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HEALTH-VIRUSES: The world is reeling from the coronavirus and is preparing for very difficult days

– VIRUS HEALTH

WASHINGTON:

The world is reeling from the coronavirus and preparing for very difficult days

Americans were called to prepare to face “two very painful weeks” by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could take as many as a quarter of a million victims across the country, as deaths skyrocket at European hot spots in Spain, France and Great Britain.

By Francesco FONTEMAGGI, with the AFP offices around the world

(pandemic epidemic virus health, Central Note, Update, 1000 words – Already transmitted)

INFOGRAPHIC, PHOTOS, VIDEO

PARIS:

Five things still unknown about coronavirus

Monitored and investigated by scientists around the world, the coronavirus continues to pose many unknowns three months after its appearance in China.

By Olivier THIBAULT

(health pandemic virus medicine, Focus, 650 words – Already transmitted)

PARIS:

Variable but characteristic symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of COVID-19 vary from patient to patient but are very characteristic of this immune-unknown virus and include tiredness, fever, cough, headache, and less often serious lung problems.

By Juliette COLLEN

(health pandemic virus symptoms, Focus, 800 words – Already transmitted)

PARIS:

The geopolitical uncertainties of the post-coronavirus era

What will the post-coronavirus world be like? As governments struggle to stem the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, analysts ask endless questions about the geopolitical prospects after the end of the crisis.

By Didier LAURAS

(France policy diplomacy virus, Analysis, 600 words – Already transmitted)

KOROR, Palau:

Places in the world that still resist coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the world, but some isolated territories, such as Palau, Samoa, Turkmenistan and North Korea, are currently resisting the arrival of the disease.

By Bernadette CARREON

(Pacific Palau virus pandemic health, Approach, 600 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS

OTHER NEWS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC BY REGIONS AND TOPICS:

– EUROPE

MADRID:

Rebound of the coronavirus in Spain with a new daily record of dead and infected

Daily deaths from coronavirus increased again this Tuesday in Spain, with 849 deaths in 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the outbreak, although health authorities estimate they have stabilized the spread of the epidemic.

(Spain pandemic health virus, Focus, Update, 600 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

PARIS:

Hotel rooms made available to healthcare personnel in France

“I felt like I was a danger at home, so I decided to sleep somewhere else.” Robin Stengel, father of two young children and a nurse in contact with the elderly, sleeps in a hotel made available to health personnel who fight daily against the coronavirus in France.

By Maureen COFFLARD, Rébecca FRASQUET, Alexandre HIELARD and Clément MELKI

(France virus epidemic health, Focus, 600 words – Already transmitted)

VIDEO

ROME:

Italy studies a plan to get out of confinement

Italy is studying a plan to get out of confinement and resume activities after the Health Minister’s announcement to extend the closure until April 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

(Health Italy virus epidemic, Focus, 700 words – Already transmitted)

BRUSSELS:

12-year-old girl dies of coronavirus in Belgium

A 12-year-old girl died in Belgium from covid-19, a disease that normally does not harshly affect such young patients, the country’s health authorities reported.

(Belgium epidemic virus health, Note, 400 words – Already transmitted)

MOSCOW:

Russia confines itself and tightens sanctions against those who do not abide by the rules

In the face of progress in the spread of the new coronavirus, Russia extended population confinement measures to dozens of regions on Tuesday and tightened sanctions for anyone who breaches sanitary rules.

(Russia virus pandemic health, Approach, 500 words – Already transmitted)

– AMERICA

NY:

New York is transformed, while deaths from the virus in the US exceed those of China

Campaign hospitals in Central Park or the stadium hosting the US Open illustrate New York’s surreal metamorphosis, when the death toll from the coronavirus in the United States exceeded that reported by China on Tuesday.

By Peter HUTCHISON

(pandemic epidemic virus health USA, Focus, 770 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTO, VIDEO, LIVE VIDEO

FORT LAUDERDALE, United States:

US authorities evaluate plan to allow mooring of cruise ships with coronavirus

US authorities are evaluating an action plan to decide whether to authorize the mooring in South Florida of two ships, the “Zaandam” and the “Rotterdam”, which have been rejected in several ports because they have four dead and about 200 sick apparently of coronavirus on board.

