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A masked policeman watches over El Kettani beach in Bab El Oued near Algiers, August 15, 2020


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A masked policeman watches over El Kettani beach in Bab El Oued near Algiers, August 15, 2020


New reports, new measures and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.


The high point of the pilgrimage, the Assumption Mass is celebrated in the Basilica of Lourdes, with compulsory masks and limited access. Assumption celebrations usually attract up to 25,000 pilgrims to Lourdes, one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in the world.


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The high point of the pilgrimage, the Assumption Mass is celebrated in the Basilica of Lourdes, with compulsory masks and limited access. Assumption celebrations usually attract up to 25,000 pilgrims to Lourdes, one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in the world.


– Quarantine in UK –

London has imposed since this Saturday a quarantine of fourteen days on travelers returning from France, where the epidemic is progressing. The decision also concerns travelers from the Netherlands, Monaco and Malta. Paris threatened London with a “reciprocity measure”.

– Wearing an extended mask in Paris –

The mask, already compulsory in certain streets of Paris, is now compulsory in entire districts of the French capital, including a large part of the center, the Latin Quarter and the Champs-Elysées.

The prefect also banned gatherings of more than 10 people if the barrier gestures are not guaranteed.

Paris was placed on the list of departments in which the circulation of the virus is active. According to the prefecture, around 260 people are tested positive there each day and the test positivity rate is 4.14%, against 2.4% on the national average.


Global assessment of the novel coronavirus pandemic, as of August 15 at 11:00 GMT


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Global assessment of the novel coronavirus pandemic, as of August 15 at 11:00 GMT


– More than 760,000 dead –

The pandemic has killed at least 760,739 people around the world since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP on Saturday at 11:00 GMT. More than 21 million cases have been officially recorded, of which at least 12.9 million have been cured.

The United States is the most bereaved country (168,446 deaths). Next come Brazil (106,523 dead), Mexico (55,908), India (49,036) and the United Kingdom (41,358).

But in proportion to the population, excluding micro-states, it is in Belgium that mortality is highest (856 deaths per million inhabitants), ahead of Peru (784), Spain (612), the Kingdom of United (609), Italy (583), and Sweden (573).

– Mask in Danish transport –

Masks will be mandatory on public transport in Denmark from August 22, the government said, as the country experiences a slight recovery in the epidemic.


People wear protective masks in the Copenhagen metro on August 15, 2020 in Denmark


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People wear protective masks in the Copenhagen metro on August 15, 2020 in Denmark


Until now, wearing a mask was recommended in transport during rush hour, but mandatory in six municipalities, including the second city of the country, Aarhus, where the circulation of the virus is more important.

– Seoul tightens restrictions –

South Korea is toughening social distancing measures and once again imposing sports matches to be played behind closed doors in Seoul, amid fears of a resurgence of the epidemic in the capital and its surroundings.

The majority of new cases of infections come from this geographical area, where half of the population of this country of 51 million inhabitants resides, which fuels fears of an outbreak of contaminations in favor of a weekend. extended end of three days which begins this Saturday.

– Extended state of emergency in Ecuador –

Ecuador, which is approaching 100,000 cases of Covid-19 contamination, is extending the state of emergency until September 13, in force since March. This measure makes it possible to maintain a curfew, the mobilization of the armed forces and the ban on gatherings.


Gravediggers dig graves for people who died from coronavirus on July 21, 2020 in Quito, Ecuador


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Gravediggers dig graves for people who died from coronavirus on July 21, 2020 in Quito, Ecuador


The country is one of the most affected by the epidemic in Latin America, with more than 6,000 deaths for a population of 17.5 million.

– Algeria reopens its beaches –

Algeria is gradually reopening its mosques and places of relaxation such as cafes, restaurants, parks and beaches.

In Lourdes, an Assumption Mass with masks and limited access

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