Wednesday 1st July
(Updated at 22:28) There are over 10.5 million coronavirus cases officially registered and reported by Johns Hopkins University. Specifically, the people infected are 10,538,577, while the deaths related to COVID-19 rise to 512,689. A total of 5,395,571 people were healed.
Over 60,000 deaths passed in Brazil
Brazil has exceeded 60,000 coronavirus deaths: the data provided by state secretariats to a state consortium disclosed that, in controversy with the pandemic policy implemented by the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, decided to provide an alternative budget daily to the official one issued by the government. According to the figures, between 20 local yesterday (one today in Italy) and 13 local today (18 Italian), the South American country recorded 538 new deaths, raising the total deaths from COVID to 60,194 -19.
The total number of infections has instead passed to 1,426,913, pending confirmation by the Ministry of Health of Brasilia, which should disclose the new data around 18 local (23 Italian).
WHO raises the alarm for the Middle East
The World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the Middle East is facing a “critical threshold” as measures to curb the spread of coronavirus infection are eased. The alarm was raised by the WHO head of the Middle East, Ahmed al-Mandhari, during the usual briefing on COVID-19. There are more than a million cases in the 22 countries of the eastern Mediterranean, from Morocco to Pakistan. Over 80% of all deaths in the region have been reported in five countries: Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
“The number of cases in June alone is higher than the total number of cases in the four months following the first case reported in the region on January 29,” said al-Mandhari, attributing the increase also to the relaxation of the restrictions placed designed to combat the spread of the virus.
The border between Spain and Portugal reopened
The King of Spain Philip VI, the head of the Spanish government Pedro Sanchez, the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and the Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa: all participated today in symbolic ceremonies for the reopening of the border between Spain and Portugal, which remained closed since last March 17 following the restrictions on mobility decided by both countries to counter the spread of coronavirus. On June 21, Madrid had reopened its borders with EU partners in the Schegen area plus the United Kingdom, but not with neighboring Portugal, at the latter’s request. There is a very close relationship between the two countries due to the presence of numerous cross-border workers. For this reason too, today’s ceremonies at the border points – in Badajoz in Spain first and then also in the Portuguese resort of Elvas – have taken on a further symbolic meaning, marking the return to normal among the neighboring countries.
Still record infections in Algeria
For the second consecutive day, Algeria records a new record in the growth of coronavirus infections. There are in fact 365 new cases registered in the last 24 hours, which bring the total balance of infected people in the country to 14,272. The Ministry of Health of Algiers has made it known through the words of the spokesman of the Special Commission for monitoring the spread of the disease, Djamel Fourar, specifying that the deaths have risen to 920. The recovered are also increasing from 9,897 to 10,040. Forty-eight patients in resuscitation. The reopening of borders, which had been set for July 1 “is not on the agenda,” Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced in recent days, ordering to keep the borders closed until the end of the coronavirus crisis.
In June over 160 thousand cases per day
Over 160 thousand cases of COVID-19 reported daily in the last week and June which has seen over half of all the cases recorded since the start of the pandemic. The data was provided by WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in the usual briefing on COVID-19. “60 percent of all cases registered so far – he explained – have been reported in the last month”
Another 176 victims in the UK
Compared to current European averages, the count of coronavirus deaths in the United Kingdom remains heavy, with 176 other deaths registered in the last 24 hours against 155 yesterday: the data of the Ministry of Health indicate this. There were 829 daily infections. The total sum of certified deaths with the swab is now close to 44,000 in the country (over 54,000 calculating the probable cases derived from the elaborations of the ONS, the British statistics office); while that of contagions exceeds 313,000. Finally, the tests performed jump to over 9.6 million since the start of the pandemic, with a peak of almost 230,000 since yesterday.
New York slows down the reopening
The city of New York slows down the reopening and postpones the opening of the restaurants for lunches and dinners inside, scheduled for 6 July. This was stated by Mayor Bill de Blasio, effectively postponing the total reopening of restaurants in phase 3. The decision is linked to the increase in coronavirus cases in many American states.
Use: fears for July 4th
On July 4, “stay home, avoid trips, parties, gatherings for traditional fireworks”: in view of Independence Day, this is the appeal of the health authorities in the USA, where on Tuesday – according to the calculations of the New York Times – has hit a record 48,000 new infections. A boom which was mainly contributed by 8 States which recorded a primacy in the number of daily cases. These include California (8,100 new cases), Georgia (2,400) and Texas (7,900).
