Coronavirus crisis | Nearly 200,000 dead and more than 2.7 million infections worldwide

The new coronavirus pandemic originating in the Chinese city ofWuhanexceeds 2.7 million cases and leaves more than190,000 fatalities in 185 countries of the world, with the United States registering more than 27,000 positives in the last 24 hours.

According to the global balance of theJohns Hopkins UniversityUpdated this Friday at 10:00 am, the pandemic already leaves 2,710,264 people infected and 190,896 fatalities. The total number of people cured amounts to 743,419, with Germany leading this table with 106,800 people recovered, followed by Spain, with 89,250.

The United States remains the country most affected by the coronavirus, registering a total of 28,900 cases in the last 24 hours, compared to 28,400 the previous day. With the new cases,the balance in the United States amounts to 869,172 infected peopleand while there are already more than 49,963 fatalities.

To date, the United States has conducted 4.68 million tests to detect the coronavirus. New York State remains the epicenter of the pandemic, with more than 260,000 people infected and more than 20,000 dead.

Spain remains the second country most affected by the pandemic and the most affected in Europe by number of infections, with a total of 213,024 people infected and 22,157 deaths, followed by Italy, which has fewer people infected, 189,973, but more deaths, 25,549.

France continues in fourth place globally, with a total of 159,467 cases and 21,889 deaths, above Germany, which accumulates 153,129 infections and 5,575 fatalities. The United Kingdom remains the sixth most affected country with a total of 139,246 people infected and 18,791 deaths from coronavirus.

Turkey exceeds 100,000 infected

Turkey has overtaken Iran and China, the country of origin of the pandemic, and has more than 100,000 cases, with a total of 100,790 positives and 2,491 deaths, while the Islamic Republic has 87,026 positives and 5,481 deaths due to coronavirus.

China, for its part, has registered 83,884 infections and 4,636 deaths from the new coronavirus. Russia, for its part, ranks as the tenth most affected country, with 62,773 infected people and 555 deaths, compared to 50,036 infections and 3,331 deaths in Brazil. Canada is above the 40,000 positives, with 43,286 cases and 2,241, ahead of Belgium, which accumulates 42,797 infected people and 6,490 deaths.

The Netherlands then puts the balance at 35,921 people with coronaviruses and 4,192 deaths. Above 20,000 positives are Switzerland, India, Portugal and Peru, followed by Ireland, Sweden, Austria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Singapore, Pakistan, South Korea, Poland and Romania, which they exceed 10,000 infections.

The United Arab Emirates, Denmark and Belarus already have more than 8,000 positives. Indonesia, Qatar, Ukraine, Norway and the Czech Republic account for more than 7,000 people infected with coronavirus.

The Philippines, Australia and Serbia exceed 6,000 people with coronavirus, while Malaysia, the Dominican Republic and Panama have exceeded the threshold of 5,000 positives, ahead of Colombia, Finland and Bangladesh, which number more than 4,000.

South Africa, Egypt, Luxembourg, Morocco, Argentina and Algeria are above 3,000 infections, while Moldova, Thailand, Greece, Kuwait, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Bahrain have more than 2,000 infected people.

Iceland, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Oman, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, New Zealand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Slovenia, Cameroon, Slovakia, North Macedonia, Afghanistan, Cuba, Bulgaria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast have more than a thousand infections.


South Korea records no Covid-19 deaths for the first time in a month

South Korea’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said Friday thatno death has been recordeddue to coronavirus in the last 24 hours, being the first time that no death has been confirmed in a month.

Thus,the death toll from Covid-19 in the Asian country remains at 240, while the positive cases have risen to 10,708, after registering an additional six this Thursday, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

These figures constitute a drastic drop in coronavirus data in South Korea, after health authorities recorded as many as 909 in one day on February 29. The Asian country confirmedher first Covid-19 infection on January 20.

