Live Updates: COVID-19 Cases
  • World 20,046,652
    World
    Confirmed: 20,046,652
    Active: 6,396,601
    Recovered: 12,915,523
    Death: 734,528
  • USA 5,199,524
    USA
    Confirmed: 5,199,524
    Active: 2,369,058
    Recovered: 2,664,849
    Death: 165,617
  • Brazil 3,035,582
    Brazil
    Confirmed: 3,035,582
    Active: 815,986
    Recovered: 2,118,460
    Death: 101,136
  • India 2,217,645
    India
    Confirmed: 2,217,645
    Active: 636,887
    Recovered: 1,536,259
    Death: 44,499
  • Russia 892,654
    Russia
    Confirmed: 892,654
    Active: 180,972
    Recovered: 696,681
    Death: 15,001
  • South Africa 559,859
    South Africa
    Confirmed: 559,859
    Active: 137,977
    Recovered: 411,474
    Death: 10,408
  • Mexico 480,278
    Mexico
    Confirmed: 480,278
    Active: 105,515
    Recovered: 322,465
    Death: 52,298
  • Peru 478,024
    Peru
    Confirmed: 478,024
    Active: 132,932
    Recovered: 324,020
    Death: 21,072
  • Chile 373,056
    Chile
    Confirmed: 373,056
    Active: 17,153
    Recovered: 345,826
    Death: 10,077
  • Spain 361,442
    Spain
    Confirmed: 361,442
    Active: 332,939
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 28,503
  • Iran 328,844
    Iran
    Confirmed: 328,844
    Active: 23,586
    Recovered: 286,642
    Death: 18,616
  • UK 310,825
    UK
    Confirmed: 310,825
    Active: 264,251
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 46,574
  • Saudi Arabia 288,690
    Saudi Arabia
    Confirmed: 288,690
    Active: 33,484
    Recovered: 252,039
    Death: 3,167
  • Pakistan 284,660
    Pakistan
    Confirmed: 284,660
    Active: 17,799
    Recovered: 260,764
    Death: 6,097
  • Bangladesh 260,507
    Bangladesh
    Confirmed: 260,507
    Active: 106,632
    Recovered: 150,437
    Death: 3,438
  • Italy 250,566
    Italy
    Confirmed: 250,566
    Active: 13,263
    Recovered: 202,098
    Death: 35,205
  • Turkey 240,804
    Turkey
    Confirmed: 240,804
    Active: 11,201
    Recovered: 223,759
    Death: 5,844
  • Germany 217,281
    Germany
    Confirmed: 217,281
    Active: 10,120
    Recovered: 197,900
    Death: 9,261
  • France 197,921
    France
    Confirmed: 197,921
    Active: 84,761
    Recovered: 82,836
    Death: 30,324
  • Canada 119,451
    Canada
    Confirmed: 119,451
    Active: 6,742
    Recovered: 103,728
    Death: 8,981
  • China 84,668
    China
    Confirmed: 84,668
    Active: 802
    Recovered: 79,232
    Death: 4,634
  • Netherlands 58,564
    Netherlands
    Confirmed: 58,564
    Active: 52,407
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 6,157
  • Australia 21,407
    Australia
    Confirmed: 21,407
    Active: 9,217
    Recovered: 11,876
    Death: 314
  • S. Korea 14,626
    S. Korea
    Confirmed: 14,626
    Active: 663
    Recovered: 13,658
    Death: 305
  • New Zealand 1,569
    New Zealand
    Confirmed: 1,569
    Active: 21
    Recovered: 1,526
    Death: 22

Countries take different approaches to lift the lockdown

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Without a tried-and-tested action plan for how to pull countries out of lockdown, the world is seeing a patchwork of approaches. Schools reopen in one country, stay closed in others; face masks are an obligation here, a simple recommendation there.

Kids still attend soccer practice in Sweden while they are not even allowed outside in Spain. In the US state of Georgia, gyms, hair salons and bowling alleys were being allowed to reopen Friday even as American hospitals still heave with virus emergencies.

