countermeasures:
Calling it "SPECIAL warning" now.
Asking citizens to please not go drinking too much.
Bars who reduce their serving time will receive a fancy rainbow sticker to demonstrate their cooperation (and get 200.000 JPY compensation). www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2020…
After yesterday´s record of 367 new #COVID19 cases, #Tokyo counts 463 new cases today.
The next level of "stark warnings" is now:
"We are almost at the point where declaring a State of Emergency just for Tokyo has to be considered"
Meanwhile, #Japan is fearing #Tokyo´s outbreaks have already spilled all over the country.
Experts suggest it is driven by "uncooperative establishments" (like bars and nightclubs).
Offices, public transport and shops were not an issue... www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ne…
After 3 weeks of #Lockdown, case numbers are still getting worse.
People calling for stronger measures, while others just don´t care at all.
(#Victoria´s Premier has the job to get everyone on board - and he looks pretty annoyed in this article´s video) sbs.com.au/news/simply-un…
"If the sacrifice (of #Victoria going into ´stage 4´ #Lockdown) has to be made, they must do that on the condition that this will be the last one - that we aim for elimination of community transition".
Australia's state of #Victoria is expected to go into a drastic #Lockdown mode very soon.
It's not just because of the high number of new cases.
It's because of the high number of cases where a source of infection is still unknown...
"8 citizens had participated in a bus excursion to visit a cheesefactory in the Netherlands and got infected. After their return, they infected 7 family members". offenbach.de/leben-in-of/ge…
Another detail from the #Offenbach outbreaks:
"Many (non-infected family members) are living together in quarantine with infected persons, being at high risk to become infected as well..."
"But that would pose no threat to the public"
(🤔Is this "acceptable collateral damage" ?)
Just like they said:
"in quarantine, non-infected family members are at high risk of becoming infected as well" #Offenbach reports an infected family,
including an 8 month infant
and the 4 year old, who was attending #kindergarten...
(contacts quarantined) offenbach.de/leben-in-of/ge…
#Japan´s argument so far was
"No need to worry much, it´s the young ones and they don´t even need hospital visits"
Recent data shows
hospital admittance surges:
Tokyo has a ´decent´ 5-fold increase.
Aichi pref. sees 60-fold increase (from 3 to 195) !
The 9 #students who came back "positive" from #Croatia,
already caused 53 contacts to be quarantined in their hometown in #Germany.
Now it turns out they didn´t wear masks during most of the bus-trip and during their stay
(german health authority says). swr.de/swraktuell/bad…
A wave of anger is raging now, in #Germany:
towards the students, who supposedly didn´t care.
and towards the german travel agency who apparently claims it´s none of their business how their guests behave (they don´t see any need to take consequences...) swr.de/swraktuell/bad…
The mayor of #Lauenau (Germany´s first town declaring a collapsed drinking water supply) explains:
"our feed from the #water wells is still normal,
(despite recent drought)
its really the high demand that´s overwhelming our supply" ndr.de/nachrichten/ni…
Out of the blue.
After 102 #COVID-free days
4 connected cases appear in #Auckland, NZ.
There's no known source.
Level 3 #Lockdown will come into force immediately.
The #Auckland family #Cluster is already (probably) spreading.
4 more "probable cases" have been found. 2 from the same family and 2 family members' co-workers.
("probable" means: they do have typical symptoms and they were close contacts)... rnz.co.nz/news/national/…
A new Health & Safety rule by #Germany´s Labor Ministry states:
"Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 happens PRIMARILY and with great effectivity via #Airborne droplets (#AEROSOLS)..."
Effectiveness of room #Ventilation can be evaluated by checking #CO2 levels.
Normally, a CO2 level of 1.000 ppm would be acceptable.
During the epidemic phase, this level should be lower / kept as low as possible...
Here's a little test I did:
I hate aircon, so I left windows tilted-open today (yes, it was 35 C)
at noon, I closed windows & door of the standard office room (only me in the room, today). Aircon on, cosy 26 C...
Within 1.5 hours
CO2 concentration rose from 500 to 800 ppm !😕
New Zealand's #Auckland cluster now:
-more cases among colleagues in a finance office
-more cases in the cold storage warehouse
-spread into another region (a stage 3 #Lockdown for entire North Island now suggested)
-a church might be involved, too...
Another group of students from Germany is back from their party trip to Croatia´s Pag island.
3 of 23 became infected during their trip.
At least - there´s currently no way to enforce testing for all 23, since (for Germany) Croatia is still no "risk area" zvw.de/lokales/fellba…
Croatia is seeing "all green" for #Pag party island as well
(maybe because typical #party goers don´t stay long enough - they show first #COVID19 symptoms / receive positive tests when arriving back home, so their case is counted in their home country...) croatiacovid19.info
Croatia´s tourism dept. seems quite "creative" in advertising the country as "#COVID19 safe"
They said "Croatia is on a list of recommended destinations" in Germany.
Actually, there´s no such list,
it´s just that they weren´t on the travel warning list. udrugaturizma.hr/covid-19-info/…
Now it seems, #Croatia´s tourism tactics might be facing a grim reality:
as even Croatia´s local #COVID19 cases have surged to record numbers for 3 days in a row,
neighboring countries are introducing measures to protect themselves. nytimes.com/reuters/2020/0…
It seems developments in a small group will now affect all of Croatia´s tourism.
The surge in cases seems to come from young people and
"two thirds can be linked to bigger gatherings on the Adriatic coast"
(that´s where the typical party locations are.) seenews.com/news/croatia-c…
In search for the source of the new #Outbreak, New Zealand has now ordered tests of all people who had been to the North Island´s major #ports within the last 4 weeks(!)
#Germany´s Disease Centre #RKI has issued a new #Aerosol risk assessment:
🟩In case of loud speaking, singing, laughing, there´s a significant transmission risk...
🟨indoor: even with 1.5m distancing⚠️
🟦outdoor: under 1.5m, when wearing no face cover rki.de/DE/Content/Inf…
Today, #Germany´s new #COVID19 HSE ruleset might come into force, giving employers the choice between:
distancing of 1.5m
or installing PVC screens
or let employees wear face masks. bmas.de/DE/Presse/Meld…
#France has announced they want wearing #masks to become mandatory in ALL workplaces
(😷shared among 2 persons or more😷).
No matter the distance
No matter if there are PVC screens
South Korea sees itself in a whirl of outbreaks: churches, a large rally, coffee chain, sports facility, denial of contact data
"if the country fails to trace contacts, it may face serious virus situations similar to those in the United States and Europe."
in Dalmatia region alone:
153 new cases over night,
incidence of 82.52 active cases per 100.000 (croatian) inhabitants.
a second index, counting all tourists as "population" is 56.62 croatiacovid19.info
"A record number of newly infected, and most are young."
“The worst mistake was granting nightclubs permission to work and be a source of infection. We should have removed that permission not just because of outside pressure, but to protect our citizens,”
while #Antwerp had managed to bring its #COVID19 incidence down (with masks, curfew and some #lockdown measures),
one week of "wearing masks in public" didn't help much in #Brussels - they stick out as "red zone", with still growing incidence.
