Corona around the world … fears of a new focus in Latin America
“Covid-19” deaths rose again in the United States, while Latin America crossed the threshold of 15,000 epidemic deaths, at a time when schools are opening their doors in the Chinese province of Hubei, where the emerging Corona virus appeared for the first time.
Experts expect the epidemic to worsen in the coming days in Latin America and the Caribbean, with more than 282,000 infections recorded, as of Wednesday morning.
Brazil, the largest country in the region, surpassed both China and Iran in terms of HIV infections and deaths recorded, despite the country’s former President Javier Bolsonaro’s doubts about the seriousness of the situation.
The epidemic has resulted in the death of 256,000 people worldwide, out of nearly three million and 750,000 recorded infections, since it began its outbreak in China last December, forcing half the world’s population to stay in their homes.
In Brazil, it recorded 7,921 deaths, 114 thousand and 715 injuries, which is the worst affected in Latin America, and the ninth in the world, followed by Mexico with 2,271 deaths, 24 thousand and 905 injuries, then Ecuador with 1,569 deaths and 31 thousand and 881 injuries.
Britain most affected in Europe
On Tuesday, the United Kingdom has become the first European country to cross the threshold of 30,000 deaths, while authorities assert that the epidemic has crossed its peak.
London is preparing to announce in the coming days new measures that allow the release of some sectors of the economy and to cope with the crisis that appears to be prolonging, but also with caution in waging a new wave of injuries.
Chaos in the Trump administration
On the other side of the Atlantic, US President Donald Trump is eagerly awaiting the reopening of the economy, even if this leads to an increase in injuries and deaths, amid turmoil in his administration over working with the crisis.
After slowing down in recent days, the daily death toll has risen again, with 2,333 additional deaths recorded within 24 hours in the country. According to many epidemiological models, the United States could cross the 100,000th threshold by early June.
On Tuesday, the White House announced that it intends to solve the crisis cell that manages the emerging Corona Virus crisis, in an additional indication that the administration of President Donald Trump no longer considers the Covid-19 epidemic a top daily priority.
“We cannot keep our country closed for the next five years,” Trump said, during a visit to a muffler factory in Arizona on his first trip outside the White House in two months, acknowledging that some people “will be affected severely.”
Later, in an interview with ABC News, Trump said, in response to a question whether he considered that “reopening the economy will cost lives”, “it is possible that this will happen because we will not be isolated in our homes.”
Meanwhile, US Chief of Staff Mark Millie’s statements conflicted with what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, China, accused of being the source of the Corona virus, saying: “We don’t know.”
Milli said during a press conference at the Ministry of Defense, “The Pentagon” with the Minister of Defense, Mark Esper, that “the virus may not be man-made, and the matter has not yet been decided due to the lack of real evidence,” adding that “all evidence indicates that it has not been created deliberate”.
He continued: “Has the epidemic exited the Virus Laboratory in Wuhan? Did it happen in a market there in Wuhan? Did it happen elsewhere? The answer to this is: We do not know.”
And US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed a few days ago that “there is a large number of evidence that the new Corona virus emerged from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan.”
Wuhan students go back to their school
In contrast, the primary focus of the epidemic in China is gradually returning to normal life.
Hubei Province schools where the new Corona virus appeared in December began receiving high school students on Wednesday, without announcing the date for receiving other high school students.
Students reached their classes wearing masks, while respecting the distance between the two meters, and crossed in front of thermal cameras that measure body temperature.
The country’s schools and universities were closed in late January to mark the Chinese New Year’s Day, which coincided with the outbreak.
Schools were opened in most of the Chinese provinces, especially for final stage students, except for the capital, Beijing.
Hubei Province was almost completely closed in late January and quarantined to prevent an epidemic. Its capital, Wuhan, ended quarantine in the late April 8th.
China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao) recorded 82,881 injuries (i.e. one new case between Monday and Tuesday), 4,633 deaths (no new deaths), and 77,853 cures.
In Europe, where countries imposed several different measures such as curfews and the state of emergency with the start of the health crisis, the issue of lifting isolation measures remains the most important event on Wednesday, especially in Russia and Germany, where Merkel acknowledged Tuesday evening during a meeting with leaders of her conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union, “with a great desire It is understood to lift more isolation measures, “according to several sources.
“But we must be careful to avoid causing a second wave of casualties,” she added, calling for a “local approach” to tackle the crisis, that is, according to each province.
For its part, the Belgian government is preparing to take new steps on the path out of isolation.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is also due to address the deputies who will study the possibility of extending the state of emergency in one of the countries most affected by the epidemic in the world.
Spain recorded 25,613 deaths, preceded by Italy (29,315 deaths) and the United Kingdom (more)