India, the second most populous country in the world with 1.3 billion inhabitants, recorded a million new infections in just eleven days. It is the second country with the most confirmed cases (5.02 million), behind the United States (6.59 million).
According to the Ministry of Health, Covid-19 has killed 82,066 in India since the start of the epidemic, but most experts believe that the actual numbers of infections and deaths are likely much higher.
The pandemic has killed some 930,000 people around the world, according to a report established by AFP from official sources. And one of the six special envoys of the World Health Organization for the Covid-19, Doctor David Nabarro, estimated that it is only at its beginning.
“Worse than science fiction”
“This is much worse than all the science fiction on pandemics,” Nabarro told the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. “It’s really serious, we’re not even halfway there. We are still at the beginning ”, he affirmed, quoted Tuesday by the British agency Press Association.
“It’s a terrible situation, a health problem that has grown so out of control that it is plunging the world not only into a recession, but into a giant economic contraction that will likely double the number of poor, double the number of poor people. malnourished, leading hundreds of millions of small businesses to bankruptcy, ”Dr Nabarro added.
On Tuesday, the WHO called on governments to make tough decisions to protect the most vulnerable and keep young people in school, even if it means accepting inevitable sacrifices, as Europe enters a decisive moment in the fight against epidemic with the start of the school year and the arrival of autumn.
“Europe is entering a season where people will start to return to interior spaces. The pressure of infection will increase, ”WHO Director of Emergency Situations Michael Ryan said during a virtual press conference.
Compromises will have to be made to keep both the younger and the older in social life, he said. “The only way is for adults to maintain a sufficient distance to promote a decrease in contagion.”
“What is more important: the return of our children to classes or the opening of nightclubs and bars? », He launched.
According to the WHO, people under 20 represent less than 10% of cases and less than 0.2% of deaths. Schools should only be closed “as a last resort” in areas of very high transmission of the coronavirus, said the organization’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Fiasco in Greece
In Greece, classes resumed on Monday. But the authorities are faced with a resounding fiasco: hundreds of thousands of masks have been distributed to all schools in the country for the start of the school year … but most were far too large to be worn.
On Monday, when the masks were delivered for the first day of school, students flooded social networks with photos showing faces entirely covered by these “parachute masks”.
Disaster for tourism
The consequences are terrible for the world economy, and in particular for the tourism sector which lost 460 billion dollars in the first half of the year, announced on Tuesday the World Tourism Organization, which forecasts a decline in demand of 70% on the set of 2020.
In the United States, the country most bereaved by the coronavirus which has killed more than 195,000 there, scientific experts denounced the “unprecedented” pressure exerted by President Donald Trump, in the midst of the campaign for his re-election, on major institutions American Public Health.
For months, incidents have been increasing within the United States Medicines Agency (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the federal agency on the front line to respond to the Covid pandemic. 19, two organizations that Donald Trump’s lieutenants see as hotbeds of resistance against the president’s desire to revive the economy.
“It is unprecedented for the political power in the United States to interfere in the scientific functioning of these agencies”, denounces to AFP William Schaffner, member of the editorial board of the MMWR and professor at Vanderbilt University.
The scientific world and the Democratic opposition also suspect Donald Trump of seeking to rush a vaccine approved before the presidential election on November 3.
Mr. Trump said Tuesday evening that a vaccine could be available within “three weeks, four weeks,” an acceleration of his own already surprisingly optimistic forecasts.