(there were speculations, #Germany would hesitate to declare EU Capital #Brussels a #COVID19 Risk Area,
-Germany has EU presidency at the moment
-a meeting with a multitude of EU representatives was scheduled in Berlin, next week.)
South Korea seems to be caught in a spiral of:
🔃surging case numbers,
leading to drastic measures (especially on churches),
which provoke large protests against measures,
that are in turn "causing more infections"...🔃
9 experts replied to the question "Why is #Spain being hit again by #COVID19?"
They all essentially say “We wanted to get back to normality too quickly”.
But there´s more to it. Every specialist adds his personal view on: schools, family life, economy... english.elpais.com/society/2020-0…
So one can hardly imagine, this threat is real:
"#Munich citizens - if you don´t get your act together and keep #COVID19 infections below 35 (new cases/100.000 inhabitants per week), BEER SALES WILL STOP!"
Some companies in #France are now collecting used #masks to #recycle them !
First they come into a 7-day "quarantine", to let their potential contamination "die off".
Then they will be shredded and moulded into new parts for faceshields.
Ohhhhhh hohohooooo noooooo
(feeling for all #Munich citizens):
It was just announced that
despite all efforts,
the "critical incidence barrier" of 35
was broken. It´s 35.27 today.
A #BeerBan IS IN FORCE! NO BEER IN MUNICH!
(at least at night) muenchen.de/aktuell/2020-0…
Fernando de Noronha, an island off #Brazil´s coast has special restrictions (environment rules, tourist limits) to keep their paradise safe.
Tomorrow, they´re going to let #Tourists back.
You need to prove, you already had #COVID19 ! noronha.pe.gov.br/index.php
Actually, Fernando de Noronha´s plan is more sophisticated:
to prevent people with reinfections coming to the island,
tourists will need to provide a recent ELISA test (max. 90 days old), or CPR test (min. 20 days old).
COVID rules (and their discussion) can become quite absurd.
With mask: the lawyer who is fighting against the rule to wear masks outdoors (in parts of #France).
No mask: a doctor, justifying he doesn't need to wear a mask indoors, but people outdoors do
Mayors in #France's "Bas-Rhin" departement have also opposed the prefectural rule to impose outdoor mask wearing in their cities.
(they weren't consulted and "other measures would be more helpful"). Controls will mostly be by federal, not local police.
#Germany is talking about reducing #isolation down to 5 days.
But mind the details:
-it's 5 days after a person *started to show #COVID19 symptoms*
-it might also apply to asymptomatic persons in clusters, but with a final clearing test after 5 days.
With growing #COVID19 case numbers, #France would feel a significant impact by quarantine / isolation alone.
To compensate this, the isolation period was shortened.
Instead of 14 days it´s now 7 days (at least).
That´s only for those WITH (mild) symptoms! ameli.fr/assure/covid-1…
"Those who are now coming into intensive care, are the same as in March: aged people" - "This shows we don´t have a ´Maginot defence line´. Even if it starts with young people, the virus will inevitably affect our most vulnerable ones"
This is the history of #COVID19 in #Spain (so far).
They always publish accumulated case numbers before the weekend. So this friday´s record number of 12.000 new cases needs to be taken with a grain of salt...
A long way back to normal... #Melbourne is about to 'enjoy' the first tiny steps.
After being in #Lockdown for over 2 months (harsh "Stage 4" rules for the last 6 weeks), rules are going to ease (a bit) tonight...
A student of a school in #Bavaria was found #COVID19 "positive".
Now it turns out she might have been infected by her general practitioner.
He is said to have COVID symptoms, had been tested "positive" and just kept on working with patients... br.de/nachrichten/ba…
The first batch of results from the mass testing after the #Garmisch superspread event are in:
Out of 740 tests (on sunday), 3 have been found "positive".
This means nearly all contacts had already been found earlier.
- strict #Lockdown of the most affected city districts
- preparations to reopen the huge make-shift #COVID19 hospital at the city´s trade fair (in case a new run on hospitals would happen). larazon.es/madrid/2020091…
Their dedicated #COVID19 units are saturated.
To keep treating regular patients, hospitals of #Marseille are recruiting 200 additional staff.
They already found 100.
They're afraid the rapidly incoming wave of COVID patients might overtake their efforts.
#Switzerland´s Vaud district faces a lack of medical staff, too.
So they came up with "Social Quarantine":
essential personnel need to continue to work, even if they were exposed to SARS-CoV-2.
They will face #quarantine measures in private life only. 20min.ch/fr/story/letra…
The "Work while in #Quarantine" idea isn´t new. It was also put into force by University Hospital of Aachen (Europe´s largest hospital), when they were hit by the very first #COVID19 wave (in March).
A while ago, a "socially very active" group of seniors made a bustrip to the Chech Republic.
When they returned back home to #Germany, 19 out of 30 were #COVID19 "positive".
A few days ago, one of them (84) died.
Berlin isn´t out of the woods, either.
The most popular parts like #Kreuzberg experience a remarkable rise in #COVID19 cases.
This map shows yesterday´s numbers. The updated map will see Kreuzberg cross the "incidence 50 alert level", and a R-value of ~1.5 berlin.de/corona/lageber…
Official numbers of #RKI are based on Berlin´s district numbers.
If one district goes above "incidence 50", you´d be automatically barred from staying in hotels in some states or banned from some companies.
At the same time, only one indicator is still "yellow" (as R number for entire Berlin has dropped below 1).
Berlin´s own rules would not require them to react, now. berlin.de/corona/lageber…
Germany has announced a load of new (international) #COVID19 Risk Areas", including
- parts of Denmark (around Copenhagen)
- now nearly entire France
- Dublin region in Ireland
- Utrecht Province in NL
- more of Austria
- Czech republic, nearly entirely... rki.de/DE/Content/Inf…
France has reduced #COVID19 isolation / #quarantine period to 7 days (with final PCR test), Belgium wants to follow.
Germany´s #RKI just issued a report, saying:
"Reducing quarantine below 10 days would mean a greater risk (even with PCR test as clearing) rki.de/DE/Content/Inf…
#France´s government has just announced that #Marseille would be posed under "Maximum Alert", with all bars and restaurants having to close.
The #COVID19-Vice-Counselor of #Madrid has issued a statement, that demanding a #Lockdown of all city districts with higher incidence than 500 (new cases / 100.000 inhabitants per 14 days) would be "almost as harmful as the virus itself"...
(Stage 1 - only one #COVID19 case in class)
* case stays home
* contacts need to wear masks for 5 days
* class will continue to go to school, but "avoids exchange with other classes"
* no quarantine men.public.lu/dam-assets/fr/…
(Stage 2 - multiple #COVID19 cases in one class)
* class will be quarantined
* the #teacher may be quarantined, practising remote teaching OR, according to requirements "continues to teach (in classes) while wearing a mask" men.public.lu/fr/actualites/…
(Note: #Berlin´s lab results are usually lower on weekends.
So it could become interesting, as "Berlin Mitte" district has broken the 50 incidence limit today (saturday)...
