Coronavirus: Italy to reopen European borders and Spain to extend state of emergency

Europe, where each country is deconfiguring at its own pace, is the continent most affected by the pandemic in terms of mortality with 1,848,790 cases and 164,145 deaths from the new coronavirus.

The new coronavirus has infected more than 4.5 million people and killed at least 307,321 people worldwide, according to a count by Agence France-Presse from official sources on Saturday, May 16, at 1 p.m.

The United States is the most affected country. More than 1.44 million cases have been recorded there, as well as 87,568 deaths. This was followed by the United Kingdom (34,468 dead), Italy (31,610), France (27,529) and Spain (27,563).

Deconfinement, opening of restaurants … countries in dispersed order

In the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica will reopen on Monday, after complete disinfection and with the application of the same sanitary rules as Italy, where certain beaches will be accessible after weeks of confinement. The Italian government also announced on Saturday that from June 3 it will reopen its borders to EU tourists and cancel the mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors to the peninsula.

Spain has already started with a 14-day temperature measurement and voluntary quarantine. The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has also announced that he wants to extend the state of emergency, which was to end on May 24, for “about a month” until the end of the deconfinement process. For its part, Germany announced on Saturday the reopening of its border with Luxembourg and slightly relaxed the conditions of passage with Austria and Switzerland.

The first country in Europe to declare the “end” of the epidemic on its soil, Slovenia has announced the reopening of its borders.

A pioneer in deconfinement, Austria took an important symbolic step on Friday with the reopening of its restaurants and emblematic Viennese cafes. In Australia or in Berlin, the reopening of restaurants was also eagerly awaited.

In the Czech Republic, gatherings of 300 people will be possible from May 25, when restaurants and bars can also reopen.

In Ireland, Monday will also mark a relaxation of containment measures, with the reopening of certain businesses, beaches and the possibility of meeting outdoors, at most for four people. The country will also impose, from Monday, 14 days of isolation on travelers arriving from abroad.

Greece, for its part, has announced the immediate and gradual reopening of certain sea and air links, in order to facilitate the return of tourists from the end of July.

In Chile, the capital, Santiago, woke up on Saturday in total confinement. A measure ordered by the government after a jump of 60% of new cases of coronavirus in twenty-four hours and a doubling of the number of daily deaths in two days. The measure, for an initial period of one week, came into effect Friday evening at 10 p.m. local time in the city of 7 million people, which accounts for more than 80% of the country’s cases.

In Iran, Shiite shrines will reopen six hours a day after Ramadan, which is scheduled to end around May 24, according to the lunar calendar. Restaurants will also be able to resume operations after the Muslim fasting month, while universities will reopen on June 6.

“Corona protests” cause concern in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is taking the “corona demonstrations” more and more seriously, which will once again bring together, on Saturday 16 May across the country, activists from the ultra-left, the far-right identity or opposing conspiracies to the remaining restrictions. They should still be several thousand on Saturday to parade in several cities.

The demonstrators, a heterogeneous assembly of extremist militants, defenders of public freedoms, opponents of vaccines and even anti-Semites, protest against the wearing of masks or the movement restrictions that remain after the deconfinement. Some even claim the right to be infected.

China asks the United States to pay its debts to the UN

China requests the members of the United Nations (UN) to “fully meet their financial obligations” towards the institution, according to a press release Chinese broadcast Friday, explicitly citing the United States. By including arrears going back several years, “the United States is the largest debtor, ahead of $ 1.165 billion” for the operating budget, “and $ 1.332 billion” for peace operations, also said the Chinese press release. , which is based on a recent report by the United Nations secretariat.

These figures are disputed by Washington. Asked about the Chinese call, the US diplomatic mission to the United Nations said that China was once again looking to “divert attention from its cover-up and mismanagement of the Covid-19 crisis.”

Donald Trump believes in a quick vaccine

Donald Trump said on Friday he hopes to see a vaccine by the end of the year against the Covid-19 which continues its deadly race in the United States. “We hope to have [a vaccine] by the end of the year, maybe before. We are making spectacular progress, “said the President before nuancing his optimism:

“I do not want people to think that everything depends on a vaccine.”

The European Medicines Agency said on Thursday a vaccine that could be available in a year, according to an “optimistic” scenario. Over a hundred projects have been launched worldwide and a dozen clinical trials are underway, including five in China, to try to find a cure for Covid-19.

WHO warns against spraying disinfectant on the streets

Spraying or fumigating disinfectant on the streets, as some countries do, does not eliminate SARS-CoV-2 and poses a health risk, warned l ‘World Health Organization (WHO). “In addition, streets and sidewalks are not considered to be Covid-19 infection reservoirs,” the organization said.

The WHO also stresses that “it is never recommended to spray disinfectants on people”, since “it could be physically and psychologically dangerous and would not reduce the ability of an infected person to spread the virus.” virus via droplets or contact”.

In indoor spaces, the systematic application of disinfectants on surfaces by spraying or fumigation is also not recommended by the organization.

Russia records highest death toll in 24 hours.

Russia on Saturday recorded the highest number of deaths from the new coronavirus in twenty-four hours, while the number of new cases of contamination fell to its lowest level in two weeks. Russia ranks second in the world, after the United States, with 272,043 cases recorded, including 9,200 new cases announced on Saturday. This figure is the lowest since May 2. The country has deplored 119 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest number recorded so far in Russia.

Critics have questioned the reality of the official death rate, accusing Russia of knowingly underestimating the death toll of the Covid-19. The number of officially recorded deaths is 2,537, lower than other countries with fewer infections.

Authorities have dismissed the charges, adding that only those whose primary cause is coronavirus have been counted, while others account for almost all of the deaths of patients who test positive. Authorities also say that after the epidemic arrived in Russia later, they have had time to prepare hospitals and implement a massive screening policy.

David T

David T is a french Medical student, during its free time, he is writing for The Medical Progress and helping us to understand better the Coronavirus.

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