PARIS | More than six million cases of new coronavirus have been officially reported worldwide, of which two-thirds in Europe and the United States, at the same time as the déconfinement continues, from Paris to New Delhi.
The pandemic has killed at least 366 848 deaths on the planet, of which almost half (177 595) on the european continent, where about two million people affected by the Covid-19 have been identified.
And if the United States remains the country with the largest number of cases (1 760 740), and death (103 472), it is now in Latin America — particularly in Brazil — as the virus progresses more rapidly, with some 45 000 contamination of overtime these last 24 hours, or a total of nearly one million, of which 50 000 were fatal.
In this context, the european Union called Saturday for Washington to reconsider its decision to break with the world health Organization (WHO), calling for solidarity in the face of the progression of the novel coronavirus.
On Friday, the us president, Donald Trump has indeed executed his threat, accusing the WHO of convenience with China, where the Covid-19 appeared in December.
The café terraces in Paris
At the same time, with the improvement of the health situation in Europe, the restrictions imposed shall continue to be exercised.
Italy has reopened to the public Saturday, the leaning tower of Pisa and shopping centres became accessible again in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
At the same time, in France, the population was able to reconnect with its parks and gardens after two months of closure.
“The reopening of the parks […], it really is the symbol of the new-found freedom “, said Cécile Roperh, 54, walking his dog in the park, paris Buttes-Chaumont.
Only allowed to reopen on June 2 in Paris with the second step of the déconfinement, the terraces of the cafés, bars and restaurants can also occupy free of charge a part of the public space.
The british government has allowed the revival closed on June 1, sports competitions, while in Spain, the clubs of the football championship will also be able Monday to return to collective training, ” total “, the last step before the restart of the competition on the 11th of June, and that in Austria, a Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place at Spielberg (centre) on 5 and 12 July.
Greece will for its part allow flights from more countries of the EU, including France, starting on June 15.
The passengers of these aircraft will not be subjected to strict measures of quarantine, with the exception of those arriving from the regions most affected by the Covid-19 in these european States.
Spain could also allow the return of German tourists, French or scandinavian since the second half of the month of June in the framework of a project “driver” in the archipelagos of the Balearic and Canary islands.
Critics in the United Kingdom
But if these ads are on the rise in Europe, mess and disappointment are sometimes the appointment, such as at the border between France and Belgium, the Belgian could still not cross.
“On tv, we saw the belgian minister say that the visits were allowed, as well as racing. It is very surprised, this seems unfair, there is no coordination in Europe, ” said a man in his fifties pushed back the French territory.
In Northern Macedonia, the president Stevo Pendarovski has extended Saturday of two-week state of emergency after an increase in the number of deaths and new cases, however, that in the United Kingdom, many experts and members of the opposition have deemed Saturday “premature” the government’s decision to move Monday to the next phase of the déconfinement, the Covid-19 continuing unabated.
And in Rome, some 200 people, some of whom have demanded openly from the extreme right, have expressed in the late morning to denounce the government to the cry of ” freedom ! “
“Everything will be different “
In Asia, India on Saturday announced an easing of the containment : as of 8 June, religious buildings, hotels, restaurants and malls may reopen, despite a new record of daily contamination in this country (175 000 of which 5 000 were fatal).
The Face of the risk of contamination, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel refuses to go in person to a G7 summit in the United States in June, as proposed by Donald Trump.
The French president Emmanuel Macron is “available” to go, but wishes in this case ” the presence of all “.
Its american counterpart wished to make this meeting in the flesh a symbol of standardization, while the pandemic continues to plunge the world economy into crisis.
In California, the unemployment, almost non-existent prior to the pandemic, is now affecting 24 % of the 40 million inhabitants.
The gross domestic product (GDP) of Italy fell by 5.3% in the first quarter compared to the previous one, same as that of France, which is entering into recession.
The canadian economy contracted by 8.2 % annual rate in the first quarter, the sharpest drop since early 2009.
In India, the GDP has experienced in the 1st quarter its lowest growth in 20 years, while that of Brazil contracted by 1.5% compared to the previous quarter.
In Spain, the crisis has exacerbated poverty and caused an explosion in the demand for food aid, forcing the government to approve the creation of a minimum income vital.
“When we come out of this pandemic, we will not be able to continue to do what we were doing and as we were doing. No, everything will be different “, has said pope Francis in a video message on the occasion of the feast of Pentecost.