India, with more than 4,000 dead in 24 hours, for the first time since the start of the epidemic, remains more than ever faced with the world’s largest outbreak of coronavirus.
This country of 1.3 billion inhabitants, recorded 4,197 new deaths in a single day, bringing the total death toll to 238,270 since the start of the pandemic. Despite international aid, patients continue to die at the gates of overwhelmed hospitals. And, according to specialists, the worst is yet to come, with an epidemic peak expected within several weeks. Containment for a week goes into effect on Saturday in the state of Kerala, in the southwest of the country.
Because it is now in the rural areas of the south of the country that the spread of the virus is the fastest. The Karnataka region, where Bangalore’s large center of technological industries is located, declared a two-week lockdown from Monday in the hope of curbing the contamination.
The situation is also deteriorating among the neighbors of this Asian giant. In Singapore, new restrictions also come into effect on Saturday.
In Japan, the state of emergency, reestablished on April 25 in Tokyo and in three other departments, will be extended there until May 31, when it was initially due to end next Tuesday, and will be reinstated in two other departments.
The pandemic remains limited in the Japanese archipelago but is exhausting the hospital system, especially as vaccination is progressing very slowly.
The new outbreak of contamination threatens the Tokyo Olympics (July 23- August 8), already postponed for a year, even if the vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), John Coates said on Saturday that nothing will prevent the Games to be done. Spectators from abroad are excluded and their organizers have yet to decide the issue of the Japanese public.
– Viruses on Everest –
In Nepal, which faces a sudden and massive rise in contamination, Covid-19 threatens the mountaineering season and is already raging on “the top of the world” itself – which the government denies.
Last week, the American mountaineer Gina Marie Han-Lee preferred to give up. “After the first day, I took a helicopter to leave the EBC (Everest base camp) and return to Kathmandu. The Covid situation on the EBC is a real mess,” she said. explained on Facebook.
In Pakistan, the authorities, fearing an Indian degradation, have tightened the restrictions – schools and restaurants closed, opening hours of shops reduced, army reinforcements – and prohibit travel as Eid el is approaching. Fitr, the feast marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also given emergency approval for the vaccine against the Covid Sinopharm. It is the first Chinese vaccine to receive the green light from the WHO, which recommends it for people 18 years and older.
WHO has also ruled that children should not begin to be immunized until all countries have been able to immunize the elderly and at risk.
With 789,500 contaminations recorded daily in the world this week, the indicator fell slightly (-4% compared to the previous week) for the first time in 10 weeks, only Asia experiencing an acceleration (+ 10%) in the wake of India.
The pandemic is slowing down elsewhere: -25% in Africa, -24% in Europe, -13% in the Middle East, -12% in the United States / Canada, -12% in Oceania and -8% in Latin America / Caribbean.
– Macron and the “Anglo-Saxons” –
The divide continues to widen between the poor and struggling nations and the rich countries far better supplied with vaccines.
The head of the WHO once again urged the rich countries members of the G7 to give absolute priority to equitable access to vaccines, arguing that the current situation is “unacceptable”.
“The most important thing we need now are vaccines, vaccine equity,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, after recalling that the pandemic continues to rage with some 100,000 deaths every week.
On the occasion of a European summit in Porto, French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday called on “the Anglo-Saxons” to stop “blocking” the exports of vaccines and the ingredients necessary to produce them, which would make it possible to strengthen ” global “solidarity.
His country, which is slowly deconfining with high levels of circulation of the virus, has extended to seven additional countries (Turkey, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Qatar) a mandatory 10-day quarantine for arriving travelers. in France. Belgium is also beginning its deconfinement with the reopening of the terraces of bars and restaurants on Saturday.
In Greece, private beaches will reopen on Saturday and museums next week, health officials said in the country, which is preparing for the opening of the tourist season on May 15.
The American support for the lifting of patents on vaccines against the Covid aroused a strong interest this week, welcomed in particular by the UN, the African Union, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Organization of the health, France and Russia.
The European Union, so far hostile to such an initiative, said, through Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, “ready to discuss”.
The Covid-19 has killed at least 3,258,595 people around the world and infected more than 155,981,070 people since the end of 2019, according to a report drawn up by AFP on Friday.
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