Concern over the pandemic still prevailed in the United States on Monday, where the threshold of 130,000 deaths from the Covid-19 was exceeded, and international scientists were alerting to the possible transmission of the coronavirus in the air.
The United States has surpassed the 130,000 dead mark of the new coronavirus and recorded again Monday a worrying daily report of new infections, with nearly 55,000 additional cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, which refers.
In one day, the country registered 54,999 new cases, according to the counting of this university at 8:30 p.m. local time. A total of 2.93 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded since the start of the pandemic in the United States. In addition, with 357 additional deaths in 24 hours, the United States deplores a total of 130,248 deaths from the Covid-19.
The most affected country – in absolute terms – in terms of the number of diagnosed cases and of deaths, the United States has known since June a serious peak of contaminations which has pushed several States to suspend their deconfinement process, or even to return backwards by closing the bars. The daily number of contaminations recorded thus reached a record 57,683 cases on Friday.
As the 100,000 death mark was crossed on May 27, President Donald Trump is delighted that the number of daily deaths is falling overall, although several experts believe that he could follow the curve of new cases and go up in several weeks. A further shutdown of the American economy is not on the agenda, after the catastrophic employment figures in March and April.
“We reopened far too early in Arizona,” said Phoenix mayor Kate Gallego.
President Donald Trump continues to say that the crisis is “on the verge of” ending, drawing the ire among others of the Democratic mayor of Austin, in Texas, Steve Adler, who qualified his remarks as “dangerous” for the inhabitants of his city, whose resuscitation services risk being overwhelmed “within ten days”.
More than 230 international scientists have also alerted on “the aerial transmission of Covid-19”, that is to say the suspension of viral particles in the air, and not only by the projection of droplets (by coughing, sneezing and speech). ) on the faces of others or on surfaces.
They therefore recommended vigorous ventilation of indoor public spaces.
“The state of the pandemic is not really good”
The current state of the pandemic in the United States is “really not good,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the United States Institute of Infectious Diseases, speaking on Monday. More than a dozen federal states continue to smash their Covid-19 case records daily.
“This is a serious situation that we must resolve immediately,” said Fauci in an online chat with the head of the national health institutes, Francis Collins. Fauci said the country was still plagued by the first wave of the epidemic. He urged the younger population to be cautious, while people under the age of 40 now represent the largest share of patients. He warned that the latter could spread the virus and that young people did not protect them from any serious illness. “Young people should not think that they are invulnerable to serious consequences … They can be very sick,” insisted Mr. Fauci
Asked about his vision of the situation, he concluded that “the current state is really not good” in the USA. Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has again sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic. Without wearing a mask in public and without admitting the danger of the pandemic, “it facilitates (the spread, note) the virus”, pointed the governor at the address of the New York billionaire.
“Worry” in Catalonia
The number of contaminations has also seen a conflagration in India, which announced Monday that it has identified a total of nearly 700,000 cases of Covid-19, making it the third most affected nation behind the United States and Brazil. The human toll is however much lower, with 19,693 deaths.
The spread of the virus is particularly virulent in the major cities of Bombay, Delhi and Chennai.
To cope with the influx of patients, the Indian capital has opened an isolation center with a capacity of 10,000 beds, some in cardboard, in a hall normally dedicated to religious gatherings, and requisitioned from hotels and reception halls . Other agglomerations have ordered restructuring measures.
The trend also remains worrying in several Latin American countries. Chile has crossed the threshold of 10,000 dead and Colombia the threshold of 4,000 dead.
Brazil recorded 620 additional deaths in 24 hours Sunday. However, Sao Paulo reopens its bars and restaurants, and wearing a mask is no longer mandatory in overcrowded prisons.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro also told CNN Brazil that he had some symptoms of the new coronavirus and that he had undergone a test, the results of which will be known on Tuesday.
And Bolivian Minister of Health Eidy Roca has been hospitalized for “complications from Covid-19”.
