LIVE – Coronavirus: more than three days before the start of deconfinement

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Covid-19 pandemic killed at least 263,792 worldwide, according to an AFP report. More than 3,766,180 cases of infection have been diagnosed in 195 countries. The United States is the most affected country, with 73,431 deaths in 1,228,609 cases. They are followed by the United Kingdom (30,076 dead for 201,101 cases), Italy (29,684 dead, 214,457 cases), Spain (26,070 dead, 221,447 cases) and France (with 25,809 dead, 174,191 cases). Europe thus totaled 150,249 deaths on Thursday for 1,641,959 cases.

Édouard Philippe, accompanied by several ministers, detailed the deconfinement plan who “Can be hired this Monday, May 11”, in view of the health situation. With nearly 26,000 dead France remains “Cut in half” between departments “Green” and “Red”. In areas where the circulation of the virus is more active, i.e.n Île-de-France, in the North-East and in Mayotte, many restrictions remain in force : no opening of colleges (which may open on May 18 elsewhere), nor of parks and gardens. Strict distancing measures will be implemented in transport where the masks will be mandatory under penalty of 135 euros fine. A new certificate will also be necessary for trips of more than 100 km.

♦ A few days before this deconfinement, the country seems to know a “Slight recovery” economic activity, especially in industry and construction, according to INSEE.

In the USA, unemployment continues to rise : 3.169 million new registrants in one week. And total of 33.5 million unemployed. A record.

♦ Masks and gloves will be compulsory in transport to Moscow epicenter of the epidemic in Russia.

Lnumber of international tourists could fall by 60% to 80% in 2020, according to the World Tourism Organization.

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Welcome everyone to this live dedicated to the coronavirus pandemic.

On this particular May 8, where the ceremonies which celebrate the end of the war, will not take place like the other years, the ministry of the armies invites the French to decorate the windows and make a blueberry out of paper. The National Office for War Veterans and Victims even offers an online tutorial.

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China extends selective quarantines to 35 days

Two weeks have been the standard quarantine period since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. This is the time that suspicious cases and citizens from abroad have had to spend in isolation before being able to resume their lives, because it is the one that is taken as a reference of the incubation cycle of SARS-CoV-2. However, different areas of the Asian giant are modifying protocols to extend this confinement: the capital, Beijing has added seven days of home isolation to those coming from outside the country, two regions of the northeast and the south of China have added two weeks -which makes a total of one month-, and the town of Mudanjiang, in Heilongjiang Province, sets the record with 35 days of confinement.

This action has been taken after the detected new outbreaks of local infections caused by people who had tested negative in repeated tests and by others who had already spent the original two weeks in quarantine. A good example of this is a Chinese student who returned to Beijing from the United States: in three tests he gave a negative, but completed two weeks of quarantine in a hotel and, on his departure, the SARS-CoV-2 test was positive. The Authorities are concerned that these imported cases may be infected with a different strain that goes unnoticed in tests developed to detect the most prevalent in China.

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However, the second world power also has good news related to the health crisis: Pandemic epicenter Wuhan no longer has a Covid-19 patient in serious condition. The last one was cured last Friday, and in the last twenty days there have been no new infections or people suspected of being infected in Hubei province, so there are only 47 active cases of coronavirus left. In the rest of the country, however, they cannot say the same. Yesterday, 12 new infections were registered, of which only one was local. Currently, 8,493 people are under medical observation for having been in contact with those infected, a figure that must be added to that of the 983 asymptomatic cases.

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China extends selective quarantines to 35 days

Two weeks have been the standard quarantine period since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. This is the time that suspicious cases and citizens from abroad have had to spend in isolation before being able to resume their lives, because it is the one that is taken as a reference of the incubation cycle of SARS-CoV-2. However, different areas of the Asian giant are modifying protocols to extend this confinement: the capital, Beijing has added seven days of home isolation to those coming from outside the country, two regions of the northeast and the south of China have added two weeks -which makes a total of one month-, and the town of Mudanjiang, in Heilongjiang Province, sets the record with 35 days of confinement.

This action has been taken after the detected new outbreaks of local contagion caused by people who had tested negative in repeated tests and by others who had already spent the original two weeks in quarantine. A good example of this is a Chinese student who returned to Beijing from the United States: in three tests he gave negative, but completed two weeks of quarantine in a hotel and, on his departure, the SARS-CoV-2 test was positive. The Authorities are concerned that these imported cases may be infected with a different strain that goes unnoticed in tests developed to detect the most prevalent in China.

