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Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (3) Globally

by: The Guardian, Worldometer
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Public health experts worldwide are scrambling to understand, track, and contain the coronavirus COVID-19 - a new virus - that appeared in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of December 2019. The World Health Organization named the disease caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, which references the type of virus and the year it emerged. The WHO declared that the virus is a pandemic. Coronavirus updates 2020 history (3) globally summarizes the events from the 14th of May until the 13th of June 2020. Only uneven dates are published.

Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (3) Globally

Public health experts worldwide are scrambling to understand, track, and contain a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of December 2019. The World Health Organization named the disease caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, which references the type of virus and the year it emerged. The WHO declared that the virus is a pandemic.

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Below the 'Coronavirus History 2020 Globally'. Only plane text. All photos and clips removed!

Below a continuation of the updates of the last days.

Updates 13-06-2020

Headlines
06:30

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, a senior US infectious disease official, has warned of the dangers of holding Trump election rallies during the pandemic, adding that rising coronavirus hospitalizations in some states could get out of control unless robust contact-tracing regimes were in place.
  • Globally, there are now more than 7.6 million cases, with more than 425,000 deaths recorded, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker. In the US, there have been 2,048,986 cases and 114,669 deaths.
  • In Brazil, the city of São Paulo has said it will reveal bodies buried years ago and store their bagged remains in large metal containers in a bid to free up space during the crisis.
  • The public funeral service said in a statement on Friday the remains would be placed in numbered bags, then stored temporarily in 12 containers it has bought. The boxes would be delivered to several cemeteries within 15 days.
  • In Argentina, a pastor turned his church into a bar in protest at the uneven easing of restrictions in his Santa Fe province. Church leaders were dressed as waiters carrying Bibles on their trays in a mock service. Pastor Daniel Cattaneo said: “So, apart from the breaded veal headed for table four, here goes the word of God.”
  • China reported 11 new cases on Saturday, including six domestic incidents in Beijing, which raised concerns about a resurgence. Most of China’s cases in recent months have been overseas nationals tested as they returned home. The new cases have prompted Beijing officials to delay students' return to primary schools and suspend all sporting events and group dining. City authorities on Friday also closed two markets visited by one of the known cases.
  • New Zealand has now gone for 22 days in a row without recording a new case. Following the recovery of an Auckland woman on Monday, it has no known active cases of Covid-19, and no one is in the hospital with the virus.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian

Updates:
06:04

  • 556 new cases and five new deaths in Afghanistan 
  • 32 new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • 81 new cases in Israel 
  • 366 new cases in Kazakhstan 
  • 41 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 6,472 new cases and 88 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • Four new cases in Australia     
  • 463 new cases and 12 new deaths in Honduras 
  • 764 new cases and 26 new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 48 new cases in South Korea 
  • 11 new cases in China 
  • 421 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 5,222 new cases and 504 new deaths in Mexico  
  • Three new cases in Jamaica 

Updates 11-06-2020

Headlines
06:30

  • Confirmed US cases passed 2 million. The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the US, which is by far the worst-affected country worldwide, passed 2 million on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University data, which lists 2,000,464 cases. The country has recorded 112,908 deaths. Brazil, with the next highest number of cases, has 772,416 confirmed infections.
  • US deaths could reach 200,000 in September. Ashish Jha, the head of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, told CNN in an interview on Wednesday that the number of US deaths would march on without drastic action.
  • Donald Trump will hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, next Friday – his first since states began shutting down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 19 June rally will likely rattle some public health experts as coronavirus infections rise in about a dozen states.
  • According to a Reuters count, Latin American pandemic deaths passed 70,000, as Mexico hit a daily record for confirmed infections. With the largest economy in the region, Brazil remains Latin America’s most affected country. Total fatalities are just shy of 40,000, the world’s third-highest death toll after the United States and Britain.
  • Cuba will test all visitors for coronavirus when it reopens to international tourism, which will be limited at first to the beach resorts at the keys of the Caribbean’s largest island, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz said on Wednesday.
  • Mexico City will embark on a large-scale testing effort as the centerpiece of its plan to reopen its economy, its mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has said. The plan sees it diverge from the federal government strategy, which has shunned widespread testing as a waste of resources. The goal will be to perform some 100,000 tests per month by July and detect and isolate new infections as quickly as possible, Sheinbaum said. On Wednesday, Mexico confirmed 4,883 coronavirus cases in a new daily record.
  • The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, is to be questioned as part of an investigation driven into alleged errors made by authorities. Prosecutors in Bergamo, the Lombardy province worst hit by the virus, will also question the health minister and the interior minister.
  • Authorities have fined Prince Joachim of Belgium €10,400 in Spain after going to a Cordoba party, where he caught Covid-19. Joachim flew from Brussels to Madrid and then traveled to Cordoba to attend a party with 27 other guests on 26 May, when gatherings were restricted to 15 participants.

Source Worldometers, The Guardian

Updates:
06:04

  • 239 new cases in Kazakhstan  
  • 36 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 5,834 new cases and 101 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • Three new cases in Bhutan 
  • 81 new cases and one new death in Gabon 
  • 637 new cases and 25 new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 134 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti 
  • 425 new cases and 19 new deaths in Honduras 
  • Nine new cases in Australia     
  • 45 new cases in South Korea 
  • 355 new cases and 27 new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 4,883 new cases and 708 new deaths in Mexico 
  • 11 new cases in China 

 

Updates 09-06-2020

Headlines
06:30

  • Global infections have risen to 7,119,454, with deaths at 406,540, according to Johns Hopkins data. The US still has the most infections (1,961,185) and deaths (111,007).
  • The UK has the second-highest death toll globally (40,680).
  • University of Washington researchers have estimated that 145,728 people could die of Covid-19 in the United States by August. Infectious disease experts have said that large street protests held in major cities after George Floyd’s death could spark a new outbreak.
  • Brazil continues its steep trajectory of Covid-19 cases, passing 700,000 infections on Monday (second only to the US), with 37,134 deaths. It passed 500,000 cases on 1 June.
  • The World Health Organization has warned against complacency, saying the coronavirus pandemic situation is worsening worldwide. The WHO said it had recorded its highest daily tally of new infections on Sunday (136,000), with
  • Covid-19 is raging in the Americas. “Although Europe's situation is improving, globally it is worsening,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
  • Russia will lift a range of lockdown measures on Tuesday, including Moscow's lockdown, the city’s mayor has announced. The capital’s restriction on movement end on Tuesday, allowing residents to travel freely for the first time since March. Some measures have gradually eased, with some shops opening.
  • New Zealanders have enjoyed their first day of level-1 restrictions,
    where all coronavirus measures have been lifted, except at its international borders.
  • A report by the charity CARE international found a ‘global absence’ of women in leadership roles in response to coronavirus. A survey of 30 countries and found, on average, that women made up only 24% of national response committees.
  • Mexico has reported 354 new deaths and 2,999 new infections from Covid-19.

Updates:
06:24

  • 305 new cases and seven new deaths in Afghanistan 
  • 1,118 new cases in India  
  • 57 new cases in Israel 
  • Eight new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • Two new cases in Thailand 
  • 215 new cases and two new deaths in Kazakhstan  
  • 23 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan 
  • Two new cases in Suriname  
  • One new death in Costa Rica  
  • 4,646 new cases and 105 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 204 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti 
  • 306 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia 
  • Two new cases in Australia     
  • One new death in El Salvador 
  • 38 new cases and one new death in South Korea 
  • 123 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras 
  • 447 new cases and 15 new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 2,999 new cases and 354 new deaths in Mexico 
  • One new case in Jamaica 

Source Worldometers, The Guardian

Updates 05-06-2020
05:34

  • The number of known coronavirus infections has passed 6.6 million, with 6,601,349 confirmed, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Deaths are approaching 390,000, with the current toll at 389,645. The figures, which are based on official and media reports, are likely to significantly underestimate the scale of the pandemic due to differing testing and recording regimes, as well as suspected under-reporting.
  • Brazil’s total Covid-19 death toll passed that of Italy on Thursday, as the Health Ministry reported 1,437 deaths in the last 24 hours and 30,925 additional coronavirus cases. The Latin American nation has now reported 34,021 deaths from the coronavirus, trailing only the US and the UK.
  • The antiviral drug rem..siv.r has been recommended to treat Covid-19 patients in Australia. The National Covid-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce said Australian doctors treating adults with moderate, severe, or critical Covid-19 should consider using the drug to aid recovery times. The antiviral drug is the first medication to be recommended as a considered treatment for patients in the hospital after contracting coronavirus.
  • South Africa has recorded 3,267 coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the biggest increase since its pandemic. Africa’s biggest industrial power now has a total of 40,792 infections, the health ministry said. It saw a rise of 56 deaths, bring the total to 848. More than half of the cases are in the Western Cape region, where health services are under pressure.
  • The thousands of people protesting over George Floyd's death have a “civic duty” to be tested for the coronavirus and help New York avoid a spike in new cases as it slowly restarts its economy, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. An estimated 20,000 people have demonstrated in New York City alone, Cuomo said, as he expanded the state’s testing criteria to include people who attended recent protests.
  • Mexicans have responded with outrage after a man was found beaten to death hours after police arrested him for not wearing a face mask in public. Giovanni López, a 30-year-old bricklayer, was detained on 4 May in Ixtlahuacán de Los Membrillos near Guadalajara. Video of the incident emerged on Wednesday and shows officers with assault rifles forcing López into a truck as bystanders plead for his release. Meanwhile, Mexico’s health ministry reported a record 4,442 additional cases on Thursday, and 816 more deaths, bringing the total to 105,680 cases and 12,545 deaths.
  • According to official figures, almost 10,000 unexplained extra deaths among people with dementia in April in the UK have prompted alarm about the severe impact of social isolation on people with the condition. The Office for National Statistics data reveals that, beyond deaths directly linked to Covid-19, 83% more deaths from dementia than usual, with charities warning that a reduction in essential medical care and family visits took a devastating toll.
  • Argentina extended a mandatory lockdown in Buenos Aires and other parts of the country until 28 June, as confirmed cases continued to rise, passing 20,000 earlier in the day. The three-week extension of the lockdown will affect the capital, the province of Buenos Aires, and other areas with the highest concentration of confirmed infections, President Alberto Fernandez said.
  • Patients with high blood pressure admitted to hospital with coronavirus are twice as likely to die as those without the condition, researchers said on Friday. For in-patients with the virus that had stopped taking medication for high blood pressure, the risk of dying doubled again. They reported in the European Heart Journal after reviewing Wuhan cases.
  • A Tokyo 2020 executive board member said on Friday that organizers would need to monitor the coronavirus situation until spring next year to decide whether to hold the Summer Olympics, Kyodo News reported. The comment by lawmaker Toshiaki Endo, one of six vice presidents on the board and a former Olympics minister, marks the first time an executive from the organizing committee has commented on the timing for a decision on going through with the Games, the news agency said. The Games were postponed from this year because of the pandemic.