Buenos Aires in a new phase of lockdown
Millions of people, residents of Buenos Aires and its narrower suburbs, have entered a new lockdown phase today to combat the coronavirus pandemic that will last until 17 July. The main objective of the new rigid quarantine concerns a severe limitation of city traffic, with the authorization for normal operation for only about thirty essential activities, whose employees can only move with a specific authorization. Faced with a general budget that reports for Argentina 64,530 infections from COVID-19 and 1,310 deaths, Buenos Aires and its province currently record 95% of new daily cases, which determines a potential danger for the national health system. TVs today show reduced traffic on the streets of the capital, but long lines of vehicles awaiting police checks at the transit points between the city and its province. Public transport is in full circulation, but can only be used by authorized persons. The return to “phase 1” of the compulsory social isolation resulted in the closing of around 70,000 businesses that had resumed their activity at the end of May. Instead, retail grocery stores and supermarkets, as well as pharmacies, banks (with shift reservations), bars and restaurants will continue to operate only for takeaway sales. Finally, it should be noted that in addition to Buenos Aires, the lockdown regards the province of Chaco in the north, and the cities of Néuquen and General Roca (Province of Rio Negro).
WHO: “The virus has not changed”
“So far there is no evidence of a mutation that has been observed in the virus” and “there is no change in the transmissibility of the virus as well as the disease in humans,” said Abdinasir Abubakar, an office manager. regional Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) of the WHO, in a virtual press conference on coronavirus transmitted from Cairo.
“WHO, as well as experts and the scientific community, are actively monitoring a mutation of the virus,” added Abdinasir, head of EMRO’s “Surveillance and Response to Communicable Diseases”. “We are working with the Member States, as well as with the academies and laboratories, to ensure” that a possible mutation of the virus “is identified as soon as it occurs but so far there is no mutation that has been observed”, reiterated the head of the World Health Organization.
Brazil prohibits entry to foreigners for 30 days
Jair Bolsonaro’s government has banned foreigners from entering Brazil for the next 30 days: this is what emerges from an extraordinary edition of the local Official Gazette, signed by ministers Walter Braga Netto (Civil House), André Mendonça (Justice) , Tarcisio Freitas (Infrastructures) and Eduardo Pazuello (Interim Healthcare). The measure refers to the public health emergency declared on 30 January by the WHO due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The entry into the country of foreigners of any nationality, by road, by other land means, by air or by sea, is limited for a period of thirty days,” reads the text.
India, 18,522 new cases in 24 hours
India registered 18,522 new coronavirus cases and 418 more deaths yesterday: this is what emerges from the count of Johns Hopkins University. The new data bring the total balance of infections in the country to an altitude of 585,481 and that of the dead to 17,400. So far 347,912 people have recovered in India.
Australia, 300 thousand people in lockdown in Melbourne
At midnight local time (4pm in Switzerland) Australia will lock 300,000 people for one month in the suburbs north of Melbourne, after significant increases in coronavirus cases have been reported in Victoria in recent weeks, the second most populous in the country. The Guardian made it known. More than 30 suburbs in Australia’s second largest city will return to phase three of the restrictions, the highest one. So residents will need to stay at home except for grocery shopping, health appointments, work or assistance, and exercise. The authorities will trigger controls, which hope to cover at least half the population of the affected areas. In Australia the pandemic was much less virulent than elsewhere, with less than 8,000 infections and 104 deaths, but the return to new 2-digit infections has fueled fears of a second wave. The state of Victoria registered 73 new cases yesterday and 75 on Monday.
British restaurant chain cuts 5,000 seats
Catering – blocked for more than 100 days after the lockdown, apart from home deliveries, pending the first reopenings on 4 July – is the sector most immediately affected by the effects of the coronavirus emergency on the employment front in Great Britain, together with the transport and tourism. This was confirmed today by the announcement of SSP Group, the holding company in the Kingdom of the popular chains of rotisseries and Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza coffee-restaurants, of a plan of cuts of about 5000 jobs on the island. The redundancy is expected to fall on more than half of the current workforce – 9,000 people in the country – in a sector that traditionally employs, often in time, not a few of the many Italians living across the Channel: especially young people. The pandemic is having “an unprecedented impact” nationally and globally, Simon Smith, CEO of the SSP Group has justified himself by evoking the goal of survival. “We must take this step – he said – to protect the business and create the foundations from which to rebuild our business”.
