Heavy toll in Latin America and the Caribbean
The pandemic has killed more than 200,000 people in Latin America and the Caribbean, including nearly three quarters in Brazil and Mexico, according to a report made by AFP from official sources Sunday at 08:30 GMT. With a total of 200,212 deaths (for 4,919,054 cases), Latin America and the Caribbean is the second region hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, behind Europe (210,435 deaths, 3,189,322 cases) .
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Australia announced a curfew in Melbourne on Sunday to fight the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the country's second city, whose residents will no longer be allowed to go out more than three kilometers from their homes.
Despite a lockdown introduced in early July, Melbourne continued to register hundreds of new cases daily. The curfew will therefore be in place from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for the next six weeks.
A group of police and soldiers announce the new restriction in Melbourne. WILLIAM WEST / AFP
More than 680,000 dead worldwide
The pandemic has killed at least 685,780 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Sunday at 11 a.m. GMT. More than 17.8 million cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories.
The United States is the most heavily affected country with 154,449 deaths, followed by Brazil (93,563), Mexico (47,472), the United Kingdom (46,193) and India (37,364).
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The epidemic will be " very long " (WHO)
The World Health Organization (WHO), meeting Saturday in Geneva, warned that the coronavirus pandemic was probably going to be " very long ". " The WHO continues to estimate that the risk posed by the Covid-19 is very high ", continues the press release which underlines the importance " of a response which must be national, regional and global " in the face of the pandemic.
Belgium has banned " non-essential travel " to the Spanish regions of Navarre, Aragon, Barcelona and Lerida in Catalonia, the Lake Geneva region in Switzerland (Vaud, Valais, Geneva) and the French department of Mayenne, due to their location epidemiological.
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Also included on this " red " list are the Bulgarian regions of Severoiztochen and Yugozapaden, several areas of Romania (central, south-eastern, South-Muntenia and South-West Oltenia), and the city of Leicester (United Kingdom). Quarantine and screening are compulsory for travelers from these areas returning to Belgium.
Iran records record for new cases
Iranian authorities announced on Sunday that they had recorded 2,685 cases of the new coronavirus in 24 hours, a record for nearly a month in Iran, which has been facing an upsurge in Covid-19 disease since the end of June. " We have unfortunately lost 208 of our dear compatriots with the virus " in the last 24 hours, said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Sima Sadat Lari.
According to Ms. Lari, the situation is worrying in 25 of the country's 31 provinces, including Qom (center), the first outbreak of the disease in February, which “saw a very sharp increase in cases of infection and hospitalization (in March ) ”.
Iranian woman has her temperature checked as she arrives for prayer on Arafat's Day at the mosque on Tehran university campus STR / AFP
Rebound in Tunisia
The number of people infected with the new coronavirus has increased tenfold in Tunisia, a month after the opening of the borders, and the country recorded the first death in several weeks.