 

Updates 03-06-2020

Headlines
08:05

  • Known deaths in the coronavirus pandemic passed 380,000 on Wednesday, with Johns Hopkins University figures showing the toll currently standing at 380,250. Confirmed infections are nearing 3.4 million, with 6,378,239 so dar.
  • Brazil's deaths passed 30,000. A record 1,262 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Brazil today - taking the country’s total death toll to 31,199 - but the president continues to downplay the pandemic. The figures were announced on Tuesday evening by Brazil’s health ministry, which also said the number of coronavirus cases had risen to 555,383, second only to the United States. The South American country is now on the verge of overtaking Italy, where 33,530 deaths have been recorded, as the country with the third-highest number of deaths.
  • Australia’s economy is in recession. Australian treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has confirmed Australia is now in a recession as the economy reels from the coronavirus pandemic. His confirmation came after the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported the economy shrank by 0.3% in the March quarter, on the back of the bushfires, drought, and coronavirus pandemic. Asked whether the country was now in recession, he said: “Well, the answer to that is ‘yes.’ And that is based on the advice that I have from the Treasury department about where the June quarter is expected to be.”
  • New Zealand saw its 12th consecutive day with no new cases. New Zealand has reported a 12th straight day of no new cases of Covid-19, as the government considers abandoning as early as next week all remaining restrictions on the country except stringent border controls. Just one person in New Zealand is still recovering from the illness, health officials said on Wednesday. They are not in the hospital. There have been fewer than 1,500 confirmed cases of the virus in the country, with 22 deaths.
  • French anti-racism protesters defied a coronavirus gathering ban. Clashes broke out between police and protesters in Paris on Tuesday after around 20,000 people defied a ban to rally over the 2016 death of a black man in police custody, galvanized by US demonstrations against racism and deadly police violence.
  • China’s service sector is bouncing back. China’s huge service sector has bounced back to growth for the first time since January in a sign that the world’s second-largest economy is recovering strongly from strict coronavirus-induced containment measures. Although employment and overseas demand remain weak in the economy, the Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index rose to 55.0 in May from 44.4 in April, hitting the highest level since late 2010. The 50-mark separates growth from contraction every month.
  • Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn. Yemen remains on the brink of “a macabre tragedy,” the UN has warned after a humanitarian fundraising summit raised only $1.35bn for this year, around $1bn short of the target and only half the sum raised at the equivalent pledging conference last year. Dr. Abdullah al-Rabiah, the head of the
  • King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Aid in Saudi Arabia, which co-hosted the virtual summit, put the overall shortfall down to the impact of coronavirus on national budgets and concerns about the restrictions on aid flow imposed by the parties to Yemen’s five-year civil war.
  • Hopes were raised about the possible availability of a vaccine. A senior US army researcher said it was reasonable to expect that some sort of vaccine could be available to some parts of the US population by the end of the year.
  • France’s death toll rose by more than 100 in 24 hours for the first time in 13 days. It came as the country enacts a new easing of lockdown measures.
  • Iran confirmed its second-highest number of new cases in 24 hours since its outbreak began, with the health ministry saying 3,117 people tested positive. The number of new daily infections in Iran has now returned to levels previously seen at the peak of its outbreak in late March.
  • Germany’s travel warning for Europe will be lifted on Wednesday, its foreign minister, Heiko Maas, announced. The worldwide travel warning still applies. For the countries of the EU and associated states, the warning will be replaced by travel advice that will give travelers detailed information about each state's situation.
  • The UK’s official death toll passed 50,000, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. The total differs from the government’s daily counts, including deaths in hospitals and care homes where the person had tested positive.
  • The UK statistics watchdog criticized the government’s testing data. Whitehall’s use of testing data appears to be aimed more at making it look like a lot is being done than actually painting a clear picture. The chairman of the UK Statistics Authority warned the health secretary, Matt Hancock.
  • A Wuhan doctor who worked with the whistleblower Li Wenliang died of the virus last week, Chinese state media reported. Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan central hospital, reportedly became China’s first Covid-19 fatality in weeks when he died on Friday after being treated for more than four months.

Updates:
06:31

  • One new case in Thailand 
  • 424 new cases in India  
  • 4,065 new cases and 67 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 225 new cases in Kazakhstan  
  • Eight new cases in Australia     
  • 165 new cases and eight new deaths in Honduras 
  • Three new deaths in El Salvador 
  • 460 new cases and 33 new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 1,569 new cases and 31 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 49 new cases and one new death in South Korea 
  • Two new cases in Jamaica 
  • 250 new cases and seven new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 3,891 new cases and 470 new deaths in Mexico 

Source Worldometers, The Guardian

 

Updates 01-06-2020

Headlines
08:05

  • Manila eases lockdown. Traffic jams and crowds of commuters returned to the Philippine capital on Monday. Manilla relaxed antivirus measures in a high-stakes gamble to slowly reopen the economy while fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Public transport was still limited, and many commuters waited for hours to ride despite the government deploying special buses. School classes remain suspended for the next two weeks. Barbershops and beauty salons can open next week at a third of their capacity. The Philippines remains a south-east Asian hotspot for Covid-19, with more than 18,000 infections and 957 deaths.
  • Japan may open doors to travelers from selected countries. Japan is considering reopening its borders to travelers from selected countries with low levels of coronavirus infections. It begins to ease restrictions put in place earlier this year to control the outbreak. As schools, cinemas, sports clubs, and department stores reopened in Tokyo on Monday, the media has reported that the government is also planning to allow travelers from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand in the coming months. There was no immediate comment from the foreign ministry.
  • Hong Kong reports the first locally transmitted case in two weeks. Hong Kong has confirmed its first locally transmitted coronavirus cases in more than two weeks, fuelling concerns over its spread as restrictions on movement are relaxed, Reuters reports. The Centre for Health Protection said it was investigating two confirmed coronavirus cases, taking the number of cases so far to 1,085. Four people have died of the disease in Hong Kong.
  • Wuhan reports zero new asymptomatic cases. According to Chinese health officials, Wuhan, the Chinese city of around 11 million people where the Covid-19 pandemic began, reported no new asymptomatic cases on Sunday. Xinhua said that more than 60,000 nucleic acid tests were conducted on Sunday, finding no asymptomatic cases. Mainland China reported 16 new cases overall on Sunday, the highest daily number in three weeks. All were reported as imported cases – 11 in Sichuan province, three in Inner Mongolia, and two in Guangdong.
  • Brazil passes 500,000 Covid-19 cases. Brazil has reported 16,409 new cases, taking the total of infected cases to 514,849. It keeps the country in second place in terms of infections, behind the US, on 1.78 million cases. According to the health ministry, Brazil has moved into fourth in terms of deaths, with 29,314 fatalities. President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly dismissed the severity of the virus and continued to mock social distancing measures. On Sunday, he rode a horse to a rally calling for the supreme court to be shut down for investigating him.
  • Moscow eases lockdown despite high virus caseload. Shopping malls and parks are set to reopen in Moscow on Monday as the Russian capital eases coronavirus restrictions despite having the world’s third-largest caseload, with 405,843 infections. The relaxation of the confinement orders in Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak with a population of more than 12 million, comes after President Vladimir Putin announced the epidemic had passed its peak in the country.
  • North Korea to reopen schools. North Korea will reopen schools this month after shuttering them over the coronavirus pandemic, reports said Monday. Pyongyang has not confirmed a single infection but has imposed strict rules, including closing its borders and putting thousands of people into isolation. The new school term – initially scheduled to start in early April – has been repeatedly postponed, although some universities and high schools were allowed to resume classes in mid-April.
  • The Queen makes a first public appearance. The Queen has been pictured riding in Windsor Castle's grounds in the UK – her first public appearance since the lockdown began. Windsor is said to be the Queen’s favorite royal residence, and she has been photographed over the weekend riding one of her ponies, a 14-year-old Fell pony called Balmoral Fern. The 94-year-old regularly rides in Windsor's grounds and has been a passionate horse lover and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses throughout her reign.
  • Spain to extend lockdown. Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, has said the country needs 15 more days of lockdown until 21 June “to finish with the pandemic once and for all,” and that he would ask parliament to approve a final two-week extension to the stay home rule. “We have almost achieved what we set out to do,” Sanchez told a press conference, as he expressed his intense relief that the number of new cases in Spain, one of the nations hardest-hit by the virus, had fallen dramatically.
  • Bangladesh lifts lockdown. Bangladesh lifted its coronavirus lockdown on Sunday, with millions heading back to work in densely populated cities and towns even as the country logged a record spike in deaths and new infections. “The lockdown has been lifted, and we are heading almost towards our regular life,” health department spokeswoman Nasima Sultana said, calling on those returning to work to wear masks and observe social distancing. It comes as Bangladesh – which on Friday took an emergency pandemic loan from the International Monetary Fund – reported its biggest daily jump in infections Sunday, with 2,545 new cases and a record 40 deaths.

