British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday the lockdown will not end yet, urging people to “stay alert” to the risks as he outlined plans to begin slowly easing measures that have closed down much of the economy for nearly seven weeks.
New virus infections are accelerating again in Germany just days after its leaders loosened social restrictions, raising concerns that the pandemic could once again slip out of control.
The Russian authorities said they had recorded 11,012 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 209,688.
One person was killed after a fire broke out on Saturday at a Moscow hospital treating virus patients, the authorities said.
South Korea warned of a second wave of the CCP virus as infections rebounded to a one-month high, just as the authorities were starting to ease some restrictions.
Australia’s most populous state, home to Sydney, will allow restaurants, playgrounds and outdoor pools to reopen on Friday as extensive testing has shown the spread of the CCP virus has slowed sharply, New South Wales state’s premier said.
Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said the government is looking to lift the state of emergency in “many of 34 prefectures” that are not among the hardest hit by the CCP virus pandemic before the nationwide deadline of May 31.
Three senior officials guiding the U.S. response to the pandemic were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus, their agencies and spokesmen said.
Tesla sued local authorities in California on Saturday as the electric carmaker pushed to re-open its factory there and Chief Executive Elon Musk threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and future programs from the state to Texas or Nevada.
CCP virus patients were being turned away from hospitals in the Mexican capital on Saturday, as both public and private medical facilities quickly fill up and the number of new infections continues to rise.
Middle East and Africa
The CCP virus could kill between 83,000 and 190,000 people in Africa in the first year and infect between 29 million and 44 million in the first year if it is not contained, the World Health Organization said.
Kuwait will enact a “total curfew” from 4 p.m. on Sunday through to May 30, the Information Ministry said on Twitter on Friday.
Large Italian companies have requested 18.5 billion euros ($20 billion) in state-guaranteed loans to weather the CCP virus crisis, state-backed export credit agency SACE said.
India’s fuel demand dipped 45.8 percent in April from a year earlier, as a nationwide lockdown and travel curbs eroded economic activity.
Epoch Times staff contributed to this report