Coronavirus — Eurasia Returns to Normal, America Braces for Worse

  • On Thursday, Brazil recorded its highest one-day total of deaths to date, at 1,492.
  • Health experts in the United States fear a new outbreak of the epidemic in the coming weeks due to the massive demonstrations that are currently taking place.
  • China will begin allowing all foreign airlines, which are currently banned from traveling to it due to anti-COVID-19 measures, to operate one trip per week to and from the country.

As life gradually returns to normal in Europe, the scene in Brazil remains bleak, while fears prevail that the current protests in the United States will lead to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. The new Coronavirus continues to spread in Latin America unabated, especially in Brazil.

Coronavirus in Brazil – Masks from the Samba School

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2). As of June 5, nearly 6.8 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 396,000 deaths.

For weeks, Brazil has become the new focus of COVID-19, with a total of 34,625 deaths, and nothing suggests that the spread of the virus in the country is close to ending. On Thursday, Brazil recorded its highest one-day total of deaths to date, at 1,492.

Indeed, the scientific group considers the figures announced to date to be less than the reality. Meanwhile, President Jair Bolsonaro strongly calls for the lifting of restrictions to maintain the economy and jobs.

For its part, Mexico on Wednesday crossed the threshold of 1,000 deaths in 24 hours, for the first time since the outbreak of the epidemic. Mexico has recorded 12,545 deaths from 105,680 total cases.

As part of the 30 countries’ attempts to limit the epidemic, Chile decided to extend the isolation measures in Santiago for the fourth week. On the other hand, Ecuador will ease the restrictions imposed in Quito. It also reduced the curfew on Wednesday to eight hours a day, and allowed restaurants and malls to reopen.

U.S. Fears a New Wave Amid Protests

In the United States, the country most affected by the pandemic, the death toll crossed 110,000 this week. It is the highest number of deaths recorded by any country in the world, and accounts for more than 1 in 4 deaths from COVID-19 worldwide. Since peaking in late April, the number of deaths have subsided, however the infection curve remains relatively stable.

In varying degrees, all US states have relaxed the closures and quarantine measures they had imposed to limit the spread of the epidemic that peaked in this country in mid-March. However, dozens of major cities imposed nighttime curfews to counter a wave of protests that pervaded the country, often marred by riots and looting,

The protests were in response to the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed when he was suffocated under the knee of a white policeman, Derek Chauvin, last week. Health experts in the United States fear a new outbreak of the epidemic in the coming weeks due to the massive demonstrations that are currently registered in more than 140 American cities.

Life Goes Back to Normal in Europe

On the other hand, life in Europe is slowly returning to normal. On Thursday, Austria opened its borders to all neighbors except Italy. Meanwhile, Germany and Belgium plan to do the same on June 15. For its part, Germany and the Netherlands announced the easing of the travel warning to several European countries as of June 15 as well.

Italy, where the tourism sector is vital, has advanced to all countries of the world by reopening its borders to tourists from Wednesday. The message is clear: “Welcome to Italy.” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, “there is enthusiasm in the air.”

The George Floyd protests, and riots, are an ongoing series of violent uprisings in the United States that initially started in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area of Minnesota before spreading nationwide. As of May 31, there were simultaneous protests in over 100 other cities in the United States and internationally supporting those seeking justice for Floyd as well as speaking out against excessive police brutality.

China Allows Foreign Flights

As for the cradle of the epidemic, as of next Monday, China will begin allowing all foreign airlines, which are currently banned from traveling to it due to anti-COVID-19 measures, to operate one trip per week to and from the country. The decision means practically lifting the ban on American air carriers.

The authority maintained a medical examination for all who arrived in Chinese territory. China was the first country to report cases of the emerging coronavirus, which pushed it to reduce its flights with the world strongly at the end of March, for fear of newly infected people coming from abroad.

The decision came a day after the US Department of Transportation announced its intention to prevent Chinese airlines from traveling to the United States because of Beijing’s refusal to allow US companies to resume their flights to China.

The US Department of Transportation considered the decision, which will enter into force on June 16, “in response to the Chinese authorities’ refusal to allow US airlines to resume their activities in China despite the lifting of isolation measures.”

In a similar step, the government of the United Arab Emirates announced on Twitter on Thursday that it would reopen airports for transit traffic after it had stopped in March.

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Doris Mkwaya

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