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Covid-19 deaths exceed 121,000

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the Coronavirus has not yet reached the height of its outbreak in the world, while some countries are planning to lift restrictions and suspend closures gradually.

To date, the death toll from the Coronavirus has reached more than 121,000 deaths worldwide.

The largest number of deaths was recorded in the United States (25,700), followed by Italy (20,465), Spain (18,56) and France (14,967).

Nearly two million infections were recorded in the world, more than half of them are in Europe (973,087), with more than 582,590 cases recorded in the United States.

WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris stated that 90% of infections were recorded in Europe and the United States, noting that the number of new cases decreased in some parts of Europe, including Italy and Spain, in exchange for a marked increase in other countries such as Britain and Turkey.

Regarding vaccines, Harris said, “We should not expect a vaccine before 12 months.”

For its part, the European Commission urged the member states of the European Union to coordinate in order to start lifting the measures of general isolation, and warned that failure to do so could result in new waves of high incidence of infections.

The Commission – which is the executive arm of the federation and which does not have the authority to dictate health measures on the 27 member states – called for a common approach after each country worked separately with regard to containing the virus, and now the countries are working in the same way regarding exit strategies from general isolation measures.

Governments are facing increasing pressure to ease public isolation measures after the catastrophic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the global economy became clear. According to the Commission’s estimates, output in the eurozone countries may shrink by 10% this year.

Several EU member states have announced mitigation plans, or have already begun to ease the measures they have imposed to contain the spread of the virus as pressure grows to revitalize its affected economies.

The Italian authorities have allowed some companies to resume their work, including libraries and children’s clothing stores, despite strict measures to restrict movement.

Spain, which has implemented some of the fiercest public isolation measures in Europe, has also allowed some sectors, including construction and manufacturing, to return to work, but stores, bars, and public places will remain closed until at least April 26.

Poland announced today that it will ease restrictions on stores from April 19.

Other countries went further, and Denmark is scheduled to open schools on Wednesday. Austria has allowed supermarkets to resume operations today, and plans to open shopping centers on May 1, but the government has said that “the danger is not over.”