International Writing / The victims of the wars in which the US has participated They were honored during Memorial Day, which this Monday was also lived with the memory of all the deaths that COVID-19 has left and the concern about the effects of the gradual reopening throughout America.
The reopening process has been consolidating despite the fact that the continent is already considered the global focus of the pandemic, which according to the World Health Organization (WHO) reports 5.3 million confirmed cases and 342,029 deaths worldwide, with a strong increase in America, with around 2.4 million infected.
Although the United States remains the most affected country in the world, with more than 1.6 million infected and some 98,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, President Donald Trump continues to press for an opening of the productive sectors, in an end week long that started the summer and that the president began playing golf.
Disorder in America
U.S. federal policies continue to contrast with what health experts say, and this traditional Memorial Day holiday concluded with concern over images of crowds on the beaches amid the pandemic and President Trump’s controversial calls to resume activity.
The president even threatened to move the August North Carolina Republican National Convention to another state in the country unless mass assistance is “guaranteed” despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
In turn, in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the administration will pay compensation to the families of essential workers who died during the COVID-19 pandemic, whom he called “today’s heroes.”
For his part, former Vice President Joe Biden reappeared with his face covered to pay tribute to soldiers killed in combat and shortly afterwards was the target of criticism from Trump, who did not, however, refer to the issue of the mask, which he refuses to use in public.
Dressed in black and accompanied by his wife, Jill Biden, the Democratic leader left a wreath at a memorial honoring Delaware war veterans, in what became his first public appearance since last March.
WHO concerned about opening winds
Faced with the opening proposals, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned this Monday that it is wrong to conceive that COVID-19 acts in waves and is less virulent in the warmer months, since “it is still there regardless of the temperature”.
“We have been pandemic for five months, and nothing indicates that the virus will not re-emerge in certain months,” said the head of the Department of Emerging Diseases, Maria Van Kerkhove.
Likewise, the WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced that the body will temporarily stop clinical trials with hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients, as a higher mortality rate has been detected in these patients.
The precautionary measure, which could affect countries such as Brazil (which last week approved the widespread use of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients) does not initially apply to chloroquine, of which the former is a derivative and which also it is included in WHO clinical trials.
Trump-style Mexico and Brazil
The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, indicated that, according to the projections of the experts, the country is “going out” of the coronavirus emergency and assured that they are continuing to prepare for the restart of commercial activities, when the country total 68,620 cases and 7,394 deaths.
“We started the week, this week is the last of the third stage of the healthy distance and it is only this week,” he said during his morning conference from the National Palace.
The president assured that the country is leaving phase 3 (of maximum contagions) of the coronavirus and insisted that the Government is preparing for the restart of productive activities “with care” so as not to have “subsequent problems”.
For its part, in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro will allow the reopening of churches and religious temples, despite being the second region of the country with the highest number of deaths and confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Mayor Marcelo Crivella.
Brazil remains the most affected nation in Latin America and today confirmed 807 new deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 23,473, while cases now amount to 374,898.
Bolivia also wants to open, but …
Bolivia faces the last week in which the quarantine is planned in the country while the increase in coronavirus cases continues, with 250 deaths and 6,263 positives among its nearly eleven million inhabitants.
The state of sanitary emergency is declared until May 31, with the main cities at high risk from COVID-19, although some easing of the restrictions is planned for this Monday. (May 25, 2020, EFE / Practica Español)
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