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Coronavirus: Belgium bans travel to several regions in Spain, Switzerland and France

The toll of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world stands at more than 17.6 million cases of contamination and more than 680,000 deaths since the appearance of the virus at the end of 2019 in China, according to Agence France- Press (AFP), from official sources, Saturday 1er August evening.

  • Belgium strengthens its controls for travelers

Belgium on Saturday banned “Non-essential travel” to the Spanish regions of Navarre and Aragon, Barcelona and Lérida in Catalonia, the Lake Geneva region in Switzerland (Vaud, Valais, Geneva) and the French department of Mayenne, due to their epidemiological situation.

The Belgian Foreign Ministry also included on this list “Red” Bulgarian regions, several areas of Romania, as well as the city of Leicester, United Kingdom.

Quarantine and screening are compulsory for travelers from these areas returning to Belgium. Since Saturday, any person returning to Belgium from abroad or who wishes to stay more than forty-eight hours in the country must complete an identification form, providing their contact details and the places where they have stayed during the last fourteen days. .

Quarantine and screening are “Recommended” for a number of zones appearing on a list “Orange”, which notably includes for France the Paris region (except the department of Seine-et-Marne), the Pays de la Loire, the Nord department, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Savoie, Meurthe-et-Moselle and the Vosges.

Faced with a rebound in contaminations, especially in the Antwerp region, Belgium this week put in place new restrictions, reducing authorized contacts, assemblies and extending the wearing of masks. A curfew has been declared from 11.30 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Antwerp.

The country had on Saturday 68,751 cases identified since the start of the pandemic and 9,841 deaths. Belgium is the country with the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 compared to its population, with 86 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

Read also First day of Covid-19 tests at French airports for travelers from “at risk” countries
  • Contamination continues to increase in the United States

The United States recorded more than 60,000 new cases of Covid-19 for the fifth day in a row Saturday, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. There were also 1,051 deaths that day.

The United States, which is the hardest hit country, has now recorded more than 4.6 million infections and 154,319 deaths. The new figures are released as Florida braces for the onset of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to revert to a hurricane as it approaches the virus-ravaged southeastern part of the state.

  • New record of contaminations in Mexico

Mexico recorded a record infection for the second day in a row on Saturday, with more than 9,500 new cases recorded in one day. The total of cases now exceeds 434,000 and deaths number 47,472, of which 764 have been recorded in the last twenty-four hours.

Mexico is the third country in the world in the number of deaths linked to Covid-19, behind the United States and Brazil, since it overtook the United Kingdom on Thursday.

A couple and their newborn baby pose in a cabin to keep sanitary security measures in place in Monterrey, Mexico, July 31.

In Monterrey, a van system with a disinfected and air-conditioned cabin allows parents to show their newborn to relatives through a transparent window while respecting physical distancing measures.

  • Half a million cases in South Africa

South Africa, the most affected country on the African continent, has officially recorded more than 500,000 cases of Covid-19, the health minister announced on Saturday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa praised the low case fatality rate in the country. “If South Africa is the fifth country by number of cases, we are only in 36e position in number of deaths in proportion to the population ”, he assured.

South Africa alone has recorded more than half of the cases of Covid-19 on the African continent. The official death toll has surpassed 8,150, but it is vastly underestimated, warned experts, relying in part on the fact that South Africa has seen an almost 60% increase in the total number of deaths. natural deaths in recent weeks.

The country imposed strict containment at the end of March, before easing it. Faced with the increase in the number of infections, schools have once again been closed for a month and a night curfew has been reinstated.

  • The Philippines lose “the war on Covid-19”

In the Philippines, associations representing tens of thousands of doctors wrote an open letter in the form of “Distress message to the nation” faced with a health system depicted as “Submerged”.

“We are losing the battle against Covid-19”, they alarm, pointing out that a growing number of caregivers are falling ill or leaving their jobs. Some overcrowded hospitals refuse to admit new patients, they warn.

Mural of a man wearing a mask on a sidewalk in Quezon City, Philippines, July 30.

According to the Ministry of Health, 34 health professionals have died from Covid-19 in the country. The total number of deaths on Saturday stood at 2,039.

The Philippines had imposed lockdown on the population in mid-March, allowing people to go out only for food and medical treatment. But the government recently eased restrictions to allow residents to return to work amid the crisis marked by the loss of millions of jobs.

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