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Mexico has become an eclipse in Britain with the third highest coronavirus mortality | Instant News

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico is ready to overtake Britain as the country with the third highest coronavirus mortality rate as a pandemic reaches new milestones in Latin America and threatens to disrupt efforts to reopen the economy.

PHOTO PHOTO: Family members stand as musicians playing songs during the funeral of someone who died of coronavirus (COVID-19), at the funeral of San Lorenzo Tezonco in Mexico City, Mexico July 29, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Jasso

The unwanted note will place Mexico behind Brazil, the largest and most populous country in Latin America, and the United States. More than 91,000 people have died in Brazil and the number of deaths in the United States has exceeded 152,000.

Mexico on Thursday recorded 639 additional deaths to increase the number of coronavirus victims to 46,000, with 416,179 confirmed cases. Britain has recorded 46,084 deaths and 303,913 cases, according to calculations by Johns Hopkins University.

Mexican officials said the spread of the pandemic was likely far more extensive than reflected by official figures.

The increasing number of victims has strengthened Latin America’s status as one of the centers of the spread of the virus because cases in the region have doubled last month to more than 4.7 million infections.

While Britain appears to have stepped on the virus, the pandemic shows some signs of a slowdown in Mexico, which has been trying to restart the economy since late May.

“We open when we are not ready to open,” said Rosa Maria del Angel, head of Infection and Molecular Pathogenesis at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who angered some health advocates by refusing to wear masks in public, said Friday that Mexico plans to continue with celebrations at Zocalo Square in the capital to mark Independence Day.

The September 16 ceremony celebrating the historic call for rebellion known as “El Grito” will “socially alienate”, Lopez Obrador said at his daily press conference in the morning.

“Facing difficulties, with epidemics, with floods, earthquakes, bad government, we always go out (to celebrate),” he said. “Now we will continue dating.”

Lopez Obrador has convicted news organizations for reporting Mexico’s rise in the global death toll count, saying the number of victims per capita is a more just representative.

Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Additional reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Aurora Ellis


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Germany warns against trips to three regions of Spain hit by the virus | Instant News

FILE PHOTOS: People enjoy fine weather on the coast of Barceloneta, after regional authorities of Catalonia and the city council announced restrictions to restrain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Barcelona, ​​Spain July 19, 2020. REUTERS / Nacho Doce / Photo File

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German foreign ministry on Friday advised people not to travel to the northern Spanish region of Catalonia, Navarre and Aragon, because of fears that travel could bring a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

The Robert Koch Institute, a German public health agency, places all three regions of Spain on a list of high-risk locations, which means people returning to Germany are required to quarantine for 14 days or give a negative corona virus test.

With the increasing number of viruses in Germany, concerns are growing that tourists returning from destinations experiencing a surge in new cases can spread the infection quickly. Germany reported 870 cases of the corona virus on Friday, the highest daily total since mid-May.

Starting next week, Germany plans to make a mandatory corona virus test at the airport for all tourists returning from high-risk areas to slow the spread of infection.

The travel warning is the latest blow to the Spanish economy, which is already in a steep recession and is dependent on tourism for 12.3% of its economic output. Germany makes about 5% of tourists to Catalonia’s main city, Barcelona in 2019, according to the city’s tourism activity report.

Germany’s travel warnings are following in the steps by other European countries to limit travel from Spain, especially Britain, which is the largest share of foreign visitors. It has introduced a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from Spain and recommends it to all but important trips to mainland Spain. Norway also enforces a 10-day quarantine.

France has advised against traveling to Catalonia.

Reporting by Caroline Copley; Additional reporting by Emma Pinedo Gonzalez in Madrid; Editing by Michelle Martin and Peter Graff


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UPDATE 1-Brazil reopens international flights to tourists despite increased corona virus deaths | Instant News

(Adding government decrees, byline)

By Ricardo Brito and Marcelo Rochabrun

BRAZIL / SAO PAULO, July 29 (Reuters) – Brazil on Wednesday reopened international air travel to foreign tourists, which have been banned since March, even when the country’s coronavirus outbreak was ranked second worst in the world.

Tourists from all countries can travel to Brazil as long as they have health insurance during their trip, the government said in a decree that did not explain the reason for the decision.

Brazil, the country worst hit by COVID-19 after the United States, reported on Wednesday the number of new deaths and confirmed cases.

Brazil reopens its air borders faster than other countries in the region with less severe outbreaks, such as Colombia, Argentina, Panama and Peru, which remain closed to international commercial flights.

Reuters reported on the government’s intention to allow international air travel early on Wednesday.

While tourists can now visit Brazil, many countries have not yet taken reciprocal action due to the severity of the outbreak. The United States and the European Union, for example, are open for international travel but do not allow tourists from Brazil. (Reporting by Ricardo Brito and Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Sandra Maler and Richard Chang)


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Brazil is expected to reopen international travel to foreigners, said the source | Instant News

BRAZIL / SAO PAULO, July 29 (Reuters) – Brazil is expected to announce reopening international air travel to foreigners, which have been banned since March due to the coronavirus crisis, two sources with knowledge of the problem told Reuters on Wednesday.

The source said the federal government was expected to issue a decree announcing the lifting of the travel ban, although it would likely include some restrictions. (Reporting by Ricardo Brito and Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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UPDATE 1-Ryanair won’t cut UK-Spain flights after quarantine move | Instant News

(Adding O’Leary’s comments on British quarantine; Ryanair to challenge Irish quarantine in court)

DUBLIN, July 27 (Reuters) – Ryanair has no plans to reduce capacity to Spain after the British government suggested not to make an important trip to the country because COVID-19, the move of Group Executive Chairman Michael O’Leary was called “poorly managed overreaction” .

Britain on Saturday reinstated two weeks of quarantine for travelers arriving from Spain after a surge in corona virus cases, reversing the decision to cancel the requirements on July 10.

“It seems that overreaction is poorly managed,” O’Leary said in a call with investors in which he said the British government was “panicking” rather than focusing on limiting trips to certain areas with high infection rates.

“There is no scientific basis for national restrictions,” O’Leary said.

Asked whether Ryanair would reduce capacity between the two countries, Chief Financial Officer Neil Sorahan told Reuters: “We have no plans to reduce capacity in the medium term.”

Ryanair has seen a decline in bookings to Spain over the next 2-3 weeks as a result of a surge in infections, with the decline becoming more pronounced over the weekend as Britain moves to impose quarantine, O’Leary said.

However, it is still too early to say whether there will be an uptick to alternative destinations.

Ryanair this week will launch a legal challenge to a similar 14-day quarantine introduced by the Irish government, which only freed 14 countries, including Greece and Italy but not Spain, Britain or the United States, O’Leary said. (Reporting by Conor Humphries; editing by Louise Heavens and Jason Neely)


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