Madrid | The leaders of the most industrialized countries of the world meet in emergency on Thursday in an attempt to provide a coordinated response to the pandemic coronavirus which ” threatens the whole of humanity “, according to the UN, in spite of the containment measures unprecedented, affecting over three billion people.
The G20 should hold a summit conference chaired by saudi Arabia, which ensures the rotating presidency of the institution. In Brussels, the european Parliament is organising a special session devoted to emergency measures to cope with the coronavirus.
Some 20 600 patients Covid-19 have succumbed to this virus appeared in China in December. The number of contaminated now approaching a half-million people with more than 450,000 cases reported in the world, and it ” threatens the whole of mankind “, according to the UN.
Europe is paying the heaviest price, with two-thirds of the victims. The balance sheet is particularly increased on Wednesday in Spain (3 434 deaths), which has surpassed China in number of deaths (3 281), but also in France and in Italy, the country most badly affected with over 7 500 deaths.
“Worse than a war “
In Vertova, a small village in the north of Italy, the virus was responsible for more deaths than the Second world War. “No one deserves a horrible death. It is absurd to see that by 2020 there could be a pandemic of this kind, worse than a war “, laments the mayor, Orlando Gualdi.
“Unfortunately, there are no masks or disinfectant in the village. I had to make my own mask, with a piece of fabric and my sewing machine, ” says Augusta Magni, an inhabitant of the village aged 63 years.
A result of the containment measures without precedent: the world is at a standstill, and the economy plunges.
To think of the parade, the G20, which accounts for almost two-thirds of the world’s population and three-quarters of GDP global, will prepare ” a comprehensive and coordinated response to the pandemic of Covid-19 and its implications for human and economic “, according to the saudi Arabia. The G20 includes the United States, China, Japan, Germany, Italy and France.
This summit will join other countries affected by the coronavirus, such as Spain, Jordan, Singapore or Switzerland, as well as executives of large international organizations.
This meeting comes in the wake of the release expected 2,000 billion dollars in the United States, a plan approved Wednesday by the Senate, and the adoption of a support plan of 1 100 billion euros in Germany.
It is in the United States as the contagion progresses most rapidly, with nearly 68 572 cases of Covid-19 confirmed and more than 1 000 dead, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins university.
And Africa, which are poorly equipped to face a health crisis of great magnitude, arouses great concerns with the appearance of the first cases in Mali or in Libya, a country at war.
At the head of the first economic power in the world, the american president Donald Trump is not hiding his impatience to return to normal by Easter-he hoped, to avoid a long recession.
This scenario is illustrated in China, where the cuts imposed since months in the central province of Hubei, the cradle of the pandemic, have been lifted, except in the regional capital of Wuhan, causing traffic jams on the roads, and rushes on the trains and buses.
The asian giant has succeeded in containing the disease and the contagion seems to be, in turn, slow in Italy, with a decrease in new cases.
France, which lists more than 1 300 deaths, is preparing for a ” long stress “. It withdrew its troops from Iraq and put its military on a war footing to meet this health emergency.
Second most populated country in the world, India (formally 519 cases, of which 10 fatal) was confined to his tower Wednesday its 1.3 billion inhabitants.
In the empty streets of New Delhi, the chirping of birds replaced the usual cacophony of car horns and shouting. In Mumbai, Rafiq Ansari, a merchant of vegetables, raised the concern of future “shortages” as it is ” increasingly difficult to procure “.
In Russia, the next week will be nonworking, president Vladimir Putin has called on its citizens to ” stay home “, without, however, the order.