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Le président Donald Trump s'entretient avec Bill Bryan, chef de la science et de la technologie au Département de la sécurité intérieure, alors qu'il parle du coronavirus jeudi dans la salle de presse James Brady de la Maison Blanche. (Photo AP / Alex Brandon)

-> Ce sont des résumés des dernières histoires mondiales sur la pandémie de coronavirus, notamment:

• Pandemic job losses have reached new heights, antiviral testing is disappointing.

• EPA reminds people to use disinfectant only on surfaces

• Spain reports more recoveries than infections for the first time.


PARIS – France will not reopen its restaurants, bars and cafes before June. The authorities also announced increased financial support for the sector in the context of the virus crisis.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the government is postponing tax payments and extending short-term unemployment to businesses that will not be allowed to reopen next month. He says small businesses with fewer than 20 employees can request emergency assistance of up to 10,000 euros ($ 10,786).

Most French companies are expected to reopen on May 11. However, the timetable for restaurants, bars and cafes will not be decided until the end of May, Le Maire said.

France, one of the most popular tourist destinations with more than 80 million foreign visitors each year, plans an investment fund to revive this sector.


ROME – According to the Superior Institutes of Health, at least 44% of the new coronavirus infections recorded this month in Italy have occurred in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.

Data released today confirms anecdotal evidence that elderly care facilities have become the main source of new infections in Italy, as elsewhere, given the vulnerability of residents and the lack of protective equipment for staff .

The second most important source of contagion, from April 1 to 23, concerned family members – almost 25% – of collateral damage due to the order of seven days at Italy’s home, the first and the most important in the West. Almost 11% of infections are attributable to hospitals, 4.2% to work and 2% to religious communities.

In addition, the report indicates that the average number of people who will receive COVID-19 from a single infected person – the so-called R0 – is now less than 1 across the country. It began between 2 and 3 years ago in the hard-hit regions of the north, where the epicenter of the European pandemic broke out on February 21.

Stefano Merler of the Bruno Kessler Foundation, who analyzed the data, says that even if Italy’s foreclosure had reduced the R0 to a national average of 0.2-0.7, “we are still not in a security situation. “

Virologists say that Italy could not consider reopening before the R0 is well below 1, while adding that it will not reach 0 until there is a vaccine.


ALGIERS, Algeria – Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has announced that containment restrictions will be relaxed with the start of Ramadan, the holy Islamic month.

Tebboune says Algeria “has succeeded in limiting the spread of the pandemic” and called for “solidarity, mutual aid, discipline, patience and vigilance” during the month of Ramadan.

Algeria reported 3,007 positive tests for the virus and 407 deaths from COVID-19.

As part of new measures, the curfew imposed in nine regions is now reduced to 5 p.m. (instead of 3 p.m.) until 7 a.m. in the hardest-hit area of ​​Blida. The complete lock is replaced by a curfew from 2 p.m. at 7 a.m. The mosques will remain closed and Muslims are asked to pray at home.

Mohand Idi Mechnane, head of the government commission responsible for Islamic religious issues, told the AP: “It is heartbreaking for the Algerian people … but health comes before religious duties. “


WARSAW, Poland – Poland is extending the closure of all school levels until May 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski said he was also postponing high school exams until June 8, canceling the oral form.

The primary exams are postponed from June 16 to 18, from the end of April. The changes will not affect the admission process to universities or colleges.


WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency reminds people to use disinfectants only on surfaces.

The EPA released the update after President Donald Trump suggested it might be useful to inject a disinfectant to fight the coronavirus.

The EPA says, “Never apply the product to yourself or others. Do not ingest disinfectants. “

Homeland Security Department William Bryan said in a White House media briefing on Thursday that “emerging results” of new research suggest that sunlight has a powerful effect on killing surfaces and in the air.

But he said there were no considerations for the internal use of disinfectants. Trump’s hypothesis drew a flood of comments on Twitter.


LONDON – The UK government’s new online link for “essential workers” to book tests for the coronavirus has stopped accepting requests for the day due to “high demand”.

Only a few hours after launch, the link read: “Coronavirus test: applications closed. “

In a tweet, the Ministry of Health and Welfare apologized, saying there was “significant demand”. He also says he “continues to rapidly increase availability and that” more tests will be available tomorrow “.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday that the government was rolling out its testing program for essential workers with symptoms of coronavirus and their families.

Swab tests are also available for those working in prisons and for journalists covering the coronavirus pandemic.

The rollout of the program aims to help the government reach its goal of 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month. The latest daily figure was around 23,500.


BERLIN – Hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes in Germany are now placing empty chairs in the streets and squares to highlight the economic situation of the pandemic.

Business owners want the government to increase financial support for the hospitality and events sector and establish a clear plan for when to reopen.

The protest took place for the first time on April 17 in the eastern city of Dresden and has been replicated in other cities.


