May 18, 2020
The three hardest-hit countries in Europe continued to report low Covid-19 death tolls as they eased their lockdowns.
Italy recorded 145 deaths yesterday, its lowest since its two-month lockdown.
Spain had 87, the first time the number of its deaths has fallen below 100 in two months.
Britain also registered its lowest daily increase since late March, with 170 fatalities.
Restaurants, bars and cafes will be reopened today in Italy, while Spain will also further relax its lockdown measures.
Beaches were also reopened in France, Greece, Italy, and Britain.
Russia, which has the world’s second-highest number of infections, yesterday claimed that steadying case rates showed the growth of the virus had been halted.
Also yesterday, United States, which is the worst-hit country, recorded 820 Covid-19 deaths, its lowest in a week, as many parts of the country were reopening.
However, elsewhere, Covid-19, which has infected 4.7 million people globally is still surging.
The number of cases in Latin America passed half a million as Chile locked down its capital Santiago yesterday following a sharp rise in infections.
Brazil is now the country with the fourth-highest number of deaths at over 16,000 with more than 240,000 infections.
In Central America, the government of El Salvador,extended for another month its own lockdown.
Across the Atlantic, South Africa reported 1,160 new infections yesterday, the highest daily number since March when the country recorded its first case.
India also reported its biggest single-day jump in infections, prompting an extension of a nationwide lockdown for its 1.3 billion people until the end of May.
In Algeria, the death of an eight-month pregnant doctor to Covid-19 sparked an uproar after her request for early maternity leave was rejected.
Madagascar and Nepal reported their first coronavirus-linked deaths, while Qatar began enforcing the world’s toughest penalties of up to three years prison for failing to wear a mask in public.
In China, where the virus first emerged late last year but has largely been brought under control, the government’s senior medical advisor warned of a second wave due to a lack of widespread immunity.