Coronavirus – More than five million cases in the United States, Brazil still hard hit

The pandemic has killed more than 162,000 people in the United States, where the contamination curve has been rising sharply since the end of June. In Brazil, we have just exceeded 100,000 deaths.

In Brazil, the pandemic has cast a harsh light on inequalities, the virus having wreaked havoc in the favelas and particularly affecting black populations. (Photo Mauro Pimentel / AFP)

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The milestone of five million cases of Covid-19 was crossed on Sunday in the United States, now the world’s leading power in the head of the most affected countries, followed by Brazil which exceeds 100,000 dead.

The pandemic caused by the coronavirus has killed more than 162,000 people in the United States, where the contamination curve has been rising steeply since the end of June. The number of new cases recorded there reached 70,000 per day in mid-July.

To support the millions of his fellow citizens stricken by unemployment or threatened with eviction from their housing because of the Covid-19, Donald Trump unveiled on Saturday evening a new aid plan by decrees.

The new record did not discourage thousands of motorcyclists from taking to the Midwestern road, to participate in the world’s largest annual motorcycling gathering, where t-shirts stamped among other things “I survived the corona” were offered at the sale.

In second place among the hardest hit countries, Brazil officially has more than three million infected people. And this figure, as well as that of the dead, is undoubtedly underestimated according to the experts, because of the insufficient number of tests.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has not commented on this subject: he confined himself to a tweet highlighting the number of recovered patients and celebrating a victory for his favorite football team, causing anger on social networks .

In the largest Latin American country with 212 million inhabitants, the pandemic has shed a harsh light on inequalities, the virus having wreaked havoc in the favelas and particularly affecting black populations.

In the past seven days, nearly one in two deaths worldwide has occurred in Latin America.

The economic consequences are terrible everywhere on this subcontinent. In Ecuador, nearly 700,000 people have lost their jobs since the start of the epidemic.

In Venezuela, the escalation in the number of coronavirus cases led President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday to extend for 30 days the “state of alert” which authorizes him to extend the quarantine which has been in force since March.

Worldwide, the virus has killed nearly 730,000 people and infected more than 19 million in total since the end of December, according to a count made by AFP on Sunday from official sources.

Hot under the masks

Footballers are not spared by the epidemic. Four days before its Champions League quarter-final, two members of Atlético Madrid, whose identities have not been revealed, have thus tested positive for Covid-19. Which casts a shadow over the final phase of the queen club competition, starting Wednesday in Lisbon.

In Brazil, ten players from Goias’ team learned on Sunday that they had tested positive for the coronavirus a few hours before a match on the first day of the Championship which therefore had to be postponed, at the last minute.

In Europe, where temperatures exceeded 35 ° C on Sunday in the north, the authorities are trying as best they can to enforce the wearing of masks and to dissuade the population from congregating on lawns and beaches.

The Covid-19 has killed more than 213,000 people on this continent and gives worrying signs of a restart.

In Belgium, one of the countries with the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, several Flemish towns and seaside resorts announced on Sunday the ban on “day tourists” during the heat wave, after incidents caused by non-compliance with sanitary measures.

In Blankenberge (north), a group of young people refused to leave the beach on Saturday evening. A fight broke out between holidaymakers before turning into a riot, necessitating the intervention of the police.

In the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany too, crowds in search of freshness have gathered on the seashore, often ignoring the recommended separation distances. Local authorities have warned that some beaches in northern Germany as well as several lakes are expected to close.

“The parks, lakes, beaches and pools are packed. Keep a cool head, keep your distance and wear your mask when you cannot avoid the proximity, ”the Berlin police urged on Twitter.

“Army of Controllers”

Since the end of July, the almost generalized wearing of protective masks in closed public places, has gained open air spaces across the planet.

After Brussels and Madrid, wearing a mask becomes compulsory from 8 a.m. on Monday in some very busy areas of Paris. The strict application of this measure to fight the coronavirus could come up against the current scorching heat wave.

Banks of the Seine, heights of Montmartre, rue Mouffetard: it will no longer be possible to stroll with your face uncovered in certain tourist areas and main shopping streets of the French capital, and certain towns in Ile-de-France.

Scheduled for a renewable period of one month, this measure should allow health authorities to stop a rebound of the virus which raises fears of a second wave of the epidemic with potentially devastating effects for the French economy.

Malawi has also decided to impose the wearing of masks in public spaces, and to close bars and churches. The number of cases has nearly doubled in the past four weeks in the southern African country, reaching a total of 4,624 on Saturday, including 143 fatalities. “An army of controllers has been hired” to enforce these new instructions, warned the Minister of Justice, Chikosa Silungwe.

Almost back to normal

Contrasting with the rest of the world, New Zealand is experiencing an almost return to normal and on Sunday lived its 100th consecutive day without new contamination identified. This country of five million inhabitants, which closed its borders on March 19 and whose effectiveness in containing the epidemic is considered exemplary by the World Health Organization (WHO), had only 1,219 cases and 22 deaths.

On the judicial front, a collective of French passengers from the Costa Magica, a cruise ship which had been turned away in early March from several Caribbean ports due to the coronavirus, lodged 180 complaints in Paris against the company, in particular for manslaughter .

“All the victims want to know how this cruise was able to be maintained when the ship had already been refused in several ports the previous week”, told AFP their lawyer Philippe Courtois, criticizing the “extremely light” means put in place. place by the company. “It must have been a dream cruise and it ended in ordeal, wandering on the boat”.

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Posted: 08/10/2020, 3:57 AM

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