Part of Europe takes a little breath, Merkel and the WHO warn

Part of Europe takes a little breath, Merkel and the WHO warn

By gainer | gainer | 21 Apr 2020

Although hundreds of people continue to die with covid-19 in some western states, the trend of a slight decline in the number of new deaths or infections is increasingly confirmed in many places. Some governments are therefore planning to release the stringent protective measures taken to curb the spread of the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) chief, the worst of the current pandemic is yet to come. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against a too hasty return to normal economic life.

In the world, coronavirus has so far proven to be 2.4 million people, of which 167,000 have died. Only from the US have so far been reported to 765,000 infected and over 41,000 deaths with the disease covid-19.

However, data from several of the worst-hit countries continued to be positive today. In Italy, there have been 2256 infected in the last 24 hours, which is at least six weeks. Spain, where the number of infected exceeded 200,000, reported for the first time in four weeks less than 400 deaths after coronavirus infection per day. Mortality balance in British hospitals has increased for at least the last 14 days.

Today France has become the fourth country after the United States, Italy and Spain, where the number of deaths associated with covid-19 has exceeded 20,000. The daily increase in victims is higher than on Sunday, but lower than in the rest of last week, and the burden on the local health system is also decreasing.

However, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the pandemic is not yet overcome and the worst of the world is still awaited. According to some experts, he wanted to draw attention to the situation in Africa, where there is still a risk of uncontrolled spread of the disease.

Merkel said that improving the patient balance may be misleading as there is still the risk of another wave of pandemics. It therefore considers it necessary to maintain discipline and respect quarantine measures. In Germany, shops with an area of ​​up to 800 square meters, as well as car, bicycle and book shops, could be opened again today.

Partial opening of their economies has also begun by Norway or Denmark, Hungary and Slovakia are preparing to join it in the coming weeks.

The worst hit state outside the US and Europe is Turkey, where the number of infected people rose by 4674, which is more than on Sunday. Almost 91,000 people have shown coronavirus there. Iran is also one of the most contaminated countries, with 91 more deaths per day, a higher daily increase than the day before. Overall, the country has 5209 dead and over 83,000 infected.

According to President Vladimir Putin, Russia has only the peak of the pandemic ahead, currently registering 47,121 infected and over 400 victims.

Pope Francis urged politicians to put aside their disputes and fight the pandemic uniformly. "Today we pray for men and women who make their living by politics," the Pope said at the opening of the morning private mass.



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