India‘s coronavirus cases surpassed China’s with the health ministry reporting 85,940 infections and 2,752 deaths.
In total, China has reported 82,933 cases and 4,633 deaths.
The worst hit Indian states are Maharashtra with 29,100 cases, Tamil Nadu 10,108, Gujarat 9,931 and New Delhi 8,895.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is due to announce this weekend a decision whether to extend the country’s 54-day-old lockdown.
Brazil posted another daily record for coronavirus cases as Health Minister Nelson Teich resigned after less than a month on the job. A Brazilian rights group says the coronavirus has hit 38 indigenous groups in the country and is spreading to indigenous territories “with frightening speed”.
A survey by the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Association (APIB) finds 446 cases of the new coronavirus and 92 deaths among the affected groups, mainly in the Brazilian Amazon.
The grim news came a day after the indigenous community of Parque das Tribos, outside the northern city of Manaus, held a funeral for its chief, Messias Kokama, who died of COVID-19.Brazil’s health ministry confirmed 15,305 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday in a record for a 24-hour period.
It also reported 824 related deaths. Brazil has registered 218,223 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic and 14,817 deaths.
The United States House approved a $3 trillion relief bill, but it has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate.
US President Donald Trump’s administration is set to restore partial funding to the World Health Organization, Fox News reports, citing a draft letter.The Trump administration will “agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions” to the WHO, Fox News says, quoting from the letter.The total death toll is projected to surpass 100,000 by June 1, he added in a tweet.
Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says forecasting models indicate the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the US will increase in the coming weeks.
Globally, more than 4.5 million people have been infected and more than 306,000 have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 1.6 million people have recovered.
The Italian government is easing travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing people to move freely inside the region where they live as of Monday, and between regions starting June 3.The government decree also permits international travel to and from Italy from June 3.Physical distancing rules are being implemented in the sectors of the economy that have reopened, including factories and some businesses. Schools remain closed and crowds are not permitted, though people will be allowed to attend Mass in churches with some restrictions starting next week.
South Korean officials confirmed 162 coronavirus cases linked to club goers in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, but also expressed cautious hope that infections are beginning to wane.Authorities have so far tested 46,000 people after health workers detected a slew of infections linked to clubs and other nightspots in Seoul’s Itaewon entertainment district. “Despite massive testing, there seems to be no trend of the rapid virus spread tied to the Itaewon outbreak,” said Yoon Tae-ho, a senior health ministry official. “If we pass this weekend well, we expect the Itaewon-linked spread to come under the control of quarantine authorities.”South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 19 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday. Nine were linked to Itaewon and the rest involved passengers arriving from abroad.
(Image:A health official checks the body temperature of passengers as they arrive to board a special train to New Delhi in Chennai on May 15)