More than 6 million people have been infected with coronavirus worldwide, while over 367,000 people have died. Here are coronavirus-related updates for May 30:
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Turkey's coronavirus test numbers top 2 million
The total number of novel coronavirus tests in Turkey has exceeded two million, while the daily test count has increased by 3,000, according to Turkey's top health authority on Saturday.
The number of patients who recovered from the disease reached almost 127,000 as 1,021 more were discharged from hospitals over the past day, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter, sharing the latest official coronavirus figures.
The country reported a total of 983 new cases, bringing the infection tally to 163,103, Koca added.
The death toll from the outbreak rose to 4,515 as Turkey reported 26 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, according to the data retrieved from the Turkish Health Ministry.
A total of 649 Covid-19 patients are being treated in intensive care, the data showed.
French coronavirus case numbers extend decline
France's coronavirus case numbers are continuing to decline, health officials said on Saturday, with 14,380 patients currently in hospital, down from 14,695 a day earlier.
The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care also fell to 1,325 from 1,361, the health directorate said in a statement. The hospital death toll from the virus rose by 57 to 18,444 - the 10th consecutive daily increase below 100.
Numbers for nursing home deaths will next be updated on June 2, the directorate said.
UK Covid-19 confirmed death toll rises by 215 to 38,376
The United Kingdom death toll from people who have tested positive for Covid-19 rose by 215 to 38,376, the government said on Saturday.
Italy records 111 new deaths, 416 new cases
Deaths from the Covid-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 111 on Saturday, against 87 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases fell to 416 from 516 on Friday.
The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 now stands at 33,340 the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.
The number of confirmed cases amounts to 232,664, the sixth highest global tally behind those of the United States, Russia, Spain, Britain and Brazil.
People registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 43,691 from 46,175 the day before.
There were 450 people in intensive care on Saturday, down from 475 on Friday, maintaining a long-running decline. Of those originally infected, 155,633 were declared recovered against 152,844 a day earlier.
The agency said 2.405 million people had been tested for the virus against 2.369 million on Friday, out of a population of around 60 million.
The small central region of Abruzzo did not provide any fresh data on Saturday, the Civil Protection Agency said.
Canada's death toll climbs 1.1% to 6,996 - data
Canada's total coronavirus cases rose to 89,741 from 88,856 on May 29; 6,996 deaths, up from 6,918, according to Public Health Agency data.
Spain's daily death toll drops to a handful
Spain's coronavirus death toll rose by four on Saturday to 27,125, the Health Ministry said, reflecting a dramatic decline in daily fatalities in recent weeks as the country brings the outbreak under control.
The number of Covid-19 infections increased by 271 to 239,228. Spain was at one point one of the worst affected countries by the pandemic but it has now has started to ease lockdown restrictions.
Philippines confirms eight more deaths, 590 new cases
The Philippines' health ministry on Saturday reported eight additional deaths from the novel coronavirus and 590 new infections.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to 950 while confirmed cases have reached 17,224. It added that 88 more patients have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 3,808.
EU urges US to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO
The European Union urged the United States on Saturday to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"In the face of this global threat, now is the time for enhanced cooperation and common solutions. Actions that weaken international results must be avoided," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Josep Borrell, the EU's top diplomat, said in a statement.
"In this context, we urge the US to reconsider its announced decision," they said a day after President Donald Trump announced the move, accusing the UN agency of becoming a puppet of China.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also condemned the move and pledged intensive talks with Washington on the issue.
The decision is "the wrong signal at the wrong time," Maas told German media group Funke. With the number of infections continuing to rise globally, "we cannot tear down the dike in the middle of a storm", he said.
Mosques in Iran to resume daily prayers, president says
Government employees went back to work in Iran and President Hassan Rouhani said mosques are to resume daily prayers throughout the country, even though some areas are seeing high levels of coronavirus infections.
Rouhani also said on state television that the hours of shopping malls, which had been allowed to open only until 6 pm, will be extended, a further step in the government’s plans to ease coronavirus restrictions.
“Doors to mosques across the country will open to public for daily prayers,” Rouhani said, adding that social distancing and other health protocols should be observed. He did not say when they are due to reopen.
Authorities are taking tougher measures to ensure that health regulations are observed, including barring commuters not wearing masks from buses and metro trains, Iranian media reported.
Spain further eases restrictions in four small islands
Four small Spanish islands will be able to open the outside terraces of bars and restaurants to 75 percent of their capacity from Monday, the government said, a further easing of coronavirus lockdown rules for parts of the country least affected by the disease.
Tables on terraces must still be kept 1.5 metres apart, according to regulations published by the government's Official Bulletin on Saturday and affecting La Graciosa, El Hierro and La Gomera in the Canary Islands, and Formentera in the Balearics.
Spain, one of the countries in Europe worst hit by the disease, has been lifting restrictions in a phased fashion, with some regions deemed safer than others to move back to normal.
