Paris (hooly News) – The world, faced since last December with the Covid-19 pandemic, crossed two symbolic thresholds on Sunday: more than half a million dead and ten million cases, while the virus continues to cause havoc in the United States and seems to be starting again in China.
According to a count by the hooly News from official sources, 500,390 deaths and 10,099,576 cases were officially recorded at 10:00 p.m. GMT on Sunday.
The number of deaths recorded worldwide has doubled in just under two months (250,000 on May 5) and an additional 50,000 deaths have been recorded in the last 10 days.
Europe is the continent with the most deaths (196,086 for 2,642,897 cases), followed by the United States / Canada zone (134,315, 2,642,754), Latin America and the Caribbean (111,640, 2,473. 164), Asia (33.107, 1.219.230), the Middle East (15.505, 730.977), Africa (9.604, 381.396) and Oceania (133, 9.158).
– USA: more than 2.5 million cases –
The United States is the country most affected, both in number of deaths (125,747) and cases (2,539,544). Although the number of daily deaths decreased slightly in June from the previous month, the contagion is increasing in 30 of the 50 American states, especially in the largest and most populated in the south and west of the country: California, Texas and Florida.
Some had to take a break from the deconfinement process. The governor of California, for example, on Sunday ordered the bars of Los Angeles and six other counties in the southwest American state, which is experiencing a rebound in the pandemic, to be closed. This measure potentially concerns a total of 13.5 million inhabitants.
The governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom, also "advised" eight other counties, including that of the state capital Sacramento, to do the same. He authorized the reopening of Californian bars on June 12.
More and more voices, especially among Republicans, are rising so that Donald Trump himself wears a mask in order to set an example. The American president never appeared masked in public.
– Reconfinement in an English city? –
The return to normal in many countries should not obscure the fact that the pace of the pandemic continues to accelerate worldwide.
Leicester, in the center of England, a city of 342,000 inhabitants, risks being partially reconfigured due to an upsurge in cases, British Interior Minister Priti Patel said on Sunday.
To try to cushion the economic shock of the pandemic, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must unveil a vast recovery plan on Tuesday, based on the construction of infrastructure (roads, schools, hospitals, prisons). British GDP collapsed by 20.4% in April, a record high, and unemployment could exceed the peak of 3.3 million recorded in 1984, according to media reports.
– "Serious and complex" –
Cradle of the pandemic, born in December in Wuhan, in the center of the country, China believed to have finished with the Covid-19.
But the virus reappeared in mid-June in Beijing, to the point that the authorities had to resolve to close schools and confine several thousand people in residential areas deemed to be at risk.
Sunday, local authorities announced the confinement of the canton of Anxin, located 60 kilometers south of Beijing, after the discovery of a dozen cases related to the epidemic rebound in the capital.
In Beijing, where 311 cases have been diagnosed and some 7.7 million people tested, "the epidemic is serious and complex," said Xu Hejian, a municipal spokesman, on Sunday.
– "I am wearing a mask" –
In contrast, South Korea continues to return to normal. The country has managed to control the situation thanks to a very extensive strategy of testing and tracing the contacts of infected people, without even imposing compulsory confinement.
As a result, spectators will again be allowed to attend sports matches, authorities said on Sunday.
Elsewhere in the world, the situation is mixed.
Mandatory mask in certain public places and green light for the reinstatement of restrictive measures: the Iranian government decreed the remobilization Sunday, the day after a call for vigilance from the supreme guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The country hardest hit by the pandemic in the Middle East, Iran has recorded a record 144 deaths in the past 24 hours, a high in nearly three months which brings the national death toll to 10,508 deaths.
"I am wearing a mask": despite a public health campaign to encourage Iranians to go out covered, only "50% of metro passengers wear masks" and "even less on the buses", deplored the mayor of Tehran Pirouz Hanachi.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka, where only 11 people died from the virus, ended on Sunday the containment measures which had been reintroduced in late May for fear of an epidemic rebound.
In Latin America, the most heavily affected country is Brazil, which on Sunday counted 57,622 deaths out of 1,344,143 confirmed cases, according to the authorities.
Bolivia had a record daily coronavirus case on Saturday, 1,253 more infections. "We are entering a phase of rapidly increasing cases of Covid-19," said Minister of Health Eidy Roca.
The mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, warned that the health services of the Ecuadorian capital were overwhelmed in the face of the influx of patients.
With 54,500 infections, and more than 4,400 deaths, Ecuador (17.5 million inhabitants) is one of the most affected countries in Latin America.