May 28 2020
The United States yesterday surpassed the grim milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths.
The country has now recorded nearly 1.7 million infections, according to the tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The pandemic has so far claimed more than 354,000 lives globally as infections top 5.6 million.
Despite being the worst-hit county, most US states are reopening restaurants and businesses as President Donald Trump pushes to ease the economic pain of the crisis.
Trump’s principal preoccupation has been for a quick turnaround of the economy, and he has pressured local and state leaders to ease lockdowns.
US top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci had however warned against “leapfrogging” guidelines in order to open more quickly.
Meanwhile, the pandemic continues its march in South America with Brazil’s death toll passing 25,000 yesterday.
The situation in Peru was also not encouraging as the country registered a record of 6,154 new cases in a 24-hour period.
In Europe, business have slowly started reopening with the EU unveiling a historic, 750-billion-euro recovery plan.
The proposed package is expected to kick off tough negotiations, as its backers try to win the support of some northern EU states that oppose paying out grants to member countries already deep in debt.
Most governments in Europe are moving cautiously in reopening the economy, fearing a second wave of the pandemic which has killed at least 173,000 people in the continent.
In Cyprus, the badly-hit tourism sector inched back to life as beaches opened again with sunbeds and beach umbrellas spaced apart.
Poland has scrapped its rule of wearing face masks in public, while Switzerland said it would drop its restrictions by June 6.
In Moscow, shops will reopen and people will be allowed out for walks from June 1.
As many economies made the tentative steps towards recovery, UNICEF yesterday warned that the pandemic could push as many as 86 million more children into poverty by the end of this year.