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COVID-19 Live Updates: Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Worldwide Surpasses 3.5Mln - WHO

The global death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has surpassed 251,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Mainland China has registered, over the past 24 hours, one new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection; 87 patients have recovered and no deaths have been recorded, the state health committee said in a statement.

The number of confirmed cases worldwide stands at 3,582,469, with 251,510 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic; its first case was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.

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18:48 GMT 05.05.2020

WASHINGTON, May 5 (Sputnik) - The White House in the coming weeks will begin to gradually break up the coronavirus task force, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The report said Trump administration officials have been notifying members of the task force that the group will be gradually dismantled in the coming weeks.

The report said it is not clear if the coronavirus task force will be replaced by another group as the COVID-19 outbreak continues in the United States.

The United States, as of Tuesday afternoon, has about 1.19 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 70,000 deaths caused by the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

18:22 GMT 05.05.2020

NEW YORK, May 5 (Sputnik) - At least 230 more people died from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the US state of New York, indicating a slight increase in the number of fatalities reported a day before, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

"It is not good news - the number of lives lost -230. Technically up from yesterday, allowing for this Sunday’s reporting," Cuomo said.

On Monday, Cuomo reported about 226 COVID-19 deaths registered on the previous day across the state.

A total of 321,192 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, and 19,645 have died, according to the New York State Department of Health.

18:21 GMT 05.05.2020

NEW YORK, May 5 (Sputnik) - The US state of New Jersey reports 334 new deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) - a cumulative number for COVID-19 fatalities in the past several days - bringing the death toll to 8,244, Governor Phil Murphy said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

"We continue losing members of our New Jersey family and today we report that we have lost 334 more blessing souls," Murphy said. "Our statewide total is now 8,244."

Murphy also said that with 2,949 new COVID-19 cases, the total number of people infected with the virus in New Jersey has increased to 130,593.

The governor added that on Monday, 385 COVID-19 patients entered hospitals across the state.

To help treat these and future patients, Murphy announced that New Jersey will grant temporary emergency licenses to recent nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy and respiratory care therapy programs.

18:03 GMT 05.05.2020

TORONTO, May 5 (Sputnik) - Forty-three percent of Canadians infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), or more than 26,000 people, have recovered from the disease, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam told reporters on Tuesday.

"Currently, over 26,000, or 43 percent of all confirmed cases in Canada, are now recovered from their illness," Tam said.

However, the rising death toll in Canada - 3,915 as of Tuesday - has again surpassed projections from public health officials who expected the number of fatalities to fall in the 3,227-3,883 range by May 5.

Globally, more than 1.1 million people of the 3.6 million infected with the novel coronavirus have recovered, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.

Canada’s public health agency reported 61,159 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, in line with the agency’s projections.

18:02 GMT 05.05.2020

MOSCOW, May 5 (Sputnik) - The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the Russian armed forces rose to 1,475 on Tuesday from 1,384 the day before, the country’s Defence Ministry said, adding that a total of 1,186 cadets have contracted the virus.

"Blanket testing in the Russian armed forces between March and May 5 returned 1,384 positive results," the ministry said in a statement.

Of them, 378 service members were admitted to military hospitals, 514 people isolated at the places of service, 14 service members taken to civilian health care institutions and 569 are being treated at home. A total of 174 have recovered from the infection.

The statement noted that the number of military personnel undergoing training in higher military educational institutions, who have tested positive with COVID-19 is 1,186. Of them, 436 are receiving treatment in military hospitals, 604 are isolated at the places of service, 24 were taken to civilian health care institutions, 122 people are being treated at home, and 187 people have recovered.

17:30 GMT 05.05.2020

WASHINGTON, May 5 (Sputnik) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a statement on Tuesday that it supports the requirement to wear face masks, but opposes social distancing aboard passenger aircraft that would leave the middle seats empty.

"IATA recommends mandatory face-coverings for passengers and masks for crew as one of several actions to reduce the already low risk of contracting COVID-19 on board aircraft," IATA said. "IATA does not recommend restricting the use of the ‘middle seat’ to create social distancing while onboard aircraft."

The evidence, although limited, suggests that the risk of virus transmission on board aircraft is low even without special measures, IATA said.

In addition, IATA warned that social distancing measures would bring dramatic cost increases to air travel and fundamentally shift the economics of aviation by slashing the “load factor” to 62 percent.

However, IATA said among other measures it supports are temperature screening of passengers, airport workers and travellers; limiting movement within the aircraft cabin during flight; more frequent and deeper cabin cleaning; and simplified catering procedures that lower crew movement and interaction with passengers.

"When proven and available at scale, testing for COVID-19 or immunity passports could also be included as temporary biosecurity measures," IATA added.

17:30 GMT 05.05.2020

UNITED NATIONS, May 5 (Sputnik) - Yemen reported on Tuesday 22 new coronavirus cases, doubling its official score, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing.

