Coronavirus: Europe déconfine, Latin America concerned

Coronavirus: l’Europe se déconfine, l’Amérique latine inquiète

Madrid | The Spanish, were reunited Monday with their beaches, the Italians their swimming pools: Europe continues to déconfinement after weeks of paralysis due to the coronavirus, which has 345 000 deaths on the planet and continues to grow, particularly in Latin America.

In Madrid, it is a huge breath of fresh air : until then always subject to a containment of the most strict in the world in the face of the pandemic party of China in late 2019, the inhabitants of the Spanish capital have benefited Monday from a first relief, with the re-opening of the terraces of the cafés and restaurants as well as green space.

At dawn, hundreds of People stormed the Retiro park, whose doors opened for the first time in ten weeks.

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“The reopening of the Retiro brings me a certain serenity, a sense of comfort,” says Rosa, San Jose, 50 years old, walking around in a sports outfit, a white mask on the lower part of the face. On a part of the Spanish coast, the beaches become also accessible.

Other countries heavily hit by the COVID-19, Italy has taken a new step in the lifting of restrictions, with the re-opening of sports halls and swimming pools, a week after the restaurants.

In Iceland, the night owls are looking forward to the night : clubs can again accommodate guests, a rare privilege in Europe. In the morning, the athletes were able to return to their gyms.

“It is great to be able to resume”, then Helga Bergman, 55 years old, who could not, for anything in the world missed the re-opening of its hall favorite, the World Class Laugar to Reykjavik.

Domestic flights in India

In Greece, the terraces of taverns and cafes have reopened Monday, a week earlier than planned to support the sector of the restoration prior to a return hoped tourists in mid-June.

In the neighborhood of Thissio, at the foot of the Acropolis, the Athenians returned to their habits, enjoying their coffee “condition” of the sun. In Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, the metro has resumed service.

Everywhere, the safety distances and the gestures of the barriers are to prevent a possible second wave, feared by the world health Organization (WHO).

Japan lifted Monday a state of emergency which was still in force in Tokyo, for example, in order to allow the restarting of the third largest economy in the world.

In India, domestic flights have resumed on Monday. Among the conditions to be able to board : to submit to a taking of temperature and dispose of the application tracing of the government, Aarogya Setu.

Despite these precautions, the nervousness was palpable among the employees of the New Delhi airport. “Interact with so many people at the present time is so risky. I had to be in contact with at least 200 people since this morning,” said an employee of the AFP.

Iran, by far the country in the Middle East is the most affected by the pandemic, has reopened on Monday its main shrines of shiites, including those of Machhad and Community.


If the pandemic appears to be under control in Europe and slowing its progression in the United States, it is increasing its ravages in Latin America, his “new epicenter” according to the WHO.

Particularly hard-hit, with the Brazil, where the death of more than 22 600 people have been noticed. Hostile containment and gestures barriers, the president of extreme right-wing Jair Bolsonaro has not hesitated Sunday to take a bath of crowd in Brasilia, dropping the mask, shaking hands and even wearing a child on his shoulders.

In the Face of the deterioration of the situation in this country, Donald Trump, yet an ally of Mr. Bolsonaro, has banned Sunday the entry into the United States to travellers non-americans arriving.

The figure of 100 000 people to be reached this week in the United States, the most affected country of the world, flags have been flown at half-mast for three days.

The déconfinement continues, however, in the u.s., with there also the desire to revive the economy. New Yorkers have been able to rediscover the beach Sunday.

But in Mexico, the president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has warned that his country stood “at the time of the most painful of the pandemic”. It has been estimated that the crisis would result in the loss of one million jobs in 2020.

In Chile, president Sebastian Piñera has ruled that the national health system was saturated and “very close to its limits”.

President in flagrante delicto

Peru has extended the containment up to June 30. In Argentina, the social isolation required has been extended until the 7th of June, the number of contaminations having been multiplied by five in Buenos Aires in two weeks.

In Germany, conversely, most of the restaurants were able to reopen on Monday, as some hotels. It does however extend until July 5 at least its rules of social distancing.

The United Kingdom, the second most mournful (nearly 37 000 deaths), plans to start its déconfinement the 1st of June, with a partial reopening of the schools .

The british prime minister Boris Johnson, however, was under the fire of criticism on Monday after having maintained his position as his adviser Dominic Cummings, who has breached the containment by going at the end of march at his parents ‘ 400 miles from London, so that he feared he might be suffering from the COVID-19.

In Austria, regarded as a model country for its management of the crisis, it is the president of the Republic in person, Alexander Van der Bellen, who has had to apologize after having been controlled on a terrace in vienna’s past closing time.

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