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Coronavirus: the wearing of a mandatory mask in enclosed places "under study" in France, Mexico fourth most bereaved country

2020-07-14T01:45:36.221Z

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION - New assessments, new measures, highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.



  • Over 566,000 deaths worldwide, 12 million cases

The pandemic has killed at least 566,075 people worldwide, according to an AFP report from official sources at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Sunday. More than 12,798,410 cases have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories.

The United States is the most affected country, with 135,171 deaths. Follow Brazil with 72,100 deaths, the United Kingdom (44,819), Mexico (35,006) and Italy (34,954).

  • New measures under study in France

" Developing the wearing of the mask is under study ", especially for enclosed spaces, assured Sunday Prime Minister Jean Castex on a short visit to Guyana, hit hard by the epidemic of coronavirus. Several doctors signed a column published in Le Parisien on Sunday calling for the “ wearing of a mandatory mask in all enclosed public places ” to stem a resumption of the epidemic.

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" The question of developing the use and wearing of the mask is well under study, in particular this would above all concern all places, whatever they may be, closed, " said Mr. Castex, noting, however, that " in existing regulations ”, this is already the case in particular in public transport.

In addition, virological tests to detect Covid-19 will be " systematized " in the coming days at French airports for travelers from countries classified as " red ". After a crowded concert, the mayor of Nice (south-east) announced the obligation to wear a mask for major events in his city, asking the state to follow his example.

  • Still nearly 60,000 contaminations in the United States

" Everything should be considered " to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the American states where it accelerates, including a return to stricter confinements, said the assistant secretary of health, in the wake of a new case record positive in the United States.

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The United States, the country most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, on Sunday recorded 59,747 new infections in 24 hours, according to the daily report of the Johns Hopkins University. In Florida, a state which now holds the record for contamination (15,000 in 24 hours), the authorities do not exclude a reconfiguration in the most affected areas.

The number of confirmed cases stands at 3,301,820 and the number of deaths at 135,171 (442 more in 24 hours), according to this university based in Baltimore (east) and whose results refer. By Saturday, the number of new infections in the United States had reached a record 66,528 in 24 hours.

  • New curfew in South Africa, reconfiguration in Catalonia

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa decided on Sunday to reimpose a curfew in South Africa due to escalating daily cases of contamination. He noted that an average of 12,000 new cases had been registered every day in recent weeks. The restrictions imposed in March to try to stem the epidemic in this country, the most affected in Africa, were partially lifted in May.

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In Spain, for the first time since the end of the confinement declared on June 21, more than 200,000 people will be reconfigured at their home in order to fight against a strong rebound in the cases of Covid-19. The region concerned is located around the town of Lleida, in Catalonia, about a hundred kilometers from the very touristy beaches of the Catalan coast.

" The population will have to stay at home " from midnight local time, announced Sunday the regional head of health, Alba Verges. Spain is not the only country in Europe where restrictive measures are taken: Hungary will ban Tuesday nationals of African and South American countries, most Asian countries and some European countries.

  • Mexico becomes fourth most bereaved country

Mexico became the fourth country with the most Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, ahead of Italy, according to an AFP report according to government sources. " In Mexico there are 299,750 confirmed cases of contamination and 35,006 deaths, " the Mexican health authorities said on Twitter. Italy has 34.954 deaths from coronavirus on Sunday.

In the past 24 hours, Mexico has registered 4,482 new cases and 276 additional deaths, the source said. On June 1, Mexico began the path to a “new normal” with the gradual reopening of non-core economic activities.

  • Nearly 10 million children risk dropping out of school

Nearly 10 million children worldwide may never return to school after confinement due to the economic consequences of the pandemic, British NGO Save the Children said on Monday.

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Before the pandemic, 258 million children and adolescents were already outside the education system worldwide. Up to 1.6 billion students have been forced out of school (school to university) due to the pandemic, the report said.

  • Argentina exceeds 100,000 cases

Argentina has exceeded 100,000 cases of contamination with the new coronavirus, despite the confinement in force in greater Buenos Aires, where 95% of the people infected in the country are concentrated.

The country has registered 27 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the epidemic to 1,845.

  • Record deaths in the Philippines

The Philippines’s health ministry reported 162 new coronavirus-related deaths on Monday in the past 24 hours, the largest increase since the start of the epidemic. Part of this increase nonetheless stems from a harmonization of official data, and the addition to the death toll dating back to June but not previously recorded. According to the authorities, the death toll in the archipelago now stands at 1,534 deaths, while the number of reported cases stands at 56,259, up from 2,124 in 24 hours.

  • Aid in Israel

The Israeli government has approved measures to provide financial assistance to the self-employed, hard hit, in the aftermath of a demonstration in Tel Aviv against government management of the pandemic.

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New restrictions came into effect in Israel on July 7, such as closing bars and gyms or limiting the number of people in public places. Some cities and neighborhoods across the country that are considered to be hotbeds of infection are subject to more stringent restrictions.

Source: lefigaro

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