Direct | This is how the fight against the coronavirus progresses

However, the second world power also has good news related to the health crisis: Pandemic epicenter Wuhan no longer has a Covid-19 patient in serious condition. The last one was cured last Friday, and in the last twenty days there have been no new infections or people suspected of being infected in Hubei province, so there are only 47 active cases of coronavirus left. In the rest of the country, however, they cannot say the same. Yesterday, 12 new infections were registered, of which only one was local. Currently, 8,493 people are under medical observation for having been in contact with those infected, a figure that must be added to that of the 983 asymptomatic cases.

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The quarantine will continue for another 15 days, but will be relaxed from May 4

The quarantine will continue for another 15 days, but will be relaxed from May 4

The president will announce in the next few hours the extension of the quarantine / Télam

The Government is preparing to announce the continuation of the quarantine for another 15 days. The social, preventive and compulsory isolation will last until May 11, but it will consist of two different phases: until May 4 the same restrictions that have prevailed up to now will be maintained; and in the second week there will be an opening of economic activities in the interior of the country.

According to EL DIA, the small table of the Government concentrated on the Olivos estate to begin to give shape to the decree of necessity and urgency that will order the new extension of the quarantine. There, the President Alberto Fernández, the Chief of Staff Santiago Cafiero, the Legal and Technical Secretary Vilma Ibarra and the Minister of Strategic Affairs, Gustavo Beliz, met.

After yesterday’s meetings, the President will summon the governors again for a teleconference that will be held this afternoon and it is estimated that, if he repeats the custom, at the end of that conclave, the official announcement of the extension of the isolation will be made.

Headed by the Minister of Health, Ginés González García, epidemiologists advised the President to continue the quarantine, especially in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA), where the focus of the COVID-19 virus is concentrated, but noted that ” the curve flattened “in important provinces such as Córdoba and Santa Fe, official sources indicated.

In the meeting that took place in the quincho of the presidential residence, the experts also commented to the head of state that the curve of cases at the national level is experiencing a “smooth increase” and highlighted that in some provinces “no contagions were registered in the last 14 days ”, with which it was possible to eradicate the possibility of“ community circulation ”.

With these data, the President could conclude that there is the possibility of making the quarantine more flexible “by jurisdiction”, something that could take place from Monday, May 4, government sources reported to this newspaper. However, what will continue to be closed are airports, border crossings, and schools and universities across the country.

The experts also confirmed before Alberto F. that the age group to be cared for intensively is that of the elderly (over 65 years old), which concentrates 80 percent of the deaths caused so far by COVID-19 in Argentina . Among the scientists who attended Olivos was the WHO / PAHO Special Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mirta Roses. Also taking part in the meeting with Alberto F. were the scientific director of the Guest Foundation, Pedro Cahn; the head of the Argentine Society of Infectious Diseases, Omar Sued; the president of the Argentine Society of Emergencies, Gonzalo Camargo; and specialists Angela Spagnuolo de Gentile, Gustavo Lopardo, Florencia Cahn, Carlota Russ, Eduardo López and Luis Cámera.

For the Government, the Secretary for Access to Health, Carla Vizzotti, the visible face of the Ministry of Health, participated in this health crisis. While the infectologist Carlota Russ pointed out that the “possibility of flexing the quarantine” and some economic activities were analyzed according to the technical data that they evaluated on the “different realities of the provinces”.

As for the possibility of reopening some economic activities, Russ said that “that is the intention and at least it seems a probability.” And he added: “We have a large country and each of the places is different, a town without cases of coronavirus is not the same as a large urban center, but we do not know how that solution will be taken,” he added.

On when the coronavirus outbreak peak will occur, Russ said that question cannot be “answered, although we know that there will be more cases but we do not know if that will be the peak.” The expert also highlighted the results of the quarantine: “up to now we have achieved many of the purposes that were, for example, that there should not be a sudden increase in cases.”

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Alonso: “I spent a few days a little chubby, with discomfort and fever”

The Asturian pilot of Fernando Alonso, double Formula 1 world champion, feels “renewed energy” to face his next sports projects. Alonso yesterday had a meeting through Instagram with the ex-cyclist and technical director of the Vuelta a España, Kiko García, in which he revealed that he has spent a few days “a little chubby, with discomfort and something with fever. But now I am fine” .

The talk between Kiko and Alonso took place on the Instagram profile “La Bicicleta Café Castellón” and in it he said that, despite not being clear about his future, he still “wants to be active” and “in the short term”, if he can , “get the idea clear”. Alonso recalled his time on the Dakar, “a very beautiful experience”. He considered it “a challenge” and “a somewhat risky adventure”, and acknowledged that “it is very stressful to find yourself every ten seconds with a new adventure” because it is not known what the desert dunes may bring.

