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the United States poised to become the new epicenter of the pandemic

As the spread of the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 40,000 people in Europe, appears to be slowing, the United States and the United Kingdom are facing an explosion in the Covid-19 pandemic on Friday April 3.

“We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel”hoped the Italian nurse Paolo Miranda who chronicles on his Instagram account the fight against the pandemic in his hospital in Cremona (north). The contagion, which has killed 14,700 people in Italy to date, is continuing but confirms its slowdown, which started about a week ago, with an increase of only 4% of cases.

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In Spain too, where the number of deaths in 24 hours still exceeded 900, for a total of nearly 11,000 deaths, hope rests on the slowing of the rate of contagions and hospitalization, assure the authorities.

  • The United States, on the way to becoming the epicenter of the crisis

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With more than half of the more than 57,000 deaths worldwide, Europe remains the most affected continent. The United Kingdom, whose government has been criticized for managing the crisis, on Friday recorded a record 684 deaths in 24 hours and now has more than 3,600 dead.

But the United States are fast becoming the new epicenter of the pandemic. In 24 hours, 1,480 deaths were recorded: a whopping one-third increase from the previous day’s count (1,169) and the highest daily toll ever recorded in a single country. The virus has already killed a total of 7,406 people and is expected to kill between 100,000 and 240,000, according to the White House.

  • Concerns for countries at war

It is also in countries in conflict that the “Worse is coming”warned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. “The Covid-19 storm is now coming to all theaters of conflict”, he said, citing Syria, Ukraine, Libya, Yemen, Burma and Colombia.

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In Africa – where Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou has called for a “Marshall plan” for the continent – and in other countries of the world dependent on imports for their food and exports to pay for them, hundreds of millions of people are threatened food shortages, the UN warned on Friday.

As for Latin America, it is entering a period of “deep recession” economic, announced Friday a specialized agency of the United Nations.

  • Restrictive measures maintained

Restrictive measures must be maintained, assure the health authorities. After extending his confinement for a month, Russia has decided to suspend all flights to and from the country, including the repatriation of nationals.

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For its part, the Turkey tightened its restrictions on Friday, closing more than 30 cities including Istanbul and Ankara to car traffic for 15 days, and extending to people under 20 the strict confinement already imposed on people over 65.

To the United StatesDonald Trump relayed the decision of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the national health authority in the United States, which recommends that Americans cover their faces when they leave their homes. ” It is [d’initiative] voluntary “, insisted the American president. “Personally, I will not wear it. “

  • International solidarity on the move

Some “1600 unaccompanied minors”, currently in Greece, go ” probably “ to be welcomed next week in Luxembourg, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on ZDF on Friday as calls for the evacuation of insanitary camps are mounting. “Eight countries have declared themselves ready” to take care of these children.

The Canadian army has been deployed in northern Quebec ” for helping northern and isolated communities ”, assures Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In Inuit villages, two cases have been confirmed.

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  • OPEC meets Monday

In the wake of Donald Trump’s announcements about possible cuts in Saudi and Russian production that boosted crude prices, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) confirmed that a meeting of its members and allies would be held on Monday . The meeting will be held by videoconference, a source close to OPEC based in Vienna told AFP.

  • Event postponements continue

A working group of the International Football Federation (Fifa) recommended Friday the postponement of all international meetings scheduled for June. A decision already taken Wednesday by UEFA, the body that oversees European football.

The 2,020 edition of the Festival international de Jazz et les Francos de Montréal, iconic events attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, will be canceled. The Francos, “The largest French-speaking musical gathering in the world”, were scheduled from June 12 to 20, 2020, while the jazz festival was to take place from June 25 to July 4.

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