The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 649,577 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Monday at 1:00 p.m. More than 16,295,350 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories since the start of the epidemic, of which at least 9,171,400 infected people are now considered cured.

The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 146,935 deaths for 4,234,140 cases, according to the count from Johns Hopkins University. At least 1,297,863 people have been declared cured.

After the United States, the most affected countries are Brazil with 87,004 deaths for 2,419,091 cases, the United Kingdom with 45,752 deaths (299,426 cases), Mexico with 43,680 deaths (390,516 cases), and Italy with 35,107 deaths (246,118 cases).

A vaccine tested on a large scale

The US government has pledged to increase its support for the development of a potential vaccine against Covid-19 developed by the US biotech company Moderna to nearly $ 1 billion in total, and which will ‘is about to enter the final phase of its clinical trial.

This experimental vaccine, which triggered antibodies against the coronavirus in the 45 participants in a first phase, can thus be tested from Monday on 30,000 people.

The United States has announced in recent months massive investments aimed at immunizing Americans from the beginning of next year.

US President Donald Trump also declared himself on Sunday “focused” on the coronavirus with “meetings planned on vaccines”, to justify his renunciation of throwing the first ball at the opening of a New York baseball game. York Yankees scheduled for next month.

France: beaches closed at night, compulsory mask in tourist towns

The beaches, parks and gardens of the Breton town of Quiberon, in western France, are now prohibited from access in the evening by decision of local authorities, due to an outbreak of coronavirus cases, especially among young people . This decision in force since Sunday evening follows the identification of 54 cases in the tourist town, according to the services of the French State in the department of Morbihan.

The city’s beaches, parks and public gardens are now closed from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

“These 54 confirmed cases represent a young audience who have participated in private gatherings or in type establishments bars with very many social interactions”, indicates the prefecture, pointing to a “detrimental relaxation in behavior”.

The mayor of the neighboring town of Saint-Pierre Quiberon also issued a similar decree. As of Thursday, the wearing of the mask had been made compulsory on the open air markets and “on the axes very heavily frequented by the population”, recalls the prefecture.

In addition, the city of Touquet-Paris-Plage made it compulsory on Monday to wear a mask in the city center from Saturday and throughout the month of August.

Thursday, the mayor of the very touristy Mont-Saint-Michel had made it compulsory to wear a mask from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until September 30.

The circulation of the virus, as in several European countries, is in “clear increase” in France with more than 1,000 new cases per day, according to the health authorities.

Germany to impose tests on travelers returning from risk regions

German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced on Monday that he would impose tests for the new coronavirus on travelers returning from regions at risk, in the face of a recent increase in cases of infections in the country.

“We must prevent returning travelers from contaminating other people without knowing it and thus triggering new chains of infection,” the minister said in a tweet on his official account, adding that he would accordingly “decree a compulsory test for travelers returning from high-risk regions “.

Three hundred and forty new coronavirus infections have been recorded in the past 24 hours in Germany, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported on Monday.

These data do not reflect the exact number of people infected in the country since the Länder of Baden-Württemberg and Saxony did not provide their data.

In Germany, at least 205,609 people have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak of the epidemic. There were officially 9,118 deaths and 190,400 healings. There have been no new deaths in the past 24 hours.

The virus’s reproduction rate (R0) went from 1.24 to 1.22 in 24 hours.

Hong Kong orders mask to be worn in public

Hong Kong people will be required to wear the mask in public, authorities said on Monday, unveiling a battery of new measures to deal with a new wave of coronavirus cases.

“The epidemic situation is extraordinarily serious in Hong Kong,” Deputy Chief Executive Matthew Cheung told reporters, announcing that public gatherings of more than two would be banned, and restaurants would not be allowed. than for take-out.

Decrease in the number of new contaminations in the United States

The United States identified 55,187 new cases of coronavirus contamination on Sunday in the space of 24 hours, the lowest figure for almost two weeks, according to the count from Johns Hopkins University, which refers. These new cases bring to 4,229,624 the total number of cases recorded since the start of the epidemic in the country, the most affected by the virus in the world, according to this count established at 8:30 p.m. (00:30 GMT Monday) by the university based in Baltimore. The death toll now stands at 146,909, including 518 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours. This is the first time since July 13 that the number of new contaminations has dropped below 60,000. The number of deaths was more than 1,000 in the past four days.

