The United States remains the country most affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, both in terms of deaths (more than 140,909) and cases (more than 3.8 million), followed by Brazil, which crossed the 80,000 dead mark.
- United States: Outbreak in the South, Trump worries
US President Donald Trump acknowledged the gravity of the situation on Tuesday, July 21. “It will, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better. I don’t like to say that but it’s like that“, He declared from the White House, before calling”everybodyTo wear a mask, when physical distancing is not possible.
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More than 60,000 new cases of coronavirus contamination in the space of 24 hours have been identified in the United States for the eighth consecutive day. The outbreak of infections is particularly important in the south and west of the country or in Florida where there are less than 20% of beds available in intensive care units.
- France: virus circulation increases
France had 208 currently active coronavirus outbreaks on Tuesday, according to the Directorate General of Health, which notes that “virus circulation is increasing“. Since May 9, 547 grouped cases (clusters) have been detected but 339 closed, notes the Directorate General of Health. The figures are “worrying” and France can “switch” in a situation like that which is raging in Catalonia, warned the president of the Scientific Council responsible for advising the government.
Nationally, the effective reproduction rate of the virus (or “Effective R“, Based on positive virological tests) has gone back slightly above 1 since the first week of July, and stands at around 1.20, according to Public Health France. Each Covid-19 patient infects an average of 1.2 other people, which is in line with a trend of increasing circulation of the virus.
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- More than 610,000 dead worldwide
The new coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 610,604 people around the world since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Tuesday. More than 1,4736,138 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories.
The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 140,909 deaths, ahead of Brazil (80,120), the United Kingdom (45,312), Mexico (39,485) and Italy (35,058) . Sweden, which already has one of the heaviest tolls per capita in the world, judged a probable scenario on Tuesday predicting 3,000 additional deaths.
- Worsened situation in Latin America
The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico has exceeded 40,000, the Mexican Secretariat of Health announced on Tuesday. In Colombia, it exceeded 7,000 deaths on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health announced.
Brazil became the first country on Tuesday to launch phase III tests of the Chinese Coronavac vaccine against the coronavirus, the Sinovac Biotech laboratory told AFP.
- Hotels and bars hit hard in Spain
In Spain nearly 15% of bars, hotels and restaurants – or 40,000 establishments – have already closed permanently, weighed down by the lack of tourists or office workers, the employers’ organization representing the sector said on Tuesday.
Spanish regional authorities have introduced new restrictions in an attempt to curb the rebound in Covid-19 cases. After Catalonia (north-east), where the inhabitants of Barcelona and several other areas have been invited for a few days to stay at home, the region of Murcia (south-east) has decided to close nightclubs, night bars without terraces. as well as day centers for the elderly.
- The probably infectious expired coronavirus
The coronavirus causing Covid-19 has been found for months on multiple objects in hotel or hospital rooms, as well as suspended in the air, but until a pre-published study this week, it did not aerosolized virus particles had never been shown to be sufficiently intact to replicate and cause infection.
- Eight Australian magazines disappear
Eight of Australia’s most popular magazines will no longer appear due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis, their owner, Bauer Media Australia Group, which was recently sold to a private equity fund, said. Among the titles concerned are the Australian editions of Harper’s Bazaar and of She.
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