several countries tighten the screw to escape reconfinement


Published on : 15/09/2020 – 04:51

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues its galloping progression, several countries are tightening restrictions while seeking to avoid a containment with disastrous economic consequences.

Justin Trudeau had alarming words on Monday, September 14, about the Covid-19 pandemic. “What we are seeing in the figures these days should worry everyone,” said the Canadian Prime Minister, whose country has recorded more than 1,300 new cases this weekend, a level not seen since beginning of summer. “The last thing we want to relive this fall is confinement like in spring,” he warned, recalling the importance of following public health instructions.

If a generalized containment, such as that decreed in Israel for at least three weeks, is not yet on the agenda in most countries, some officials no longer hesitate to brandish the threat. “I want to be perfectly clear: all options are on the table,” said Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province.

The situation is also worrying in France, where more than 6,000 new infections were still identified on Monday, after a peak of 10,561 cases on Saturday. Ban on student parties, school trips or gatherings of more than ten people: new batteries of restrictive measures were announced Monday in several large cities, especially in Marseille and Bordeaux.

Also in France, fears related to Covid-19 led to the cancellation of the International Contemporary Art Fair (Fiac), one of the main world art meetings, scheduled for Paris at the end of October.

924,968 dead worldwide

Birmingham, the second most populous city in the United Kingdom, bans from Tuesday all meetings with family or friends. Throughout England, it has already been banned since Monday to meet more than six people from different homes.

The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 924,968 people worldwide since the end of December. As of Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) recorded a record daily number of nearly 308,000 new cases across the planet. “We are far from being out of the woods,” the organization’s boss, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, admitted on Monday.

In Lebanon, the President of the Beirut Bar Association, Melhem Khalaf, warned of the threat of the disease spreading in the overcrowded Roumieh prison, near the capital, where 4,000 inmates are crammed into a planned space to accommodate three times less. “The virus in Roumieh prison is like a humanitarian bomb that no one is able to handle,” he said.

Learn the lessons

Conversely, the situation seems to be improving in Peru, one of the Latin American countries hardest hit by the pandemic which killed nearly 31,000 there. A total of 102 new deaths were recorded there on Monday, the lowest figure since May 24.

An international panel warned on Monday that the next pandemic was inevitable, and could be even worse. “If we do not learn the lessons of Covid-19 or if we do not act by putting the necessary means and commitment into it, the next pandemic – which is a certainty – will be even more devastating”, pointed out keeps the Global Preparedness Oversight Board (GPMB), an independent oversight body launched in 2018 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.

With AFP


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