Madrid | After six weeks cooped up among them, a little Spanish may go out Sunday, play in the street, Europe’s tempting cautiously out of the containment in the face of the pandemic coronavirus that has claimed more than 200,000 lives in the world.
Days and days they waited for it! “The children are up early asking when we were going to go out in the street,” said Miguel Lopez, a father of two children aged six and three years in Madrid.
But the restrictions are many: children do not have the right to play with neighbors, or away from over a kilometre from their home, or go out without an adult. The duration is limited to an hour, and the parks remain closed.
Third is the most affected country in the world by the pandemic party of China in late 2019, Spain (23 190 deaths) has had to adopt one of the plans of containment of the strictest in the world.
In terms of mortality, it is not preceded only by the United States (more than 53 000) and Italy (26 384), and is followed by France (22 614) and the Uk (20 319).
In London, the prime minister, Boris Johnson, hit by the virus, should make Monday a return to business as highly anticipated, the British, wanting to know his plans for getting the economy back running in and out of the containment.
Released from the hospital on 12 April, the chief executive officer 55-year-old has acknowledged that things “could very well have to switch” for him. Today it is “in very good shape,” assured his Health minister, Matt Hancock.
Doubts about the immunity
The output of the confinement remains a puzzle for the planet, in expectation of the discovery of a vaccine or a remedy, which alone, according to the world health Organization (WHO), may help to curb the pandemic.
Spain, submitted since the march 14 to a containment extremely strict, has extended it until may 9, inclusive. The head of government Pedro Sanchez will present on Tuesday a plan of easing envisaged from mid-may.
In France, his counterpart Édouard Philippe will unveil on the same day of its “national strategy plan déconfinement”, which is scheduled to start on 11 may, including the re-opening controversial schools.
In South Africa, african country is the most affected with 75 deaths, the port of a systematic mask will be mandatory as of may 1, the date on which the restrictions will be relaxed somewhat.
In view of a déconfinement, some countries put in place programmes of serological tests, such as Italy, which will begin on may 4, a campaign on 150 000 people at the national level to try to learn more about the pandemic.
But WHO has been showered on Saturday, the hopes of those who bet on a possible immunity of people who have been faced with the coronavirus to facilitate the déconfinement via the issuance of “passports immune”.
Without excluding the possibility that such immunity may exist, the organization has pointed out that”there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from the Covid-19 and who have antibodies to be immune against a second infection.” And the threat of a second wave of deadly flat still.
In Canada, the prime minister Justin Trudeau called for “prudence” and insured does not rely on a hypothetical immunization collective.
Dead bodies in the toilet
In New York, the city most affected in the world with more than 15 000 people dead, the important banking sector is planning to extend indefinitely to work from home and to stagger the hours of arrival at the office.
In the capital of the american economy, the vision of the refrigerated trucks used as temporary morgues recalled terrible memories to Maggie Dubris. “I remembered the morgue stood at the World Trade Center after the attacks of September 11, 2001. “With the same feeling that something terrible, with many deaths, had happened.”
In the port city of ecuador to Guayaquil, the most affected in Latin America, it is another vision of horror, which haunts the nights of a caregiver: at the hospital where he works, “open the toilet door with all the dead bodies piled here for lack of space elsewhere…
In this context, the world leaders are still struggling to find a collective response to the worst crisis in health and economic since the Second world War.
The image of the security Council of the UN, paralysed by the dissensions between china and the us, and virtually silent since the beginning of the pandemic. It should attempt this week to adopt a resolution for “an enhanced coordination among all countries” and a “cessation of hostilities” in countries in conflict.
On Friday, the muslim world began the fasting month of ramadan without prayers, collective or shared meals: the doors of the mosques to remain closed and the family gatherings are prohibited.
But the fear remains that the violations do not support a new flourishing of the pandemic, in particular in Iran or Pakistan. In this last country, the faithful flocked to the mosques in spite of the recommendations for health.
The dogs have the odds
While half of humanity is confined for many weeks, a rebellion, a very small, appears in some western countries. As in the United States, Canada, or Germany.
In Berlin, about a hundred people were arrested Saturday for non-compliance with the rules of social distancing in the margins of a demonstration against the anti-coronavirus have gathered a thousand people.
In a world faced with the recession, some companies take their pin of the game.
As the giants of the technology Amazon, Google, or Facebook, whose traffic is comparable to that of the New year. Or the start-up German Uvis, which markets a process for disinfecting the handrails of the escalators with ultraviolet rays, and which has seen its orders explode.
Other good news: in the face of the pandemic, the animal shelters are empty in the United States. “The dog meets a need and brings comfort, love, and distraction,” says Jalene Hillery, a teacher in San Diego, California, who has adopted a young pitbull for her sons, 9 and 11 years old.