Germany will gradually ease quarantine measures and a record daily death toll in Brazil

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                The German authorities have adopted a new plan to confront the Corona virus, which will begin on March 8, during which the quarantine measures currently imposed will be eased, but the country is still very far from the return of normal life to it.  In Brazil, on Wednesday and for the second day in a row, a record daily death toll from the virus was recorded, amounting to 1910, after it recorded the death of 1641 people on Tuesday.
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                                    <p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated Wednesday evening that her government will implement, from Monday, a gradual and conditional plan to ease the quarantine measures in place to combat Covid-19, which sparked growing popular discontent, which was reflected in the ranks of her party seven months before the parliamentary elections.

After a meeting on the national strategy to combat Covid-19 that included the rulers of the country’s states, Merkel confirmed that non-essential stores, museums, zoos, botanical gardens and memorial sites will reopen within the coming weeks if the infection rate remains less than 100 cases per 100,000 people within a week , Affirming that with this five-stage plan, Germany is entering a “new phase.”

وبحسب Opinion poll Conducted by YouGov, and its results were published this week, the percentage of support for the quarantine measures in force in the country has decreased from two-thirds of citizens in early January to only a third of them now.

Under the plan, as of March 8, people of different homes will be allowed to meet for private meetings, provided that the number of those meeting does not exceed five people.

However, this reduction does not mean that the life cycle will return to normal, as most of the restrictions in effect have been extended to at least March 28, in order to limit the increase in the number of new infections with the virus, especially the British version of it, which currently accounts for 46% of infections.

More than 1900 deaths from Corona in Brazil, in a record daily toll

On the other hand, Brazil recorded on Wednesday, for the second day in a row, a record daily death toll With a virus Corona has reached 1,910 deaths, according to official data, which confirmed the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the country. On Tuesday, Brazil recorded a record daily death toll of 1,641 deaths.

According to the data published by the Ministry of Health, which many scientists say does not reflect the actual reality of the epidemiological situation in the country, the total death toll from the pandemic in the largest country in Latin America in terms of population has reached 259,271 deaths.

And Brazil, with a population of 212 million, recorded 71,704 new infections in the last twenty-four hours With virusIn the second worst daily toll since the epidemic began to spread in this country.

Over the past seven days, the daily death rate rose to 1,331 deaths.

Until last February, this rate had not exceeded the threshold of 1,100 deaths per day.

Brazil is the second most affected country in the world, after the United States, in terms of human losses.

While epidemiologists warn that the epidemiological situation in Brazil is likely to worsen sharply in the next two weeks, the country’s health system is from now on the verge of collapse.

Bed occupancy rate in hospital intensive care departments is more than 80% in 19 of the country’s 27 states, according to the FiCruz Institute.

And on Wednesday, the southeastern state of São Paulo, the richest and most populous state in the country (46 million people), announced the return of work for two weeks, with tight restrictions to stop the spread of the pandemic.

Under these restrictions, state residents will no longer be permitted to engage in “essential activities” related to health, food and public transportation. However, schools and churches will remain open.

France 24 / AFP

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