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Several countries have ordered retraining for fear of a second wave of new coronavirus, while Latin America has become the second region of the world most affected by the pandemic in number of deaths, ahead of North America.

In Spain, the regional government of Catalonia has launched an arm wrestling with justice to impose its decision to reconfigure in their homes the inhabitants of the city of Lleida and surrounding municipalities, already cut off from the rest of the region for a week .

While the city’s court “decided not to ratify the measures” taken by the regional government “because they are against the law”, the Catalan separatist regional president, Quim Torra, said on Monday that he would adopt a decree- law to impose it.

In the streets of Lleida, the shops were often open, as were the café terraces, and the masked locals continued to go out.

In Germany too, the “threat” of a second wave of infections is “real”, warned Monday the Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, calling in particular his compatriots on vacation in the Balearic Islands to respect the barrier gestures.

In Morocco, the city of Tangier (north), populated by about a million inhabitants, was to be reconfigured from Monday noon after the appearance of epidemic foci.

Public transport will be suspended, cafes, shopping malls, markets and public spaces closed, and controls strengthened, so that residents leave their homes “only in cases of extreme necessity”, said the Interior Minister .

This is also the case in the Philippines where around 250,000 Manila residents will again be confined after an outbreak of cases.

– Curfew –

In South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has decided to reimpose a curfew due to the escalation of daily cases of contamination. Family visits will also be prohibited.

The restrictions imposed in March to try to stem the epidemic in this country, the most affected in Africa, were partially lifted in May. South Africa has so far registered 264,184 cases of coronavirus, of which 3,971 have been fatal.

Concern remains as strong in Australia: after the reconfiguration for six weeks decided last Thursday for Melbourne, the second city of the country, the inhabitants of Sydney were asked Monday to limit Monday the festive evenings after the appearance of a new home epidemic in a pub.

In the United States, the most heavily affected country, the pandemic continues to flare up particularly in large southern states, and an official of the Ministry of Health in Washington estimated Sunday that a reconfiguration in these areas is not excluded .

“Everything should be considered,” said Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health, when asked about ABC television.

The United States counted Sunday 59,747 new infections in 24 hours, according to the daily report of the Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed cases stands at 3,301,820 and the number of deaths at 135,171.

Four months before the presidential election, a debate rages there on the reopening of schools, defended by President Donald Trump but deemed dangerous by his opponents of the Democratic Party.

“I urge all schools to open and offer full-time courses to their students,” Education Minister Betsy DeVos said on CNN on Sunday. “They are playing with the health of our children,” said Democrat Nancy Pelosi, president of the House of Representatives.

– Latin America, second most affected region –

Latin America and the Caribbean on Monday became the second most affected region in the world by the pandemic, behind Europe, with more than 144,000 deaths officially recorded. Brazil is the most bereaved country in the region and alone accounts for 72,100 deaths. It thus exceeds the balance sheets of the United States and Canada.

The pandemic has killed more than 569,135 people worldwide since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the disease in late December.


Source: VOA-AFP.


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