Viruses: WHO alarmed by worsening pandemic

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After New York, Moscow began its lack of confidence on Tuesday, confirming an ongoing reopening in many countries despite the alarm released by the World Health Organization of a "worsening global situation" against the coronavirus.

Under the bright sun and summer temperatures, traffic jams returned to the streets of the Russian capital for the first time since the end of March. "The weather is nice and there are a lot of people on the street. It's a beautiful day," smiles Olga Ivanova, 33-year-old marketing manager, delighted to walk around her city.

The use of a face mask on the street, to which gloves are added indoors and transportation, remains mandatory in the city of 12 million inhabitants, epicenter of the epidemic with almost half the number of deaths, even if the number The number of contaminations detected daily decreased there, from about 6,000 in early May to 1,572 on Tuesday. Based on these encouraging figures, Mayor Sergei Sobianin announced on Monday the lifting of the "self-isolation" system at home. In the elegant Patriarchy Prudy district, small beauty salons and hairdressers welcomed their first clients.

According to official figures, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Russia reached 485,253, including 6,142 deaths, and the country remains in third place worldwide in number of infections.

While the reduction of restrictions is on everyone's agenda, with the aim of restoring the most affected economies, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Monday: "although the situation in Europe is improving, in the world is getting worse. "

The number of confirmed cases worldwide, now more than seven million, has increased by more than 100,000 in nine of the past ten days, and even by 136,000 on Sunday, "the highest number yet," he said. The 400,000 dead threshold was crossed on Sunday.

He said that almost 75% of the new cases registered on Sunday were in 10 countries, mainly on the American continent and in South Asia.

Tedros said that in countries where the situation was improving, "the greatest threat now is carelessness," adding that "most people in the world are still susceptible to infection."

On Monday, New York was out of its current quarantine since March 22. US economic capital has begun a very gradual reopening, limited in the first phase to the construction and manufacturing sector. Within 15 days, the authorities hope to take a second step that will allow eating on the terrace or returning to the hairdresser. "It feels good to be back," said Michael Ostergren, manager of the Shakespeare and Co bookstore in Manhattan, where the first customers just walked in. "Everyone wants to get out of their house."

After almost 11 years of growth, the United States is now in recession. And the entire world is going through its worst recession in 150 years, according to the World Bank.

In these conditions, India, where the epidemic continues to be virulent, also authorized on Monday the reopening of its shopping centers and places of worship.

Latin America, where the progression of the pandemic remains worrying, is also fading.

In Brazil, the second most afflicted country in the world after the United States announced the relaxation of the restrictions.

Figures on deaths and cases of coronavirus have been published for several days in the greatest confusion by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, accused of wanting to "smother the data."

In Europe, the French government on Tuesday unveiled a vast plan to support the aviation industry, devastated by the coronavirus crisis, representing "a total effort of € 15bn," including $ 1.5bn spent on research for a neutral aircraft. carbon in 2035. A decision made when the French economy should take at least two years to recover from the pandemic, according to the Bank of France.

The entire eurozone has been affected by the pandemic. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell 3.6% in the first quarter, its biggest drop since the creation of the single currency in 1999.

In Spain, which has registered more than 27,000 deaths, the Soccer Championship resumes on Wednesday, after three months of interruption.

However, caution should be exercised: the mask will remain mandatory under penalty of a fine once misconduct is complete, until the coronavirus is "definitely defeated," Health Minister Salvador Illa announced Tuesday.

In the United Kingdom, which has recorded more than 40,597 deaths, deconfusion is taking place gradually. Anyone arriving in the country from abroad must observe a 14-day quarantine, a measure with the contested effectiveness that scares the airline sectors.and tourist.

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