However, despite the clear signs of slowdown that the pandemic shows in South Korea, the South Korean authorities, who have justified the reduction of cases with social distancing measures, remain vigilant about the increasing number of imported infections. Specifically, of the six new cases, two have been provisionally classified as imported infections.

The global ofimported cases amount to 1,021.Of these, 92 percent correspond to South Korean citizens. Furthermore, this figure represents almost 10 percent of the total confirmed cases.

The general physical distancing will continue in South Korea until May 5. However, the country, which became one of the most affected in the first moments of the pandemic, already considers moving towards “epidemiological prevention of daily life” if after that date the number of new infections continues to stagnate.


Trump advises injecting “disinfectant” to treat coronavirus

The president of United States,Donald trump, has suggested the possibility oftreat coronaviruswith “an injection” of“disinfectant” or applying “sunlight”in the human body in order to beat Covid-19, the disease generated by the virus, as reported by the NBC network.

“I see that the disinfectant knocks it out in a minute, in a minute. Is there a way that we can do something like an injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you can see, it reaches the lungs and reaches a tremendous number in the lungs, so thatit would be interesting to check that “, the US president has affirmed, addressing the director of the Technology and Science Division of the Department of Homeland Security, Bill Bryan.

Trump has made this suggestion after Bryan made a presentation on measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in whichIt has pointed out that the virus “dies quickly” when exposed to sunlight.

As a result of that statement, Trump has directly asked if he can “put sunlight inside the body” to defeat the coronavirus. “So suppose we expose the body to a tremendous amount of light, be it ultraviolet or just very powerful light. I think you said that has not been proven,” Trump said, looking at Bryan.

“So I say, assuming that the light is put inside the body, which can be done through the skin in some other way, I think you have said that they are going to verify that too,” said the President of the United States. .

Trumphas followed his argumentation without scientific basisgoing to raise the possibility of “an injection” of “disinfectant” in the human body so that the body can end the disease caused by the coronavirus, without going so far as to detail which disinfectant it refers to.

After Trump’s appearance, theScientific and health experts have criticized his claimsconsidering that they are an irresponsible and “inadequate” message in health terms. “This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleaning product into the body is irresponsible and dangerous,” pulmonologist Vin Gupta said, speaking to NBC News. “It is a common method for people who want to kill themselves,” he riveted.

The President of the United States has proposed on previous occasions in his daily press conferences that treatments not proven to be effective in fighting coronavirus be used, such as chloroquine.


The tests on footballers trigger controversy

The La Liga project to carry out thousands of coronavirus detection tests on First and Second Division footballers has fueled controversy. On the one hand, the players fear the possibility of getting it, despite the protocols developed back to the activity. On the other, the doctors of the clubs regret the lack of response from La Liga to their questions. And finally, the possible criticism for the massive use of tests that have not yet reached one hundred percent of the health personnel.

“Very soon it seems to me,” replied the president of the Higher Sports Council, Irene Lozano, after the announcement that next Tuesday the first tests will be carried out on professional soccer players. Lozano added that he explained that it will be the Ministry of Health that will make the decision of “when” and “who” will access the tests for the return to activity of Spanish athletes, depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic .

The key question of soccer players and doctors has remained unanswered: What will happen if one, two or three cases are detected in training? “At the moment, there is no answer, or at least they did not give it to us,” warned Dr. Rafael Ramos, president of the Spanish Association of Soccer Doctors. The Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, acknowledged that he understood the uncertainty of the footballers and even their fear, but assured that everything would be done safely and in conditions. The doctors of the clubs, especially those of the Second, are critical of the way in which La Liga proposes the return to competition.

