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Public health France evokes the fear of a progression “exponential” of the Covid-19 epidemic in France. Saturday, August 29, the agency indicates in its daily update on the situation that 17 departments are now considered in a situation of “high vulnerability”, according to a classification carried out by Public Health France from all the monitoring indicators of the epidemic. Five are in Ile-de-France (Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne and Val d’Oise) and four in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (Alpes -Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Var and Vaucluse). The other areas concerned are Gironde, Hérault, Loiret, Rhône, Sarthe and, Outremer, Guyana, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 36 other departments are in a situation of “moderate vulnerability”.

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Health authorities have also recorded 5,453 additional confirmed cases of contamination in 24 hours.

Possible new restrictions in the UK this winter. British Minister of Health Matt Hancock has said he will not rule out introducing new restrictions in England in the event of a second wave of the new coronavirus this winter. “If the cases increase again, we will have to resort to very extensive local lockdowns or take additional measures nationally. We are not ruling it out, although we do not want to see that.”, he explained in the daily The Times.

An anti-mask demonstration dispersed by the police in Berlin. The Berlin police on Saturday interrupted the demonstration of opponents to the wearing of masks and to restrictive measures against the Covid-19 pandemic, for lack of respect for barrier gestures by the some 18,000 participants. “The minimum distance is not respected (…) despite repeated requests”, police said, “that is why there is no other possibility than to dissolve the gathering”.

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Some 1,500 new cases of contamination in Germany. The number of confirmed cases of contamination with the new coronavirus in Germany rose by 1,479 to 240,986, according to data provided on Saturday by the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases. This daily report has evolved around 1,500 new cases since Wednesday in Germany.

Canada keeps its borders closed until September 30. The Canadian government announced it on Friday. However, some Americans are allowed to cross the country’s borders. As of March, travelers arriving in Canada, whether Canadian or not, have been subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Foreign nationals who show symptoms of Covid-19 are barred from entering Canada.

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