"In Yemen as of this morning 22 cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed, that’s doubling the official count," Dujjaric said.

He added that there is "a very real probability" that the virus has been circulating undetected. It’s fraught with a later surge that may overwhelm health facilities, Dujarric warned.

At least 3.6 million coronavirus cases have been registered worldwide along with more than 253,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

17:28 GMT 05.05.2020

WASHINGTON, May 5 (Sputnik) - The US Department of Defense is reporting 92 new COVID-19 cases among its service members, family members and civilian workers, the Pentagon revealed in a press release on Tuesday.

To date, the Defense Department has a total of 7,526 cumulative cases of COVID-19 and 27 deaths caused by the disease.

A total of 4,967 US service members have contracted the disease, with 100 currently hospitalized and 1,844 recoveries reported, the release said.

The United States, as of Tuesday afternoon, has about 1.18 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 69,000 deaths caused by the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

16:23 GMT 05.05.2020

CHISINAU, May 5 (Sputnik) - Moldova has registered 115 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours that brought the country's cumulative toll to 4,363 cases, Health Minister Viorica Dumbraveanu said on Saturday.

The previous situation report indicated that there were 4,248 COVID-19 cases in the country and 132 fatalities.

"To date, 115 positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, and we have a total of 4,363 cases," the minister stated.

According to the Moldovan Health Ministry, the total death toll amounts to 136 people, while 1,544 patients have recovered.

In the meantime, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said earlier in the day that churches would be allowed to hold services starting from the weekend.

Mass cultural and religious events were banned on March 17 due to a state of emergency introduced for 60 days until May 15.

16:17 GMT 05.05.2020

Turkey's coronavirus death toll rose by 59 to 3,520, the country's health ministry said.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 129,491.

16:16 GMT 05.05.2020

NEW YORK, May 5 (Sputnik) - New York City will offer 140,000 free coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody tests to healthcare workers and first responders to learn whether they have been exposed to the infection, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

“The goal is to test 140,000 of our heroes,” de Blasio said. “ It's going to give us much more ability to let all of our heroes know what has happened in terms of exposure to this disease in their own lives.”

The initiative will be put in place by next Monday, making antibody tests available for frontline personnel across New York City hospitals, fire departments, police stations and correctional facilities, de Blasio said.

The mayor further issued a new health alert in the city after 15 children have been diagnosed with a multi-system inflammatory syndrome that is possibly related to COVID-19. Among the patients, four children tested positive for COVID-19 and six had antibodies.

De Blasio further urged parents to immediately contact health care providers if their children were experiencing persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain and vomiting - the symptoms identified with the mysterious syndrome.

“This is something that is causing concern,” de Blasio added.

On the positive note, the mayor said the number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York City has dropped below 100, marking essential progress in the battle against the disease.

16:01 GMT 05.05.2020

LONDON, May 5 (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom has confirmed over 30,000 cumulative coronavirus-related deaths, thus surpassing the COVID-19 death tolls in Italy and Spain that have been the most affected by the disease in Europe, official statistic showed on Tuesday.

England and Wales have recorded a total of 29,648 COVID-19 fatalities, according of the Office for National Statistics' data.

"In Wales, including deaths that occurred up to 24 April but were registered up to 2 May, of those we have processed so far, the number involving COVID-19 was 1,376 ... In England, including deaths that occurred up to 24 April but were registered up to 2 May, of those we have processed so far, the number involving COVID-19 was 28,272," the office said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Scottish and North Ireland's health authorities have so far confirmed 1,620 and 404 deaths, respectively, as of Tuesday.

The UK's coronavirus-related deaths number exceeds the tally in Italy, that has registered 29,079 fatalities, and Spain that has recorded 25,613 deaths.

According to the UK government update, the country has so far confirmed a total of over 190,000 COVID-19 cases.

15:55 GMT 05.05.2020

WASHINGTON, May 5 (Sputnik) - The US national capital and neighboring state of Maryland have registered a slight decline in new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases for the second day in a row, but total numbers remain high, local officials said on Tuesday.

“We have added 709 cases since yesterday,” Maryland Governor spokesperson Kata Hall said via Twitter, while 2 days ago the state had almost 1,000 cases.

Washington has reported 152 new cases, Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement, which is less than 219 additional positive tests on Sunday.

Virginia – another US state comprising national capital area, reported a decline of new cases number in 24 hours – 764 against 821 on Monday. The Department of Health registered 20,256 COVID-19 cases and 713 related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Maryland confirmed 27,117 cases and 1,290 deaths, while Washington registered 5,322 positive tests and 264 fatalities, officials added.

Most of the COVID-19 cases in the states of Maryland and Virginia are within Washington's suburbs.

