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Europe confuses, nearly 100,000 dead in the United States

The Old Continent, where more than 173,000 people have been killed by the coronavirus, is cautiously continuing to return to normal, while the USA is approaching 100,000 dead and more than 40,000 people have perished in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Old Continent, where more than 173,000 people have been killed by the coronavirus, is cautiously continuing to return to normal, while the USA is approaching 100,000 dead and more than 40,000 people have perished in Latin America and the Caribbean.

(AFP) – The China, where the disease that killed more than 343,000 people worldwide appeared in December, warned that continued criticism by the United States of its handling of the health crisis threatens to drag the two countries into “a new Cold War” ” In Europe, where the pandemic seems to be under control, more and more countries are lifting one by one the restrictions imposed at the height of the crisis, while multiplying the precautions.

In Spain, some beaches are authorized again on Monday, as well as the terraces in Madrid and Barcelona. In Italy, sportspeople will be able to visit swimming pools and sports centers again from Monday. In Greece, a third of bars and restaurants – those that can serve outside – will welcome customers Monday after more than two months of closure. The Greek authorities are also expected to announce the reopening of primary schools on June 1.

In Germany, some hotels in tourist areas may open this Monday, like here on the island of Ruegen

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The United Kingdom confirmed its progressive deconfinement plan on Sunday, with a partial reopening of schools on June 1. In Iceland, discos, bars and gyms can reopen on Monday. The country had already relaxed its restrictions for the first time on May 4 by reopening its high schools and universities, museums and hairdressing salons. The pools were also allowed to reopen on May 18. In Czech republic, it is the reopening for restaurants, bars, hotels, zoos, swimming pools and tattoo artists, and primary schools will welcome students on a voluntary basis. Wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory except in shops and public transport.

In Germany, most restaurants will open on Monday, like some hotels in tourist areas, but almost all bars remain closed. Close contact remains limited to members of two households at a time.

New Yorkers rediscover the beach

To the United States, daily reports remain heavy. According to the latest Johns Hopkins University count published on Sunday, 638 deaths have been recorded in the previous 24 hours. With a total of 97,686 deaths since the arrival of the pandemic, the United States is on the verge of crossing the 100,000 death mark. To anticipate this tragic moment and honor the memory of the victims, the American flags were flown at half-mast for three days on the orders of President Donald Trump. And the New york times devoted its entire front page to a list of the names of 1,000 of these victims.

Deconfinement measures are however already underway across the United States, with the desire to revive as soon as possible an economy that has been practically stopped by the epidemic. New Yorkers were able to rediscover the beach on Sunday. “It’s just great to hear the sound of the waves. It’s a great form of meditation, being able to look at the ocean, go into the water, ”says Brittany Neiss, 25, walking barefoot with her friend on Jones Beach on Long Island. But, a sign that vigilance is still required, Mr. Trump banned travelers from Brazil from entering the United States on Sunday. Non-Americans who have visited Brazil during the 14 days preceding their request to enter the United States will not be accepted, the White House announced.

Worsening in Latin America

Because the Brazil, and with it the whole ofLatin America and the Caribbean, see their situation worsen. The World Health Organization (WHO) had already warned Friday that the region was “a new epicenter” of the pandemic, with a particularly alarming situation in Brazil. Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed 40,000 dead on Sunday, according to the official database. With 22,666 deaths, Brazil is by far the most affected country in the region, followed by Mexico (7,394 dead) and by the Peru (3,456 deaths). This did not prevent Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who downplayed the gravity of the pandemic, from taking a crowd bath with his supporters in Brasilia on Sunday, falling off the mask, shaking hands and even carrying a child on his shoulders .

At Mexico, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador warned the population that the country was “at the most painful time of the pandemic”. He estimated that the economic crisis would cause the loss of a million jobs in his country in 2020. His counterpart Chilean, Sebastian Piñera, said while inaugurating an emergency field hospital in Santiago that Chile’s health system was saturated and “very close to the limit”. The Peru extended confinement until June 30. In Argentina, compulsory social isolation was extended until June 7, while contaminations increased fivefold in Buenos Aires in two weeks.

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