WHO fears two million dead from COVID-19

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The World Health Organization (WHO) now fears that the COVID-19 pandemic will kill two million people if the world does not mobilize strongly, and calls are increasing to fairly share future vaccines.

The pandemic has already killed nearly a million people, out of more than 32 million cases of contamination, including seven million in the United States. It plunged the economy into an unprecedented recession and forced the cancellation or delay of major cultural and sporting events.

Asked in Geneva about the possibility that the final death toll from COVID-19 could reach two million, a WHO official deemed the hypothesis plausible.

If we don't do everything possible, the number you are talking about is not only possible, but unfortunately very likely, said Michael Ryan, WHO's director of emergency situations.

To try to avoid this, a frantic race for the vaccine has been launched: it is a question both of developing this anti-coronavirus weapon and for each country to ensure that its population will be able to have sufficient doses.

At the United Nations Annual General Assembly, Latin America and Australia demanded free access to future vaccines, while the United States, Europe and Japan have already reserved more than half of the doses that would be available initially.

Anyone who finds a vaccine must share it … it's a global responsibility and a moral responsibilityAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday. The world will judge very, very severely those who will seek to extract from this crisis short-term benefit or profit, he warned.

India, world's largest vaccine maker, to use resources in fight against pandemic for all mankind, his Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on Saturday before the UN.

India's vaccine production and delivery capabilities will be used to help all mankind fight this crisis, Modi said, adding that his country would also help countries improve their cold chain and storage capacities.

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The disease is gaining ground

For now, the pandemic continues to progress.

In total in the world, there are 987,764 dead on Saturday.

The pandemic accelerated slightly this week, peaking at more than 300,000 new cases per day.

The acceleration was strongest in Europe (+ 22% compared to the previous week).

In the United States, the most heavily affected country, the epidemic is stagnating, but at a high level: the number of contaminations exceeded 7 million on Friday and more than 203,750 people have died from COVID-19 since February.

Europe is reconfiguring

In Spain, the Madrid region is preparing to extend the restrictions already in force to new areas. As of Monday, an additional 167,000 inhabitants – a little over a million people in total – will only be able to leave their neighborhood for specific reasons: to go to work, to go to the doctor or to take their children to hospital. school.

In the UK, nearly half of Wales will be subject to local lockdown. Welsh Minister of Health Vaughan Getting announced that from 6 p.m. Sunday it would be banned from entering or leaving the cities of Cardiff and Swansea without a valid reason, such as work or school. . The same provisions will come into force on Saturday in Llanelli.

In the United Kingdom, still, 10 people were arrested and 4 police officers injured, Saturday in London, during a demonstration which brought together thousands of opponents to the restrictions taken by 10, Downey Street in the face of a resurgence of the virus, a the police announced.

People lining up for drug tests in Marseille, France.

In Marseille, France, the health emergency is maximum due to the pandemic.

Photo: Reuters / Éric Gaillard

In Marseille, the second largest city in France, politicians, entrepreneurs and traders took to the streets on Friday to protest against the total closure of bars and restaurants decided by the government.

The metropolis of Marseille-Aix is ​​now classified maximum alert zone. Eleven other agglomerations, including Paris, were placed by the government in enhanced alert zone, with among other measures the closing of bars at 10 p.m.

The Moscow city hall, faced with a new surge in contaminations, asked elderly residents of the Russian capital on Friday to confine themselves and called on companies to favor teleworking.

Burma stricken

In Burma, a country relatively untouched until now and where the health system is one of the most precarious in the world, 6,000 people were quarantined in Yangon and on Saturday, official media reported that seven new centers had been built for isolate 1,000 other people.

In Israel, the government announced new restrictions on international flights on Friday.

Conversely, Peru will reopen its air borders to a number of countries on October 5, after seven months of closure.

And in China, crowds flocked to the big Beijing auto show on Saturday – the industry's only international event this year – as automakers look to attract customers again despite the pandemic.

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