The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) advised the countries of the region on Tuesday not to come out of the quarantine “too quickly”, a day after a massive resumption of activities was recorded worldwide, unprecedented from the beginning. of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Do not open too fast or risk a Covid-19 resurgence that could erase the advantage obtained in recent months,” said PAHO Director Carissa Etienne in a press conference call and in a message to governments. America, a continent that in recent days became the global focus of the pandemic.
“Just last week there were 732,000 new cases worldwide, and of these, more than 250,000 new cases occurred in Latin American countries; it is a serious concern that should serve as a wake-up call to redouble our efforts, “added Etienne.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus continued to spread strongly in the region.
In the United States – the most affected country in the world with 1.8 million cases and more than 106,000 deaths – the fear that the massive protests by the murder of the African American George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer generated an official today. regrowth of the number of infections.
“Express your outrage but be responsible, because the last thing we want is to see an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases,” exhorted the governor of the state of New York – epicenter of the pandemic within the United States -, Andrew Cuomo, in conference of press.
In this context, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, affirmed that, according to data from her office, the death rate from coronavirus among African Americans is more than double that of the rest of the population in the United States. .
Bachelet added that the protests over the Floyd murder “bring to light not only police violence against people of color but also inequalities in access to health, education and employment, and endemic racial discrimination.”
In Brazil – the second country with the most cases, more than 526,000, and the fourth with the most deaths, almost 30,000 – a gradual reopening of its economic activities began in the city of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most affected by the pandemic. which the EFE news agency described as “confusing”, with “decrees found between the different authorities in the region and judicial decisions that limited the scope of the measure.”
Meanwhile, the Latin American Observatory of Public Policies to Contain Covid-19 recommended that Brazilian governors act to avoid an “explosion” of the pandemic, which, if it occurs, would have consequences for the entire region.
“They started late but there is still time to mitigate the worst effects of the crisis,” said a group of scientists from that observatory, which maintained that the government of President Jair Bolsonaro lost “valuable time” and did “very little” to contain the spread of the virus by “actively” opposing quarantine and taking other preventive measures.
In Chile, another of the American countries hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than 108,000 cases and nearly 1,200 deaths, the government reported a new daily record of deaths and warned that the country is going through this month “the hardest period” of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Outside of America, in Russia – the third country with the most cases in the world, with more than 423,000 – the government presented today a biennial plan with the aim of reviving the economy, employment and income of people, which will consume more than 71,000 millions of dollars.
With a 5% contraction in its economy expected by the government for this year, Russia faces the worst recession in more than a decade due to the quarantine impact.
In western Europe, meanwhile, the sense of relief continued.
In Spain, although the new infections were more than 100 after two days below that mark, for the second consecutive day there were no deaths reported by coronavirus and the government reported that the number of jobs, measured by affiliations to the social security system , increased 1% in May compared to April.
In Italy, the government confirmed that from tomorrow people will be able to travel within the country and that people from countries of the European Union (EU) will be able to arrive without quarantining, despite opposition criticism.
In France, the second phase of the quarantine release began today, which included the celebrated reopening of hotels, restaurants and bars, to the point that President Emmanuel Macron said that “marks the return of happy days” and of the “spirit French ”to the country.
In this context, the world today accumulated 6.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 376,320 deaths from the disease, according to the daily balance of the World Health Organization (WHO), or 6.3 million infections and 378,240 deaths, according to the permanently updated database of the American Johns Hopkins University.