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Bitcoin touches dizzying thresholds

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The Bitcoin cryptocurrency soars to 60.320, thanks to the optimism of the markets linked to mass vaccinations and the signing of the $ 1.900 billion stimulus plan wanted by President Joe Biden. 

Americans will receive the first $ 1.400 per person checks and transfers under the Biden plan starting this weekend. Money that will also reach the pockets of young investors, who have often invested them in Bitcoin in recent months.

Some analysts, following the growth of around 1000% in the last year alone, argue that bitcoin could act as a reserve currency, a bit like gold, and be a hedge against inflation and a weak dollar. Others, on the other hand, think that the phenomenon is a gigantic bubble inflated by monetary and fiscal stimuli that could soon burst as it did in 2017-2018.

Bitcoin, the virtual currency, different from paper money, is not printed but created, distributed and exchanged in a completely virtual way, through the computer and with peer to peer technology.

The Bitcoin currency is not created by the central bank, which produces and releases the new currency on the market, on the contrary, as regards bitcoins, the coins are stored in giant shared databases, and through advanced cryptographic systems it is made possible the transaction, the generation of new coins and the distribution to the owners who will use them to make new transactions.

Bitcoin coins are stored in a virtual wallet, linked to a specific email address, consisting of a private and public key.

The public one will be used to inform the user on where to pay bitcoins, while the private one will make it possible to access that specific wallet.

Tesla bought 1,5 billion of the cryptocurrency and enabled purchases of electric cars through bitcoin. Other large companies, such as Apple for example, could invest in cryptocurrency shortly and accept payments through bitcoin.

What may happen in the coming months is still a great enigma, the euphoria of the markets can surprise us positively by bringing bitcoin to the stars or postponing its take-off, heralding the cryptocurrency flop.

CORONAVIRUS IN THE WORLD

Globally, the country that has registered the most infections in 24 hours is Brazil. According to the WHO, there were 85.663 in one day. In Brazil, there are over 11 million 483 thousand cases since the beginning of the pandemic (second country in the world) and more than 278 thousand deaths (second in the world).

In second place among the countries that have registered the most new infections in 24 hours are the United States. According to the WHO, there were 62.840 in one day. The United States is the most affected country in the world for total cases (over 29 million and 438 thousand) and victims (almost 535 thousand).

The third country that recorded the highest number of infected in 24 hours, according to WHO data of March 14, is France: 29.256. In France, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the total cases of coronavirus patients are over 4 million and 131 thousand and deaths more than 90 thousand.

The fourth country that recorded the highest number of infected people in 24 hours, according to WHO data of March 14, is Italy: 26.031. In Italy, since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University updated to March 15, there have been more than 3 million and 223 thousand cases and over 102 thousand victims.

In fifth place for the increase of daily infections is India: 25.320 in 24 hours. India is the third country in the world for the number of total infections (after the USA and Brazil) and the fourth for the number of deaths (after the USA, Brazil and Mexico). The cases in India since the beginning of the pandemic are more than 11 million and 385 thousand and the victims over 158 thousand.

The sixth country that recorded the highest number of infected in 24 hours, according to WHO data, is Poland: 17.272. In Poland, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the total cases of coronavirus infections are over 1 million and 906 thousand and deaths more than 47 thousand.

Among the 10 countries with the greatest daily increase in cases, in seventh place is Turkey: 15.082 new infected, according to the latest WHO update of 14 March. In Turkey, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the pandemic the total cases are over 2 million and 879 thousand and deaths more than 29 thousand.

Haiti is seventh in the world on the WHO list. There were 12.498 new cases in 24 hours.

In ninth place among the countries with the most cases registered in 24 hours is Germany: 10.790.

Finally, in tenth place for the increase in daily infections is Russia: 10.083 in 24 hours. In Russia, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the pandemic the total cases are over 4 million and 341 thousand and deaths more than 90 thousand.

KOSOVO - ISRAEL

On March 14, Kosovo, as reported by the International, opened an embassy in Jerusalem, thus becoming the first country with a Muslim majority to recognize the city as the capital of Israel. In return, Israel recognized Kosovo's independence.

LONDON

On March 13, hundreds of people gathered in the square to commemorate Sarah Everand, the thirty-three-year-old girl, kidnapped and killed a few days ago, right in that neighborhood. Allegations of his kidnapping and death are blamed on police officer Wayne Couzens.

The vigil in charge of Sarah's murder had been denied due to anti-covid rules, but it hasn't caused a stir these days.

The behavior of the police towards some women present at the celebration was unacceptable and resumed by some politicians who expressed their dissent.

"The scenes in Clapham tonight are deeply disturbingOpposition leader Keir Starmer tweeted. "I share the anger and nervousness at the way the situation was handled. Not a good way to keep orderBritish Interior Minister Priti Patel added and asked the London police for a "thorough investigation" into what happened during the vigil.

Patel called the images posted on social media showing videos and posted photos of handcuffed and arrested women "shocking".

"Tonight Carrie and I are going to light a candle for Sarah Everard and have a thought for her family and friends“British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote in a tweet. "I can't imagine how unbearable the pain and sadness are. We must act quickly to find answers to this horrendous crime", he added: "I will do everything I can to make the streets safe and reassure women and girls that they do not experience harassment or violence".

Kate Middleton, Prince William's wife, also went to Clapham yesterday to pay homage to the young woman who was killed.

BOLIVIA

On March 14, in Bolivia, former interim president Jeanine Añez was arrested on charges of "sedition and terrorism" for an alleged coup against former president Evo Morales in November 2019.

As reported by the International newspaper, Morales, after the presidential elections in October 2019, canceled due to serious irregularities, had left the country and was forced to resign, only to return to the country after the election as president of his dolphin. Luis Arce last October.






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