#Vienna´s mobile #COVID19 test-team call themselves "ClusterBusters".
Their van (the "Cluster Buster Bus") is equipped with a new rapid test device, enabling them to perform 48 tests per hour, with first results after 30 minutes.
The "Ernstig" /serious #COVID19 condition in NL is defined by:
"-measures aren´t adhered to
- contact tracing isn´t effective any more
- treatment capacity is insufficient
- number of infections is rising rapidly
In response to rising #COVID19 numbers, the city of #Berlin has announced that #masks will become mandatory in #Office spaces.
(That´s similar to restaurants: no mask while seated at your table, 😷but mask, whenever you are at risk of bumping into others)
District "Mitte" is above incidence "50".
Neukölln and Kreuzberg are close to crossing that crucial (federal) limit.
The average incidence for entire #Berlin has just broken their local limit of "30" as well (so this indicator turned "RED")
#Berlin´s indicator for ICU occupation stands at 2.4%, today. (Yesterday: 2.1%)
That sounds low.
But the curve seems to suggest the beginning of exponential growth (maybe). berlin.de/corona/lageber…
For the third time in one week,
Germany has updated the list of regions it regards as "#COVID19 Risk Areas".
Belgium (now entire country)
Iceland (entire country)
France (now nearly entirely)
Parts of Ireland, North Ireland, Estonia, Lithuania,... rki.de/DE/Content/Inf…
"From today on, there's no more obligation to wear masks outdoors in Belgium"...
(except: in crowded places,
anywhere, where you can't keep your distance, in covered spaces, ... - so they just adopted a more pragmatic solution than earlier "everywhere") info-coronavirus.be/fr/news/cns-23…
it might be, #Sweden starts to go the path of another wave,
like all the other countries...
Under the impression of surging #COVID19 cases in the #Netherlands, dutch government has "strongly advised" everyone to wear #masks.
But the director of their disease center #RIVM says
"That´s primarily a political decision, ordinary masks don´t help much" nos.nl/artikel/235070…
Mittelberg and Jungholz, 2 tiny towns of #Austria,
are technically exclaves.
Only acces is via german territory.
As they had zero #COVID19 cases recently,
a petition was started to exempt them from #Germany´s Quarantine list.
"Staphorst" is trending in the Netherlands - and it´s a very emotional topic...
Loads of people are upset, as it became known that a church in the town of #Staphorst was holding several big indoor services without masks, but with singing, today... nos.nl/artikel/235094…
Technically, the church in Staphorst uses some arguments:
-"Authorities cannot answer if singing in church would be (ir)responsible" (that´s actually true regarding dutch authorities)
-"risc of infection is dependent on space, crowd size and ventilation" hhkstaphorst.nl/uploads/124/ni…
It seems, the church in Staphorst has been practising singing without masks already for a while.
(They have an elaborated "COVID-ruleset" around that).
But there was an update, 2 days ago:
NOW THEY WILL CLOSE THE CHURCH DOORS
(as it is cold weather)
Technically, the church in Staphorst is within the (messed up) dutch COVID-rules.
So they held their services today, with no masks behind closed doors.
"I can´t say no-one gets infected. But I´m not afraid..."
Some understood criticism,
some didn´t care.
#Staphorst, ~50 years ago:
An outbreak of #Polio.
39 sick, 5 died.
The sickness had already been eradicated years ago.
But the #church members in this town had refused vaccination.
As a reaction of yesterday´s controversial church service in Staphorst, the government of the #Netherlands with representatives of multiple religions worked out an "Advise for Practicing Faith with Caution" today.
Featuring "no singing" and "wearing masks" rijksoverheid.nl/actueel/nieuws…
#Amsterdam had been transferring #COVID19 patients to other regions of the #Netherlands for a while.
Now hospitals in the surrounding regions start to reduce their regular treatments, to cope with the rising influx of COVID patients.
Today, #Berlin´s own #COVID19 indication system switched to "Double Red"
(Reproduction number too high for too long, AND
Incidence too high).
This technically implies Berlin needs to stop the "discussing" stage and
"take action" berlin.de/corona/lageber…
Berlin´s "action" in response to rapidly rising #COVID19 numbers:
-bars etc. will need to close at night (11 pm- 6 am)
-the guest limit for parties will be lowered from 25 to 10
Although hospital admissions rise slower than in the 1st wave, hospitals in the #Netherlands need to reduce normal treatment to treat #COVID19 cases.
But this time, NL looks for early pressure-relief.
They already organize optional IC treatment in Germany skipr.nl/nieuws/nederla…
Oh dear, tweets from #Poland:
"-since 2 weeks, massive rise in #COVID19 case numbers
-75 "positive" cases died today
-outbreaks at hospitals (personnel affected)
-ambulances wait long times to be accepted at hospitals"
#Berlin is near breaking the "incidence 50" limit, that would classify the entire city as #COVID19 Risk Area.
It would require Berliners to provide a "negative" #COVID19 test, if they´d like to stay in hotels in other parts of Germany
(that´s their main sorrow, today)
Not far way from #Poland, #COVID19 patients make up a mere 3.3% of #Berlin´s ICU occupation, today.
30.5% of beds are empty for now.
(that´s only in regular hospitals. Not taking into account a large trade-fair COVID-hospital on standby)
#Poland is a country of pragmatic people:
"The ministry also decided to introduce a requirement of a distance of at least 100 metres between individual gatherings, explaining that...
to date different gatherings had been held in the same place."🤣 polandin.com/50240017/covid…
"Europe surprised by rapid increase of infections in the #Netherlands."
(5.831 new #COVID19 cases detected in NL in one day.)
After weeks, #Madrid and #Spain´s government are still fighting over #Lockdown.
A court ruled that the government could not limit the fundamental right of freedom of movement without resorting to a state of alarm.
So, a State of Alarm has just been issued.
Officially, in the #Netherlands, #Aerosols "play a minor role (if any)" in transmitting SARS-CoV-2 (according to #RIVM´s latest guidelines)...
"You are not a close contact if you haven´t been closer than 1.5m to a postive case".
Special measures in south german student town of #Tübingen:
You may still have an outdoor party.
If it´s more than 10 folks, local police will briefly join and register contact data.
*no contact taken If you can show the COVID-App on your phone is working* tuebingen.de/amtliche_bekan…
Today was the day, the #Netherlands hoped to see first results of their "strongly advised #COVID19 measures".
They saw a new record number instead:
6.504 new cases detected.
German authorities worked through the weekend to stop/undo the effects of a large batch of belated infection reports.
Seems they succeded.
Color code has changed from RED to orange. Residents are now welcome in other states again.
#RKI published a guideline on "#COVID19 prevention in #Schools", today,
"-children and adolescents can become infected and can infect others
-but they are less often infected than adults" rki.de/DE/Content/Inf…
Berlin´s heatmap tells a different story...
#Berlin´s authorities seem to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of #COVID19 contact administration.
District "Mitte" has now issued an ordinance, obliging everyone to self-isolate the very moment he receives information he´s a "close contact" by phone.