By Leila MACOR

(US pandemic epidemic health transport Zaandam virus, Note, Update, 700 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS, INFOGRAPHIC

NY:

A New York doctor prepares for the worst

Shamit Patel, an internist doctor at the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus in New York, one of the global epicenters of the pandemic, is mentally preparing for the worst in the coming days.

By Laura BONILLA

(US epidemic health hospital virus, Interview, 650 words – Already transmitted)

MEXICO:

Mexico urges civil obedience at the risk of a sanitary collapse due to COVID-19

Mexico declared a health emergency on Monday and urged its 120 million inhabitants to abide, once and for all, by the authorities’ provisions to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a collapse of its health system.

By Jennifer GONZALEZ COVARRUBIAS, Miguel BRAVO

(Mexico virus society health policy, Approach, 760 words – Already transmitted)

VIDEO

BUENOS AIRES:

Accustomed to loneliness, isolated cities in Patagonia fear bankruptcy

They have lived in isolation for years in localities in Patagonia, in southern Argentina. They are not afraid of loneliness but they fear that the coronavirus will destroy the economy of that area dependent on tourism and oil.

By María LORENTE

(Argentina health pandemic virus tourism, Approach, 750 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

NY:

An army of seamstresses mobilizes in the US to equip medical personnel

Thousands of amateur dressmakers and sewing clubs from New York to Los Angeles have gone to work to end the shortage of masks and protective clothing for medical personnel working with coronavirus sufferers in the United States.

By Catherine TRIOMPHE with Andrew MARSZAL in Los Angeles

(epidemic leisure virus charity health USA, Focus, 620 words – Already transmitted)

Cancun, Mexico:

The paradisiacal Cancun lowers its curtains before the world crisis due to coronavirus

At the epicenter of Cancun’s nightlife, the famous 9.5 kilometer of the Hotel Zone, a taxi driver opens a folding chair and prepares to watch a movie on his cell phone, waiting for a tourist to pass by to offer him service.

By Alejandro CASTRO

(Mexico tourism pandemic virus health, Report, 780 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

– ASIA

WUHAN, China:

After quarantine, many Chinese from Wuhan bury their dead

“I do not feel anything”. Impassive, a neighbor from Wuhan is preparing to bury a relative who died of a heart attack weeks ago. Like her, thousands of inhabitants of the Chinese city where the epidemic originated prepare to bury their loved ones, after two months confined.

By Jing Xuan TENG

(Chinese health virus death pandemic, Report, 600 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

— MIDDLE EAST

JERUSALEM:

Applications multiply to fight coronavirus in Israel

Mobile applications are multiplying in Israel to face the COVID-19 pandemic, with a location system that warns users if they recently came across those infected with the new coronavirus.

By Jonah MANDEL and Guillaume LAVALLEE

(Israel mobile biometrics virus health, Focus, 600 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS

JERUSALEM:

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox reluctant to abide by anti-coronavirus regulations

The Israeli police have increased surveillance rounds in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods, armed with masks, gloves, batons and helicopters, as these areas have become incubators for the new coronavirus, because part of the population is not complying with sanitary rules.

By Michael BLUM

(Israel religion society Judaism virus health, Focus, 700 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

– AFRICA

NAIROBI:

Five African countries officially register zero cases of coronavirus

Five African countries are part of the short list of States in the world that have not yet registered any case of the new coronavirus.

(Africa epidemic virus health, Box, Update, 500 words – Already transmitted)

VIDEO, PHOTOS

LAGOS, Nigeria:

Silence in Lagos, the most populous city in Africa

The streets of Lagos, where people, vehicles, noise and sweat are piled up daily, are deserted and the silence almost hurts. Nigeria’s economic capital, Africa’s largest city, where 20 million people live, is living its first day of confinement to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

(Nigeria pandemic poverty economy epidemic health, Feature, 600 words – Already broadcast)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

JOHANNESBURG:

Social aid, lifesaver of South Africa’s poor during confinement

With his pockets empty, as always at the end of the month, Ntombi Dlamini cannot afford to make provisions before confinement, although to his relief he can count on the State’s social aid, which this time has come a few days early.

