Confirmed coronavirus cases in Latin America have surged past one million, while Britain and Russia hit by violence subsided on Monday, even though their outbreak was not completely under control.
Governments around the world are moving to ease restrictions that have destroyed their economies, even when the number of cases reaches 6.1 million and the deaths from viruses exceed 371,000.
With more than half a million known infections, Brazil now has the second highest caseload in the world, but its anti-key President Jair Bolsonaro once again opposed the recommendation of social distance on Sunday.
Wearing no face mask, right-wing leaders met with a group of supporters in the capital city of Brasilia when the crowd chanted “Myth! Myth! Myth!” – echoing his dismissal against the threat of the virus.
Bolsonaro has been an opponent of locking as a means of controlling corona virus, said they were unnecessary and dangerous to the economy, but he faced harsh criticism from concerned state authorities and angry citizens.
Despite his doubts, the virus continues to flare up in Brazil and other parts of South America, with the situation in Chile, Bolivia, and Peru also worsening.
While South America and parts of Africa and Asia have only just begun to feel the full force of a pandemic, the hard-hit European countries are beginning to reduce locking as they try to return to a form of normality.
But experts have warned that moving too fast can cause disaster, without vaccines or effective treatment for COVID-19.
In Britain, where schools will be partially reopened on Monday, several senior government advisers have warned that things are happening too fast.
“COVID-19 spreads too fast to lift lockdowns in Britain,” tweeted Jeremy Farrar, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.
The hard hit Russia, which witnessed an explosion of infections in recent weeks, will also reopen malls and parks in Moscow, although the number of cases is still very high.
While Muscovites welcomed the opportunity after weeks of being locked up at home, many people scoffed at the “mayor” of the Moscow Mayor whose aim was to organize people’s walks and sports based on their home address.
Popular comedian Maxim Galkin even released a sketch of Presidents Vladimir Putin and Sobyanin discussing a “breathing schedule” for residents of the capital.
The pandemic has devastated the global economy, which is facing its worst setback since the Great Depression, and with businesses and citizens increasingly bored with confinement, there is pressure on many leaders to continue to reopen – especially in countries where outbreaks seem to be slowing. .
In the United States – the most severely affected country in the world – Washington and Los Angeles have outdoor dinners, while New York City is on track to reopen starting June 8.
In France, parks in Paris open on weekends for the first time in months, in front of restaurants, cafes and bars that are allowed to serve on sidewalks and terraces on Tuesday.
But health experts continue to warn of a possible second wave of infection if authorities and citizens are careless, especially if they risk the gathering of many people such as concerts, festivals, and religious services.
With the plague slowing in Italy, Pope Francis delivered his first speech to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square in nearly three months.
In Saudi Arabia, worshipers dressed in masks crowded mosques that were opened nationally – except in the holy city of Mecca.
“I pray, praise God, in the neighborhood mosque … and that is a wonderful feeling,” said a congregation, even though he was worried about others not taking the necessary precautions.
“I swear to God that some people don’t care about anything. No masks. No rugs.”
‘Keeping away is impossible in Dhaka’
Asia was the first continent to be hit by the virus after it appeared in the city of Wuhan in central China late last year, and neighboring countries saw their economies hit by the plague – mainly the aviation and tourism sectors.
Some Asian countries have embarked on a tentative path to recovery, such as Thailand, which is heavily dependent on tourist spending. The kingdom has now reopened its beaches nationally after two months of being locked in to try to revive tourism.
But others, countries that are far more densely populated have moved to relax restrictions even though they don’t contain the disease completely.
India announced it would start reducing the world’s biggest lock in early June, even as it marked another record increase in infections every day.
Meanwhile, neighboring Bangladesh revoked its lock on Sunday, with millions returning to work in densely populated cities, even as the country recorded a record surge in new deaths and infections.
“I tried to avoid the crowd when I walked into my office,” banker Badrul Islam told AFP in the capital of Bangladesh. “But keeping social away from the trails in Dhaka.”
© 2020 AFP
Latin American virus ranks in the top 1 million as Britain, Russia facilitate locking (2020, 1 June)
taken June 1 2020
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