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 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.
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”.