June 25, 2020 3:11 PM
The ministry of health has made it known that it has stepped up operations to ensure access to diagnostic tests across the country and that around 200,000 people perform them every day.
Other news from the world
- In Latin America the number of infections has exceeded 2.2 million and the deaths have more than doubled in a month, reports the Pan American health organization, exceeding one hundred thousand on June 24. In the region there are some of the most serious outbreaks in the world. Brazil continues to be the most affected country and the epidemic shows no signs of receding. With 42,700 new cases registered on June 24, it also exceeded the United States in terms of number of daily infections. Chile and Peru now also have more per capita cases than the United States, while the virus continues to spread to Mexico, which has experienced more than a thousand deaths a day in recent days.
- “While the virus is raging in Latin America,” the New York Times says, “corruption has flourished, the already strong political polarization in some countries has intensified and some governments have restricted civil rights.” In addition, the US newspaper notes, “economies already in difficulty before the virus are on the brink. Millions of people are out of the job market and millions more are at risk. ” According to the United Nations, the pandemic could cause a 5.3 percent collapse in the regional economy, the worst in a century, forcing 16 million people to live in extreme poverty. ”
- In the region, therefore, the worst could still come. The only countries that seem to have avoided the catastrophe for now are Uruguay, Paraguay, Costa Rica and Cuba.
- in United States on June 24, 36,880 new cases of covid-19 were recorded, the day with the highest number of infections in two months. According to the New York Times “the number of infections indicates not only that the country has not been able to contain the new coronavirus, but also that the epidemic is worsening, a trajectory in contrast with many other nations, which have seen a decline stable after an initial peak “. In the United States, however, infections have decreased since the peak of 36,739 cases on April 24, but have increased again in recent weeks.
In various areas of the country, “state authorities have taken matters into their own hands,” writes the Washington Post. In Texas, one of the first states to reopen and where 5,489 new cases were registered on June 23, Governor Greg Abbott tightened the restrictions. An obligation to wear masks in public has been imposed in Nevada and North Carolina. Disneyland has postponed the reopening and the governors of the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have announced a mandatory two-week quarantine for those arriving from the worst affected areas. In addition, the New York marathon, which was to take place in November, has been canceled.
With 133 deaths, June 24 was the worst day in two and a half months too Iran. 2,531 new cases have been registered, bringing the total number to 212,501, while the total victims are 9,996. In the past week, the daily toll has regularly exceeded one hundred victims, reflecting a sharp increase in infections since the country began gradually reopening the economy in April. On June 23, the official news agency of the Islamic republic, Irna, announced that Friday prayers will not resume in the capital Tehran.
On the morning of June 25, after 104 days of closure, the Eiffel Tower partially reopened to the public. All visitors over the age of eleven must wear a mask and signs have been placed on the structure to ensure a distance of one meter between people. The areas open to the public will be cleaned and disinfected every day. The third floor will not open until July 1st. The Eiffel Tower had been closed on March 13 and has remained without visitors for the longest period since World War II. In France the lockdown it ended on 11 May, but as the virus continues to circulate in the capital, some restrictions are still in place.
- The International Monetary Fund has updated its forecasts on the trend of the global economy downwards. According to the new edition of the World economic outlook, global GDP will drop by 4.9 percent in 2020. In April, the institution predicted a 3 percent drop. In 2021 growth of 5.4 per cent is expected. The recession will mainly affect advanced countries and in particular the European Union. Italy and Spain are expected to record the worst with a decrease of 12.8 percent in 2020, followed by a recovery of 6.3 percent in 2021. According to the IMF the latest indications show that the coronavirus crisis has reduced consumption more than expected and has increased the tendency to save.