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The planet passes the milestone of 17 million cases

Peak of new infections in Germany, more hospitalizations in France and the United States which have officially entered recession. As balance sheets continue to grow steeply in Latin America, the coronavirus is hitting GDPs.

Peak of new infections in Germany, more hospitalizations in France and the United States which have officially entered recession. As balance sheets continue to grow steeply in Latin America, the coronavirus is hitting GDPs.

(MF with AFP and DPA) – The second wave of the pandemic is affecting Luxembourg as shown by the 240 new cases of people infected with covid-19 on Wednesday and Thursday. During her new update on the situation Thursday, the Minister of Health (LSAP), Paulette Lenert was not able to ensure that the start of the school year would take place in mid-September in Luxembourg. Too many uncertainties at a time when hospitals are already recruiting behind the scenes.

Faced with a rise in the number of contaminations reported in several countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed for caution, urging in particular young people to respect the protective measures.

A new milestone was crossed Thursday when the number of contaminations in the world exceeded 17 million, including more than 660,000 fatalities, since the virus appeared in China in December.

By hitting the 46,000 death mark, Mexico has become the third country in the world in terms of coronavirus-related deaths. Mexico is just ahead of the United Kingdom. The first two countries most heavily affected by Covid-19 remain the United States, with 151,826 dead, and the Brazil, with 91,263 dead.

One death every minute in the United States

The United States on Thursday recorded nearly 1,400 additional deaths in one day, or about, and over 72,000 new cases. President Trump relayed the call for plasma donations via twitter.

Containment in the spring led to a historic drop in gross domestic product in the second quarter in the United States, by 32.9% on an annualized basis. Compared to the second quarter of 2019, the decrease is 9.5%. With this second consecutive quarterly drop, the world’s first economy has officially entered recession. In the first quarter, the US GDP had fallen by 5%.

With less than 100 days of the presidential election, US President Donald Trump openly spoke on Thursday of a possible postponement of the election of November, highlighting, without proof, the risks of fraud linked to the Covid-19 epidemic. Before changing his mind this Friday under the pressure of numerous protests.

Increase in hospitalizations in France

The number of patients hospitalized in intensive care due to Covid-19 has increased slightly for the first time since early April in France, where the new daily cases exceed a thousand, announced Thursday the health authorities.

In total, 5.375 people are hospitalized for coronavirus infection, including 381 severe cases in intensive care, one more than the day before. This is the first time since April 9 that this closely watched indicator is no longer falling. The epidemic caused 16 new deaths in hospitals within 24 hours. At least 30,254 people have died since the start of the epidemic.

Highest number of infections since May in Germany

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), German health authorities have reported 902 new infections coronavirus in one day, Thursday. This is the highest number since May, apart from the local epidemic at the butcher Tönnies in June. At least since the start of the pandemic 207,828 people were infected with Sars-CoV-2.

Germany, the economic engine of Europe, also announced Thursday a “historic plunge” of 10.1% of its GDP in the second quarter. Germany is thus experiencing its worst recession since the post-war period: its GDP contraction is much greater than the 4.9% that it experienced at the height of the financial crisis of 2009.

Experts however expect a sharp rebound: in addition to national support measures, Berlin intends to take advantage of the European recovery plan of 750 billion euros, decided by the 27 in Brussels in mid-July.

60,000 contaminations in one day in Brazil

In Brazil, nearly 60,000 new contaminations were recorded on Thursday. Michelle Bolsonaro, wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for Covid-19, the presidency said, days after her husband said he had recovered.

The economic crisis linked to the coronavirus is pushing for the creation of new favelas.

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The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in Brazil, is the most affected by the epidemic, with nearly a quarter of the more than 90,000 deaths caused by the coronavirus in the country. For the poorest populations, the health crisis is accompanied by great economic precariousness. With the lockdown, those who depend on the informal sector, 40% of workers in Brazil, often without contracts, have lost their main sources of income. They survive on the meager monthly allowance of 600 reais (around 100 euros) from the government.

Corpses picked up from the streets in Bolivia

The situation has become explosive in Bolivia

The situation has become explosive in Bolivia

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A country of 11 million inhabitants, Bolivia has nearly 74,000 cases of Covid-19 contamination for more than 2,800 deaths. And the worst is yet to come: according to experts, the peak is expected for September. Not a day goes by without television showing images of the police picking up corpses from the streets, cars and homes. Hospitals and morgues are overwhelmed. In La Paz, strict containment is looming.

In addition to the health and political situation, as elsewhere, a devastated economic panorama, pushing several professions to take to the streets to claim state aid. According to the World Bank, the GDP of Bolivia, until very recently one of the most dynamic countries in the region, is expected to plunge in 2020 by 5.9%.


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