In the northern French coastal city of Dunkerque (Dunkirk), the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants has risen to more than 900. Regional politicians are now calling for a quick reaction. “There is a wave on the march and we are trying to stop the spread,” said Parisian MP from the Nord department, Paul Christophe, on Franceinfo.
Stricter measures are already in place in regions of France’s Mediterranean coast, where a partial lockdown has been imposed due to the strong spread of the corona virus. In view of the variants, it is urgently necessary to act wherever it is necessary, said Nice’s mayor Christian Estrosi, the broadcaster BFM TV. The coastal metropolis is particularly hard hit in the regional environment. In the entire department, the incidence value, i.e. the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, is more than 580.
Nationwide, the incidence value is more than 200. In all of France, a strict curfew from 6 p.m. has been in effect for several weeks. Unlike in Germany, schools and retail outlets are largely open.
Hardly any free intensive care beds in the Czech Republic
Corona patients in a Czech hospital
In the Czech Republic, the intensive care units could soon be completely exhausted. The country has never been in such a situation, said Deputy Health Minister Vladimir Cerny. The Czech Republic has started to negotiate about possible aid from abroad. In addition, patients are to be redistributed to less severely affected areas of the country. The biggest problem in the Czech Republic, however, is the lack of qualified health workers.
The first vaccine doses arrive in Ukraine
Ukraine is due to receive its first vaccination doses this Tuesday. A local TV station refers in its report to a press release from Kiev airport. Health Minister Maksym Stepanov announced delivery of 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine over the weekend.
Report: New bottleneck at AstraZeneca
In the EU, on the other hand, the bottlenecks with the serum of the Swedish-British manufacturer could last even longer: The news agency Reuters reported, citing anonymous EU representatives, that AstraZeneca wanted to deliver less than half of the contractually promised 180 million cans in the second quarter. Internally, the group issued “less than 90 million units” as an order of magnitude. According to the report, spokespeople for AstraZeneca and the EU Commission did not want to comment officially.
The British want to leave as soon as possible
After the announced Corona easing in England, British travel and holiday providers are feeling a surge in interest. Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech, flight bookings from Great Britain have risen by 337 percent within hours compared to the previous week and vacation bookings by as much as 630 percent, said the airline Easyjet in Luton. The largest British travel company Tui UK also recorded a six-fold increase in bookings. Johnson presented the government’s plans for the corona lockdown on Monday. Accordingly, a holiday abroad could be allowed again from May 17th.
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