The new coronavirus epidemic continues to wreak havoc around the world. Nearly 697,750 cases of infection, including at least 33,244 deaths, have been officially declared in 183 countries and territories since the onset of the pandemic in December in China, according to a count made by Agence France-Presse from official sources Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 8 p.m. GMT. Some 23,860 people died in Europe, the continent hardest hit. Mainland China has 3,300 deaths for 81,439 cases, Iran 2,640 deaths for 38,309 cases, France 2,606 deaths for 40,174 cases.
Many personalities from fields as diverse as music, film, sport and politics are among the unfortunate victims of the Covid-19.
- Hospitalized midweek after being tested positive for coronavirus, the former minister of Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy Patrick Devedjian, 75, died on the night of Saturday March 28 to Sunday March 29, 2020. This figure on the right, who has presided since 2007 the Hauts-de-Seine General Council, had been placed under observation Wednesday in a hospital in the department . Still stable on Friday, according to those around him, his condition quickly deteriorated on Saturday.
Jacques Oudin, a right-wing senator from 1986 to 2004 and treasurer of the RPR between 1993 and 1995, died Saturday March 21, 2020 at the age of 80, announced on Sunday the President of the Senate Gérard Larcher (LR).
Figure of the French Communist Party (PCF) in the 1960s, Lucien Sève, suffering from coronavirus, died Monday March 23 at the age of 93, announced Tuesday the federation of the Bouches-du-Rhône of the party. A teacher in Marseille, the philosopher who joined the central committee of the PCF in 1961, was notably the author 50 years ago of Marxism and personality theory.
- Manu Dibango, saxophonist and afro-jazz legend, died of the Covid-19 at 86 years old, Agence France-Presse Thierry Durepaire, manager of the Cameroonian artist’s musical editions, told Tuesday. The author of one of the biggest planetary hits of world music, Soul Makossa (1972) is the first world celebrity to die from coronavirus contamination. “He died early in the morning in a hospital in the Paris region,” Durepaire told Agence France-Presse.
American actor Mark blum died at 69 from coronavirus. The actor was notably known for his roles in Dundee Crocodile in 1986 and most recently in the hit series You. “With love and a heavy heart, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a longtime friend and consummate artist who passed away this week. Thank you, Mark, for all that you have brought to our theater, to other theaters and to audiences around the world. We will miss you, “the institution said on Twitter.
Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma, nicknamed “the red princess” died Thursday March 26, 2020 from the consequences of the new coronavirus in Paris, as reported by our colleagues from Paris Match. A distant cousin of King Felipe VI of Spain, she was the third of the six children of Madeleine de Bourbon-Busset and François-Xavier de Bourbon and Bragance.
Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti, who notably designed the cultural center of Belem (Portugal) or the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, died Sunday March 15, 2020 at the age of 92 in Milan from pneumonia linked to the new coronavirus, report the Italian media . Gregotti had been hospitalized in Milan after contracting the Covid-19, Italian agency AGI and the daily reported on Sunday Corriere della Sera.
The French violinist Jean Leber died Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from the new coronavirus. Born in 1939, he had greatly contributed to the influence of contemporary music, as indicated by our colleagues from France Musique.
Congolese singer Aurlus Mabélé, figure of the soukouss (modern version of the Congolese rumba), succumbed last week to the virus.
The American dramatist Terrence mcnally died on Tuesday March 24, 2020 at the age of 81 from complications related to the coronavirus.
- Former President of Real Madrid Lorenzo Sanz died on March 21, three days after hospitalization due to Covid-19.
- Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor punished for sounding the alarm about the appearance of the new coronavirus succumbed Friday 7 February 2020 to the epidemic, causing a wave of anger while the toll continues to rise.