Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
The global death toll has increased to 358,369, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University, which has tracked the spread of the virus during the pandemic. The number of cases currently stands at 5,768,908.
The true number of infections is likely to be much higher, however, given the vast number of unrecorded and asymptomatic cases.
Thousands of people across the UK took part in the tenth week of Clap For Carers in what could be the last time the weekly event takes place.
Annemarie Plas, the originator of the initiative, said Thursday’s nationwide applause for NHS and key workers should be the last one amid concerns the event has become politicised.
Cancer patients with Covid-19 treated with a drug combination promoted by US President Donald Trump to counter coronavirus were three times more likely to die within 30 days than those who got either drug alone, a US study found.
The preliminary results suggest doctors may want to refrain from prescribing the decades-old malaria treatment hydroxychloroquine with the antibiotic azithromycin for these patients until more study is done, researchers said.
Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the United States has recorded more than 101,000 deaths from Covid-19, moving past a sombre milestone even as many states relax mitigation measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The US has recorded more deaths from the disease than any other country in the pandemic, and almost three times as many as the second-ranking country, Britain.
A travel ban between Turkey’s worst affected cities is being lifted while restaurants, cafes and sports facilities will reopen on 1 June, the country’s president said.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also said public sector workers, except for those with chronic illnesses, will return to their workplaces on 1 June, while childcare facilities will be allowed to resume their services.
Up to 20 guests can attend weddings in New South Wales, Australia, and up to 50 people can attend funerals and religious services at places of worship. However, strict social distancing guidelines would continue to apply.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “We know how important these services are to individuals and families but as we ease restrictions further, we must remember to keep one another safe.
“It is crucial that worshippers remember to follow health advice. This is particularly important for people with co-morbidities aged over 50 and people aged over 70.”
Paris is no longer deemed to be a “red” coronavirus danger zone, the risks posed by the virus moving down a notch to “orange”, France’s prime minister, Édouard Philippe, said.
The orange rating means Paris is not as free of the virus as the majority of regions in France designated “green”. However, earlier lockdown measures will still be eased in Paris, with parks in the capital due to reopen next week.
Philippe said health results have been good so far as the country prepares to enter a second phase in its relaxation of lockdown rules on 2 June.