- The effective reproduction rate of the virus now stands at 1.3 in France
- Paris makes testing mandatory for travelers arriving from 16 countries
- In the United States, foreign students will no longer be able to enter the country if the courses taken are online
In France, the epidemic continues its slow recovery
With ten new deaths on Friday, France now has 30,192 deaths. Since the start of the epidemic, 19,676 people have died in hospitals and 10,516 in social and medico-social establishments (Ehpad). In total, 5,720 people are hospitalized for Covid-19, including 410 in intensive care, or 26 less than Thursday.
The virus’s effective reproduction rate (or “effective R”, based on positive virological tests) is now 1.3, which means that each Covid-19 patient infects an average of 1.3 other people, a rate rising. “We have returned to levels comparable to those at the end of the confinement period. We have thus erased a good part of the progress that we had made in the first weeks of deconfinement”, regrets the Directorate General of Health. Since May 9, 581 grouped cases (or “clusters”) have been detected but 366 are “closed”, notes the DGS. 215 households were therefore still active on July 24.
France has made testing mandatory for travelers arriving from 16 countries, including the United States and Algeria. Prime Minister Jean Castex recommended that the French “avoid” going to Catalonia, in northeastern Spain, where the government on Friday ordered the closure of nightclubs and bars in the face of increased infections.
More than 4.1 million cases in the United States
In the United States, the most bereaved country with 145,000 deaths linked to Covid-19, more than 70,000 new cases were still counted on Friday, as well as 1,150 deaths, according to the count from Johns Hopkins University. The total number of infections diagnosed on American soil since the start of the pandemic is 4.1 million.
The Donald Trump administration, which, in the context of the pandemic, has already suspended the issuance of visas, targeted foreign students on Friday. They will no longer be able to enter the United States if their courses are online, which may be the case in multiple universities because of the coronavirus. The country has nearly a million foreign students.
At the same time, under pressure from the White House which wants to reactivate the economy, health authorities have updated new rules to encourage American students to return to class at the start of the school year. In this country, the imposition of the wearing of masks is also gaining ground: the fast-food giant McDonalds will force all its customers to wear them from August 1.
In Europe, the epidemic has killed 207,118 people for more than 3 million cases, according to an AFP count. “The recent resurgence of Covid-19 cases in some countries after the relaxation of distancing measures is certainly a cause for concern,” said a spokeswoman for the European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO ). The organization called on European countries to remain reactive and to lift restrictions “carefully” or even to reintroduce them if necessary. Several countries in the region have tightened checks on travelers.
Belgium broke a sad record on Friday: a three-year-old girl died of Covid-19 a few days ago, health authorities announced, making her the youngest victim of the virus in this country which is experiencing a increase in contamination, with 64,847 cases.
In England, the obligation to wear the mask in shops and supermarkets came into force as swimming pools and gyms are expected to reopen on Saturday.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, the threshold of four million cases has also been crossed. Brazil alone now has more than 2.2 million cases. Sao Paulo has decided to postpone its carnival sine die, and Rio de Janeiro is considering this option. The situation is particularly dramatic in Peru, where the health system in the country’s second city, Arequipa, is totally saturated. Infected people sleep in tents outside hospitals or in their cars, hoping to get a place.
Elsewhere in the world, the figures also continue to rise. In India, 740 new deaths attributed to Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours, according to an official report on Friday. With 30,000 deaths, the country becomes the sixth with the most deaths, behind the United States, Brazil, Great Britain, Mexico and Italy.
Several countries have chosen to re-impose partial containment measures. The approximately 10 million inhabitants of Tokyo have been invited to stay at home since Thursday, the first day of a long holiday weekend. In Antwerp, Belgium, meetings of more than ten people are prohibited from Saturday.
In a rare sign of optimism, the Arena di Verona in Italy will host their first concert on Saturday since confinement and in the UK, the Brighton Open air Theater will reopen to the public.