In the United States, the split between proponents of the early opening of the country and supporters of a cautious approach has affected the work of Congress.
Millions of people took advantage of the easing of restrictions on leaving home due to the coronavirus on Sunday to enjoy the spring weather. Still, on the same day, some of the world’s most populated countries reported alarming new peaks in the incidence of the disease. One of these countries was India, where the most massive daily increase in new cases occurred.
Second, only to China in population, India has reported more than 2,600 new infections. In Russia, the number of new cases of the disease for the first time exceeded 10 thousand. The confirmed number of deaths in the UK is close to that of Italy, which has become the epicenter of the epidemic in Europe. However, the population of the United Kingdom is younger than in Italy, and the UK has also had more time to prepare for the impact of the pandemic.
In the US, tens of thousands of new infections are still registered every day. On Saturday alone, 1,400 fatalities were recorded.
Health experts warn of a possible second wave of the epidemic if the scale of testing is not significantly increased after the restrictions are lifted. Because of long-term restrictions on businesses, the global economy is experiencing its deepest recession since the 1930s, destroying millions of jobs, so demands to allow companies to reopen are mounting.
In China, which reported only two new cases, there was an influx of visitors to tourist attractions that reopened after the easing of travel restrictions within the country. This happened on the eve of a five-day holiday that will last until Tuesday. According to Chinese media reports, 1.7 million people visited Beijing’s parks during the first two days of the holiday; while Shanghai’s leading tourist destinations received more than a million visitors. At the same time, many places have limited daily attendance to 30 percent of the usual.
On the eve of Italy’s first steps to lift restrictions, the Health Ministry reported on Sunday 174 deaths from COVID-19 over the previous day, the lowest daily figure since the nationwide quarantine began on March 10. Italian parks and squares open on Monday.
In Spain, many took to the streets for the first time after the introduction of a nationwide quarantine on March 14, but the rules of social distance remain in force. Wearing masks on public transport becomes mandatory from Monday.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is required to publish the procedure for lifting the quarantine. The restrictions were supposed to be in effect until Thursday. Still, in a situation where hundreds of deaths are reported daily – twice as many as recently in Italy or Spain-it is unclear how the country can lift the restrictions without fear of consequences.
Johnson, 55, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and spent three nights in intensive care, told the Sun newspaper that he knew his doctors were preparing for the worst.
“It was a difficult moment. I can’t deny it,” he said.
According to him, the doctors “had a strategy in case of the “death of Stalin” if the virus had won.
Another potentially disturbing piece of news came from the Afghan capital, Kabul, where a third of the randomly selected 500 people who were tested for the coronavirus were infected.
In the United States, New Jersey reopened state parks, although some of them denied people access after Parking lots were 50 percent full.
Margie Roebuck and her husband were among the first people to relax on the sand at island beach Park.
“Forty-six days in the house was enough,” she said.
Speaking on Fox News on Sunday, Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House working group on coronavirus, expressed concern about the protests of armed people. They were mostly without masks and demanded to lift restrictions on leaving the house and completely restart the economy. President Donald Trump encouraged people to “liberate” their States.
“It worries me terribly because if they go home and infect their grandparents, they will feel guilty for the rest of their lives,” she said. “Therefore, we need to protect each other when we express dissatisfaction.”
If the restrictions are lifted too soon, the virus can return “in small waves to different parts of the country,” said Dr. Tom Inglesby, Director of the Center for medical security at Johns Hopkins University.
“Nothing has changed in the dynamics of this virus; “he said, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his state and six others would create a regional supply chain of masks, gowns, ventilators, testing supplies, and other materials needed to fight the disease.
“This will increase our competitiveness in the international market, and I think it will save taxpayers money,” Cuomo said.
In the United States, there remains a split between those who want to end restrictions, and supporters of a more cautious approach, which has even been shown in the work of Congress.
The Senate, which has a majority of Republicans, will resume work on Monday. The democratic-controlled House of Representatives remains closed. The decision by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to call 100 senators supports the image of America getting back to work – a model that Trump wants, despite the risks.
As for other countries, the number of new infections in Russia is almost twice as high as it was a week ago. More than half of the new Russian cases are in Moscow, where there is growing concern about possible overcrowding in the city’s medical facilities.
Indian air force helicopters showered hospitals in some cities with flower petals as a sign of gratitude to doctors, nurses, and police officers who are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic.
The number of detected cases in India is close to 40,000, while the country of 1.3 billion people marked the 40th day of a nationwide quarantine. The official death toll has reached 1,323.
In Mexico City, where authorities expect the incidence to peak next week, workers will turn the Rodriguez brothers racetrack Into a temporary hospital for patients with COVID-19. Eight hospital modules with 24 beds each will be installed on the field and the premises along the route. Repair boxes will be used as consulting rooms.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 3.5 million, more than 246 thousand died, including 66 thousand people in the United States.
It is believed that all these data are lower than real-due to problems with testing, methods of counting the dead during the pandemic, and the deliberate concealment of data by the authorities of some countries.