15:47 GMT 05.05.2020

WASHINGTON, May 5 (Sputnik) - State-backed hackers and criminal groups pose a growing threat to national and international organizations dealing with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with efforts to infiltrate and operate undetected inside existing computer networks, according to a joint advisory by US and UK government cybersecurity agencies on Tuesday.

"APT actors frequently target organizations in order to collect bulk personal information, intellectual property and intelligence that aligns with national priorities. The pandemic has likely raised additional requirements for APT actors to gather information related to COVID-19. For example, actors may seek to obtain intelligence on national and international healthcare policy or acquire sensitive data on COVID-19 related research," the advisory from US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the UK National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) said.

APT, or advanced persistent threat, usually designates a nation-state or state-backed group that infiltrates a targeted computer network and remains undetected for a period of time while stealing data.

The advisory said COVID-19 targets include healthcare bodies, pharmaceutical companies, universities, medical research organizations and local governments, where hackers target sensitive research data and intellectual property for commercial and national benefits, the advisory said.

The advisory highlighted one hacking technique known as a "password spraying campaign," described as a brute-force attack in which the attacker tries a single and commonly used password against many accounts in an organization before moving on to try a second password. The technique allows the intruder to remain undetected by avoiding lockouts triggered by multiple attempts to use an incorrect password.

Thus, the advisory recommended organizations' staff "to change any passwords that could be reasonably guessed to one created with three random words and implement two-factor authentication to reduce the threat of compromises."

Both agencies have previously provided examples of frequently found passwords, which attackers are known to use in password spray attacks, as they continue to investigate of large-scale infiltration attempts, the advisory said.

15:32 GMT 05.05.2020

GENEVA, May 5 (Sputnik) - The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends countries to retest for COVID-19 all cases of atypical pneumonia registered in December-November in the wake of reports about a potential early coronavirus case in France, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a UN briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.

On Monday, media reported that a French hospital retested samples from 24 patients who tested negative for flu and were treated in December and January and it turned out that one of them was positive for COVID-19 on December 27. Meanwhile, the first-ever coronavirus case was reported by China on December 31.

"This gives us a whole new picture on everything, and yes of course, it would be great if all countries who have unspecified cases of pneumonia in the recent months, and even in December, and in even in November, would check them against COVID-19," Lindmeier said when asked whether WHO would encourage other countries to look into old samples to find out whether there were earlier cases.

Commenting on the reports on French case, the spokesman said that it was "not surprising," as China could have coronavirus cases earlier than it was officially confirmed, while people continued travelling until it became an outbreak.

"This, of course, are interesting findings. It helps to better understand the potential virus circulation of COVID-19. It is not surprising. That is important given the earliest cases of COVID-19 had symptom onset in early December. So, it is possible that some of the infected people travelled from Wuhan to other countries at that time. It is also possible that more early cases to be found as countries retest samples," he added.

The WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. To date, over 3.5 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus worldwide and more than 250,000 have succumbed to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

15:30 GMT 05.05.2020

TEHRAN, May 5 (Sputnik) - Iran passed the peak of the coronavirus about one and a half months ago and the situation is gradually stabilizing but the pandemic will not end soon, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

"Looking at the spread of the coronavirus in the country, we will see that the peak, the highest point of the disease in the country was in late March. To be precise, the peak began on March 16 and lasted for about three weeks. Now, the situation is stabilizing, but we still have a long way to go," Rouhani said in a televised address.

According to the president, until a cure and vaccine against the coronavirus are found, the world will be facing the coronavirus pandemic for weeks and months.

So far, Iran has confirmed nearly 100,000 cases of the disease. At the same time, over 80,000 patients have been discharged, while a total of 6,340 people have died. However, Iran has been reporting a rise in a daily number of cases since May 2, when the country confirmed just 802 cases.

15:19 GMT 05.05.2020

TASHKENT, May 5 (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed coronavirus infection cases in Uzbekistan has increased by 15 over the past 24 hours to a total of 2,204, the country’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

The previous situation report from Uzbekistan on Monday stated 2,189 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 10 fatalities and 1,405 recoveries.

"As of 17:00 [12:00 GMT] on May 5, 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in Uzbekistan is 2,204," the ministry said in a post on Telegram.

Over the past two days, the daily increments in case number in Uzbekistan have more than halved since the weekend, with 11 new cases reported on Monday, 31 cases on Sunday, and 32 cases on Saturday.

Uzbekistan reported its first confirmed case of the coronavirus infection on March 15, in a woman with a travel history in France.

15:18 GMT 05.05.2020

GENEVA, May 5 (Sputnik) - Switzerland reported 28 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the lowest daily rise since the early days of the outbreak, according to the government's situation report.

The total number of confirmed cases is now 30,009.  Further six coronavirus patients died in the past day, bringing the death toll to 1,483. Almost all of the deceased had preexisting conditions.

The Alpine nation has so far conducted 286,403 tests, with 12 percent of them returning positive results.

