Concern is growing as the start of the school year approaches in many countries, especially in Europe where cases of Covid-19 have been on the rise for several days. Germany, France and Spain are particularly facing this increase in new cases. On Wednesday, the world health organization sounded a new cry of alarm about the evolution of the coronavirus epidemicin the world. “The epidemic is changing. People in their twenties, thirties and forties are more and more at the origin of the threat,” said an official at a press briefing. WHO regional, responsible for part of the Pacific area. Since the appearance of Covid-19 in China and its report by the local office of the World Health Organization at the end of December, the virus has caused the death of more than 780,000 people according to the latest report published by AFP. The United States remains the country most affected, ahead of Brazil, India and Russia.
On Wednesday August 19, Australia, through the voice of its Prime Minister Scott Morrison, made an unprecedented announcement: the long-awaited future vaccine should be compulsory for Australians except for medical reasons, the authorities hoping that a figure of 95% of vaccinated people can eradicate the epidemic in the country. This week, the Australian neighbor, New Zealand, a nation hailed for its management of the health crisis and its low number of new cases (none for 102 days at the beginning of the summer before a containment is instituted in Auckland until to August 26), announced the postponement of the legislative elections which were to be held on September 19.
In China, where the Covid-19 officially appeared last December, the epidemic seemed to be under control again, after an initial stabilization of the situation in early spring, then after the appearance of new cases in mid-June, especially in Beijing, and the return of restrictive measures. After a slight increase last week, the total toll is 84,756 cases and 4,634 deaths. The authorities have also indicated that anyone wishing to travel to China by plane will now have to present a negative test carried out within five days before departure.
At the same time, the investigation into the origin of the virus is continuing in the country. Monday August 3, the World Health Organization indicated that a first step had been taken, even if the road remains long. Monday August 10. Next step in the quest for the truth?
Concern in Spain where the number of weekly deaths has doubled this week. According to figures transmitted on Wednesday, 131 people have died in a week, with Madrid as the epicenter of the epidemic. The number of new cases is also skyrocketing: 6,700 in 24 hours. 370,000 Spaniards have contracted Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic.
In Italy, where the toll this weekend stood at 254,000 cases of Covid-19 for more than 35,000 deaths according to health authorities, new measures have been taken in recent weeks and days. The Italian press for its part is relaying the testimonies of young people recently infected with the virus. “I have the Covid-19, I caught it on the Costa Smeralda” explains a Roman in his twenties this week in comments relayed by the daily La Stampa. A health service investigation has reportedly shown that the virus is back, imported into the capital by a group of Romans from Mykonos in Greece and the Balearic Islands in Spain.