The coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, with Latin America and Caribbean has now become the region that mourns the most victims of COVID-19 in the world, at a time when restrictive measures multiply in Europe. The pandemic has claimed the lives of 715,000 people out of a total of 19 million infected worldwide, according to the French agency counting as of Friday night based on government announcements.
THE Latin America and the Caribbean mourns the highest death toll, at least 213,120, more than in Europe (212,660), according to data as of yesterday Friday.
In the last seven days, almost one in two deaths (44%) due to COVID-19 worldwide has been recorded in Latin America. It has also confirmed most cases of infection in the world (5.3 million), focusing on Brazil, which reached 100,000 deaths and 3 million infections on Friday.
In this country, the official case rate is “six to seven times lower than reality,” said Domingos Alves, an epidemiological statistics expert.
The president of Brazil, the far right Zaich Bolsonaro, who has never stopped degrading the pandemic, reiterated yesterday that he has a “quiet” conscience in dealing with the crisis.
The Mexico, which has now become the country mourning the third highest death toll in the world, has exceeded 50,000 deaths (51,311 dead, 469,407 confirmed cases of infection). This report is much heavier than predicted by the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, which is receiving strong criticism.
In particular, the Mexican Ministry of Health announced that in the last 24 hours 794 deaths and 6,717 new confirmed cases were recorded.
THE Colombia exceeded the limit of 12,000 dead yesterday, Friday.
In Cuba, authorities have again imposed restrictive measures, especially on the movement of vehicles and persons in Havana.
The USA, facing a resurgence of the pandemic since the end of June, remain the country with far the second worst hit by the pandemic, with over 160,000 dead.
Yesterday Friday, they recorded 1.062 additional deaths and over 52,000 cases in 24 hours, based on the Johns Hopkins University count. The Reuters news agency, which does its own count, spoke of even higher numbers, 1,318 deaths and 59,955 infections.
A seven years old, without any known underlying disease, became the younger victim of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, in the state Georgia, broadcast by American media yesterday, Friday.
In her state California, the death toll rose yesterday to 10,011, according to the latest data from the competent Public Health Service of the State.
The country’s most populous state, with a population of about 40 million, has recorded 149 new deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the agency said. That number makes California the US state with the third highest pandemic death toll, behind New York (more than 32,000 dead) and New Jersey (16,000).
Confirmed cases in California increased by 8,436 to 538,416.
In the meantime, his county Los Angeles recorded 48 new deaths yesterday, bringing the total death toll in the most populous U.S. county, with a population of more than 10 million, to 4,869.
And this on the day that the back to schools in many US states, including some where the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly. Already to many students were ordered to be quarantined because cases of infection were detected among their classmates. In Mississippi County, where mass tests were performed in high school after a case was detected, tests returned positively to 25% of the total.
THE India, just three weeks after recording one million confirmed cases, it surpassed the two million officially recorded infections yesterday, Friday.
In Spain, where local quarantines have been imposed in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Aragon, measures were announced yesterday in the city of Aranda de Duero (32,000 inhabitants), 150 km north of Madrid.
Police have set up checkpoints on the outskirts of the city, which will remain closed for at least two weeks.
In Germany, two schools in the north of the country were forced to close their doors after cases of infection were confirmed, just days after classes resumed.
Another 12 patients succumbed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Germany, where 1,122 new confirmed cases were identified, bringing the coronavirus pandemic to 9,195 deaths out of a total of 215,336 people infected, according to data collected by the Robert Koch Institute.
This is the third day in a row that the number of cases of infection detected in Germany has exceeded one thousand.
As of today, Berlin requires travelers returning from high-risk areas to take the test.
In Britain, The city of Preston, in Lancashire (northwest) will be severely restricted due to the significant increase in cases. Similar restrictive measures were imposed in Yorkshire and Leicester, areas also in the north-west of England.
In Ireland, Authorities said they had reinstated some of the restrictions lifted locally since midnight as part of an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in three of the country’s 26 counties (368,000 inhabitants), one of which borders with Dublin.
THE European Commission It called on its member states to allow the entry of fellow citizens and their permanent residents, even if they do not have a formal marital relationship. In addition, the European Union has decided to remove Morocco from the list of countries exempt from travel restrictions, as cases of infection in the kingdom have increased.
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Sources: French Agency, Reuters, ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