Madrid.- The coronavirus pandemic continues its progress although containment measures seem to begin to bear fruit in certain countries in Europe and the United States, where the daily death sheet decreases slightly, while Spain is on Monday preparing for the partial reopening of its economy. This epidemic has already killed more than 112,500 people worldwide since the new coronavirus was identified in December in China, a grim number that has doubled in just over a week.
The United States remains the hardest hit country with at least 22,020 deaths and just over 555,000 confirmed cases, although Europe remains the continent hardest hit by the pandemic, with a total of 75,011 deaths and 909,673 cases of contamination. But the number of deaths recorded daily shows signs of decline over several days in some of the hardest-hit countries, such as Italy, France and the United States. Italy on Sunday announced its least lethal day in more than three weeks, with 431 dead in 24 hours to count nearly 20,000 dead in total. Since 19 March, the daily figure had consistently surpassed 500 deaths. France also observes «a very slight drop» in the number of intensive care patients for the fourth day in a row, as well as the number of deaths in a hospital day, with 310 deaths compared to 345 the day before, for a total of 14,393 deaths. You might also be interested: Attack ambulance with patient Covid-19 President Emmanuel Macron, who is due to address the French on Monday, plans to extend the lockdown at least until May 10. The pandemic also appears to be peaking in the United States, where 1,514 other deaths were recorded in 24 hours, a declining figure for the second day in a row. It is an encouraging sign that led White House chief pundin Anthony Fauci to admit that the U.S. economy could gradually restart in May. However, Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York State, the epicenter of the disease on U.S. soil with more than 9,000 deaths, issued a warning: «We don’t see a significant decline, it’s just a stabilization.» However, in Spain, the third most hit country in the world with 16,972 dead, the daily balance grew slightly again after three consecutive days of decline. Nevertheless, many Spaniards resume work on Monday, and non-essential businesses will be able to reopen after two weeks of economic «hibernation.» Fearing an uptick in contagion, the government announced that it would distribute 10 million masks to people forced to take public transport to return to work.» We are all eager to regain relations, to take to the streets (…), but the desire is even greater to win this war, to avoid a relapse,» said Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. «This return to certain activities is not synonymous with relaxation and that is why the police will continue to carry out mobility checks, we will not let our guard down,» maria Pilar, commissioner of the National Police, in Guayaquil, announced on his side
The epidemic’s balance could be dire in the poorest countries, as became apparent in Ecuador’s economic capital, Guayaquil, where nearly 800 bodies have been collected in private residences, after the spread of coronavirus snturned hospital and funeral services.» The amount we have collected, with the task force in housing, exceeded the 700 people» deceased, Jorge Wated, who leads a team of police and military created by the government in the face of the chaos unleashed in Guayaquil by COVID-19. You might also be interested: Guatemala extends mobility restrictions and estrangement 7 days moreThe responsible then pointed out through his Twitter account that this joint task force, which has been operating for three weeks, made the legal lifting of 771 people killed in homes and 631 in hospitals, whose morgues are full. But the epidemic also hit the powerful. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, narrowly escaped according to his own admission.» Everything could have changed,» he said in a video posted by his press services after being discharged from the hospital where he stayed for a week, including three days in intensive care. The epidemic has killed more than 10,000 people in the UK. Meanwhile, religious from all over the world lived on an Easter Sunday – the date on which the Resurrection of Christ is commemorated according to Christian tradition – under unprecedented conditions, with desert churches and unper faithful ceremonies. Pope Francis appealed on Sunday to the «contagion of hope», during his traditional blessing «Urbi et Orbi» pronounced this year, by force of the coronavirus, inside an empty St. Peter’s Basilica. Meanwhile, in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused Sunday to accept the resignation of his powerful interior minister, S. Soylu.The minister is at the center of a storm of criticism for the way Friday night announced the entry into force, just two hours later, of the ban on taking to the streets during the weekend in the country’s 30th largest. This last-minute announcement led to the avalanche of thousands of panicked Turks in stores to buy supplies, defying the rules of social estrangement. China, where the epidemic appears to be contained, announced on Sunday 97 new «imported cases» of pollution, mainly because of Chinese who returned home from abroad, a level never reached since early March. In every corner of the world, the lockdown weighs on the cloistered humans, but in Panama uniformed policemen, wearing masks and gloves, entertained people by singing and dancing songs by local astro Rubén Blades, Argentine Diego Torres and the British group Queen.
At the same time, the group of oil-exporting countries and their main partners announced on Sunday night an agreement to reduce crude oil production by 9.7 million barrels per day from 1 May for a two-month period, to restore international prices, which plummeted at the start of the pandemic. To get the latest news about coronavirus, sign up by clicking on this space and we’ll send you the information instantly. You might also be interested: Ecuador expects to lose 2.5 billion in oil and a 4% fall in GDP
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