In other parts of the globe, the prospect of a haircut is still weeks away.

There is no simple, one-size-fits-all answer. As governments and scientists fumble around, still struggling with so many unknowns, individuals are being left to take potentially life-affecting decisions.

In France, for instance, the government is leaving families to decide whether to keep children at home or send them back to class when the nationwide lockdown, in place since March 17, starts to be eased from May 11.

It is hard to decide, said Helene Alston, a French tax lawyer with a daughter and a son in middle school. I think I will send them back to school because it allows us to restore a bit of normality in our lives.

But we don’t want to deliberately put them in a dangerous situation, she said Friday. I might change my mind.

In Spain, parents face a similarly knotty decision: whether to let kids get their first fresh air in weeks when the country on Sunday starts to ease the total ban on letting them outside.

Even then, they will still have to abide to a 1-1-1 rule: no more than one hour per day, within a 1 kilometer radius of their house and with no more than one supervising adult.

The imperative to reopen is largely driven by economics, with lockdowns bleeding companies and government coffers of cash.

In a trend seen around the globe, roughly 26 million Americans have filed for jobless aid in five weeks, pushing unemployment to levels last seen during the Great Depression of the 1930s and raising the stakes over how and when to ease shutdowns of factories and other businesses.

But the risk of reopening too much, too fast is possible fresh infection spikes that again overwhelm hospital ICUs.

Japan initially seemed to have controlled the outbreak by going after clusters of infections. But on Friday, Japanese medical experts issued a stark warning that the country’s emergency medicine resources are starting to collapse amid dire shortages of protective gear and test kits.

We can no longer operate normally, and in that sense I say the collapse of emergency medicine has already started, said Takeshi Shimazu, head of Japanese Association for Acute Medicine.

I’m most concerned about a collapse of healthcare for the critically ill patients. The coronavirus has killed more than 190,000 people worldwide, including more than 100,000 in Europe and nearly 50,000 in the United States, according to a tally compiled by John Hopkins University from government figures.

The true numbers are undoubtedly far higher, and new cases are surging in Africa and Latin America as outbreaks subside in some places hit earlier.

Some US governors have begun loosening up despite warnings from health authorities that it may be too soon to do so without sparking a second wave of infections.

A major meatpacking plant in northern Colorado that closed because of an outbreak that killed four workers was set to reopen Friday after two-week disinfection, even as some questioned how employees can maintain social distancing inside the facility.

On the economic front, few experts foresee a downturn as severe as the Great

Depression, when unemployment remained above 14 per cent from 1931 to 1940, peaking at 25 per cent. But unemployment is considered likely to remain elevated well into next year and probably beyond, and will surely top the 10 per cent peak of the 2008-09 recession.

Janet Simon, laid off as a waitress at a Miami IHOP restaurant, said she has just USD 200 and is panicking over how she will care for her three children. Simon, 33, filed for unemployment a month ago, and her application is still listed as pending.

I’m doing everything to keep my family safe, my children safe, but everything else around me is falling apart, Simon said. But they see it, no matter how much I try to hide my despair.

Huge lines have formed at food banks from El Paso, Texas, to the Paris suburbs, and food shortages are hitting Africa especially hard.

In Africa, COVID-19 cases have surged 43 percent in the past week to 26,000, according to John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The figures underscored a World Health Organization warning that the virus could kill more than 300,000 people in Africa and push 30 million into desperate poverty.

In Muslim communities, the pandemic was casting a shadow over the holy month of Ramzan marked by daytime fasting, overnight festivities, and communal prayer.

Ramzan begins for the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims with this week’s new moon. Many Muslim leaders have closed mosques or banned collective evening prayer to ward off infections.

The virus has already disrupted Christianity’s Holy Week, Judaism’s Passover, the Muslim hajj pilgrimage and other major religious events.

While the health crisis has eased in places like Italy, Spain, and France, experts say it is far from over, and the threat of new outbreaks looms large.

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