Updates:
06:31

  • 182 new cases in India  
  • 35 new cases in Israel 
  • Six new cases in Bulgaria 
  • 39 new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • One new case in Thailand 
  • 69 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 450 new cases and one new death in Kazakhstan  
  • 2,964 new cases and 60 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • One new death in Sri Lanka 
  • Six new cases in Mongolia 
  • Four new cases in Myanmar 
  • 143 new cases and 27 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 390 new cases and three new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 108 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  
  • 189 new cases in Ghana 
  • Seven new cases in Australia     
  • 259 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti 
  • 35 new cases and one new death in South Korea 
  • 348 new cases and six new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 16 new cases in China 
  • 3,152 new cases and 151 new deaths in Mexico 
  • Five new cases in Jamaica 

Source Worldometers, The Guardian

Updates 31-05-2020

Headlines
08:05

  • Global cases pass 6 million. The world has passed the milestone of six million confirmed coronavirus cases, with 6,057,553 confirmed infections worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, and 369,106 deaths. The US is the worst-affected country in cases and deaths, with 1,769,776 infections and 103,685 fatalities.
  • Donald Trump postpones the G7 summit. US President Donald Trump has postponed the Group of Seven summit that he wanted to hold in June and will also expand the list of countries invited to attend the rescheduled event to include Australia, Russia, South.
  • Korea and India. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One during his return to Washington from Cape Canaveral in Florida, Trump said the G7 in its current format was a “very outdated group of countries.” “I’m postponing it because I don’t feel that as a G7, it properly represents what’s going on in the world,” Trump said.
  • Lockdown to be eased for England’s most clinically vulnerable. The more than 2 million people who have been “shielding” from Covid-19 in England because they are deemed clinically extremely vulnerable will be allowed to spend time outdoors from Monday for the first time in 10 weeks. Boris Johnson praised their resilience as their particular lockdown measures are set to be eased. The community secretary, Robert Jenrick, will confirm the move on Sunday.
  • Brazil cases are near 500,000 after a record increase. Brazil registered a record 33,274 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, its health ministry said, raising the total to 498,440 in a country with one of the world’s worst outbreaks. The death toll in Brazil from Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, increased to 28,834, with 956 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry said.
  • Los Angeles shuts down COVID testing amid protests. According to LA mayor Eric Garcetti, coronavirus testing centers in Los Angeles, California, have been closed due to safety concerns amid the protests, who said the centers were being closed “because of the safety worries across the city.”
  • South Korea reports 27 new cases. South Korea has reported 27 new coronavirus cases, including 21 from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have been scrambling to stem transmissions linked to club-goers and warehouse workers. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday brought national totals to 11,468 cases and 270 deaths. Twelve of the new cases were linked to international arrivals.
  • Pope Francis implores world leaders to provide social and economic relief for the many workers who have lost jobs and called for the enormous sums of money used to grow and perfect armaments instead of fund research to prevent similar catastrophes in the future.
  • Britain’s top public health leaders warn Boris Johnson that trust in the government has been shattered by the Dominic Cummings affair and now poses a real danger to life when lockdown measures are lifted this week. Cummings, Johnson’s top aide, has been embroiled in a scandal after he was seen in Durham, 264 miles from his London home, despite having had coronavirus symptoms.
  • Greece will conduct coronavirus tests on visitors arriving from airports deemed high-risk by the European Union’s aviation safety agency EASA when it opens its airports to tourism traffic on 15 June. The list currently includes 13 airports in the United Kingdom, all those in 22 US states, and those in the Ile de France region surrounding Paris.
  • South Africa’s infection cases now exceed 30,000, the country’s health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday. The country reported 1,727 new cases, taking the cumulative total to 30,967. The death toll increased by 32 to 643.

Updates:
06:31

  • Eight new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • Four new cases in Thailand 
  • 26 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 316 new cases in India  
  • 3,039 new cases and 88 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 476 new cases in Kazakhstan  
  • Ten new cases in Bhutan 
  • Six new cases in Jamaica 
  • 861 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 1,526 new cases and 15 new deaths in Brazil 
  • Seven new cases in Australia     
  • 208 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras 
  • 132 new cases and 12 new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 281 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti 
  • Two new deaths in El Salvador 
  • 27 new cases and one new death in South Korea 
  • One new case in Trinidad and Tobago  
  • Seven new cases in Sri Lanka 
  • Two new cases in Suriname 
  • 2,885 new cases and 364 new deaths in Mexico 
  • Two new cases in China 

 

Updates 29-05-2020

Headlines
08:05

  • According to Johns Hopkins University data compiled, the number of people infected by Covid-19 has exceeded 5.8 million. At least 360,000 people have died from the virus. The US accounts for about 30% of cases, way ahead of Brazil (7.2%), Russia (6.6%), the UK (4.7%), Spain (4.1%), and Italy (4%).
  • The Philippines records its highest daily infection rate- 539 new cases - but will ease lockdowns. Residents in Manila will see their lockdown – one of the toughest and longest in the world – ease from Monday, despite the Philippines seeing its biggest spike in coronavirus cases on Thursday. The Philippines reported 539 infections on Thursday, its highest-ever daily tally, to make a total of 15,588. It has recorded 921 deaths. “For me, this does not look bad,” Duterte said in a late-night televised address, citing what he described as the country’s low mortality rate. His health minister, Francisco Duque, said 90% of the country’s Covid-19 cases were “mild,” and only less than 2% are “severe and critical.”
  • India’s health system is at risk of being overwhelmed by the Covid-19 spread. In Mumbai’s Sion hospital emergency ward, there are two people to a bed. Patients, many with coronavirus symptoms and strapped two to a single oxygen tank, were captured lying almost on top of each other, top-to-toe on shared stretchers, or just lying on the floor, in footage shared on social media in India this week. Mumbai, a city of more than 20 million people, is weeks into the pandemic, but with new cases showing no sign of slowing down, the city’s already weak healthcare system appears to be on the brink of collapse. State hospitals such as Sion, overcrowded in normal times, are overrun. With frontline doctors and nurses falling sick with the virus in their droves, it is also leading to a shortage of medical staff. Life during the coronavirus lockdown has reinforced gender inequality across
  • Europe, with research emphasizing that the economic and social consequences of the crisis are far greater for women and threaten to push them back into traditional roles in the home, which they will struggle to shake off once it is over. Throughout the continent, campaign groups warn that the burdens of the home office and homeschooling, together with additional household duties and extra cooking, have been unequally carried by women. Improvements made in their lives by the growing inequality over the past decades are in danger of being rolled back by the health crisis.
  • The number of Americans who have lost their jobs in the past ten weeks soared to more than 40 million, with 2.1 million people filing for unemployment last week. The growth in the number of claims has slowed, but millions more have continued to file for unemployment each week, bringing the total number to a rate not seen since the Great Depression.
  • New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he would sign an executive order allowing businesses to deny entry to customers not wearing masks. He said: “That store owner has a right to protect himself. You don’t want to wear a mask, fine. But you don’t have a right to then go into that store if that store owner doesn’t want you to.”
  • According to Johns Hopkins University, the US has now recorded more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, as many states continued to relax mitigation measures. The US has recorded more deaths from the disease than any other country in the pandemic. Almost three times as many as the second-ranking country, the UK.
  • Since early March, more than 159,000 excess deaths in Europe during the coronavirus epidemic's height, the World Health head.
  • The organization’s regional office for the continent said. Hans Kluge said 2 million people had been confirmed to have caught the coronavirus since it was first detected on the continent four months ago. About 175,000 had died.
  • Up to six people will meet outside in the UK from Monday, providing members of different households continue to stay two meters apart, the prime minister has said. This will be allowed in gardens and other private outdoor spaces, Boris Johnson added.
  • Paris is no longer a “red” coronavirus danger zone, the risks posed by the virus moving down a notch to “orange,” according to France’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe. The rating means Paris is not as free as the majority of French regions designated “green.”
  • Health officials in Moscow updated their figures on coronavirus deaths to add those who “died with” the virus. On top of 636 deaths in April directly caused by Covid-19 reported earlier, the health department added 756 people who tested positive for the virus but died of other causes.

Updates:
07:55

  • 25 new cases and eight new deaths in Hungary  
  • 15 new cases in Israel 
  • 11 new cases in Thailand 
  • 2,801 new cases and 57 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 356 new cases in Kazakhstan  
  • 413 new cases in India  
  • 18 new cases in Mongolia 
  • 123 new cases and one new death in Haiti 
  • 619 new cases and 13 new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 15 new cases in Australia    
  • 203 new cases and 12 new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 58 new cases in South Korea 
  • 112 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras  
  • One new case in the Bahamas 
  • 3,377 new cases and 447 new deaths in Mexico 

Source Worldometers, The Guardian

 

