The spread of the Covid-19 epidemic accelerated in the American continent as leaders affected

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01:40 PM

Friday 10 July 2020

Washington – (AFP):

The outbreak of the Corona virus continues in the American continent, as it affects the leaders of some of its countries, as the President of Bolivia and the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela announced that they contracted the disease within days of the detection of the Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, at a time when the United States and Mexico recorded the highest daily death toll so far.

“I am infected with Covid-19. I am fine and I will work in isolation. Together we will move forward,” wrote Bolivian President Janine Anies, the presidential candidate on September 6, in a tweet on Thursday.

“I will be in quarantine for 14 days, then I will undergo another examination. I feel fine,” the right-wing president, 53, said in a video posted on her Twitter account.

Aníez assumed the acting presidency of Bolivia after the resignation of leftist President Evo Morales and his exile in November 2019.

The death toll from the Covid-19 epidemic in Bolivia, with a population of 11 million, has reached 42,984 cases, of which 1,577 people have died.

Meanwhile, the President of the National Constituent Assembly and Vice-President of the Presidential Party in Venezuela Diosdado Capello revealed that he had Covid-19, the day after he cut off his weekly program on Wednesday, stating that he was “very sensitive”.

President Nicolas Maduro commented, “All my solidarity is with him (…). He is resting, he is fine.” At the same time, he declared that Omar Prieto, Governor of Zulia State (West), on the border with Colombia and where the largest epidemic of the Covid-19 epidemic in Venezuela, is afflicted. Also with the virus.

Very good condition

Venezuela has counted 80 deaths out of 8,372 confirmed injuries, according to official figures that the opposition and non-governmental organizations such as Human Rights Watch consider to be inferior to the truth.

Brazil is the country worst affected by the epidemic in Latin America, with the latest official death toll reported on Thursday, 69,184 deaths, an increase of 1220 deaths in 24 hours, out of 1,75 million injuries, an increase of 42,619 within 24 hours, and it is the second highest toll in the world after the United States.

Two days after Bolsonaro announced his infection, the president, publicly skeptical of the seriousness of the epidemic and opposed to virus protection measures, confirmed that he was in “very good” condition.

On Thursday, he again recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine, the controversial drug, for the treatment of Covid-19.

The situation is getting worse in Latin America, where Peru on Wednesday crossed the threshold of 11,000 deaths and the capital of Salvador is in a “critical phase”, according to the non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders.

On Thursday, Mexico recorded the highest number of daily injuries to date, amounting to 7280 cases, while the total number reached 282,280 cases, of which 33,526 people died.

The virus is also spreading very quickly in the United States, which has recorded the highest number of daily infections, exceeding 65,500 new infections, according to Johns Hopkins University census at 20:30 local time, after recording the highest previous daily toll on Tuesday of 60200.

The total number of registered cases so far is more than 3.11 million cases. About 1,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 133,195 deaths in the United States.

Trump reduces the size of the numbers

President Donald Trump on Thursday downplayed the numbers, saying, “For the 100th time, the reason for recording this number of injuries compared to other countries that are not much better than us is because we are doing exams in a much bigger and much better way.”

But “We are in a very difficult situation,” said infectious disease expert Anthony Fuchi, who advises the White House on the Covid-19 crisis.

In a video conference organized by the “The Hill” media website, he criticized reopening the country by “skipping all the recommended steps.”

“This is not the right way to do it. We need to rethink that and do it differently,” he said.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization called for solidarity against the virus, while the number of infections exceeded the threshold of 12 million in the world with more than 550,900 deaths.

“We will not be able to overcome the pandemic if we are divided,” two days after the United States confirmed its withdrawal from the international organization, which accuses it of mismanaging the crisis and siding with China, where the virus appeared in December.

While the American continent has not yet reached the height of the epidemic, the virus has receded in the rest of the world despite the registration of new outposts in separate locations.

In Australia (9,000 injuries and 106 deaths), five million people were quarantined in Melbourne for six weeks and the Victoria state border was closed.

The situation in Europe appears to be under control despite the emergence of new foci. Nor is the continent most affected with more than 200,000 deaths, including more than two-thirds in the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Spain.





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