Confidence in deconfinement is shrinking in the world

Several international leaders called on Friday for the 75 e anniversary of the end of the Second World War, to rediscover the spirit of that era to face the pandemic of the new coronavirus which is destabilizing the world. In a speech to the BBC, Queen Elizabeth II called on the British to “never lose hope”.

The German head of state made the parallel, but to refuse the temptation to nationalist withdrawals. “We must not accept that the peace order” established from 1945 “goes up in smoke before our eyes,” said President Frank- Walter Steinmeier in a speech in Berlin. “We want more and not less cooperation around the world, including in the fight against the pandemic. “

The pandemic of the new coronavirus has made at least 271 780 dead in the world since its appearance in December in China, according to a report established by AFP Friday evening. More than 3 896 790 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 195 countries and territories since the beginning of the epidemic. The countries with the most new deaths are the United States with 1635 new deaths, the United Kingdom (626) and Brazil (610).

Italy passed the helm on Friday 30 000 deaths caused by the coronavirus epidemic, becoming the second European country to cross this symbolic threshold, after the United Kingdom on Tuesday. Despite this heavy assessment, the other published figures are encouraging. The number of new deaths is thus lower than that recorded on Thursday (+ 274) or Wednesday (+ 369). The total number of patients also continues to decrease and has now reached 87 961 against 89 624 the day before, as well as the number of patients in intensive care, 1168 against 1311 Thursdays.

American skepticism

The United States, which recorded its first death linked to the coronavirus in early February, is the country most affected in terms of number of deaths and cases, with 75 178 death for more than 1 280 000 case. At least 195 036 people have been declared cured. A large majority of Americans say they are worried that the price of the ongoing deconfinement in the country is too heavy to pay in terms of human lives, according to a poll published Friday.

According to this survey by the Ipsos institute for ABC News, 64% of respondents believe that the resumption of economic activity “is not worth it because it will cost human lives”. This concern is especially felt among democratic voters (92%), ethnic minorities (84 %) and women (72%). Faced with a major economic crisis, several American states have announced a relaxation of containment measures and the reopening of certain businesses and businesses, with the support of the American president who said he was ready to assume the risk of additional victims. “I'm not saying that everything is perfect. […] Are some people going to be hit hard? Yes. But we have to open our country and we have to open it soon, “he said on Tuesday during a visit to a respiratory mask factory.

According to Ipsos, 57% respondents disapproved of his way of handling the crisis, against 036% who support presidential action. While several vaccine trials are underway around the world, a quarter of respondents say they are suspicious and do not think they will get vaccinated, even if the vaccine is “safe and effective”.

Washington also accused China and Russia on Friday of “accelerating” their cooperation on “propaganda” and “disinformation” with the new coronavirus, in a new escalation in the Sino-American War of Words on the Origin of the Pandemic.

“Before the COVID crisis – 19, we had already seen a certain level of propaganda coordination between Russia and the People's Republic of China, “said Lea Gabrielle, coordinator of the US State Department center analyze and counter foreign propaganda. “But with this pandemic, cooperation has accelerated quickly,” she added in a conference call with reporters. According to her, this “convergence is the result of the pragmatism of the two actors, who want to shape the interpretation of the COVID pandemic – 19 by opinion in their own interest. ”

I'm not saying that everything is perfect. […] Are some people going to be hit hard? Yes. But we have to open our country and we have to open it soon.

– Donald Trump

At the end of March, when the American president and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, had concluded an informal truce in the war of words between the two great powers on the origin of the disease, Washington was pleased to see China no longer spreading conspiracy theories on the Internet about an American involvement. But the truce quickly shattered.

The deconfinement is struggling

Madrid and Barcelona, ​​the two largest Spanish cities, will not pass Monday to the new stage of deconfinement, unlike other regions where the terraces can reopen and people meet with their loved ones, announced Friday the government. Similarly, in Germany, just two days after the announcement of a gradual return to normal, a canton had to reintroduce containment on Friday and two others are considering it given the number of contaminations started to rise again.

With over 31 000 people COVID dead – 19 in the United Kingdom, the Minister of the Environment George Eustice, stressed Friday that his country was “out of the woods”, enough to shower the hopes of deconfinement. “There will be no dramatic changes overnight, we will be very, very careful when we relax the current restrictions, because the data we present every day shows that we are not out of the woods,” said M Eustice during the daily press conference of the government on the pandemic.