The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 3,305,948 people worldwide since the appearance of the very first carrier cases in China in December 2019.
The total number of cases having contracted the virus reached 158,943,847 people worldwide of which 18,304,664 are considered active cases while 137,333,235 are considered recovered from the disease. In addition, a total of 645,605,975 people have already been vaccinated worldwide.
The United States is the most bereaved country in the world with 581,516 recorded deaths, followed by Brazil (421,316 dead), India (242,362 dead), Mexico (218,928 dead) and the United Kingdom (127,603 dead) .
On Sunday, European Commissioner Thierry Breton said that the European Union had not renewed its contract to order Covid-19 vaccines with AstraZeneca, while the one signed before is due to end in June. This declaration comes the day after the announcement by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen of a new contract going until 2023 with Pfizer / BioNTech with nearly 1.8 billion doses at stake.
Tunisia woke up on Sunday under general confinement as the Aid Al Fitr celebrations mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan in a few days. The Tunisian head of government Hichem Mechichi, who made this announcement, justified this decision by a very critical health situation in the country and a health system on the verge of collapse.
In Belgium, where café and restaurant terraces have once again been able to welcome customers, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has taken a stand on the issue of festivals. He considered “possible” to organize again “some big festivals” in “the second half of the summer”, like the meeting of electronic music Tomorrowland, indicated his cabinet.
Spain has also returned to freedom of movement and assembly. On Sunday, the Spaniards came out in large numbers happy with the exit from the state of health emergency. Saturday at midnight, the end of this state of exception had been greeted by cries and applause.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected on Monday to confirm the easing of restrictions linked to the pandemic. It should unveil the third stage of deconfinement that is part of its roadmap and these reliefs should take effect from May 17.