Coronavirus : several countries are hardening their sanitary measures - The Point

in the Face of an upsurge in cases of contamination coronavirus, many countries are increasing the restrictions : "bubble contact" narrowed in Belgium, travel

Coronavirus : several countries are hardening their sanitary measures - The Point

in the Face of an upsurge in cases of contamination coronavirus, many countries are increasing the restrictions : "bubble contact" narrowed in Belgium, travel reduced in Morocco and wearing a mask mandatory as early as Tuesday in the shops of the canton of Geneva. Seven months after its appearance in China, the virus, for which no vaccine has yet been found, continues to circulate actively, fueling fears of a second wave of economic challenges and societal potentially disastrous.

According to the last balance-sheet drawn up by the Agence France-Presse on the evening of Monday 27 July, the United States remains the country with the most mournful (146 968 deaths), ahead of Brazil (87 004), the Uk (45 752), Mexico (43 680) and Italy (35 112). In the space of 24 hours, 57 000 new cases and 679 deaths were recorded on american soil, according to the Johns Hopkins university. The american administration has announced the contamination of the national security adviser, Robert O'brien, one of the men most often in contact with the president Trump.

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In other countries, the concern is also vivid in the face of an epidemic that seemed to have been controlled by the introduction of the containment strict in the spring. Evoking an upsurge of "special concern" of the case, the Belgium, one of the countries with the most deaths on the Covid-19 relative to its population (85 per 100 000 inhabitants), announced Monday evening a new hardening measures. As of Wednesday, the number of people that Belgians are allowed to see closely and on a regular basis in the framework of their "bubble contact" will also be lowered from 15 to 5 people per household, for the next four weeks. "Take these difficult measures (...) is not an easy choice. It is also a duty, pointed out the First belgian minister Sophie Wilmès. It is essential to curb the epidemic now so that we can avoid scenarios more difficult. "

In Germany, the minister of Health, Jens Spahn, for his part, announced that it would impose screening tests to travelers returning from areas at risk. As for Britain, it submits since Sunday passengers from Spain second world tourist destination behind France, in a period of isolation, a measure criticised by Madrid which has responded by pretending to be a " safe country ".

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Also worried about a rebound of contamination, the French authorities have ordered the closure of gathering places such as beaches, parks and public gardens of the night in the tourist town of Quiberon, on the Atlantic. According to the balance sheet drawn up on Monday evening by the Directorate-general of health (DGS), the outbreak resulted in 17 people dead since Friday in France and the circulation of the virus is still " supported ".

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In South America, where the picture of the epidemic remains grim, Bolivia has declared Monday a state of "calamity" in the country. Other countries such as Venezuela and Algeria have decided to renew the containment measures local. Wearing a mask in public is become mandatory in hong Kong, where the gatherings in public of more than two persons will be prohibited. In Morocco, the quick decision of the government to introduce severe restrictions of travel on Sunday night to face the risk of the spread of the coronavirus has caused scenes of chaos. "I understand that everyone is angry, but we have no choice : the epidemiological situation in Morocco is worrying, with an increase in the number of deaths and serious case," said Monday the Health minister, Khalid Ait Taleb.

Greeted by some health professionals, the adoption of measures restricting travel is not the alpha and omega of the struggle against the epidemic, warned the world health Organization (WHO). For Dr. Michael Ryan, the director of emergencies at the WHO, " only as such, they are not effective to limit the movements of the virus, which is everywhere." "The economies need to re-open, people need to work, trade must resume ", he estimated.

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Updated Date: 28 July 2020, 02:33

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