My B. · Published on 30 May 2020 at 09h39
· Updated on 30 May 2020 at 10h01
The whole world has been facing the unprecedented coronavirus health crisis for weeks. Discover updates on countries the most impacted by the coronavirus epidemic this Friday May 29, 2020. About 5.8 million cases have been reported and over 360,000 people have died of Covid-19 worldwide. The U.S. exceeds the 100,000-death mark. Latin America is the new epicenter of the pandemic. Europe is gradually exiting containment.
In the world, as of Friday May 29, 2020, Covid-19 infected 5,813,997 people. So far, 360,412 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 increases. As of Friday May 29, have been reported 87 new deaths in 24 hours, (70 the day before) taking the number of deaths to 33,229 since the beginning of the epidemic. As of today, 232,248 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 Spain, as of Friday May 29, the country reports 2 deaths. The death toll reaches 27,121 39 deaths have been reported these past seven days. The country now includes over 238,546 cases reported. Spain has decided to reopen its borders to tourists in early July. The country keeps on exiting containment and reopens stores more widely, enabling 70% of the population to go to the restaurant or swimming pools.
- In Russia, the number of deaths has never been this high. Authorities now report 387,623 cases and 4,374 deaths including 232 deaths 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..
- The United-States toll exceeds 100,000 deaths. As of Thursday May 28, 1,721,997 cases have been reported. According to the Johns Hopkins Institute, the country reports 1,175 deaths in 24h (1,401 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.
- 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 Friday May 29, a heavy daily toll, 1,156 deaths in 24 hours. The country counts 438,238 cases and 26,754 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 Friday May 29, 182,450 cases have been reported along with 8,472 deaths (+61). 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 141,779 contamination cases and 4,099 deaths (+116). The country is the 2nd contry the most impacted in Latin America, after Brazil. The situation is described as catastrophic by hospitals.
- China reports 0 new case and 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 11,402 cases including 58 new contaminations and 269 deaths (+0 in 24 hours).
- In France, according to the latest report from the health authorities as for the COVID-19 pandemic 145,746 cases confirmed and 28,662 people have died. 66 deaths in 24 hours have been reported (18,326 in hospitals and 10,336 in nursing homes).
- Iran reports 63 deaths in 24 hours taking it up to a total of 7,627 deaths. The country currently reports 143,849 cases declared. Shiite sanctuaries reopened with health measures, restaurants as well. Universities will reopen on June 6th.
- In Chile, the epidemic is increasing and 4,654 new contaminations have been reported in 24 hours. The country includes 86,943 cases and 890 deaths, including 495 these past 24 hours.
- Sweden exceeds 4,000 deaths. As of Friday May 29, 35,727 cases and 4,266 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 Portugal, containment exit continues slowly. As of Friday May 29, 31,596 cases and 1,369 deaths (+13) 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 Friday May 29, 2020, 16,620 cases have been reported in total, and 881 deaths (+23). 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 165,799 cases and 4,711 deaths (+177).
- Morocco extends confinement up to June 10. The country reports 7,643 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 22,825 contamination cases and 1,038 Covid-19 deaths (+10), 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 18,791 cases and 1,235 deaths (+8) 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 Friday May 29, 1,919 deaths (+2) and 30,796 cases have been reported as well. Over 10% of Geneva inhabitants have been exposed to coronavirus, a study led by Geneva's university hospitals says.
- 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 16,628 cases and 668 deaths (+23). 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 Friday May 29, 8,997 cases and 630 deaths (+7) 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 Friday May 29, 24,841 cases and 1,639 deaths have been reported.
- The epidemic is spreading in Africa but remains mild. South Africa reports 27,403 cases and 577 deaths (+25).
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