Last minute coronavirus | The CCAA reject the term "close friend" for giving "free bar" at Christmas

The coronavirus pandemic has exceeded the threshold of 1.5 million dead, according to the latest update of the balance offered by Johns Hopkins University, which places the number of deaths registered worldwide at 1,501,076 since the first case of coivid-19 was detected.

In total there have been 64,918,435 cases of coronavirus, of which 14,012,378 have been registered in the United States, the most affected country, with 274,648 deaths since the health crisis broke out.

It is followed by India, with 9,534,964 infections and 138,648 deaths, Brazil, with 6,436,650 cases and 174,515 deaths, and Russia, with 2,354,650 positives and 41,173 deaths.

In the last 24 hours, more than 630,000 new cases and 12,487 deaths worldwide, which represents the second highest figure of deaths in 24 hours of the entire historical series.

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17:36 – The Minister of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía, Jesús Aguirre, has announced that the term "relatives" will be dispensed with in the order that will regulate the measures that will be applied to control the pandemic on Christmas days and it will bet on "family reunification".

Speaking to journalists, after inaugurating the fixed point of the Primary Care Emergency Service (SUAP) of the Santa Victoria health center in the South Sector of Córdoba, Aguirre said that The term "relatives" does not like anything to be "ambiguous", so the Board will refer to "family members or family reunification".

The counselor recalled the "confusion" that the term generated within the Interterritorial Health Council where the measures for the Christmas holidays were discussed which, in his opinion, should be as "cohesive as possible", since the virus "does not understand borders between autonomous communities."

Aguirre has assured that Andalusia will not allow movement between regions and it will only be possible to make possible the "family reunification" and that the meetings will be of a maximum of ten people that include two family nuclei at most.

In addition, he has advocated for establish a curfew on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1 at 1.30 am and only for said "family reunification" and in no case for the "concentration of friends on the street."

The counselor has stressed that the measures will be taken next December 10 and depending on what "technicians and experts" determine with the evolution of these days that, although it is "good and positive", it is not a reason for joy while there is "a deceased or affected by the effects of the covid".

16:56 – CANARY ISLANDS | The Canary Islands have added 166 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, of which 120 have been produced in Tenerife, with the total accumulating currently in the islands of 21,750 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, while in the last day there have been no new deaths, qbringing the death toll to 341.

16:28 – VALENCIAN COMMUNITY | The Valencian Community has registered 29 deaths, seven of them residents, and 1,390 new cases of coronavirus, while the number of hospitalizations continues to decline and there are 1,194 admitted, 33 less than yesterday, of which 257 are in the ICU, as reported by the Ministry of Health.

16:10 – PORTUGAL | The Portuguese health authorities have reported this Friday almost 5,000 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, a rebound in relation to the figures of recent days that coincides with the start of a new restriction period to mobility between municipalities.

Circulation between municipalities is restricted from 11:00 p.m. on Friday until late on Tuesday, as ordered between November 27 and December 2 to prevent mobility and contain thus a possible spread of the virus.

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15:57 – The Safadifarma company will distribute from its warehouses in Quart de Poblet (Valencia) a new rapid antigen test from saliva samples with a rapid system (result in less than 15 minutes), effective (more than 97% clinical sensitivity) and cheaper than PCR (less than five euros each unit).

Although it will only be distributed as a product in vitro category 1 (for healthcare professionals, hospitals, residences and public and private healthcare centers), it could be used "massively" as a self-test or to be dispensed in pharmacies if the legislation allows it, the company highlights in a statement.

A specialist does a saliva test. (EFE)

15:45 – The Community of Madrid will launch next week a pilot project to perform antigen tests on all clients who stay in some hotels, has announced the vice president of the region, Ignacio Aguado.

In a video posted this morning on the social network Twitter, Aguado explains that the objective of the project, that will last fifteen days, is to reinforce the image of safe tourism in the Community of Madrid, which "works to have the confidence of tourists who visit us ".

15:26 – NAVARRA | The territory detected 82 new positive cases of infection by covid-19, according to the data provided by the Institute of Public and Labor Health of Navarra (ISPLN), after performing 1,360 tests in the public health system (1,028 PCR and 332 antigen tests), with 6% positives.

From the epidemiological point of view of the evolution of the pandemic, the Navarra Institute of Public and Labor Health indicates that this Thursday they occurred in the Autonomous Community five new entries related to this disease, none of them in ICU.

