On Monday, WHO warned that the coronavirus pandemic is “not yet close to completion,” because the death toll in the world has exceeded half a million, and the number of cases in Latin America and the United States is growing.
According to another gloomy milestone, the number of infections registered in the world has risen to more than 10 million, according to AFP estimates, while some authorities have resumed blocking measures that have damaged the global economy.
“We all want this to end. We all want to continue our lives, ”said the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Gebreesh.
“But the complex reality is that it’s not even close to completion,” he said, adding that “although many countries have made some progress, the global pandemic is actually accelerating.”
According to Tedros, the virus appeared six months ago in China, where WHO will send a team next week in connection with the search for its origin.
COVID-19 is still rampant in the United States, with more than 125,000 deaths and 2.5 million cases – and this is about a quarter of the total number in the world.
As many US states are forced to impose restrictions on restaurants and bars, President Donald Trump is under increasing pressure to set an example by wearing a mask.
Trump’s health minister warned that the “window is closing” for the country to gain control of the situation, but the president has largely turned his back on the crisis, spending most of Sunday at his Virginia golf club.
However, he may not be able to avoid the masks forever – in Florida, Jacksonville, where Trump Republicans are due to hold their national meeting in August, face masks are announced mandatory on Monday.
– “Great pain” –
Brazil’s second most affected country registered 259 105 infections seven days before Sunday, the highest rate for an entire week during a pandemic.
According to recent reports, protesters in cities across Brazil – as well as in Stockholm, London and Barcelona – held demonstrations against President Jair Bolsonaro, who said the virus was akin to the “little flu” and protested against staying at home.
“Brazil is suffering from tremendous pain, hidden pain that pulsates in the face of the incredible number of deaths caused by COVID-19,” said the organizers of the protest in the capital of Brazil.
While bars were forced to close in Los Angeles, Irish pubs started pouring a pint of beer for the first time in 15 weeks, as Europe – still the worst-hit continent – continues to open after the number of new cases drops.
“Guinness is good for you,” said Marc O’Mahoney, the first person to order a pint with breakfast at a pub in Dublin. “Without this, it would not be very good for 15 weeks.”
In neighboring Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his country experienced a “deep shock” as he prepared to introduce a large incentive program.
His government still plans to reopen pubs, restaurants and hairdressers throughout England on July 4, although it warns that it may have to close the city of Leicester due to a sharp increase in the number of cases.
Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron called for a “strong” and “effective” recovery fund for the European Union.
In Germany, Merkel, who was praised for managing her COVID-19 outbreak, North Rhine-Westphalia expanded its location in an area heavily affected by the outbreak.
In neighboring Switzerland, organizers said the Geneva International Motor Show in 2021 was canceled after the event was canceled this year.
– Restored restrictions –
The President of Kazakhstan ordered the blocking measures to be returned on Monday after hospitals warned that they did not have enough beds, while Serbia made masks mandatory in enclosed spaces after the number of cases increased.
China has severely banned nearly half a million people in the province surrounding Beijing to contain a new cluster.
The worst-hit country in the Middle East, Iran, reported 162 new deaths on Monday, the highest rate in one day, but the day after it made wearing a mask mandatory for domestic gatherings.
In many states in the south and west of the United States, where the virus is most common, state leaders have insisted on an early discovery.
While opposition Democrats urged Trump to reissue the emergency coronavirus declaration, White House spokeswoman Kaley Makinani said Monday that the president is “not interested” in this.
“The president always said that there would be coals, but he always said that treatment could not be worse than a problem,” she told Fox News.
On Monday, his trade association announced that New York’s famous Broadway theater district would be closed by the end of the year.
India, which is gradually loosening the nationwide block, records 18,500 new cases and 385 new deaths daily.
Alka, one of millions of accredited social health activists in the country, or ASHA, said it was difficult for unprotected and poorly paid female workers to get people to take their advice.
“People are trying to feed their families,” she said. “What we can do?”
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