In addition, some soccer players have expressed fear that society will criticize them for having all kinds of tests, when they do not even have the doctors and health workers who are saving lives (and contagious) in hospitals. “I understand people when they consider us privileged,” said Gio Zarfino, captain of Extremadura, “but I would also like them to understand us. We are some workers, some employees, and we undergo the tests that our company tells us. to be able to work. I don’t think we are to blame for not having a test for everyone. Obviously, for this reason, we feel bad and uncomfortable. “

The League, with the authorization of the Government, has hired a private company (Synlab) to go to the facilities of the clubs on Tuesday to carry out the first test (PCR) and, subsequently, the serological tests to the list of people that each club has sent the employers. Some doctors suggest that the Government “carry out a campaign to educate the population that football is ready to check, with a return to activity, what the true state of the pandemic is and whether or not it is possible to return to normality slowly” .


Public debt rose in February to 96.3% of GDP

The debt of all thepublic administrationsIn February, it registered an increase of 0.5% with respect to the previous month, when adding 5,890 million euros, to 1,201 trillion euros, which brought it closer to its historical maximumsplaced around 96.27% of GDP, according to data published this Wednesday by the Bank of Spain, which does not yet include the impact of the coronavirus on public accounts.

In addition, public debt under the excessive deficit procedure has increased by 1.4% in interannual terms, adding 17,106 million euros in one year compared to the 1,184 trillion euros it registered in February 2019.

In this way, the ratio of public debt to GDP would have been around the96.27%, about four tenths more than the ratio of 95.8%GDP estimated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs last month. However, it is low compared to last year, since in February 2019 the ratio was 97.78% of GDP.

Public debt closed 2019 at 1.18 trillion, the equivalent of 95.5% of GDP, below the government’s target of 95.9% of GDP.

For this year, the Government set a reduction target of 94.65 of GDP, which, however, as a consequence of the Covid-19 crisis, has been completely outdated. In fact,the different organisms have notably raised their forecasts,such as the IMF, which estimates that Spanish public debt will rise to 113% of GDP this year; the Banco de España, which estimates a range of between 110% and 120%, or BBVA, which predicts a level of around 115% of GDP.

Upload in all administrations

By administrations, the debt increased in all public administrations (State, autonomous communities and local corporations) and remainedat maximums in the case of Social Security.

Thus, the state debt rose in February by 5,122 million compared to the month of January, to 1,073 billion euros, 0.5% more, and compared to the previous year it rose 1.7%, adding 18,097 million in one year .

Similarly, the public debt of theautonomous communitiesit rose in the second month of the year by 2,289 million, to 298,109 million euros, 0.7% more, and at an interannual rate it registered an even higher rise of 1.6%, with 4,558 million more.

In turn, local corporations increased their debt by 0.8% in February, to 23,305 million euros, while it fell by 10.8% year-on-year.

Social Security debt remain at highs

Finally, the debt of the Social Security administrations was maintained in February at 55,024 million euros, so it continued in a historical record.On a year-on-year basis it grew by 33.6%, adding 13,830 million euros in just one year. In both cases it is the same figures from the previous month.

This rise in debt is due to the loans that the State has granted to Social Security in recent years to guarantee the payment of pensions, whose monthly bill is currently close to about 9.7 billion euros, but in the months in which that there is extra pay, it doubles.

Last April 14the Government approved the granting of a new State loan to the General Treasury of Social Securityamounting to 13,830 million euros to meet Social Security obligations, after the measures approved by Covid-19.

Of the total amount of public debt in January, 86.6% corresponded to debt securities, with 1.04 trillion euros, mostly in long-term securities (974,354 million euros) compared to short-term securities (66,938 millions of euros).


Calcio postpones the season finale to August 2

The President of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC),Gabriele Gravina, has stated this Thursday that said body will adopt a resolution topostpone the end of the current 2019/20 season until August 2, thus fulfilling “the recommendations received from theFIFAand theUEFA

“This determination will be made in full compliance with the recommendations received from FIFA and UEFA, pending the Government’s decisions and the necessary in-depth analysis that the leagues and the Italian Association of Footballers will make in a short time to define the extent of contracts expiring on June 30, “FIGC has indicated in a press release.

“The world of football is working incessantly and responsibly to find concrete and sustainable solutions to the crisis generated by theCovid-19, including those necessary and essential to safeguard the competitions of the 2020/21 academic year, “said Gravina.

