Coronavirus: Macron’s call to the G20, new demands from traders, concerns in Russia and Iran … The recap of November 21

► Emmanuel Macron urges the G20 to show solidarity with poor countries

Emmanuel Macron on Saturday urged his G20 counterparts to show solidarity with poor countries in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular when it comes to sharing future vaccines. The health crisis is “A test for the G20” and “There will be no effective response to the pandemic that is not a global response”, underlined the French president in an address by videoconference to his colleagues, which he then tweeted.

The Head of State in particular wanted the greatest powers (the G20 represents some 90% of world GDP) “Buy doses of vaccines on behalf of the least developed countries”. “Will we be ready to guarantee access to it on a planetary scale and to avoid at all costs the scenario of a two-speed world, where only the richest could protect themselves from the virus and resume a normal life?”, he asked.

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“The DNA of our club is to urgently forge effective multilateral solutions to crises”, insisted Emmanuel Macron, recalling in particular the role of the G20 in the response to the financial crisis of 2008.

► Traders ask to open “every Sunday” in December

After the announcement of the postponement of “Black Friday”, several federations of traders asked Saturday in an open letter to Emmanuel Macron “The possibility of opening every Sunday” December, while the head of state is due to announce Tuesday an adaptation of the confinement rules.

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With the improvement of health indicators, the government plans to reopen businesses “Around the 1er December “, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday. Traders want the reopening to take place for the weekend of November 28-29. “This date (…) makes it possible to reconcile economic and health imperatives by allowing traders on the one hand to benefit from an additional and crucial weekend as the end of the year holidays approach, and on the other hand to spread customer flows over a longer period ”, wrote five federations of traders on Saturday.

They also ask that “That all businesses in France can have the opportunity to open every Sunday in December”.

These are the Association of Merchants and Craftsmen of Metropolitan France, the French Federation of Merchant Associations, the National Council of Shopping Centers, the National Federation of Town Centers and the Confederation of Merchants of France.

► Right-wing and central senators call for the resumption of outdoor sports

Sixty-eight senators from the right and from the center ask, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Jean Castex, the resumption of individual outdoor sports and the removal of the 1 km travel limit for physical exercise. According to this text, “Limiting outdoor physical activity is meaningless” in a context where “Public health issues take precedence over everything else”.

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“In terms of health, recent studies show that the risk of contamination with CoVid-19 in the open air and in the respect of barrier gestures is almost non-existent”, argue the signatories, led by Michel Savin, LR senator from Isère, and Céline Boulay-Espéronnier, LR senator from Paris. On the other hand, “Taking into account the risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle is all the more important since many of our fellow citizens are currently working from home and de facto reducing their daily physical activity”.

► The results of the Covid-19 pandemic

The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 1,373,381 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease in late December, according to an AFP report from official sources Saturday, November 21.

More than 57,583,290 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed since the start of the epidemic, of which at least 36,725,500 are now considered cured.

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This number of diagnosed cases, however, reflects only a fraction of the actual number of infections. Some countries only test severe cases, others prioritize testing for tracing, and many poor countries have limited testing capacity.

On Friday, 11,847 new deaths and 657,054 new cases were reported worldwide.

►In Russia, a record of contaminations and deaths

Russia recorded new records on Saturday in terms of contamination (+24,822) and daily deaths (+476) from the coronavirus, two days after having exceeded two million patients. Russia has a total of 35,778 dead, but it only lists the deaths which, after autopsy, were found to be Covid-19 as the primary cause, which may lower the toll.

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If the Russian authorities judge the situation “Worrying”, they claim that it remains under control, and exclude for the time being any new national confinement so as not to shut down the economy, already weakened by strict confinement in the spring, as well as by Western sanctions.

► Iran closes non-essential businesses

Iran announced on Saturday the closure of non-essential businesses in the majority of the country’s cities and for a period of up to two weeks, imposing new restrictive measures to curb the epidemic of the new coronavirus in the country.

In areas with the highest epidemiological risk, only businesses considered essential remain open, including health centers, the food sector, the press, public transport, pharmacies, banks and gas stations.

According to official data, more than 400 people have died from the virus every day in Iran since early November, prompting President Hassan Rouhani to speak of a “Third wave” epidemic.

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The Ministry of Health recorded 431 deaths on Saturday in the last 24 hours, bringing the toll of the pandemic to 44,327 dead in Iran (for 841,308 confirmed cases), by far the most affected country in the Near and Middle East. By the admission of some officials, including the Minister of Health, these figures are much lower than reality.

The Iranian authorities have always refused to impose a general containment for fear of the consequences on the economy of the country, in recession since the return of American sanctions.


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