Reconfinement envisaged in Madrid, battle for vaccines … Update on the pandemic

More than 29.6 million cases of contamination have been diagnosed. The countries most affected are the United States, Brazil and India.

The pandemic caused by the new coronavirus has killed more than 936,000 people worldwide since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Wednesday. More than 29.6 million cases of contamination have been diagnosed. The United States is the most bereaved country with 196,661 dead, followed by Brazil (134,106), India (82,066), Mexico (71,678) and the United Kingdom (41,664).

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In France, the health situation is worrying. Nearly 10,000 new cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours, close to the record level since the launch of large-scale tests in the country, Public Health France announced on Wednesday. These figures once again confirm an epidemic rebound.

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Rich countries have reserved half of future vaccine doses

A group of rich countries representing 13% of the world’s population pre-purchased half of the future doses of vaccines against Covid-19, according to a report published Wednesday by the NGO Oxfam.

The United States as early as May, then the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan and other countries signed multiple contracts guaranteeing in advance the production and delivery of doses if the clinical trials in progress were conclusive. The Americans will even have doses delivered as early as October, in order to be ready to distribute them within 24 hours of a possible health authorization.

Vaccines, a campaign argument in the United States

Donald Trump affirmed Wednesday that the United States would have from October a vaccine against Covid-19 widely distributed in the population, despite the contrary opinions of health experts and the attacks of his opponent Joe Biden.

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“The first responsibility of a president is to protect the American people and he does not do it,” asserted Democratic candidate Joe Biden during a speech Wednesday in his stronghold of Wilmington, Delaware. Donald Trump’s management of the virus “totally disqualifies him”, he said.

Northern France “risk zone” for Berlin

Germany on Wednesday placed a new French region in a risk zone, Hauts-de-France (north), as well as the two European capitals Vienna and Budapest due to an upsurge in Covid-19 cases.

Reconfinement envisaged in Madrid

The region of Madrid, epicenter of the rebound of the epidemic in Spain, announced Wednesday that it plans to contain areas of the city or region with the largest increase in the number of contaminations.

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South Africa reopens its borders for “some countries”

South Africa’s borders will be able to reopen on October 1, with restrictions for “certain countries” whose rates of coronavirus infection remain “high”, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Wednesday evening.

The toll paid by nurses underestimated

Nurses have paid a much heavier price for the pandemic than official statistics show, which record just over 1,000 deaths, out of just 44 countries, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) said on Wednesday.

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