Some 37,000 deaths worldwide, the milestone of 11,000 deaths crossed in Italy, 812 new deaths in 24 hours in Spain and 418, a record, in France: the macabre assessment of the epidemic has continued to increase.
The peak of the pandemic seemed to loom on Monday in some European countries bruised by the new coronavirus, which despite the confinement of almost half of humanity continued to grow, especially in the United States, where the time is general mobilization. We take stock at the four corners of the globe.
Europe has delivered medical supplies to Iran as part of the Instex barter mechanism to circumvent US sanctions, which was used for the first time, the German Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.
“France, Germany and the United Kingdom confirm that Instex successfully completed its first transaction, thereby enabling the export of medical equipment from Europe to Iran,” the German ministry said in a statement.
“Instex will work on other transactions” with Iran and “continue to develop this mechanism,” the German ministry said without further details.
In Tehran, the Iranian foreign spokesman said on March 14 that he had received medical equipment or financial aid from countries like Germany, Azerbaijan, China, the United Arab Emirates, France, Great Britain. Britain, Japan, Qatar, Russia and Turkey.
Iran’s government and people “never forget their friends in times of hardship,” he said as Iran was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, which now affects more than 40,000 people and killed 2,757. dead.
Instex was created in January 2019 by Europeans to circumvent the American sanctions imposed on Iran by avoiding the use of the dollar.
Instex is to function as a clearing house allowing Iran to continue to sell oil and to import other products in return. He had so far allowed no transactions.
In Italy, the country which records the world record for deaths (more than 11,500, for more than 100,000 cases recorded), confinement begins to produce encouraging results after three weeks.
“We can hope to reach the peak in seven or ten days, then, reasonably, a decrease in contagion,” said Italian Deputy Minister of Health Pierpaolo Sileri.
No question, however, to relax the effort: the authorities extended the confinement “at least until Easter” on April 12.
In France, where more than 3,000 people died of the virus in hospital, including a record number of 418 in the past 24 hours, caregivers are at the end of their rope.
“This morning, when I wake up, I cry. At lunch, I cry. By getting ready, I cry (…) There, in the changing rooms of the hospital, I dry my tears. I breathe in. I breathe out People in beds also cry and it is up to me to dry their tears, “said Elise, a nurse in Besançon, in the east of the country, on Facebook.
Spain saw a slight decline in its daily Covid-19 death toll Monday to 812 after the record 838 reported on Sunday, authorities said.
A total of 7,340 people died from the pandemic in the country, the second in the world in terms of the Covid-19’s death behind Italy.
The Finnish government intends to tighten and extend the measures taken to curb the spread of the new COvid-19 coronavirus in the country. All of the measures currently in place will be extended by one month until May 13, Prime Minister Sanna Marin and some of her cabinet officials said at a press conference in Helsinki on Monday evening.
Parliament, in which the Prime Minister’s coalition has a large majority, must give the green light to these measures before they come into force.
The extension means, among other things, that the country’s schools will remain closed and that pupils will benefit from distance education.
The United Kingdom recorded 381 more deaths in one day, a record speeding up the spread of the pandemic and bringing the country’s death toll to 1,789 in the country, authorities said on Tuesday.
This assessment of the Ministry of Health, stopped at 5:00 p.m. local Monday, is more than twice higher than that published 24 hours earlier (180 dead).
China is reporting 48 new cases of coronavirus and five deaths attributed to the infection, according to the latest figures released by the country’s health authorities on Tuesday. All new cases are considered imported from abroad, as detected in people who had recently traveled outside the People’s Republic.
For several weeks now, the new infections observed in the country have mainly been qualified as imported. The authorities therefore say they have regained control of the situation.
Since the spread began in December last year, 3,305 people have died in China from Covid-19 infection, which has affected at least 81,518 people in the country, according to data from health officials. More than 76,000 people have been considered cured since then.
The number of new daily infections by the coronavirus again exceeded one hundred in South Korea. On Monday, 125 new cases were registered, while the number of infected people now stands at 9,786, health services said. The country deplores 162 deaths. For several days, South Korea has noted an increase in local infections and “imported” cases. The social distancing campaign has stabilized the number of new cases around one hundred per day, but Deputy Minister of Health Kim Gang Lip fears a second wave of contamination if the population does not respect the precautionary measures.
The number of deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States exceeded 3,000 Monday evening, while the number of cases registered rose to more than 163,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, whose figures, continuously updated, make reference. The United States is by far the country in the world with the highest number of confirmed cases (163,429), with 3,008 deaths. The 2,000 dead mark had been crossed on Saturday.
Mexico crosses 1000 infection mark and tightens measures
The Mexican government confirmed a state of emergency in the country’s health sector on Monday as the number of Covid-19 infections surpassed the 1,000 mark earlier today.
The government has taken tougher measures to stem the epidemic of the new coronavirus, confirmed the Minister for Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard. The period during which Mexicans must limit themselves to “essential” activities has been extended until April 30. Meetings of more than 50 people are prohibited and people over 60 and considered at risk are strongly invited to stay at home. Businesses and citizens who do not comply with the measures imposed by the authorities risk fines, according to Mr. Ebrard. The number of new infections has increased from 993 Sunday to 1,094 Monday, communicated the health authorities of the country Monday. There are 8 new deaths, bringing the fatal toll to 28 in the country of Central America.
The government of Panama tightened its quarantine measures against the coronavirus epidemic on Monday: men and women will be able to leave their homes only in turn, on different days of the week. From Wednesday, and for a fortnight, men will be allowed to go out to stock up or go to the pharmacy, for two hours, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are reserved for women. On Sundays, all outings are prohibited, regardless of gender.