My B. · Published on 28 May 2020 at 18h50
· Updated on 28 May 2020 at 20h03
The entire world has been facing the unprecedented coronavirus health crisis for weeks. Discover updates on countries the most impacted by the coronavirus epidemic this Thursday May 28, 2020. About 5.6 million cases have been reported and over 350,000 people have died of Covid-19 worldwide. The U.S. exceeds the 100,000-death mark.
In the world, as of Thursday May 28, 2020, Covid-19 infected 5,696,968 people. So far, 355,701 people have died worldwide. As many European countries have started exiting containment, the Europen Center for Disease Prevention and Control warns Europe should brace itself for a second Coronavirus wave.
- In Italy, the toll decreases. As of Thursday May 28, have been reported 70 new deaths in 24 hours, (117 the day before) taking the number of deaths to 33,142 since the beginning of the epidemic. As of today, 231,732 cases have been confirmed so far. Italy will reopen its borders on June 3rd and cancel mandatory quarantine to EU foreigners. "On May 25th, we've planned to reopen gyms, swimming pools, sport centers, respecting health protocols" Italian Prime Minister says. "Starting from June 15, theaters and movie theaters will reopen and our children will enjoy several entertainment offers". Italy might count 19,000 more deaths than the official numbers, the Transalpin Social Security says.
- In the United Kingdom the government reports 267,240 cases and 37,837 deaths. As of Thursday May 28, 377 deaths in 24h (412 yesterday). A two-week quarantine is imposed to travelers coming from France. France has announced a measure of reciprocity if it was to happen. The country confirmed its gradual containment exit plan with the partial reopening of schools from June 1. Boris Johnson wants to reopen non-essential stores from June 15. The overall assessment in the UK is revised upwards. According to the National Records of Scotland, the ONS, the NHS England and the Northern Ireland Statistics, the overall toll would be 47,300 deaths.
- In Spain, the toll is revised this Thursday May 28. The Health minister has corrected the number of deaths to 27,119 about 38 more deaths than yesterday because of late reports. The country now includes over 237,906 cases reported. Spain has decided to reopen its borders to tourists in early July. Madrid and Barcelona are starting to exit containment: bar terraces and restaurants reopen, meeting of 10 people allowed. Over half the population is already in phase 2. Starting this Monday, sunbathing or walking by the sea is allowed in these areas. Yet, each city council sets the rules. Starting from Wednesday and for 10 days, Spain will pay tribute to Covid-19 victims with national mourning.
- Belgium is one of the countries running the most tests in the world. As of Thursday May 28, the country reports 143 new contamination cases, taking it to a total of 57,849 cases. The Health Authorities have reported 9,388 deaths (+31 in 24 hours). This past Monday, Belgium has launched the second phase of containment exit: schools are gradually reopening, hair salons and other contact salons resume with strict health conditions, museums and zoos are also reopening. Markets with maximum 50 stands can resume, ceremonies with maxiumum 30 people are allowed and gyms can reopen but with 20 people maximum inside.
- The United-States toll exceeds 100,000 deaths. As of Thursday May 28, 1,699,933 cases have been reported. According to the Johns Hopkins Institute, the country reports 1,401 deaths in 24h (711 yesterday), taking it up to a total close to 100,442 deaths. Despite these high rates, the country is still exiting containment. This Wednesday, Las Vegas reopens casinos and Washington its hair salons and restaurant terraces on Friday.
- South Korea has announced its biggest increase of new contaminations in two months, because of a cluster in an online shopping company warehouse near Seoul, letting authoritie fear a new epidemic wave in the country. As of today, the country reports 11,344 cases including 79 new contaminations and 269 deaths (+0 in 24 hours).
- Brazil becomes the 2nd country the most impacted in terms of infections and the death toll is alarming. It becomes the new epicenter of the pandemic, according to WHO. It reports this Thursday May 28, a heavy daily toll, 1,086 deaths in 24 hours. The country counts 411,821 cases and 25,598 deaths. Yet, data could be widely underestimated. Overwhelmed, authorities struggle testing the living and the dead. Some deaths due to covid-19 are reported with a twenty-day delay. According to estimations shared by the press, the number of people really infected could be twelve to fifteen times heavier than reported by authorities. Despite this worrying situation, Bolsonaro keeps on calling the population to go back to work to relaunch the economy. The country expects a record-breaking recession in 2020.
- In Germany, the toll is decreasing. As of Wednesday May 27, 179,717 cases have been reported along with 8,411 deaths (+62). Most hotels and tourism sites reopen this Monday, but almost all bars remain shut. Germany wishes to keep 1.5-meter distance between people until July 5 to avoid any resumption of the pandemic. To try and contain the Covid-19 epidemic, Germany extends social distancing measures to June 29th.