15:19 – The Government has assured this Friday that Catalonia is "ready" for, when the covid vaccines arrive in January, administer them to about 450,000 people in the first quarter, with the collaboration of the Blood and Tissue Bank (BST), which will store those from Pfizer in its freezers.

This was explained in a telematic press conference by the Vice President of the Government, Pere Aragonès, and the Minister of Health, Alba Vergés, after visiting the Blood and Tissue Bank. "In a few months I am convinced that we will have advanced in the group immunity essential to leave the pandemic behind and focus all efforts on social reconstruction of country. We are ready for the vaccination campaign. "

"In a few months I am convinced that we will have advanced in the group immunity essential to leave the pandemic behind"

15:07 – ANDALUSIA | The community has registered 1,312 new cases of coronavirus in the last twenty-four hours, compared to 1,381 of the previous day, and the deaths in the same period have been 40, compared to the 69 notified yesterday Thursday.

With these data, the fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic stand at 4,317 and infections in 236,614, according to data from the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA).

Andalusia maintains the rate of infections and registers 1,312 new cases and 40 deaths

EFE

14:54 – The Christmas Plan of the Junta de Extremadura in the face of the covid-19 pandemic will begin on next December 14 and will run until January 6, and intends become a "compass" with which citizens can be guided to spend Christmas "as safe as possible."

"If they do not belong to the same nucleus of coexistence the maximum allowed at family gatherings, social gatherings, and inside restaurant tables will be a maximum of 10", explained this Friday at a press conference in Mérida after the extraordinary Governing Council of the Board, the second vice president and Minister of Health and Social Services, Jose Maria Vergeles.

14:29 – ASTURIAS | The Ministry of Health of the Principality of Asturias has confirmed the detection of 229 new cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours of this Thursday.

The Principality has advanced, before providing data related to hospitalizations and deaths, which this Thursday 5,537 tests have been carried out, bringing the positivity rate has stood at 5.44%, according to the criteria established by the Ministry of Health.

14:17 – CASTILLA Y LEÓN | The community counts a total of 129,373 positives for coronavirus, of which 393 new, 27 new fatalities (22 of them in hospitals and five in residences) and 117 more discharges, according to data provided by the Ministry of Health.

This Friday's statistics record 22 deaths in hospitals. A total of 3,810 deaths in this area have been reported so far in the Community. For its part, the hospital discharges of patients who were admitted with covid-19 already reach 18,027, after adding another 117 in 24 hours previous.

14:03 – The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, stressed that Spain "is one of the countries with fewer infections"in Europe and that has "out of extreme alert", thanks to the reduction in the cumulative incidence from 530 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the first week of November to 240 yesterday.

"Spain is one of the countries with the least contagions in Europe and we have come out of the extreme alert", he claimed during the presentation of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Spanish Economy in Comillas (Cantabria).

13:52 – EUSKADI | Gipuzkoa has left the so-called Red zone transmission rate of covid-19, so that all Basque territories are below 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, while the positivity rate has decreased in a day from 6.5% to 5.2, the lowest percentage since October 9.

The Basque Department of Health has updated the daily epidemiological bulletin with data corresponding to Thursday, the day on which 10,140 diagnostic tests were carried out that yielded a result of 519 new infected, 113 less than the previous day.

13:35 – The Minister of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía, Jesus Aguirre, announced this Friday that the Autonomous Administration will not use the term "close friend" proposed by the Government of the Nation, considering it "ambiguous", and instead will include the concept of "family reunification" for Christmas, but discouraging it.

13:26 – BALEARIC ISLANDS | The Balearic Epidemiology Service has notified the Ministry of Health this Friday 263 new positives, so that the accumulated total is 25,318 cases notified since the beginning of the pandemic in the Islands.

As reported by the Ministry of Health and Consumption, this Friday the number of deaths in the community goes up to 426, after adding two new deaths.

13:12 – The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, assured this Friday that the main parade of the capital "it won't be like other years", but that they will not be missed, and that "it made no sense" to take the grapes in the Puerta del Sol on December 31.

All this after knowing that the Community of Madrid will impose measures to avoid agglomerations until January 8. Events may not be organized to celebrate the 12 end of the year bells in squares or public roads and the horseback riding will be in "bounded" enclosures and "with the audience seated".

