CORONAVIRUS. While the World Health Organization is concerned about the acceleration of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Chinese government continues to worry about a new wave of contamination in Beijing in the last two weeks.
On Monday, the World Health Organization issued a new warning, six months after the first reports of pneumonia of unknown cause in China. The coronavirus pandemic, which is far from being contained, is accelerating worldwide
In the United States, where Covid-19 has contaminated more than 2.5 million cases and caused 125,804 deaths, New York City has extended the closure of Broadway theatres until at least 21 January 2021. The infection is increasing in more than half of the American states, especially in California, Texas, and Florida, which are densely populated.
A total of 188 countries are affected by the coronavirus pandemic, including Brazil (55,961 deaths, 1,274,974 cases) and the United Kingdom (43,550 deaths, 311,151 cases). Europe is also still strongly affected by the Pandemic, with 2.4 million cases and 191,077 deaths.
Coronavirus in China
China, the cradle of the coronavirus pandemic, believed it had halted the crisis in early spring. Still, the emergence of new cases since mid-June, particularly in Beijing, has brought the country back to life. A total of 311 cases have been discovered in Beijing since mid-June, where “the epidemic situation is difficult and complicated. Xu Hejian, a city spokesman, said yesterday. Since December, Covid-19 has caused the death of 4,634 people in 83,000 cases.
The government has reinstated restrictive measures in the capital and redefined several districts in areas classified as at risk, most of which are near the huge Xinfadi market, where this new wave of contamination.
The authorities decided to act in the canton of Anxin (500,000 people), which is about 60 km south of Beijing, after counting about ten new cases. Eleven cases related to the outbreak of the epidemic in Beijing were registered there. Until further notice, one person per household can go out once a day to buy food and medicine.
Coronavirus in the USA
In the United States, a total of 125,804 deaths and 2,510,281 cases of Covid-19 were reported. According to the Johns Hopkins Institute, the number of deaths on Sunday was 265 within 24 hours. The daily number of new infections registered in the United States in recent days is over 30,000. In contrast, last month this number had dropped to about 20,000. After the virus struck in the eastern United States, it has spread mainly to the south and west of the United States.
Coronavirus in Brazil
Brazil registered 1,661 deaths in the last 24 hours, out of a total of 1,274,974 registered cases and 55,961 deaths. The numbers continue to show an upward trend. Still, the government continues to send encouraging messages and assures that the situation is under control.
Coronavirus in Spain
Spain reported 118 new cases within 24 hours, for a total of 248,770 cases with 28,343 deaths. The state of alert, which lasted until 21 June to restrict travel, has ended. It was also agreed to reopen the borders for tourists. The football championship resumed two weeks ago, and many cultural institutions have also opened their doors. However, schools will not reopen until next September.
Coronavirus in Italy
We have an absolute lack of attention, such as the nightlife of young people and so on. However, in Italy, most people still wear masks and keep physical distance,” said Massio Andreoni, head of the infectious diseases department at the Tor Vergata hospital in Rome. The virus will continue to circulate, and we will see the sudden resurgence of some outbreaks. If there is a second wave, it will be our fault. It will mean that we would not have been able to apply what we learned from the situation in the spring.
Coronavirus in the United Kingdom
The latest death toll reported in the UK on Sunday showed 36 more deaths within 24 hours (compared to 186 the day before). Overall, the country has recorded 43,550 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic, with more than 311,151 positive cases). According to the National Statistics Office (ONS), the number of deaths attributed to the new coronavirus is nevertheless higher than announced by the Ministry of Health. The overall balance would be more than 50,000 victims of Covid-19 if the actual number of deaths in nursing homes were considered. Furthermore, in a letter published in the British Medical Journal last Wednesday, the country’s health experts called on British politicians to prepare the UK for the “real risk” of a second wave.
The UK is also continuing its gradual deconsolidation, with schools partially reopening since the beginning of the month. The return is by age group for primary schools with pupils aged 4 to 6 and 10 to 11. All shops have been authorized to reopen on Monday 15 June, subject to the application of precautionary measures. The wearing of a mask is also compulsory during transport. However, the bars and restaurants will not reopen until 4 July.
Coronavirus in Germany
262 new infections in the last 24 hours were reported on Monday by the Robert Koch Institut (RKI) for Infectious Diseases, which is responsible for the daily monitoring of the Pandemic. The total number of infections now stands at 193,761 since the beginning of the outbreak in the country. Four deaths have also been reported, bringing the total number of deaths in the epidemic to 8961.
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Coronavirus in Portugal
While Portugal was pleased to have been selected by UEFA based on its excellent results in managing the coronavirus epidemic, the resurgence of new cases in the Portuguese capital is cause for concern. On Thursday, the government announced the loosening of the inhabitants of 19 neighborhoods in the northern suburbs of Lisbon. The measures will take effect on 1 July for two weeks. Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes to go to work, buy food and medicines. Gatherings are also limited to 5 people in this area, compared to 20 elsewhere in Portugal.
The country is, therefore, tightening its containment measures following the increase in new cases of coronavirus in recent weeks.
Yet the country intended to use its good figures and its status as a safe destination to attract European tourists. The government has recently introduced a mobile application called “Info Praia” about how beaches will open this summer. The app includes information on the occupancy rate of the beaches. Beach visitation could be monitored and reduced by half of the usual number of visitors. Still, access to the beach could be kept open.
Coronavirus in Belgium
No figures were sent this Monday on the evolution of the epidemic in Belgium. Sciensano no longer broadcasts data on Sunday and Monday. On Friday, the agency had reported five additional deaths in 24 hours for an average of 8 daily deaths over the last seven days. On Friday 26 June, the balance sheet of the epidemic was thus 9731 deaths in Belgium. 99 new contaminations were also reported for a total of 61,007 contaminations. However, the institute calls for caution and reminds us that the virus has not been defeated. “An average of 89 new infections per day have been reported.
It is now the summer holidays that are the focus of government attention. An application should be put in place to prevent the influx and try to manage the flows. The national safety council meeting on Wednesday 24 June had ratified the new loosening measures in Belgium, which will come into force on 1 July.
Coronavirus in Africa
The last published assessment of the African Union’s African Centre for Disease Prevention was released on 25 June. It reported 315,410 cases across the continent and 8,334 deaths. South Africa is the most affected country ahead of Egypt and Nigeria. The African country that carries out the most screening tests, South Africa, has passed the 100,000-case mark, with nearly 2,000 deaths. A vaccine test will be carried out there on 2000 people. Developed by Oxford University and considered promising, it is already undergoing clinical trials in the United Kingdom and Brazil.