PARIS | The parisian cafes re-open Tuesday, their terraces, a symbol of a slow return to normal in Europe, at a time when the pandemic coronavirus ravaging South America and threatens to collapse of its hospital systems.
It is a return to an “almost normal life” in France, according to the terms of the prime minister, Édouard Philippe, after two and a half months of confinement, which will cost, like everywhere, expensive to the economy: a recession of at least 11 % is expected this year.
If in Paris and its region, the hardest hit area, only the terraces can accommodate the customer, in the rest of the country, the bars and restaurants re-opened their rooms, provided they adhere to the guidelines of aloofness.
Almost everywhere, the restorers were prepared on Monday for this long-awaited moment, as in Strasbourg (is), at the famous restaurant the Kammerzell House (maison Kammerzell.
“We spent several hours cleaning it up. Monday, it was a second disinfection Covid, even more extensive,” says AFP Theo Stutzmann, master of hotel.
“I’ll go see my grandchildren”
The mask is mandatory for servers and for clients who want to go to the toilet. “We all asked once the salt shaker at a nearby table. There, it will not be possible”, he adds.
Colleges, high schools and small theaters reopened Tuesday in most parts of the country and the prohibition of travel at over one hundred kilometres of his home is lifted.
“Maybe next weekend I’ll go see my grandchildren, finally, who are in Nantes” (west) has told Paris Linda Espallargas. “But I will take my car to be well insulated, because I am afraid still of the virus, I have more than 65 years old so I am wary”.
“Reliving just as before the epidemic? No, not yet”, however, argues Arnaud Fontanet, an epidemiologist and member of the scientific Council is consulted by the French authorities. “I will not speak of extinction, because the virus will remain, but a significant decrease (its propagation) is in progress.”
Monday, of famous touristic places in Europe have begun to accommodate the public, even if health precautions and restrictions on travel still prevent the coming of large crowds.
In Rome, the Colosseum, site most popular tourist attraction of Italy, has hosted nearly 300 people who had made an online reservation, far from the 20 000 tourists daily usual.
“We are taking advantage of the absence of foreign tourists to come we walk”, welcomed Pierluigi, a Roman came to visit for the first time to the Coliseum with his wife.
In Spain, where for the first time in three months the virus has not been dead in 24 hours, this is the iconic Bilbao Guggenheim museum, which has reopened its doors.
In Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar, which is inaccessible to the public since march 23, revit. Life continues and waits for customers,” said Yasar Sabunchu, one of the approximately 30 000 merchants in the vast covered market, after re-opening his shop to the rays trimmed of memories and maroquineries.
But while the european countries are taking a measured approach the path to normalisation, the pandemic rages in Latin America.
Four countries of the continent (Brazil, Peru, Chile, Mexico) are among the ten that have experienced the largest number of new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, said on Monday the world Health Organization (WHO).
“Clearly, the situation in many countries in Latin America is far from being stabilized,” noted Michael Ryan, director of questions of a health emergency by WHO.
“There has been a rapid increase in cases, and these systems (health) are under pressure,” he said during a virtual press conference in Geneva, showing a very worried also for Haiti.
The pandemic has made more than 375 000 deaths and infected at least 6.3 million people worldwide since its appearance in December in China, according to a report drawn up by AFP from an official source on Tuesday at 0: 30 a.m. in Montreal.
In Brazil, the giant of 210 million people, where the balance sheet is close to 30 000 people dead, the containment measures or, on the contrary, déconfinement are taken depending on the States or the cities. And the president Jair Bolsonaro is regularly referred to the lifting of restrictions to preserve the economy and employment.
In Rio de Janeiro, the municipality announced on Monday a plan by a gradual return to the activity for which the first measures take effect on Tuesday. Religious ceremonies can resume and the water sports individual, like surfing or swimming, are allowed on the miles of beaches of the “wonderful City”. But nobody will be able to stay on the sand.
The State of Sao Paulo, the first outbreak of coronavirus in Brazil, but also its economic powerhouse, has begun to cautiously Monday to a plan of gradual déconfinement.
Other Latin american countries continue to see an expansion of the disease. In Mexico, the balance sheet was crossed on Monday the threshold of 10 000 people dead even as the country begins the recovery of its economic activity.
Its own oxygen
Peru has surpassed Monday of the 170 000 confirmed cases and 4 600 deaths, which puts the edge of the collapse of the health system in this country of 33 million inhabitants. This makes the country particularly in the face of a shortage of oxygen.
“Some hospitals ask for (families of patients) to bring their own oxygen on board, because unfortunately there are not enough for all who are sick,” said on a tv channel of the dean of the council of the College of physicians of Lima, Juan Astuvilca.
The United States, for their part, have exceeded Monday, the 105 000 deaths, a record that made them, and from very far away, the countries of the world hardest hit by the pandemic.