Coronavirus cases in the Americas increase with the US At the head with some 137,000 and more than 2,400 deaths, however President Donald Trump decided not to quarantine in three states and his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, continues to defy the pandemic and walked in Brasilia this Sunday.
The day of this Sunday was of contrasts because while Bolivia barely reported the first death on account of the coronavirus, the state of New York was close to 60,000 confirmed cases and a thousand deaths in the United States.
The world map showing the real-time evolution of the pandemic, digitally produced by Johns Hopkins University, is increasingly tinged with red, the color that indicates the number of globally confirmed cases that already exceed 716,000 and deaths are more than 33,500.
In Latin America, Brazil continues to be the one with the highest number of confirmed cases, with 4,256, followed by Chile (2,139), Ecuador (1,890), Panama (901), Peru (852), Mexico (848), Argentina (745) and Colombia. (702).
USA CONSOLIDATED AS A WORLDWIDE FOCUS
The main epidemiologist of the United States Government, Anthony Fauci, did not rule out that, according to projections, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country reaches 100,000 or even more, and that the infections can reach millions.
The United States has so far recorded 2,381 coronavirus deaths, of which more than a quarter have occurred in New York State.
On Saturday night, President Donald Trump affirmed that a quarantine in New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut will finally not be necessary, after saying in the morning that he was weighing it and after leading a controversy with the New York governor, Andrew Cuomo.
“On the recommendation of the White House Task Force, and after consultation with the Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, I have asked the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to issue a strong notice of trip, which will be administered by the governors, according to the Federal Government, “the president tweeted.
BOLSONARO BREAKS THE RULES
The President of Brazil, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, walked this Sunday through the towns of Ceilandia and Taguatinga, in the metropolitan region of the Brazilian capital, and spoke with his neighbors against health recommendations to maintain social isolation to contain the coronavirus.
Bolsonaro’s escape, which is not on his official agenda, comes a day after his Health Minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, reinforced the need to stay home, even for young people, and to avoid crowds to contain the pandemic .
MEASURES TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC
Paraguay entered the second phase of “total isolation” decreed by the Government until April 12, with restrictions on the movement of people, except for essential services.
The measure extends that of last week, which provides for social isolation 24 hours a day, and completes the quarantine established by the Government, also until April 12, with the suspension of classes and mass meetings and events.
On the other hand, soldiers of the Brazilian Army carried out an action in the Brasilia metro to disinfect platforms, stations and places of great circulation of passengers in order to contain the spread of the pandemic in the capital. The works were carried out at dawn, outside the metro’s operating hours, to apply the disinfecting chemicals safely.
LESS FLIGHTS AND RETURN HOME
Latam reported that it will reduce its international traffic to routes between the cities of Santiago de Chile and Brazil’s Sao Paulo, and from these destinations to three cities in the United States.
The airline’s decision is due to “travel restrictions by authorities and lower demand following the COVID-19 pandemic.”
On the other hand, more than 90 Ecuadorian minors were scheduled to arrive in their country on Sunday on an Iberia flight from Spain, a source from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility told Efe.
In total there are 94 minors, of whom 89 come from the United Kingdom and five from Spain, who are traveling on a humanitarian flight that lands today at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito.
While in the US One of the largest cruise ships in the world, the Oasis of the Seas, which is located in the waters of the Bahamas and is scheduled to dock this Monday in the port of Miami, has at least 14 crew infected with COVID-19, as reported by the newspaper. local Miami Herald.
FIRST SEQUENCE OF THE GENOME
Researchers from the Colombian National Institute of Health (INS), in alliance with institutions and universities in Colombia, USA. and the United Kingdom, announced this Sunday that they obtained “the first circulating SARS-CoV2 genome sequence” in that South American country.
“This will allow us to have a strict monitoring of the virus, know its mutations, detect related cases and look for future possibilities of control and management of the epidemic in the world,” said the Colombian Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz.
Today it was also learned that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) donated biosecurity equipment, reagents and items to Colombia to strengthen its detection capacity of COVID-19.
According to the Government, with these materials the National Institute of Health (INS) will be able to “continue applying the RT-PCR technique, which manages to determine with 99% effectiveness who has acquired the virus or not.”
MARTINIQUE AND GUADALUPE CONCERN IN THE CARIBBEAN
The French island of Martinique, with a total of 105 positives and two deaths, remains at the forefront of cases of COVID-19 infection among the small territories of the Caribbean. Neighboring Guadalupe currently registers 102 infected by COVID-19 and 2 deaths, an increase of 6 cases in the last 24 hours.
Guadeloupe and Martinique are now awaiting the arrival of 32 ventilators that France announced will be sent to their territories in the Lesser Antilles, where the nearly 80 intensive care beds are also expected to increase to more than 160.