(Reuters) – Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:
London is moving towards a tighter lock
London is heading for a stricter blockade of COVID-19 since midnight on Friday, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried to deal with the rapidly accelerating second wave.
“I have to warn Londoners: We are facing a difficult winter,” said Mayor Sadiq Khan.
However, anger is growing over the economic, social and health costs of the biggest restriction on wartime freedoms.
Infections spiral in Eastern Europe
Daily cases in Poland jumped above 8,000 for the first time, reaching a record high for the second day in a row, and the country is likely to impose new restrictions.
While health authorities say there are enough hospital beds and respirators to deal with the infection so far, doctors warn that the system could be overloaded.
The Czech Republic will start building capacity for patients with COVID-1
Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said the army would start building an area for 500 hospital beds at a fair in Prague.
Croatia reports 793 new cases, a daily record, while neighboring Slovenia introduces new measures to fight the rise in infections.
Scientists are developing a 5-minute antigen test
Researchers at the British University of Oxford have developed a rapid test for COVID-19 that can identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes, researchers said, adding that it can be used in mass tests at airports and companies.
The university said it hopes to start product development in early 2021 and have an approved device available six months later.
The device is able to detect the coronavirus and distinguish it from other viruses with high accuracy.
Long COVID can affect many parts of the body and mind
The continuing illness after infection with COVID-19, sometimes called “long COVID,” may not be a single syndrome, but perhaps up to four, causing a train of symptoms affecting all parts of the body and mind, doctors said.
In an initial report on long-term COVID-19, the British National Institutes of Health said that a common topic among ongoing COVID patients – some of whom are seven or more months old – is that symptoms appear in a physiological area, such as the heart or lungs, only to subside and then reappear in a different area.
“This review highlights the detrimental physical and psychological impact that ongoing COVID has on the lives of many people,” said Dr. Elaine Maxwell, who is leading the report.
Trump talks about Barron’s attack on the virus
In a siege over the pandemic, President Donald Trump said he thought the mild outbreak of his son’s virus was causing US schools to reopen as soon as possible.
Trump commented on his son Barron during a rally at Des Moines Airport, Iowa.
“I don’t even think he knew he had it,” he told Barron, “because they’re young and their immune system is strong and they’re fighting it. 99.9% and Barron is beautiful. And he is free. “
(Compiled by Linda Knox; Edited by Kirsten Donovan)