Covid-19: Europe Multiplies Measures Trump Accused of Disinformation

While Europe is stepping up measures against the threat of a second wave of Covid-19, in the United States, President Donald Trump is in the sights of Facebook and Twitter because of a video in which he assures that children are hardly at risk of catching the novel coronavirus.

In France, the mask has become mandatory even outdoors in the busiest areas of cities such as Toulouse, Tours or Blois. It will soon be the same in Paris.

A similar measure came into effect in Amsterdam’s Red Light District and Rotterdam’s shopping districts.

And Germany has just classified the Belgian province of Antwerp as a risk zone, with compulsory quarantine for coming travelers, unless they present a negative test.

Europe remains the most affected region with more than 210,000 of the some 700,000 deaths recorded worldwide since the discovery of the pandemic in China in December 2019.

But the United States is the country most affected, with more than 1,200 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the toll to nearly 158,000 since the start of the epidemic.

In an unprecedented act of censorship against the American president, Facebook on Wednesday withdrew from Donald Trump’s page a video breaking its rules on disinformation around the pandemic: the Republican billionaire explained that children were “almost totally” immune to the virus.

And Twitter has banned Donald Trump’s campaign account (@TeamTrump) from continuing to tweet until he removes that video.

Meanwhile, in Europe, nervousness seems to gain the French government while the scientific body which guides it judges “highly probable that a second epidemic wave is observed in the fall or the winter”.

And this while across the world, the death toll has doubled since May 26, and 100,000 additional deaths have been detected in just under three weeks.

The Irish government, for its part, has decided to postpone the final phase of the country’s deconfinement, which includes the reopening of all pubs. Ireland has also decided to make it compulsory to wear masks in stores and malls from August 10.

New York for its part will set up checkpoints at key access points to the city to ensure that travelers from American states severely affected by the coronavirus comply with the quarantine imposed on them.

Dead alone or abandoned –
Brazil, the second most affected country after the United States, has nearly 96,000 dead.

 

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While Europe is stepping up measures against the threat of a second wave of Covid-19, in the United States.

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