Coronavirus: update on the pandemic

New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

– No more masks for vaccinated Americans –

In the United States, vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask when they are outdoors, except when they are in crowds, US health officials said on Tuesday.

– India: arrival of international aid –

Covid-19: the situation in India (AFP -)

The first shipment of British medical aid – 100 ventilators and 96 oxygen concentrators – reached Delhi, the Indian capital, on Tuesday morning. Nine British air containers loaded with medical supplies will be dispatched this week.

Paris will also send eight oxygen production units, oxygen containers and respirators during the week.

Washington will send components for the production of vaccines, protective equipment, rapid diagnostic tests, or even respirators.

– Encouraging signs in Mexico –

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he was “encouraged” on Tuesday by the slowdown in the pandemic observed in recent days, a reduction in Covid-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations, having been observed for 14 weeks in the country.

– Border restrictions –

Iceland now prohibits the entry into its territory of travelers from sixteen countries considered to be areas at “high risk” of contamination, including France.

For its part, Belgium has decided to ban the entry into the country of travelers from India, Brazil and South Africa in order to stem the spread of local variants of the coronavirus.

The Spanish government will impose a 10-day quarantine on all travelers from India.

– Pressure on Brussels –

France and Germany called on the European Commission on Tuesday to examine national stimulus plans “as soon as possible” to prevent Europe, weakened by vaccine failures, from being left behind by China and the United States. United in the race for global recovery.

– Brazil: investigation into the management of the crisis –

The Brazilian Senate on Tuesday set up a commission of inquiry into the management of the health crisis by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, which downplayed the pandemic in all its aspects, rejecting containment, the wearing of masks and even vaccines.

– Russia: decline in life expectancy –

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Russians’ life expectancy at birth fell in 2020 by nearly two years as a result of the coronavirus, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health released on Tuesday.

This indicator had reached 73.3 years in 2019, before dropping sharply to 71.5 years between January and December 2020.

– Gypsy pilgrimage canceled –

The traditional gypsy pilgrimage of Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer, near Arles (South of France), which was to take place on May 24, 25 and 26, is canceled for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Each year, Roma, Manouches, Gypsies and Gypsies come from all over Europe to venerate Sara the Black for eight to ten days in this small Mediterranean village at the mouth of the Rhône.

– More than 3.1 million dead –

The pandemic has killed at least 3,122,150 people around the world since December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources.

The United States is the country with the highest death toll (572,674) followed by Brazil (391,936), Mexico (215,113), India (197,894) and the United Kingdom (127,434).

These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.

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