Coronavirus — Infections Rising in Europe, Indigenous Leader Dies

  • France is not the only country that has been hit by an increase in the number of infected people since easing the lockdown of new virus measures in Europe.
  • In Afghanistan, a sample survey found that nearly one-third of the population (about 10 million) may be infected with the new virus.
  • Chief Aritana Yawalapiti, a Brazilian indigenous leader, died of COVID-19.

France announced that 1,695 new cases of new coronavirus have been confirmed in the last 24 hours. It became the highest daily total of infections in two months. In all, COVID-19 has killed more than 30,000 people in France, making it the third-largest in Europe, after Britain and Italy.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached France on 24 January 2020, when the first COVID-19 case in both Europe and France was identified in Bordeaux. As of August 6, France has reported over 195,633 confirmed cases, 30,312 deaths, and 82,166 recoveries.

Southwestern Toulouse has introduced new regulations that mandate wearing masks in crowded streets. The capital city of Paris, and many other cities, are expected to follow. The number of infected people is increasing again throughout Europe.

France is not the only country that has been hit by an increase in the number of infected people since easing the lockdown of new virus measures in Europe.

Spain announced that it had the highest number of cases— 1,772— since the start of easing lockdowns in June. Regarding Spain, the UK announced last month that it will require 14-day voluntary quarantine measures that were exempted for people from Spain.

Following this, Switzerland also announced that it would quarantine travelers from Spain. However, it does not apply to travelers from the Canary and Balearic Islands. On the other hand, Germany will require all travelers from Antwerp, Belgium to be quarantined. This is due to the German disease control agency designating Antwerp as a “high-risk area.”

In Greece, where the number of infected people was relatively well-controlled in the spring, 124 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, the highest daily increase in recent weeks. The country’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, called on the people to adhere to the strict restrictions and warned them to “be careful.”

COVID-19 was confirmed to have spread to Afghanistan when its index case, in Herat, was confirmed on 24 February 2020. As of August 6, there have been 36,896 positive cases, with 25,840 recoveries and 1,298 deaths across all 34 provinces in the country.

The Situation in Other Countries

In Afghanistan, a sample survey found that nearly one-third of the population (about 10 million) may be infected with the new virus, said Ahmad Jawad Osmani, Minister of Public Health. The results are from an antibody test conducted on 9,500 people in Afghanistan with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Johns Hopkins University.

Osmani said most of the cases were found in urban areas, with the capital city, Kabul, most affected. Most infected individuals appear asymptomatic. Afghanistan’s official number of infected people is approximately 36,000, with 1,200 dead. However, it is believed that the number of people infected is much higher than has been reported, due to poverty and weakened healthcare systems in decades of conflict.

Under these circumstances, a major indigenous leader in Brazil died from complication of COVID-19. Chief Aritana Yawalapiti had tested positive for the virus last month, and then moved to an intensive care unit. Aritana is a man who has fought to protect the Amazon rainforest and protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

Indigenous communities in Brazil have been severely affected by the new virus. Both deaths and infections in the country are the second-highest in the world. To date, nearly 96,000 people have died and about 2.8 million have been infected.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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