The coronavirus continued to advance strongly today mainly in Russia, which doubled the daily death toll from the disease; and in Brazil, where a confrontation between the central government and the Rio de Janeiro authorities also escalated over a case of alleged corruption in the management of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the economic impact of Covid-19 resonated strongly in Europe, where 58% of its inhabitants declared that they have economic problems; and in the aero-commercial market, in which the largest company in Latin America requested its preventive competition and the organization of the sector estimated that the companies’ global debt will grow almost 30% this year.
Russia, the third country with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases and the seventeenth by number of deaths, reported 174 deaths in the last 24 hours, almost double the 92 recorded yesterday, and totaled 3,807 deaths from the disease.
Likewise, with about 9,000 new infections, it added more than 362,000 confirmed cases and the director of Social Welfare of the Ministry of Health, Anna Popova, warned that the obligation to wear face masks, effective since 12 this month, will govern at least “one or two more months. “
In Brazil, the second country with the highest number of infections (391,222) and the sixth with the most deaths (24,512), the pre-existing political tension around the management of the pandemic focused today on a confrontation between President Jair Bolsonaro and the authorities in Rio. de Janeiro.
The governor of that state, Wilson Witzel, accused the president of political persecution after his official residence was raided this morning by the Federal Police in the context of an investigation into alleged irregularities in the management of public funds to combat the pandemic.
“The raids, besides being unnecessary, did not result in anything, they did not find values or jewels; only the sadness of a man and a woman was found for the violence and that habit of political persecution that is beginning in our country,” said the Governor at a press conference.
“What happened to me will happen to other governors considered enemies,” Witzel warned, referring to the tension between Bolsonaro, who did not order quarantine, and most of the regional leaders, who adopted various restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.
The situation, both politically and in relation to the pandemic, contributed to the fact that foreign direct investment in Brazil plummeted last April 95.4%, compared to the same month of 2019, from 5,100 to 234 million dollars, according to data released today by the Central Bank.
In the United States, the country with the most cases (1.68 million) and deaths (98,852) from coronavirus, a controversy arose about the pace of quarantine exit, after in 10 states that relaxed the restrictions a month ago it was registered in the last week, a sudden increase in infections and hospitalizations.
In Europe, where, with the exception of Russia, the worst part of the contagion curve seems to have passed, 58% of the inhabitants of 21 countries stated that they were having some kind of economic difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, according to a survey released today by the European Parliament.
According to that work, 30% said they lost income; 23%, who lost all or part of the job; 21%, who used savings to pay their current expenses; 14%, who had difficulty paying rents, services or bank loans, and 9%, who had difficulty obtaining “decent” food, the . news agency reported.
Meanwhile, Latam, the largest airline in Latin America, declared bankruptcy and asked a New York court to file for Chapter 11 of the United States bankruptcy law, which includes a restructuring process similar to that of the preventive bankruptcy of creditors of Argentina.
The company reported that the request includes Latam subsidiaries in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – in which it has already cut nearly 2,000 jobs after 95% of its passenger flights have ceased – as well as in the United States, but not to those of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
“Latam entered the Covid-19 crisis as a healthy and profitable airline group; however, exceptional circumstances have led to a collapse in demand and not only have stopped global aviation and its revenues, but have switched to industry into the future, “said the company’s CEO, Roberto Alvo, in a statement.
This month, Colombian Avianca – the second oldest private airline in the world – also requested its preventive tender and reported the liquidation of its subsidiary in Peru, and the government of Ecuador announced the liquidation of its state airline TAME.
In this context, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated today that the companies in the sector will add debts of 550,000 million dollars at the end of this year, 27.9% more than those that they collected at the end of 2019, due to the 90% of the world fleet is paralyzed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, Eurowings – a low-cost airline belonging to the German group Lufthansa -, announcing a cut of 300 jobs, warned that global air traffic will not recover the volume prior to the pandemic before 2023.
Meanwhile, the world today accumulated 5.37 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 344,454 deaths from the disease, according to the daily balance of the World Health Organization (WHO), or 5.54 million infections and 347,836 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University online database.
With 2.45 million cases, America was the continent most affected by the pandemic, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).