Switzerland began relaxing restrictions on public life on April 27. It now plans to reopen shops, markets, museums, libraries and restaurants on May 11 and allow primary and lower secondary schools to return to classroom teaching.

15:17 GMT 05.05.2020

TORONTO, May 5 (Sputnik) - The number of Canadians who have contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) grew to 61,159 on Tuesday, updated figures from Canada’s Public Health Agency revealed.

The COVID-19-related death toll rose to 3,915, the data also showed.

The province of Quebec remains the epicentre of the outbreak in Canada, accounting for more than half of all cases – 32,623 - and 2,280 deaths. Nevertheless, Quebec began reopening parts of the economy on Monday.

Ontario trails with 18,310 cases and 1,361 disease-related fatalities, with the rest of the provinces being spared the worst of the pandemic.

Canada’s public health officials remain concerned by the dire situation in long-term health care facilities across the country - 79 percent of all Canadian fatalities are linked to care homes – which has resulted in several deployments of the Canadian Armed Forces and the growing number of outbreaks among indigenous communities in several of the country’s provinces.

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. To date, in excess of 3.6 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus worldwide, of which more than 252,000 have succumbed to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

15:16 GMT 05.05.2020

MOSCOW, May 5 (Sputnik) - The Dutch police have detained dozens of protesters opposing COVID-19 lockdown measures in The Hague, the NL Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing the police.

"For not listening to the police or the mayor we have arrested maybe more than 20 or 30 people. They have been taken to the police station," a police spokesman was quoted as saying by the media outlet.

It added that The Hague's acting mayor, Johan Remkes, had ordered that the protests ended since the instructions for social distancing had been violated.

The police started to disperse the crowds of protesters when their number significantly grew and it was impossible to comply with the 1.5-meter social distancing rules.

According to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), there are currently 41,087 COVID-19 cases and 5,168 deaths in the country.

14:24 GMT 05.05.2020

WASHINGTON, May 5 (Sputnik) - The United States has started making a coronavirus relief payment of $4.8 billion to the country's native American tribes, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Tuesday.

“We are pleased to begin making $4.8 billion in critical funds available to tribal governments in all states,” Mnuchin said in a joint statement issued with Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt. “Our approach is based on the fair balancing of tribal needs.”

14:22 GMT 05.05.2020

WASHINGTON, May 5 (Sputnik) – Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech began dosing the first US participants of their global program aimed at developing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, the two said in press release on Tuesday.

“Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE announced today that the first participants have been dosed in the US in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial for the BNT162 vaccine program to prevent COVID-19,” the release said.

The trial is part of a global development program, and the first dosing was completed in Germany last week, it added.

The initial phase of the development program includes participation of 18-55 year-old volunteers and will test four vaccine candidates, each representing different combination of mRNA (messenger Ribonucleic acid) and target antigen.

“We are optimistic that advancing multiple vaccine candidates into human trials will allow us to identify the safest, most effective vaccination options against COVID-19,” CEO and Co-founder of BioNTech, Ugur Sahin said.

Pfizer’s Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla noted that the program started less than four months ago. He expressed commitment to develop a safe and efficacious vaccine as soon as possible.

As of Tuesday, more than 3.6 million people have tested positive COVID-19, and more than 252,000 people have died globally, according to Johns Hopkins University's real-time tracker.


13:49 GMT 05.05.2020

About 500 employees of the Belarusian Interior Ministry have tested positive for the coronavirus and nearly all of them are asymptomatic, Interior Minister Yuri Karaev said on Tuesday.

"As for the employees of the internal affairs bodies, in total, about 500 people [contracted COVID-19], of which 34 have already recovered. And today, several employees are about to be discharged," Karaev said, adding that those infected are mostly asymptomatic.

According to the minister, some employees have high temperatures and some are treated by mechanical ventilation of lungs. At the same time, Karaev added that young patients cope with the disease better.

The minister added that all those infected were receiving treatment in the ministry's hospital, where all safety measures were being taken.

So far, Belarus has registered more than 18,300 cases of the disease, including 103 fatalities. Since the outbreak, 211,369 people were tested for the coronavirus in the country.

13:10 GMT 05.05.2020

A further 484 new cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Indonesia over the preceding 24 hours, raising the overall number of positive tests confirmed since the start of the outbreak to 12,071, the country’s Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday.

On Monday, the corresponding daily rise in the number of coronavirus disease cases in Indonesia was 395.

Public health officials in the country also confirmed eight new coronavirus-related deaths over the preceding 24 hours, down from the 19 new deaths reported the day before. The total COVID-19 death toll in Indonesia now stands at 872.

According to the ministry, 2,197 people have recovered after contracting the disease.

A partial lockdown is in force in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, the epicenter of the outbreak in the country, until 22 May.


