Here are the latest developments on Saturday (May 30) about the global coronavirus pandemic:
- Brazil surpasses Spain by number of deaths confirmed by COVID-19
- Merkel will not go to the US for the G7 summit, even if Trump decides to pursue it
- Leading UK scientist warns that blocking restrictions are eased too soon
- Italian Foreign Minister warns severely about tourism
- Lufthansa agrees EU-Germany pledge on bailout
Brazil overtakes Spain
Brazil surpassed Spain by the number of deaths confirmed by COVID-19 and became the country with the fifth highest number, according to the USA. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. With 27,878 deaths until noon on Saturday (CEST), it is behind the United States (102,836), United Kingdom (38,243), Italy (33,229) and France (28,717). Scientists believe that the real numbers in Brazil are much worse.
Brazil recorded more than 1,000 deaths in a 24-hour period on Friday (1,124), in addition to a new record number of daily infections (26,928), bringing the total to 465,166 since the outbreak began.
President Jair Bolsonaro has challenged the global consensus in blockades, pitting it against state governors and arguing that more people will die from the economic meltdown if restrictions are too severe.
The World Health Organization said on May 22 that South America had become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
Merkel will not attend the G7 summit in person
Chancellor Angela Merkel will not personally attend a meeting in the U.S. with the leaders of the world's major economies if President Donald Trump moves on unless the course of the spread of the coronavirus changes until then, his office said on Saturday.
After canceling the Group of Seven summit, originally scheduled for June 10 and 12 at Camp David, Trump said a week ago that he was again considering organizing a personal meeting of world leaders because it would be a "big sign for everyone" . things going back to normal during the pandemic.
"Until today, given the general situation of the pandemic, it cannot commit to participating personally," said his office. He added that the chancellor will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation if things change.
Scientist: UK blocking facility is too early, too risky
A British infectious disease expert and a member of the UK government's scientific advisory group said that loosening blocking measures in England was "dangerous".
From Monday in England, groups of up to six people from different families will be able to meet outside, in parks or private gardens, as long as distances of two meters are maintained.
Some elementary school children will be able to return to school, while the government launched its contact tracking system earlier this week.
Professor John Edmunds, a member of the British committee SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies), expressed concern about the country's ability to contain the spread of coronavirus under these new measures.
He said the most important issue is the high number of cases still reported, citing 8,000 new infections a day in England alone.
"Even if we don't get a second peak and keep the incidence at that level it will still result in a large number of infections over time," said Edmunds, adding, "and people will die."
Italian Foreign Minister issues warning about tourism
Italy's foreign minister is warning that the European Union will collapse if governments treat Italians as lepers on the coronavirus and the "black list" of Europe's unique virus epicenter during the summer tourist season.
Luigi Di Maio posted an exciting message on Facebook on Saturday after Greece excluded Italians – as well as nationals from Spain, Britain and other countries with high infection rates – from the list of foreign tourists to be received this summer.
Di Maio said competition for tourism is one thing, but he insisted that it would be healthy and fair to demand a European response to the reopening of EU borders after the virus was blocked. He warned: “If you act differently and out of place, the spirit of the EU will be lost. And Europe will collapse. "
Di Maio praised French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian for making his first post-blockade visit to Italy on Wednesday. Di Maio said he will travel to Germany, Slovenia and Greece next week to defend that Italy is ready to receive foreign tourists. Tourism and its related industries represent about 13% of Italy's GDP.
Lufthansa's € 9 billion aid overcomes first hurdle
German airline Lufthansa agreed on Saturday to an agreement signed between the government and the European Union, overcoming a major obstacle to the final approval of a 9 billion euro bailout from Berlin.
Lufthansa said in a statement that it agreed with the compromise established between Germany and the EU, in which the airline will have to give up several award-winning landing strips at Munich and Frankfurt airports. The DPA news agency reported that the German government also agreed to the pledge.
The government announced the aid package on Monday to help Lufthansa, which, like most airlines, has been struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
The EU has imposed conditions, however, saying the bailouts must include measures that maintain a level playing field for other companies.