The double world champion stated that karting is his preferred form of motor sport. “It is like your first love” and “it is very marked for you,” he assured. Regarding the automobile season, he stated that he sees it “very much in the air” due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It is a very difficult situation for everyone,” he stressed. “The important thing now is health. It is time to prioritize health and then come out strengthened and united. It is also the time for this to teach us things,” he added.

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Sade organizes a short workshop workshop for the days of confinement

The San Sebastian Festival, Kutxa Kultur Eureka! Zientzia Museoa and the Aquarium of San Sebastián have joined the Etxebegiak initiative, the contest workshop created by the San Sebastian company SADE in collaboration with the Ikertze cultural association to carry out short films as a family or individually during confinement. The objective is boost the love for cinema and cultural creation and provide an alternative that “combines fun and learning” for the days of confinement decreed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sade said in a statement.

The finalist shorts will be screened at a colloquium gala professionals from the film industry will moderate during the Begiradak International Amateur Film Festival to be held in November. The Zinemaldía award for best director will receive a bonus to watch movies during the next San Sebastián Film Festival; the Kutxa kultur Eureka award! For the best special effects, it will consist of a subscription to visit the Donostia science museum throughout the year valid for four people and the one awarded by the Aquarium will be a guided tour of this facility for 15 people.

These distinctions are added to the Sade Cines vouchers worth 300 euros for the best short film and 150 euros for the Audience Award.

For the elaboration of the pieces the IKERTZE Association puts materials available to participants to learn how to make a short film from the start as well as guidelines to prepare the technical material and the set and guidelines to approach the tests.

The contest also has the collaboration of Zineuskadi, Kimuak, the Professional Association of Writers of Euskal Herria, Zinea and San Sebastian Gipuzkoa Film Commission.

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Setien’s numbers in his first hundred days at the helm of Barça

Quique Setién This Wednesday marks his first hundred days as coach of Barcelona. The Cantabrian coach landed at the Camp Nou on January 13. We review this ephemeris in five data.

Solo leadership

When Setién arrived at Barça, the team had 40 points and shared the lead with Real Madrid, although the azulgranas occupied the first position thanks to the ‘goal average’. Now, one hundred years later, Barça is the solo leader with two more points than the Whites (58 to 56).

Messi celebrates the goal that gave Barça the victory against Real Sociedad in the last league game played by the Catalans.
Messi celebrates the goal that gave Barça the victory against Real Sociedad in the last league game played by the Catalans. / Albert Gea (Reuters)

Second highest possession in Europe

With the arrival of Quique Setién, the Catalans increased the percentage of possession in games thanks to the new coach’s style of play. Since then, the average possession per game in all competitions is 69.5%, being the second highest in all of Europe, tied with Bayern Munich and only slightly below Manchester City (70.9%). .

Arthur drives the ball against Vinicius in the March 1 classic.
Arthur drives the ball against Vinicius in the March 1 classic. / Javier Soriano (Afp)

A total of 21 players used

Despite the serious injuries of Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé, who have not yet been able to play under the orders of the Santander coach, Setién has used 21 different players. They are the 17 available from the first team and four from Barça B: Ansu Fati, Àlex Collado, Riqui Puig and Carles Pérez, the latter before leaving on the winter market. The most used are Antoine Griezmann and Ivan Rakitic, who have participated in the twelve matches directed by Setién, followed by Leo Messi, Marc-André ter Stegen, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie De Jong and Arthur Melo, with eleven participations.

Griezmann finishes in a match against Eibar.
Griezmann finishes in a match against Eibar. / Alejandro García (Efe)

Eight wins, one draw and three losses

Of the twelve games Setién has led, Barça have won eight, tied one and lost another three. The 5-0 wins against Leganés (Copa del Rey) and Eibar (Liga) are Barça de Setién’s biggest goals so far. As for defeats, the team has lost to Valencia and Real Madrid, in the League, and against Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey.

Messi, Piqué and Riqui Puig celebrate the victory against Granada.
Messi, Piqué and Riqui Puig celebrate the victory against Granada. / Lluis Gene (Afp)

Eight different scorers

In addition, in these twelve duels a total of eight different players have seen goal: Leo Messi (eight goals), Antoine Griezmann (five), Arthur, Clement Lenglet and Ansu Fati (two) and Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong with one goal each. As for the assists, Messi stands out with seven, followed by Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal, with two, and De Jong and Jordi Alba, with one each.

