Covid cases worldwide exceed 133 million according to data released by Johns Hopkins University, while confirmed deaths exceed 2.8 million since the start of the pandemic. And in Italy the latest balance – relating to Thursday 8 April – of 17,221 new cases and 487 dead (here the bulletin with the data and the bulletins that show the situation since the beginning of the pandemic: here those of 2021, here those of 2020). Here is the map of the contagion in the world.

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11.49 am – Hope: In the coming weeks conditions for a gradual restart
According to the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza in the coming weeks there will be conditions in a cross between the effects of the measures and an acceleration on vaccinations, for a gradual restart.


11.16 – Germany, quarrel over the lockdown between the State and the Regions
In Germany, a tense climate between the State and the Regions on the hypothesis of a new lockdown to curb the increase in infections: the summit scheduled for next Monday in Berlin is missing.

11.12 – European map: Tuscany dark red and Sardinia red
Seven Italian regions in dark red, with more than 500 infections per 100 thousand inhabitants: according to the contagion risk map of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) are Lombardy, Puglia, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Valle d’Aosta and Tuscany, while Sardinia goes from yellow to red (between 150 and 500 infections per 100 thousand inhabitants).

10.00 – Hong Kong, AstraZeneca orders suspended: We already have sufficient doses of the vaccine
The Hong Kong government has decided to suspend supply orders for the Covid vaccine produced by AstraZeneca originally scheduled for this year. The government had ordered 7.5 million doses from the British-Swedish company, and it was expected to arrive in the second half of 2021. Hong Kong Secretary of Health Sophia Chan said the territory already has a sufficient supply of vaccines, after the delivery of 15 million doses from Germany’s BioNTech and China’s Sinovac.

9.57 am – Romania, the government extends the alert but relaxes for Easter
The government of Bucharest has extended by 30 days, from 13 April, the state of alert on the territory of Romania in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Some relaxation of the restrictions for the period of Orthodox Easter, so that the faithful can go to mass, have been decided. Also loosen a number of restrictions for Muslim faithful during Ramadan. In addition, tourist resorts on the Black Sea coast will be opened, in compliance with the rules in force, but with a capacity reduced to 70 percent, as envisaged for mountain resorts.

8.57 – Australia suspends AstraZeneca for under 50s
The Australian authorities have decided to suspend the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under the age of 50 due to the risks of thrombosis, however stressing that the benefits against the coronavirus outweigh the risks. In announcing this, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Canberra reporters that the Australian government had taken necessary precautions and acted on the best medical advice, although the decision was one of the heartbreaking setbacks in Australia’s path against Covid-19. 400,000 doses of the vaccine produced by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford have so far been administered in Australia. The stop of AstraZeneca slows the vaccination campaign in Australia, which will fail to meet the goal it had set to vaccinate four million people by April.

8.43 am – France, Pfizer or Moderna recalled to under-55s
In France, those under the age of 55 and received a first dose of the anti-Covid vaccine with AstraZeneca serum should have a booster with another vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna: Health Minister Olivier Veran said it, anticipating the official announcement will be made in the morning. Today it will be confirmed, quite logical, Veran said, noting however that the official announcement will be made by the health authority (l’Haute autorite ‘de sante’, Has in the acronym in French), which will hold a press conference at 10 : 00. The HAS has already suspended the vaccine of the Anglo-Swedish company for those under 55 on 19 March (here the insight: AstraZeneca a safe vaccine?).

8.40 am – Locatelli: Pressure on health systems is decreasing
The president of the Higher Health Council, Franco Locatelli, speaking to Sky Tg24, underlined that there are encouraging signs on the management of the epidemic: the Rt contagion index is further improving in Italy. Even taking into account the days of Easter and Easter Monday which have a particular connotation in terms of the number of swabs performed, compared to the middle of March we have dropped by 40% in the number of new infections. Locatelli also admitted that the data from Lombardy, Campania, Tuscany and Puglia are encouraging (it is estimated that they will turn orange) and added that we are starting to see an initial reduction in pressure on local health services. The covid has highlighted all the flaws in our health system.

8.31 am – Japan, new record of infections in Osaka
The prefecture of Osaka, in western Japan, where a state of health emergency was declared just yesterday, recorded, according to the latest official bulletin released by the authorities yesterday, 905 new cases of coronavirus, the highest figure recorded since the beginning pandemic. In Japan, the dangerous Eek variant has been identified.

8.30 am – GB, from May 17th tourism abroad will start again
British citizens should be able to resume traveling abroad from 17 May. The plan being studied by the government which plans to establish a color grid, traffic light style, for the various countries: a grid of colors (green, yellow and red) that will establish, based on the risk of Covid contagion, if (and from where) those who go abroad will have to isolate themselves upon returning to England; those who want to leave will be required to take an anti-Covid test on departure and after returning. The British government, sources inside the British press said, to make known in detail which list the various countries will be in early May. In the UK gyms and pubs will reopen on Monday.

8.00 – Gemini: May will be the month of reopening
May will be the month of reopening, according to the Minister of Regional Affairs Mariastella Gelmini, who this morning also spoke to Radio on Radio 1, confirming what was said in the interview with Corriere della sera. I say this with confidence because we have the conviction and certainty that the vaccination plan is moving forward. Even with some criticisms but it is moving forward. There is loyal collaboration between the regions, Commissioner Figliolo, Civil Protection and the Ministry of Health. We want to open the country safely.

7.48 – Blitz of the Nas in facilities for the elderly
There were 337 socio-health and accommodation facilities for the elderly controlled by the Nas carabinieri during the Easter holidays, from 2 to 6 April, including assisted welfare residences, rest homes, accommodation communities and family homes, identifying 56 with irregularities. 16 criminal and 50 administrative sanctions are contested, mainly connected with hygienic and structural deficiencies, the presence of a higher number of elderly people than the maximum authorized capacity, as well as non-compliance with anti-Covid measures such as the lack of periodic sanitation and the training of personnel in the field of prevention the spread of the infection. Four facilities were closed.

7.54 – Mantovani: Improved treatments, cortisone reduces mortality
Even Alberto Mantovani, the scientific director of the Humanitas clinical institute, confirmed today, speaking to Radio myself on Radio 1, that there are valid home treatments against Covid: We have improved the way we treat our patients. A year ago there was no active drug, now there are drugs that reduce mortality, if they are given in the right window, for example a low-cost drug that cortisone (here the home protocol of the Mario Negri institute).

April 9, 2021 (change April 9, 2021 | 11:52 am)

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