May 31, 2020

Million and a half affected in the world and already close to 100,000 dead

Global cases of COVID-19 amount to 1.52 million, after more than 90,000 new infections were registered in the last 24 hours, according to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The deaths from the disease are 92,798, 7,200 more than the previous day, so it is expected that over the weekend the barrier of 100,000 victims will be exceeded.

Europe continues to concentrate more than half of the cases, with 799,000, while in America there are 493,000 confirmed infections, in contrast to Africa, the least affected region with 8,700 detected.


According to statistics from the various health authorities on the planet, some 366,000 patients have recovered from the disease, so the proportion of 25% of discharges continues to be maintained, with little variation in recent weeks.

About 50,000 cases, 4 percent of the total, are in serious or critical condition, so that in the vast majority of patients, more than 90 percent, the health deterioration caused by the coronavirus is mild or moderate.


One of the most dramatic images these days is offered by New York City, where the death of COVID-19 has begun to be buried in a mass grave on Hart Island (in the extreme northwest of the Big Apple), a place where for decades unclaimed corpses have been buried.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 777 more deaths in the state from coronavirus in the last 24 hours this Friday, bringing the death toll in the region to 7,844, while warning of the dangers of a second wave of the pandemic. , which he said could be avoided by carrying out millions of tests on citizens.

A hopeful fact is that for the first time there is a slight decrease in income in intensive care units, specifically 17 people. In the last 24 hours there were 4,908 ICU admissions compared to 4,925 yesterday in New York.


Meanwhile the brake of contagions in Spain is confirmed. The Spanish government announced today the biggest slowdown since the start of the pandemic, with the lowest number of deaths in 17 days and the lowest rate of new infections, although the total number of deaths is close to 16,000.

Spain recorded 605 deaths daily today (683 on Thursday), for a total of 15,843 deaths from COVID-19. New cases registered today are 4,576, with a daily increase of 3 percent, also the lowest increase since the end of March.

Since the start of the pandemic, 157,022 coronavirus cases have been registered in Spain, of which 55,668 have been recovered.

The Spanish government is preparing a slight relaxation of the economic stoppage measures starting Monday, with the restart of some non-essential activities in heavy industry and construction.

In Italy, those who died with the coronavirus reached 18,849 today, which represents an increase of 570 on the last day, according to the latest report released today by the head of Civil Protection.

The total number of infections stands at 147,577 people, 3,951 more registered in the last twenty-four hours, since the first indigenous infection was detected on February 21.

The head of Civil Protection, Angelo Borrelli, told a press conference that the figures confirm that “the drop in pressure in hospitals that started about a week ago continues.”

Furthermore, the Government of Italy, like that of Malta, has announced the closure of its ports to migrants due to the pandemic.


On the front lines of the fight to alleviate the effects of the economic slowdown due to the pandemic, agreements have been registered in the last hours between the countries that share the euro and between oil producers.

The Eurogroup reached, late on Thursday, an agreement to mobilize more than half a trillion euros in loans to help states, companies and workers affected by the coronavirus, but left the discussion on the issue of “coronabonos” for later to finance the recovery of the European Union.

That debate on the so-called recovery plan or European Marshall plan is expected to take place at the next summit of heads of state or EU government on April 23 that will be held by videoconference and which was convened today by the President of the European Council. Charles Michel.

Meanwhile, the so-called OPEC + countries have reached a basic agreement to reduce their oil supply by 23% in the face of the crisis in the sector caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agreement is a commitment to keep supplies limited for two years, with a phased plan: the 10 mbd reduction would take effect in May and June, it would drop to 8 mbd between July and December, and to 6 mbd between January 2021 and April 2022.

OPEC partners Venezuela, Iran and Libya remain exonerated from the commitment to limit their extractions due to involuntary falls in their oil activity caused by various causes, such as economic crises, sanctions and armed conflicts.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin spoke today with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, about the talks under the OPEC + oil alliance. According to the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose country joined the agreement today, also “the United States is committed to reducing”.

The energy ministers of the G20 member countries are holding a virtual meeting today after the meeting of oil producers in the framework of OPEC + to try to coordinate measures to stabilize the oil markets.


Catholics and Protestants today celebrate Good Friday as it has never been lived on a planetary level, without processions or masses, for the measures of confinement to stop the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis presides tonight over the traditional Way of the Cross, but without the faithful and in St. Peter’s Square, not before the Roman Colosseum.

The pontiff already began the rites of Holy Week on Palm Sunday without the faithful and inside the St. Peter’s Basilica and not in the Vatican square.

In Jerusalem the Via Dolorosa, generally crowded at this time by pilgrims, is empty today and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher closed. Only some faithful pray at the gate of the Basilica, while the rites of the Franciscan custodians of the place were limited to a Via Crucis of four monks.

The rest of the events of this Good Friday will be held behind closed doors with webcasts, such as the liturgy in the Co-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the ceremony of the funeral of Christ, at night, in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, which It is remembered that it was closed more than on other occasions, also due to an epidemic, in the Middle Ages.

In Spain, Holy Week in Seville is not celebrated this year for the first time since it was canceled in 1933 during a period of political instability. Many people from Seville have come to the temples to deposit bouquets and in the particularly deep silence this year they hear the singing of saetas (traditional religious singing performed a capella).

In the Aragonese city of Calanda, where the hour of Christ’s death is marked with a thunder of drums (what is called breaking the hour), this year many faithful have played from their balconies.

In Ecuador and Bolivia, some priests have turned to the helicopter to bless parishioners from heaven.


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