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Measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus are multiplying in Europe, with a partial confinement in the Czech Republic As of this Thursday, while two Italian regions have decreed a curfew, Ireland was re-confined and Germany posted a record of new cases.

Hope for an effective vaccine has been undermined by death in Brazil of a volunteer participating in the trials of the vaccine made by the University of Oxford against covid-19, official sources announced Wednesday.

This is the first death of a volunteer who participated in the tests of one of the many trials clinical trials that are carried out in the world.

But Oxford assured that phase 3 of the tests of this vaccine that is being developed with the AstraZeneca laboratory they will continue, after the conclusion of an independent committee that it does not pose a risk to the health of the volunteers.

The deceased Brazilian, who according to various media was a 28-year-old doctor, I was on the front line of fighting the epidemic and would have died from complications related to covid-19. After graduating from medical school last year, the young doctor worked in two hospitals in Rio de Janeiro.

About 20,000 volunteers participate in vaccine trials, among them 8,000 in Brazil.

Faced with the second wave of the virus, Europe is closing more and more, such as the Czech Republic where the government limited the movement of people and decreed the closure of businesses -with the exception of food stores and pharmacies- and services to slow the spread of the virus, from this Thursday until November 3.

“The government is going (…) to limit travel and contacts with other people (…) with the exception of going to work, shopping and visits to the doctor “, Health Minister Roman Prymula, an epidemiologist by profession, said on Twitter on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Czechs accounted for by far the largest number of new cases and deaths per 100,000 inhabitants registered in the previous two weeks.

Curfew in Lombardy and Campania

In Lombardy (north) of Italy A curfew comes into effect this Thursday from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for the next three weeks and in Campania (south) where the city of Naples is located, the president of the region, Vincenzo De Luca, announced the ban on leaving home from Friday starting at 11:00 p.m., although he did not specify what time it ends or the duration of this measure.

Italy registers a sharp increase in cases since Friday of covid-19, with more than 10,000 infected per day.

Lombardy, where Milan is located, it is the most affected, as it was at the beginning of the pandemic, in February and March.

The situation is also getting worse in Germany, where for the first time since the start of the pandemic, more than 10,000 cases have been registered in 24 hours (11,287), a record, according to official data published on Thursday. Last Friday there were 7,830 new cases.

In Ireland, the toughest measures came into force on Thursday night with a new lockdown.

Hoping for “celebrate Christmas properly”, According to Prime Minister Micheal Martin, the Irish will have to stay home for six weeks, although the schools will remain open.

Non-essential shops will close and the Irish They can only go out to do sports within a radius of five kilometers.

The situation continues to worsen also in Spain, the first country in the EU and the sixth in the world that has exceeded one million infections.

Before the recrudescence of contagions, the Spanish authorities have imposed new restrictions, with the partial closure of a dozen cities and some regions.

Poland wants to tighten restrictions

The pandemic has already caused at least 1,126,465 deaths in the world since the end of December, of them, 254,300 in Europe, according to a balance established by AFP on Wednesday. Likewise, the accumulated infected diagnosed close to 41 million.

United States It is the country most affected by both the number of cases and deaths, with 221,930 deaths, followed by Brazil (155,403 dead), India (115,914), Mexico (86,993) and the United Kingdom (43,967).

Poland also shuffles harden the measures, according to its prime minister, who has stated that he wants to extend the restrictions that went into effect last week in about half of the territory, declared a “red zone”, given the increase in cases.

“I am going to recommend from Saturday that all of Poland be considered a ‘red zone'”, Mateusz Morawiecki told the private channel Polsat TV, shortly before a crisis meeting that he must decide on the measures.

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