Updates 27-05-2020

Headlines
07:17

  • Known global deaths pass 350,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, more than 350,000 people have now lost their lives in the coronavirus pandemic worldwide. The current toll stands at 350,456. The number of confirmed cases is 5,589,932, after the number of declared cases doubled in a month, with more than one million new cases registered in the last 11 days. There were 500,000 cases registered in just 48 hours, between Sunday, when cases passed 5 million, and Tuesday, when cases passed 5.5 million. True death tolls and cases are likely to be significantly higher due to differing definitions and testing rates, delays, and suspected underreporting. The US alone accounts for less than a third of the global toll, with 98,916 deaths.
  • Tory unrest increases pressure on PM to sack Dominic Cummings. There is a growing revolt within Boris Johnson’s party over his refusal to fire Dominic Cummings, his chief adviser, over his lockdown breach. A junior minister has resigned, and 30 other Conservative MPs have called for Cummings to go. Eight more Tory MPs were publicly critical of Cummings’ actions. According to the Guardian’s Heather Stewart, Rowena Mason, and Kate Proctor, three said privately that he should be forced out.
  • The WHO says the Americas are the new epicenter of the disease. The World Health Organization’s regional director Dr. Carissa Etienne said outbreaks were accelerating in countries such as Brazil. The number of deaths reported in the last week was the highest in the world for seven days since the coronavirus pandemic began. The number of coronavirus infections to accelerate in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, she said.
  • New Zealand expects a plan for safe travel with Australia in June. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that a draft blueprint on safely starting travel between New Zealand and Australia would be presented to both governments in early June, Reuters reports. The neighbors have been discussing the possibility of a travel bubble between them. Both have slowed the spread of the novel coronavirus to levels well below those in Britain and some other European countries. New Zealand has also reported a fifth consecutive day of no new cases of Covid-19.
  • South Korea reports the biggest daily jump in almost 50 days. South Korea South Korea has reported 40 new coronavirus cases for its biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days, causing alarm in a country where millions of children are returning to school. All but four of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have been scrambling to stem transmissions linked to nightclubs, karaoke rooms, and an e-commerce warehouse. Three cases were linked to international arrivals. South Korea has also jailed a man for four months for breaking quarantine rules in the country’s first such prison sentence.
  • Vietnam to readmit foreigners. Vietnam will resume issuing e-visas to citizens from 80 countries from 1 July, the government said, though it was unclear whether quarantine measures would be lifted. The country imposed a blanket ban on foreigners entering the country in March due to its aggressive response to the pandemic, which involved mass quarantines and expansive contact tracing. So far, Vietnam has not reported any coronavirus deaths.
  • Macron unveils €8bn French auto rescue, champions electric cars. President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced an €8bn (US$8.8bn) plan to revive France’s auto industry by making it the European leader in electric cars, boosting a sector brought to its knees by the coronavirus. Macron said the package would include one billion euros in subsidies to encourage electric and hybrid cars and set France's target producing a million green cars annually by 2025. The “historic” intervention will aim to turn France’s rechargeable car industry into Europe’s biggest, the president said.
  • Germany extends distancing rules to the end of June. Germany has extended social distancing rules to contain the coronavirus epidemic's spread to 29 June, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said on Tuesday. Merkel’s government had been embroiled in disagreements with the least-affected states, some of which wanted to ditch the measures and open up entirely. Germany’s virus caseload now tops 181,200 with just over 8,372 deaths - much lower than European counterparts such as Britain, France, Spain, and Italy.
  • India backs for virus prevention. India’s top biomedical research body has backed the use of the anti-malarial as a preventive against coronavirus after the WHO suspended clinical trials of the drug over safety concerns. The Indian Council of Medical Research's endorsement came a week after US President Donald Trump said he was taking the drug as a preventative measure. India - which accounts for 70% of global production - on Tuesday reported 145,380 cases of the virus, including 4,167 deaths.
  • Spain begins ten days of mourning. Starting on Wednesday, the country will mourn for the nearly 27,000 people who have died from coronavirus. Flags will be hoisted to half-staff in more than 14,000 public buildings across the country and Spanish naval vessels until 5 June. It marks the longest official mourning period in Spain’s four-decade-old democracy.

Updates:
07:14

  • Nine new cases in Thailand 
  • 335 new cases in Kazakhstan 
  • 52 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 1,083 new cases and two new deaths in India   
  • One new case in China 
  • Seven new cases in Mongolia 
  • 111 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti 
  • 476 new cases and 13 new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 212 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras 
  • 194 new cases and four new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 2,147 new cases and 44 new deaths in Brazil 
  • Six new cases and one new death in Australia     
  • 40 new cases in South Korea 
  • Eight new cases in Jamaica 
  • 3,455 new cases and 501 new deaths in Mexico  

Source world meters, the guardian

 

Updates 25-05-2020

Headlines
08:21

  • Cummings 'fatally' undermines virus response, says, government adviser
  • Boris Johnson's pressure to sanction Dominic Cummings is already being ratcheted up after a member of the government’s advisory group on behavioral science told morning TV that said the “debacle” has “fatally undermined” efforts to fight coronavirus.
  • Germany enters the recession in the first quarter. Falling consumer spending, capital investments, and exports pushed the German economy into a recession in the first three months of the year. The national statistics office said this morning as the virus continued to hurt the major economies.
  • Capital investments slumped by 6.9%, private consumption by 3.2%, and exports by 3.1% between January and March compared with the last three months of 2019.
  • More than 100 prominent writers, including several top Asian American authors, have called for an end to a surge in anti-Asian hostility in the US, which they say has been “egged on” during the Trump administration’s pandemic’s pandering to racist tropes.
  • Asian stock markets have given back earlier gains amid concerns about growing US-Sino antagonism over the coronavirus crisis and trade. Hong Kong has slumped 1.4% to a two-month low after sinking 5.5% on Friday
  • Spain is easing lockdown restrictions today, with the country entering Phase 1 of the relaxed restrictions, while some parts will enter Phase 2, which is more relaxed
  • Thailand confirmed two new coronavirus cases and one additional death on Monday, a health ministry spokesman said. The new numbers brought the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,042 and deaths to 57 since the outbreak began in January, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the Covid-19 Administration Centre

Updates:
08:22

  • Two new cases in Latvia 
  • 452 new cases and six new deaths in Armenia 
  • One new case in Georgia 
  • 259 new cases and six new deaths in Ukraine 
  • Three new cases and one new death in Israel 
  • 513 new cases in India    
  • Four new cases in Australia      
  • 16 new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • Six new cases in Bulgaria 
  • 72 new cases in Nepal 
  • 1,748 new cases and 34 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 68 new cases in El Salvador 
  • Two new cases and one new death in Thailand 
  • 15 new cases and five new deaths in Hungary  
  • 30 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 1,595 new cases and 30 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 93 new cases and one new death in Haiti  
  • Three new cases in Bhutan 
  • 370 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 209 new cases in Kazakhstan 
  • 348 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 207 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  
  • 16 new cases and one new death in South Korea 
  • 11 new cases in China 
  • 192 new cases and 19 new deaths in Sudan 
  • Three new cases in Tunisia 
  • Two new cases in Jamaica 
  • 2,764 new cases and 215 new deaths in Mexico 

Source world meters, the guardian

Updates 23-05-2020

Headlines
06:21

  • Australia’s death toll has risen by one to 102 after a man's death in Victoria's hospital.
  • Still in Australia, the opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, said the government’s massive multibillion-dollar job keeper mistake raises questions over how it will manage the economic recovery coming out of the pandemic. It follows the government admitting on Friday to a $60bn reporting error in the much-heralded subsidy scheme. Rather than costing the budget $130bn, that figure has been slashed to $70bn and is forecast to assist 3.5m employees instead of 6.5m.
  • The World Health Organization says South America is a new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with Brazil and Chile recording more than 333,000 and 60,000 cases, respectively.
  • China recorded no new confirmed Covid-19 cases on the mainland for 22 May, the first time it had seen no daily rise since the pandemic began in the central city of Wuhan late last year.
  • Efforts to highlight Donald Trump’s largesse during his office time have backfired after his press secretary appeared to display the US president’s bank details to the world.
  • The more than a century-old car rental firm Hertz Global Holdings Inc has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US.

Updates:
06:33

  • 16 new cases and one new death in Australia      
  • Three new cases in Bhutan 
  • 1,743 new cases and 34 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 355 new cases and two new deaths in India   
  • One new case in Cambodia  
  • Eight new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • 15 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 32 new cases in Nepal 
  • 273 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras 
  • 322 new cases in Kazakhstan 
  • 23 new cases and two new deaths in South Korea 
  • 1,492 new cases and 68 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 78 new cases in Haiti 
  • 392 new cases and 15 new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 231 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala 
  • Ten new cases in Jamaica 
  • 2,960 new cases and 479 new deaths in Mexico 
  • No new cases and no new deaths in China for the first time since the beginning of official reporting (January 11, 2020) 

 

Updates 21-05-2020

Headlines
06:30

  • Global cases near 5 million. After the biggest single-day increase in cases worldwide so far in the pandemic, the number of confirmed infections is close to 5 million, with the Johns Hopkins University data currently listing 4,996,634. The true number is likely to be significantly higher due to differing testing rates, delays, and underreporting. This is true for deaths, too. At least 328,120 people have lost their lives in the pandemic so far.
  • Japan to lift the state of emergency in Osaka and two other prefectures. Japan’s economy minister says experts have approved a government plan to remove a coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka and two neighboring prefectures in the west where the infection is deemed slowing while keeping the measure in place in the Tokyo region and Hokkaido.
  • Migrant boat crossings to UK surge during virus lockdown. The number of unaccompanied young migrants crossing the Channel from France to Britain has spiked during the coronavirus outbreak, as travel restrictions force them onto boats rather than trucks. In southeast England, Kent County Council, which includes Dover's major port, dealt with “230 to 250” young migrants a year ago, its chief executive, Roger Gough, said.
  • Mexico suffers a record one-day death toll. On Wednesday, Mexico’s health ministry registered 2,248 new coronavirus infections and an additional 424 fatalities, a record one-day death toll since the start of the pandemic. According to the official tally, the new infections brought confirmed coronavirus cases to 56,594 and 6,090 deaths in total. Mexico registered its biggest daily increase yet in infections on Tuesday, when it reported 2,713 new cases. Mexico’s highest daily death toll was on 12 May, when health authorities reported 353 fatalities.
  • The world sees the largest daily rise in cases. The World Health Organization gave a stark warning on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over after 106,000 new cases were recorded worldwide over the past 24 hours – the most in a single day so far. Speaking in Geneva, the WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the virus was spreading in poorer countries, just as wealthier nations were emerging from lockdown.
  • According to the EU agency director, Europe should brace itself for the second wave of coronavirus infections responsible for advising governments on disease control. “The question is when and how big. That is the question in my view,” said Dr. Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
  • Donald Trump has said he may seek to revive a face-to-face meeting of Group of Seven leaders near Washington, after earlier canceling the gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, DC, at the legendary Camp David,” the US president tweeted on Wednesday. “The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign to all – normalization!”
  • According to World Trade Organization figures, international imports and exports have fallen to their lowest level for at least four years. Warning that there was little prospect of the downturn ending soon, the global authority on trade said it believed import and export activity would fall precipitously in the first half of 2020.
  • Tourists will be welcomed back to Greece from 15 June, the prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has announced. “The tourism period begins June 15, when seasonal hotels can reopen, and direct international flights to our tourist destinations will gradually begin 1 July,” Mitsotakis said in a televised address.
  • South Africa records its first neonatal coronavirus death. South Africa has recorded its first neonatal coronavirus death, the country’s health ministry has said. The two-day-old baby was born prematurely and had lung difficulties that required ventilation support immediately after birth, Zweli Mkhize said.
  • More than 100 virus infections in the French slaughterhouse. More than 100 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in western France, the regional health authorities said Wednesday. The cases follow coronavirus outbreaks at meat plants in France and Germany, Spain, Australia, the United States, and Brazil - where people tend to work nearby.

