A spokeswoman for the German Presidential Office announced that German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had entered quarantine, after one of his bodyguards was tested positive for the Corona virus.
The spokeswoman explained this afternoon that the injured person is from the division of the Federal Commission for Crime Fighting, and that he is one of the first category of people in contact with the president, noting that Steinmeier underwent an examination to detect Corona, the result of which has not yet arrived.
On the other hand, Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Williams announced today, Saturday, that she has been infected with the Corona virus.
“My Covid test result is positive, it is possible that the infection came from within my family circle, in light of the precautions taken outside my home,” Williams said on Twitter.
And last Friday, Williams announced that she would enter self-isolation with the appearance of symptoms suspected of being Corona virus.
20 deaths in Jordan and 312 injuries in Palestine
In the Arab world, Jordan announced today, Saturday, that it had recorded 20 deaths due to Corona, while Palestine had detected 312 cases of the virus, during the past 24 hours, according to official data.
The Jordanian Ministry of Health said that it had recorded 20 deaths from Corona, 1,505 injuries, and 81 recoveries.
The ministry stated that the total number of injuries rose to 36 thousand and 53, including 330 deaths, and 7 thousand and 178 cases of recovery.
For its part, the Palestinian Ministry of Health monitored 312 cases of the virus, in addition to the recovery of 241 patients.
In a statement, the ministry stated that the total number of injuries reached 58,150, including 472 deaths, and 50,898 recoveries.
As of Saturday evening, the number of Corona patients in the world exceeded 39 million and 768 thousand, of whom more than one million and 111 thousand died, and more than 29 million and 763 thousand recovered, according to the “World Meter” website.
Iran .. Corona deaths exceed 30,000
In Iran, which is most affected by the outbreak of the Corona virus in the Middle East, the authorities have extended restrictions and measures to combat the pandemic in the capital, Tehran, for the third week in a row, with the death toll exceeding 30,000.
Official media reported that schools, mosques, stores, restaurants and other public institutions in Tehran, which are witnessing the highest infection rates in the country, have remained closed since October 3, and Anushirwan Mohseni Bendabi, governor of Tehran region, announced the extension of measures until at least next Friday.
Sima Sadat Larry, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, told state television that Iran had recorded 4,103 cases and 253 deaths from the virus during the past 24 hours, and with this, the death toll rose to more than 30,000.
An injury to the Pope’s seat
In the same context, the Vatican announced, on Saturday, that a corona infection had been detected in Saint Martha’s house, the residence of Pope Francis.
The Information Office of the Holy See said that “another positive case of corona was discovered for a person from among the residents of the Vatican State.”
On the other hand, no detail was mentioned about the health status of Pope Francis, who preferred when he was elected to live in the house of Saint Marta instead of the Apostolic Palace. The statement said only that “the health of all residents is constantly monitored.”
During a traditional public meeting on Wednesday, Pope Francis avoided any close contact with the participants, and only greeted them from a distance during his appearance and called on them to take precautions to “end the pandemic.”
Italy, which recorded more than 36 thousand deaths due to the virus, is facing an increase in the number of infections, as it recorded a record number of more than 10 thousand infections during the past 24 hours, in an unprecedented number since the start of the epidemic in this country.
The Ministry of Health said that 47 Corona-related deaths were recorded today, Saturday, down from 55 the previous day, which is much lower than the death rate recorded at the height of the epidemic in Italy in March and April, when the daily deaths reached more than 990. .
This came while several European countries were witnessing record daily infections with the virus, which prompted the governments of several countries to re-impose strict precautionary restrictions.
The World Health Organization believes that the situation in Europe causes “great concern”.
New restrictions in Britain
New restrictions imposed by the British government to slow the spread of the Coronavirus have entered into force today in a number of regions of the province of England, including the capital, London. As these areas have been moved to the level of high risk on the epidemic warning system.
Britain – more than 55 million people – had set gatherings of 6 people as a higher ceiling (both at home and abroad) amid the closure of bars at 22:00, but it was forced to increase precautionary measures with the significant increase in the number of people infected with the virus.
Under the new procedures, any indoor gathering in the British capital is prohibited, while restaurants and bars will be closed at ten in the evening.
The government has not yet reached an agreement with the mayor of Manchester to take additional measures in it, amid a warning by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he may be forced to intervene and impose restrictions without an agreement to protect lives, he said.
The United Kingdom is the European country most affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, as it recorded more than 15,000 new infections on Friday, and its deaths since the outbreak of the disease have exceeded 43,000.
Injuries accelerate in France
In France, where the transmission is accelerating, the country recorded more than 25,000 cases on Friday, and residents of several major cities, including Paris and its suburb (about 20 million people in total), have been subject since Saturday to a curfew between 9 pm and 6 am for a period of at least 4 weeks. .
The situation in France is among the worst in Europe, with more than 33,000 deaths and more than 834,000 injuries.
In addition to the Paris region, the list of those involved in these procedures includes the cities of Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Aix-Marseille, Rouen and Grenoble.
In Germany, which counted 7,830 new infections in 24 hours, a record, Chancellor Angela Merkel asked her citizens on Saturday to control social relations as much as possible.
“Give up all travel that is not really necessary, and every celebration that is not really necessary. Please stay home,” Merkel said in her weekly address.
New European restrictions
New restrictions come into effect in Warsaw and other large cities in Poland, where schools were closed amid the adoption of distance learning mechanisms, and restaurants were also decided to close their doors at nine in the evening, in addition to preventing weddings and limiting the number of people in stores, public transport and religious events.
In the Czech Republic, which suffers from the most severe injuries and deaths per 100,000 people in Europe, the government requested the army to construct a field hospital outside Prague, with a capacity of 500 beds.
And on Friday alone, this country of 10.7 million people recorded 1,283 deaths and more than 11,000 injuries.
In Belgium, a curfew was imposed from midnight to 5 am, and all cafes and restaurants in the country will have to be closed from Monday for a period of at least a month, after this country crossed the threshold of 200,000 recent injuries, compared to 100,000 on September 20. .