Coronavirus: dark prognosis of the WHO as Europe reopens to tourism

Coronavirus: sombre pronostic de l’OMS alors que l’Europe rouvre au tourisme

GENEVA | The world health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday that the pandemic continued to worsen in the world, including the United States, where beaches and restaurants closed because of contamination rampant.

Since its debut six months ago in China, the Covid-19 has at least 512 383 deaths in the world, where more than 10.5 million people have been officially diagnosed, according to a count by the AFP.

For a week — the worst in terms of infections since the beginning of the epidemic — the number of infections exceeds 160 000 per day, according to the WHO. And ” 60 % of all cases of Covid-19 identified so far have been reported during the last month “, stressed on Wednesday the director general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“The best way out of this pandemic is to adopt a comprehensive approach “, he said, calling once again to follow the rules of detachment, the detection and isolation of cases, quarantine of their contacts, and wear a mask as much as necessary.

But then that starts the summer tourist season, many countries are trying, in spite of this worrying development, the limitation of a shortfall already of considerable tourism and the sectors that depend on it: it could reach between 1 200 to 3 300 billion, according to the UN.

The EU, where the epidemic has stalled even if there are still outbreaks of contamination, particularly in Lisbon, was reopened on Wednesday targeted its borders.

It authorized the flights from 14 countries from all continents, as well as China, subject to reciprocity, which is not currently the case.

The Greek island of Corfu and seen to land on Wednesday, its first tourists.

“It’s fantastic, we are very happy to be here and enjoy the sun “, was very excited, Molnar Istvan, Hungarian tourist landing of the first flight of the day.

Other countries are trying to save the tourist season, such as Egypt, which, despite more than 1 000 new infections daily since the end of may, reopened on Wednesday to the famous pyramids of the Giza plateau. Or even Cuba, which has reopened on Wednesday as part of its territory to foreign tourists — the paradise islands of the cayos — even if no theft tourist is not yet landed.

Return restrictions in the United States

Among the great excluded from the re-opening of the european, include the United States: the first world power, the country most grief-stricken in the world by the pandemic, with more than 127 000 deaths for more than 2.6 million cases recorded, currently recording more than 40 000 new cases per day.

With 1 199 additional deaths in 24 hours, the number of daily deaths, less than 1000, since 10 June, is on the rise again. This approach of the long weekend of the national holiday of July 4, typically marked by family reunions and gatherings to attend fireworks, and increasing the risks of contagion.

“It is obvious that we do not have the full control now,” was recognized Tuesday, dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the crisis unit of the White House on the coronavirus.

The outbreak is particularly striking in California, long a model of prevention, where the restrictions lifted at the end of may are back.

The governor of this State of 40 million people has decided on Wednesday to close for “at least three weeks” the rooms restaurants in Los Angeles and in 18 other counties, representing over 70 % of the population of california. The prohibition also bars, cinemas and museums that had already opened their doors.

Some Florida beaches have also been closed. Most of the events planned in this State-the symbol of tourism for the celebration of Independence day have been cancelled.

The mayor of New York has announced that the rooms of the restaurants would open on not July 6, as provided for by the prudent plan of déconfinement of the economic capital that the u.s. has identified more than 22 000 people died of the epidemic.

A study published Wednesday indicates that the pandemic has caused at least 18% more deaths than a normal year in the United States, and up to three times more in New York, very badly affected.

Three months of a Us presidential election already turned upside down by the pandemic, Donald Trump, criticized for his handling of the crisis, however, reiterated Wednesday convinced that the coronavirus was going to “just disappear” at ” a certain time “.

But Canada’s neighbour, the prime minister Justin Trudeau has said it feared a “second wave” epidemic ” that could hit very hard “.

The country has extended until July 31, the entry ban of foreign nationals, except — paradoxically — of the Americans, and until 31 August the mandatory quarantine upon arrival in the country.

60,000 dead in Brazil

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the situation also remains worrisome, particularly in Brazil: the country has passed on Wednesday the cape town of 60 000 people died of the coronavirus after having recorded 1 038 additional deaths during the past 24 hours, announced the ministry of Health.

The balance on this part of the continent could exceed 400 000 dead in three months if the health measures are more stringent are not taken, according to the pan american health Organization (PAHO).

The security Council of the UN had adopted Wednesday unanimously its first resolution directly related to the pandemic: it calls for “an immediate cessation and a general” conflicts across the world, with the exception of the fights against groups of jihadists, to facilitate the fight against the sars coronavirus.

The initiative could, however, have little impact on the current wars, feel the experts.

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