Epidemic declared under control in Europe, fear of a resurgence in China after a resurgence of contagions in Beijing, stable plateau of contaminations but no flagrant signs of decline in the United States: the situation concerning the pandemic due to the coronavirus still varies according to each region of the world, while a gradual deconfinement is taking place on the planet.
At least 8,090,290 cases of infection, including 438,250 deaths caused by Covid-19, have been recorded worldwide, according to a count made on Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. French time, by Agence France- Press (AFP) from official sources.
Over a thousand flights canceled in Beijing
The two Beijing airports canceled more than a thousand flights on Wednesday – 70% of those originally planned – after a rebound of Covid-19 cases in the Chinese capital, official media said.
Beijing urged 21 million residents to avoid travel on Tuesday “Not essential” out of town after a rebound of Covid-19 cases in the Chinese capital. Several cities and provinces now impose a quarantine on arrival for travelers from the Chinese capital.
The discovery in five days of more than a hundred patients, linked to a city market, was a shock for the Beijingers. Because China had largely contained the coronavirus by means of quarantines and screenings. According to the mayor, the Chinese capital has recorded 31 new infections with the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours on Wednesday, an overall figure stable for the fourth consecutive day. Previously, Beijing had not discovered any contamination for two months and life had resumed an almost normal course.
But fears of a second epidemic wave in Beijing prompted local authorities to act. The town hall has launched a massive screening campaign and confined residential areas. The town hall also announced Tuesday a new closure of all schools. Universities must suspend the return of students to classrooms.
The first wave continues in the United States
With 740 additional deaths in a day according to Johns Hopkins University count, the total number of Covid-19 deaths recorded in the United States now exceeds 116,850, more than the number of American soldiers killed during the first war. global – about 116,500 according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
The American assessment of the epidemic had exceeded at the end of April that of the American soldiers killed in two decades during the conflict in Vietnam, a threshold of great symbolic significance as this war remains one of the greatest trauma experienced by Americans in the XXe century.
The country, which in absolute terms is the most affected by the pandemic in terms of both the number of deaths and the number of cases reported, also now records 2.13 million diagnosed infections, of which 583,500 people are declared cured. The first wave of contamination never ends, the American epidemic having moved from New York and the northeast of the country towards a broad band covering the south and the west.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the US Tennis Open will take place on August 31 to September 13 in New York, but behind closed doors.
The United States and Canada have decided to extend the closure of their common border until July 21 for all non-essential travel. The same will apply to the US-Mexico border.
State of emergency in Chile
The pandemic continues to rage in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has surpassed 80,000 deaths. Half are listed in Brazil which, with 45,241 dead (including 1,282 on Tuesday) is the second most bereaved country in the world.
In Chile,“Constitutional emergency for disaster” was extended for three months to curb the epidemic, while Ecuador extended the state of emergency by 60 days until August 13.
And Peru has recorded more than 7,000 deaths from the coronavirus, for 237,000 infections after three months of confinement. The Minister of Health, Victor Zamora, however noted positive signs: “The epidemic shows a decline (…) the rate of contagion slows down”.
Monsoon, aggravating factor in India
The human toll in India increased by 2,000 deaths in one day, bringing the total to 11,903 deaths. This increase is partially due to the revision of the figures in Bombay, the most affected city, which added 832 dead to the daily toll due to “Faults” in the victim count.
The Covid-19 epidemic is still raging in the country of 1.3 billion people who, faced with a bleak economy, ended the drastic containment in place since late March in early June. But faced with the virulence of the health crisis, Tamil Nadu (south), one of the most battered states, ordered the reconfiguration of the agglomeration of its regional capital Chennai during the second half of June.
In addition, India fears that the health crisis will worsen with the annual monsoon and its host of diseases. “The Covid-19 left us helpless”says Vidya Thakur, with more than three decades of doctor experience in an underfunded Indian public health system. “The monsoon will make things even more complicated”.
More than half a million people are infected each year in India by diseases favored by the rains, like dengue fever and malaria, during the great monsoon which strikes the country of South Asia from June to September. Infections with symptoms almost identical to those of Covid-19: fever, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite.
New Zealand hands over border control to military
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday entrusted border surveillance to the military after the coronavirus returned to the archipelago, linked to a scramble in the application of quarantine measures.
After a streak of 24 days without contamination, New Zealand announced that two women recently arrived from Britain were able to exit quarantine early without being tested, even though they had mild symptoms of Covid-19. Both were eventually found and diagnosed as carrying the virus. But in the meantime, they had traveled the 650 km by car between Auckland and Wellington to visit a loved one on their deathbed. The two women have been placed in solitary confinement and health officials are testing 320 people with whom they have been in contact in New Zealand.
Mme Ardern judged “Absolutely absurd” that they had not been tested earlier, and felt that border controls should be tightened to ensure that this kind of blunder is not repeated. The Covid-19 killed 22 people in the archipelago of five million people.
Resumption of football in England
In Europe, the continent most affected (2.4 million cases for more than 188,000 deaths), the progression of the disease is now under control, say the governments, which have reopened the borders with their neighbors.
Spain is waiting until June 21 to open its borders with EU countries, except Portugal. But since Monday it has welcomed its first German travelers to the Balearic Island for months, as part of a pilot project.
In England, after a hundred days of forced rest, football resumes its rights on Wednesday with the return of the championship. Neither the camera, nor the near certainty of seeing Liverpool crowned at the end of the season, thirty years after its last title, will shower the enthusiasm that accompanies the return of the Premier League.
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