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Sunday, May 03, 2020, 16:42
Russia's daily cases see steepest jump
By Agencies
Sunday, May 03, 2020, 16:42 By Agencies

Policemen wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus patrol in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 1, 2020. (DMITRI LOVETSKY / AP)

BERLIN / MEXICO CITY / PARIS / ROME / LONDON / CAPE TOWN / KHARTOUM / TRIPOLI / RIO DE JANEIRO / PANAMA CITY / QUITO / MOSCOW / MADRID -  Russia on Sunday recorded its highest daily rise in confirmed coronavirus cases with 10,633 new cases, bringing the total to 134,687, with more than half of cases and deaths in Moscow.

But the mortality rate has slowed in recent days and remains much lower, in relative terms, than many other countries.

Russia has said its lower mortality rate was because the Russian outbreak occurred later than in many other countries which gave the authorities more time to prepare.

Russia’s nationwide death toll rose to 1,280 on Sunday after 58 people died in the last 24 hours, Russia’s coronavirus crisis response centre said on its website.


Spain’s death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 164 to 25,264 on Sunday, according to data from the Health Ministry, marking the lowest one-day increase since March 18.

Confirmed cases of the virus rose to 217,466 on Sunday, from 216,582 on Saturday, the ministry said.

Spain’s runners, walkers and cyclists took to the streets for the first time in almost two months as the nation began to ease one of Europe’s tightest lockdowns, amid signs that the worst of the region’s coronavirus outbreak may be over.

Madrid filled with joggers on Saturday as Spaniards were allowed out of their homes to exercise for the first time in seven weeks. Cyclists and skateboarders headed to parks, many in pairs, defying rules. Police seemed relaxed, only ordering runners off the roads passing through parks.

The “coronavirus is being controlled in Spain,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a televised speech Saturday, describing the relaxing in restrictions as “small reliefs” while urging caution in the fight against the virus.

In this photo taken with a telephoto lens, people cross the Toledo bridge in Madrid, Spain, May 2, 2020. (BERNAT ARMANGUE / AP)

The number of people who have died from coronavirus infections in France rose by 166 to 24,760


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported there were 1,092,815 cases of the new coronavirus as of Friday, an increase of 30,369 from a day earlier, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,877 to 64,283.

The CDC's tally of cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, was effective as of 4 pm ET on Friday and was released on Saturday.

The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.

The tally reported over the weekend is preliminary and will be updated on Monday.

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Mexico’s health ministry reported 1,349 new known coronavirus cases and 89 more deaths on Saturday, bringing the country’s total to 22,088 cases and 2,061 deaths.

The head of Mexico’s consumer protection agency, Ricardo Sheffield, said on Twitter on Saturday he had tested positive, becoming at least the second high-ranking federal government official with the virus.

A woman with a face mask leaves a train at the main station in Muenster, western Germany, , April 30, 2020. (MARTIN MEISSNER / AP)


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 793 to 162,496, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday.

The reported death toll rose by 74 to 6,649, the tally showed.


The number of people who have died from coronavirus infections in France rose by 166 to 24,760 on Saturday while hospitalisations for the disease and people in ICU units continued to decline, the French health ministry said.

Saturday’s daily tally was markedly lower than the 218 recorded on Friday.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 fell to 25,827 from 25,887 on Friday, and the number of people in intensive care with COVID-19 fell to 3,827 from 3,878. Both numbers have been on a downward trend for more than two weeks.

One of the hosts of residence for elderly "Clinica Latina" which resulted positive for COVID-19 is being transported to the Spallanzani hospital, after various cases of the coronavirus outbreak were discovered in this nursing home in Rome, May 2, 2020. (ROBERTO MONALDO / LAPRESSE VIA AP)


Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy jumped by 474 on Saturday, against 269 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, posting the largest daily toll of fatalities since April 21.

The steep increase in deaths followed a long, gradual declining trend and was due largely to Lombardy, the country’s worst affected region, where there were 329 deaths in the last 24 hours compared with just 88 the day before.

The daily tally of new infections was broadly stable for a third day running at 1,900 against 1,965 on Friday.

The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb 21 now stands at 28,710, the agency said, the second highest in the world after that of the United States.

The number of confirmed cases amounts to 209,328, the third highest global tally behind those of the United States and Spain.


The UK could allow primary schools in England and Wales to reopen as soon as June 1 under plans being discussed by PM Boris Johnson, the Telegraph newspaper reported.

Johnson is expected to unveil the government’s “roadmap” out of the coronavirus lockdown in an address to the nation next Sunday, the newspaper said.

The Sunday Times said that the government will only tweak the lockdown this week, encouraging building sites to reopen, relaxing rules on outdoor activities and urging people to cover their faces on public transport.

Another 621 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 28,131, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said Saturday.

The figures include deaths in hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

A soldier with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) measures the temperature of a resident of the Olievenhoutbosch township in Centurion, as she queues on May 2, 2020 during a food distribution organised by the South African non profit charity Mahlasedi Foundation. (MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

South Africa

South Africa on Saturday reported 385 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the highest daily surge since the country recorded its first case in early March.

The newly-added cases brought the total number of the infection to 6,336, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.

The Western Cape province leads with 2,700 confirmed cases, followed by Gauteng province with 1,598 and KwaZulu-Natal province with 1,051.

"Regrettably, we are saddened to report a further seven COVID-19 related deaths from the Western Cape and Free State," he said.

The country has reported 123 virus-related deaths by Saturday, said the minister.


Sudan's confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased by 59 to 592 over the past 24 hours, Sudan's health ministry said late Saturday.

"Five new deaths have also been recorded, bringing the death toll to 41," the ministry said in a statement.

Six more patients have recovered, taking the total recoveries to 52, it said.

The health ministry also said that 14 out of Sudan's 18 states have registered coronavirus cases.


The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Saturday announced four new COVID-19 recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries in Libya to 22.

Ahmed Al-Marghani, the center's awareness program's official, said that home quarantine and curfew in Libya aim to control the coronavirus, explaining that the country still faces risks in the spread of the disease.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Libya so far is 63, including 22 recoveries and three deaths, according to the center.

Imposing a curfew, banning public gatherings, banning movements among cities, and closing borders are among a series of protective measures taken by the Libyan authorities to fight the pandemic. 

Panama registered 370 more cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing its total to 7,090 cases and 197 deaths


There have been 4,970 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Brazil and 421 deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The nation has now registered 95,559 confirmed cases of the virus and 6,750 deaths. New cases increased roughly 5.4 percent on Saturday from the previous day, while deaths rose by roughly 6.7 percent.


Panama registered 370 more cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing its total to 7,090 cases and 197 deaths, the health ministry said, noting that the newly registered cases were partially due to increased testing.

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However, Luis Sucre, Panama’s health vice minister, said about a quarter of all tests performed were positive in the country, which is one of Latin America’s busiest transit points.

“This tells us that we’re not meeting our required objectives for this phase,” he told reporters.


In Ecuador, the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus rose to 1,371, with the number of confirmed cases rising to 27,464, the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) reported on Saturday.

The MSP specified in its daily report that there was an increase of 308 deaths compared to Friday, as well as 1,128 new cases of contagion.

Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo stated that 73,929 tests have been administered so far for COVID-19, and that 2,132 patients have recovered from the disease, with 150 patients hospitalized with a reserved prognosis.

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