The milestone of five million cases of Covid-19 has been crossed in the United States, now the world’s leading power in the head of the most affected countries. It is 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.
In second place among the hardest hit countries, Brazil officially has more than three million people infected. And this figure, as well as that of the dead, are undoubtedly underestimated according to the experts, because of the insufficient number of the 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 cast a harsh light on inequalities, the virus having wreaked havoc in the favelas and particularly affecting black populations.
In the past seven days, almost 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.
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
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 deter 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 relative 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 swimming pools are packed. Keep a cool head, keep your distance and wear your mask when you can’t avoid the proximity, ‘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.
In France, it will be mandatory outdoors from Monday in some busy areas in Paris. From the banks of the Seine to the heights of Montmartre, it will no longer be possible in principle to stroll with your face uncovered in the tourist districts and main shopping streets of the capital with your face uncovered.
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 Justice Minister Chikosa Silungwe.
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 1219 cases and 22 deaths.