PARIS | The world health Organization (WHO) and the european agency in charge of infectious diseases have both ordered, Monday, the governments and the populations to do everything to eradicate the coronavirus at the time when the world has crossed the threshold of 20 million people infected.
More than 20 million cases have been officially reported worldwide, of which more than half in America, according to a count taken by AFP from official sources Monday.
And if the pace of the pandemic appears to be stabilizing in the world, with a million additional cases detected approximately every 4 days from mid-July, the battle has resumed in Europe.
The inhabitants and visitors of the French capital must now wear the mask in the most popular areas of the city to try to curb a rally by the coronavirus, in spite of scorching temperatures.
The measure concerns a hundred streets located in almost all districts of the city.
“In such a street, on the door, in another one, no! You believe that it was all a plan of Paris in mind? And these poor tourists, already that we didn’t do much, they simply will not understand nothing!” to carry with Didier, a coffee shop of the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis.
Planned for a duration of one month renewable, this measure should enable, according to the health authorities, to stop a new progression of the virus, which raises fears of a second wave of the epidemic.
But even though many gripe, overall, in several of the areas concerned, the mask was on Monday morning, much more visible than the previous days, found an AFP journalist.
By making the wearing of masks compulsory, Paris follows other French cities, but also in other countries, from Belgium to Romania, or even almost all of Spain, which, since the end of July, have muscled their sanitary measures.
The Spanish authorities have acknowledged on Monday that they were unable to control “perfectly” the spread of the coronavirus, while the country has registered, in two weeks, the highest increase of cases detected among the large countries of western Europe.
Finland will impose, on its side, a mandatory quarantine, under penalty of prison, to any individual from a country at risk.
These measures are in line with the recommendations made by the WHO. Its director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has directed on Monday to the governments and citizens to do everything possible to “eradicate” the transmission of Sars-CoV-2, which has already resulted in 750 000 deaths since its discovery in China in December.
“Many of you are grieving; it is a difficult time for the world. But I want to be clear, there are buds of hope and (…) it is never too late to reverse the epidemic”. But, for that, “leaders must mobilize for action, and citizens must adopt new measures,” he said.
The european agency in charge of infectious diseases has also urged, Monday, the States of europe to “re-establish some measures” to prevent the “resurgence real” of the COVID-19 observed on the Old Continent. Even if it is still below the peak reached in Europe on 9 April, the number of new cases everyday appears to be in progress, emphasizes the agency.
Some countries are concerned, including Italy, where the virus has fallen sharply. “France, Spain, the Balkans: Italy is encircled by contagion”, thus warned, on Monday, the daily Il Corriere della sera.
The peninsula has recorded Sunday, two people died, the balance sheet, the lowest since 21 February, the date of the announcement of the first deaths on its territory. If the number of new cases is less good (+463 in 24 hours), the situation remains controlled, according to the authorities.
During this time, in Germany, tens of thousands of children return this week, courts in four States.
In Berlin, the new school year on Monday, has seen students and teachers to wear the mask in the schools, with the exception of classrooms and playgrounds.
“We took over the school as we have completed: before the holidays, we already had the mask-wearing compulsory in the corridors and passages, so that the children are accustomed,” says the director of the school, Carl Orff, Domenica Acri.
According to a comparative study published by Science Advances, the surgical masks stop more than 90% of the droplets produced by the word. On the other hand, the bandanas and the cache-collar fleece are the least effective.
In Brazil, the second is the most affected country, behind the United States, the 100 000 dead have been exceeded on Sunday, triggering on the social networks, a wave of messages of solidarity for the bereaved families have been embroiled in bitter criticism of the government.
Beyond its health consequences, the epidemic has affected the world economy, revived old lines of fracture and of the social inequalities and disrupted schedules, cultural and sports.
The 24 hours of le Mans self will take place, and without public on 19 and 20 September. The legendary race, originally scheduled on 13 and 14 June, has been postponed to mid-September.
Similarly, the German minister of Health has rejected the idea of a return of supporters of football in the stadiums, considering that this would send “a wrong signal”, while the country is experiencing a resurgence of the pandemic.
In Italy, the cruise industry, hit by the pandemic, has, however, announced Monday the resumption of its activities from the 16th of August.