The #Netherlands are shocked:
some by 7.400 new cases
some by new measures, they thought would never come:
A "partial #Lockdown" comes into force tomorrow:
- all bars and restaurants closed
- receiving visits only once a day
- masks in indoor public spaces rijksoverheid.nl/actueel/nieuws…
Local health authorities in the #Netherlands say they "lost overview and grip on infections ~3 weeks ago".
"We had the means for good source and contact tracing for up to 2.000 #COVID19 cases per day" - that mark fell on September 21.
Interestingly, a court in south #Germany has just declared the regional "accomodation ban" for visitors from german risk areas as disproportionate/void.
🤔But why should neighbours from #France then be banned from (private) visits?
Officially declared now, but effective only from saturday on: #Germany´s list of #COVID19 "risk areas" is now listing
entire #France (yes, with Grand-Est region, as expected)
much more of Switzerland
and... Sweden is back !
(among many others) rki.de/DE/Content/Inf…
(told you so)
German courts ruled
"Hotels haven´t caused any outbreaks, so banning them from giving rooms to people from risk areas is disproportionate"
No, the problem causing outbreaks was people moving out of risk areas...
🤷it´s about TRAVEL BANS now. welt.de/politik/deutsc…
Don´t touch it - it´s fragile, you´ll break it...
but noooooo - "WE WANT TO GO ON HOLIDAYS, IT´S OUR RIGHT OF FREE MOVEMENT"....🤦
(now there´s no accomodation ban (still allowing day trips)
=> but you MIGHT get a complete travel ban)
Another court ruling (in #Berlin):
Longer closing times for bars are disproportionate.
"Closing bars at night would not have substantial effect on slowing down the spread of the pandemic"... berlin.de/aktuelles/berl…
Two approaches: (1) When #Melbourne/VIC had 76 cases per day, and thought they might still be able to confine outbreaks, they put parts of Melbourne into strict #Lockdown, stage 3.
(it didn´t work out
cases didn´t decline until a later level 4 lockdown)
Two approaches (2) Today, #Berlin has registered 676 new #COVID19 cases.
They know, contact tracing has become ineffective.
Most outbreaks are not in clusters, but diffuse. It´s widespread.
Level of restrictions:
"Public events in closed spaces are (only) allowed 1.000 visitors."
Berlin´s #COVID19 number today (676 new cases/ ~4 m residents) is roughly the same as the highest number in entire #Victoria (687 new cases / ~6 m residents) ever was
Due to "highly dynamic developments, where cities became hotspots within hours /days", the "Pandemic Level 3" will affect the ENTIRE STATE of Baden-Württemberg.
Regardless of the current case numbers in a specific area.
The #Netherlands seem to turn around.
One week after introducing a bit stricter rules (like closing all bars and restaurants, a bit more mask wearing,...) their #COVID19 numbers are off the skyrocketing-trajectory, going down again.
"We´re completely full right now.
We expect a stream of #COVID19 patients later in the day."
By transferring some to Maastricht, they hope they might cope nos.nl/video/2353310-…
NL patient coordinator about hospital admissions:
"The first wave was like a tidal wave.
But this one is a tsunami:
at first, it looks like a small wave. But then the mass of water keeps rushing in. And it will not stop when infections finally slow down." nos.nl/artikel/235332…
"The number of #COVID19 patients in intensive care is rising much faster than in normal hospital care.
Half of #Netherlands´ ICU beds are now occupied by #COVID19 patients.
Stretched out resources in #Belgium.
The mayor of Luik/Liège has asked the army for help.
They won´t deploy a field hospital (they haven´t any left anyway), but try to re-equip a recently disused hospital building. vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2020…
#Slovakia´s Mass-testing campaign has started in areas worst hit by #COVID19.
61.905 rapid tests were performed in 4 counties.
2.225 were found to be "positive & infectious".
(~3.6% of the population there is "currently capable to infect others") spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/…
Due to low accuracy of rapid tests, #Slovakia´s Prime Minister posted a warning that (statistically) ~4.450 test participants may have received a "negative" result,
but were actually #COVID19 infected and might become infectious later on.
"Stay cautious!" facebook.com/igor.matovic.7…
There´s high "motivation" to take part in #Slovakia´s "voluntary" mass testing:
▫️Only those who can provide a "negative" test result are allowed to leave home.
▫️(Who cannot leave home, cannot work and will therefore get no payments...)
According to #Slovakia´s Defence Minister (in charge of the test campaign), the rate of "people with currently high viral load" differs among locations:
one town has detected 5.15% "infectious citizens",
another 2.31%, so far. facebook.com/JaroNadPublic/…
#Austria´s hospital occupation with #COVID19 patients is now higher than during the first wave.
"Anti-contagion measures must be calibrated on future numbers, not on today's ones.
To work they must appear DISPROPORTIONATE compared to today.
If they seem proportionate it is because they are insufficient."
0. #Victoria way was successful.
Be aware: the measures to achieve this were deemed "disproportionate" by quite a few.
It's not an easy way. Making sure everyone comes along might be the hardest task...
The last time Victoria had zero cases was 9 June, 139 days ago.
(a test campaign just confirmed it)
These results give us confidence — confidence that even if we do identify positive cases in any further tests — we are firmly on top of this virus." dhhs.vic.gov.au/updates/corona…
#Melbourne will move out of lockdown...
Under the Third Step, and from 11:59pm on Tuesday, Melbourne will move from "stay home" to "stay safe", with no more restrictions on the reasons to leave home🍻
The 25-kilometre limit though, will remain in place.⛔️
When questionned by a commission "Why didn't you stop Netherlanders from going on holidays in risk areas abroad?", the head of #RIVM answered:
"There's currently few places worse-off than NL.
So they'd rather bring the virus to elsewhere than importing it"
And then there's #Switzerland, changing their travel restrictions today, saying:
"As we're currently one of the worst-off places, we'll only restrict entry from places that are (much) more worse-off than we."
Leaving only a handful of countries restricted
It´s "all hands on deck" in #Belgium,
with students, volunteers, re-trained specialists, army,...
everyone is trying to keep healthcare going, despite huge stress from #COVID19 influx.
Doctors use some free minutes to demand "Stop infections, #Lockdown!"
"Ladies and Gentlemen,
unfortunately this means, that the capacities of our hospitals will be surpassed."
(Even if this week´s measures would show effect).
"We already scrapped all elective treatments in our hospitals (you´ll have to wait for tumor surgery, now). Apparently that didn´t change much in the projected course.
Max capacity will be reached within ~2 weeks. (Red dotted line)" ncs-tf.ch/de/policy-brie…
#Germany is preparing.
Apparently states are bundled into five groups, who will organize mutual distribution of critical #COVID19 patients.
This is aiming to prevent local saturation of hospitals by even distribution.
Massive queues all over #Belgium.
People want to shop before the #Lockdown starts.
Especially #Sinterklaas presents (Santa Claus brings his presents early December, in Belgium - everyone is afraid he would only find closed shops then...)🥺 hln.be/binnenland/ong…
One virologist calculated "you´d certainly stand in line with infected persons"🤧
and #Belgium´s Crisis Center argued "shops will still be able to deliver to you or have things ready for pick-up..."
but queues in front of shops were tremendous, today.
