Friday, September 18, at Israel from 14:00 Kiev time, a new lockdown comes into effect, designed to stop the further spread of coronavirus. All schools and kindergartens, restaurants and cafes, entertainment centers and cinemas, shopping centers will be closed for three weeks. Only grocery stores, pharmacies and medical institutions are allowed to work. Citizens will be able to move away from their homes no more than 500 meters. Meetings of more than 20 people on the street and more than 10 people in closed rooms will be prohibited.
The majority of members of the Israeli government voted for such harsh measures. The discussion was heated and lasted seven hours. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that the leaders of the clinics “raised red flags”, and this was the main reason for the introduction of the lockdown. Israel became the first country in the world to decide on a second strict quarantine in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us recall that these measures were in effect almost everywhere in the spring. However, with the arrival of summer, countries one after another began to abandon the lockdown. This was facilitated by the decrease in the number of new cases of coronavirus infection, which was observed in May and June.
The first half of September was marked by record growth in the number of infected in most countries of the world. Up to 300 thousand new infections are detected per day. On Sunday, September 13, a new anti-record was recorded – 308 thousand infected in 24 hours.
On Wednesday, September 16, the total number of people infected with coronavirus in the world came close to the mark of 30 million people. During the pandemic, 940 thousand patients died. 21.5 million patients have recovered. The mortality rate is 4%.
The leader in the daily increase in infected people has remained for several days India – almost 100 thousand people per day! In total, more than 5 million cases of infection have already been identified in India (second in the world). Died 82 thousand patients.
The first place in the total number of infected remains USA – almost 6.8 million people. More than 200 thousand patients have died, and this is the highest rate in the world.
In third place is Brazil – almost 4.4 million infected, more than 133 thousand deaths.
IN Of Russia the number of coronavirus cases is approaching 1.1 million.
The total number of infected in Israel since the beginning of the pandemic as of September 16, it amounted to 166 thousand 794 people. 1 147 patients died. Almost 43,000 cases remain active, with 535 patients in critical condition.
Israel ranks 24th in the world in terms of the number of people infected with the coronavirus. Ukraine is in 25th place. In our country, as of September 16, 162 thousand 660 infected… But we surpass Israel in daily growth (2,958 cases) and in the number of deaths (3,340 deaths). In Ukraine, 87 thousand cases remain active. 177 patients are in critical condition.
Back in late August, the leaders of most European countries announced that they were not going to reuse strict quarantine. However, now the mood has changed.
Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz September 13 stated: “What we are currently experiencing is the beginning of a second wave.” He warned his fellow citizens, and especially the residents of Vienna, where more than half of the new cases in the country are being identified, that autumn and winter will be difficult. The Austrian leader called on the population “with the same discipline and with the same mutual respect as in the spring,” to reduce social contacts, maintain distance, and wear masks. In Austria, they are compulsory from 14 September in all stores, not just in supermarkets, but also in public buildings and schools outside the classrooms.
Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Great Britain are forced to impose strict restrictions. The measures taken by the authorities of these countries cannot be considered a full-fledged lockdown, nevertheless, the rules that come into force are much stricter than those that were in force for most of the summer. “Summer relaxation is over. With the arrival of autumn, social contacts should be limited as much as possible … ” – call the French virologists.
“People don’t want to hear such bad news now, and I understand that. But in October and November we will see an increase in mortality, ” – such a disappointing forecast was given on September 14 Hans Henri Kluge, Belgian physician and public health specialist, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe… He urged Europeans not to place too high hopes on coronavirus vaccines. “I just hear: ‘The vaccine will end the pandemic.’ Of course not!” – he stressed. Kluge, based on the data available today, believes that vaccines will help some populations and not others. “If we still have to order different drugs, it will be a logistical nightmare!” – said the Belgian expert.
Nevertheless, in several countries at once, developers of vaccines against coronavirus are actively conducting the third, most important stage of testing. It is hoped that the first vaccines tested in strict accordance with international standards will appear at the end of this year. Now we are not talking about the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, which has already begun to arrive in the regions of the Russian Federation. This drug is still not trusted by most experts.
Meanwhile, encouraging news came from the United States. Scientists from the University of California at San Francisco managed to create a protein molecule that can effectively neutralize the new coronavirus. This is an alternative method of dealing with COVID-19 that can be very effective.
It is known that the coronavirus enters human cells due to the spikes located on its surface. The scientists’ task was to select a substance whose molecules would fit the thorns of the viral corona like a scabbard to a dagger. Such a molecule, as it were, is pushed onto the thorn from above, changing its shape. Once in the scabbard, the virus loses its ability to infect cells and multiply.
UCLA undergraduate Michael Shouf created it using nanotechnology. Experiments carried out by him showed that three nanobodies, connected together, perfectly neutralize the virus, tightly wrapping around the thorn of its crown.
The next task is to create an aerosol containing protein molecules obtained by Shuf. Such a drug can be effectively used for both treatment and prevention of COVID-19.
Earlier “FACTS” reported that President Zelensky instructed to establish the production of a domestic vaccine in Ukraine.