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DIRECT. Coronavirus: thousands of protesters against restrictions in Berlin

> The essential

  • The pandemic has killed at least 680,000 people worldwide since the disease first appeared in China in late 2019.
  • The United States is the worst affected country with 153,268 dead, followed by Brazil (92,475), Mexico (46,688), the United Kingdom (45,999) and India (35,747).
  • The European Commission has reserved on behalf of the 27 member countries 300 million doses of the vaccine being prepared by the French laboratory Sanofi and in parallel discussions with other manufacturers.
  • France experienced the largest drop in activity since at least 1949 due to the coronavirus in the spring, with gross domestic product (GDP) plunging 13.8% in the second quarter.

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3:13 p.m. Parade of “anticoronavirus” in Berlin. Several thousand demonstrators hostile to measures restricting individual freedoms to fight Covid-19 marched peacefully on Saturday afternoon in central Berlin. “Resistance”, “the biggest conspiracy theory is the pandemic of the new coronavirus”, could- we can hear them chanting. Very few of them wore a mask, while the normally mandatory 1.5 meter physical distancing was not respected.

2:46 p.m. Tanzania bans Kenya Airways flights. Tanzania is banning Kenya Airways flights from Saturday, after being itself excluded from countries allowed to fly in Kenya. “Tanzania has taken due note of its exclusion from the list of countries whose nationals are allowed to travel to Kenya” and Kenya Airways flights are banned on “a basis of reciprocity”, according to the Tanzanian authorities.

2:18 p.m. 33 crew members tested positive on a boat in Norway. These employees are confined aboard the MS Roald Amundsen. 120 other sailors tested negative.

1:58 p.m. Ministers mobilized in the face of the crisis. Jean Castex warned that the government will remain “on alert” during the summer, in order to react to the evolution of the health situation. More details, in this article , on the frenzy of travel by ministers since taking office and those expected in the coming weeks.

1:20 p.m. The pandemic has killed more than 680,000 people worldwide. More than 17,638,510 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories since the start of the epidemic, of which at least 10 million are now considered cured.

13 hours. Greece is reopening six ports to cruise ships. This is a first for this tourist season weighed down by the novel coronavirus pandemic, but no boat is expected for three weeks. With a quarter of its economy dependent on tourism, Greece is seeking to revive this sector by highlighting its relatively low rate of coronavirus contamination. Authorities have so far announced nearly 4,500 cases of Covid-19 and 206 deaths.

12:55. Hong Kong opens a field hospital. The field hospital will accommodate 500 people to take care of Covid-19 patients, at a time when the city is facing a new wave of contaminations. The city has recorded 125 new cases, a figure above 100 for the 11th day in a row. In total, at least 3,396 people have been infected. The death toll has dropped from seven to 31 since early July.

12:35. British Airways pilots accept a pay cut. British Airways pilots have approved a plan for temporary 20% wage cuts to limit dry layoffs to 270, the pilots’ union (Balpa) said. The company, which employs 4,300 pilots, initially planned to lay off 1,255 of them and lay off and then rehire the others on less favorable terms. British Airways does not expect to return to the level of activity it was before the crisis before 2023.

12:30 p.m. Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Madrid soon to be canceled? The government of the Madrid region has recommended canceling the Masters 1000 tennis tournament scheduled for September in the Spanish capital due to the spread of Covid-19, organizers of the ATP tournament said.

12:20. Record of contaminations in the Philippines. The country has recorded nearly 5,000 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours. Total contaminations reached 98,232, while deaths rose to 2,039. In the Southeast Asian region, the Philippines is the second most affected country after Indonesia.

12:05. Three positive cases for Covid-19 within the Lyon Olympique universitaire rugby (LOU Rugby). Three “asymptomatic” cases were detected within the professional workforce of LOU Rugby one month before the resumption of the Top 14. The preparation course scheduled for Sunday has been canceled. The LOU will host Racing 92 on Saturday September 5 as part of the 1st day of the 2020-2021 Top 14 season.

11:50. The automotive market continues to recover. New passenger car registrations in France increased by nearly 4% in July, announced the CCFA Manufacturers’ Committee, welcoming that the support measures deployed by the government in favor of the sector “have worked well”.

To revive auto sales after containment, the government has notably strengthened the bonuses for the purchase of electric vehicles and introduced aid for plug-in hybrids. The conversion premium for the scrapping of an old vehicle has been extended to reach a wide audience.

