The death toll in the UK is over 2,000 dead. Spain is now the second country most affected by the epidemic after Italy, with 9,053 deaths.

Days go by and the numbers are getting more and more dizzy: since its appearance in December in the Wuhan region of China, the pandemic caused by the coronavirus has now killed more than 43,000 people, according to a count of the Agence France-Presse (AFP) dating from Wednesday 1 st  of April.

Even if it is underestimated due to the lack of sufficient tests, the number of infected people has exceeded 865,000 cases (including at least 172,500 considered to be cured) in 186 countries and, on five continents, the hospital systems of the most affected are struggling to cope with the influx of patients. Italy, Spain and France continue to publish daily reports of several hundred deaths, hoping to see the first signs of a recession.

As summed up by the head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, it is nothing less than the “worst global crisis since the United Nations was founded” seventy-five years ago.

Death toll still exceeds 800 daily deaths in Spain

The data starts at 10 th death
Source: Johns Hopkins (CSSE) , SPF

The European continent counts a little more every day its deaths, which are now more than 31,000, or three quarters of the deaths in the world, as well as half of the contaminations caused by the pandemic.

The Spain had a new daily record of more than 800 deaths, the fifth consecutive, bringing the overall balance of the epidemic in 9053 killed and over 102 000 cases since the beginning of February. The health ministry clings to hopeful statistics: the rate of new infections continues to decrease, the daily evolution of the number of cases slows down and the patients cured are always more numerous, while the total confinement is in in force for two weeks

The Italian was reissued on Tuesday a heavy toll of 837 dead in twenty-four hours. The country, which has counted 12,428 deaths since February, has extended containment measures until at least April 12.

The situation in other European countries, if it is not of the same level, still raises great concerns:

  • The UK recorded an additional 563 deaths in one day from coronavirus patients, a new record marking a sharp acceleration of the pandemic and bringing the death toll to over 2,000 in the country.
  • In Germany , the number of deaths (732) and contaminations (67,366) has also increased, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), but it remains exceptionally low compared to neighbors. Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday that social distancing measures will be extended, at least until April 19. These restrictions, which were introduced last month, will be reassessed on Tuesday, April 14.
  • The Netherlands , one of the few European countries to have implemented less strict containment measures than their neighbors , will still extend the closure of schools, restaurants and sports halls until April 28. The epidemic killed 1,039 out of 12,595 reported cases.

“Two very difficult weeks” are coming to the United States

The latest figures released Wednesday by Johns Hopkins University, whose reports are authoritative, show that the cases are exploding: at least 4,081 dead, including 865 between Monday and Tuesday and almost 2,000 more than since Saturday. The United States also lists an unprecedented number of contaminations, with more than 189,600.

Source: Johns Hopkins University

A week earlier, Donald Trump still imagined being able to lift for Easter, April 12, the restrictions adopted to fight against the coronavirus. The President of the United States has instead prepared his country for the worst  :

“ We are going through two very difficult weeks. It will be two very very painful weeks. I want every American to be ready for the difficult days ahead.

Never before has Trump been so alarmist. “Our country is in the middle of a great unprecedented national ordeal, ” he said before inviting each citizen to ”  make sacrifices  ” and each company to fulfill its “patriotic duty”.

Projections from Chinese and European precedents convinced the head of state, who had often denied or downplayed the threat in February and early March, to issue the warning. According to these estimates, the United States could record between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths attributable to Covid-19 in the coming months.

Although nearly three-quarters of Americans now live in more or less strict confines, the virus is spreading across the country. The area most affected is by far the state of New York, and more particularly the city in question, which has more than 1,000 dead, including 300 in the past twenty-four hours, and more than 2,700 others hospitalized in a bad state. “The virus is more powerful, more dangerous than we thought,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo, who expects the epidemic to peak in “seven to twenty-one days”.

In the United States, 30 states in total containment
Situation on March 30.

Pandemic “far from over” in Asia

Despite signs of a lull in China, where the pandemic started, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that it is far from over. As proof, it is the dramatic situations, like in Iran, or simply worrying, like in South Korea or in China, where the contaminations start again on the rise.

  • The China announced after four consecutive days of decline, an increase in new cases with 48, all imported, a balance sheet total increasing to 3,312 deaths and 81,554 cases. But this official figure is disputed .
  • The Iran continues to accumulate the dead, with 138 new announced Wednesday. The final assessment now reaches more than 3,000 deaths and 47,000 confirmed cases.
  • The South Korea has reported 125 additional contamination for a total of 9786 cases. The Japanese , meanwhile, exceeded the threshold of 2000 cases and to curb the recent increase in patients, said Wednesday that the travelers from the US, China and most European countries would be denied access to the territory.
Number of cases: China vs rest of the world
Number of new cases detected daily.
Source: Johns Hopkins (CSSE)

Containment measures on five continents, and “vertical isolation” in Brazil

To curb the spread of the pandemic, more than 3.6 billion people, or 46.5% of the world’s population, are called or forced by their authorities to stay at home.

This is not yet the case in Brazil , where the president, Jair Bolsonaro, has so far opposed the wishes of certain states to do so by opposing the need to preserve the economy and jobs. He now admits that what he previously called “small flu” constitutes “the greatest challenge” posed to his generation. To reduce the impact of confinement on the economy, he advocated “vertical isolation” , which would only concern populations deemed to be at risk, in particular the elderly. Some 201 people died in Covid-19, in the country of 210 million people, where authorities warned that the peak of the epidemic would not be reached before the end of April.

The Saudi Arabia , she is already projected in July, when the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage which, for example, attracted 2.5 million faithful in 2019. Without explicitly say whether he planned to cancel it, the kingdom has called on Muslims around the world to suspend travel arrangements for the time being.

Nearly 40 countries are in total containment