The two countries most grieving by the new coronavirus, Italy and Spain, still displayed on Sunday March 29 very heavy reports and overloaded hospitals, but hoped to finally approach the peak of the pandemic, which remains to come for the United States, despite more than 130,000 cases already confirmed.
Without a proven vaccine or treatment for Covid-19 disease, which has killed more than 33,000 people worldwide, more than three billion people are still confined, willingly or by force.
Predictions of 100,000 to 200,000 possible deaths in the United States
Donald Trump estimated on Sunday that mortality from coronavirus in United States would peak ” probably “ in two weeks, while extending social distancing recommendations until April 30. The Republican billionaire is thus revising his position expressed at the beginning of last week: he had then said that he wanted to restart the US economy for Easter, that is, on April 12.
COVID-19 could make estimates according to estimates by Dr. Anthony Fauci, adviser to the President on the pandemic “Between 100,000 and 200,000” dead in the first world power. Another Donald Trump advisor on coronavirus, Dr. Deborah Birx, warned that the whole country should prepare for the worst. “No state, no metropolis will be spared”, she hammered on the NBC channel.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the count of which refers, more than 139,000 Covid-19 positive cases have been officially reported so far in the United States, a record worldwide. The total death toll was 2,436 on Sunday evening.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced nearly 60,000 cases and 965 deaths in New York alone on Sunday. But others “Hot spots” appear across the country, including neighboring New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, and the northern cities of Detroit and Chicago. The leaders of these most affected states were worried on Sunday about a lack of equipment in hospitals to cope with the influx of patients, including artificial respirators.
Europe accounts for two thirds of deaths worldwide
In Europe, where two-thirds of all deaths worldwide are concentrated, health officials hope to approach the peak of the epidemic.
Between Saturday and Sunday, theSpain still recorded 838 deaths, a new record, for the third consecutive day, of death in 24 hours, to reach a toll of 6,528. Spain has tightened its containment rules in force since mid-March, already among the most stringent, allowing only economic activities until April 9 “Essential”, namely health, energy and transport.
In Italy, the country which records the world record of deaths – 10,779 for 97,689 cases recorded -, confinement begins to produce encouraging results after three weeks. “In all emergency departments, there is a reduction” patient arrivals, according to Giulio Gallera, head of health in the northern region of Lombardy, the most affected.
The epidemic is also accelerating United Kingdom, with now 1,228 deaths for some 20,000 confirmed cases.
In Germany, where the Minister of Finance of a regional executive, “Deeply concerned” the impact of the pandemic on the economy, committed suicide, the Adidas and H&M groups sparked outrage by announcing they wanted to stop paying the rents of their closed stores.
The Netherlands neighbors, who for the time being refuse to confine their 17 million inhabitants, will announce Tuesday if they continue in this way, after having crossed Sunday the bar of the 10 000 contaminations listed, for 771 deaths.
In Russia, whose borders will be closed from Monday, the mayor of Moscow announced Sunday a general confinement of the population of the capital.
Prolonged travel restrictions in Iran, confinement in several African countries
Authorities Iranian also asked the population to remain confined, and warned that travel restrictions should be extended, with 123 additional deaths recorded in 24 hours in the country, one of the most affected in the world, with more than 2 600 dead.
The Ivory Coast recorded its first coronavirus death on Sunday, health minister Eugène Aka Aouélé announced Sunday in a daily update on the pandemic.
At Zimbabwe, worn out by two decades of economic and financial crisis, the confinement of three weeks from Monday decreed by president Emmerson Mnangagwa promises to be particularly painful for its 16 million inhabitants.
President Nigerian Muhammadu Buhari nevertheless ordered a total containment of the populations of Abuja, the federal capital, and of Lagos, a sprawling megalopolis of 20 million inhabitants, on Sunday evening, while the official cases of infection with the Covid-19 are close to 100.
No containment in Angola, but the country announced its first two deaths on Sunday evening.
“Brazil cannot stop,” says Bolsonaro, defying instructions.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro once again challenged the instructions of his own government to curb the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, meeting the people of Brasilia and claiming that “Brazil cannot stop, if it stops, we become Venezuela.”
Brazilian federal court on Saturday banned its government from broadcasting messages that go against local containment measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, which has already infected 3,904 people and left 101 dead , according to the latest figures from the Brazilian Ministry of Health.