11:35. Egypt has the lowest number of contaminations since May 3. Egypt recorded its lowest rate of 321 new infections in 24 hours. A total of 94,078 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Egypt, and 4,188 people have died since the start of the epidemic.

11:25 am. The friendly football match between Strasbourg-Dijon canceled. The match which was to oppose this Tuesday in Saint-Louis (Haut-Rhin) Strasbourg in Dijon was canceled after several players of Racing Strasbourg tested positive for Covid-19. On the side of Dijon, no replacement match is currently planned.

11:15 am. Record of contamination in Poland. Polish authorities have announced a record 658 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours. More than 200 cases have been reported in the Silesian mining region in southern Poland. Poland has recorded 46,346 cases of coronavirus and 1,721 deaths.

10:55 am. New homes in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes. Nine new outbreaks of coronavirus were identified in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes last week (July 20 to 26), including six in the Loire, according to the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes regional health agency.

10:30 am. The mayor of Nice wants to make the mask compulsory in public spaces. Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, asked the prefect to wear the compulsory mask in public spaces. He warned that in case of refusal, the City will do it itself as of Monday.

10:20 am. 3.4 times more risk of catching Covid-19 for caregivers. Particularly exposed, frontline caregivers are much more likely to catch the coronavirus according to a large study published in the medical journal The Lancet. More explanations in our article here.

9:30 am. A cult leader in South Korea accused of obstructing the fight against coronavirus. The leader of the sect of the Church of Shincheonji of Jesus has just been arrested on suspicion of obstructing government policy to curb the spread of the epidemic. People linked to the church made up more than half of South Korea’s more than 4,000 coronavirus cases in February, when the country was one of the first to suffer the world’s worst outbreak. As of July 19, they represented 38% of people infected with the coronavirus.

9:15 am. French hotels in great difficulty. In the absence of foreign tourists and with the cancellation of fairs and festivals, hotels are half empty. Read our report here.

9:05 am. State of emergency for the Okinawa region in Japan. A state of emergency has been declared for the tourist region of Okinawa in Japan following an “explosive spread” of the coronavirus. The population is invited to confine themselves for two weeks. Japan has a total of around 35,200 contaminations and just over 1,000 deaths since the first case was detected in January.

9 hours. The LATAM airline is cutting a third of its workforce. Latin America’s largest airline, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, has announced the cut of some 2,700 jobs, or a third of its workforce, to deal with the disastrous consequences of the coronavirus epidemic in transport air.

8:50 am. Canada extends border closures. Canada has said it has again extended the closure of its borders, except to Americans, and announced the launch of its mobile contact tracing application to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the latest report, Canada had 116,300 cases of coronavirus and 8,900 deaths.

8:30 am. More than 10,000 dead in Colombia. The number of deaths linked to Covid-19 has exceeded 10,000 in Colombia, where the coronavirus was first detected on March 6.

8:15 am. In the Lille metropolis, masks are compulsory in several sectors. From Monday, wearing a mask will be required outside in several popular places in Lille. This obligation is being decided in more and more cities.

8:12 am. More than 300 million doses of vaccines reserved for the European Union. The European Commission has reserved on behalf of the 27 member countries 300 million doses of the vaccine being prepared by the French laboratory Sanofi and is discussing in parallel with other manufacturers. Sanofi and Britain’s GSK will receive up to $ 2.1 billion from the United States to deliver 100 million doses to Americans, while Japan has reached an agreement with the German-American alliance Biontech / Pfizer to ensure 120 million doses of a potential vaccine currently being tested.

Immunologist Anthony Fauci has expressed doubts about the safety of vaccines currently being developed by Russia and China.

8:10 am. Children and Covid-19. Hundreds of children contracted the coronavirus at summer camps last month in the US state of Georgia, health officials said.

8:07 am. A new record of contaminations in Mexico. Mexico has recorded a new national record of infections, with 8,458 new cases recorded in 24 hours, announced the Mexican Secretariat of Health. This brings the total number of contaminations in this country to 424,637. Mexico is the third most bereaved country in the world.

8:05 am. United States: a threshold of 1,400 deaths per day. The United States has recorded 1,442 new deaths in 24 hours, according to the Johns-Hopkins University count. It is the fourth day in a row that the United States has more than 1,200 dead in one day.

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