“For this reason it also deserves respect, instead of being used instrumentally for disputes disputed by any foundation. I thank Minister Spadafora for the attention given at yesterday’s meeting, during which we explained in detail what our approach is: to play safely again. out of common sense and because the international organizations to which Italian football is connected request it, “added Gravina.

“Confirming what was said during the meeting and encouraged by the usual spirit of collaboration,I will send the protocol we have made to the CONI, remaining available for any valuable indication, “said the FIGC president.

“We are satisfied with the constant contact we have with the Sports Minister, but also with those of Health, Economy and Finance, to whom we have proposed all the necessary measures,” Gravina continued.

“However, I am surprised to have to see once again how the temptation to speak continuously about football, due to the notoriety that stems from it, induces several interlocutors to comment on things that they are obviously misinformed about,” he concluded.


The Rolling Stones release their first indito song in 8 years: ‘Living in a Ghost Town’

TheRolling Stonespublished this Thursday ‘Living in a Ghost Town‘, his first song in eight years, from those’ Doom and Gloom ‘and’ One More Shot ‘from his compilation GRRR! (2012).

‘Living in a Ghost Town’ is his way of facing confinement and has been composed of the usual tandem composed ofMick Jagger and Keith Richardsand recorded in isolation in Los Angeles and London.

“We were recording new material in the studiobefore quarantineand there was a song that we thought had a special resonance given the circumstances that we are going to live, “explains Jagger.

Richards, for his part, adds: “We recorded the issue a year ago in L.A. for our new album, a project we are still working on. Then the shit splashed all of us and Mick and I decided that the song should be released now and here it is. “

DrummerCharlie Wattsnote thatthe generalized “pick up mood” themein times ofcoronavirus, while Ron Wood finishes: “Here we have a new theme for you that we hope you enjoy.It’s a captivating melody

The theme is recorded by Mick Jagger (voice / harmonica / guitar / backing vocals), Keith Richards (guitar / backing vocals) Charlie Watts (drums), Ronnie Wood (guitar / backing vocals), Darryl Jones (bass) and Matt Clifford (keyboards, horn , sax, flugelhorn).


The EU seeks a minimum agreement and pact the reconstruction fund

How much money should the future EU Economic Recovery Fund contain? How to distribute it among the countries affected by the Covid19? Through loans or subsidies? Between which sectors and countries? These are some of the questions that still do not have an answer and will probably not be answered this Thursday, during thefourth summit in seven weeks held by the EU Heads of State and Governmentby videoconference since the pandemic broke out. The appointment, however, is key for European leaders to clear once and for all their political commitment to aeuropean investment planand give a mandate “as clear and powerful” to the European Commission to present a proposal as soon as possible.

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The Executive who leadsUrsula von der LeyenFor weeks, he has been outlining a shock plan to revive the European economy with a number in mind: mobilize 1.6 trillion euros over the next three years, through the issuance of community debt, and using theMultiannual Financial Framework (MFF)for the period 2021-2027 as a lever to obtain resources in the markets. Brussels’ idea to increase the available financial capacity, and achieve that additional financing, is to raise the maximum spending ceiling to close to 2% of the Gross National Income (currently 1.23%) to improve the Commission’s capacity to raise funds at low interest.

A totally open approach for the moment and that could be put on the table as soon as next April 29, once it receives the guidelines of the European leaders this Thursday. Everything will depend on the conclusions of the “strategic discussion” that the Twenty-seven will hold from three o’clock on Thursday afternoon, although it will be afirst discussion that will require new meetings. “Theoretically it is a viable idea but we will see why it not only requires unanimity but also the ratification of parliaments”, hold diplomatic sources on the modification of the EU’s own resources. The same sources acknowledge that an agreement before June or July will be difficult, not only becausethere is still no consensus on how the fund should bebut because of the inability of the EU leaders to meet and the difficulty of “negotiating at a distance”.

