New assessments, new measures, highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, which has already claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people worldwide.

New assessments, new measures, highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, which has already claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people worldwide.

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Over 10,000 dead

The pandemic has killed at least 10,316 people worldwide since its onset in December, more than half (5,168) in Europe, according to a count made from official sources on Friday around 1 p.m. In total, more than 246,440 cases of infection have been detected in 161 countries and territories. Italy is ahead of China as the country that pays the heaviest price, with 41,035 cases and 3,405 deaths. Among the other countries most affected, Iran with 1,433 dead for 19,644 confirmed cases, Spain with 1,002 dead (19,980 cases), France with 372 dead (10,995 cases), and the United States with 205 dead (14,250 case).

No new local cases in China

For the second consecutive day, China did not report any new local contamination on Friday, even though the number of imported cases reached a record high (39).

It is a symbolic course: the epicenter country of the epidemic announces this Thursday zero new contamination of local origin by the coronavirus. But the authorities now fear imported cases and have launched an all-out campaign for international aid.

Cancellations, postponements

The G7 summit scheduled for June in the United States will take place by videoconference. Spain has ordered hotels to be closed. The Cannes Film Festival gives up being held in May, not excluding a postponement of a few weeks. The Dakar mosque, one of the largest in West Africa, will remain closed on Friday, a day of weekly prayer. In Algeria, cafes and restaurants in major cities are closed. In Brazil, you can no longer access the beaches or the restaurants in Rio de Janeiro. Many beaches are also prohibited in France.

The Olympics resist

The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach considers it “premature” to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games (July-August).

“Terrified”, “we must postpone them”: several figures in world sport oppose the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to maintain the Tokyo Olympic Games despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Hope for a vaccine

Multinational pharmaceutical companies have pledged to provide a Covid-19 vaccine “anywhere in the world” within 12 to 18 months.

Border restrictions

Brazil prohibits from Monday for a month the entry on its territory to Europeans, Australians and nationals of several Asian countries. The border between the United States and Canada will close overnight Friday to Saturday for non-essential travel. Same measure under study for the United States / Mexico border. Panama suspends international flights for a month. France must repatriate some 130,000 nationals stranded abroad, Seoul plans to evacuate 570 South Koreans from Italy.

Containments

Austria extends containment measures until April 13. Argentina has decreed the containment of its 44 million inhabitants until March 31. California has decided to confine its 40 million inhabitants, with no end date. Sri Lanka has declared a weekend curfew. Australia closed areas where its aborigines live to protect them from the coronavirus on Friday. The country is also looking for 2,700 cruise passengers who have landed in Sydney, fearing they may be contaminated. German authorities will decide this weekend whether the country should enter total containment. Bavaria became the first regional state to order containment on Friday. In Mexico, a judge seized by a citizens’ association gave President Andrés Manuel López Obrador 24 hours Thursday to act against the coronavirus.

Reduced internet debits

After Netflix, Google announced on Friday that it would reduce its bit rates on YouTube to use less network to ease the pressure on the internet in Europe, as requested by the European Union to facilitate remote working and online education.

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No new contamination of local origin in China

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Continuation of the Olympic Games, athletes are stepping up

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More deaths in Europe than in Asia

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Deaths multiply in Italy

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