Covid, the latest news today from Italy and the world | North Korea outbreak, 18,000 confirmed cases. Seoul provides vaccines and equipment to Pyongyang

from Valentina Santarbea

The latest news on the pandemic on Friday, May 13

There are 39,317 new cases of COVID-19 in Italy (Here is the newsletter). Thus, the number of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 since the start of the epidemic has increased to at least 16,954,784. Yesterday, 130 deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of victims to 164,976 since February 2020 .
• Two years after contracting Covid-19, half of patients hospitalized at that time still had at least one symptom. This is suggested by a study just published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Which has been following patients since the start of the epidemic and thus represents the longest follow-up published to date.
• North Korea has imposed a containment To control the first recognized Covid epidemic after the country announced for more than two years that it had succeeded in keeping the virus outside its borders.

1:34 p.m. – China, 57 million daily molecular tests

The National Health Commission said China has developed the capacity to collect and analyze nearly 57 million tubes of molecular test samples per day. Currently, such tests for Covid-19 are carried out by 153,000 technicians in 13,000 medical institutions across the country, said Guo Yanhong, an official with the commission. With great progress over the past two years, Guo added, residents of major Chinese cities can find a collection site just 15 minutes from their homes. Guo added that local authorities were encouraged not only to recruit doctors and nurses for the tests, but also people with the relevant technical qualifications.

13:11 – GB, 1 in 45 people contracted Covid in the last week

The latest UK estimates of the spread of Covid show one in 45 Britons fell ill in the past week, compared to the previous week when one in 35 discovered it. Experts say the new drop in infections.

12:14 – Ricciardi: The data is wrong, the epidemic is still there

The data circulating today on the spread of Covid in the world is completely distorted because it is underestimated, but governments are influenced by public opinions that want the epidemic to end, and are largely subject to it, perpetuating the systems inadequate current detection. This was declared by Walter Ricciardi, adviser to the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, associated with the Oxfam festival in Florence. For Ricciardi, the pandemic is still here, and it won’t end until we vaccinate everyone in the world. This is what politicians who unfortunately hesitate on this solution do not understand today, that there will be no temporary suspension of patents. It is important, but not always, to preserve intellectual property, added the adviser to the minister: in the presence of a pandemic, concessions must be made to global health by temporarily suspending patents until the end of the pandemic , or by making licensing compulsory as president. From the European Commission von der Leyen.

11:50 a.m. – Excess mortality, the EU drops to 6% in March

After the fourth wave of excess deaths in autumn 2021, data from the European Union continued to improve, according to Eurostat. From +7% in January and February, compared to the average pre-pandemic period of Covid-19 (2016-2019), in March 2022 it fell to 6%, well below the peaks of November (+26%) and December (+23%) last year.

11:35 a.m. – Kremlin and Russia ready to supply North Korea with vaccines

Russia will immediately assess any request from North Korea for COVID-19 vaccine supplies. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday. Peskov said North Korean comrades are well aware of the different vaccinations we offer, and they are aware of our vast experience with COVID. If there is a call from Pyongyang, it will be dealt with immediately.

11:13 a.m. – Study: Very low risk of reinfection after one year

The risk of being seriously or fatally infected again with Covid-19 remains very low, even twelve months after the first infection. What a new study reveals – the first in the world on this time scale – published in the journal The frontiers of public health and coordinated by Lamberto Manzulli, professor at the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences of the University of Bologna. The investigation followed the cases of more than one hundred thousand patients from the Italian region of Abruzzo who were infected with the Covid-19 virus from the start of the epidemic until last February, while again investigating the rate of infection and secondary disease over one year. .

10:34 a.m. – Shanghai tried to reopen

Yesterday, 312 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 with local transmission were reported in mainland China, including 227 in Shanghai. The National Health Commission announced that day. Indeed, Shanghai will try to reopen its doors in a few days after the strict siege of the city, now in its seventh week. The goal is to achieve eradication of the disease in the community, meaning any new cases will only occur in people who are already isolated, Vice Mayor Wu Qing told a news conference. No specific date has been set for the restrictions to be lifted, and Wu did not specify how the reopening will take place, except that the city intends to gradually restore industrial production, education and medical services. Censors deleted complaints of food shortages and videos posted online showing people in Shanghai and other areas arguing with police. In Beijing, which has a much smaller outbreak, more daily tests have been ordered, classes have been suspended, people have been ordered to work from home, restaurants are limited to fast food and many stores, tourist sites, banks and government offices are closed.

09:08 – Release, Rt index stabilized at 0.96

Rt index stabilized at 0.96 and infection decreased from 559 to 458 cases per 100,000, Intensive employment and hospitalizations are down: these are the latest monitoring data from the Higher Institute of Health. The intensive care employment rate decreased to 3.4% (Ministry of Health daily survey May 12) from 3.7% the previous week (Ministry of Health daily survey May 5). The employment rate in medical fields nationwide decreased to 12.6% (Ministry of Health daily survey May 12) from 14.5% (Ministry of Health daily survey May 5) in the previous survey. There are no high risk areas.

08:42 – Nightmare threat to North Korea: 18,000 confirmed cases

More than 18,000 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported, citing Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency. According to a report, 6 people have died from the virus. Yesterday the country detected its first case of Omicron BA.2, also known as Omicron Stealth. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called a Politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee and ordered a nationwide lockdown: Maximum epidemic emergency prevention system activated in North Korea. With Eritrea, North Korea Only one in two countries have not launched a vaccination campaign against COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The global COVAX COVID-19 vaccine-sharing program has reduced the number of doses allocated to the country, under sanctions imposed for its nuclear program, and Pyongyang has rejected offers of vaccines from China. Leader Kim Jong-un was reportedly vaccinated in July 2021, but there is no confirmation. And on the same tested cases (350,000) does not correspond to the capacity of the tampons indicated by the State. By the end of March, only 64,207 out of 25 million people had been tested for the coronavirus and all had tested negative, according to the latest WHO figures. We do not even know if North Korea has imposed the mask since the start of the epidemic: we have seen citizens wearing the mask, but also participating in important political events, which mobilized tens of thousands of people. , without any protection.

08:28 – Seoul supplies North Korea with vaccines and medical equipment

South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol offered to send Covid-19 vaccines to North Korea Following the announcement of the first focus of the epidemic in the country in more than two years of pandemic. President Yoon Seok Yeol’s spokesperson said in a statement that President Yoon Seok Yeol plans to provide vaccines and other medical supplies, stressing that talks will be held with the North Korean side on the details. Meanwhile, Pyongyang said today that six people (including the Omicron variant) have died after the fever exploded in the country, affecting 350,000 people since late April.

May 13, 2022 (change on May 13, 2022 | 1:36 p.m.)

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