Madrid Desk, Nov 3 (efe-epa).- A record number of daily coronavirus infections were reported in Ukraine on Tuesday while deaths spiked in Portugal.
Elsewhere in Europe, the pandemic continued to take a huge toll on Spain’s tourism industry, an Italian cardinal was admitted to intensive care with the virus and German authorities urged masks to be worn in schools.
Authorities reported 8,899 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest rate yet, with health minister Maxim Stepanov warning that the country is “at a point of no return and close to a catastrophe.”
“The situation is not only critical in Ukraine. No one in the world can solve the problem of coronavirus by himself and, moreover, no one will solve this problem for anyone. It will not be possible to escape. It is time for everyone to take personal responsibility,” he told the Ukrainian parliament.
There were also 157 Covid deaths reported over the last day as the country was gripped by a second wave of infections which Stepanov said has spread “like a hurricane” around the world.
Ukraine was put under a state of emergency in March which has been extended until the end of the year with a flexible quarantine and various social distancing measures.
Stepanov warned that more measures will have to be imposed if hospitals reach capacity.
The number of tourists to Spain in September barely got off the ground with just 1.14 million documented arrivals. Last year, Spain was the world’s second-most popular destination.