India surpassed 7 million cases of coronavirus this Sunday, whose unstoppable advance killed more than 150,000 people in Brazil and infected more than 10 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, while in Europe measures to contain a second wave were accelerated .
According to the latest AFP count, made on Sunday from official sources, in Latin America and the Caribbean there were 10,068,397 infections, more than 368,000 of which resulted in deaths, which makes it the most affected region of the world by the pandemic.
In Brazil, a country of 212 million inhabitants, where in the last few hours 150,000 deaths from covid-19 were exceeded, the average number of daily infections nevertheless fell from 40,659 in July to 30,000 in September and 27,200 so far in October But experts warn: the numbers are still high.
“It is as if you go down from the Himalayas to the Alps, that is, you continue on a mountain,” José David Urbáez, a researcher from the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, told AFP.
In number of cases, behind Brazil (5,082,637 infections and 150,198 deaths), are Colombia (902,747, 27,660), Argentina (883,869, 23,581) and Peru (846,088, 33,223).
– “Catastrophic” –
Meanwhile, in India, after an increase of almost 75,000 new cases, the total number of infected reached 7.05 million, although experts assured that the figure could actually be much higher, since in that country of 1,300 million Inhabitants undergo far fewer diagnostic tests than in other states.
The death toll in India, which was 108,334 on Sunday, was nevertheless still much lower than that of the United States, where COVID-19 killed more than 214,300 people, and that of Brazil, where 8 million cases were registered.
For comparison, the number of deaths from coronavirus per 100,000 people in India is 7.73, while in the United States it is 64.74.
However, Peru continues to be the country with the highest mortality rate in the world in proportion to its population, with 101 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants,
India’s low mortality could be due to the relatively young population, possible immunity from other diseases, or simply because the number of deaths is being underestimated.
However, the Indian government continued to lift restrictive measures to stimulate the economy, hard hit by the lockdown imposed in March.
A situation that worries a good number of inhabitants. “When I go out, I see a lot of people without masks,” said Jayprakash Shukla, 66, a retired civil servant. “They may be fed up with wearing a mask, but if people don’t change their habits, it will be catastrophic for the country.”
– More measures in Europe –
At the state level, India is the second country with the highest number of infections behind the United States, where 7.7 million cases were registered.
US President Donald Trump, who was hospitalized for coronavirus for three days, wanted to reassure the population on Saturday ahead of the presidential elections on November 3 and declared that he feels “great.” His doctor assured that the president, who plans to resume campaign rallies on Monday, is no longer contagious.
In Europe, where more than 6.4 million cases of covid-19 and more than 241,000 deaths were confirmed, the second wave of the pandemic led governments to approve new restrictive measures.
In Spain, the government decreed a state of alarm in Madrid to stop contagion. For at least 14 days, the 4.5 million inhabitants of Madrid and some neighboring municipalities will have to respect a partial confinement, which allows them to walk, do the shopping in the supermarket or eat outside, but within the delimited area, of which They will only be able to leave to go to work or to the doctor.
In Germany, most shops and all restaurants and bars must be closed from 11 PM to 6 AM, at least until the end of the month.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that if the situation does not stabilize in ten days, new measures will be taken. At the moment, more than 4,000 new cases are being registered every day.
The health crisis is also getting worse in France, where a record of new daily cases was broken, with almost 27,000 in 24 hours, according to official data on Saturday night. The scientific council does not rule out establishing local confinements “if necessary.”
On the other hand, the United Kingdom, the European country most mourned by the pandemic, with more than 42,000 deaths, is considering imposing stricter rules in “some regions.” As indicated by the prime minister’s strategic advisor, Edward Lister, in a letter sent to the deputies of the northwest of England, especially hit by the covid-19.
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