Brussels´s airport was surprised by a stampede of travellers, today.
Belgium goes into #Lockdown.
One lockdown measure: prolonged holidays for the kids.
Families took the chance and booked last minute flights to sunny spots (Greece, Italy, Canaries...)🙄 hln.be/dossier-corona…
#Slovakia´s mass testing results are in:
2.581.113 citizens have been tested, so far.
Results vary regionally:
some have found 0.31% of people were acutely "infectious", others found 1.84%.
(The rapid test indicates high viral load, therefore "infectious") spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/…
The mayor of Karlova Ves (#Slovakia) seems very happy that mass testing found "only" 40 of 15.800 tested citizens are capable of spreading #COVID19 infections, right now.
The #Netherlands implemented some "soft" measures (closing bars & restaurants, wearing masks, contact limitations) on October 14.
After a peak ~3 days ago at ~63, #COVID19 incidence is down to 47.7 today.
The #Netherlands´ Coordinator for #COVID19 Patient Distribution states:
"The beginning is here, but the increase hasn't stopped yet."
"It has to flatten quickly and the decline has to be strong, otherwise we´ll be in trouble with postponed regular care" nos.nl/artikel/235494…
Here´s last weeks RIVM scenario for the current #COVID19 wave in the #Netherlands.
With current "mild" measures the number of ICU patients would still be ~500 on December 1.
With sharper measures, that number would be ~375.
As the #Netherlands see large regional differences in #COVID19 case numbers, additional "wave breaking" measures are being discussed:
Regions with high incidence *might* see:
- night curfew
- school closings
- shop restrictions
There´s only a handful of nightflight capable rescue/medictransfer helicopters in #Germany.
A bunch of them is busy around the clock since last night.
It seems "Operation Cloverleaf" has been activated.
(even distribution of #COVID19 patients, to avoid local saturation)
Very likely those rescue helicopters were doing "Cloverleaf" #COVID19 saturation-relief transfers.
One started from Mannheim (large city with vast amount of hospitals, but only 10% free ICU beds left).
The other from Miltenberg (0% free ICU beds). experience.arcgis.com/experience/3a1…
#Switzerland is trying to distribute #COVID19 patients from saturated areas to other regions as well.
It's not running smoothly yet. (Northern cantons hesitate to cancel planned surgery - there were tense moments in CH's Federal Council conference, today.)
The reason for sealing off North Jutland is:
June 2020: Local mink farms were found to be infected with #COVID19, minks were culled.
Mink industry intervened, culling stopped and less drastic measures (personnel protection) introduced instead... thelocal.dk/20201014/why-d…
Denmark´s measures to contain #COVID19 infections to mink farms weren´t effective.
By October the virus had infected personnel, spread to several more farms and had also found its way into a nursing home...
"#Denmark's health minister said AROUND HALF of 783 infected Danes in Northern Denmark, home to a large number of #mink farms, had been infected with a virus strain stemming from the farms."
#Slovakia´s Prime Minister is fond of testing:
"#COVID19 Antigen-Testing could lead to a freer life".
"If Bratislava wants to reopen cinemas, theaters, etc, they could test their population repeatedly over a 2-3 week period" spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/…
South Tyrol (#Italy) has rapidly rising #COVID19 numbers.
They already limited their tests to those who show symptoms.
At least, #Japan´s governmernt is contemplating to exempt Hokkaido from the national "GO TO Travel" campaign.
It was designed to encourage everyone in Japan to travel a lot through the country, to revive domestic economy.
"Yes, when we were standing here a week ago, case numbers just kept rising - by 80, 100 cases per day. At a time when we had expected to see if our measures worked... and we didn´t see it" nu.nl/284255/video/l…
So it was just decided that Hokkaido will still "profit" from #Japan's tourism promotion campaign.
"The current spread of infections is not due to Go To Travel and we don't want it to be removed."
Maybe not the current spread.
But the coming spread.
Regions become anxious in #Sweden:
"The Region of Dalarna is in a very serious situation.
With a rapid spread of infection, the region can no longer wait for a decision from the Swedish Public Health Agency – which will never come..."
(regional councilor) experience.arcgis.com/experience/a6d…
"(Health Agency´s announcements) feel like a lottery. We have to put in the resources now, not when things are getting *really* bad. We are prepared and need a decision – now.
Dalarna isn´t the only region in #Sweden to urge for action:
"We´re discussing with Health Agency, but have chosen to speed up the introduction, because we see that it is needed. The spread of infection has increased in #Blekinge, even among the elderly." regionblekinge.se/om-webbplatsen…
It´s not a revolution in #Sweden.
It´s just that regions feel central Health Agency FHM takes too long to recognize the grade of severness in their region.
#Tokyo´s governor repeated her calls for people to
wash their hands,
avoid closed, crowded and close-contact settings
and carry out frequent ventilation of rooms.
And to not forget to disinfect door knobs & tables.
All the while,
Sapporo / #Hokkaido held a ritual "Health & Safety" prayer to prepare for the opening of the tourist attracting ski-season, next week...
They plan to disinfect ropeway gondolas after each roundtrip. #recordCOVID19 stv.jp/news/stvnews/u…
At the same time, #Hokkaido´s Medical Association warns:
"If this situation goes on for another week, our medical system here will collapse".
Brussel´s military hospital is specialized in treating severe burns.
Today, they are expecting a patient from #Romania.
A young doctor, who had tried to save patients from a #COVID19 ward in Piatra Neamt.
Major cluster environments:
28 clusters in restaurants,
27 in welfare facilities (nursing homes),
22 in companies and government offices,
17 in medical institutions,
16 in schools
Japan´s stimulus programme "GoTo Eat" had stimulated more than visits to gastronomy.
(Restaurants are ranked No.1 locations for #COVID19 clusters in #Japan).
At least, those vouchers may soon be valid only for groups of 4 guests or less...
The time of friendly "advice" is over in #Sweden.😲
"The increasing spread of coronavirus and the increasing strain on the health care situation in Sweden have led the government
to move from recommendations🙏🥺
to explicit bans."✋😠 svt.se/nyheter/inrike…
Actually, #Sweden´s governmet still cannot really prohibit swedish citizens from going anywhere.
But they can limit the number of people in one place...!
(That in turn might close down a lot of venues, due to lack of guests - it´s kind of drastic.)
Sweden´s largest cinema chain is already planning to close.
"It's unclear, #FHM (Sweden´s disease center) didn't tell us about it, but they don't seem to be fully coordinated.
As we and our lawyer have understood this, the 8 person limit applies to us." svt.se/kultur/filmsta…
(Technically this is still some "advice" from #Sweden´s PM.
Let´s say it´s a bit emphasized.)
"Do your duty. Don't go to the gym, don't go to libraries, don't have parties.
Cancel all this.
Don't make up excuses that would make your activity sound okay."
If you'd like to drive people into panic mode, try announcing a short term #Lockdown together with information like "We're not yet sure what is about to close. You will need to wait for further information".