13:09 GMT 05.05.2020
12:56 GMT 05.05.2020

Authorities in the southern German state of Bavaria, which was one of the hardest hit regions by the coronavirus outbreak, will allow tourist trips starting from 30 May under a plan to gradually ease restrictive measures introduced over the pandemic, Governor Markus Soeder said on Tuesday.

"By ... 30 May, we will allow hotels and tourism sector to operate, but not saunas, recreation facilities and swimming pools," Soeder said at a press conference, adding that camping sites will be reopened.

The relaxation of restrictions concerns only domestic tourism, as trips abroad are still limited by the German Foreign Ministry. These restrictions have been extended until mid-June.

According to the governor, residents still need to keep distance while in public places, and gatherings of three and more people are still banned. However, people are now allowed to visit relatives, the rules for visiting retirement homes are simplified. In addition, on Wednesday, playgrounds will open.

Soeder also said that schools would resume operations step-by-step starting on 11 May. By the end of May, school attendance is expected recover to 50 percent. A similar approach is applied to kindergartens, which will begin to operate from 11 May.

Bavaria has recorded a third of all Germany's coronavirus cases — over 43,000 infections. The region initially introduced the most stringent control measures, including curfews in individual municipalities, and started relaxing restrictions later than other German regions.

12:34 GMT 05.05.2020

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said on Tuesday that more than 18,300 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the country since the start of the outbreak, according to the state-run Belta news agency.

As of Monday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Belarus stood at 17,489, according to public health officials. The coronavirus disease death toll in the country currently stands at 103.

The president told reporters on Tuesday that the total number of cases has now risen to 18,350, according to the agency.

"This is only 8.7 percent of all those tested. As of this morning, we have tested 211,369 people over the past two and a half months," Lukashenko said as quoted by the agency.

Lukashenko added that the ratio of positive tests to total tests is lower than in other countries. He also hit back at those who have criticized the government for a lack of testing, the agency reported.

According to the government’s figures, Belarus has conducted roughly 22,500 tests per one million people in the country. Russia, which has conducted approximately 29,500 tests per one million inhabitants, is the only country to have proportionally tested more people than Belarus.

12:31 GMT 05.05.2020

Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said on Tuesday that the country's major industrial enterprises would resume work on 11 May.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a plan for a phased lockdown exit after the coronavirus pandemic.

"Beginning 11 May, all major enterprises will resume work," Varank said.

He added that 16,900 companies continued operating during curfews, which were announced several times in April and May due to the pandemic.

According to Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, the number of COVID-19 cases grew by 1,614 over a day, bringing the total to over 127,000. The death toll stands at 3,461.

12:19 GMT 05.05.2020

Japan has registered 115 new coronavirus cases, and the overall COVID-19 tally climbed to 16,030 in the past 24 hours, the media reported on Monday.

The data, compiled by Japan's NHK public broadcaster from official figures provided by local authorities, includes 712 infected people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, of whom 13 have died.

The coronavirus-related death toll has risen to a total of 579, while 313 patients are in serious condition. At the same time, the number of recoveries reached 5,238.

12:18 GMT 05.05.2020

More than 22,300 new positive tests for COVID-19 have been reported in the United States over the past 24 hours as the daily increase to the case total continues to decline, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus resource center.

In total, 22,335 new cases and 1,240 new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, according to the database. On Monday, 1,313 new deaths were registered.

According to the database, the increase to the case total has decreased for the third day in a row, down from 25,501 new positive tests on Monday and 29,079 new cases the day before.

To date, the total number of cases confirmed in the United States, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, exceeds 1.18 million. In total, 68,934 people have died in the country after contracting the disease.

12:18 GMT 05.05.2020

The number of people who have contracted the coronavirus disease in the Netherlands has increased by 317 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 41,087 cases, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said on Tuesday.

According to the RIVM, the number of COVID-19 fatalities grew by 86 in the past day to 5,168.

11:27 GMT 05.05.2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Slovakia has risen by eight to 1,421 over the past day, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, adding that 98 recoveries and zero deaths were recorded in the given period.

"On Monday, 2,060 tests for the coronavirus were conducted in the country, having detected eight new patients, while 98 people have recovered and there were no deaths reported. A total of 159 patients are currently in hospitals, seven of them are in serious condition, and 655 people are receiving treatment at home. The total number of those infected since 1 March is 1,421, 741 have recovered and 25 people have died. In total, there were 99,800 tests conducted," the ministry's press service said in a statement.

Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic said on Monday that the process of lifting coronvirus-related restrictions would be expedited due to an improving epidemiological situation in the country.

11:02 GMT 05.05.2020

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has approved a 30-day extension of the state of emergency imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, national media reports on Tuesday.

According to Palestine’s WAFA news agency, the emergency measures, which have been in place since March 5, were extended on Tuesday morning.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and leading public health officials have previously called for the emergency measures to be prolonged as the outbreak continues to spread across the region.

As of Monday, 532 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the state of Palestine since the start of the outbreak, after ten new cases were confirmed. In total, two people have died after contracting the disease.

