India does not finish bending its contagion curve as it leaves the confinement of 1.3 billion people. Something similar occurs in Brazil, whose de-escalation is progressing despite the fact that the virus shows no signs of remission. The World Health Organization has made it clear that although this is not the case in Europe, the pandemic is worsening globally, and is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries. Meanwhile, in South Korea they are trying to fight various groups of cases that have arisen in workplaces, sports facilities and churches.
Several people queue up respecting the safety distance in South Africa.
We summarize the highlights of the week:
A parishioner scans a QR code with her coronavirus information to enter a church in Seoul, South Korea
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The second most populous country in the world is already the fourth with the most cases of coronavirus. We talk about India, which this week has seen a new record increase in confirmed infections in a single day. The Asian nation is around 300,000 accumulated cases of coronavirus, above the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy, but has counted a lower number of deaths than these countries, less than 9,000 deaths.
The contagion curve in India continues on an upward trend and the authorities –which ensure that more than 150,000 tests are being carried out daily– They recognize that the end is not yet in sight. However, the country has ended a confinement of almost 70 days this week, with a first phase of opening of most public transport, offices and shopping centers. One of the country’s largest mosques, Jama Masjid, has closed its doors again until the end of the month due to the spread of the virus in Delhi.
We go back one more week to Latin America because the virus seems to go unstoppable in Brazil, epicenter of the pandemic in the region, which is making headlines again these days. With more than 41,000 confirmed deaths from patients with coronavirus, the country has ranked second overall in number of deaths, behind only the United States. Both countries have pushed the American continent above Europe in total deaths. Brazil continues its de-escalation at a time when it has registered more than 30,000 new cases in 24 hours for several days in a row.
The Government of Jair Bolsonaro has caused confusion and mistrust this week after controversial changes in the way of reporting cases and deaths that many have considered as an attempt to hide or disguise the scope of the pandemic. The Supreme Court determined that the Brazilian Executive must re-disclose the data in a consolidated manner, as it had been doing before.
Another source of concern is Peru, Second Latin American country with the highest number of cases, which this week has increased above 200,000 between high levels of poverty and informal work that complicate quarantine efforts. AND Argentina has confirmed for the first time these days more than 1,000 daily infections since since the start of the pandemic, which has already left more than 27,000 infections. ANDhe focus is the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, which encompasses the capital and its wide urban cordon, where about 13 million people live. “Lor worse is yet to come, we still have the mountain ahead, “said the Minister of Health of the city of Buenos Aires, reports EFE.
We also look to Nicaragua, where the number of cases has increased in recent weeks, although the total remains below 2,000. Government management is concerned, insisting that they have prevented the spread of the coronavirus. In March, while other countries were distancing themselves, Nicaraguan leaders called a series of marches and rallies. As this report from The Guardian, toAt least 60 of his collaborators or related positions have died or have disappeared from the public scene.
Worldwide, more than 400,000 people have already died as a result of the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recalled that the majority of cases come from a group of countries in America and South Asia. There are also increasing numbers of infections in parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. And most of the countries of AfricaAccording to the United Nations agency, they still experience an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.
The WHO has assured that the pandemic is accelerating on the African continent: it took 98 days to reach 100,000 cases and only 18 days to go to 200,000. Ten states in the region are currently driving the increase in numbers. More than 70% of deaths are occurring in just five countries: Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan and South Africa, which is the most affected, concentrating 25% of the total number of cases on the continent.
“For now, Africa continues to account for only a small fraction of cases worldwide,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa. “But the pace of spread is accelerating. Rapid and early action by African countries has helped keep the numbers low, but constant vigilance is necessary to prevent COVID-19 from overwhelming health centers.”
The agency indicates that many African countries were quick to make difficult decisions, such as establishing confinements and measures of physical distance or hand hygiene, as well as practicing tests, contact tracing and the isolation of cases. But in recent weeks, countries have begun to ease the confinements to resume some economic and social activities, since these measures have had a “serious impact”, especially in the most vulnerable communities, explains the WHO, recalling that the lifting of constraints must be a “controlled process” to be combined with extensive screening.
The WHO considers that the pandemic is “getting worse” globally, although the situation in Europe “I’m getting better.” Despite everything, they insist on remembering that the greatest threat now is complacency. From the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) they have made it clear that the pandemic “is not over”. While they believe that The initial wave of transmission has peaked in all countries except Poland and Sweden, they have called on national authorities to put in place measures to prevent the resurgence of COVID-19: “Just before the summer holiday period, As Member States relax limitations, there is a risk that people will not adhere strongly to the recommended measures that remain in place due to ‘isolation fatigue’.
European countries continue taking steps to get out of confinement. This week we have learned that France it will lift its state of emergency on July 10. Denmark has said that opening their bars, restaurants and shopping malls had not caused an increase in infections. After two months, Moscow, with 13 million inhabitants, has partially lifted its confinement despite the fact that Russia continues to report thousands of new daily new cases.
Austria will reopen its border with Italy next week. In the latter country, the Giuseppe Conte government has signed a decree to recover more activities in the de-escalation. Starting next Monday, sports competitions may be resumed behind closed doors. Cinemas, theaters and converts may also open their doors, although with seats spaced and respecting the distance of at least one meter, so the capacity of the seats must be reduced. The tickets will be limited in the shows: a maximum of 200 spectators can be accommodated indoors, and up to a thousand if they are outdoors. What I know delayed for another month is the reopening of the discotheques, originally scheduled for Monday but now for July 14.
South Korea, a model country in its response to COVID-19, continues to illustrate to the rest of the world the challenges of easing restrictions. Authorities fear a strong resurgence of the disease and have pleaded with citizens to exercise caution while dealing with several clusters of cases detected in the area surrounding Seoul, which leave about 50 new infections daily. There have been infections in work centers such as logistics warehouses and door-to-door sales companies, in religious gatherings and even in a ping pong gym. This Friday they have already announced that the measures that were tightened a few weeks ago in the capital region will continue until further notice.
If South Korea has stood out for something, it is because it has aggressively mobilized technological tools in its response. This week, the Asian country has released a new QR code system for places such as bars, clubs or internet cafes with the aim of better tracking possible infections.
And from South Korea, to New Zealandwhere the citizens woke up this Tuesday with no restrictions on his daily life for the first time since late March after the country’s last known case of COVID-19 recovered. Is now allowed hug and kiss, stand shoulder to shoulder at concerts, pray in large groups in mosques and churches, attend rugby matches or large weddings. parties or funerals. If you want to know more about a country that seems to have eliminated the virus, pleaseDetails of the leading epidemiologists who designed the strategy explain the details in this article.
In addition, we tell you some of the advice that the city council of NY to make sexual practices safe during the pandemic. What do you recommend? Avoid kissing with close people, “be creative” with the postures to minimize contact and the use of a mask. “Maybe it’s your thing, maybe not, but during COVID-19 wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth is a good way to add a layer of protection during sex,” they say.
And more about masks, because the pandemic can increase the ocean pollution and the excess of plastic debris that is already threatening marine life, as several ecologists have warned after finding disposable masks and latex gloves floating like jellyfish or scattered on the seabed.
Several people queue up respecting the safety distance in South Africa.