«Contact bubble“Shrinking in Belgium, restricted travel in Morocco and wearing a compulsory mask in Hong Kong … Many countries are tightening their health measures in an attempt to curb the pandemic, which has crossed the threshold of 650,000 dead.
57,000 new cases in the United States
Seven months after its appearance in China, the virus, for which no vaccine has yet been found, continues to circulate actively, fueling fears of a second wave with potentially disastrous economic and societal challenges.
According to the latest report established by AFP on Monday evening July 27, the United States remains the most bereaved country (146,968 deaths) ahead of Brazil (87,004), the United Kingdom (45,752), Mexico (43,680) and Italy (35.112).
In the space of 24 hours, 57,000 new cases and 679 additional deaths were recorded on American soil, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US administration announced the contamination of National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, very often in contact with President Trump.
“Contact bubble” for 5 people in Belgium
Referring to an upsurge “worrying“Of the cases, Belgium, one of the countries with the most deaths from Covid-19 compared to its population (85 per 100,000 inhabitants), announced Monday evening a new tightening of measures.
From Wednesday, the number of people that Belgians are allowed to see closely and regularly as part of their “contact bubbleWill also be reduced from 15 to 5 people, per household, for the next four weeks.
«Taking these difficult steps … is not an easy choice. It is above all a duty, said Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès. It is essential to curb the epidemic now, so that we can avoid more difficult scenarios».
In France, the circulation of the virus remains “sustained”
Also worried about a rebound in contaminations, the French authorities for their part ordered the closure of meeting places such as beaches, parks and public gardens at night in the tourist town of Quiberon, on the Atlantic.
According to the report established Monday evening by the Directorate General of Health (DGS), the epidemic has killed seventeen additional people since Friday in France and the circulation of the virus remains “sustained».
Scenes of chaos in Morocco
In Morocco, the government’s flash decision to introduce severe travel restrictions on Sunday evening in the face of the risk of the coronavirus spreading has caused scenes of chaos.
«I understand that everyone is angry but we have no choice: the epidemiological situation in Morocco is worrying with an increase in the number of deaths and serious cases”, Explained Monday the Minister of Health Khalid Ait Taleb.
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Wearing a compulsory mask in Hong Kong
In Germany, Health Minister Jens Spahn has announced that he will impose screening tests on travelers returning from regions at risk.
The United Kingdom has, since Sunday, subjected passengers from Spain, the world’s second largest tourist destination behind France, to a period of isolation, a measure criticized by Madrid who responded by ensuring that they were “safe country».
In South America, where the picture of the epidemic remains bleak, Bolivia declared Monday the state of “public calamity” in all the countries.
Other countries such as Venezuela and Algeria have decided to renew local containment measures. Wearing a mask in public has meanwhile become mandatory in Hong Kong, where public gatherings of more than two people will be banned.
“People have to work”
Hailed by some health professionals, the adoption of measures restricting travel is not necessarily the alpha and omega of the fight against the epidemic, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) .
For Dr Michael Ryan, the director of emergency situations at WHO, “alone as such, they are not effective in limiting the movement of the virus, which is everywhere». «Economies must reopen, people must work, trade must resume», He estimated.