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Latest on pandemic: Deaths pass 316K, new hotspots emerging in Africa

Iran Press TV

Monday, 18 May 2020 6:59 AM

There have now been some 4,804,000 confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus globally, and 316,703 people have lost their lives, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Some 1,858,754 people have also recovered from the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Some epicenters of the outbreak, including the United States, Italy, and Spain, have gradually begun to emerge from lockdowns that have kept millions of people indoors for months.

As the Northern Hemisphere heads into summer and a heatwave hits southern Europe, people are venturing out again, even as social-distancing rules are in place and many also wear masks.

Meanwhile, hotspots have alarmingly begun to emerge across Africa, which has so far seen a relatively slow spread of the virus.

Here are the latest on the coronavirus pandemic around the globe:

Germany reports no additional deaths

German health officials registered two new coronavirus cases, taking the country's tally to 174,355, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday.

With no additional deaths, the overall fatality figure in Germany remained at 7,914.

Italy's daily death toll, new cases fall

In Italy, the daily death toll fell to 145 on Sunday, the lowest since early March, against the 153 registered the day before, according to Italy's Civil Protection Agency.

The new cases took the overall tally in Italy to 225,435.

Italy, with the world's third highest number of fatalities after the United States and Britain, has reported a total death toll of 31,908.

France reports 483 new deaths

France reported 483 more deaths on Sunday, taking the total to 28,108.

The new fatality figure compared with 96 on Saturday, and was the highest since April 23.

A French Health Ministry spokeswoman, however, said there was "not a sudden rise in deaths," as the figure took into account "additional data" provided by local health agencies.

The latest figure included 429 deaths in retirement homes.

The number of confirmed cases in France rose to 142,481 on Sunday from 142,291 on Saturday.

The Health Ministry said both the numbers of deaths and new cases had been on a downtrend for four to five weeks.

China registers 7 new cases, no deaths

China reported seven new confirmed cases on Sunday, up from five a day earlier, the Chinese health authority said on Monday.

Two of the cases were reported in the northeastern province of Jilin, which is currently in a partial lockdown due to a flare-up of infections. The other four new cases involved infected travelers arriving in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia from overseas.

The total number of confirmed cases in China thus increased to at 82,954, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,633.

El Salvador's president declares emergency without congress approval

El Salvador's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Nayib Bukele, shortly after the latter declared a state of emergency without an approval from congress.

The president declared the emergency on Saturday evening, before another emergency declaration that had the approval of congress ended on Sunday.

Bukele's administration maintains that a civil protection law authorizes the president to declare a state of emergency if congress cannot hold a session.

"All presidents in the democratic history of our country have had the power to declare a state of emergency and have exercised it, without legislative approval," the president said on Twitter on Sunday. "Will a president be prevented for the first time from exercising that vital power?"

The emergency declaration will remain in force over the next 30 days.

This is while people in the capital, ‎San Salvador, have been protesting in recent days against restrictive measures that they say have caused unemployment.

El Salvador, the most densely-populated country in Central America, has so far reported 1,338 confirmed cases of infection and 30 deaths.

Mexico moves to reopen economy

Mexico reported 49,219 cases of the infection on Sunday, 2,075 more than the previous day.

Deaths from the disease also increased by 132 to a total of 5,177.

Yet, the government prepares to resume economic activities halted due to the outbreak.

Brazil's death toll rises, president supports anti-lockdown rally

Brazil, now the site of the world's fourth-largest epidemic of the virus, registered 7,938 new cases on Sunday evening.

The figures pushed the total to above 241,000, while the death toll increased by 485 to 16,118.

Meanwhile, far-right President Jair Bolsonar took part in a demonstration against the lockdown measures put in place by state governors.

Wearing a white face mask and flanked by ministers, security, and his friends, the president approached his supporters in a crowd of demonstrations to pose for a photo at the presidential palace on Sunday.

He said that Brazilians want to get the economy back up and running as quickly as possible.

Bolsonaro has called for a rollback of state quarantines and instead urged people to use unproven drugs, such as chloroquine, to fight the viral disease.

Russia's daily caseload falls below 9,000

On Monday, Russia recorded 8,926 cases of infection with the coronavirus for the last 24 hours.

The number pushed the overall case tally to 290,678.

According to Russia's coronavirus task force, 91 people also died, bringing the death toll to 2,722.

Two Chile ministers, 23 MPs to go in quarantine for coronavirus

Two Chilean government ministers will self-quarantine after coming in close contact with Chilean lawmakers who tested positive for COVID-19.

Ignacio Briones, Chile's finance minister, and Felipe Ward, secretary-general of the presidency, both said on Twitter they had tested negative for the virus but would remain in quarantine until a second test confirmed they had not been infected.

At least 23 lawmakers will also begin a quarantine period after meeting with the infected legislators in congress.

Chile has reported 43,781 confirmed cases of infection and 450 deaths.

South Africa sees surge in daily cases

South Africa reported the highest single-day jump of its confirmed cases on Sunday.

The country's National Department of Health registered 1,160 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 15,515.

Western Cape Province accounts for nearly 60 percent of the national figures.

South Africa has reported a total death toll of 264 so far.

Burials triple in Somali capital

Somalia has 1,421 confirmed cases of infection and 56 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In the capital, Mogadishu, burials have reportedly tripled recently. Workers in one of the capital's largest cemeteries said they were recently preparing more funerals than ever before.

Many families do not register deaths in Somalia, preferring to simply bury relatives on the day they die.

Many people also stay at home when infected rather than seeking medical care in a country where many can't afford to be hospitalized. This makes collecting data extremely difficult in the country.

Egypt tightens curfew for Eid al-Fitr

Egyptian authorities have moved to tighten a curfew for the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The curfew will be extended by four hours and public transport will be halted from May 24 for six days, according to Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Sunday.

After the Eid holidays, the curfew will last from 8 pm to 6 am.

Egyptian health officials say the daily tally of coronavirus cases has been rising after the government slightly eased a night curfew and other restrictions.

The number of cases rose by 510 on Sunday, the Health Ministry said. It has reported 12,229 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 630 deaths across the country.

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