Five millions. This is the number of coronavirus infections worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The number of deaths caused by the virus is currently 328,172.
Meanwhile, a general alarm has come from WHO. In the past 24 hours, 106,000 have been recorded, the highest number in a single day since the start of the pandemic, said UN Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. And two thirds of these have been detected in only four countries. The director did not mention them, but alarming numbers arrived from Brazil on the same day, a record number of 17,408 new infections in the last 24 hours, USA and Iran. “The road is still long,” reiterated Ghebreyesus and his invites to keep their guard high especially now that the lockdown measures are loosening up everywhere
The United States remains the most affected country with 1,551,853 cases and 93,439 deaths since the beginning of the health emergency that left China. President Donald Trump has returned to criticize China harshly for the management of the coronavirus emergency, saying that the Asian giant could have contained “the plague” and raises the tone suggesting that the Chinese leader Xi Jinping is behind a campaign of ” disinformation”. “The spokesman (of the Beijing Foreign Ministry) speaks stupidly on behalf of China, desperately trying to shift attention from the pain and carnage that their country has spread to the whole world – tweeted the American president, denouncing “Disinformation” and a “propaganda attack” in Europe and the United States, considered a “misfortune”. “It all starts from the top,” he said with a reference to Xi. “They could have easily contained the plague, but – he added – they didn’t.” In another tweet, the tycoon says that China is carrying out “a massive disinformation campaign” in a “desperate attempt to win” former Vice President Joe Biden in the November elections “so that he can continue to screw the United States. , as they have done for decades, until I arrived! ».
However, according to a report compiled by the independent research laboratory APM and published yesterday under the title “Color of Coronavirus”, the ethnic divide continues to worsen, with the latest data showing how African Americans died almost three times more than the mortality rate of whites. Across the country, African Americans died at a rate of 50.3 per 100,000 people, compared to 20.7 for whites, 22.9 for Latins and 22.7 for Asian Americans. More than 20,000 African Americans – about one in 2,000 of the entire black population in the United States – died from the disease. At the bottom of the ranking of the United States, il Kansas, where black residents are dying seven times faster than whites. Contributing to this are social disparities, less access to care both during the pandemic and before and greater physical vulnerability to the virus, due to previously neglected diseases.
To worry also Brazil, where the dead are 18,859 dead, 888 more than the number of deaths recorded in the previous 24 hours. The total number of infections, adding the data provided by the health departments of the states, rose to at least 291,579 cases, 19,951 more than those recorded 24 hours earlier. Most of the deaths, 5,363, were recorded in the state of Sao Paulo where the number of cases rose to 69,859. Brazil was the first Latin American country to register a case of contagion and in absolute terms it is the one with the highest numbers as regards infected and deceased people in the region (Peru follows). Contributing to the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly denounced “exaggerations” from the press, defended the need to combine the fight against the health emergency with the defense of employment, countering the lockdown decided by many governors. The Brazilian leader also pushed for the use of the chloroquine antimalarial drug in patients since the first symptoms of the disease. A position that led to the resignation of two health ministers, Luis Henrique Mandetta and Nelson Teich. And that is not reflected in scientific research.
In Europe, Sweden is worried, where the soft strategy has failed. The Scandinavian country has become the one with the highest mortality rate in the world – 6.08 per million inhabitants – ahead of Great Britain (5.57), Belgium (4.28), the United States (4.11). and Italy (3), at least according to the data, processed by the research site Our World in Data which refer only to the last week, from 12 to 19 May. Throughout the pandemic, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Great Britain and France hold the sad record. This is why Anders Tegnell, the epidemiologist who convinced the Stockholm government not to close the country for even a day and to rely on the sense of responsibility of the population, criticized the data by branding them as misleading because they were based only on a week. Sweden has kept schools open for children under the age of 16, along with cafes, bars, restaurants and businesses, simply urging people to comply with the guidelines on social distancing. According to Johns Hopkins University, to date it has recorded 31,523 infections and 3,831 deaths. Much higher numbers than neighboring Denmark and Norway, which have instead adopted lockdown strategies in line with the rest of Europe. “The battle against Covid-19 is a marathon,” said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven defending his government’s choices which, he believes, “in the long run” will prove more effective than the total blockade. “It is easy to impose the lockdown, more difficult to remove it”, is the opinion of Tegnell according to which for the population “it is more complicated to follow recommendations when one day you are told one thing and the next day another.”
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