11:02 GMT 05.05.2020

The number of coronavirus cases in Africa has risen to 46,547, with 1,835 people dying from it, the World Health Organization's regional office estimated on Tuesday.

South Africa leads the tally with 7,220 confirmed cases, followed by Egypt with 6,465 cases and Morocco with 5,000 cases.

Algeria has seen the largest mortality, with 465 people dying from virus-related complications since the start of the outbreak. Egypt is closely behind with 429 deaths.

The WHO estimates that almost 3.5 million people worldwide have contracted the viral lung disease, and more than 241,500 have died from it.

10:44 GMT 05.05.2020

The number of coronavirus cases in Georgia has topped 600 after 11 more people tested positive in the past day, according to official figures published on Tuesday.

"There are now 604 confirmed cases of infection, including 240 recoveries. Nine people have died," a statement on the government website for monitoring the crisis read.

Neighboring Armenia saw the number of new cases rise by 112, with a further patient dying from COVID-19, the Health Ministry's disease control center said.

"Armenia has confirmed 2,619 cases of coronavirus, 1,111 patients have recovered, and 40 patients died," the agency said.

Both Caucasian nations declared a national state of emergency and went into lockdowns in March to curb the spread of coronavirus. Restrictions in Georgia will stay in place until at least 22 May while Armenia's lockdown is due to expire on 14 May.

10:42 GMT 05.05.2020

The authorities of China's Hong Kong region will lift a significant part of the restrictions imposed over the COVID-19 pandemic by the end of this week due to the improving epidemiological situation, the RTHK broadcaster reported on Tuesday.

Starting from Friday, bars, gyms, cinemas, beauty salons and massage parlors will resume working, with restrictions on certain types of activities remaining in force until May 21, according to the media outlet.

High school students will return to classes on 27 May, middle schools will reopen on June 8 and primary schoolchildren and senior kindergarten groups will return to classes on 15 June.

Hong Kong residents will be allowed to gather in groups of maximum eight people starting Friday. Owners of karaoke and nightclubs will have to wait for another fortnight to reopen.

The Hong Kong authorities imposed restrictions on 29 March for two weeks, but then twice extended them — until 23 April and 7 May. The ban on foreign arrivals was imposed indefinitely in early April.

Additionally, Hong Kong has ordered all nationals returning from abroad, as well as from mainland China, Macao and Taiwan, to self isolate at home for two weeks.

The latest situation update from Hong Kong on the infection toll on Tuesday stated there were 1,040 COVID-19 cases, four deaths and 900 recoveries.

09:58 GMT 05.05.2020

Iran registered over 1,300 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, and the overall tally climbed to 99,970, Health Ministry Spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Tuesday.

"The number of cases is close to 100,000. Over the past day, we confirmed 1,323 new coronavirus cases across the country. Based on this data, a total of 99,970 cases of infection have been recorded," Jahanpur said live on the IRINN TV channel.

Iran has been reporting a rise in a daily number of cases since May 2, when the country confirmed just 802 cases.

Jahanpur also said that the number of recoveries reached 80,475. At the same time, Iran confirmed 63 coronavirus-related fatalities over the given period, bringing the overall death toll to 6,340.

09:55 GMT 05.05.2020
09:35 GMT 05.05.2020

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in Estonia rose by eight to 1,711 in the past day, the country's Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

"More than 57,000 tests for the virus have been carried out since 31 January. A total of 70 patients remain in hospitals, six of them are on ventilators," the ministry said in a statement.

According to the authorities, the overall death toll in the country stands at 55 and 261 more people have been discharged from hospitals.

Meanwhile, neighboring Latvia said there were zero coronavirus cases recorded in the past day and the total toll remains 896, according to the country’s Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The death toll in Latvia increased by one to 17 over the past 24 hours.

09:29 GMT 05.05.2020

Ukraine has recorded a further 366 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths over the past 24 hours, Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov said Tuesday.

“During the day, 366 fell ill, including 26 children and 92 health care professionals,” Stepanov said at a press briefing, adding that 13 people had died.

According to the health minister, 256 people who had tested positive for the coronavirus disease were discharged over the preceding 24 hours.

Since the start of the outbreak, 12,697 people in Ukraine have contracted COVID-19 and 316 people have died.

On Monday, 418 new cases of the disease and 15 new deaths were reported by the country’s health authorities.

The Ukrainian government on Monday announced that a nationwide lockdown will be extended until May 22, although certain social distancing measures will be eased on May 11.

From this date, citizens will be allowed to walk in parks and recreation areas. Coffee shops will be allowed to open to serve takeaway customers, and lawyers, dentists, and notaries will be permitted to reopen. Furthermore, sports grounds will open for teams to train.