It turned out, one (infected) security guard from a quarantine hotel in South #Australia was also working part time as a pizza baker.
Meanwhile it is believed that he might have infected the pizza delivery guy,
who distributed pizza (and maybe infections) couriermail.com.au/news/national/…
Seems South #Australia folks do only have a limited amount of chill...
(at least that´s what authorities seem to imply by placing a police guard in front of that pizza shop that is said to have started the statewide total #Lockdown)
"We are still in a very different situation from the rest of Europe...
Of course, the risks are still the same, and we should not be lulled into thinking this is a permanent condition. Europe shows how the epidemic can accelerate." hs.fi/kotimaa/art-20…
Also 3 days ago,
a researcher from Helsinki pointed out that #Finland´s #COVID19 defence was missing one essential point:
"It is now very clear that the virus is airborne"
"Masks will be a contribution -not the only thing-
Increase of ventilation AND masks will together have an effect on limiting the spread of the virus". sverigesradio.se/artikel/7603494
What caused the extraordinary surge of #COVID19 in #Hildburghausen?
"There had been two private events, where a lot of people got infected. They had been authorized by authorities...
Meanwhile the spread is extensive, from small kids to old age."
South #Australia found out
the recent #COVID19 outbreak was not only brought out from one of their quarantine hotels - there were even infections (personnel->quaratinees?) happening inside the facility...
South #Australia is now working on major changes in their #quarantine system:
~no hotel for "positive" travellers, but at pllice-guarded medical facilities
~mandatory testing *before* boarding a flight to Australia
Tonight, a crowd of people rallied against #Hildburghausen´s measures. #Germany´s twitter goes crazy because ´no one was wearing masks´😱
(well, the district´s decree doesn´t even mandate them in this context...🤷)
I see comments like "What a shame, we (Germany) do send aid to remote places of the world - but we don't install a field hospital in #Hildburghausen to relief the crowded hospital from #COVID19 cases."
The most remote places just manage #COVID19:
"Second wave may not be over until March"
- fewer working from home
- less sense of urgency
- "last weekend, shopping streets were quite crowded"
(that interview took place before pictures of #BlackFriday came in). nos.nl/artikel/235840…
Q: Why were infection numbers decreasing much faster in the beginning? #RIVM "might be the effect of school holidays"
Slovakia has reduced its numbers via testing...
RIVM "yes, but they also closed schools"
Why don´t we close schools?
RIVM "~We as a society chose not to do so."
NL´s #RIVM: "the infections in 20-24 year olds have decreased (bars are closed).
Now the main infections are in 15-20 olds. That could be the older high school students....
And another important group is 50-60 year olds. They clearly get infected at work (besides at home)."
"#School settings may make up for ~8.5% of infections (with known origin(!)).
That doesn´t say it happens *in* schools, it may be *around* schools.
School setting infections are (only) half of infection numbers from workplaces or at home". nos.nl/artikel/235840…
Belgium has managed to step down from "1st in #COVID19 incidence of Europe" to place 21.
But no big ease in sight:
If you´re single, you will still only be allowed to have ONE #kuffelcontact💞at home!
You may invite a second person. But with distancing!
Actually, #Switzerland has decided rules for ski ressorts on December 4th.
But they will only come into force on December 9th.
Like: 1.5m distance &
"Closed cable car cabins may only be used to 2/3 capacity"
Until then, it's up to people's common sense bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/kr…
An alarm, that emerges all over #Japan, now:
medical personnel cannot cope anymore.
Osaka´s governour already asked other prefectures for help. They are stretched out, too.
So the military will try and see what they can do... www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ne…
#Japan´s military will now (finally) see what they can do in Asahikawa as well.
2 hospitals asked for urgent support 2 weeks ago.
The city´s mayor found it "too difficult to decide" back then...
A small island in #Japan´s north is experiencing a massive #COVID19 outbreak.
In a few days, 2% of their population (´only´ ~50 people) were found to be "positive".
They are transported to cities in Hokkaido, where they strain the regional health system... www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ne…
Hokkaido can cope with the influx of infected islanders from Okushiri island, so far.
"but if additional local clusters would fill beds up..."
("...I think that could maybe cause panic" - he really said that)😳 www3.nhk.or.jp/sapporo-news/2…
The major city of Nagoya (West-Japan) has 297 #COVID19 beds.
But currently they can only operate 180 beds, due to shortage of medical personnel.
They already have 182 COVID-patients, so they started to transfer some to the smaller cities in the region.
"Unfortunately, the current #COVID19 situation in Europe makes it unlikely that we would be able to create the necessary conditions to ensure the health and safety of our staff, participants and the broader community" todayonline.com/world/world-ec…
you´ll have to read the whole text thoroughly.
But then you stumble upon
"With little evidence that schools contribute to higher rates of transmission"
that´s implying #schools suffer ´just the same transmission rate as anywhere´
That escalated quickly: #Saxony is the first state of Germany to announce a full scale #Lockdown.
They won´t have a "slow starting phase". From monday on
-non essential shops
are expected to be shut down until next year (January 10) staatsregierung.sachsen.de/aus-dem-kabine…
More states of #Germany already signal readiness for #Lockdown.
But it seems they opt for the "slow start" after Christmas, especially to avoid "X-mas Panic Shopping"
(which would be far worse than #BlackFriday, I imagine...)
There was the idea to wait with #Lockdown until everyone has organized all their "necessary" X-mas shopping (after Christmas).
But Baden-Württemberg comes with a surprise move of "thinking about" locking down after this weekend.
Strict night curfew starts TONIGHT 24:00 (??)
I know, you just wanted to start your weekend.
But our hundreds of employees need to have their work-certificate/laissez-passer in hands TODAY!
Mind staying a few hours longer?
we still don´t have any official regulatory text.
No, we don´t even know, if we need to show a work-certificate
we do have crazy work hours (including weekend & nighttime)
we always try to do things right.
Status report, from Baden-Württemberg (movement restrictions in force since this morning):
👍trams/ streetcars virtually empty
😣grannies and pops (unnecessarily) queuing for toiletpaper, as they believe all shops will close monday (wich had never been said, it´s what they think)
Frankfurt´s mayor just appologized:
"It wasn´t our intent to invite people to act recklessly"...
They promoted X-Mas shopping in the city´s centre by offering sponsored tram tickets today🚃🎫
"It was planned months ago. Now, I think it´s inappropriate"
Schools, kindergartens will close
Mandatory rapid (antigen) tests for personnel in nursing homes
Yes, most shops will close. But many stay open: food, drinks, Xmas-trees,... bundesregierung.de/resource/blob/…
Actually, the list of shops to stay open in #Germany´s #Lockdown is quite long.
But beware: it COULD be possible your supermarket will not be allowed to sell "non-food" items (like toys, etc.)!
(this might lead to absurd scenes, like it did in France...)
During the hard #Lockdown phase in #France, supermarkets had to cordon off "non-alimentary" goods.
The reason wasn´t that those goods were ´dangerous´.
It was an thought of as an act of "fairness" to those toy/ book/ etc. shops who had to close entirely.
People didn´t seem to care anymore.
The green line shows "shopping movements".
