The pandemic has killed more than 427,472 people and infected more than 7.7 million people worldwide since its onset in December in China, according to an AFP report from official sources on Saturday evening.
The United States is the most affected country with 115,347 deaths. Next came Brazil with 41,828 dead, the United Kingdom (41,662 dead), Italy (34,301) and France (29,398).
Rebound in China and reconfiguration
China recorded a rebound in new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, heightening fears of a resurgence of the disease in the country where it appeared last year, just as several European countries are preparing to reopen their borders after seeing a decline in the spread of the virus.
According to Chinese authorities, 57 new confirmed cases of coronavirus contamination have been identified in 24 hours, including 36 in Beijing, the highest daily figure since April. This is worrying news for the rest of the world who fear a second wave of the epidemic, which continues to rage in Latin America.
Thanks to strict controls, the wearing of a mask and containment operations, the epidemic was under control in China, where the new coronavirus appeared last year in Wuhan (center).
Brazil, second most bereaved country
Brazil is the 2e country in the world where Covid-19 kills the most, behind the United States, surpassing the United Kingdom in the macabre count of the victims of the pandemic, with 42,720 deaths. This giant of 212 million inhabitants is also the 2e for the number of contaminations behind the United States, with 828,810 cases, according to official data.
Sao Paulo mayor Bruno Covas, who has battled cancer for the past year, announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, but has said he will remain at the helm of Brazil’s largest city. “Today I tested positive for the coronavirus. I’m fine. No symptoms ”, he assured on Instagram.
In a video published on the same social network, he revealed that he received this result after a routine screening, after having been tested negative four times before. “My doctor’s recommendation, since I have no symptoms, is to stay at home. There is no need to leave my post, I will be able to continue to make online meetings “, added the young 40-year-old mayor, adding that he should stay at home for ten days.
At the start of the pandemic, Bruno Covas had a bed installed in his office at the town hall, so that he was available 24 hours a day to deal with the health crisis affecting its 12.2 million people.
New counting in Russia
Russia recorded 2,712 coronavirus-related deaths in April, more than double the deaths previously recorded, according to statistics based on a new counting method and published Saturday by the public agency Rosstat.
Official figures so far show that 1,152 people died in Russia from Covid-19 in April. The Russian authorities had clarified that this assessment only took into account the cases where Covid-19 was established as the main cause of death.
But the Russian Ministry of Health announced in late May that it would revise its counting methods following the recommendations of the World Health Organization, which is calling for accounting for ancillary or suspected cases.
Large increase in deaths predicted in Chile
In Chile, the Ministry of Health has reported a number of Covid-19 deaths to WHO far above the latest official figures, according to the Center for Journalistic Investigation (Ciper).
Ciper documents reveal that the ministry has reported more than 5,000 deaths at the WHO, a figure 60% higher than the latest official statistics.
Health Minister Jaime Manalich resigned on Saturday after several days of controversy over rising cases of new coronavirus.
Vaccine: European agreement
Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands have signed an agreement with the pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca to guarantee the supply to the EU of 300 million doses of a possible vaccine against the coronavirus, the German government announced on Saturday.
The four countries have signed an agreement with the group which provides for the supply of all the member countries of the European Union as soon as a vaccine against Covid-19 is discovered.
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