MADRID – Authorities have welcomed the fact that, for the first time since the start of the coronavirus epidemic in Spain, more people are being diagnosed cured than sick.

Today, 2,796 new infections have been confirmed while 3,105 have overcome the infection.

“With all our efforts, the course of the epidemic is obviously starting to be where it should be,” said Fernando Simón, coordinator of the ministry’s health emergency center.

Spain has registered 367 new deaths from coronavirus patients, for a total of 22,524, while the government is considering breaking strict confinement that lasted more than 40 days.

Health officials from the 17 Spanish regions and the central government were scheduled to meet later today to make proposals on how to roll back the lock by six weeks. Authorities said the next steps will be gradual and will depend on how the regions meet certain health criteria.


LONDON – Transport for London, which runs the capital’s underground and bus networks, said it would use the UK government’s retention program to park 7,000 workers whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic. coronavirus.

He said taking the option will save around £ 15.8 million ($ 19.4 million) every four weeks and help reduce the impact of lock-in restrictions put in place since 23 March. The holidays, which represent 25 percent of TfL’s employees, will start on Monday and last for an initial period of three weeks.

Under this program, employers can lay off workers, with the government paying 80 percent of wages in cash up to a maximum of £ 2,500 ($ 3,100) per month. TfL will pay the rest of their salary.

As part of the lockdown, people were advised to only make essential trips, and this saw journeys on the London Underground drop by 95% and bus trips by 85%. As a result, TfL’s main source of income has almost disappeared.

London Transport Commissioner Mike Brown said “constructive” discussions were continuing with the government on a financial package “to provide the city with the essential transport it needs now and in the future.”


PRAGUE – The Czech Republic eases restrictions on foreigners who have been prevented from entering the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, who heads the government committee leading his response to the epidemic, said citizens of the European Union countries would be allowed to arrive for business for three days, counting from Monday.

They will still have to present a negative test for the coronavirus, which is no more than four days old, at the border, said Hamacek today.

As of today, the Czech government has already canceled the country’s travel ban and the Czechs are again allowed to travel abroad.

The government has said that the positive development of the epidemic is easing its restrictive measures.


GENEVA – The UN chief of human rights has said that some states are using the coronavirus epidemic as a pretext to suppress independent media, including the arrest and intimidation of journalists.

Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, did not specify which countries used the pandemic as “an excuse to restrict information and stifle criticism.”

Bachelet noted that some political leaders directed their statements against journalists and media professionals, and insisted that a free press is still essential but now more than ever during the pandemic.

“Now is not the time to blame the messenger,” said Bachelet. “Protecting journalists from harassment, threats, detention or censorship helps us stay safe.”


ATHENS, Greece – The office of the Prime Minister of Greece has said that seven heads of government whose countries have so far successfully limited their coronavirus epidemics held a conference call to discuss how they fought the first wave of ‘infections and strategies that everyone is considering to gradually mitigate foreclosure measures.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece joined the call with the Austrian chancellor and the prime ministers of Denmark, the Czech Republic, Israel, Australia and New Zealand, said his office.

The videoconference focused on “exchanging experiences and good practices” in the fight against the pandemic and the first measures taken to contain local epidemics in order to give countries’ health systems time to cope increased pressure. The leaders also discussed “strategies that each country is examining for the gradual relaxation of restrictive measures and the transfer to a new normal,” the office said.


JOHANNESBURG – The South African president has cheerfully offered to show how to wear a face mask after his attempt in a national speech leaving the mask covering his eyes.

President Cyril Ramaphosa met with journalists today during a tour of the coronavirus treatment facilities, one day after announcing that the country’s lockdown would be eased slightly on May 1. His clumsy attempt to put on a mask right after the speech was widely shared on social media, where some South Africans thanked him for the moment of comic relief.

Ramaphosa was praised for his calm and measured speeches that recognize the deep economic suffering that the blockage is causing in one of the most unequal countries in the world.


TOKYO – In Japan, detainees will join the fight against the spread of coronavirus behind bars, making protective gowns for medical workers.

Detainees will be assigned to produce medical gowns, which are in short supply in many hospitals, putting many medical workers at risk and fearing they may be infected, justice ministry officials said today.

The ministry said that production of protective gowns will begin in mid-May in 41 of Japan’s 75 prisons, with a target of producing 1.2 million gowns by October, about 200,000 a month. Medical experts say they are also facing severe shortages of N95 masks, face masks and other protective equipment for which Japan has largely relied on imports.

In Japanese prisons, prisoners are put to work, including sewing, carpentry and other manufacturing activities as part of correctional programs. The gowns will be distributed to hospitals via the Ministry of Health, officials said.


TOKYO – Japanese emergency medicine is starting to collapse due to severe shortages of protective equipment and test kits that can quickly identify infected patients, putting medical workers at risk of infection and causing them to refuse treat patients suspected of COVID-19 and even others suffering from heart attacks external injuries, said representatives of acute medicine today.

