China, the country where the coronavirus pandemic originated, claims to already have less than 2,500 active cases and in Italy contagion slows down, but globally the epidemic is in an accelerated phase of expansion.
ALMOST 700,000 CASES ON A GLOBAL LEVEL AND THE WHO CALCULATES THAT THERE WILL BE A MILLION IN THE MIDDLE WEEK
The number of new daily coronavirus cases in the world continues to increase and in the last hours 66,000 positives were diagnosed, which is a record, and the global total stands at 693,224 infected, according to data from the World Health Organization ( WHO) released today.
At the current rate, which also shows a tendency to accelerate, the million affected globally will be reached by the middle of this week.
Those killed by the pandemic, which affects more than 200 countries and territories on the planet, amount to 33,106, that is, 3,000 more than the previous day, according to statistics from the Geneva-based agency.
According to the data of the different health authorities of the affected countries, two nations already exceed 100,000 infected: the United States (145,000) and Italy (101,000), although the latter reported today the lowest number of new daily cases in the last two weeks. .
The WHO reported Monday that it has already raised $ 622 million from the $ 675 million it requested two months ago to finance a strategic preparedness and response plan against COVID-19, although it is estimated that it could increase the request.
THE NUMBER OF CONTAGIATES IN CHINA IS DOWN 2,500 FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JANUARY
The National Health Commission of China said today that the number of “active” coronavirus infected in the country is 2,396, which means that, for the first time since January, it falls below 2,500. In the last 24 hours, 31 new cases were diagnosed, 30 of them from abroad, the so-called “imported” cases.
This represents an improvement over Saturday’s data, when the veto of access to the country to foreigners came into force and the day that China detected 44 “imported” virus infections.
Since the pandemic began to severely hit the rest of the planet, many Chinese have returned to their country, where COVID-19 – always according to official figures – seems more controlled. Hence the rebound in imported cases in recent weeks.
As for the deaths, the official body counted four since yesterday, all of them in the cradle of the pandemic, the city of Wuhan.
The total number of infected diagnosed in China since the start of the epidemic is 81,470, of whom 3,304 have died and 75,700 have been discharged.
THE EPIDEMIC STOPS IN ITALY
The number of deaths in Italy due to the coronavirus reached 11,591 on Monday, when 812 were registered in the last 24 hours, while the increase in cases of contagion has clearly reduced, according to data released today by Civil Protection.
The number of people currently infected is 75,528, so only 1,648 more have been registered than on Sunday, less than half the average of the last days.
Since the first case was detected in Italy on February 20, the total number of those infected is 101,739, of which 14,620 have already been cured. Of all the positive cases currently, the majority, 58%, are recovering in isolation at home, with mild or no symptoms, while nearly 4,000 are in intensive care
SPAIN SURPASSES CHINA IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONTAGIATES
Spain has overtaken China today in the total number of infected since the epidemic began, accounting for 85,195 cases, compared to 81,470 in the Asian country.
In the last 24 hours, 6,398 new infections and 812 deaths have been registered, bringing the number of deaths to 7,340.
However, the increase in cases registered in Spain has been slowing down in recent days. Today it was 8% and, according to the Emergency spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Dr. María José Sierra, since March 25 the average increase in cases has been 12%, while from 15 to 25 this month it was twenty %.
To try to stop the expansion of the pandemic as much as possible and thus avoid the collapse of the health system, especially the Intensive Care Units (ICU), which are already at their maximum capacity, from today until April 9 it is suspended in Spain any economic and business activity that is not considered essential.
TRUMP WAIVES TO “REOPEN” THE US FOR THE ADVANCE OF THE VIRUS
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has reversed his intention to “reopen” the United States on April 12, Easter Sunday, a very celebrated party in which even the gardens of the White House are often opened for the Children look for colored eggs.
Finally, measures to combat the coronavirus epidemic last until April 30, and Trump has predicted that the country will begin to recover in early June. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before victory is won,” Trump said at a press conference Sunday. Previously, Trump had announced that he wanted to lift the extraordinary measures as soon as possible because the economic damage could result in the remedy being worse than the disease.
The United States is at the top of the world for the number of infections, 137,000, and the death toll stands at 2,400. The epicenter continues in New York state, which already borders on 60,000 confirmed cases and a thousand deaths.
BOLSONARO CAUSES OUTRAGE
The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s walk through Brasilia, who posted images of his journey and messages on Twitter condemning the confinements ordered by the regional governments of several states in his country, has caused outrage inside and outside its borders.
The network itself has deleted those entries from Bolsonaro’s profile, alleging that “this tweet is no longer available because it violated Twitter’s rules.”
In Brazil, a manifesto was published today that maintains that Bolsonaro “is no longer in a position to continue ruling” and “facing a crisis that compromises health and the economy”, but that it is systematically denied by the ruler himself, who has minimized the pandemic and has even considered the coronavirus as a “flu”.
The document is signed by former presidential candidates Ciro Gomes, Fernando Haddad and Guilherme Boulos, as well as by presidents of the Workers’ parties (PT), Brazilian Socialist (PCB), Democratic Labor (PDT), Socialism and Freedom (PSOL), Communist do Brasil (PCdoB) and Brazilian Communist (PCB).
For his part, the Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, regretted on Monday that his Brazilian counterpart “does not understand the seriousness of the problem” of the coronavirus, and he therefore expressed great concern, since it “complicates” the regional situation.
“It worries me a lot,” stressed the Argentine president, who revealed that he discussed the issue with the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Fernández asked the Mexican president to convene an extraordinary meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to analyze the regional situation in the framework of the pandemic.
The Argentine president pointed out that in the region “there are countries that have a land border that is crossed by crossing from one sidewalk to the other” and called for “pay close attention to all of this”, at a time when Argentina is keeping access from abroad closed to prevent the spread of the virus.
UN CALLS FOR A “MARSHALL PLAN” FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND WHO HELPS THE G20
On Monday, the United Nations asked for aid worth 2.5 billion dollars as a “Marshall plan” to counter the effects of the coronavirus epidemic in developing countries.
That aid would be divided into a trillion dollars in special drawing rights, the forgiveness of debt to those countries for another trillion, and 500,000 million to finance the “Marshall plan” itself in the form of grants for economic recovery.
“The speed at which the shock waves of the pandemic are hitting developing economies is dramatic, even compared to the 2008 global financial crisis,” the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development notes in a statement ( UNCTAD).
UNCTAD estimates that capital outflows from emerging economies in February and March totaled $ 59 billion, more than double the $ 26.7 billion lost in those markets after the financial crisis twelve years ago.
On the other hand, the value of the currencies in those nations has fallen between 5 and 25 percent since the beginning of this year, also at a faster pace than that of the global financial crisis.
And the price of raw materials, which is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for developing economies, has dropped an average of 37 percent.
UNCTAD recalled that the G20 countries have pledged to launch state economic stimulus policies that the agency puts at between one and two trillion dollars, which will not prevent a “global recession with loss of global revenues worth trillions of dollars” he predicted.
For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) contacted the governments of G20 member countries today to ask them to increase the production of medical equipment to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the shortage of protective material for toilets and other vital products in the current crisis.
The WHO calls on those and other countries “to work together with companies to increase production and guarantee the free movement of essential medical products and an equitable distribution of these,” stressed the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The head of the WHO said that special attention must be given to the supply problems of this type of material in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Countries especially hit by the pandemic, such as Spain or Italy, have suffered from problems with the supply of protective material and have a high rate of contagion among their health personnel, while others with significant production, such as France or Germany, have limited their exports, at least temporarily.