By Sofia CHRISTENSEN, Max MATAVIRE

(South Africa virus health pandemic, Report, 600 words – Already transmitted)

VIDEO, PHOTOS

DZANGA-SANGHA NATIONAL PARK, Central African Republic:

In a Central African sanctuary, researchers and pygmies seek to save pangolins

Its prehistoric silhouette is hardly noticeable as it slowly crawls through the trees of the Central African equatorial forest, but trackers are whispered by the scales that caress the leaves to detect it.

By Camille LAFFONT

(RCentroafricana virus pandemic animals preservation, Report, 750 words- Already transmitted)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

— ECONOMY

SAN SALVADOR:

Central America seeks to shield itself to face economic crisis due to COVID-19

Central American countries seek to financially shield themselves and guarantee food supplies in the face of a severe economic crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, said the secretary general of the regional integration body, Vinicio Cerezo.

By Carlos Mario MÁRQUEZ

(ElSalvador Centroam health virus pandemic authorities, Interview, 570 words – Already transmitted)

BEIJING:

Coronavirus and sanctions obscure Huawei’s future

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei warned Tuesday that US sanctions and the consequences of the coronavirus will affect its results in 2020, a year that will be “very difficult.”

By Sebastien RICCI

(China USA mobile pandemic virus health telecommunications, Focus – 500 words, Already transmitted)

— SOCIETY

MEXICO:

Theater artists in Mexico reinvent themselves in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

At 55, the director of French origin Boris Schoemann discovered the advantages of Facebook Live, after the health contingency for the new coronavirus forced him to indefinitely lower the curtain on the theater he manages in Mexico City.

By Natalia CANO

(Mexico France theater pandemic society, Report, 740 words – Already broadcast)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

BANGKOK:

Elephants for tourists, hungry and endangered in Thailand

Poorly fed and chained elephants in empty tourist spots. In Thailand, the lives of 2,000 of these animals depend on emergency financial aid for their owners, who have lost their income due to the pandemic.

By Sophie DEVILLER

(animals epidemic Thailand tourism health, Focus, 500 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

OTHER NEWS IN THE WORLD

– AMERICA

WASHINGTON:

US proposes end to sanctions on Venezuela in exchange for transitional government

The United States on Tuesday proposed a plan to lift sanctions on Venezuela in the face of the growing crisis, in exchange for President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó accepting a transitional government that does not include them, in a turn of strategy.

By Alina DIESTE

(US Venezuela political diplomacy, Central Note, Update, 850 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

– AFRICA

ARGEL:

One year after his fall, the former president of Algeria lives isolated in a residence

A year after his unexpected downfall, former Algerian President Abdelaziz Buteflika remains isolated in a medical residence in Zeralda, near Algiers but far from the power he held on to for years.

By Abdellah CHEBALLAH, with Philippe AGRET in Tunisia

(Algeria political manifestations corruption justice anniversary, Approach, 550 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS FILE, VIDEO FILE

— SOCIETY

LONDON:

Enrique and Meghan’s difficult start to the American dream

Prince Henry of England and his wife, Meghan, spend their last day on Tuesday as active members of the British royal family, although they have already started a controversial new life in the United States, in the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic.

By Charlotte DURAND

(monarchy epidemic GB health society USA Canada virus, Note-Central, 750 words – Already transmitted)

PHOTOS FILE, VIDEO FILE

LONDON:

During confinement the Royal Ballet trains online, explains Marianela Núñez

For classical dancers, staying in shape during confinement is “a great challenge,” Marianela Núñez, a star of the Royal Ballet, who from Buenos Aires continues to train with her colleagues in London through online sessions, explains to AFP.

By Anna CUENCA

(GB Argentina virus pandemic health dance theater, Interview, 500 words – Already transmitted)

KIHNU, Estonia:

Estonian Amazons defend their “women’s island”

For centuries, on a small island in the forested Baltic Sea, women wearing scarves and red striped skirts cultivated the land, protected the lighthouse, presided over religious ceremonies, and dressed as Santa Claus.

By Sam KINGSLEY and Polina KALANTAR

(Estonia culture fishing economy population, Feature, 850 words – Already broadcast)

PHOTOS, VIDEO

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