Belgium bans travel to several regions in Spain, Switzerland and France

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The toll of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world stands at more than 17.6 million cases of contamination, and more than 680,000 deaths since the appearance of the virus at the end of 2019 in China, according to Agence France -Press, from official sources, Saturday 1is August evening.

  • Belgium strengthens its controls for travelers

Belgium on Saturday banned “Non-essential travel” to the Spanish regions of Navarre, Aragon, Barcelona and Lérida in Catalonia, the Lake Geneva region in Switzerland (Vaud, Valais, Geneva) and the French department of Mayenne, due to their epidemiological situation.

The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also included on this list « rouge » Bulgarian regions, several areas of Romania, as well as the city of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Quarantine and screening are compulsory for travelers from these areas returning to Belgium. From Saturday, any person returning to Belgium from abroad or who wishes to stay more than forty-eight hours in the country must complete an identification form, providing their contact details and the places where they have stayed during the fourteen last days.

Quarantine and screening are “Recommended” for a number of zones appearing on a list « orange », which includes in particular for France the Paris region (except the department of Seine-et-Marne), the Pays de la Loire, the Nord department, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Savoie, Meurthe-et-Moselle and the Vosges.

Faced with a rebound in the coronavirus, in particular in the Antwerp region, Belgium implemented new restrictions this week, by reducing authorized contact, gatherings and extending mask wear. A curfew has been declared from 11.30 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Antwerp.

The country had on Saturday 68,751 cases identified since the start of the pandemic and 9,841 deaths. Belgium is the country with the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 compared to its population, with 86 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

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  • Contaminations continue to fly in the United States

The United States recorded more than 60,000 new cases of coronavirus for the fifth day in a row Saturday, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. There were also 1,051 deaths that day.

The United States, which is the hardest-hit country in the world, has now recorded more than 4.6 million infections and 154,319 deaths. The new figures are released as Florida braces for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to revert to a hurricane as the virus-ravaged southeastern part of the state approaches.

  • New record of contaminations in Mexico

Mexico accused, Saturday, for the second consecutive day a record of contamination with the coronavirus, with 9,556 new cases recorded in one day. The total contagion cases in Mexico have now reached 434,193, and deaths number 47,472, of which 764 have been recorded in the last twenty-four hours.

Mexico, with a population of 128.8 million, is the third country in the world in terms of coronavirus-related deaths behind the United States and Brazil, since it overtook the United Kingdom on Thursday.

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In Monterrey, a van system with a disinfected and air-conditioned cabin allows parents to show their newborn babies through a transparent window to relatives while respecting social distancing measures.

  • Half a million cases in South Africa

South Africa, the most affected country on the African continent, has officially identified more than 500,000 cases of Covid-19, the Minister of Health announced on Saturday.

The president, Cyril Ramaphosa, welcomed the low case fatality rate of the virus in the country. “If South Africa is the fifth country in number of cases, we only arrive in 36e position in number of deaths in proportion to the population ”, he assured.

South Africa is the fifth country in the world most affected by the pandemic in terms of confirmed cases. On its own, it has recorded more than half of the cases of the new coronavirus on the African continent.

The official death toll has surpassed 8,150, but it is vastly underestimated, warned experts, relying in part on the fact that South Africa has seen an almost 60% increase in the total number of deaths. natural deaths in recent weeks.

The country imposed one of the strictest confinements in the world at the end of March, before easing it. Faced with the explosion of contaminations, schools have once again been closed for a month and a night curfew has been reinstated.

  • The Philippines lose “the war on Covid-19”

In the Philippines, associations representing tens of thousands of doctors wrote an open letter in the form of “Distress message to the nation” faced with a health system depicted as “Submerged”.

“We are losing the battle against Covid-19”, they are alarmed, pointing out that a growing number of caregivers are falling ill or quitting their jobs. Some overcrowded hospitals refuse to admit new patients, they warn.

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According to the Ministry of Health, 34 health professionals have died from Covid-19 in the country. The total number of deaths stood at 2,039 on Saturday.

The Philippines had imposed on the population in mid-March one of the strictest confinements of the planet, allowing outings only for the purchase of food and medical care. But the government recently eased restrictions to allow residents to return to work amid the crisis marked by the loss of millions of jobs.

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