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Coronavirus: Spain partially reconfigures, debate on the wearing of masks in France

2020-07-13T11:18:58.946Z

New assessments, new measures, highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.



• Over 565,000 dead

The pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed more than 565,000 people worldwide, according to a report established by AFP from official sources, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. More than 12.74 million cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories. The United States is the most affected country in terms of both death and cases, with 134,815 deaths and 3,247,782 cases. Follow Brazil with 71,469 deaths, the United Kingdom (44,798), Italy (34,945) and Mexico (34,730).

France is no longer the fifth most affected country in the world. It has given way to Mexico, which has now reached 34,730 dead. Figaro

Besides Brazil, the Covid-19 disease continues to progress rapidly in Latin America, with 11,000 deaths in Chile and Peru, but also in the Middle East where it has killed more than 20,000, more than half of them in Iran.

• Reconfinement in Spain

The country resolved on Sunday to reconfigure part of Catalonia because of the persistence of the coronavirus which places governments faced with a dilemma: to protect the population without penalizing it by imposing new, too severe restrictions. The authorities in Catalonia, in the north-east of the country, have ordered the home confinement of more than 200,000 people around the city of Lleida, due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

• In France, debate around the wearing of masks

A tribune signed this weekend by 14 doctors asking for the wearing of the mandatory mask in closed places and the controversy after a crowded concert in Nice have revived the debate on the wearing of the mask in public places. Asked about this during his trip to Guyana, the new Prime Minister Jean Castex said Sunday that " the question of developing the wearing of the mask (was) under study ", especially for enclosed spaces.

In the meantime, the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has announced the obligation to wear a mask for major events in his city, asking the state to follow his example. " We can not put a police behind every French, " reacted Gabriel Attal, the new government spokesperson while recalling the need for the rules of distancing.

In France, where the number of deaths crossed the 30,000 mark on Friday, worship services resumed on Sunday in an evangelical church in Mulhouse (East), which caused one of the main epidemic centers in February. But the government will impose a virological test on travelers from countries classified as "red".

• Hungary partially closes its borders

The country will prohibit access to its territory to residents of African countries, most Asian countries and certain European states, citing the worldwide upsurge in Covid-19 cases. From midnight on Tuesday, Budapest will introduce a traffic light system and residents of countries classified as " red zones " will no longer be allowed to enter this central European country which has so far been relatively spared from the pandemic.

• In the United States, the number of cases explodes

The epidemic is booming in the country. A new contamination record was recorded on Saturday with 66,528 cases in 24 hours. Two states are particularly affected: Florida - where 15,000 cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours, a record - and Texas in the south of the country. Part of the Disney World amusement park in Orlando, Florida, however, reopened to the public after four months of closure.

The first masked appearance of President Trump, during a visit to the Walter Reed Military Hospital in the suburbs of Washington, was highly noticed. " When you talk to soldiers who are just coming out of the operating table, it's fine to wear a mask, " said Trump, who had previously carefully avoided showing up with a mask. " I have never been against masks, but I am convinced that it depends on the time and the place ."

• Masks and gloves in European rivers

Protective masks and gloves were found in seven major European rivers in June, according to the Tara Foundation, which warns of plastic pollution linked to the health crisis. " Scientists in Tara's partner laboratories " have " systematically found masks and gloves " on the banks and beaches of seven European rivers, during samples taken in June, according to Romy Hentinger, representative of Tara.

• In Italy, calm and pleasure on the Amalfi Coast

Usual mecca for summer tourism, chic and international, the Amalfi Coast, south of Naples (southern Italy) breathes thanks to the confinement and the absence of tourists. Our sea has always been crystal clear, but at the moment with the low presence of boats and the cessation of activities, it is spectacular. We see a lot more fish than before, ”says Andrea Coppola, skipper for a company of maritime excursions.

• In Iran, a call to " save the country "

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Iranians to comply with sanitary rules to contain the epidemic and “ save the country ”. For several weeks, the pandemic has been gaining ground in Iran, the most affected country in the Near and Middle East, with a total of 12,829 dead for more than 257,000 cases according to the last count by AFP.

• In India, a star in the hospital

Amitabh Bachchan, a 77-year-old Indian Bollywood star, tested positive for the new coronavirus and was admitted to a Bombay hospital with his son Abhishek, also an actor and also infected. India is the third most affected country in the world in terms of number of infections, with nearly 850,000 people officially tested positive for the new coronavirus and 22,674 deaths.

• Lebanon: record daily number of infections

With 166 new cases in the past 24 hours, Lebanon recorded its highest number of infections on Sunday. These new infections bring the total toll to 2,344 cases, including 36 deaths since February.

Source: lefigaro

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