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7.40 a.m. Is the recession limited to 9%? The decline in gross domestic product (GDP) in France would reach only 9% in 2020, according to the economic outlook published by INSEE on Wednesday. The government expects an 11% collapse, the Banque de France and the European Commission 10%.
7:30 a.m. The American air at worst. The largest American airlines have all signed letters of intent on federal loans to help them overcome the crisis created by the new coronavirus. And United Airlines should warn those of its employees this week that it will have to do without from October 1.
7.20am. Why Melbourne is reconfigured. On Tuesday, 191 of the 199 deaths recorded in Australia were in the state of Victoria. Hundreds of soldiers and police were deployed to the New South Wales border to block the 55 roads that pierce this long line. “The rest of the country knows that the sacrifice you are experiencing is not only for you and your own family, but for the Australian community in general,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked at a television press conference .
7.15 a.m. Melbourne confined. In Australia’s second city, more than five million people have been confined since midnight Wednesday for at least six weeks after an outbreak of new coronavirus cases. Residents must stay at home except to go to work, study, buy food or go to medical appointments. The school holidays will be extended to settle the question of schools. Street meetings are limited to two people.
7 hours. In Serbia, a tight curfew. Police fired tear gas in Belgrade on Tuesday evening to disperse thousands of furious protesters at the authorities’ announcement of a new curfew aimed at fighting a resurgence of the coronavirus. A handful of protesters had managed to enter the Serbian parliament at around 10 a.m.
6:50 a.m. Recession in sight. The European Commission forecasts a fall in GDP of 8.7% in 2020. The contraction should exceed 10% in France as well as in Italy and Spain.
6:45 a.m. Economic concern in Africa. Nearly 50 million Africans could fall into extreme poverty due to the economic consequences of the epidemic, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). Between 24.6 and 30 million jobs will be lost this year. Nigeria, a state highly dependent on the oil sector, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could be the most affected countries on the continent.
6:40 a.m. Bolsonaro treated with hydroxychloroquine. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus, which he has long called a “small flu.” “The doctors gave me hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (an antibiotic) and after that I felt better. I’m perfectly fine, ”he said.
6:38 a.m. The United States is “sunk to the knees” in the pandemic. It is the director of the American Institute of Infectious Diseases, the much appreciated Anthony Fauci who makes this statement while the country has 60,000 new infections and more than 1,100 people died in 24 hours. Donald Trump disputes this analysis.
6:35 a.m. Beijing is blowing. China has announced zero new patients in the last 24 hours in the Chinese capital, the first since a rebound last month.
6:30 am. Hello and welcome to this live. We are trying to measure the pandemic after months of confinement, deconfinement and more than half a million deaths.