A total of 15,500 deaths have been recorded in Europe, the majority in Italy (8,165) and Spain (4,089), countries most affected by the covid-19 pandemic, as well as in France (1,331). With 268,191 officially declared cases of contamination, Europe is the continent where the pandemic is progressing most rapidly.
6:25 p.m .: The 500 Miles of Indianapolis postponed to August 23 because of the coronavirus.
5.44 p.m.5: Four months firm for the leader of a mutiny. A prisoner in Nice, who had encouraged a protest movement on Sunday against the suspension of visiting rooms and sanitary conditions in prison during the coronavirus epidemic, was sentenced to 4 months in prison.
5:12 p.m .: South Africa soon confined.
South Africa is preparing to join the 3 billion humans on the planet already called to stay at home on Thursday night to try to stem the continuing coronavirus epidemic.
The most industrialized country in Africa is by far the most affected by Covid-19 on the continent, with 927 cases officially identified since the virus appeared in China in December. No deaths have been recorded so far.
4:44 p.m .: The Legion of Honor for the dead of Covid-19?
Emilie Bonnivard, MP (LR) for Savoy, has tabled a bill to assign the Legion of Honor posthumously to all personnel who died from Covid-19 while caring for and caring for others.
“Like all French people, at my small level, I am on my balcony at 8 pm to applaud them. It would be good if this popular recognition translates into the highest recognition of the Nation towards those who give their lives,” said the member, who was sick herself.
4:41 p.m .: More than 1000 dead in the United States, unemployment explodes.
The balance sheet of the pandemic crossed the symbolic threshold of 1000 deaths on American soil, with 1046 deaths. The death toll in New York soared more than 100 dead, reaching 385 dead in that city alone.
On the employment front, the health crisis is beginning to show its devastating effects. The number of new weekly unemployed has reached an unprecedented level: 3.3 million first applications … against 300,000 the previous week.
4:37 p.m .: In Tunisia, workers confined … to work.
Confined, yes … but at work: in a Tunisian factory, 150 people, workers for the most part, have locked themselves up with enough to live in near self-sufficiency, in order to continue to make masks and protections for the caregivers fighting against new coronavirus.
China, the birthplace of the new coronavirus, will temporarily close its borders to foreigners with valid visas or residence permits, due to covid-19, according to the Foreign Ministry.
3.52pm: The G20 will inject $ 5,000 billion into the global economy.
The G20 countries, meeting in videoconference, announced to make “common front” facing the coronavirus pandemic.
3:37 p.m .: The government oversees the delivery of chloroquine. A decree published this Thursday limits the issuance of Plaquenil, a drug based on hydroxychloroquine, in pharmacies with its strict medical indications (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and in the prevention of lucitis – sun allergies) and prohibits the export of specialties containing hydroxychloroquine or the combination lopinavir / ritonavir, antivirals also tested against Covid-19.
As an exception, this medication may be prescribed “under the responsibility of a doctor for patients affected by Covid-19”.
3:07 p.m .: Hospitals in Marseille are anticipating a peak in the epidemic in early April. The third hospital group in France, the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Marseille (AP-HM) says that it is indeed expecting “a wave” of coronavirus patients in the coming days, before a peak in early April, when resuscitation will reach his limits.
15:01: Art Basel, one of the largest contemporary art fairs in the world, which is held each year in June in Basel, Switzerland, announced Thursday the postponement of its 2020 edition to September 15 and 16 due to the Covid pandemic -19.
2:11 p.m .: King Salman of Saudi Arabia calls on G20 members for an “effective and coordinated response” to deal with the pandemic at the virtual day summit of the world’s 20 largest economic powers.
1:52 p.m .: The French agrifood group Danone announced on Thursday that it would “guarantee” the jobs and wages of all its employees worldwide for three months in the face of the coronavirus epidemic, and the Swiss Nestle has taken similar measures.
1:48 p.m .: A prison guard at Orleans-Sarann Prison, who had been confined to his home for a few days on suspicion of Covid-19, died overnight Wednesday to Thursday.
1:36 p.m .: China is imposing a drastic reduction in international flights.
1:06 p.m. : The National Federation of Markets of France has seized the Council of State of an interim measure to contest the closure of early markets, decided by the government. The country’s highest administrative court will rule on the request next week. The three main agricultural unions in particular denounced the measure.