The limited number of advanced and critical emergency centers is overwhelmed by the increase in the number of patients and the risk of coronavirus infections, as many other hospitals are increasingly refusing suspected patients, said Takeshi Shimazu, chief from the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine, and Tetsuya Sakamoto, who heads the Japanese Society of Emergency Medicine, at a joint video press conference.

“We can no longer function normally, and in that sense, I say that the collapse of emergency medicine has already started,” said Shimazu. “I am most concerned about the collapse of health care for the critically ill. “

Japan initially appeared to have controlled the epidemic by tackling clusters of infections in specific locations, the spread of the virus has gone beyond this approach and most of the new cases are nowhere to be found. Experts say it’s time to step up testing to assess the actual spread of infections. Some experts say that infections in Japan are already far more than the number of cases published by the government.

Japan has about 12,400 cases and more than 300 deaths, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.


ISTANBUL – The Turkish health minister compared Istanbul to Wuhan – the Chinese city where the new coronavirus first appeared – as the epicenter of infection in an interview.

“Turkey was Wuhan in Istanbul,” Minister Fahrettin Koca told a columnist for the pro-government newspaper Sabah in an interview published today.

Koca said the spread of COVID-19 in Istanbul had been brought under control by a contact tracing carried out by a team of experts. “They followed trails like medical detectives,” he said and argued that it would have been difficult to contain the virus otherwise.

The latest official figures indicate that 2,491 people have died and 101,790 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. The largest number of cases is in Istanbul, said the Minister of Health.

The country ranks seventh in the world for the number of confirmed infections, surpassing Iran and China, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Experts say the true toll of the pandemic around the world is much higher than Johns Hopkins’ count, in part due to limited testing and difficulty counting the dead in the midst of a crisis. Nearly 800,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Turkey, which has a population of 83 million.


BUDAPEST, Hungary – The Prime Minister of Hungary has said that the government is working on new rules that will allow the country to gradually resume its daily activities from the beginning of May.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state radio today that the current rules requiring people to stay at home as much as possible will be replaced and that the first phase of protection against the coronavirus pandemic will be completed.

He said the new regulations being developed should protect the most vulnerable: the elderly, the chronically ill and the urban.

Orban said Hungary is closely monitoring developments in neighboring Austria, where the pandemic is at a more advanced stage.

To date, Hungary has recorded 2,383 cases of coronavirus, with 250 deaths.


STOCKHOLM – Sweden has threatened to close bars and restaurants that do not meet the social distancing recommendations of public health authorities.

“We are seeing disturbing reports of outdoor dining and the crowds. Let me be extremely clear. I don’t want to see crowded outdoor restaurants in Stockholm or elsewhere, ”Swedish Interior Minister Mikael Damberg said at a press conference.

The Swedish government today asked 290 municipalities across the country to report on how restaurants and cafes follow the advice of the Public Health Authority.

“These guidelines must be followed, otherwise operations will be closed,” said Damberg.

Earlier this week, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said that “it is not the number of hours of sunshine or temperature that decides whether or not to listen to the advice of the authorities.”

“Do not think for a moment that we have been through this crisis,” he said at a press conference.

Sweden has opted for relatively liberal policies to fight the coronavirus pandemic.


TOKYO – Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said today that quality checks are carried out on all masks distributed to each household, after some have been found to be dirty and defective.

“We are checking very carefully,” he told reporters, while stressing that the masks are supposed to allay people’s concerns about COVID-19.

Suga confirmed that the mask initiative would cost the taxpayer about 9 billion yen ($ 83 million). This is less than the 47 billion yen originally planned ($ 435 million).

Kowa Co., a textile and medical equipment company, and trading company Itochu Corp., apologized on Thursday, saying the masks they supplied to the government were flaws and are being recalled.

The documents distributed to 50 million households were pejoratively nicknamed “AbenoMask” by the Japanese public, an interpretation of the economic policies “Abenomics” of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Reusable cloth masks are delivered in packs of two and are delivered in letter boxes. Japanese media reports have indicated that some are stained, moldy, or have bugs in the packaging.


NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister said 1.3 billion people in the country are courageously fighting the coronavirus epidemic with limited resources and the lesson they have learned so far is that the country must be self-sufficient to meet his needs.

Addressing heads of village councils in the country by video conference today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country cannot afford to look outward to face a crisis of this size in the future .

Self-sufficiency is the biggest lesson taught by the epidemic, said Modi.

India has so far reported 22,358 new positive coronavirus cases and 718 deaths. India imports essential medical supplies, including protective equipment, masks and respirators from China.

Referring to the low number of victims compared to other countries, Modi said the country’s efforts to win the battle against the pandemic through a strict lockdown imposed on March 25 and social distancing are appreciated by others country. The nationwide lockdown is scheduled to end on May 3.

                                                                            

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