09:13 GMT 05.05.2020

Singapore medics have started giving remdesivir, an anti-viral drug originally developed to treat Ebola, to coronavirus patients as part of clinical trials, Dr Shawn Vasoo, the clinical director at the country’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases, told the CNA channel.

According to Vasoo, those patients who have agreed to take part in the clinical trials will receive either the drug or a placebo.

"Because they are as yet no proven therapies for COVID-19, it is important that robust clinical trials are conducted … We are still awaiting the publishing of the full results of the NIAID [the United States’ National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases] trial and further data on remdesivir, and also trial results (of) other agents," Vasoo told the Singaporean channel.

Initially developed by US manufacturer Gilead Sciences as an Ebola drug, remdesivir has shown a positive effect in treating SARS and MERS.

Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration issued an authorization for emergency use of remdesivir in hospitalized patients. Russia, too, is conducting clinical trials of the drug.

09:10 GMT 05.05.2020

Spain has recorded 185 new coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 25,613, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, which marked the third consecutive day when the country registered less than 200 deaths caused by COVIVD-19.

On Monday, the country confirmed 164 coronavirus-related deaths, the same number as on Sunday.

The case tally has risen by 867 to 219,329. A further 2,143 patients have recovered, with the total number of recoveries topping 123,000.

Notably, Spain has recorded 43,956 coronavirus cases among medical personnel since the start of the outbreak.

08:47 GMT 05.05.2020

The Office for National Statistics said 29,648 deaths had taken place as of 24 April in England and Wales with COVID-19 mentioned in death certificates.

Including deaths for Scotland and Northern Ireland, the toll on this measure now exceeds 30,000. 

08:30 GMT 05.05.2020

India plans to arrange 64 flights to bring back 14,800 nationals held up in different countries. A plan drawn up by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs calls for New Delhi to send planes to all of the Gulf states, US, UK, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Bangladesh during the first week of evacuation, beginning Thursday.

According to a press release by the Consulate General of India in Dubai, “The cost of tickets and other conditions for travel including quarantine requirements after reaching India and health requirement to board the flight will be conveyed in due course.”

07:56 GMT 05.05.2020

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who has tested positive for COVID-19, remains in good condition as he undergoes treatment in a medical facility, his spokesman said Tuesday.

“Mikhail Vladimirovich continues to receive treatment in a state medical institution under the supervision of doctors. In general, he remains in a good condition,” Boris Belyakov told reporters at a press briefing.

Belyakov added that the prime minister is in regular communication with other members of the government and is receiving medicine that has been recommended by the Russian Ministry of Health to treat the disease.

Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov has been appointed as Mishutin’s temporary replacement after the prime minister announced his positive test for COVID-19 on Thursday.

07:36 GMT 05.05.2020

Russia has registered 10,102 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 155,370, the national coronavirus response center said Tuesday.

A day earlier, Russia reported 10,581 new cases. The record daily increase of 10,633 cases was recorded on Sunday.

"Over the past 24 hours, 10,102 COVID-19 cases have been registered in 83 regions. Of these, 4,961 (or 49.1 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the center said in a statement.

This brings the total tally to 155,370 (+7 percent) in 85 regions across Russia.

Of all the new cases, 5,714 have been registered in Moscow, 822 in the Moscow Region, and 226 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 5,795, 803 and 317, respectively).

The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 95 (76 yesterday) to 1,451.

A total of 1,770 patients (1,456 yesterday) have recovered over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cured people to 19,865.

07:32 GMT 05.05.2020

A further 297 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been discharged in Moscow over the past 24 hours after undergoing treatment, taking the overall number of people who have recovered from the disease in the Russian capital to 7,870, Moscow Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova said Tuesday.

"Over the past 24 hours, 297 more people have recovered in Moscow after undergoing treatment. The total number of people who have recovered from the infection has increased to 7,870," Rakova said.

The deputy mayor added that medical professionals in the Russian capital are assessing the severity and symptoms of every single person who has contracted COVID-19, in accordance with Russian and international health care standards.

On Monday, Rakova announced that 544 people were discharged over the preceding 24 hours.

07:31 GMT 05.05.2020

More than 4.4 million tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in Russia since the start of the outbreak and over 222,500 people suspected of carrying the disease are currently under medical supervision, Russia’s public safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said on Tuesday.

“As of May 4, 4,460,357 laboratory tests for the coronavirus disease have been carried out,” the watchdog said in a daily bulletin.

Additionally, the number of people under medical supervision on suspicion of carrying the disease is currently 222,510, the watchdog reported.

As of Monday, 145,268 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Russia since the start of the outbreak. In total, 10,581 new cases were reported over the preceding 24 hours, and 1,456 patients were discharged, taking the overall number of people who have recovered after contracting the disease to 18,095.

07:30 GMT 05.05.2020

Another 130 crew members disembarked from cruise ship Costa Atlantica stuck in the Japanese port of Nagasaki on Tuesday after testing negative for the coronavirus, according to the Kyodo news agency.

