COVID-19: United States exceeds 10,000 dead

The United States, which has surpassed 10,000 deaths from the new coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, has recorded an additional 1,150 deaths in 24 hours, according to a count at 8:30 p.m. Monday evening at Johns Hopkins University.
The country officially counts more than 366,000 cases of infection (almost 30,000 additional cases in 24 hours) and deplores 10,783 deaths in total, according to this continuously updated database.

The United States is by far the country with the most officially reported cases of COVID-19 by far. The number of deaths caused by the disease in the country has been increasing for several days by more than 1,000 deaths daily, thus gradually approaching the record deplored in Italy (16,523 deaths) and Spain (13,005).

Italy: Rome frees up 400 billion euros

The Italian government decided on Monday evening to release 400 billion euros ($ 609 billion) in cash to support businesses in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.

“With the barely approved decree, we are giving immediate liquidity for 400 billion euros to our businesses, whether small, medium or large: 200 billion [$ 304 billion] for the domestic market, and another 200 billion for ability to support exports. It is a firepower, “announced the head of government Giuseppe Conte, during a press conference.

The Minister of the Economy, Roberto Gualtieri, specified that “200 billion euros of public guarantee [will be released] for loans, up to 90%, for businesses of all types”, a guarantee that may reach up to 25% of turnover or up to twice the cost of staff.

“The guarantees will be issued via a very simple, direct system, to the banking system, via the company Sace”, a company of the Caisse des Dépôts, he added, with a certain number of conditions such as the ban on distributing dividends in the year.

In addition, 200 billion euros in guarantees, again via Sace, for export support.

This brings public guarantees for business loans to 750 billion euros ($ 1,142 billion), after the previous decree issued on March 16.

The Italian government then also adopted measures worth around 25 billion euros ($ 38 billion) to support families and businesses affected by the pandemic.

Saudi Arabia: 24-hour curfew extended in several cities

Saudi Arabia extended a 24-hour curfew on Monday to several regions, including the capital Riyadh, to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

In the kingdom, 38 deaths linked to COVID-19 disease have been officially recorded, as well as 2,065 cases of contamination.

According to the Interior Ministry, a 24-hour curfew is now applied in several regions, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Tabouk.

Traffic is also prohibited between many governorates, the ministry said on Twitter.

On April 2, a total 24-hour curfew was imposed in the holy cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina, to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of all the Arab Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia is the most affected by the new coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia has suspended the small pilgrimage, Umrah, which takes place in Mecca and Medina throughout the year. But she has not yet announced whether the hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, would indeed take place in this context.

In 2019, Mecca welcomed 2.5 million worshipers during the hajj.

Israel: full closure of cities for the Jewish Passover

Israel will impose a closure between the cities of the country from Tuesday to Friday in the hope of limiting the spread of the new coronavirus during the Jewish Passover celebrations, where families are used to to come together.

“There will be a closure from Tuesday at 4 p.m. [local or 9 a.m. Quebec time] until Friday at 7 a.m. [local or midnight Quebec time], you will have to stay in your towns and villages,” said Monday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a live television intervention.

He added that Wednesday evening, meal of the Seder, flagship family moment of Passover, the Jewish Passover, only people living under the same roof can stay together.

More than 8,900 cases of contamination, including 57 deaths, have been officially identified in Israel.

The epidemic is particularly concentrated in ultra-Orthodox Jewish cities and districts, where several people have taken time to implement health measures, or even disregard them.

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