Austria closes to six Balkan countries
Austria has issued a so-called “against” for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Montenegro due to the Covid trend. Those from these countries must stay in quarantine for two weeks or present a negative swab no older than four days. Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg spoke of a “painful decision”. The Austrians who are currently on holiday in these countries are invited to return. In Austria, 107 new Covid cases have been registered in the last 24 hours, exceeding the threshold of 100 new infected for the first time in weeks. There are currently 677 active cases. The Upper Austria is particularly concerned with a growth of 2.8% in one day.
Czech Republic: thousands on the street for the “farewell party” to the virus
Thousands of people in the Czech Republic attended a street party to give the coronavirus a “symbolic farewell”. Despite warnings from the WHO that the pandemic was far from extinguishing. A 500-meter-long table was set up on Charles Bridge in Prague, laden with food and drinks that the citizens had brought from home, reports the BBC. The evening was dedicated to sharing, and without any distancing. Ondrej Kobza, party organizer and owner of a cafe, explained to AFP that the initiative was born due to the lack of tourists: «We want to celebrate the end of the coronavirus crisis by letting people meet and show that they have not afraid to accept a sandwich from their neighbor. ” In the European country there have been about 12,000 infections per 10 million inhabitants, and 350 people have died. But the authorities quickly imposed the lockdown, preventing the epidemic from escalating. Last week, the government allowed public meetings of up to 1,000 people. Swimming pools, museums, zoos and castles can open without limits to the number of visitors. Restaurants, bars and pubs have been authorized to serve people indoors for a month.
Partial lockdown returns to Iran in 13 provinces
Covid-19 cases in Iran rise to 230,211, with 2,549 infections reported in the last 24 hours. There are 141 victims in one day, for a total of 10,958 confirmed deaths. ICU patients increase to 3,081, while recovered patients increase to 191,487. The tests carried out so far are 1,693,242. The spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Health Sima Sadat Lari reported in her daily newsletter. Following the increase in cases and deaths, Tehran authorities have decided to impose new restrictive measures in 13 provinces, where public offices and shops will return to being closed for a week. Among these is the province of Hormozgan, where the situation of infections has become a “red alert”.
In the USA 41,556 new cases
The United States yesterday recorded 41,556 new coronavirus cases and 337 additional deaths: this is what emerges from the count of Johns Hopkins University. The new data bring the overall balance of infections to 2,636,538 and that of the dead to 127,425. So far 720,631 people have been healed in the country.
In Latin America, infections are over 2,576,000
The coronavirus pandemic continues to make its effects felt strongly in Latin America where in the last 24 hours the infections have reached 2,576,463 (+46,357), while the deaths are now 116,199 (+2,510). This is what emerges today from a statistical processing carried out by ANSA on the basis of the official data of 34 between Latin American nations and territories. Without major changes, Brazil continues to lead the ranking in the region with a fairly steady, though now stabilized, rate of the infected (1,402,041, +33,846) and the dead, which are 59,594 (+1,280). Peru (285,213 and 9,677) and Chile (279,393 and 5,688) follow, and then seven other countries with more than 30,000 infections: Mexico (226,089 and 27,769), Colombia (97,846 and 3,334), Ecuador (56,342 and 4,527), Argentina (64.530 and 1.307), Dominican Republic (32.568 and 747), Panama (33.550 and 631) and Bolivia (32.125 and 1.071).
United States, Fauci: “Up to 100 thousand infections per day possible”
Anthony Fauci, a virologist and White House health adviser, said he was concerned about the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States during a Senate hearing on the reopening of schools and workplaces. “There are currently over 40,000 new cases per day. I would not be surprised if it reaches 100,000 a day, if the situation does not change, “said Fauci, according to whom Americans must respect the rules on distance, masks and hygiene to stop the increase in infections.
Biden will no longer hold rallies before the vote
Joe Biden has announced that he will no longer hold election rallies before the US presidential election in November due to the pandemic. A decision opposed to the line so far held by Donald Trump. The ex-vice president’s campaign had previously announced that the mid-August democratic convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will be almost entirely in virtual format. The participation of Biden himself is also uncertain.
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