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South Korea wave of new cases
Wave of new cases of coronavirus in South Korea that has registered 40 new infections in the last 24 hours, marking the worst daily increase for almost 50 days and causing alarm in the country where two million more children are returning to school. Almost all the infections were found in the Seoul area and most are related to the outbreaks of nightclubs and e-commerce warehouses. The KCDC, the South Korean health authority has reported that the total number of infections in the country is now 11,265, with 269 deaths and the country may need to redress the measures of social removal eased in April.
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Brazil emergency: Latin America new epicenter of the pandemic
Brazil recorded the highest daily death toll for Covid 19 in the world with 1,039 deaths. For the fifth consecutive day, it is the most affected country in the world. “Latin America is the new epicenter of the Covid 19 epidemic,” said the director of the Pan-American Health Organization Carissa Etienne, during a press conference. President Jair Bolsonaro Since the beginning of the crisis, he has minimized the virus and has lashed out against home return measures, arguing that the risks of economic fallout cause more damage than the virus itself. But most state governments have adhered to the leadership of the World Health Organization and shut down non-essential activities. Meanwhile, Bolsonaro has pinned his hopes on the hydroxychloroquine drug, which – like U.S. President Donald Trump – has touted as a potential miracle drug against Covid 19.
According to the WHO regional director. “This is not the time to relax restrictions or scale back prevention strategies.” Coronavirus probably arrived in South America in February. Since then, the infections have increased dramatically and have reached about 700 thousand cases. The victims of Covid 19 in Latin America are instead 33 thousand.
France stops using hydroxychloroquine
The French government repealed Wednesday the exemption provisions authorizing the prescription of hydroxychloroquine against Covid 19 in hospital. From the end of March, hydroxychloroquine – a chloroquine anti-malaria drug – could be prescribed by way of derogation in the hospital and only for severely affected patients, by collective decision of the doctors. The government’s decision is due to the publication of a new study published by the magazine The Lancet which highlights an increased mortality risk among Covid19 patients taking hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. According to a team of researchers from the Sorbonne University in Paris, antimalarial drugs seem to be linked to heart problems, while they do not seem to produce benefits for patients, whether taken alone or together with an antibiotic.
United Kingdom proposes to postpone international climate talks for a year
Like the Tokyo Olympics and other major events, international negotiations designed to address the threat of climate change are likely to be delayed by a full year due to the pandemic. The UK has proposed that the talks, initially scheduled for later this year in Glasgow, be postponed to November 2021. The decision is to be made Thursday by the countries that make up the rotating agency of the United Nations Agency. “Given the irregular spread of Covid 19, this date would present the lowest risk and avoid further postponements,” British officials said. Delaying talks for a whole year could worsen climate problems, some diplomats replied.
Germany, social distancing until 29 June
The German government and its sixteen federal states have agreed to maintain restrictions on social distancing until June 29, the government’s announcement provides for a limit of 10 people or two families allowed to meet in public places. The decision, the government explains, “is based on the assessment that the number of new infections in Germany are at a low level, one month after the easing of measures began.” Germany’s success is largely based on the fact that citizens carefully respect the guidelines on social distancing and hygiene rules. The numbers: Germany reported Monday that the number of active coronavirus cases dropped to 9,113, with the total number of confirmed cases reaching 181,200.
Spain, 10-day national mourning begins
In Spain, the first of ten days of national mourning begins today to commemorate the nearly 27,000 coronavirus victims. Until June 5, the flags will be hoisted at half mast on over 14 thousand public buildings in the country and on naval units of the Navy. This is the longest period of national mourning decided in Spain after the end of the Franco franchise.
Serbia bans flights from Montenegro: “Air transport reciprocity”
Serbia has banned incoming flights from Montenegro’s neighboring flag carrier, Montenegro Airlines, following the decision to ban citizens from entering Serbia, where the coronavirus persists. The Serbian civil aviation directorate said it had decided so because Montenegro’s move affected reciprocity in air transport. The Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dusko Markovic, declared his coronavirus-free country on Monday. Markovic also said that Montenegro will open borders to travelers from countries that report no more than 25 cases of infection per 100,000 people. Serbia, where the infection rate is highest, was not on the list. Earlier this month Serbia opened borders with most of its neighbors, including Montenegro, Croatia and Hungary. So far, Serbia, which has a population of 7.2 million, has reported 11,227 cases of infection and 239 deaths. Montenegro, whose population is approximately 631,000, reported 324 cases and nine deaths.
Greece ready to welcome tourists. But it extends restrictions in refugee camps
Greece is ready to welcome tourists and has loosened many of the restrictions on the population in general but those for refugees in all the refugee camps on the island and in a number of camps on the mainland have been extended until 7 June. The news of the protracted blockade was greeted with dismay: “Why do they continue to extend it only for refugees?” he said to Guardian a resident. Hadi, 17, an Afghan artist, distributes flyers that emphasize the importance of washing hands. He carefully touches the outside of an improvised tent or hut to deliver it: “People were dancing at the prospect of being able to leave, now they have two more weeks of blocking.”
Depressed a third of Americans
A third of American citizens show signs of clinical anxiety or depression: according to data from the Census Bureau, it is a psychological consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Under screening 24 percent of patients showed clinically significant symptoms of severe depressive disorder and 30 percent symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. The percentage compared to 2014. is almost double. In the United States, less than 700 coronavirus deaths were recorded for the third consecutive day.
Australia, the giant Kookaburra built during the blockade: “People love it”
An Australian used his blockdown time to create a 750 kg sculpture: a laughing kookaburra. According to him, it will bring joy to the community in “these dark times”. Iran-born academician and artist Dr. Farvardin Daliri, a graduate of India and then arrived in Australia, brought the huge bird this week to the streets of Brisbane and will soon take him north to the Townsville Cultural Festival. “I started doing it at Christmas,” he said. “Then the design was changed and I decided to make it laugh and move. Only when the block began did I manage to finish it though.” The sculpture was designed for a festival that celebrates multiculturalism and the community. “It is a work of love,” he said Guardian Australia. “The 25-year Townsville festival has been based on the idea of unity in diversity.” “Native animals and birds, we relate to everyone in the same way. It is a point of passage: from ‘I am a migrant’ to ‘I have arrived’. These totems make us feel as if we had arrived. The earth and the habitat, owned by the natives for thousands of years. In this land, birds laugh at us “. Daliri said he was overwhelmed with support messages since his daughter posted a short video of the bird during her first test drive on Twitter.
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South Africa, the lesson learned twenty years after Mandela
Twenty years ago Nelson Mandela he made a passionate request for international cooperation on “one of the greatest threats facing humanity”. AIDS was devastating life and overwhelming health systems, killing up to a thousand people a day in South Africa. Mandela’s successor as president, Thabo Mbeki, did not want to accept the idea. On the sidelines of the conference in which Mandela made the appeal, Mbeki’s controversial health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, scolded the scientists for daring to oppose the government’s position. At least 300,000 deaths could have been avoided. One of those scientists, Salim Abdool Karim, now leads South Africa’s Covid 19 advisory group. In stark contrast to the AIDS response two decades ago, in early April, two weeks after the coronavirus blockade in South Africa, Abdool Karim conducted a two-hour briefing to explain the importance of very strict measures. WHO cited the country as an example of a reaction to the pandemic.