Offbeat Coronavirus: the epidemic is accelerating in Latin America, OPEC and Russia are trying to save the price of crude

00:45  07 june  2020
00:45  07 june  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

Brazil, Chile, Peru: sudden increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in South America

 Brazil, Chile, Peru: sudden increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in South America © Copyright 2020, L'Obs The coronavirus epidemic continues to progress in South America. The spread "accelerates" in Brazil, Peru and Chile, warned on Tuesday May 26 a regional agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), calling on these countries not to relax the measures intended to slow the contamination .

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The coronavirus pandemic is approaching 400,000 deaths worldwide, accelerating its progression in Latin America and worried in Iran or in Afghanistan , causing an economic crisis which forced OPEC and Russia on Saturday to agree to extend their restrictions on oil production.

Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and their allies within OPEC +, the first of which is Russia, have agreed to extend the reduction in production to one month by one month since early May, according to the Minister of Energy of United Arab Emirates .

While demand had plunged into a global economy that had come to a halt, OPEC had closed the tap forcefully, committing to withdraw 9.7 million barrels per day (mbd).

Moscow pushes back BRICS summit due to coronavirus

 Moscow pushes back BRICS summit due to coronavirus HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-BRICS: Moscow pushes back BRICS summit because of coronavirus © Reuters / Adriano Machado MOSCOW GROWS BRICS SUMMIT ON CORONAVIRUS MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia announced on Wednesday the postponement of the summit of the five emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), initially scheduled for July in Saint Petersburg, due to the epidemic of coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated across Latin America , Russia and the Indian subcontinent even as curves flattened and reopening was under way in much of Europe, Asia and the US. Many governments say they have to shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly

Oil prices plummeted this week after a stalemate in talks between Russia and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries ( OPEC ). Russia depends heavily on hydrocarbon production taxes and needs the price of oil to stay above per barrel to keep its budget balanced; Saudi Arabia, to

The pandemic of new coronavirus has killed at least 397,179 people worldwide since its appearance in December in China , according to a report established by AFP from official sources Saturday at 7:00 p.m. GMT.

The spread of the virus has accelerated in Latin America.

Chile recorded a record 93 dead in the past 24 hours on Saturday, bringing the total to 1,541.

As for Brazil, it has become the third most bereaved country in the world (35,026 dead), behind the United States (109,497 deaths) and the United Kingdom with 40,465 deaths.

But despite a health situation that continues to worsen, the Brazil of President Jair Bolsonaro threatened Friday to leave the World Health Organization (WHO), like Donald Trump.

"Either the WHO is working without ideological bias, or we are leaving it too," Bolsonaro told reporters in Brasilia. When questioned by AFP, the WHO contented itself with replying that it had "no comments to make" to the declarations of the Brazilian president.

Coronavirus: Latin America continues to suffer, Europe opens

 Coronavirus: Latin America continues to suffer, Europe opens Latin America still suffers from the coronavirus epidemic, Brazil at the head which broke a new death record on Wednesday, unlike the 'Europe where borders reopen, as in Austria on Thursday, in the midst of the controversy over hydroxychloroquine. Brazil recorded 1,349 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, a new record for this country, the most affected in Latin America.

WHO warns Latin American countries not to reopen too quickly. While Russia has comparatively few cases compared with the United States or the hardest-hit European countries , the number "One of the main topics today is why Putin is almost imperceptible in the coronavirus situation," she wrote.

Latin America . Media captionPresident Putin said Russia 's coronavirus "non-working' period" was coming to an end. The low mortality has raised some sceptical eyebrows, but the suggestion that Russia is actively under-reporting fatalities was angrily denied by officials this week as "fake news".

In Mexico, a country of 127 million inhabitants which has passed the milestone of 100,000 cases and 12,000 dead, gravediggers and crematorium workers work in extraordinary conditions.

In the outskirts of Mexico City, José Ramirez, 49, looks like an astronaut in his silver protective gear. "You do not get used to the pain of others. And when you are handing them (the urn), it is contagious and it is very difficult to hold back tears", he tells AFP.

Despite everything, in Peru, which officially has more than 5,000 dead, the Machu Picchu site is developing protocols to reopen the Inca city, the country's tourist jewel, in July. "In theory, the reopening will take place on July 1, but it is still being evaluated," said the manager of the archaeological park, José Bastante.

Afghanistan worries

Another hot spot, Afghanistan, a very poor country which is starting to run out of hospital beds, while the epidemic is progressing rapidly, and where the authorities fear "a catastrophe".

