China revealed on Sunday the increase in the number of new cases of Covid-19 on its soil, which raised fears of a second epidemic wave, at a time when European countries are preparing to open their borders again after the emergence of encouraging signs.
China announced the discovery of 57 new cases of the virus in 24 hours, including 36 linked to a large market in Beijing, the highest daily toll since April.
The news is worrying for the rest of the world, highlighting the difficulty of controlling a pandemic still sweeping Latin America, Iran and South Asia.
And China had entered the stage of recovery from the epidemic that appeared at the end of last year in Wuhan, using measures ranging from the application of protective masks to the approval of closure and lockdown.
In the Chinese capital, the authorities have isolated 11 residential areas near the market, and 24 centers have started examinations of 10,000 people.
The authorities are looking forward to examining another 46,000 people who live in neighborhoods surrounding the market.
“I was going to the market, so I want to make sure I am not infected,” said the 30-year-old Geo, while waiting for an examination.
The Coronavirus has killed at least 431,193 people worldwide since it appeared in China.
Moreover, more than seven million and 848 thousand and 160 cases were officially recorded in 196 countries and regions.
In an indication that control of the epidemic is still difficult, Iran announced Sunday more than 100 deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours, in an outcome that the country has not recorded for two months and raising the total number of deaths on its soil to 8,837.
“It is a brutal and unpredictable virus that can surprise us at any moment,” said a spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health, which is considered the most affected by the epidemic in the Middle East.
The epidemic has put the world’s health systems in front of an exam, especially in India, where media have said many patients are dying outside bed-poor hospitals.
More than a thousand injuries are recorded daily in New Delhi.
The daughter of Ashwani Jayne, a trader in New Delhi in the mid-1940s, says that her father died alongside her in an ambulance while searching in vain for a hospital receiving him”.
They don’t care if we live or die,” says the 20-year-old.
In India, which has officially registered nearly nine thousand deaths and more than 300 thousand injuries, morgue corpses are crowded due to the inability of landfill and crematoria workers to keep up with the path of death.
In Pakistan, the Minister of Planning warned Sunday that the number of Covid-19 infections in the country could double by the end of June and exceed one million after only one month.
Simultaneously, Germany, Belgium, France and Greece, countries where the disease is clearly receding, will regain freedom of movement on Monday morning with all European Union countries.
Austria will do the same at midnight on Monday.
Spain also brought this measure closer to June 21, after it was scheduled for July 1, but it excluded its land borders with Portugal.
In France, which has officially registered nearly 30,000 deaths with Covid-19 and where the toll of new infections continues to decline, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday that the country will return to near-normalcy from Monday after three months of closure, pledging to “draw lessons” from the crisis.
The French President also announced that nurseries, schools and institutes will return to work starting from June 22nd, which will spur the wheel.
In addition, Paris cafes and bars will operate from Monday to full capacity.
On Sunday, France’s health minister announced that France had recorded fewer than 10 new deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours.
In Italy, which recorded more than 34,000 deaths with Covid-19 and opened its borders on June 3, two new hotbeds of disease were recently discovered in Rome, the first in a hospital and the second in a building where a stone was forced.
In the United Kingdom, 36 additional deaths were counted on Sunday, the lowest daily toll recorded in the country since 21 March, two days before the imposition of the full closure.
The epidemic has now become the focus of Latin America, where the situation outside Brazil, that is, in countries such as Mexico and Chile, is worsening, as the hospital system in Honduras appears to be “on the verge of collapse”, according to the professor at the National University, Marco Tulio Medina.
In Peru, the authorities decided to limit the number of visitors to the tourist Machu Picchu website in July, a quarter of the numbers it was attracting before the pandemic.
With a total of 42,720 deaths as of Saturday evening, Brazil is the second most affected country after the United States.
Meanwhile, European soccer fields began to regain life at the end of the week, with competitions resuming in Italy, Spain and elsewhere, after three months of interruption.