The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic that engulfed Europe has catapulted itself into several hotspots across the continent despite increased restrictions to contain the hot air balloon epidemic, as Asia braced for a possible second wave of infections on his ribs.
The virus has turned lives around the world, forcing almost a billion people inside, shutting down businesses and schools and causing economic upheaval that many fear will lead to a global recession that has been unprecedented in decades.
So far, it has killed more than 13,000 people and infected more than 300,000 people worldwide, the epicenter now in Europe after leaving China where the virus first appeared at the end of l ‘last year.
Last Sunday, the Italian assessment of the coronavirus pandemic approached 5,500 people, after the Mediterranean country reported an additional 651 deaths.
Spain, France and the UK also reported spikes in death and workloads over the weekend as well, with growing fears that the number could increase in line with that of Italy in the coming weeks.
The foreclosure measures in Italy have done little to contain the epidemic and the government has announced the closure of all non-essential factories.
Police patrolled the deserted streets of Rome on Sunday, while beach checks were made after local officials complained that people were defying orders to take some time in the sun.
In his weekly prayer, broadcast live to avoid attracting crowds, the Pope urged all Italians to follow isolation measures.
“Let us do what the government asks us to do for the good of all of us,” said Pope Francis.
Death toll soars
Spain has imposed similar restrictive measures, locking millions of people in their homes and closing businesses and schools across the country, which has failed to slow the tidal wave.
He recorded nearly 400 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to 1,720, which caused a terrible warning from the Prime Minister.
“We have to prepare emotionally and psychologically for the very difficult days ahead,” Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday.
Residents of all over France, where the death toll rose to 674, remained closed at home, with curfews imposed in some areas and the mayor of Paris called for even more drastic confinement measures in a city in lock-out.
The United Kingdom has made progress towards similar measures.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday 1.5 million people at high risk to stay indoors as he warned of “accelerating” cases.
“We are only a few weeks, two or three behind Italy. The Italians have a superb health system. And yet their doctors and nurses have been completely overwhelmed by demand,” he said. .
Pubs, restaurants, theaters and recreation centers have already been closed across the country, and the government has said it could give police, public health and immigration officials additional powers to contain the epidemic.
While the number of cases in China, which reported its first local infection in four days on Sunday, has dropped considerably since the start of the crisis, there are fears in Asia of cases “imported” from other hot spots like Europe.
Thailand reported its largest daily increase in cases, bringing its total to nearly 600, while Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia also reported a spike after the numbers stabilized earlier.
Millions of people in India were confined to their homes on Sunday as the country locked out with a nationwide one-day “self-imposed curfew”.
The normally busy streets of the capital New Delhi and the financial center of Mumbai were mostly deserted and many shops closed.
“If it helps stop the spread, the government can then consider extending it for two to three days,” said Jaiveer Singh, a security officer at Delhi’s Lodhi Gardens, which was largely empty on Sunday.
Tighter restrictions are now in place elsewhere in Asia, with Australia closing its borders to foreigners and non-residents and Pakistan suspending international flights.
In the meantime, more than a third of Americans were adjusting to life at various stages of the foreclosure, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Other parts of the United States are also expected to increase restrictions after New Jersey told residents Saturday to stay indoors.
“It is a time of shared national sacrifice, but also a time to cherish our loved ones,” said US President Donald Trump. “We are going to have a big victory.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also approved the first coronavirus test that can be done entirely at the point of care for a patient and deliver results in 45 minutes.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife tested negative for coronavirus, his press secretary tweeted on Saturday. The couple took the test after one of Pence’s employees contracted the disease.
The pandemic has pummeled the world’s stock markets and the United States, the world’s largest economy, is preparing a huge emergency stimulus package that could reach $ 4 trillion.
Several European countries have already announced their own stimulus packages to prevent economic collapse, and experts have warned that the global fallout from the virus may be the worst in decades.
“At least for the months of March to May, economic data will likely show a contraction never seen before in peacetime,” said economist Berger Holger Schmieding on Sunday.
Blockage in Iraq
The coronavirus has infected more than 1,200 people in Africa, where health systems are limited and measures of social distancing are difficult in overcrowded cities.
The Middle East also remains on high alert, where Iran, which has suffered a major epidemic, reported 129 dead on Sunday. But the Islamic Republic refused to join the rest of the world to impose heavy restrictions.
El Salvador joined several countries in Central and South America on Saturday to impose quarantine measures, while Colombia announced its first death from coronavirus.
While the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions are the hardest hit by the virus, WHO has warned that young people are also vulnerable.
The exact figures for COVID-19 are difficult to reach because many victims suffer from other illnesses and infection rates are uncertain due to a lack of tests in many countries.