Coronavirus: 17 million cases, the economy hit

Coronavirus: 17 millions de cas, l’économie frappée de plein fouet

Schönefeld | pandemic coronavirus has passed on Thursday a new and sinister cape with over 17 million infections, of which over half in three countries (United States, Brazil, India and the global economy is now being hit hard by the recession that it provokes.

At least 17 022 877 cases, including 666 586 deaths, have been reported in 197 countries, including the United States, the country most affected (150 713 deaths), Brazil (90 of 134 deaths) and India (34 968 deaths), according to a count taken by AFP from official sources Wednesday.

The progression of the virus continues to accelerate: a million additional cases have been detected in 4 days, and more than 6.5 million since the beginning of the month.

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It is far short of the 98 cases (and no deaths) identified in 18 countries outside of China, where the virus appeared – when the world health Organization (WHO) has declared an international health emergency on 31 January.

To this date, remember Thursday, the WHO – was highly criticised for its slowness to react – only four countries had recorded confirmed cases of human to human transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Six months later, the pandemic and protection measures are unprecedented – including the containment of much of the world’s population – that she had to take feel their devastating impact on the global economy, reducing millions of people to unemployment in sectors such as air transport, automotive or distribution.

“Diving history”

Engine of the european economy, Germany is experiencing its worst recession since the post-war period, with a “diving history” of 10.1% of its gross domestic product in the second quarter, double the contraction recorded at the height of the financial crisis of 2009.

A strong rebound is now expected by the experts. In addition to measures to support national, Germany has to take advantage of the european recovery plan of 750 billion euros decided by the 27 in Brussels in mid-July.

In the meantime the clouds accumulate with record losses, figures in billions of euros, for flagships such as Volkswagen, Airbus, Total, or Shell.

The GDP of the United States has fallen from 32.9% in the second quarter, in annualized terms, a second consecutive quarter of decline, which marks the official entry of the first global economy in recession, according to a preliminary estimate from the Commerce department released on Thursday.

“This pandemic is the biggest shock to the u.s. economy of human memory”, stressed on Wednesday the president of the american central Bank (Fed) Jerome Powell.

“From the lowest level of unemployment in 50 years at the highest level for 90 years, and this in two months”, he noted again, urging them to support even more households and businesses.

The country recorded Wednesday near 1270 people dead in one day, and more than 68 000 new cases. Several States, such as California, Texas and especially Florida, have had to backtrack on the re-opening of their business.

In Washington, an elected republican reluctant to wear a mask in the u.s. Congress, has been tested positive to the COVID-19 Wednesday while he was about to leave to Texas with the president, Donald Trump.

In Brazil, a very high number of new cases in a day has been registered, 69.074, according to the ministry of Health.

In Paraguay, the government has re-established a quarantine almost total in Ciudad del Este, the second largest city in the country, to the triple border with Brazil and Argentina, due to the spread of infections corconavirus, causing the wrath of the local population.

In Europe, the British tested positive to the new coronavirus, or by presenting symptoms shall now isolate 10 days, three days more than previously, in order to limit any possible transmissions, announced Thursday the medical authorities.

In Tokyo, the governor of Tokyo, on Thursday called on restaurants, bars and karaokes of the japanese capital to close early in the evening to try to contain the pandemic that is regaining ground in the country.

The experts believe that the situation in the metropolis “is more serious than before,” said Yuriko Koike. “There is not a moment to lose” to act, she said, noting that several foci of infection had been discovered in Tokyo.

On the coasts of europe, the crisis in health and economic related to the COVID-19 “generates a stream of exceptional economic migrants”, warned Wednesday the Italian ministry of the Interior calling on the european Union to take up the issue “immediately”. More than 11,000 migrants have landed in Italy last week.

Insee, the statistical institute of the French, revealed on Thursday that between late march and early April, the epidemic had caused in Europe a peak of excess mortality of 50% compared to an average based on the number of deaths in the same week between 2016 and 2019. This excess mortality has reached 60% in France, 155% in Spain, 91% in Belgium.

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