More than five million people on Tuesday were ordered by local authorities to remain confined to Melbourne, Australias second largest city, following an outbreak of new coronavirus. This confinement will take effect from midnight Tuesday to Wednesday for a period of at least six weeks, said the Prime Minister of the State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews.
Europe, where the evolution of the pandemic seems under control, is nevertheless worried about a resurgence of cases, leading to the implementation of new local restrictions.
On Monday, Kosovo decided to reintroduce a curfew in the capital Pristina and three other cities.
In Spain, health authorities say they are “very concerned” about the resumption of the epidemic in a region of 200,000 inhabitants in Catalonia (northeast), subject to isolation measures on Saturday, like another coastal region in Galicia.
Some outbreaks of contamination in Spain “reach levels far beyond what is desirable,” said chief epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health, Fernando Simon.
China: zero new cases in Beijing, a first since June
Beijing on Tuesday announced zero new Covid-19 patients over the past 24 hours in the Chinese capital, the first since an epidemic rebound last month that heightened fears of a second wave.
A total of 335 people have contracted the disease since the discovery of an outbreak in early June in a wholesale market in the south of the city. The municipal health commission said Tuesday it had only identified a new asymptomatic carrier of the coronavirus. Authorities are still trying to determine the causes of the epidemic rebound. A market official accused, that of Xinfadi, had indicated that the virus had been detected on boards used to cut the imported salmon. The announcement had launched a campaign to control the capital’s food supply chain and for a time had suspicion on fish and seafood products. Since June 11, the town hall has screened more than 11 million people, about half the population of Beijing, city officials said on Monday at a press conference.
Hundreds of thousands of people on average flocked to stadiums and parks every day for testing. To prevent the spread of the virus, the authorities had confined dozens of residential areas. These restrictions have been gradually lifted over the past few days. And Pekingese who live in “low risk” areas can now freely move outside municipal borders. The epidemic situation in the city “is stabilizing and improving,” Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the Municipal Center for Disease Control, told reporters on Monday. China, where the new coronavirus appeared at the end of 2019, has largely contained the epidemic and has not recorded any deaths for a month and a half.
Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia, again confined
More than five million people on Tuesday were ordered by local authorities to remain confined to Melbourne, Australias second largest city, following an outbreak of new coronavirus.
This confinement will take effect from midnight Tuesday to Wednesday for a period of at least six weeks, said the Prime Minister of the State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews.
The announcement was made in a city in southeast Australia that reported 191 new cases in 24 hours, making it difficult to trace contacts of people infected with the virus.
“These are figures that cannot last,” he said.
While acknowledging that “nobody wanted to be in such a situation”, he said that “it will be very difficult” for the population.
Most of the pupils will again follow distance education, while restaurants and cafes will only be able to serve take-out meals.
According to him, this is the only possible alternative because otherwise, “potentially”, there will be “thousands and thousands of cases” more, he said to the press.
The majority of new daily cases are now recorded in Melbourne, while most of the other regions benefit from a relaxation of the measures.
Bali wants to reopen to tourists
In Indonesia, the Southeast Asian country with the heaviest toll (65,000 people infected and 3,241 dead), the island of Bali wants to reopen in September to international tourists.
“We must continue to make every effort to best manage the Covid-19, and at the same time resume our activities for the good of the community,” said Bali Governor Wayan Koster.
Another country dependent on tourism, Kenya will resume its international and national flights on August 1.
Greece, which had received some 3.5 million British tourists in 2019, announced Monday the return of direct flights from the United Kingdom on July 15 despite criticism, the country of Boris Johnson suffering the heaviest record in Europe and the 3rd worldwide.
The fashion world is also trying to adapt: Paris Fashion Week opened on Monday for the first time in its history without a parade. Each house will unveil its collection in a video broadcast during its time slot.
The new coronavirus has killed at least 536,138 people worldwide since late December, according to a report by AFP on Monday.
The list of potential drugs, it is always narrowing a little more: after hydroxychloroquine, the European clinical trials Solidarity and Discovery also abandoned the treatment lopinavir / ritonavir, considered ineffective and suspected of adverse effects.