A “powerful” and “urgent” fund

At this point, hardly anyone disputes that it will take a powerful recovery fund, with a “significant” fire capacity, torevive the European economy-although some countries such as the Netherlands consider that it is early to put figures on the table- nor that the situation is of utmost urgency because“the coming crisis will be enormous and cannot be underestimated”, argue the same sources. The starting point of some countries and others, of the group of the so-called frugal -Holland, Austria, Denmark and Sweden- who defend a budget as austere as possible, or of the friends of cohesion -Spain, Italy, Portugal or France- However, it is not the same, although the tensions experienced in the last Eurogroup, when it took two days to close the triple emergency safety net, seem to have disappeared.

“The atmosphere in the contacts has been good,” say sources close to the President of the European Council,Charles Michel, which last Monday organized a preparatory meeting attended byGiuseppe Conte(Italy),Emmanuel Macron(France),Angela Merkel(Germany),Mark Rutte(Netherlands) andPedro Sánchez(Spain) that served to recover the lost tone. Precisely that day Spain distributed a proposal among the rest of the European partners that advocates creating a recovery fund of 1.5 billion euros, financed through the issuance of perpetual debt, and which would give subsidies, and not repayable loans, to countries affected by covid19 from 2021.

Perpetual debt collides with the north

“The possibilities ofreconstruction of Spainwill depend on the existence of a largereconstruction plan in Europe. We went to the European Council with a pragmatic, effective and essential proposal that would demonstrate the real intention of the EU to act with real scope, “Sánchez defended this Wednesday in Congress. His plan forperpetual debt and lost fund transfersHowever, it has little chance of flying. “It would be great, but it will not fly. It is enough to be 10 minutes in the Coreper (meeting of permanent ambassadors) to realize it. The Nordic countries would never accept it,” say sources from one of the “friendly” countries.

“There are hard words to swallow and ‘perpetual debt’ is a very difficult thing for some Member States to accept” but “I think the idea of ​​(repayable) long-term loans has a good chance,” explain other sources about the discussion between loans and grants.“We need loans and grants. There will be both.”, they add, underlining the importance of avoiding fragmentation of the internal market and reaching an agreement that allows for rapid action. Beyond talking about recovery, the leaders summit, which they will also attendChristine Lagarde (ECB) and Mário Centeno (Eurogroup),It will also endorse the half a billion euro emergency plan agreed by the Eurogroup on April 9 to respond to the crisis in the short term and will urge the Eurogroup to make the three new tools operational on June 1.


Quarantine challenges (I): Songs beginning with “a”

One more day, one less day for the end of the confinement. We have already been isolated in our homes for more than a month to fight against the coronavirus and the contagion curve begins to decrease. A challenge that we are overcoming among all.

It is still several weeks until the state of alarm ends and we can go outside. Meanwhile, from this newspaper we proposeseveral weekly challenges to test your knowledge.

We start with thismaybein whichwe face several famous singers. You have to guess which of the following verses belong tosongs starting with the letter “a”. Of the fighting, there is only one answer that is correct. Luck!

Other songs by letter A

It is not so easy to find songs whose title begins with the letter “a”, at least in the Spanish songbook. But there are, as you have been able to discover in the proposed game.

In case you were left with the bug to knowmore songs whose title begins with the first letter of the alphabetWe include three more in the list below with some of his main verses and his official video clip.

At dawn (Luis Eduardo Aute)

“If I told you, my love / That I fear the dawn / I don’t know what stars these are / That hurt like threats / I don’t know what the Moon bleeds / At the edge of its scythe.”

Love of man (Mocedades)

“Oh, love of man / That you are making me cry once more / Moon shadow, that makes my skin freeze in passing / That gets tangled in my fingers / Burns me in its breeze / Fills me with fear.”

Blue (Cristian Castro)

“It is that this love is blue like the sea / Blue, like the blue of the sky was born between the two / Blue, like the star of our passion / A blue spring that fills me with love.”