Among the group, there are 125 Filipinos, the media outlet reported, citing the prefecture's government, which did not specify the nationality of the others.

Earlier, media reported that over 50 Costa Atlantica crew members left Japan on Sunday and Monday after their tests came back negative.

The Italian-registered cruise liner, with 623 crew members on board without any holidaymakers, docked on March 25 for maintenance work at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard. It was supposed to leave Nagasaki in late April, but one crew was found to have been infected with the coronavirus in mid-April. A total of 149 crew members have since tested positive, with some of them hospitalized with severe symptoms.

Russia’s embassy in Japan earlier said that one of the infected crew members is a Russian national whose condition was stable.

06:42 GMT 05.05.2020

 A further 3,900 new positive tests for COVID-19 have been registered in India, raising the total number of cases confirmed since the start of the outbreak above 46,400, the country’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said Tuesday.

The death toll has also risen by 195 to 1,568, the ministry reported.

At present, there are 32,138 people undergoing treatment for the coronavirus disease, the ministry said. In total, 12,726 people have been discharged after contracting the disease and a total of 46,433 cases have been reported.

A day before, India reported 2,644 new cases and 83 new deaths over the preceding 24 hours.

Maharashtra, the most affected state in India where 14,541 positive tests have been registered, recorded the highest number of new positive tests for COVID-19 over the past day, 1,567 in total. 

On Friday, the Indian authorities extended a nationwide lockdown for another two weeks, through 17 May. According to the measures, all air travel and intercity buses and trains have been suspended. Educational institutions, hotels, and gyms must also remain closed.

The Indian government has divided the country into red, orange, and green zones, with the former having less control over the disease. In areas that have a lower rate of infection, Indian citizens are now allowed to use public transport and taxis, although some restrictions remain.

06:42 GMT 05.05.2020

Russia is shipping two mobile labs for the coronavirus diagnostics to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Russian public health watchdog said on Tuesday.

“In particular, in the next few days, tens of thousands of laboratory supplies will be delivered to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as two mobile laboratories, which will speed up research on COVID-19 and other infections, including Ebola,” Rospotrebnadzor said in a press release.

In a separate operation, Russia is going to send 10,000 COVID-19 tests to Guinea, in addition to 7,000 Russian-made tests that the West African country has received before. The watchdog also said that the Russian-Guinean epidemiology center is listed by the African country’s authorities among labs that can carry out COVID-19 diagnostics.

"All studies [in the epidemiology center] are conducted jointly by Russian and Guinean specialists in compliance with all biological safety requirements," Rospotrebnadzor said.

The DRC has so far confirmed 682 COVID-19 cases and 34 coronavirus-related deaths, while Guinea has registered 1,710 cases and nine fatalities.

05:58 GMT 05.05.2020

The Brazilian Ministry of Health has corrected the COVID-19 case total in the country just hours after releasing a daily statistical update, adding 2,558 new positive tests.

Earlier on Monday evening, the Ministry of Health announced that 4,075 new positive tests had been recorded over the past 24 hours, taking the overall case total to 105,222.

However, in a post on Twitter hours later, the ministry updated these statistics, adding additional cases.

“We are updating the data for coronavirus at 20:00 [local time, 23:00 GMT on Monday] – 107,780 confirmed cases, 7,321 deaths," the ministry wrote on Twitter, adding that 45,815 people have recovered.

As a result of this update, the total number of new cases observed over the preceding 24 hours has risen to 6,633.

Additionally, the number of deaths announced over the past day has risen from 263 to 296.

On Sunday, Brazilian public health authorities registered 4,588 new cases of the disease and 275 deaths. On the same day, hundreds of Brazilians held a demonstration in the country’s capital, Brasilia, in support of President Jair Bolsonaro, who has come under criticism for his handling of the epidemiological crisis.

05:34 GMT 05.05.2020

Germany has confirmed 685 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 163,860, the Robert Koch Institute said on Tuesday.

The death toll rose by 139 over the given period and reached 6,831.

According to the institute, over 135,000 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus

The highest number of coronavirus cases has been recorded in Bavaria (43,162), North Rhine-Westphalia (33,728) and Baden-Wurttemberg (32,482). Berlin has 6,042 COVID-19 cases.

05:15 GMT 05.05.2020

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mexico has risen over the past day by 1,434 to 24,905, a senior official from Mexico's Health Ministry said.

The ministry's director of epidemiology, Jose Luis Alomia, said at a press conference broadcast in the ministry's Twitter that the COVID-19 death toll in the country had increased by 117 to 2,271.

04:45 GMT 05.05.2020

South Korea's number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has risen by three over the past 24 hours to 10,804, the Health Ministry's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

The KCDC said the death toll had increased by two to 254.

The number of recoveries rose by 66 over the past day to 9,283, it said.


04:45 GMT 05.05.2020
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