12:44 p.m. : “The increase in the number of cases in Italy, the hardest hit country in the world with more than 7,500 deaths, seems to be slowing down but it is still too early to say that the pandemic has reached its peak in this country” estimates the organization World Health Organization (WHO).
12:28 p.m .: More than 250,000 cases of new coronavirus have been officially diagnosed in Europe, more than half of them in Italy (74,386) and Spain (56,188), according to a count by the AFP on Thursday.
12:14 p.m .: Germany has increased the number of Covid-19 screenings to 500,000 per week.
12:01 p.m .: All police unions of all ranks issued a “solemn warning” to the Minister of the Interior about the lack of masks available to officials, threatening to suspend the controls.
Update on the situation at noon
– France proceeded on Thursday to a first unprecedented evacuation of patients with Covid-19 on board a medicalized TGV departing from Strasbourg to hospitals in Pays-de-la-Loire to relieve the intensive care services in the great east .
– In Spain the death toll increases with more than 4,000 deaths.
– London hospitals are facing a “continuous tsunami” of patients.
– According to the WHO, there are, however, “encouraging signs” of a slowdown in the new coronavirus on the European continent despite the still serious situation.
11.53 a.m .: WHO’s “encouraging signs”
There are encouraging signs of a slowdown in the new coronavirus on the European continent despite the still serious situation
11.49 a.m .: In Spain, the death toll is over 4,000 dead.
11:09 a.m .: The medicalized TGV, evacuating coronavirus patients, left Strasbourg to join the hospitals of Pays de la Loire.
11:02 am: London hospitals are facing a “tsunami” of “critically ill” patients, according to hospital departments.
10.44 am: 157 new deaths have been recorded in Iran bringing the official death toll to 2,234.
10.32 am: At least 40,000 new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed by general practitioners last week in France.
9:43 a.m .: Emmanuel Macron’s announcements live from Mulhouse on Wednesday evening were followed by 24.1 million viewers according to Mediametrie.
8:48 a.m .: “The worst is yet to come,” said Professor Gilles Pialoux, head of the infectious diseases department of Tenon Hospital (APHP) on BFMTV.
8:12 am: A first gendarme died on Wednesday of the Covid-19 suites in his barracks in Maisons-Alfort. He was 51 years old.
7:31 a.m .: According to INSEE, a month of confinement would translate into 3 points of GDP less over a year. The loss of economic activity is currently estimated at 35%.
7:29 a.m .: The Tokyo Stock Exchange relapses. Star index Nikkei, which gained 8% on Wednesday and more than 7% on Tuesday, finished down 4.51%.
7:06 a.m .: Moscow suspends all international flights from midnight.
TGV medicalized: a first
A medicalized TGV, arrived in Strasbourg, must evacuate this Thursday to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire (Angers, Le Mans, Nantes, La Roche-sur-Yon) twenty patients infected with the coronavirus in order to relieve Alsatian hospitals totally saturated.
Boarding of the sick began at around 6 a.m. The TGV should leave Strasbourg at 11 a.m.
In each car, the medical team consists of a doctor anesthetist-resuscitator, an intern, a nurse anesthetist and three nurses.
Patients must be installed in five cars, four per lower room, the upper ones being used for the movement of materials and nursing staff.
A classic train was coupled to the medical train, in order to face possible hazards, such as a collision with game.
6:46 am: An Italian prelate living in the same hotel complex as Pope Francis, in Vatican City, tested positive for the new coronavirus and was hospitalized.
6:30 am: G20 leaders are meeting urgently this Thursday to try to provide a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic.
6:29 am: The United States Senate overwhelmingly approved a “historic” $ 2,000 billion plan to support the economy.
6:26 am: In the United States, the Covid-19 has killed more than 1,000 people. Nearly 70,000 people are infected.
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– From Mulhouse, Emmanuel Macron has promised a “massive investment plan” for the hospital, on the front line in the face of the “rapid aggravation” of the coronavirus epidemic, which has killed more than 1,300 people in France, a balance sheet multiplied by five in a week.
– The president also launched Operation Resilience: the armies will intensify their efforts to come to the aid of the populations in terms of health and logistics, especially in the overseas territories.
– The government will announce “in a few days” the probable extension of the confinement, said government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye.
– The pandemic has killed more than 20,000 people worldwide, while more than three billion people are confined.