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Coronavirus: update on the pandemic

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Paris – New reports, new measures, highlights: update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– “Decades” –

This pandemic is a health crisis like only one per century, and its effects will be felt for decades to come“World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the opening of a WHO meeting in Geneva.

– More than 670,000 dead –

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The pandemic has killed at least 673,909 people worldwide since the onset of the disease at the end of 2019 in China, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Friday at 11:00 GMT.

More than 17,352,910 cases of contamination have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories. The United States is the most heavily affected country with 153,268 dead, followed by Brazil (92,475), Mexico (46,688), the United Kingdom (45,999) and India (35,747).

– Records, thresholds –

Mexico recorded a new national record of infections on Friday, with 8,458 new cases recorded in 24 hours, the Mexican Secretariat of Health announced. This brings the total number of contaminations in this country to 424,637.

In Colombia, the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 exceeded 10,000 on Friday, the Ministry of Health announced. According to the ministry, 295 deaths and 9,488 contaminations have been recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 10,105 and that of contaminations to 295,508.

The United States recorded 1,442 new deaths in 24 hours on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. It is the fourth day in a row that the United States has more than 1,200 dead in one day.

– Affected in summer camp –

Hundreds of children contracted the coronavirus at summer camps last month in the US state of Georgia, health officials said Friday, new evidence that children are both susceptible to Covid-19 and to pass it on.

– Vaccines –

The European Commission has reserved on behalf of the 27 member countries 300 million doses of the vaccine being prepared by the French laboratory Sanofi and is discussing in parallel with other manufacturers.

Sanofi and Britain’s GSK will receive up to US $ 2.1 billion to deliver 100 million doses to Americans, while Japan has reached an agreement with the German-US alliance Biontech / Pfizer to ensure 120 million doses of a potential vaccine currently being tested.

– Doubts of Dr Fauci –

Immunologist Anthony Fauci, voice of scientific reason in the United States on the pandemic, expressed doubts on Friday about the safety of vaccines currently being developed by Russia and China.

– Europe: restrictions, masks –

Faced with an increase in the number of cases, the British government is putting the deconfinement on hold and introducing new restrictions in some particularly affected areas of northern England.

In France, several cities (including Biarritz, Bayonne, Saint-Malo, Orléans, Lille) impose the wearing of masks outside (in shopping streets, green spaces, in markets, on certain beaches, etc.).

Denmark recommends the mask on public transport. Cyprus requires it in closed public places.

– Increased risk for caregivers –

Caregivers were almost 3.5 times more likely to catch Covid-19 in April than the rest of the population, according to a study published on Saturday in the British medical journal The Lancet.

– Euro zone: historic recessions –

France experienced in the spring the largest decline in its activity since at least 1949 because of the coronavirus, with a plunge in gross domestic product (GDP) of 13.8% in the second quarter.

Spain saw its GDP collapse by 18.5% in the second quarter, Portugal by 14.1% and Italy by 12.4%. As a whole, the euro zone recorded a historic decline of 12.1% of GDP during the same period.


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