Hospitals on the brink of saturation and elected officials sounding the alarm: the outbreak of coronavirus cases continues unabated in the United States, as well as in Mexico, India, Chile, while in France , the emblematic Louvre museum will reopen its doors.
America, which celebrated its national holiday this weekend, has had record numbers of infections for more than a week, although President Donald Trump continues to play down the crisis, which he said was “on the point ”to end.
The country has recorded nearly 40,000 cases and 234 new deaths in the past 24 hours, according to a latest report published by Johns Hopkins University on Sunday.
Not hiding his exasperation, the Democratic mayor of the Texas city of Austin, Steve Adler, had previously described the tone of the president as “dangerous” for the inhabitants of his city, whose resuscitation services may be overwhelmed “d ‘here ten days’.
“If we don’t change course, our hospitals could be overcrowded in two weeks,” he said on CNN.
The mayor of the city of Phoenix, Kate Gallego, abounded in his sense: “We reopened much too early in Arizona,” she lamented, pleading for a reconfiguration of the population.
Nick Cordero, famed 41-year-old Broadway actor, died on Sunday after fighting the disease for 95 days, his wife said.
11 million infected
New coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 531,789 people worldwide since the WHO China office reported the disease in late December, AFP sources said. official Sunday.
More than 11 million cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories since the start of the epidemic, of which just over half are now considered cured.
The trend also remains worrying in several Latin American countries. Chile announced Sunday that it has crossed the threshold of 10,000 dead, and Colombia that of 4,000 dead. In Peru, the number of people infected exceeds 300,000, including more than 3,600 new cases in the last 24 hours.
Bolivian Minister of Health Eidy Roca was hospitalized for “complications from COVID-19”. As for Mexico, it became Saturday the 5the most bereaved country, with 30,366 deaths.
Taj Mahal, India’s main tourist attraction, will remain closed in India, authorities who face record number of cases said on Sunday: Health Ministry reported some 25,000 new cases and 613 died in 24 hours. .
In Iran, authorities announced Sunday 163 deaths, bringing to 11,571 dead the toll of the pandemic in this country, the hardest hit in the Near and Middle East.
Australia will isolate Victoria from the rest of the country after an outbreak of infections in the city of Melbourne, including in several densely populated buildings.
Two months after its deconfinement, Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, will again be placed in containment from Monday.
Mona Lisa without a crowd
The situation is less tense in Europe, where the first Grand Prix of the 2020 Formula 1 season was held behind closed doors on Sunday at the Spielberg circuit (Austria), more than three months late. It was won by the Finn from Mercedes Valtteri Bottas.
In France, the Louvre Museum, the largest and most visited in the world, will reopen about 70% of its space on Monday to visitors, who will have to go there wearing a mask.
In front of the Mona Lisa, in front of which tourists from all over the world flock to make “selfies”, markings on the ground have been stuck to avoid the rush. The coronavirus crisis has already caused “more than 40 million euros in losses” at the Louvre, said its president and director Jean-Luc Martinez.
Also in Paris, a fashion week is to open on Monday virtually and without parades for the first time in its history.
In England, the reopening of pubs caused festive and very alcoholic spillovers in the night from Saturday to Sunday, raising fears of new contaminations in a country already badly affected. John Apter, president of the Police Federation, said he spent his evening managing “naked men, happy drunkards, angry drunkards, battles and more angry drunks.” The other British provinces preferred to adopt a more cautious deconfinement schedule.
Continental Europe, in the midst of deconfinement, is also worried about the resurgence of the epidemic, which has already led the authorities of several countries to set up new local restrictions.
After a region of 200,000 inhabitants on Saturday in Catalonia, 70,000 people were subjected to isolation measures on Sunday in Galicia, in the northwest of Spain, two weeks after the lifting of the severe confinement imposed on this country.
Ukraine is also facing a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus infections. The Lviv region, which borders Poland, is the most affected in the country.