Coronavirus changes life on the entire planet; confines almost a billion people in the world

In total, the epidemic has already caused 12 one thousand 592 dead in the world and more than 27 thousand 660 infected people

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Almost one billion people worldwide spend the weekend confined by one coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed near 13 thousand lives and forced Italy to suspend all production activities that are not “strictly necessary”.

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In a message to the country the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conti , announced at night Saturday that “the decision taken by the government is to close all productive activity in the territory that is not strictly necessary, crucial and indispensable, to guarantee us essential goods and services.”

According to numbers from the Italian Civil Protection, in a month the number of fatal victims of the epidemic in Italy already amounts to 4 thousand 825, being that on Saturday they announced another 6 thousand 557 confirmed cases of contamination.

Authorities from the Lombardy region asked Conte to take “more coercive measures”, “new restrictions”, more severe than the ban on meetings and the travel regulations imposed on Italians since 10 of March.

Meanwhile, the head of the cardio-resuscitation service at the main hospital in Brescia, Sergio Cattaneo, sent a moving message to the authorities, who reminded them that there are no more places in therapy intensive: “My call to the authorities and institutions: close everything.”

Cattaneo's call reinforces a slogan that travels the world: “stay home”.

In total, more than 900 million people in about 32 countries are affected by movement restrictions. Of these, some 600 million in 22 countries have mandatory containment order, as in France, Spain or Italy , where fines are imposed on those who disobey.

From Chile to Madrid , passing through Paris or New York , the pandemic, which emerged in December in China, has completely changed the life of the planet.

Countries try to curb the contagious force of COVID – 19 with drastic restrictions on the movements of entire populations, the closing of schools, factories and businesses, and imposing remote work or home office.

In total, the epidemic has already caused 12 one thousand 592 killed in the world and 27 thousand 660 infected people.

With 4 thousand 825 dead, Italy is already the country with the highest number of victims. The mortality rate in the country is 8.6% of confirmed cases.

It was the first country on the continent that ordered the confinement of the entire population more than 10 days and this weekend continues to strengthen its measures before the ravages of the pandemic.

In number of fatalities, to Italy and China (3, 255) followed by Iran (1, 556), Spain (1, 326), France (450) and the United States (260).

Spain reported an increase of 32 % of new deaths.

In response to this dramatic picture, Germany announced that it is preparing an economic rescue plan for 822 thousand 000 million euros, the highest in that country since the postwar period, to face the impact of this epidemic.

The gigantic package includes projects that go from partial nationalizations of fundamental services to guarantees for credits destined to pay wages to forced workers to reduce their working hours.

The government of Angela Merkel will not only put aside for the moment the sacrosanct dogma of fiscal balance, but will give one step further and will ask Parliament for permission to increase the debt ceiling.

In Latin America, drastic measures multiply, and Colombia announced that compulsory isolation would begin as of Tuesday.

Guatemala, for its part, announced the application of a partial curfew to slow the advance of the virus, which has caused 17 infections, including one deceased, while Panama reported two other deaths from the epidemic.

In other countries, such as Mexico, whose authorities resist taking drastic measures to confront the COVID pandemic – 19, many have decided to take charge and protect themselves from the threat of the virus. In Venezuela, citizens improvise ancestral concoctions and protections in the absence of cures and remedies accessible to their pockets.

Meanwhile, Bolivia ordered the total quarantine of the population as of Sunday and indefinitely postponed the presidential elections scheduled for May 3, while Ecuador extended the daily schedule in which a curfew prevails. .

Argentina , a country that has already declared a quarantine, registered the fourth fatality on Saturday due to the pandemic

In the United States, California, New York State, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Nevada have enacted the suspension of all non-essential activities, despite the fact that the country's total confinement has been ruled out by President Donald Trump for the time being.

The three major cities in the country, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are in quarantine and close to 100 millions of people locked up in their homes, a 30% of the population of 330 millions.

New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo , warned New Yorkers on Saturday that isolation is likely it stretches for months. “I don't think it's a matter of weeks” , he said.

In sports, the United States Athletics Federation joined growing calls for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed.

Although older people and those with previous pathologies have been the most affected so far, the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus , warned young people that “they are not invincible.”

“This virus can take them to the hospital for weeks or even kill them,” said Tedros.

To defend the relevance of these containment measures, the WHO gives the example of the Chinese city of Wuhan, epicenter of the pandemic, where no new case has been registered since Thursday.

With information from AFP.