More than 8 million cases of new coronavirus, including 435,176 deaths, have been officially recorded worldwide, more than half of them in Europe and the United States, according to a count made by Agence France-presse (AFP ) from official sources Monday June 15 at midnight (Paris time).
The number of cases detected has doubled since May 10, and more than one million new infections have been reported in the past eight days. However, it represents only a fraction of the actual number of infections, with a large number of countries testing only severe cases or having only limited screening capacities.
Over 80,000 deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean
The pandemic also continues to rage in Latin America and the Caribbean, which have passed the 80,000 mark. Half of them are identified in Brazil which, with 43,959 dead is the second most bereaved country, according to figures gathered by the AFP.
In Chile, a country with 179,436 reported cases including 3,362 deaths, one“Constitutional emergency for disaster” has been extended for three months to curb the epidemic. “It’s about protecting the lives of Chileans”, justified the Minister of Defense, Alberto Espina. The measure, first decreed on March 18, notably allows the night curfew to remain in effect for three months and establish containment.
The Peruvian government will soon authorize the reopening of shopping centers with the aim of reviving the economy, which contracted by 40% in April.
Borders reopen, reduced curfew
On the other side of the Atlantic, measures continue to be relaxed. Germany, Belgium, France and Greece have thus restored free movement with all the countries of the European Union, believing they have mastered the progression of the Covid-19 while the European Commission launched on Monday an application to guide Europeans who wish to spend their holidays in other EU countries.
Hungary is set to end the controversial state of emergency on Tuesday, which allowed Prime Minister Viktor Orban to govern by decree for more than two months and sparked strong international criticism. Hungarian MPs are summoned Tuesday morning to approve the end of this state of emergency from June 20.
Due to “Encouraging statistics” regarding the cure rate of the sick and the lethality of the disease, the Guinean president Alpha Condé announced a reduction of the curfew in the capital Conakry and the next reopening of the places of worship and certain schools, closed to counter the Covid-19. However, he stressed the risks of a laxity and indicated that, subject to approval by Parliament, the state of emergency declared on March 26 and allowing exceptional measures would be extended by 30 days from Monday. Borders remain closed and the wearing of mandatory masks in public space, among other measures in place, he said.
22% of the population could be severely affected
Nearly 350 million people worldwide are particularly at risk of developing a severe form of the disease and would need to be hospitalized if infected, says British study published in British medical journal The Lancet Global Health.
Based on what is known about risk factors (such as age and health history), British researchers have sought to establish for 188 countries the differentiated risks for populations by age, gender and ‘health. The results show that 1.7 billion humans, or 22% of the world’s population, have at least one risk factor that makes them more likely to have a severe form of Covid-19.
The proportion of residents at risk is lower in regions where the population is younger. This is the case in Africa, where 16% of the population has a risk factor for the new coronavirus, or 283 million out of a total population of 1.3 billion. In Europe, this share is 31%, or 231 million out of a population of 747 million. “But a higher proportion of severe cases could be fatal in Africa” in particular due to the weakness of health infrastructures, underlines Andrew Clark.
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