Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world

New assessments, new measures, highlights: an update on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 70,000 dead worldwide

The new coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 70,000 people worldwide, including nearly three-quarters in Europe, according to a report by AFP from official sources Monday at 11:00 GMT.

Europe is the most affected continent, with 50,215 deaths, including 15,877 in Italy, 13,055 in Spain, 8,078 in France, 4,934 in the United Kingdom.

The number of contaminations by the officially declared new coronavirus reaches 1.28 million worldwide, more than half of which in Europe (676,462), 353,159 in the United States and Canada (9,955 deaths between them) and 119,955 in Asia (4239 deaths).

Worst recession since 1945

France will undoubtedly know in 2020 its worst year of economic recession since the end of the Second World War, the government estimated on Monday.

State of emergency in Japan

The Japanese government plans to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday in several regions of the country where COVID-19 cases are on the rise, including Tokyo and Osaka.

A massive plan to support the country’s economy of 108 trillion yen (or $ 1,401 billion) will be implemented.

4th day of decline in Spain

In Spain, the number of deaths fell for the fourth day in a row with 637 deaths in 24 hours, the lowest figure in 13 days.

Towards more flexibility in Austria

Austria wants to gradually ease the restrictions in force from April 14, starting with the reopening of small businesses. The resumption of various activities will be spread over several months, the government announced on Monday.

Boris Johnson “in charge”

Boris Johnson, tested positive ten days ago and hospitalized since Sunday for new exams “remains in control”, according to his team. According to the daily The Times, the British Prime Minister has been placed on oxygen.

“We will overcome” the coronavirus, launched Sunday evening Queen Elisabeth II in a historic television address.

Growing stock markets

Stock markets in Tokyo and Europe started the week off right, with investors looking relieved by the decline in coronavirus-related mortality seen in Europe over the weekend.

Domestic violence

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres launched a global appeal on Sunday to protect women and girls “at home” as confinement exacerbates domestic and family violence.

Cruise ship near Sydney

A cruise ship, the “Ruby Princess”, linked alone to a quarter of the 40 people dead from the new coronavirus in Australia, docked Monday near Sydney, after weeks stranded at sea. Its 2700 passengers had disembarked in mid-March, but the crew members are still on board and have started to show symptoms.

“Climbing” coming to the United States

“Next week will be a time like Pearl Harbor, like September 11, except that it will not be localized, it will be nationwide,” warned federal public health administrator Jerome Adams.

The United States was approaching the 10,000 dead mark on Sunday, including more than 4,000 in New York alone.

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