Updates:
06:33

  • One new case in Uzbekistan 
  • 43 new cases and three new deaths in Hungary  
  • Three new cases in Thailand 
  • 414 new cases and four new deaths in India  
  • 43 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • Four new cases in Botswana 
  • 316 new cases and five new deaths in the United States
  • 410 new cases and ten new deaths in Sudan  
  • 265 new cases in Kazakhstan 
  • 2,193 new cases and 32 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • One new death in El Salvador 
  • 145 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  
  • 17 new cases in Nepal 
  • 438 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 132 new cases and two new deaths in Guatemala 
  • Two new cases in Australia    
  • 12 new cases and one new death in South Korea 
  • Two new cases in China 
  • Nine new cases in Jamaica 
  • 2,248 new cases and 424 new deaths in Mexico 

Source: Worldometer, the Guardian

 

Updates 19-05-2020

Headlines
08:30

  • Global cases pass 4.8 million. There are 4,805,005 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The death toll stands at 318,534. US deaths, the highest worldwide, passed 90,000, and the number of cases climbed above 1.5m, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
  • Trump threatens to make WHO funding freeze ‘permanent.’ Late on Monday evening, Donald Trump tweeted a letter addressed to World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying that if the WHO “does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership of the organization.” The letter does not detail what the improvements are.
  • WHO chief promises a review of coronavirus response. Before Trump’s letter was released, the World Health Organization said on Monday that an independent review of the global coronavirus response would begin as soon as possible. A resolution drafted by the European Union calling for an independent evaluation of the WHO’s performance appeared to have won consensus backing among the WHO’s 194 states. The motion is expected to be voted on Tuesday.
  • Trump says he is taking h....q..urine. After the US president told reporters at the White House that he has been taking h....q..urine, his doctor released a letter confirming that they had discussed the use of the drug and “concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.” A White House spokesperson told the New York Times that Trump was prescribed the drug and is taking it. The US Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against the use of h....q...urine or ch...quine for Covid-19 outside of a hospital setting or a clinical trial due to the risk of heart rhythm problems.
  • Brazil cases overtake the UK to become third-highest worldwide. According to Johns Hopkins University figures, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil stands at 255,368, making the country the third-worst affected in terms of cases. There are 16,792 officially confirmed deaths in Brazil, lower than the UK, Italy, Spain, and France.
  • IMF chief says full economic recovery unlikely in 2021. The global economy will take much longer to recover fully from the shock caused by the new coronavirus than initially expected. The head of the International Monetary Fund said, and she stressed the danger of protectionism. Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the Fund was likely to revise downward its forecast for a 3% contraction in GDP in 2020 but gave no details. That would likely also trigger changes in the Fund’s forecast of a partial recovery of 5.8% in 2021.
  • Deaths in Australia reach 100. The death toll in Australia has reached 100, following a 93-year-old woman diagnosed with Covid-19. The woman had been a resident at Newmarch House, the aged care home in western Sydney, which has been the site of a cluster of cases.
  • India cases pass 100,000. According to Johns Hopkins University figures, the number of confirmed cases in India has passed 100,000, currently standing at 100,328. The country has recorded 3,156 deaths. The government this week extended a nationwide lockdown to the end of May, but with significantly reduced restrictions, including allowing markets and standalone shops can reopen from Monday, with social distancing measures. Inter and intra-state road travel resumed with states' agreement, but air travel, both domestic and international, is still banned.

Updates:
07:11

  • Eight new cases and one new death in Australia     
  • 24 new cases and two new deaths in Bulgaria 
  • 21 new cases and five new deaths in Hungary  
  • 11 new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • Two new cases in Thailand 
  • 933 new cases and eight new deaths in India  
  • 27 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 1,841 new cases and 36 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 89 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 0 new cases in New Zealand, but the "total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 today increases by four. These cases returned to New Zealand from the Greg Mortimer cruise ship in April and tested positive for COVID-19 in Uruguay. They were classified under investigation while we were awaiting Uruguay information to avoid being double-counted by the World Health Organisation. We have now confirmed these cases were not reported by Uruguay. All four have recovered." 
  • 311 new cases in Kazakhstan 
  • 152 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras 
  • 175 new cases and five new deaths in Bolivia 
  • Three new cases in Myanmar 
  • 13 new cases in South Korea 
  • 120 new cases and four new deaths in Panama 
  • One new death in Tunisia
  • 2,414 new cases and 155 new deaths in Mexico 
  • Six new cases in China 

Source: Worldometer, the Guardian

 

Updates 17-05-2020

Headlines
08:30

  • Brazil’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose past Spain and Italy, making its outbreak the fourth largest globally. Brazil’s health ministry announced 14,919 new cases on Saturday, taking the total to 233,142, behind the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
  • Barack Obama attacked the Trump administration’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that many of the country’s leaders “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
  • Australia warned China’s ‘unpredictable’ trade interventions might force its producers to sell to other markets. After Australia called for an independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19, the Chinese ambassador in Australia, Cheng Jingye, threatened a consumer boycott against Australian goods.
  • The number of coronavirus cases in Mexico has risen to 47,144, while its death toll has increased to 5,045. The government plans to reopen parts of the economy from Monday, despite concerns that its outbreak has not yet peaked.
  • Millions of casual laborer’s and domestic workers remain stranded across India after they abruptly lost their incomes when the country was placed under lockdown.
  • The World Health Organization has warned countries ending lockdown that now should be a ‘time for preparation, not celebration.’
  • More countries have begun easing restrictions. This includes Thailand, which has allowed shopping malls to reopen and shortened a nighttime curfew. 
  • New Orleans has also allowed malls and retail stores to operate, while New York has allowed horse racing tracks to reopen. Victoria, Australia’s second-most-populous state, announced that from 1 June, cafes, restaurants, and the dining areas of pubs and clubs would reopen with up to 20 patrons indoors.

Updates:
08:33

  • 682 new cases in Singapore  
  • 189 new cases and five new deaths in Armenia 
  • 11 new cases in Latvia 
  • Two new cases and one new death in Czechia 
  • 73 new cases and one new death in El Salvador 
  • 36 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria 
  • 307 new cases in Kazakhstan 
  • Three new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • 36 new cases and three new deaths in Hungary  
  • Three new cases in Thailand 
  • Two new cases in Zimbabwe 
  • 21 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 1,352 new cases and 39 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 279 new cases and one new death in India 
  • One new case in Mongolia 
  • Eight new cases in Australia    
  • 105 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras 
  • Six new cases in Jamaica 
  • Ten new cases in Nepal 
  • 249 new cases and one new death in Bolivia 
  • 181 new cases and three new deaths in Panama 
  • 120 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 369 new cases and 29 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 13 new cases in South Korea 
  • 2,112 new cases and 278 new deaths in Mexico 
  • One new case in New Zealand 
  • Three new cases in Sri Lanka 
  • Six new cases in China 

Source: Worldometer, the Guardian

 

Updates 15-05-2020

Headlines
07:08

  • The global death toll passes 302,000. The global toll from Covid-19 has passed 300,000, with nearly 4.5 million people infected. According to Johns Hopkins University data, at least 302,452 people have now died due to the outbreak. The institution says it has counted 4,443,597 confirmed cases worldwide. It’s important to point out that the actual death toll is believed to be far higher than the tally compiled from government figures.
  • China marks one month with no new coronavirus deaths announced. China has gone a month without announcing any new deaths from the coronavirus. The National Health Commission reported four new cases of the virus on Friday, all local cross-infection in Jilin's northeastern province. A cluster of uncertain origin has been detected in recent days. The last time the commission reported death was on 14 April.
  • Trump visits a mask distribution center without wearing a mask himself. Donald Trump toured a mask distribution center in Pennsylvania's political swing state on Thursday without wearing a mask himself. Trump, who is running for re-election in November, has resisted wearing a mask in public despite his administration’s guidance to Americans to wear them and new White House rules requiring staff to wear them at work.
  • Mexico sees a record one-day increase in cases. On Thursday, Mexico’s health ministry confirmed 257 additional coronavirus deaths and 2,409 new infections, the biggest one-day rise in cases since the pandemic began. According to the official tally, the new infections brought confirmed coronavirus cases to 42,595 and 4,477 deaths in total.
  • Brazil confirmed cases pass 200,000. The number of cases in Brazil passed 200,000 on Thursday. According to the health ministry, the country now has 202,918 confirmed cases, with 13,944 added in the last 24 hours. According to John Hopkins data, the tally means it is the sixth-worst-affected country worldwide in terms of cases. Eight hundred forty-four new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 13,993.
  • South Korea, China, and Japan health ministers to hold a video conference. The health ministers of South Korea, China, and Japan will get together by video conference on Friday to discuss ways to work together in the global campaign against the novel coronavirus, South Korean officials said. The meeting is the first between top health officials of the East Asian neighbors since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan's central Chinese city last year.
  • Doctors in Italy and France report a spike in rare inflammatory syndrome linked to coronavirus. Doctors in northern Italy, one of the areas hardest hit by a coronavirus, and in France have reported spikes in cases of a rare inflammatory syndrome in young children that appears similar to one reported in the US, Britain, and Spain, according to a report in the Lancet. The condition shares symptoms with toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, including fever, rashes, swollen glands, and, in severe cases, heart inflammation.
  • Covid-19 reaches refugee camps in Bangladesh. A Rohingya man has become the first person to test positive for Covid-19 in the vast refugee camps in Bangladesh, home to almost one million people. Local health coordinator Abu Toha Bhuiyan initially said two refugees had been put into isolation. The World Health Organization later said one case was of a Rohingya man, and the other was of a local man who lived near the camp and was being treated at a clinic inside the area.
  • Thirty-six million Americans are now unemployed. Another 3 million Americans filed for benefits, bringing the country’s total unemployed to 36 million. The Department of Labor's latest figures show the rate of claims is slowing, but the record-breaking pace of layoffs has already pushed unemployment to levels unseen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Updates:
07:07