Opec + States extend oil cut by one month

 Opec + States extend oil cut by one month London, Jun 6 (Reuters) - The major oil producing countries have agreed to keep their cut in production for another month until the end of July. That tweeted on Saturday the Energy Minister of the United Arab Emirates. The countries had previously organized a video conference. An extension of one month was expected in advance. The Organization of Oil-producing Countries (Opec) and the other countries, including Russia, agreed in April to cut oil supplies by 9.7 million barrels a day, which is a

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Many countries have effectively closed their borders to all but their own citizens, imposed strict controls on internal travel and ordered people to stay in their homes. The coronavirus pandemic has also had a major impact on the sporting calendar, as countries have sought to limit mass gatherings.

"We have reports of suspicious deaths, of people burying bodies at night," said Kabul governor Mohammad Yakub Haidary. "We fill 10 to 15 body ambulances every day."

In Iran, since a low point reached on May 2, the rise in new identified cases of Covid-19 also worries the authorities.

People should not believe that "this disease will be eliminated in 15 days or a month: we must therefore follow (health) instructions for a long time," President Rohani said on state television.

Also, he warned that it was necessary to put an end to all the gatherings, whether it be marriage, mourning, or family visit, until "new order".

Other regions of the globe are now benefiting from a lull.

The national parks of South Africa, which welcome more than 6 million tourists each year, will reopen on Monday, after more than two months without visitors. But for now, safari enthusiasts will have to stay in their vehicles.

In Europe, life also takes back its rights. The lifting of restrictions continues on Saturday in France, where the epidemic is now "controlled", according to health authorities.

FOCUS 1-Opec + countries still do not want to turn oil tap on fully

 FOCUS 1-Opec + countries still do not want to turn oil tap on fully * Production cut of just under 10 million barrels per day by the end of July * Expert: Oil markets should benevolently agree * High oil price because of USA not necessarily in the interest of the Opec (New copy) Moscow / Dubai / London, Jun 06 (Reuters) - The major oil-producing countries want to keep their production cut for another month until the end of July and thus prevent an oversupply from depressing prices.

The coronavirus pandemic has meant countries around the world have effectively had to shut down, with many governments imposing draconian measures on President Donald Trump said Monday that OPEC hadn't asked " that question" yet, but suggested U.S. oil production had already fallen anyway.

Several countries across Latin America imposed restrictions on their citizens to slow the spread of the virus. A dramatic increase in coronavirus cases in Moscow, pushed the city’s health care system to its limit.Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times.

Reopening of Versailles

An emblematic place in the country and one of the most visited in the world, the Palace of Versailles, near Paris, reopened on Saturday after more than 82 days of confinement. With mandatory mask and limited number of visitors.

In Madrid, the Prado Museum has reopened, also for a limited number of visitors.

"I am very moved to be there again on the day of reopening, to be able to look at these paintings that I have missed so much," Alejandro Elizalde, an art history specialist, told AFP.

Ireland is also going to make relief on Monday, with the reopening of all businesses, except shopping centers, pending the end of travel restrictions on June 29.

It is in this context that on Saturday, from London to Sydney, thousands of people defied the pandemic - and defied the protective measures imposed - to demonstrate against racism and police brutality, an unprecedented worldwide outrage sparked by the Death of George Floyd, asphyxiated by a white policeman at the end of May in Minneapolis.

In London, their faces covered with a protective mask for some, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the Parliament, taking up the slogan "Black lives matter" (the life of blacks counts).

In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison had asked the demonstrators to stay at home, because of the health crisis: "let's find a better way to express these emotions, without endangering his own health".

"The fact that they tried to prevent us from parading makes people want to do it even more," said Jumikah Donovan, among the 20,000 or so demonstrators who gathered in Sydney.

On Friday, the WHO published new guidelines on the wearing of masks, which it now recommends in the event of "generalized transmission" and when it is difficult to maintain a physical distance, "for example in public transport, shops or other closed or very crowded areas. "

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MARKETS Rising US Inventories Pressurize Oil Prices .
London, Jun 10 (Reuters) - A surprising surge in US inventories is affecting the oil price. The Brent variety from the North Sea became cheaper on Wednesday by two percent to $ 40.34 a barrel (159 liters). A barrel of light US oil cost 2.7 percent less at $ 37.89. According to the US industry association API, crude oil reserves have recently grown by 8.4 million barrels. By contrast, analysts had expected a decline.

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