Indonesia reports 557 new infections
Indonesia reported 557 new coronavirus infections, taking the Southeast Asian nation's tally to 25,773, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said.
Yurianto reported 53 new deaths, taking the toll to 1,573, while 7,015 people have recovered.
Malaysia reports 30 new infections
Malaysia reported 30 new Covid-19 infections, taking the cumulative total to 7,762.
A senior Ministry of Health official told reporters the total number of deaths remained at 115.
India registers another record surge
India has registered another record single day jump of 7,964 coronavirus cases and 265 deaths a day before the two-month-old lockdown across the country of 1.3 billion people is set to end.
The health ministry put the total number of cases in India at 173,763 with 4,971 deaths. The total infections included 86,422 active cases and 82,369 recoveries.
More than 70 percent of coronavirus cases in India are concentrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan states.
The federal government is expected to issue a new set of guidelines this weekend, possibly extending the lockdown in worst-hit areas.
India started easing lockdown restrictions earlier this month, allowing reopening of shops and manufacturing and resumption of some trains and domestic flights and vehicles’ movement.
Russia reports 181 new deaths, down from a record high a day earlier
Russia reported 181 deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, down from the record 232 deaths registered the previous day and pushing the nationwide death toll to 4,555.
Officials said 8,952 new infections had been confirmed, bringing the national tally to 396,575, the third-highest reported total in the world after the US and Brazil.
Pakistan resumes international flights
Even as Pakistan recorded its single highest overnight death toll of 78 and its numbers of Covid-19 confirmed cases soared passed 66,000, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority announced international flights can resume in and out of Pakistan.
Pakistan had recorded 1,395 deaths from Covid-19 since mid March and daily counts of new cases showed a daily jump of nearly 2,500.
Still Pakistan has eased most of its lock-down measures and earlier this month the Supreme Court even ordered shopping malls to open. Despite pleas from the country’s medical profession, and dire warnings of more deaths from the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Imran Khan refused to close down mosques, bowing to the country's religious leaders, who threatened violent protests if mosques were closed.
Singapore's health ministry confirms 506 more cases
Singapore's health ministry said it had confirmed 506 more coronavirus cases, making a total 34,366 infections.
The vast majority of the newly infected people are migrant workers living in dormitories, the ministry said in a statement.
South Korea has 39 new cases
South Korea reported 39 new cases of the coronavirus, most of them in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have found more than a hundred infections linked to warehouse workers.
Figures from South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought national totals to 11,441 cases and 269 deaths. At least 12 of the new cases were linked to international arrivals.
KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said during a virus briefing Friday afternoon that at least 102 infections have been linked to workers at a massive warehouse operated by Coupang, a local e-commerce giant that has seen orders spike during the epidemic.
Thailand reports one new case
Thailand reported one new coronavirus case and no new deaths, taking the total number of infections to 3,077 as local transmission of the new virus appears to wane.
The new patient arrived in Thailand via a land border with Malaysia earlier this week and has been in quarantine, said Panprapa Yongtrakul, a spokeswoman for the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
Local infections have significantly slowed and over the last two weeks, 43 of 52 new cases were Thais who had arrived from abroad, Panprapa added.
The coronavirus has killed 57 people in Thailand since it was first detected in January.
Germany's confirmed cases rise to 181,196
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 738 to 181,196, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed.
The reported death toll rose by 39 to 8,489, the tally showed.
China reports four new cases
China recorded four new confirmed cases of coronavirus as of the end of May 29, up from none the day before, data from the country's health authority showed.
All of the cases were imported, the National Health Commission (NHC) reported on its website.
The NHC also confirmed four new asymptomatic cases, compared to five the day before.
With no new deaths reported, the death toll remained at 4,634.
US records 1,225 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours
The United States recorded 1,225 coronavirus deaths, bringing its total to 102,798 since the global pandemic began, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The country has officially logged 1,745,606 overall cases of the virus, far more than any other nation, the Baltimore-based university's tracker showed at 0030GMT on Saturday.
The latest numbers came as President Donald Trump said he was severing US ties with the World Health Organization, accusing it of not doing enough to curb the initial spread of the novel coronavirus and being too lenient with China, where the outbreak began last year.
Mexico reports 84,627 total coronavirus cases and 9,415 deaths
Mexico registered 3,227 new cases of the virus and 371 more deaths, bringing the total numbers to 84,627 cases and 9,415 fatalities, according to data from health authorities.
Brazil reaches 27,878 virus deaths
Virus deaths in Brazil reached 27,878, the Health Ministry said, surpassing Spain to become the fifth ranking nation in the number of dead.
In the last 24 hours, Brazil, which now has the second-largest outbreak in the world, registered 1,124 deaths from the virus and 26,928 additional cases of the novel coronavirus.