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More than 44 million cases around the world

The virus continues to wreak havoc. Faced with the resurgence of cases of contamination, some European countries are taking measures.

The virus continues to wreak havoc. Faced with the resurgence of cases of contamination, some European countries are taking measures.

(AFP) – Covid-19 continues its course. Since the start of the pandemic and according to the latest AFP report drawn up on Wednesday, the virus has killed at least 1,168,750 worldwide. In total, more than 44,056,470 cases of infections have been officially diagnosed.

The United States remains the country most affected both in terms of death toll, with 227,673 deaths, and cases. Brazil follows with 158,456 dead and India with 120,010 dead. Mexico for its part crossed the 90,000 dead mark on Wednesday and Argentina that of 30,000 deaths.

In Europe, countries are strengthening the health measures in place to fight the spread of the virus. President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday the return of confinement throughout the national territory “from Friday” and until December 1, at a minimum. A containment that is nevertheless more flexible than that established in the spring. “The schools will remain open, the work will be able to continue, the nursing homes and the retirement homes will be able to be visited”, however specified the president. The country risks according to him “at least 400,000 additional deaths” within a few months if nothing is done.

From Monday, Germany will close restaurants as well as sports and cultural facilities for a month, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday. The government has developed a new emergency aid program of up to 10 billion euros to support sectors of the economy affected by the tightening of restrictions. Policymakers still hope to save the holiday season despite most Christmas markets, so dear to Germans, have been canceled due to the pandemic.

Belgium, which has become the country in the world where the coronavirus circulates most intensely during the second wave, had 5,554 hospitalized patients on Wednesday, very close to the peak recorded on April 6 (5,759), according to data from the Belgian Institute of Public Health Sciensano. A new crisis meeting was called on Friday. “More drastic measures will perhaps be necessary in the coming days,” admitted Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

For the past ten days, Ireland has also re-defined its population in the hope of “celebrating Christmas properly”.

Further south, in Spain, five additional Spanish regions, including Madrid, will complete their territory before the long weekend of All Saints’ Day, during which families traditionally go to pray at the graves of their loved ones.


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