Pandemic situation in United States and European countries is in emergency again, and this winter may become a dark moment
CNN recently reported that Coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen in the United States and European countries, and the number of new cases and deaths per day in many countries and regions has once again broken records. “The most terrifying moment has not yet come,” said Peter Hotz, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the United States. “No one knows how far things will go.” The next winter will be the darkest hour.
United States: One in 30 people is confirmed to be infected with the new Coronavirus
The United States is the most severely affected country in the world. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, on November 13, local time, there were 180,705 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States, setting a single-day record again. Since last week, the number of newly confirmed cases in the United States has entered the “100,000+” track in a single day.
This week, the number of infections in Texas and California exceeded one million, making them the two states with the largest number of infections, followed by Florida and New York.
According to CNN, U.S. hospitals are under tremendous pressure. The number of patients with Coronavirus is more than ever before. Many hospitals are overloaded and hospitals in northwest Wisconsin are full. On November 12, local time, the number of people hospitalized for Coronavirus in the United States reached 67,096, which is the third consecutive day that it exceeded 60,000.
At the same time, some hospitals are at risk of strikes by medical staff. A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Medical Workers Association said that at least 1,500 nurses in Philadelphia are preparing to strike because the hospital does not meet the minimum safety protection standards and the safety of patients and medical staff is seriously threatened.
The number of hospitalized patients with new Coronavirus infection in the United States hit a new high
As of November 13, local time, the total number of infections in the United States reached 10,707,397, and the death toll was 244,169. According to the proportion of the U.S. population, it is equivalent to one in 30 people with confirmed infection.
Experts say that the real infection data in the United States may be larger because there are many undetected cases, including a large number of mild and asymptomatic infections.
European countries: the intensive care unit is overwhelmed
On November 12, local time, the German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive and Emergency Medicine stated that the number of patients with Coronavirus in the country’s intensive care unit reached the highest level in history. Together with patients admitted to other diseases, currently 70% of intensive care facilities in Germany Already occupied. The German Minister of Health warned that if the daily infection rate continues to rise at the current level, the intensive care unit will be overwhelmed.
According to the Washington Post, despite the raging pandemic, about 20,000 people marched in Leipzig, Germany last Saturday to oppose the government’s lockdown measures due to Coronavirus pandemic. The parade even threw fireworks and other explosives at the police. .
According to the Washington Post, Germany is one of the countries with the least stringent blockade against Coronavirus pandemic in Europe, but it is the country with the most fierce public protests.
Demonstrations in Leipzig, Germany against lockdown and pandemic prevention
The United Kingdom is the ninth country where the number of Coronavirus infections exceeded one million after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia, France, Spain, Argentina and Colombia. According to the British “Guardian” report, on November 12 local time, there were 33,470 new cases in the UK in a single day, a record high, with a total of 13,21031 confirmed cases and 51,396 deaths. At present, restaurants, bars, hairdressers and gyms in the UK are not allowed to operate. People are required to prevent the pandemic at home in addition to purchasing daily necessities and going to work and school.
A propaganda poster about home pandemic prevention on the street in the UK
“A quarter of the current death toll in France is due to Coronavirus.” On November 12, local time, French Prime Minister Jean Castet said, “France is facing a second wave of powerful pandemic. In the past week 400 to 500 people die every day.” Jean Castel also said that 4803 patients are currently receiving intensive care, which is “95% of our receiving capacity”.
Ireland is the first country in Europe to implement two blockades for pandemic prevention. The Irish government recommends that Irish people overseas do not return to China for Christmas this year: “I know it is difficult. It is only six weeks before Christmas, but it is too early to consider booking air tickets to return home for the holidays, because the risk of infection is high. .”
The Minister of Justice of Slovakia recently announced that the state of emergency will be extended to the end of 2020. During the state of emergency, people who test negative for Coronavirus can go out during the day, and those who cannot provide a negative test certificate can only go out between 1 am and 5 am.
What experts say about the new wave of severe pandemic situation
On November 9th, local time, Pfizer announced that the effectiveness of its candidate vaccine was more than 90%. This news caused a lot of repercussions around the world. Health officials hope that the vaccine will be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at the end of November and be put on the market as soon as possible.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said: “The pandemic will be alleviated by the emergence of vaccines, but I don’t think that vaccines can cure the virus. We need to take long-term effective prevention and control measures to deal with the new coronavirus. “
World Health Organization Director-General Tan Desai recently stated that European countries are working hard to deal with the pandemic, but the situation has not improved. People cannot pin all their hopes on vaccines, but need to stay vigilant and continue to take preventive and control measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic. .