12:58 – The President of the Government of Aragon, Javier Lambán, has labeled an "error" to include the word "close" in the agreement of the Interterritorial Health for this Christmas because it supposes, in his opinion, to give "free bar" for any type of movement and I find.

The president has been against this term that, he added, did not appear in the initial statement of the Council held this Wednesday and that agreed to the perimeter closure of the communities, except the insular ones, from December 23 to January 6, except for reunions with family and friends, in addition to the exceptions provided above.

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12:36 – The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, estimates that, around the months of May and June, they could be vaccinated between 15 and 20 million of people in Spain, as indicated in San Sebastián, where he gave a press conference at the Government sub-delegation in Gipuzkoa.

In his appearance, he explained that they have a vaccination plan in three stages and, in the first of them, of the 15 population groups that have been analyzed, four of them, totaling about two and a half million people, are going to be vaccinated. Specifically, it is the people who are in nursing homes, the health professionals who care for them, those who "they are on the front line", and the big shop assistants.

12:23 – CATALONIA | The transmission speed of the coronavirus (Rt) in Catalonia continues to grow and has risen again for the fourth consecutive day, up to 0.95, three hundredths more than yesterday, while the community has overcome the barrier of 16,000 deaths since March, 50 of them reported in the last 24 hours. 1,484 infections have also been detected in the last 24 hours.

Despite the new increase in the speed of contagion, regrowth risk (EPG), the potential growth rate of the pandemic, appears to have stabilized and, after rebounding in the last three days, has dropped five points since yesterday and has stood at 212 points "Very high risk."

The coronavirus does not recede in Catalonia, which reaches 16,000 deaths

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12:07 – ARAGON | The community government has notified 256 new cases of coronavirus and no deceased, according to the data provided on the website. These are provisional figures, pending the updating of the final data on the Transparency Portal of the regional Executive.

In the Zaragoza province The number of infections has risen to 162, among which the eleven cases of San José Sur, ten of Delicias Sur, and the seven of Casablanca, Rebolería and Parque Roma stand out in the Aragonese capital. Also, in Tauste six positives have been recorded and in Caspe, another six.

11:34 – This week the incidence of the coronavirus has fallen in all autonomous communities. Although on Monday Castilla y León, Asturias, the Basque Country, Ceuta, La Rioja and Melilla were still above the 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, all regions have managed to drop below 400. Catalonia registered more cases on Thursday than the day before, so the region will not advance to a phase with fewer restrictions next Monday, as planned.

There are still nine regions above the threshold of 250 cases marked as the limit from which the risk is considered extreme, which is established by the Ministry of Health. But the trend is down in all areas and the country's average incidence is already below that figure, according to the latest published data.

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11:49 – What consequences and effects has the coronavirus had on our lives? The Sociological Research Center (CIS) publishes the second wave of the special study on this subject and vaccines.

Thus, the 55.2% of the population would prefer know the effects of the vaccine before you get it, while a 8.4% would not be willing to be vaccinated in any case. 32.5% of those surveyed do state that they are ready to receive a antidote dose immediately.

55% of Spaniards prefer to wait to know the effects before getting vaccinated

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11:12 – The Official Gazette of Castilla y León (Bocyl) publishes in its edition of this Friday, day 4, the agreement signed by the Chairman of the Board, Alfonso Fernandez Manueco, which extends until Thursday, December 10, the limitation of the entry and exit of people of the territory of the Community of Castilla y León.

Specifically and as stated in this agreement, this agreement will have effects between 00.00 on Friday December 4 until 23.59 hours on day 10 of the same month. During the period of its effectiveness it will be subject to continuous monitoring and evaluation "in order to ensure its adequacy the evolution of the health, epidemiological, social, economic and mobility indicators and, by virtue of this, it may be maintained, modified or voided".

10:53 – The coronavirus pandemic that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan has left more than 217,000 new cases and 2,879 deaths in the United States in the last 24 hours, with which the country beats in the same day the daily record of infections and that of deaths, according to the balance of the Johns Hopkins University.

In the last day, the United States has registered 217,664 new cases of coronavirus, thus surpassing the previous record of infections, registered on November 27, with more than 205,000 positives.

The US breaks records with more than 217,000 cases of coronavirus and 2,879 deaths in 24 hours

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10:33 – The Community of Madrid will lift this Monday, at 00 hours, the restrictions on basic health zones which are active right now and will only continue with them for another week Guzmán El Bueno and La Elipa in Madrid capital, La Moraleja in Alcobendas and Barcelona in Móstoles.

