There have been more than two million deaths from the coronavirus in the European Union and more than one million in the United States

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US President Joe Biden called on “to be vigilant in this pandemic situation and do everything possible to save as many lives as possible”.

Crematorium worker Brandon Cochran pushes a cremation box
Funeral of a veteran killed by Covid-19.AFP

more than two lakh of the people have died of covid-19 in europe, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) offered this Thursday. This figure was described by WHO as: “disastrous”, The European continent had been the epicenter of the pandemic for several months.

For its part, the United States has passed millions of deaths from coronavirus, announced the White House this Thursday. Despite a slight increase in cases for a month, the country wants to turn the page. The United States is the country with the most deaths ahead of Brazil, India and Russia.

“Today we have reached a tragic milestone: a million American lives lost to Covid-19,” President Joe Biden said in a statement, “Stay alert to confront this pandemic and more and more people.” Do your best to save his life. “Possible, like we’ve done with more tests, vaccines and treatments than ever before.

After several months of remission of the pandemic in most mourning country in the world The United States has recorded a daily increase in cases for a month.

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The increase comes in a context in which masks are no longer mandatory, although their use indoors is recommended, and a fourth dose of the vaccine is only available to people over the age of 50.

The increase in cases is due to the micron subvariant, which is more transmitted than the preceding strains, although their effects seem to be less severe, in a country where 66% of the population is vaccinated (including those over 65 years of age). 90% in case).

New York

New York, the country’s economic and cultural capital and an incredible mosaic of communities and social classes, seems to have regained its legendary luster.

new yorker, Domestic and foreign tourists returned to Broadway theaterTake photos under the giant advertising screens of Times Square, climb the Statue of Liberty, take a car ride in Central Park, or walk or bike the Brooklyn Bridge.

As the iconic museums of northern Manhattan fill up and the elevators to the skyscrapers’ observation decks, which offer unparalleled views of the Big Apple and its surroundings, never stop going up and down.

las Attractions begin to open gradually in 2021 In this city of 8.4 million people, traffic has returned to clog its main arteries, especially during peak hours.

Long queues form in front of thousands of restaurants, bars, fast food trucks. Manhattan and Brooklyn’s trendiest terraces are full once again.

“We’ve Been Waiting A Long Time” For This Return From New YorkSays Alfred Cerullo, who leads a lobby to encourage business in Manhattan. “Without a doubt, the energy of the people on the street is felt again,” he assured AFP.

2020 nightmare

The contrast is striking with the spring of 2020, when it became the epicenter of the pandemic, “The City That Never Sleeps” Was Empty For WeeksLike in a science fiction movie.

Through the vast arteries of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, only the sirens of the emergency services could be heard, in which overflow hospital and forced morgues to put the bodies of victims in refrigerated trucks.

Janice Maloof-Tomaso, a nurse who worked in Boston at the time, remembers that Many healthcare workers can’t stand “seeing death” (…) and many were traumatized and left the profession”.

Some 40,000 New Yorkers have lost their lives since the spring of 2020 and both Manhattan Island and the sprawling neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens maintain the stigma of the pandemic.

Without customers for months, thousands of small businesses they closed And its windows are still covered with boards or posters of real estate agents with the message “For Rent”.

“Anxious” Merchant

Frank Tedesco has a jewelry store in the affluent neighborhood of Westchester in the North Bronx.

He tells AFP that he managed to save his business in 2020 Thanks to the public assistance and their savings, But he is “very worried” because “he doesn’t know what’s going to happen” and how he could cope with another economic “impact” caused by the pandemic’s potential return.

Hurt by the nightmare of 2020, New Yorkers remain vigilant. The facade is still very visible on the street and indoors and is mandatory in transportation and at many shows such as the Metropolitan Opera House or theatre.

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Act to honor home delivery workers killed by COVID in Manhattan.AFP

And this Looks like telecommunications has stoppedNew York: The office occupancy rate in New York is about 38%, according to a weekly barometer from office security company Castle.

David Solomon, president of Goldman Sachs Business Bank, admitted on the CNBC network on May 2 that the rate of face-to-face work increases to 50-60% of the workforce, compared to 80% before Covid.

Figures from member countries compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO) give a total of 5.4 million deaths from Covid-19 in these two years, since the start of the pandemic.

But the WHO confirmed last Thursday that 13 to 17 million people died in the world from January 2020 to December 2021, almost triple the total official balance, marking the worst pandemic devastation the planet has faced for a century. it shows.

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