China said Thursday that the renewed contamination of the coronavirus, including Beijing, was ” under control “, leaving the risk of further spread of the disease where it had appeared, at the time where the epidemic explodes in South Asia and continues to wreak havoc in Latin America.
The pandemic, which has killed at least 449 000 deaths in the world at this day, strikes also bearing the brunt of cost savings. In the United States, new applications for unemployment benefits amounted to 1.5 million last week, more than expected by analysts, according to figures released Thursday.
In Europe, the continent that comes up more and more to the normal from the point of view of health, the economic consequences require plans massive aid.
The Bank of England announced on Thursday further increase of 100 billion pounds to its asset purchase program to deal with an economic context that is ” unusually uncertain “.
As to the european Union, it must “act quickly and decisively” in with before the end of July on its recovery plan of € 750 billion, stressed on Thursday the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.
But in Beijing, thousands of people lined up Thursday to undergo a screening. The chinese ministry of Health reported 21 patients over the course of the last 24 hours in the city of 21 million inhabitants, bringing to 158 the number of cases reported since last week.
The market suspected
Life had regained near normal after two months without any contamination. But the appearance a few days ago in the city a new focus of infection has raised fears of a second wave of contaminations. The local authorities have been engaged since a few days, an extensive screening campaign of residents and disinfection of the restaurants.
The epidemic in the capital is ” under control “, has provided the epidemiologist-in-chief of the Center for control and prevention of diseases (CDC), Wu Zunyou.
The wholesale market Xinfadi, the main place of supply of fruits and vegetables to the capital, is believed to be the source of new infection.
Thirty residential areas, on the thousands that account Beijing, have also been placed in quarantine and all schools have been closed until further notice.
On Thursday, dozens of people patientaient for a screening in front of the Stadium of Workers in the east of the city, a venue which welcomes typically the local football team, found the AFP.
“We don’t have a lot of clients these days, people are afraid to go out,” said Mr. Wang, who is a chef in a restaurant, while it was the tail.
The municipality has called on its residents to avoid travel ” non-essential “, and has significantly reduced the routes.
People living in areas classified as “moderate or high risk” are, for their part, prohibition to leave the city.
Situation any other in South Asia, where the pandemic, after having taken a long time to settle, threatening to explode the number of sick and dead.
The governor of Kabul, who estimated that one million the number of people infected in the only afghan capital, anticipates a ” disaster “, citing ” reports of a rise in suspicious deaths and people burying corpses at night “.
The worst seems to happen in this war-ravaged country, despite the official statistics which do not reflect that 27 000 people to 500 deaths.
The neighboring Pakistan has also long known of the figures of the Covid-19 reassuring. But, as in other countries of the area, the statistics are packed these last few weeks.
At the hospital in Peshawar, capital of north-west pakistan, it returns patients home ” almost daily “, due to lack of beds, or oxygen, according to the surgeon Samra Fakhar.
This country’s health-care system deficient account officially 160 000 patients, but the government fears that they are 1.2 million at the end of July.
Fears of a rise “exponentially”
As for India, with a population of 1.3 billion people, it is for the moment nearly 370 000 patients and 12 000 deaths, of which 2000 announced Wednesday.
According to Archie Clements, an epidemiologist at the australian university Curtin, “South Asia is at an earlier level on the curve” of the pandemic compared to Latin America, and an increase in “exponential” in the number of cases and deaths is to be feared.
On this continent, it is the giant brazilian example shows the more terrifying: the second is the most affected country in the world, behind the United States, it deplores a total of 46 510 deaths, according to the data, which could be very far from reality.
On Wednesday night, the last balance-sheet daily official report figures that are close to the daily records, with 1269 deaths and 32 of 188 additional cases during the past 24 hours. The government contends, however, that the situation is under control and the déconfinement is proceeding steadily in most States.
The same confusing situation in Russia, a country with more than 560 000 to less than 7700 dead, where no less than 16 cities or regions have announced that they would organize not the military parades intended on 24 June by president Vladimir Putin, and where the federal Agency of medical supervision revealed Thursday that nearly 500 caregivers had succumbed to the virus since the beginning of the epidemic.
The United States on their side, who remain the country’s most grief-stricken in the world by the pandemic, with more than 117 000 people dead and more than 2.1 million diagnosed cases, were able to congratulate himself on Wednesday to have counted fewer than 1,000 deaths daily for seven days in a row, an encouraging sign, although approximately 20 000 new cases continue to be detected each day.