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Latin America exceeds 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19; Europe reopens borders

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Latin America exceeds 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19; Europe reopens borders


On the same day that Europe was opening its internal borders, the pandemic returned to show signs of acceleration in Latin America and the Caribbean, on Monday (15) the barrier of 80,000 deaths by COVID-19 was overcome, more than half registered in Brazil.

Amid fears of a second wave of infections after the record of a hundred cases in Beijing, the new coronavirus totals more than 8 million contagions and 435,176 deaths worldwide, according to an AFP count, based on official figures.

And Latin America suffers a severe blow: since the disease claimed the first victim in the region, in March, 81,140 deaths in total have been registered, of which 43,959 in Brazil, the second country in the world in number of deaths after the United States.

Meanwhile, contagions in the region reached 1,690,089, the majority also in Brazil, with a total of 888,271 this Monday. Thus, Brazil alone, with 212 million inhabitants, exceeds the 865,013 officially registered cases across Asia.

Mexico, whose government considers that the worst is over and resumes activities, follows Brazil among the countries most affected by the pandemic in the region: deaths reach 17,141 and confirmed cases are 146,837, in a population of 120 million people .

Peru, 232,992 people became infected with COVID-19, has the second highest number of infections in the region after Brazil. In addition to killing 6,860 people in the country, the virus caused a historic 40.49% year-on-year drop in GDP in April, said the government, which is about to authorize the reopening of shopping centers.

Nor does the pandemic give a respite in Chile, the quarantine has been extended in Santiago, amid accelerated growth in recent weeks, reaching 179,436 cases and 3,362 deaths.

Meanwhile, in Ecuador, another of the most impacted Latin American countries, domestic flights to Guayaquil, the national epicenter of the pandemic, were resumed.

- Oscar postponed -

Although the Donald Trump administration has said it will not close the economy again if infections resume, in the United States there is also fear of a second wave of cases.

The country has the highest number of deaths (116,114). Although the number of daily deaths has decreased, about 20,000 infections are registered every 24 hours, and the total exceeds 2.1 million cases.

On Monday, the country recorded less than 400 deaths related to COVID-19 in 24 hours for the second day in a row, according to figures Johns Hopkins University, a reference in monitoring pandemic data.

With 385 deaths recorded since Sunday night, the country achieved the lowest daily balance since the end of March.

In the medical field, American health authorities withdrew authorization for emergency use of hydroxychloroquine, a drug advocated by Trump and Brazilian colleague Jair Bolsonaro. The decision was made due to the lack of effectiveness of the drug and concern about its risks.

Trump, who plans to hold a major rally in Oklahoma, said new cases were expected to occur as the virus spread in some states amid anti-racist protests. "We will take care of the critical points", he assured.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the postponement of the Oscar ceremony which, traditionally held in February, next year was postponed by eight weeks and will be celebrated on April 25, 2021, after the pandemic forced it the closing of theaters and interrupted premieres in the world cinema mecca.

On the other side of the planet, China has witnessed the long battle the world is waging against the virus. Warnings of a resurgence of the disease, linked to a market, lit up in the Asian country, the pandemic of COVID-19 emerged in late December in Wuhan (center).

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Monday that a hundred cases were detected in Beijing.

"After 50 days with no cases in the city, more than 100 cases have now been confirmed. We are investigating the origin and scope of the outbreak," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"Even countries that have demonstrated their ability to suppress the transmission of COVID-19 have to remain alert to the possibility of a reappearance" of the virus, he warned.

This new outbreak forced Beijing authorities to close sports and leisure facilities and step up controls to contain it.

In India, authorities announced a new confinement Friday in the city of Chennai and several neighboring districts in the south of the country 15 million people live, due to an increase in cases.

- Europe, reconnected -

Europe continued to relax, with internal borders opening on the eve of summer, after months of isolation. On Monday, Germany, Belgium, France and Greece re-established free movement with all the countries of the European Union (EU). Greece has gone further and will receive tourists countries like Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China.

The first Germans also arrived in the Balearic Islands, in Spain, in a pilot project that will receive 11,000 tourists this country.

Spain, which registered 27,000 deaths the new coronavirus, anticipated to June 21 the reopening of its borders to the EU, with the exception of Portugal. "It is a critical moment for which we have been preparing," said the head of government, Pedro Sánchez.

Italy, more than 34,000 people died of the new coronavirus, opened its borders on June 3 and has already registered two new outbreaks in recent days in Rome.

In France, there were about 30,000 deaths, Health Minister Olivier Véran said that "the most difficult part of the epidemic has been left behind"

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