The United States stayed this Monday with less than 250 deaths of the 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, leader in statistics with 20.7% of global deaths, while the rest of America, the region most affected by the pandemic, recorded progress in some countries and stagnation and even setbacks in others.
The United States reached 199,756 deaths of the 962,232 worldwide, to which 6.8 million cases are added, a list that also leads and in which 5 other American countries are in the top 10: Brazil (5.48 million) in the third, Peru (768,895) in the fifth , Colombia (765,076) in sixth, Mexico (697,663) in seventh and Argentina (631,365) in tenth, according to the US Johns Hopkins University.
Despite these figures that reflect a health crisis that does not subside on the continent, This Monday some good data were seen, starting from the US itself.
In Florida, one of the foci of the disease, deaths fell on average by 74% between the first week of August and the first week of September, while infections also continue to decline, so in Miami-Dade County, the most punished at the state level and which did not register any deaths today, a reopening is being proposed ” staggered “for classroom teaching.
In addition, the state of New York, which was the national epicenter of COVID-19, had only one death on Sunday, the lowest number since March, although authorities will not cease their efforts “until that number is zero & rdquor ;, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, adding that bars and universities” continue to be a problem “due to non-compliance with the use of masks and social distancing.
Tourism, with a light of hope
For its part, The tourism, whose recovery is essential for economic reactivation, lived a day of optimistic news. To begin with, the airports of Bogotá, Cali and Medellín gradually resumed international flights after six months of border closures to stop contagion in Colombia.
And although “the start of international flights shows that the path is to reactivate, gradually and following the (biosafety) protocols & rdquor ;, as said by the Minister of Transport, Angela María Orozco, Avianca, the country’s main airline, told Efe that the start date of its operations is to be confirmed.
For its part, the Dominican Government, in its first medical bulletin focused on tourist areas, the country’s main economic sector, assured that these regions accounted for 0.8% of all coronavirus infections of the week, “which shows a much lower level of risk.”
In addition, there were only 2 positives in 1,829 rapid tests carried out at the airports between September 4 and 20, figures with which it is expected to reverse the drop of close to 88% in both July and August, the first months after opening and during which an average of 50,000 foreigners arrived, compared to the nearly 400,000 per month in the same period of 2019.
With the resumption of its operations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America also in mind, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced a package of mandatory sanitary measures including testing all passengers for COVID-19 and crew before boarding.
In a statement, the CLIA, which represents 95% of companies with ocean cruises, indicated that once operations in Europe are resumed, the next “critical step” will be the resumption “in the largest market” in the world for cruises, ideally before the end of the year, following the stoppage caused by 99 outbreaks on 123 US-based ships and 2,973 cases and 34 deaths on board cruise ships due to the pandemic.
More restrictions and setbacks
Argentina began a new extension, until October 11, of the “care measures & rdquor; that have been in force for six months, at a time of sharp increase in infections and deaths in several provinces in the interior, where the risk of collapse of the health system is worrying.
The compulsory social isolation decreed on March 20 has gone through various stages, and now, although the country has been registering its worst figures of the pandemic for several weeks, it is already very flexible in much of the territory, but with multiple restrictions whose competence is already that of each local authority.
While Buenos Aires advances in the reopening, with the majority of commercial sectors operating with certain protocols, in Rosario, the third city by population in the country, more measures were extended for a week that prohibit, except for essential sectors, leaving the home at a distance greater than 500 meters and after 7.30 pm or the operation of the gastronomic activity that is not with addresses.
Turn on the neighbor Chile, the positivity rate on the total number of exams was 7.1%, the highest since mid-August and what coincides with the end of the national holidays celebrations despite strict security measures to contain the pandemic.
The upturn in the positivity rate, which for weeks stood at around 5%, is partly explained by the low number of PCR tests performed in the last hours, which barely reached 17,000 exams compared to the usual 30,000.
In Honduras, the limited number of PCR tests It prevents us from seeing clearly what is really happening with the pandemic, which since March has left more than 2,000 deaths and 71,000 infections.
This is what the scientist Marco Tulio Medina told EFE in Tegucigalpa, who stressed that a “strict epidemiological surveillance” is essential and that a total economic reopening of the country “too hasty & rdquor ;, after the partial reactivation that has been applied since mid-July,” it would be a serious mistake. “
In a sign that the complex health situation continues to affect all countries and social settings alike, the UN today commemorated its 75th anniversary with an international summit very tarnished by the coronavirus: what was going to be a great celebration, with leaders of everyone gathered in New York was finally left with a succession of short video speeches previously recorded by just over a hundred heads of state and government and several dozen ministers.