  • One new case in the British Virgin Islands 
  • Seven new cases in Thailand 
  • 118 new cases and two new deaths in Kazakhstan  
  • 38 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria 
  • 98 new cases in El Salvador 
  • 37 new cases and six new deaths in Hungary  
  • Seven new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • 106 new cases in India    
  • 29 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 1,430 new cases and 33 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • Nine new cases in Nepal 
  • 28 new cases and one new death in South Sudan  
  • 30 new cases in Australia     
  • 224 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 63 new cases and ten new deaths in Honduras 
  • 247 new cases and six new deaths in Brazil 
  • 176 new cases in Guatemala 
  • 27 new cases in South Korea 
  • 174 new cases and four new deaths in Panama 
  • One new case in New Zealand 
  • 39 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti 
  • 2,409 new cases and 257 new deaths in Mexico  
  • Four new cases in China 

Source: Worldometer, the Guardian

 

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According to LA mayor Eric Garcetti, coronavirus testing centers in Los Angeles, California, have been closed due to safety concerns amid the protests, who said the centers were being closed “because of the safety worries across the city.” South Korea reports 27 new cases. South Korea has reported 27 new coronavirus cases, including 21 from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have been scrambling to stem transmissions linked to club-goers and warehouse workers. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday brought national totals to 11,468 cases and 270 deaths. Twelve of the new cases were linked to international arrivals. Pope Francis implores world leaders to provide social and economic relief for the many workers who have lost jobs and called for the enormous sums of money used to grow and perfect armaments instead of fund research to prevent similar catastrophes in the future. Britain’s top public health leaders warn Boris Johnson that trust in the government has been shattered by the Dominic Cummings affair and now poses a real danger to life when lockdown measures are lifted this week. Cummings, Johnson’s top aide, has been embroiled in a scandal after he was seen in Durham, 264 miles from his London home, despite having had coronavirus symptoms. Greece will conduct coronavirus tests on visitors arriving from airports deemed high-risk by the European Union’s aviation safety agency EASA when it opens its airports to tourism traffic on 15 June. The list currently includes 13 airports in the United Kingdom, all those in 22 US states, and those in the Ile de France region surrounding Paris. South Africa’s infection cases now exceed 30,000, the country’s health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday. The country reported 1,727 new cases, taking the cumulative total to 30,967. The death toll increased by 32 to 643. Updates: 06:31 Eight new cases in Uzbekistan  Four new cases in Thailand  26 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  316 new cases in India   3,039 new cases and 88 new deaths in Pakistan  476 new cases in Kazakhstan   Ten new cases in Bhutan  Six new cases in Jamaica  861 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  1,526 new cases and 15 new deaths in Brazil  Seven new cases in Australia      208 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras  132 new cases and 12 new deaths in Guatemala  281 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  Two new deaths in El Salvador  27 new cases and one new death in South Korea  One new case in Trinidad and Tobago   Seven new cases in Sri Lanka  Two new cases in Suriname  2,885 new cases and 364 new deaths in Mexico  Two new cases in China    Updates 29-05-2020 Headlines 08:05 According to Johns Hopkins University data compiled, the number of people infected by Covid-19 has exceeded 5.8 million. At least 360,000 people have died from the virus. The US accounts for about 30% of cases, way ahead of Brazil (7.2%), Russia (6.6%), the UK (4.7%), Spain (4.1%), and Italy (4%). The Philippines records its highest daily infection rate- 539 new cases - but will ease lockdowns. Residents in Manila will see their lockdown – one of the toughest and longest in the world – ease from Monday, despite the Philippines seeing its biggest spike in coronavirus cases on Thursday. The Philippines reported 539 infections on Thursday, its highest-ever daily tally, to make a total of 15,588. It has recorded 921 deaths. “For me, this does not look bad,” Duterte said in a late-night televised address, citing what he described as the country’s low mortality rate. His health minister, Francisco Duque, said 90% of the country’s Covid-19 cases were “mild,” and only less than 2% are “severe and critical.” India’s health system is at risk of being overwhelmed by the Covid-19 spread. In Mumbai’s Sion hospital emergency ward, there are two people to a bed. Patients, many with coronavirus symptoms and strapped two to a single oxygen tank, were captured lying almost on top of each other, top-to-toe on shared stretchers, or just lying on the floor, in footage shared on social media in India this week. Mumbai, a city of more than 20 million people, is weeks into the pandemic, but with new cases showing no sign of slowing down, the city’s already weak healthcare system appears to be on the brink of collapse. State hospitals such as Sion, overcrowded in normal times, are overrun. With frontline doctors and nurses falling sick with the virus in their droves, it is also leading to a shortage of medical staff. Life during the coronavirus lockdown has reinforced gender inequality across Europe, with research emphasizing that the economic and social consequences of the crisis are far greater for women and threaten to push them back into traditional roles in the home, which they will struggle to shake off once it is over. Throughout the continent, campaign groups warn that the burdens of the home office and homeschooling, together with additional household duties and extra cooking, have been unequally carried by women. Improvements made in their lives by the growing inequality over the past decades are in danger of being rolled back by the health crisis. The number of Americans who have lost their jobs in the past ten weeks soared to more than 40 million, with 2.1 million people filing for unemployment last week. The growth in the number of claims has slowed, but millions more have continued to file for unemployment each week, bringing the total number to a rate not seen since the Great Depression. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he would sign an executive order allowing businesses to deny entry to customers not wearing masks. He said: “That store owner has a right to protect himself. You don’t want to wear a mask, fine. But you don’t have a right to then go into that store if that store owner doesn’t want you to.” According to Johns Hopkins University, the US has now recorded more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, as many states continued to relax mitigation measures. The US has recorded more deaths from the disease than any other country in the pandemic. Almost three times as many as the second-ranking country, the UK. Since early March, more than 159,000 excess deaths in Europe during the coronavirus epidemic's height, the World Health head. The organization’s regional office for the continent said. Hans Kluge said 2 million people had been confirmed to have caught the coronavirus since it was first detected on the continent four months ago. About 175,000 had died. Up to six people will meet outside in the UK from Monday, providing members of different households continue to stay two meters apart, the prime minister has said. This will be allowed in gardens and other private outdoor spaces, Boris Johnson added. Paris is no longer a “red” coronavirus danger zone, the risks posed by the virus moving down a notch to “orange,” according to France’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe. The rating means Paris is not as free as the majority of French regions designated “green.” Health officials in Moscow updated their figures on coronavirus deaths to add those who “died with” the virus. On top of 636 deaths in April directly caused by Covid-19 reported earlier, the health department added 756 people who tested positive for the virus but died of other causes. Updates: 07:55 25 new cases and eight new deaths in Hungary   15 new cases in Israel  11 new cases in Thailand  2,801 new cases and 57 new deaths in Pakistan  356 new cases in Kazakhstan   413 new cases in India   18 new cases in Mongolia  123 new cases and one new death in Haiti  619 new cases and 13 new deaths in Bolivia  15 new cases in Australia     203 new cases and 12 new deaths in Guatemala  58 new cases in South Korea  112 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras   One new case in the Bahamas  3,377 new cases and 447 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian   Updates 27-05-2020 Headlines 07:17 Known global deaths pass 350,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, more than 350,000 people have now lost their lives in the coronavirus pandemic worldwide. The current toll stands at 350,456. The number of confirmed cases is 5,589,932, after the number of declared cases doubled in a month, with more than one million new cases registered in the last 11 days. There were 500,000 cases registered in just 48 hours, between Sunday, when cases passed 5 million, and Tuesday, when cases passed 5.5 million. True death tolls and cases are likely to be significantly higher due to differing definitions and testing rates, delays, and suspected underreporting. The US alone accounts for less than a third of the global toll, with 98,916 deaths. Tory unrest increases pressure on PM to sack Dominic Cummings. There is a growing revolt within Boris Johnson’s party over his refusal to fire Dominic Cummings, his chief adviser, over his lockdown breach. A junior minister has resigned, and 30 other Conservative MPs have called for Cummings to go. Eight more Tory MPs were publicly critical of Cummings’ actions. According to the Guardian’s Heather Stewart, Rowena Mason, and Kate Proctor, three said privately that he should be forced out. The WHO says the Americas are the new epicenter of the disease. The World Health Organization’s regional director Dr. Carissa Etienne said outbreaks were accelerating in countries such as Brazil. The number of deaths reported in the last week was the highest in the world for seven days since the coronavirus pandemic began. The number of coronavirus infections to accelerate in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, she said. New Zealand expects a plan for safe travel with Australia in June. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that a draft blueprint on safely starting travel between New Zealand and Australia would be presented to both governments in early June, Reuters reports. The neighbors have been discussing the possibility of a travel bubble between them. Both have slowed the spread of the novel coronavirus to levels well below those in Britain and some other European countries. New Zealand has also reported a fifth consecutive day of no new cases of Covid-19. South Korea reports the biggest daily jump in almost 50 days. South Korea South Korea has reported 40 new coronavirus cases for its biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days, causing alarm in a country where millions of children are returning to school. All but four of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have been scrambling to stem transmissions linked to nightclubs, karaoke rooms, and an e-commerce warehouse. Three cases were linked to international arrivals. South Korea has also jailed a man for four months for breaking quarantine rules in the country’s first such prison sentence. Vietnam to readmit foreigners. Vietnam will resume issuing e-visas to citizens from 80 countries from 1 July, the government said, though it was unclear whether quarantine measures would be lifted. The country imposed a blanket ban on foreigners entering the country in March due to its aggressive response to the pandemic, which involved mass quarantines and expansive contact tracing. So far, Vietnam has not reported any coronavirus deaths. Macron unveils €8bn French auto rescue, champions electric cars. President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced an €8bn (US$8.8bn) plan to revive France’s auto industry by making it the European leader in electric cars, boosting a sector brought to its knees by the coronavirus. Macron said the package would include one billion euros in subsidies to encourage electric and hybrid cars and set France's target producing a million green cars annually by 2025. The “historic” intervention will aim to turn France’s rechargeable car industry into Europe’s biggest, the president said. Germany extends distancing rules to the end of June. Germany has extended social distancing rules to contain the coronavirus epidemic's spread to 29 June, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said on Tuesday. Merkel’s government had been embroiled in disagreements with the least-affected states, some of which wanted to ditch the measures and open up entirely. Germany’s virus caseload now tops 181,200 with just over 8,372 deaths - much lower than European counterparts such as Britain, France, Spain, and Italy. India backs for virus prevention. India’s top biomedical research body has backed the use of the anti-malarial as a preventive against coronavirus after the WHO suspended clinical trials of the drug over safety concerns. The Indian Council of Medical Research's endorsement came a week after US President Donald Trump said he was taking the drug as a preventative measure. India - which accounts for 70% of global production - on Tuesday reported 145,380 cases of the virus, including 4,167 deaths. Spain begins ten days of mourning. Starting on Wednesday, the country will mourn for the nearly 27,000 people who have died from coronavirus. Flags will be hoisted to half-staff in more than 14,000 public buildings across the country and Spanish naval vessels until 5 June. It marks the longest official mourning period in Spain’s four-decade-old democracy. Updates: 07:14 Nine new cases in Thailand  335 new cases in Kazakhstan  52 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  1,083 new cases and two new deaths in India    One new case in China  Seven new cases in Mongolia  111 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  476 new cases and 13 new deaths in Bolivia  212 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  194 new cases and four new deaths in Guatemala  2,147 new cases and 44 new deaths in Brazil  Six new cases and one new death in Australia      40 new cases in South Korea  Eight new cases in Jamaica  3,455 new cases and 501 new deaths in Mexico   Source world meters, the guardian   Updates 25-05-2020 Headlines 08:21 Cummings 'fatally' undermines virus response, says, government adviser Boris Johnson's pressure to sanction Dominic Cummings is already being ratcheted up after a member of the government’s advisory group on behavioral science told morning TV that said the “debacle” has “fatally undermined” efforts to fight coronavirus. Germany enters the recession in the first quarter. Falling consumer spending, capital investments, and exports pushed the German economy into a recession in the first three months of the year. The national statistics office said this morning as the virus continued to hurt the major economies. Capital investments slumped by 6.9%, private consumption by 3.2%, and exports by 3.1% between January and March compared with the last three months of 2019. More than 100 prominent writers, including several top Asian American authors, have called for an end to a surge in anti-Asian hostility in the US, which they say has been “egged on” during the Trump administration’s pandemic’s pandering to racist tropes. Asian stock markets have given back earlier gains amid concerns about growing US-Sino antagonism over the coronavirus crisis and trade. Hong Kong has slumped 1.4% to a two-month low after sinking 5.5% on Friday Spain is easing lockdown restrictions today, with the country entering Phase 1 of the relaxed restrictions, while some parts will enter Phase 2, which is more relaxed Thailand confirmed two new coronavirus cases and one additional death on Monday, a health ministry spokesman said. The new numbers brought the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,042 and deaths to 57 since the outbreak began in January, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the Covid-19 Administration Centre Updates: 08:22 Two new cases in Latvia  452 new cases and six new deaths in Armenia  One new case in Georgia  259 new cases and six new deaths in Ukraine  Three new cases and one new death in Israel  513 new cases in India     Four new cases in Australia       16 new cases in Uzbekistan  Six new cases in Bulgaria  72 new cases in Nepal  1,748 new cases and 34 new deaths in Pakistan  68 new cases in El Salvador  Two new cases and one new death in Thailand  15 new cases and five new deaths in Hungary   30 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  1,595 new cases and 30 new deaths in Brazil  93 new cases and one new death in Haiti   Three new cases in Bhutan  370 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala  209 new cases in Kazakhstan  348 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  207 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras   16 new cases and one new death in South Korea  11 new cases in China  192 new cases and 19 new deaths in Sudan  Three new cases in Tunisia  Two new cases in Jamaica  2,764 new cases and 215 new deaths in Mexico  Source world meters, the guardian Updates 23-05-2020 Headlines 06:21 Australia’s death toll has risen by one to 102 after a man's death in Victoria's hospital. Still in Australia, the opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, said the government’s massive multibillion-dollar job keeper mistake raises questions over how it will manage the economic recovery coming out of the pandemic. It follows the government admitting on Friday to a $60bn reporting error in the much-heralded subsidy scheme. Rather than costing the budget $130bn, that figure has been slashed to $70bn and is forecast to assist 3.5m employees instead of 6.5m. The World Health Organization says South America is a new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with Brazil and Chile recording more than 333,000 and 60,000 cases, respectively. China recorded no new confirmed Covid-19 cases on the mainland for 22 May, the first time it had seen no daily rise since the pandemic began in the central city of Wuhan late last year. Efforts to highlight Donald Trump’s largesse during his office time have backfired after his press secretary appeared to display the US president’s bank details to the world. The more than a century-old car rental firm Hertz Global Holdings Inc has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. Updates: 06:33 16 new cases and one new death in Australia       Three new cases in Bhutan  1,743 new cases and 34 new deaths in Pakistan  355 new cases and two new deaths in India    One new case in Cambodia   Eight new cases in Uzbekistan  15 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  32 new cases in Nepal  273 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  322 new cases in Kazakhstan  23 new cases and two new deaths in South Korea  1,492 new cases and 68 new deaths in Brazil  78 new cases in Haiti  392 new cases and 15 new deaths in Bolivia  231 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala  Ten new cases in Jamaica  2,960 new cases and 479 new deaths in Mexico  No new cases and no new deaths in China for the first time since the beginning of official reporting (January 11, 2020)    Updates 21-05-2020 Headlines 06:30 Global cases near 5 million. After the biggest single-day increase in cases worldwide so far in the pandemic, the number of confirmed infections is close to 5 million, with the Johns Hopkins University data currently listing 4,996,634. The true number is likely to be significantly higher due to differing testing rates, delays, and underreporting. This is true for deaths, too. At least 328,120 people have lost their lives in the pandemic so far. Japan to lift the state of emergency in Osaka and two other prefectures. Japan’s economy minister says experts have approved a government plan to remove a coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka and two neighboring prefectures in the west where the infection is deemed slowing while keeping the measure in place in the Tokyo region and Hokkaido. Migrant boat crossings to UK surge during virus lockdown. The number of unaccompanied young migrants crossing the Channel from France to Britain has spiked during the coronavirus outbreak, as travel restrictions force them onto boats rather than trucks. In southeast England, Kent County Council, which includes Dover's major port, dealt with “230 to 250” young migrants a year ago, its chief executive, Roger Gough, said. Mexico suffers a record one-day death toll. On Wednesday, Mexico’s health ministry registered 2,248 new coronavirus infections and an additional 424 fatalities, a record one-day death toll since the start of the pandemic. According to the official tally, the new infections brought confirmed coronavirus cases to 56,594 and 6,090 deaths in total. Mexico registered its biggest daily increase yet in infections on Tuesday, when it reported 2,713 new cases. Mexico’s highest daily death toll was on 12 May, when health authorities reported 353 fatalities. The world sees the largest daily rise in cases. The World Health Organization gave a stark warning on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over after 106,000 new cases were recorded worldwide over the past 24 hours – the most in a single day so far. Speaking in Geneva, the WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the virus was spreading in poorer countries, just as wealthier nations were emerging from lockdown. According to the EU agency director, Europe should brace itself for the second wave of coronavirus infections responsible for advising governments on disease control. “The question is when and how big. That is the question in my view,” said Dr. Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Donald Trump has said he may seek to revive a face-to-face meeting of Group of Seven leaders near Washington, after earlier canceling the gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, DC, at the legendary Camp David,” the US president tweeted on Wednesday. “The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign to all – normalization!” According to World Trade Organization figures, international imports and exports have fallen to their lowest level for at least four years. Warning that there was little prospect of the downturn ending soon, the global authority on trade said it believed import and export activity would fall precipitously in the first half of 2020. Tourists will be welcomed back to Greece from 15 June, the prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has announced. “The tourism period begins June 15, when seasonal hotels can reopen, and direct international flights to our tourist destinations will gradually begin 1 July,” Mitsotakis said in a televised address. South Africa records its first neonatal coronavirus death. South Africa has recorded its first neonatal coronavirus death, the country’s health ministry has said. The two-day-old baby was born prematurely and had lung difficulties that required ventilation support immediately after birth, Zweli Mkhize said. More than 100 virus infections in the French slaughterhouse. More than 100 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in western France, the regional health authorities said Wednesday. The cases follow coronavirus outbreaks at meat plants in France and Germany, Spain, Australia, the United States, and Brazil - where people tend to work nearby. Updates: 06:33 One new case in Uzbekistan  43 new cases and three new deaths in Hungary   Three new cases in Thailand  414 new cases and four new deaths in India   43 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  Four new cases in Botswana  316 new cases and five new deaths in the United States 410 new cases and ten new deaths in Sudan   265 new cases in Kazakhstan  2,193 new cases and 32 new deaths in Pakistan  One new death in El Salvador  145 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras   17 new cases in Nepal  438 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  132 new cases and two new deaths in Guatemala  Two new cases in Australia     12 new cases and one new death in South Korea  Two new cases in China  Nine new cases in Jamaica  2,248 new cases and 424 new deaths in Mexico  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian   Updates 19-05-2020 Headlines 08:30 Global cases pass 4.8 million. There are 4,805,005 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The death toll stands at 318,534. US deaths, the highest worldwide, passed 90,000, and the number of cases climbed above 1.5m, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Trump threatens to make WHO funding freeze ‘permanent.’ Late on Monday evening, Donald Trump tweeted a letter addressed to World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying that if the WHO “does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership of the organization.” The letter does not detail what the improvements are. WHO chief promises a review of coronavirus response. Before Trump’s letter was released, the World Health Organization said on Monday that an independent review of the global coronavirus response would begin as soon as possible. A resolution drafted by the European Union calling for an independent evaluation of the WHO’s performance appeared to have won consensus backing among the WHO’s 194 states. The motion is expected to be voted on Tuesday. Trump says he is taking h....q..urine. After the US president told reporters at the White House that he has been taking h....q..urine, his doctor released a letter confirming that they had discussed the use of the drug and “concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.” A White House spokesperson told the New York Times that Trump was prescribed the drug and is taking it. The US Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against the use of h....q...urine or ch...quine for Covid-19 outside of a hospital setting or a clinical trial due to the risk of heart rhythm problems. Brazil cases overtake the UK to become third-highest worldwide. According to Johns Hopkins University figures, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil stands at 255,368, making the country the third-worst affected in terms of cases. There are 16,792 officially confirmed deaths in Brazil, lower than the UK, Italy, Spain, and France. IMF chief says full economic recovery unlikely in 2021. The global economy will take much longer to recover fully from the shock caused by the new coronavirus than initially expected. The head of the International Monetary Fund said, and she stressed the danger of protectionism. Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the Fund was likely to revise downward its forecast for a 3% contraction in GDP in 2020 but gave no details. That would likely also trigger changes in the Fund’s forecast of a partial recovery of 5.8% in 2021. Deaths in Australia reach 100. The death toll in Australia has reached 100, following a 93-year-old woman diagnosed with Covid-19. The woman had been a resident at Newmarch House, the aged care home in western Sydney, which has been the site of a cluster of cases. India cases pass 100,000. According to Johns Hopkins University figures, the number of confirmed cases in India has passed 100,000, currently standing at 100,328. The country has recorded 3,156 deaths. The government this week extended a nationwide lockdown to the end of May, but with significantly reduced restrictions, including allowing markets and standalone shops can reopen from Monday, with social distancing measures. Inter and intra-state road travel resumed with states' agreement, but air travel, both domestic and international, is still banned. Updates: 07:11 Eight new cases and one new death in Australia      24 new cases and two new deaths in Bulgaria  21 new cases and five new deaths in Hungary   11 new cases in Uzbekistan  Two new cases in Thailand  933 new cases and eight new deaths in India   27 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  1,841 new cases and 36 new deaths in Pakistan  89 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala  0 new cases in New Zealand, but the "total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 today increases by four. These cases returned to New Zealand from the Greg Mortimer cruise ship in April and tested positive for COVID-19 in Uruguay. They were classified under investigation while we were awaiting Uruguay information to avoid being double-counted by the World Health Organisation. We have now confirmed these cases were not reported by Uruguay. All four have recovered."  311 new cases in Kazakhstan  152 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  175 new cases and five new deaths in Bolivia  Three new cases in Myanmar  13 new cases in South Korea  120 new cases and four new deaths in Panama  One new death in Tunisia 2,414 new cases and 155 new deaths in Mexico  Six new cases in China  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian   Updates 17-05-2020 Headlines 08:30 Brazil’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose past Spain and Italy, making its outbreak the fourth largest globally. Brazil’s health ministry announced 14,919 new cases on Saturday, taking the total to 233,142, behind the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Barack Obama attacked the Trump administration’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that many of the country’s leaders “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” Australia warned China’s ‘unpredictable’ trade interventions might force its producers to sell to other markets. After Australia called for an independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19, the Chinese ambassador in Australia, Cheng Jingye, threatened a consumer boycott against Australian goods. The number of coronavirus cases in Mexico has risen to 47,144, while its death toll has increased to 5,045. The government plans to reopen parts of the economy from Monday, despite concerns that its outbreak has not yet peaked. Millions of casual laborer’s and domestic workers remain stranded across India after they abruptly lost their incomes when the country was placed under lockdown. The World Health Organization has warned countries ending lockdown that now should be a ‘time for preparation, not celebration.’ More countries have begun easing restrictions. This includes Thailand, which has allowed shopping malls to reopen and shortened a nighttime curfew.  New Orleans has also allowed malls and retail stores to operate, while New York has allowed horse racing tracks to reopen. Victoria, Australia’s second-most-populous state, announced that from 1 June, cafes, restaurants, and the dining areas of pubs and clubs would reopen with up to 20 patrons indoors. Updates: 08:33 682 new cases in Singapore   189 new cases and five new deaths in Armenia  11 new cases in Latvia  Two new cases and one new death in Czechia  73 new cases and one new death in El Salvador  36 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria  307 new cases in Kazakhstan  Three new cases in Uzbekistan  36 new cases and three new deaths in Hungary   Three new cases in Thailand  Two new cases in Zimbabwe  21 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  1,352 new cases and 39 new deaths in Pakistan  279 new cases and one new death in India  One new case in Mongolia  Eight new cases in Australia     105 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  Six new cases in Jamaica  Ten new cases in Nepal  249 new cases and one new death in Bolivia  181 new cases and three new deaths in Panama  120 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala  369 new cases and 29 new deaths in Brazil  13 new cases in South Korea  2,112 new cases and 278 new deaths in Mexico  One new case in New Zealand  Three new cases in Sri Lanka  Six new cases in China  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian   Updates 15-05-2020 Headlines 07:08 The global death toll passes 302,000. The global toll from Covid-19 has passed 300,000, with nearly 4.5 million people infected. According to Johns Hopkins University data, at least 302,452 people have now died due to the outbreak. The institution says it has counted 4,443,597 confirmed cases worldwide. It’s important to point out that the actual death toll is believed to be far higher than the tally compiled from government figures. China marks one month with no new coronavirus deaths announced. China has gone a month without announcing any new deaths from the coronavirus. The National Health Commission reported four new cases of the virus on Friday, all local cross-infection in Jilin's northeastern province. A cluster of uncertain origin has been detected in recent days. The last time the commission reported death was on 14 April. Trump visits a mask distribution center without wearing a mask himself. Donald Trump toured a mask distribution center in Pennsylvania's political swing state on Thursday without wearing a mask himself. Trump, who is running for re-election in November, has resisted wearing a mask in public despite his administration’s guidance to Americans to wear them and new White House rules requiring staff to wear them at work. Mexico sees a record one-day increase in cases. On Thursday, Mexico’s health ministry confirmed 257 additional coronavirus deaths and 2,409 new infections, the biggest one-day rise in cases since the pandemic began. According to the official tally, the new infections brought confirmed coronavirus cases to 42,595 and 4,477 deaths in total. Brazil confirmed cases pass 200,000. The number of cases in Brazil passed 200,000 on Thursday. According to the health ministry, the country now has 202,918 confirmed cases, with 13,944 added in the last 24 hours. According to John Hopkins data, the tally means it is the sixth-worst-affected country worldwide in terms of cases. Eight hundred forty-four new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 13,993. South Korea, China, and Japan health ministers to hold a video conference. The health ministers of South Korea, China, and Japan will get together by video conference on Friday to discuss ways to work together in the global campaign against the novel coronavirus, South Korean officials said. The meeting is the first between top health officials of the East Asian neighbors since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan's central Chinese city last year. Doctors in Italy and France report a spike in rare inflammatory syndrome linked to coronavirus. Doctors in northern Italy, one of the areas hardest hit by a coronavirus, and in France have reported spikes in cases of a rare inflammatory syndrome in young children that appears similar to one reported in the US, Britain, and Spain, according to a report in the Lancet. The condition shares symptoms with toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, including fever, rashes, swollen glands, and, in severe cases, heart inflammation. Covid-19 reaches refugee camps in Bangladesh. A Rohingya man has become the first person to test positive for Covid-19 in the vast refugee camps in Bangladesh, home to almost one million people. Local health coordinator Abu Toha Bhuiyan initially said two refugees had been put into isolation. The World Health Organization later said one case was of a Rohingya man, and the other was of a local man who lived near the camp and was being treated at a clinic inside the area. Thirty-six million Americans are now unemployed. Another 3 million Americans filed for benefits, bringing the country’s total unemployed to 36 million. The Department of Labor's latest figures show the rate of claims is slowing, but the record-breaking pace of layoffs has already pushed unemployment to levels unseen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Updates: 07:07 One new case in the British Virgin Islands  Seven new cases in Thailand  118 new cases and two new deaths in Kazakhstan   38 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria  98 new cases in El Salvador  37 new cases and six new deaths in Hungary   Seven new cases in Uzbekistan  106 new cases in India     29 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  1,430 new cases and 33 new deaths in Pakistan  Nine new cases in Nepal  28 new cases and one new death in South Sudan   30 new cases in Australia      224 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  63 new cases and ten new deaths in Honduras  247 new cases and six new deaths in Brazil  176 new cases in Guatemala  27 new cases in South Korea  174 new cases and four new deaths in Panama  One new case in New Zealand  39 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  2,409 new cases and 257 new deaths in Mexico   Four new cases in China  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian   Before you go! 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