- The situation is deteriorating in Peru with 5,772 cases in 24 hours. The country now reports 135,905 contamination cases and 3,983 deaths (+195). The country is the 2nd contry the most impacted in Latin America, after Brazil. The situation is described as catastrophic by hospitals.
- China reports 2 new cases from abroad, but no death has been reported. As of today, the country reports a total of 82,995 cases confirmed and 4,634 deaths. "We have mainly strategically succeeded in our response to Covid-19" Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said this Friday as the National People's Assembly plenary session opened. The city of Wuhan bans eating wild animals. Beijing and Washington are on the edge of a new cold war, China said because of the accusations made by the United-States about its managing of the health crisis.
- In France, according to the latest report from the health authorities as for the COVID-19 pandemic 145,746 cases confirmed and 28,595 people have died. 65 deaths in 24 hours have been reported (18,260 in hospitals and 10,335 in nursing homes). This week are expected the first announcements as for the Phase 2 of the containment exit scheme expected to start on June 2.
- Iran reports 64 deaths in 24 hours taking it up to a total of 7,564 deaths. The country currently reports 141,591 cases declared. Shiite sanctuaries reopened with health measures, restaurants as well. Universities will reopen on June 6th.
- In Chile, the epidemic is increasing and 4,000 new contaminations have been reported in 24 hours. The country includes 82,289 cases and 841 deaths, including 35 these past 24 hours.
- Sweden exceeds 4,000 deaths. As of Thursday May 28, 35,088 cases and 4,220 deaths have been reported. It's one of the rare countries to have not gone into confinement. The country includes more deaths than its Nordic neighbors. A study carried out by the Swedish Health Agency estimates that a bit over 20% of Stockholm inhabitant developed antibodies against coronavirus.
- In Russia, the number of deaths has never been this high. Authorities now report 370,680 cases and 3,968 deaths including 161 these past 24 hours. The real size of the pandemic is late to come. Russian statistics do not giver information as of the real course of things, but on the needs to meet at some point, an article from Russian magazine The New Times says..
- In Portugal, containment exit continues slowly. As of Thursday May 28, 31,292 cases and 1,356 deaths (+14) have been reported. Portugal has reopened restaurants, cafés, museums and galleries this May 18. The country is ready to welcome visitors this summer. Even though border with Spain remains closed, talks are ongoing and they are expected to reopen on June 8th.
- In Japan as of Thursday May 28, 2020, 16,651 cases have been reported in total, and 858 deaths (+12). The government has lifted health emergency the entire country.
- In India, the pandemic severely hits Bombay. The government has decided to extend confinement until late May. As of today, India reports 158,415 cases and 4,534 deaths (+188).
- Morocco extends confinement up to June 10. The country reports 7,601 cases but few tests are performed. The country has also reported 202 deaths (+0 in 24 hours). The health situation is stable but not entirely reassuring, Morocco's Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani said.
- Currently reporting 22,473 contamination cases and 1,028 Covid-19 deaths (+4), Poland has reopened on May 18th hair salons, cafés and restaurants.
- Vietnam keeps on phasing out. The country includes less than 300 cases of people affected by Covid-19 and no death. Gatherings remain banned and masks and distancing highly encouraged, but some stores have already reopened starting Thursday April 23.
- Romania announced the first deconfinement measures, mandatory facemasks starting from May 15 in closed spaces and public transit. As of today, the country reports 18,594 cases and 1,227 deaths (+11) because of Covid-19.
- In Switzerland, the country is phasing out. First hair-dressers, doctors, daycares and garden centers, followed on May 11th by schools and other stores. Then professionsal and secondary schools, universities, zoos and libraries from June 8th. As of Thursday May 28, 1,917 deaths (+2) and 30,776 cases have been reported as well.
- In Austria partial deconfinement has started. Cafés and restaurant are reopening. The ban of big public gatherings will be sustained until July at least. Schools are closed until mid-May. Facemasks are mandatory. The country currently reports 16,591 cases and 645 deaths (+2). Germany and Austria will reopen their borders on June 15th.
- In Algeria, the African country reporting the largest death toll, confinement is extended up to May 29, that is to say after the end of Ramadan. As of Thursday May 28, 8,857 cases and 623 deaths (+6) related to the epidemic have been reported.
- In Ireland, the country will gradually exit containment starting Monday with the reopening of some stores, beaches and people can meet outside in group of 4. The country imposes from Monday a two-week quarantine to people traveling to the country. As of Wednesday May 27, 24,803 cases and 1,631 deaths have been reported.
- The epidemic is spreading in Africa but remains mild. South Africa reports 25,937 cases and 552 deaths (+28).
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