This was announced by the general director of Public Health, Elena Andradas, at a press conference at the Ministry of Health, offered together with the Deputy Minister of Public Health and the Covid-19 Plan, Antonio Zapatero.

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10:19 – Vehicle departures from the Barcelona metropolitan area rose this Thursday, before the perimeter closure of the fin the week before the bridge of the Constitution, 5% compared to the same day last week and a 9% when compared to the figures before the application of restrictive perimeter confinement measures between municipalities.

As reported this Friday by the Catalan Traffic Service (SCT), between 00:00 and 24:00 On Thursday, a total of 485,118 cars left Barcelona and its metropolitan area.

09:51 – LAST MINUTE | The Community of Madrid will impose measures to avoid crowds until January 8, as advanced by the Deputy Minister of Public Health and Covid-19 Plan, Antonio Zapatero, at the press conference to report on the epidemiological and health care situation, where he pointed out that events to celebrate the 12 end of the year bells in squares or public roads and horseback riding cannot be organized It will be in "bounded" enclosures.

Madrid will control the capacity of the streets until January 8 and there will be no chimes in Sol

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The new measures "exceptional and temporary" will be published this Saturday in an order from the Ministry of Health and refer to the obligation of municipalities to adopt capacity control measures in those roads or public spaces in which a high density of influx of people is expected.

"Events may not be organized to celebrate the 12 chimes New Year's Eve in squares or public roads and cavalcades of Kings and Christmas concerts on public roads may only be held in limited areas, with the audience sitting and cannot exceed 50% of the capacity ", has indicated.

"Events to celebrate the 12 New Year's Eve bells may not be organized in squares or public roads, nor the Kings parades or concerts"

09:41 – The United Kingdom will ease restrictions to contain covid-19 between December 23 and 27 in order to allow family reunions around Christmas, but these will have some limits, as agreed by the British regions.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland decided that people who they live under three roofs different may form a "bubble" between the aforementioned dates to celebrate the holiday period.

UK eases its coronavirus measures over Christmas

EFE

09:23 – The new coronavirus pandemic has left 23,449 new cases and 432 deaths in Germany in the last 24 hours, compared to 22,046 infections and 479 deceased of the previous day, according to the data published this Friday by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German government agency in charge of the control of infectious diseases.

With the new data, the balance of the pandemic in German territory amounts to 1,130,238 infected people and 18,034 fatalities. Regarding recoveries, the figure rises to 820,600 people cured, including 20,600 who have been discharged in the last 24 hours.

Germany raises the daily balance again with more than 23,000 cases and adds another 432 deaths

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09:07 – The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, confirmed this Thursday that the chief scientific officer at the fight against coronavirus At home, Anthony Fauci would continue to advise the next Democratic administration.

"I asked him to remain in exactly the same position he held during the past presidents, and I asked him to also be my chief medical advisor and part of the Covid-19 team, "Biden revealed to CNN.

Biden confirms that Fauci will continue to lead the team against the coronavirus in the US

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08:41 – South Korea reported this Friday 629 new cases of covid-19, its daily maximum in nine months, with Seoul adding its record of infections, 291, figures that have forced the authorities of the capital to restrict business hours from tomorrow.

Of the 629 new infections reported today by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), 600 were national, of which 463 corresponded to the capital region, where about 26 million people live, more than half of the population of the Asian country.

An empty street in Seoul. (EFE)

08:16 – Galicia begins this Friday the de-escalation of the restrictive measures adopted by the Xunta to face the virus, a day in which Santiago and Ourense will become the first cities to abandon limitations.

The president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, explained that the improvement in epidemiological parameters during the month of November, in which a 25% covid cases in the community, has led to "start de-escalation" of the measures implemented almost a month ago, with the progressive opening, which will be uneven depending on the situation of each territory.

08:00 – Good Morning! The bridge of the Constitution begins cold and with mobility restrictions between most of the autonomous communities, which insist on the importance of avoiding crowds and maintain precautions so as not to increase coronavirus infections.

Several autonomies were already closed long before this bridge and others such as Madrid have agreed to prohibit the entry and exit of the territory from today until December 14, like Galicia, although this will lift the restriction on Wednesday 9.

What communities allow travel on the December bridge? The perimeter fence map

The confidential Data Unit