By the end of November this had surged to ~2 times the movements of March.
(To the very end you can see the #BlackFriday peak)
But follow the green line.
It shows ICU admissions would surge to higher levels than in the 2nd wave
within ~2 weeks, if nothing would change.
South Korea's still tries to focus on:
✔securing more hospital beds
✔finding asymptomatic "hidden spreaders,"
❌instead of adopting Level 3 restrictions,
since tougher restrictions would cause economic damage.
The #COVID19 situation in South Korea is
"prompting health authorities to seriously consider adopting the toughest virus curbs."
Just like it did yesterday.
(the current level of measures had been issued 9 days ago.
Maybe they hope effect will set in soon) m-en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN202012…
NL government is ..."considering additional measures regarding other modes of transport.
Over the next few days, with other EU states, NL will explore the scope for further limiting the risk of the new strain of the virus being brought over from the UK." government.nl/latest/news/20…
"New virus strain already in every part of Wales"
makes the idea of using police to stop individuals from packing their car and leaving London sound somewhat ´disproportionate´... bbc.com/news/uk-wales-…
The flight bans look like a swift solution...
(but remember: NL has already confirmed they had one case of the new #COVID19 strain in their country ~2-3 weeks ago).
And there´s also ferries, the Eurotunnel,...
#France announces a TOTAL travel ban for passengers coming from the #UK.
Starting tonight at midnight.
They emphasize that this is a TEMPORARY measure.
(for 48h, so far)
NOTE: All the other travel bans UK->EU are temporary, too.
"Privilege" in #Germany, Berlin-style
(when the last flights from UK arrived, the passengers were ´triaged´...
Some were ´qualified´ to leave without a test, go home by train and have their test arranged later...🙄)
ALL passenger transport from UK is banned until January 1st.
Stranded dutch nationals are advised to look for accomodation in UK - there will be no way home.
(Except for lorry drivers. Goods traffic not affected) rijksoverheid.nl/actueel/nieuws…
British Transport Minister´s warning tonight:
Do not travel to Kent in hope to get to France...
#Germany´s state of North Rhine-Westphalia (#NRW) issued a ´Test & Quarantine´ ordonance for travellers from UK and South Africa, tonight.
It applies to those who arrived in the past 10 days.
(AND: it can be seen as a draft of HOW TRAVEL CAN RESUME SOON). land.nrw/de/pressemitte…
The new #UK / #ZA travel ordonance in Germany´s #NRW sounds practical:
1.) PCR Test presented or done at arrival
2.) quarantine at home (10 days)
3.) a 2nd PCR test after 5 days (if it says "negative", you´re cleared and free)
Director of Public Health:
“The new strain of Covid, which is increasingly rapidly in Tier 4 areas, is extremely worrying.
It is incredibly infectious and if you come in to contact with someone with this strain you are far more likely to catch it than the original strain."
Herefordshire is one of a few regions in #UK with quite low #COVID19 rates.
That means: pubs are open.
That was the first time, mass tests on asymptomatic public were performed in UK.
They used rapid (antigen) tests, roughly meaning only those who were currently able to infect others had a "positive" result.
IF investigations would show the new variant is more adapted to children, this
▫️"could alter the role children, and schools, play in spreading the virus."
▫️"might explain a significant proportion... of the transmission increase seen" bbc.com/news/uk-554069…
Still no move.
France still insists, all truck drivers must have a #COVD19 test.
the trucks are now being moved from the motorway to a dedicated parking lot.
The reqeuest for #COVID19 tests is not only for truck drivers.
Even french nationals who wish to return to #France from #UK would need to present a negative PCR test.
(French Minister for EU affairs made that clear, yesterday):
I can totally imagine,
telling one of these truck drivers
"Er, sorry chap - your #COVID19 test is positive... you need to stay 10 days in your cabin"
is not deemed a smart thing by most of them. #UK#EU
French Transport Minister:
planes, ships and Eurostar train are going back into service #UK - #France tomorrow morning.
Those with "legitimate reasons" will be allowed to travel, too.
(Of course: with a negative #COVID19 test.)
The Sikhs in Kent have been up to help since this morning!
Preparing and providing ~800 hot meals. Choice of pasta or curry/rice.😋
As well as other volunteers, salvation army, fire service did their best...
While passengers would need to provide their own negative #COVID19 test results (therefore could start earlier),
The tests for the stuck lorry drivers will be provided by authorities (therefore travel resumed at 7 a.m.)
Some bits of official information on #COVID19 testing for border crossings #UK to #France are now available in foreign languages!
(They don´t have all the information like where you can get the test,
but it´s a start...)
So far, it was only found in 2 cases. Both had no contact with each other, and had not been to UK.
The infections came up 10 days apart, suggesting there might be other carriers. nos.nl/artikel/236181…
Dover #COVID19 testing
arrived from France...
A first case of infection with "#UK´s" #SARSCoV2 variant was found in #Germany, today.
A passenger, who came on one of the last flights from London (sunday, Dec 20).
She recieved a rapid test at the airport: positive...
In Poland, a Christmas dinner table will always have an extra plate.🎄🍽️
It is a symbol of hope.
In the darkest times of Poland, families prepared this extra plate in case a member of the family came back from captivity…
Rapid tests from #UK crews will strictly be "self administered" (done by the testees themselves, under supervision).
They will not insert the swab deeply (might be risky with layman´s hands😤), but brush the cheeks and the nostrils in front of the nose...
#UK´s medical product authority had issued an
"authorisation for exceptional use"
of these rapid (antigen) / #LFT kits as a
"Self-Test device, to be used by members of the public"
on December 23. gov.uk/government/new…
The medical crews from #Poland also seem to follow the manufacturers´ instructions for rapid (antigen) test kits.
Would be interesting to see if there will be any differences in UK vs. PL/F test result-quota🤔
Japan confirmed, 5 flight passengers who arrived last weekend and tested "positive" do carry infections with the new "UK" variant #B117
They came from UK and had landed in Osaka and Tokyo.
Since their positive test upon arrival, they´d been in quarantine. www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2020…
4 other cases in Japan, more worrying:
3 flight passengers from UK. They all tested "negative" upon arrival and went home.
As they later developped symptoms, it was discovered the infection had already spread to a family member.
Not yet clear if it´s #B117 www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ne…
New ´official´ numbers from the truck drivers´ tests in UK.
(positivity rate "just" doubled in a day. it was ~0,12%, yesterday)...🤔
(Couldn´t they also be given another self-test kit,
to let them check again, when they arrive at home?
It´s ~5€ !)
It looks as if the #B117 infected pilot in Tokyo is one of the cases who were asymptomatic (and thus untested) upon arrival in Japan.
He arrived on Dec16, went home.
Tested positive Dec22,
Another family member (not been to UK) was found positive on Dec24 news.line.me/articles/oa-rp…
a little Update:
"UK" variant in JP
It has been confirmed that the #B117 infection of an airline pilot had been transmitted to one of his family members, back home in #Japan.
"The confirmed (#B117) cases identified are from a couple from Durham Region with
NO known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts.
