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Mourning Mexico, masks in Lille, declining GDP… The essentials of July 31

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► Mexico, 3e most bereaved country in the world

Mexico has become the third country in the world in terms of deaths linked to the coronavirus with 46,000 deaths, according to a report established by AFP on the basis of official data. The country is now just ahead of the United Kingdom. The first two countries most heavily affected by Covid-19 remain the United States, with 151,496 deaths, and Brazil, with 90,134 deaths.

However, mortality from the coronavirus reported to the total population remains higher in the United Kingdom than in Mexico, with 677.59 deaths per million inhabitants in the United Kingdom compared to 351.82 per million in Mexico.

► Wearing a mask compulsory in the Lille metropolitan area

The prefect of the North announced that wearing a mask would be compulsory in public spaces from Sunday, midnight, in certain areas of the European metropolis of Lille (EMAIL). The stated objective is to impose the wearing of the mask in areas where density is high to avoid re-containment.

The prefectural decree will be valid for one month and renewable. Any violation will be punished with a fine of 135 €. This restrictive measure is justified according to the prefect in view of the progression of the epidemic where the incidence rate reached 31 per 100,000 inhabitants whereas it was 17 the previous week.

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Other similar decisions could be taken locally by the prefects, also announced the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.

► Historic drop in French GDP

France recorded a historic plunge of 13.8% of its gross domestic product in the second quarter because of the coronavirus epidemic, Insee announced this Friday, July 31. Never had the National Institute of Statistics recorded such a collapse. It also revised its measure of activity in the first quarter, which fell 5.9%, down from the 5.3% previously reported.

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The fall in activity in the second quarter is however less than what most analysts and INSEE expected, which still estimated it at 17% in June.

► Deconfinement postponed in England

Due to an increase of 4,200 new cases per day, the British government decided on Friday to postpone the next phase of deconfinement by at least two weeks in England, scheduled for Saturday with the reopening of certain public places. Casinos, bowling alleys, ice rinks will not reopen. Wearing a mask also becomes compulsory in museums, cinemas and places of worship from August 8.

Faced with the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, further restrictions are imposed on residents of parts of northern England. Residents of Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire now have the ban on meeting other people inside their homes or in their gardens. The Scottish government has announced that it is now advising against all travel to these regions.

► $ 2.1 billion for the potential vaccine Sanofi and GSK

Sanofi and GSK laboratories will receive up to US $ 2.1 billion for the development of their potential vaccine against Covid-19, after being selected to deliver 100 million doses to Americans.

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The vaccine candidate, jointly developed by the French Sanofi and the British GSK, has been selected for the American program « Opération Warp Speed », Sanofi said in a statement. This government program aims to provide Americans with access to an anti-Covid vaccine as quickly as possible, via a number of agreements signed with laboratories.

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