Ansu Fati and Messi celebrate a goal.
Ansu Fati and Messi celebrate a goal. / Lluis Gene (Afp)

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Granell: “If we have to play every three days it can be an advantage for us”

Alex Granell telematically met with the red and white fans yesterday through talks organized by Girona every Tuesday and Friday via Instagram. The captain of Girona acknowledged that confinement is particularly difficult for him “because of not being able to follow the routine of training, racing, living with teammates, walking around the city and being with family”. However, Granell said he was following the training instructions set by the coaching staff these days. In that sense, Granell does not see the time to return to compete and to fight until the end by the direct ascent. That is why he believes that, if the League resumes, Girona may be one of the beneficiaries.

“It’s a difficult year. Because we came down and because there were a lot of new players on the team. However, I think that this stoppage allows us to recover lost energy and face with a lot of talent and enthusiasm the end of the season, “he said. In the same vein, Granell emphasized that “if we are on the stage of having to play every three days, for Girona it would be an advantage and not a problem, because we have a great staff to overcome it. It can be positive for us on a performance level. ”

Granell admitted that he is counting on his matches with Girona and that he is aware that he only needs 10 to be the player with the most games in the club in professional football. “I give it a lot of value. It is a situation that gives me great excitement and at the same time added pressure. It makes me happy to have been on the list for only 6 seasons. There are players in front of me and behind me who are mirrors for me. “

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North Korean Parliament meets two days late without Kim Jong Un

TheSupreme People’s Assembly, the North Korean Parliament, held a meeting two days later than the originally scheduled date and apparently without the assistance of the country’s top leader,Kim Jong Un, according to information released by the regime’s media.

The meeting should have been held on Friday, but was finally postponed to Sunday without the authorities having clarified the causes. The official KCNA agency has reported thatthe meeting was chaired by Kim Jong Un’s ‘number two’, Choe Ryong Hae.

The Assembly usually meets in April of each year to discussbudget issuesand from the administration and, according to what was broadcast from Pyonyang, in the plenary session on Sunday they only discussed internal organization issues, reports the South Korean news agency Pyongyang.

The members of the legislative body, however, did approve a7.4% increase in public health spending, a rise higher than that of 2019 and that would be part of North Korea’s efforts to combat thecoronavirus. Pyongyang has not confirmed any cases of the virus in North Korean territory, despite its proximity to China.

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In Belgium, a police check that turns into drama and two days of riots

► What happened?

Friday, April 10 in the evening, in Anderlecht, Adil, 19, died on his scooter by hitting head-on a police vehicle trying to block his way. The youngster was trying to escape control of a first car which had asked him to stop.

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This deadly chase quickly resulted in violent urban riots, Saturday and Sunday, with projectile throwing and Molotov cocktails. Vehicles were burned, the windows of the police station smashed. Seven demonstrators and two police officers were injured. Police are concerned about the disappearance of a service weapon stolen during the attack on a police van. A riot control system has been put in place in the neighborhood, with reinforcement platoons. In all, a hundred people (65 on Saturday and 30 on Sunday) were arrested. At the same time, an investigation is underway to establish the exact circumstances of the accident.

► Is the social climate likely to deteriorate in the context of confinement?

The mayor of Anderlecht, Fabrice Cumps, does not consider the drama and the riots that followed as a direct consequence of the deprivation of liberty due to the epidemic. “But it is clear that with the nervousness linked to the heavy nature of confinement, and the good weather which encourages people to go out, it did not help”, he admitted on RTL Belgium on Sunday.

In the middle of a pandemic, Adil’s parents also called on young people to stay at home in a video broadcast on RTBF. “We are against violence, we love our son and we want to mourn in peace”, said the father. The hour for the transition to normal life has not come in Belgium, a country of 11.5 million people who passed the threshold of 4,000 dead at Easter. The level of social acceptance of containment measures has slowed since their implementation on March 17, from 81% to 76%.

► Should France fear this kind of urban phenomenon?

The scenario of the attempted arrest which ends in tragedy has been repeated many times in France. In the fall of 2005 in Clichy-Sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis), the deaths of two teenagers who took refuge in an EDF transformer to escape the police had led to weeks of urban riots across the country.

Today, the climate is not serene in many popular districts. “The day before yesterday, we intervened in Grigny (Editor’s note, Essonne) because young people targeted a civil security helicopter with fireworks”, a police officer from the Anti-Crime Brigade testifies.

Since the start of containment on March 15, ambushes have been stretched to the police with pyrotechnic equipment in cities as diverse as Grenoble (Isère), Louviers (Eure), Villiers-sur -Marne (Val-de-Marne). So many provocations that can quickly degenerate.

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