Netherlands relaxes rules for foreign partners

From Monday, the entry ban will be relaxed in the Netherlands, for foreigners who have a relationship with a Dutch national, and who could not so far return to the country because of health measures. The Netherlands has closed its borders for non-European people who miss out on essential travel. Partners of Dutch nationals can cross the border again from Monday, if they are able to demonstrate that their relationship is serious, in the form of a signed declaration. A return ticket must also be presented. If the people come from a country classified as orange, they will have to observe a quarantine at home.

Dutch Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus relaxed the rules because the travel ban had a significant impact on binational relations.

Algiers and Caracas extend containment

The Algerian government decided on Sunday evening to extend confinement for 15 days in most of the country, due to a persistent increase in cases of contamination with the new coronavirus in recent weeks.

President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday extended severe containment measures in Caracas and six Venezuelan states to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, with restrictions in the rest of the country remaining more flexible.

AmLat and the Caribbean, the most affected region

Latin America and the Caribbean on Sunday became the region of the world with the highest number of contaminations since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, or 4,340,214 cases, according to an assessment established by AFP on Sunday at 9 p.m. GMT from official sources.

Trump won’t go to the Yankees

Virus-focused US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he was not going to throw the first ball at the opening of a New York Yankees baseball game scheduled for next month.

Reopening of churches in Mexico

Some Catholic churches reopened on Sunday in Mexico City, after four months of closure, subject to health measures such as social distance between the faithful, wearing a mask and taking temperature to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

China: record of new patients since April

China reported 61 new Covid-19 patients on Monday in 24 hours, the largest daily increase since mid-April, after the appearance of outbreaks of infection in three provinces. China (excluding the territories of Hong Kong and Macao) has officially counted a total of 83,891 cases (61 new between Sunday and Monday), including 4,634 deaths and 78,918 recoveries.

Spain wants to reassure

The Spanish government assured that despite the outbreak of coronavirus cases, the situation was “under control” and the outbreaks “localized and isolated”, in a response to countries that have announced restrictions on Spain .

From Sunday, passengers arriving from Spain to the UK will have to undergo a fortnight in isolation while Norway has again imposed restrictions on travel to Spain.

Italy: increased fine

Faced with the risk of an upsurge in Covid-19 cases and the indiscipline of its citizens, the president of the Campania Region, where Naples is located, has toughened the rules: anyone who will not wear a mask in an enclosed place (public buildings , supermarkets, bars, restaurants, shops, public transport) will have to pay a fine of 1,000 euros.

Indonesia passes 100,000 case milestone

Indonesia announced Monday that it has passed the 100,000 coronavirus case mark, with doctors warning that it is “not under control”. The archipelago, the 4th most populous country in the world with nearly 270 million inhabitants, has recorded more than 1,000 new infections every day since the release of containment measures this month.

The end of these restrictions was intended to prevent the collapse of Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

The country counted a total of 100,303 cases of Covid-19 and 4,838 deaths on Monday. But with one of the lowest testing rates in the world, the overall scope of the epidemic could be much greater there.

Several hundred children have potentially died from the disease, health officials say, with most of the suspected victims buried without being tested. Indonesia is one of the worst affected countries in Asia and has cases in each of its 34 provinces.

Demonstrations against social distancing measures but also against tests took place in several places in the country including the very touristy island of Bali.

On the other hand, some detractors criticize the signs of relaxation of Indonesians in the face of the epidemic in view of the government’s “new normal” policy. “This (policy) is misleading and could lead people to believe that the virus is under control when it is not,” Indonesian Physicians’ Association spokesperson Halik Malik said.

Postponements and cancellations

In Brazil, the traditional year-end party in Rio de Janeiro, which usually brings millions of spectators to Copacabana Beach to admire the fireworks, has been canceled.

In Japan, a soccer championship (J-League) match was postponed Sunday following the discovery of coronavirus cases in one of the two teams, a first since competition resumed earlier this month.