AFP, published on Saturday April 04, 2020 at 10:39 p.m.
New assessments, new measures, highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
– Over 60,000 dead –
The number of cases of contamination by the new coronavirus exceeds 1.16 million, including 63,437 deaths, in 190 countries and territories, according to a count carried out by AFP on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. GMT from official sources.
Europe is the continent hardest hit (more than 45,000 deaths). Italy (15,362) and Spain (11,744) are the countries with the most deaths in the world. France has 7,560 deaths.
– GB: death of a 5 year old child –
The United Kingdom recorded a new record of 708 deaths in one day, including a 5-year-old child, considered the youngest victim in the country. A total of 4,313 people died in hospitals.
– New York calls for help –
The mayor of New York appealed for the general mobilization of medical personnel, believing that he needed the help of 45,000 additional professionals.
New York State, the epicenter of the new coronavirus in the United States, announced 630 new deaths in one day, its worst record in 24 hours.
The United States has 8,098 deaths.
– Hope note in Italy –
The number of intensive care hospitalizations has decreased for the first time in Italy, announced the civil protection.
This is “important news because it allows our hospitals to breathe. It is the first time that this number has been falling since we managed this emergency”.
– Half of humanity confined –
At least 3.9 billion people, or half the world’s population, are called or forced to stay home to fight the spread of Covid-19 in more than 90 countries or territories, according to an AFP count .
Spain will extend the confinement until April 25, and Greece will extend it until April 27.
– Masks –
France has ordered nearly two billion masks from China, while strengthening national production capacity.
Health authorities are now encouraging people to wear cloth “alternative masks”.
According to American specialist Anthony Fauci, member of the White House Crisis Cell, there is little doubt that the new coronavirus is transmitted by air when “people just talk, rather than just sneeze or cough “.
– Clinical tests –
A clinical trial consisting in transfusing blood plasma from recovered people to “patients in acute phase of the disease” will start on April 7 in France.
Another clinical trial consisting in administering to ten patients a solution from the blood of a sea worm with oxygenating properties will be able to start in France.
– Tribute to the dead in China –
Solemn meditation, flags at half mast, canceled entertainment: China observed a day of national mourning in tribute to the more than 3,300 people officially dead from Covid-19.
– Exceptional powers in Tunisia –
The Tunisian Parliament adopted a text strengthening the powers of the Prime Minister, who will be able to legislate directly for two months.
– Reports –
After Disney, which announced that it would postpone the release of several of its Marvel super-productions for several months, the United Arab Emirates asked for a one-year postponement of the 2020 World Expo scheduled for October.
– No departures on vacation in France –
In France, an “exceptional system” of 160,000 police and gendarmes has been put in place to prevent departures on vacation and to enforce confinement.