PARIS | The world, struggling since last December to the pandemic Covid-19, passed Sunday, two thresholds symbolic, with more than half a million deaths and ten million cases of infection were announced.
According to a count by AFP from official sources, 500 390 deaths and 10 099 576 cases were officially identified Sunday, 18-h.
The number of deaths in the world has doubled in a little less than two months (250 000 5 may) and 50 000 additional deaths were recorded in the past 10 days.
Europe is the continent which has the largest number of deaths (196 086 2 642 897 cases), followed by the zone Usa/Canada (134 315, 2 642 754), the Latin America and the Caribbean (111 640, 2 473 164), Asia (33 107, 1 219 230), the Middle East (15 505, 730 977), Africa (9 604, 381 396), and Oceania (133, 9 158).
United states: more than 2.5 million cases
The United States is the country most affected, both in number of deaths (125 747) that case (2 539 544). Although the number of daily deaths has slightly decreased in June compared to the previous month, the contagion is progressing in 30 of the 50 american States, especially in the largest and most populous of the south and west of the country: California, Texas and Florida.
Some have had to take a break in the process of déconfinement. Thus, the governor of California has ordered Sunday the closing bars of Los Angeles and six other counties of this State in the american south-west, which has seen a rebound of the pandemic. This measure relates to potentially a total of 13.5 million inhabitants.
The governor, democrat Gavin Newsom, has also “advised” to eight other counties, including the capital of the State Sacramento, to do the same. It had authorized the reopening of the bars in california on June 12.
More and more votes, especially among Republicans, are standing up for that Donald Trump himself wears a mask in order to give the example. The american president never appeared masked in public.
Reconfinement in an English city?
The return to normal in many countries must not make us forget that the pace of the pandemic continues to accelerate in the world.
Leicester, in central England, a town of 342 000 inhabitants, may be partially reconfinée due to a recrudescence of the case, said Sunday the british minister of the Interior, Priti Patel.
To try to cushion the economic shock of the pandemic, the british prime minister Boris Johnson must unveil on Tuesday a comprehensive recovery plan, based on the construction of infrastructures (roads, schools, hospitals, prisons). The british GDP has fallen from 20.4% in April, a historic record high, and unemployment could exceed the peak of 3.3 million registered in 1984, according to media reports.
“Serious and complex”
Cradle of the pandemic, was born in December in Wuhan, in the center of the country, China is believed to have finished with the Covid-19.
But the virus has re-emerged in mid-June in Beijing, to the point that the authorities were obliged to close schools, and to confine the many thousands of people in the residential areas judged to be at risk.
On Sunday, the local authorities have announced the containment of the township of Anxin, located 60 kilometers south of Beijing, after the discovery of a dozen cases related to the rebound of the epidemic in the capital.
In Beijing, where 311 cases were diagnosed and approximately 7.7 million people tested, “the situation of the epidemic is serious and complex,” admitted Sunday Xu Hejian, a spokesman for the city.
“I wear a mask”
On the other hand, South Korea is continuing its return to normal. The country has managed to control the situation through a strategy based on very extensive testing and tracing of contacts of infected people, without even impose containment required.
As a result, the audience will again be allowed to attend sporting events, have announced Sunday the authorities.
Elsewhere in the world, the situation is contrasted.
Mask mandatory in certain public places and a green light to the reinstatement of restrictive measures: the iranian government has decreed the remobilization Sunday, the day after a call to the vigilance of the supreme leader, ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The most affected country by the pandemic in the Middle East, Iran has a record of 144 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest in nearly three months, which bears the national balance sheet 10 508 dead.
“I wear a mask “: in spite of a public health campaign to encourage Iranians to go out covered, only “50 % of the passengers in the subway wear masks” and “even less so in the bus,” lamented the mayor of Tehran Pirouz Hanachi.
By contrast, in Sri Lanka, where only 11 people have succumbed to the virus has put an end Sunday to the containment measures that had been reintroduced at the end of may in the fear of a rebound in the epidemic.
In Latin America, the country most heavily affected is Brazil, which was a Sunday 57 622 died on 1 344 143 confirmed cases, according to the authorities.
Bolivia experienced Saturday a record of cases everyday of coronavirus, which is 1 253 additional infections. “We are entering a phase of rapid increase in cases of Covid-19 “, acknowledged the minister of Health, Eidy Roca.
The mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, warned that the health services of the ecuadorian capital were overwhelmed in the face of the influx of patients.
With 54 500 infections, and more than 4,400 dead, Ecuador (17.5 million inhabitants) is one of the most affected countries in Latin America.