International Drafting, Oct 16 (EFE) .- The figures of the covid-19 continue to set records in America, which is about to exceed 600,000 deaths, and the continent turns its gaze to Europe, which is experiencing a second wave of the virus, with the sensation of seeing a prophecy announced with an uncertain date.
Thus, America reached 18.3 million cases this Friday and is about to exceed the barrier of 600,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.
Global cases rose to 38.7 million, and before the end of the day 383,000 new infections were registered, the second highest figure during the pandemic, so that a new record rate could be reached by the end of the day.
The United States tops the list of countries with the most infections, with 8 million positives, followed by India with 7.3 million, Brazil with more than 5.2 million and Russia with 1.3 million.
In addition, Argentina has risen to fifth place with 931,000 cases, very close to Colombia (945,354) and Spain, with 921,000, according to WHO statistics. Next are Peru (856,000 infections), Mexico (829,000) and France (780,000).
EUROPE, PROPHECY FOR AMERICA WITH UNCERTAIN DATE
New restrictions are imposed in Spain, France or Germany and the figures support the measures: Europe will again beat its record of daily positives today, since it now totals 150,000, a figure very close to the highest rates that the most affected region, America, registered in August.
This shows that the two continents are the face of the same coin but at the wrong time: if in August America was locked and Europeans were enjoying the holidays, now that the former are beginning to live the ‘new normal’ it is Europe that suffers another time the return of the restrictions.
And while the Old Continent works as a warning for America, records are still being registered in Argentina, which yesterday reported a new daily maximum of 17,096 positives, or in Uruguay – so far with the lowest incidence of the virus – which reached 51 on Wednesday new cases due to an outbreak in a residence.
The United States, the nation most affected by the pandemic, this Friday exceeded 8 million infections of covid-19, with 8,008,402, and 218,097 deaths.
THE PULSE OF SOCIAL MOBILIZATION IS BACK
The pulse of the continent is once again marked by social mobilization and protests, in forced hibernation by the measures to restrict the pandemic.
In Chile, the Ministry of Health announced that it will strengthen hospital emergency services and protect infrastructure from protests on the first anniversary of the social crisis, at a time when the pandemic is remitting in the country, with 1,122 new cases and 19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
This after a year of the protests that started an unparalleled crisis in Chile and that opened the door to the celebration of a plebiscite on a new Constitution to be held on October 25, after it was postponed precisely by the pandemic.
On the other hand, Colombia, with 945,354 cases and 28,616,151 deaths, continues with a stable trend, expecting dozens of indigenous people from the southwest of the country to arrive in Bogotá on Monday after a journey of about 460 km, to ask the Colombian president, Iván Duque, demands on life, peace and democracy.
Costa Rica – with 93,152 cases and 1,159 deaths – on Wednesday fulfilled two weeks of protests by social and union groups against a possible financial agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and new taxes.
The authorities foresee that the protests could increase the number of cases, although the country reached the peak of the epidemic curve in mid-September and is “in a phase of decreasing the incidence of infections”, although “it seems that this will be slow” according to reported the Central American Population Center of the state University of Costa Rica.
The pandemic also intrudes in the electoral processes of several countries. Bolivia closed on Wednesday an atypical electoral campaign for the general elections on Sunday, in which there were hardly any massive acts in the street until the final stretch of the race for power.
The race to conquer the Bolivian Government and Parliament began at the beginning of September, just after the country left behind more than five months of quarantine since March due to covid-19, but when it still had some restrictions to go out on the streets .
Bolivia officially reports some 139,000 positive cases of COVID-19, although more than 70% have already recovered, with around 8,350 deaths, but a downward curve of infections and deaths.
On the other hand, the US President, Donald Trump, tried this Friday to improve his support among the elderly by promising a free covid-19 vaccine to the elderly in nursing homes, while his rival, Joe Biden, denounced his “ lies ”about the pandemic and its attempts to end health care reform.
The announcement came at the same time as news from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer that has negative political implications for Trump: that company does not plan to request an emergency authorization from the US government for its vaccine before the third week of November.
That makes it virtually impossible for Trump to announce a vaccine before the election, a goal he had set for himself publicly and which he hoped would boost his chances of winning a second term, given his lag in the polls.
CARIBBEAN, HAVEN OF PEACE, FOR THE MOMENT
Cuba reopened to international tourism yesterday its most famous resort, Varadero, and most of its airports, except that of Havana, which has not yet officially entered the stage of “new normal” in force in the vast majority of the country and for now It has not announced a date for the restart of flights.
The opening of Cuba is added to the certification of safe destinations granted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to six countries in the Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia) for U.S. citizens.