The WHO has displayed its hopes for the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic. She hopes to be done with the pandemic within two years. Encouraging statements as the European continent faces an upsurge in cases.
The World Health Organization hopes to end the Covid-19 pandemic “in less than two years”, as many countries around the world face an outbreak of new cases. “We hope to end this pandemic in less than two years. Especially if we can unite our efforts (…), using the available tools as much as possible and hoping that we can have additional tools like vaccines, I think. that we can put an end to it in a shorter period of time than the (Spanish) flu of 1918, “WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference on Friday.
The famous “Spanish flu” had decimated 50 million people from 1918 to 1920, when malnutrition and tuberculosis made the population all the more fragile. “In our current situation, […] the virus is more likely to spread, […] but we have the advantage of having better technologies […] and we know how to stop it “, underlined the head of the WHO. The WHO also recommended” the wearing of the mask to the children aged 12 years and more under the same conditions as the adults “.
The WHO warns all the same, recalling that even a vaccine would not end the Covid-19. The situation could also become more complicated with the return of the seasonal flu.
Figures on the rise across Europe
In Europe, the figures of new cases of contamination in 24 hours published Friday in France, Italy, Germany or Spain are worrying and show a rebound of the pandemic, often due to holidays, parties and travel.
Spain, despite some of the strictest containment in the world, the wearing of the mask widespread and millions of tests, is again among the most affected. Already among the most bereaved countries (more than 28,800 dead), it is also the country of Western Europe which has the most diagnosed cases: nearly 378,000, and a contagion rate (143 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants) exceeding by far that of its neighbors.
The epidemic is also flaring in France, which has recorded even more deaths (more than 30,500 in total) and 4,586 new cases in the past 24 hours. As the start of the school year approaches, the government has decreed the wearing of masks compulsory in schools for those over 11, even when the rules of physical distancing can be respected.
In Switzerland, 300 new daily cases were recorded Friday for the second time of the week, a level not reached since mid-April, raising fears of the occurrence of a second wave. In Britain, containment will be tightened in several areas of north-west England, while Birmingham, the second most populous city in the country, has been placed under surveillance due to an upsurge in the virus. In Italy, Venice is preparing to host the Mostra from September 2 to 12, the first major film festival since the start of the pandemic and the oldest in the world, with many thermal scanners, disinfectant gel and compulsory mask everywhere.
America remains the most bereaved continent
The epidemic has killed at least 793,847 people since the end of December, according to a report drawn up by AFP on Friday from official sources. More than 22,734,900 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories since the start of the epidemic, of which at least 14,298,000 are now considered cured.
The United States remains the most bereaved country, with 175,245 deaths and 5,618,133 cases of coronavirus recorded on Friday, or 1,067 deaths and 47,031 additional cases in 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is the reference in the matter. The WHO estimated Friday that the pandemic in Brazil, the second most affected country in terms of death toll (more than 111,100) and cases (more than 3.45 million), seemed to be stabilizing. Michael Ryan, the organization’s director of emergency situations, noted “a clear downward trend in many parts” of the country, while being cautious for the medium term.
A pandemic which accentuates precariousness
The Covid-19 health crisis and its procession of destroyed jobs and supply difficulties, could lead to extreme poverty 100 million additional people around the world, World Bank President David Malpass warned Thursday, in an interview with AFP. This situation makes it “imperative” for creditors to reduce the debt of poor countries, said David Malpass.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, the pandemic is expected to push 45 million people back into poverty, bringing the total to 231 million, or 37.3 percent of the region’s population, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the United Nations. Caribbean (ECLAC)