US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Chinese experts said the global coronavirus pandemic could end by June if countries take the necessary steps to combat it. According to representatives of the country’s health system, the peak of incidence in Hubei province has passed, with the exception of Wuhan, there have been no cases of new cases of illness recorded there for eight days.
Over the past day in China, only 8 new cases of COVID-19 were detected – all in Wuhan.
Due to a marked slowdown in the spread of the virus, the Chinese authorities eased strict containment measures, including travel restrictions, and also allowed some industries to resume production.
However, in other countries, the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly. The head of the Italian Civil Defense Department, Angelo Borrelli, said that more than a thousand people have already died from infection in the country.
The authorities are taking severe measures to fight the infection: they urge residents not to leave home, schools and universities are closed, theaters, cinemas and museums do not work . By April 3, all churches were closed.
— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) March 13, 2020
In France, more than 600 new cases of COVID-19 were detected per day . This was announced by the Minister of Health Olivier Varan.
President Emmanuel Macron ordered the closure of all educational institutions in the country. This measure will affect about 62,000 schools, colleges and universities.
Quarantine and other emergency measures in connection with the coronavirus are announced one after another by many countries. The Norwegian authorities imposed severe restrictions on the travel of foreigners.
From the evening of March 12 to March 26, 2020, foreigners from almost all countries, including Russia, will be placed in mandatory quarantine. Exceptions are made for residents of Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
Nationwide quarantine declared by Belgium. All mass events are canceled in the country, regardless of whether they are private or public. The new measures will come into force on Saturday, March 14, and will be valid until April 3 at least.
The Estonian government declared a state of emergency in the country until May 1.
All public meetings, concerts and sporting events are banned, museums and cinemas are closed, schools are switching to home and distance education, hospitals and prisons are banned from visiting, sanitary controls are in place at the border, at airports and ports.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announced the introduction of an emergency regime.
According to de Blasio, there are currently 95 coronavirus infected in the city. He noted that 29 people are in mandatory quarantine, 1784 – on a voluntary basis. In accordance with the decision of the mayor, 10% of workers in New York – about 35,000 – will perform their duties remotely.
New York playing no games with the Coronavirus…… pic.twitter.com/oVna5sDdZe
— MpyrONE (@OneMpyr) March 11, 2020
The Czech Republic decided to suspend the issuance of Schengen visas to foreign citizens from March 14. The embassy explained that this measure will be valid for one month. The Czech government has banned the presence of people in public catering from 20:00 to 6:00. In addition, people will not be able to get to entertainment facilities, gyms, tanning salons, spa centers, sports facilities / grounds, natural or artificial bathing places, swimming pools.
In Russia, according to official data, 34 cases of COVID-19 were recorded. Three of those infected on the territory of the Russian Federation have already been discharged after recovery: two Chinese citizens and one Russian citizen. It is also reported that two Russians discharged from Japan were discharged from the Diamond Princess liner.
A special regime due to coronavirus was introduced in the Ulyanovsk region and Karelia. An operational headquarters has been set up in both entities to prevent the importation and spread of new infections. Mass events were canceled, and the state of arrivals from abroad will be monitored.
The work of doctors with patients with symptoms of acute respiratory viral infections has been strengthened, employers have been instructed to monitor the condition of employees and observe preventive measures at the workplace.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, referring to expert estimates, said that up to 10,000 people in the country could already be infected with coronavirus. Speaking at a press conference, he gave a speech that can not be called soothing.
“It will continue to spread. I must be honest with you, honest with the British public: many families, very many families will lose loved ones ahead of time,” Boris Johnson.
The Government of Nepal introduces a ban on climbing Everest from March 14 to April 30. “Starting today, all permits already issued for the season of climbing Mount Everest 2020 and all permits that should have been issued will be canceled. We decided to stop issuing all tourist visas until April 30,” the Nepal Prime Minister’s administration said.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization considers the coronavirus pandemic controlled.
“This is a controlled pandemic. Countries that choose not to take basic public health measures may face a larger problem and a greater burden that will fall on the health system and require tougher measures to combat the virus,” a WHO statement said.
WHO calls on all countries to “take a comprehensive approach, adapted to their circumstances, the cornerstone of which is to curb the spread of the virus.”
As of March 13, the total number of people infected with coronavirus is 136,682, of whom 4,976 died, and 70,352 were discharged from medical facilities.
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