Durham Region is east of Toronto." cbc.ca/news/canada/to…
After his forces were "totally surprised" by flight passengers arriving from UK,
Sweden´s Head of National Border Police tweeted this...
(although I´d agree that the word "Mutantvirus" is silly, too)
#Sweden´s Head of Border Police is much more🕵️♂️in saying:
"Swedish citizens always have the right to enter the country."
(They still can do it by car...)
Quarantine is at home, not at the border.
And the standard protocol asks them to covid-test themselves. tt.omni.se/brittiskt-flyg…
Regional president of Valais (#Switzerland), in an interview:
"I can´t tell you the numbers. Certainly, some have vanished ...
Federal authorities didn´t hand us over relevant data in time, so we didn´t know who had to quarantine" #COVID🇨🇭#CHaos rts.ch/info/regions/v…
Meanwhile, in #London:
🚑Ambulance crews waiting ~6 hours to hand over patients to hospitals.
"The demand is occurring because of the rapid spread of the new variant, predicted to spread further across the rest of the capital in the coming days and weeks" bbc.com/news/uk-englan…
They are linked to a very unusual, LARGE outbreak at an ELEMENTARY #School (in Rotterdam)
40 infected teachers AND #STUDENTS, there - since end of November.
Mass sequencing has started. ad.nl/rotterdam/uitb…
Netherland´s #RIVM already did a first screening of 250 earlier #COVID19 cases in Rotterdam region.
´more than 95% of those cases were NOT the "UK" variant´ #B117...
Based on their mass sample sequencing, #Denmark states:
- #B117 was found in all regions
- mid November: around Copenhagen
- Since December: North Jutland🤔🐿️
- Signs of community spread, but still at low level
The case of vanishing Brits from #Verbier shows a chaotic picture of #Switzerland:
"Regional & federal authorities gave them authorisation to leave"
"After all, it´s the federals´ business to manage quarantine"
Meanwhile, #UK´s secretary of transport has published new "official" test results and comment for truck drivers, trying to cross the border to #France:
21.849 Tests, "just" 66 of them tested positive (0,3%)
#Switzerland´s National #COVID19 Science Task Force presents a model, how case numbers would behave, if new Virus variants (#B117, #501v2) would kick in.
(Despite current measures...)
#Switzerland (if virus variants would spread)
Case number development with
measures, currently good for R=0.9 (orange)
measures, currently good for R=0.8 (blue)
real R is currently ~0.9 but not reliable (holiday effects)
"On Dec21, when a text message from Swisscom went out to travellers and news started to break of the new rules, 🔹#Switzerland´s authorities gave #Brits the option to return home rather than quarantine🔹"
"On December 22 at 6:35 am, a Chilean passenger arrived on a flight from Madrid and was PCR-tested at the airport. She had spent a week in #London visiting relatives.
Dec23, her test result returned positive..." #B117
(Also took a connecting flight)
Oh, that #B117 infected flight passenger in #Chile...
she got tested at Santiago airport, when arriving from Europe.
And departed on another flight before her (positive) test result arrived.
“Rwanda has introduced tough and unrealistic measures to the Industry which will disrupt the entire supply chain and undermine the efficiency, seamlessness and cost-effectiveness of cargo transportation in the Region”
So they settled for... testing.
A resident of #France came back from South Africa.
It was only a few days after his return,
(when he felt #COVID19 symptoms)
that he decided to get a PCR test in #Switzerland (?)
And then isolated at home (in France).
#Ireland´s NPHET had already warned 2 days ago:
The current case curve is resembling the blue / red lines in the graph below📈.
As there is severe underrepporting, the actual situation might be even more serious... assets.gov.ie/117748/e3b13a2…
#France Ille-et-Vilaine prefecture activated its Crisis Operation Center, because of...
a rave party that´s been going on since yesterday.
It went a bit out of hands.
This morning, they counted 2.500 participants, from all across France (and Poland)🔊🕺
But maybe, one problem is still totally "unreal" for most of the ravers (and most of us): #B117
"There are 20-30 year olds coming in, with no other underlying conditions. Many don't even realize how sick they are"...
In August ´20, there had been an open-air rave of 10.000 folks in #France.
During evacuation, "2 #COVID19 test centres" were deployed (for voluntary testing)
No results reported. They would have gone under in France´s 2nd wave 2-3 weeks later, anyway...
Today, Regional Health Authorities say they provided ~500 rapid (antigen) tests to the site of #France´s rave party.
They also urge everyone who has been there to isolate 7 days at home and get tested after that. francebleu.fr/infos/faits-di…
(Remarkable) Details on #Germany´s 1st discovered case of #B117:
That young lady on the last flight from London,
she had already been transferred to a Quarantine Hotel (👍didn´t know we had this)
#B117 in #Switzerland:
A schoolboy (9 years) from London.
His school in #UK had been closed, due to #COVID19 cases.
He & his mother had spent 10 day 🇬🇧quarantine, then took a flight to CH (Dec20), 7 day 🇨🇭quarantine.
In CH, mother & son tested "positive".
#Tier4 is in force since Dec19. It´s 2 weeks now.
Usually, it takes ~3 weeks until results show how well measures work.⌛️
So, "in a week or so" might be a good time to see
if Tier 4 would be appropriate for other #UK regions...
(if you´d have that time)
Despite drastic measures (including barbed wire around some housings) the outbreak has now spread to more than 51 provinces.
This is how it started, ~2 weeks ago:
#Cyprus found that 12 out of 19 recently imported cases from UK carried #B117
"Of 19 positive tests for #COVID19 recorded on individuals who arrived in Cyprus from Britain between Dec. 6-20, Cypriot authorities found that 12 were for the new variant." de.reuters.com/article/uk-hea…
#Austria does very sporadic sequencing.
But even there, #SARSCoV2 variants have now been detected:
1x "South Africa" #501V2
4x "UK" #B117... interestingly/confusingly only 2 with the "UK" variant had been to UK (?????)🤨 sarscov2-austria.org
3 of #Austria´s 4 "UK" #B117 variant cases were children (12 / 10 / 9 years old). One came from #UK. The other 2 are from Slovakia (???)
"Even though they quarantined with (uninfected) family members, there is NO TRANSMISSION known"😯 orf.at/stories/319600…
😯#Austria found their 5 virus variant cases while sequencing samples of only 388 cases.
(targeted samples, like passengers from UK, but... that´s still ~1% of samples were already virus variants !!)
"The both Kids who were infected with the ´UK´ variant #B117 returned immediately to Slovakia..."
(Video at 31´35")
#Ireland´s CMO wrote pragmatically
~"We still believe, kids are quite safe in schools.
But somehow closing schools does lower overall case numbers in society. Why this happens? No-one knows for sure... 🤷♂️" assets.gov.ie/118212/b00522b…
This is, how #Ireland´s Health Minister (to whome the CMO letters are sent) interprets the advice on #Schools...
#Marseille fire department´s wastewater surveillance is a dedicated #COVID19 detection force.
They take samples of ~100 nursing homes, every week.
They also take sewer samples.
"Sometimes we can prevent clusters before the first person even shows symptoms"