COVID-19 Pandemic Claims 311,821 Lives Worldwide as Countries Start to Reopen
May 17 , 2020
The confirmed cases of infection and death from COVID-19 world over have surpassed 4.6 million and 311,821 globally. The worst affected countries are the US (over 1.4 million), Russia (272,043), UK, (241,461), Brazil (233,511), and Spain (230,698). Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced the easing of country-wide lockdown restrictions from May 18, 2020. The staggered re-opening of lockdown will first reopen hairdressers, restaurants, bars, and shops. From June 3, 2020, people from the European Union countries can travel to Italy without having to undergo mandatory quarantine norms. Since mid-March, Ireland has recorded fewest new cases. On Saturday, the new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections were 92, which is the lowest per day count in the last 9-weeks. The total cases of infections and death toll in Ireland stand at 24,048 and 1,533 respectively. Health Ministry of Turkey has said that they have a new recorded 24-hour death toll on Saturday was 41, the lowest death count since March-end. The total number of deaths in Turkey is 4,096. The government of Spain has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown for the last time till late-June as the death toll has reached an 8-weeks low. Israel has decided to resume its schools for all grades from Sunday in the areas that are not considered COVID-19 novel coronavirus hotspots. Reports say that the beaches in Israel will be opened from Wednesday. Many US states have started to ease restrictions. New Orleans has started to loosen its restrictions, a day after the rest of Louisiana started loosening the 2-month long restrictions. Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has said that horse racing tracks and the Watkins Glen International auto track can reopen but with no fans or crowds. He had also said on Saturday that the new confirmed coronavirus cases in the state are now coming predominantly from people who left their home for shopping, exercising, and socializing. He reminded that the new wave of COVID-19 cases doesn’t come from essential workers. Russia and Brazil (besides the United States) seems to be the new hotspots of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. Brazil is the worst affected South American country with more than 233,500 COVID-19 confirmed cases of infections and more than 15,000 deaths. Brazil is now the 4th worst affected country by the coronavirus pandemic after the USA, Russia, and the UK. On Sunday, Russia has recorded 9,709 new cases of COVID-19 infections, the 2nd highest volume of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide. The last 24-hours witnessed 94 additional deaths, bringing the total death toll to 2,631. The total confirmed infection cases in Russia have shot up to 281,752 now. Germany’s total confirmed cases have increased by another 583 to reach 174,355 and death toll by another 33 to reach a total of 7,914. India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has announced that the confirmed new infections in the last 24-hours have increased by 4,987, taking the total confirmed COVID-19 cases to 90,927. The death toll in India has increased by 120 in the last 24-hours to reach a total of 2,872 fatalities from COVID-19. Millions of migrant workers remain stranded throughout India as the country remains under lockdown since March 24. With the new wave of novel coronavirus cases increasing in China, northeast China has quarantined more than 8,000 people. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the countries reopening their economies must use this time for preparations and not for celebrations.