BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus death toll near 355,000 on a global scale

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Europe is reporting on more than 1,9 million infections with Coronavirus. Europe’s death toll has surpassed 169,624.

Worldwide, the number of people confirmed to have the coronavirus has risen to five million and a half confirmed infections with COVID-19, and more than 355,000 have died. More than two million and a half people have recovered globally the Coronavirus infection.

In Europe, there are 1,93 million people currently infected with Coronavirus. The death toll due to Coronavirus in Europe has taken more than 169,620 lives. Russia is currently dealing with the highest number of infections with Coronavirus in Europe.

However, according to the latest data in regards to the death toll in the world, the USA has taken the lead when it comes to the highest death toll recorded due to Coronavirus. Read more about the situation with Coronavirus in the USA, here.

Coronavirus in Slovenia: New death recorded

The Coronavirus has taken another life yesterday as STA reports, bringing the national death toll in Slovenia to 108. However, there are no new infections confirmed in the last two days. Coronavirus in the Slovenian case count, therefore, remains at 1469. On Monday there were 745 tests conducted due to Coronavirus in Slovenia. Reports from Slovenian hospitals show that there are only 9 Coronavirus patients remaining in the hospital. The figure of hospitalized Coronavirus patients in Slovenia dropped by six on the day before. Two were in intensive care, one fewer than on Sunday.

UK’s most vulnerable people at risk of losing 60% of their income

A loophole in government guidance has caused some of the country’s most vulnerable people to lose up to 60% of their income and is now forcing many to put their health at risk as lockdown comes to an end, one of the UK’s biggest charities has warned.

Around 2.5 million UK residents, hundreds of thousands of whom are in employment, have been identified by the government as being “extremely clinically vulnerable”. They were ordered to shield at home until the end of June, although their employers did not have to furlough them.

European Union presents a 750bn EUR coronavirus recovery plan

The European Commission released details of a coronavirus economic relief package for member countries worth 750 billion euros

The blueprint envisions borrowing the funds and disbursing them as grants and loans to member states, with the lion’s share of aid – some 313 billion euros – earmarked for Italy and Spain, the European Union member states worst affected by the pandemic.

The goal of the plan is to lift the EU’s 27 member states out of what is widely believed to be the bloc’s deepest-ever recession, which has been spawned by coronavirus lockdowns and to protect the EU’s single market of 450 million people from being splintered by divergent economic recovery and wealth levels.

Mourning over Coronavirus deaths in Spain

Spain began to mourn all over the nation in the memory of people who died due to Coronavirus. The national mourning began this morning and will last for 10 days. More than 27,000 people in Spain have died due to Coronavirus.

Russia’s coronavirus infections pass 360,000

Cases of the coronavirus in Russia have climbed to 360,427, with 8,946 new infections in the past 24 hours. There are more than 9,000 people in cortical conditions in Russia due to the Coronavirus epidemic. The death toll in Russia due to Coronavirus is at 3,807. Russia has now taken the lead in the number of infections due to Coronavirus in Europe.

French restaurant ruling forces insurers to pay coronavirus tab

AXA, the French multinational insurance firm, will meet the bulk of business interruption claims from some restaurant owners in France, it said on Tuesday, after losing a court case seen as a potential precedent for coronavirus-related disputes across the world.

A Paris court ruled last week that AXA should pay a restaurant owner two months of revenue losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. AXA had argued its policy did not cover business disruption caused by the health crisis.

Churches hold first Sunday mass across France as lockdown eases

French churches have held their first Sunday masses in more than two months after the government bowed to a ruling that churches, mosques and synagogues should be reopened, nearly two weeks into the relaxation of its shutdown.

France’s Council of State, which instructs the government on legal issues, ordered it last Monday to lift its sweeping ban on all religious services, in place since the lockdown.

WHO reports a record number of new daily coronavirus cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern about the rising number of new coronavirus cases in poor countries, even as many rich nations have begun emerging from lockdowns.

The global health body said on Wednesday that 106,000 new cases of infections of the novel coronavirus had been recorded in the past 24 hours, the most in a single day since the outbreak began in December.

Coronavirus in Sweden – the science on the battle

Sweden has taken a controversially lax approach to curb the novel coronavirus. Instead of lockdowns, the government is suggesting social distancing guidelines. The Swedish population is overwhelmingly on board with their government’s plan, even while many scientists say the country is not doing enough.

On April 14, 22 researchers in Sweden publicly criticised the government’s strategy and called on politicians to make changes.

UK ‘terrorism’ legislation criticized by rights groups

Civil liberties groups have criticised the British government’s latest overhaul of the United Kingdom’s “terrorism” legislation, highlighting the potential for indefinite restrictions placed against those suspected – but not convicted – of terrorism.

The burden of proof would be lowered for officials considering placing “terrorism prevention and investigation measures” (TPIMs) against suspects, while the current two-year limit on their use would be removed, under legislation unveiled on Wednesday.

German court limits power of spy agency’s overseas bugging

German foreign intelligence service violated constitution by spying on internet data from foreigners abroad, says court. Germany’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the surveillance of telephones and internet traffic of foreign nationals abroad by the BND intelligence agency violates parts of the constitution, a victory for overseas journalists who brought the case.

Parts of Europe ease coronavirus curbs as new infections drop

Parts of Europe are beginning to reopen after coronavirus movement curbs are slowly lifted. Greece has reopened more than 500 of its beaches to domestic tourists.

But Europe’s worst-hit country – the United Kingdom – is still considering how and when to reopen schools. And infections in Russia are still rising at an alarming rate.

Shops, cafes reopen as Italy lifts coronavirus restrictions

Italy has taken its biggest step towards a cautious return to post-coronavirus normality, allowing a number of businesses and churches to reopen after more than two months of strict lockdown restrictions.

Restaurants, bars and cafes across the country were permitted on Monday to serve customers again, so long as they adhered to physical distancing rules. Museums, clothing stores, hairdressers, beauticians also opened their doors – but at many shops, customers will have to book ahead of time.

To date, Italy has registered some 225,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 30,000 related deaths.

But in recent weeks, the numbers have fallen consistently. Officials on Sunday recorded 675 new infections, down from 875 the day before.

Small groups allowed to meet in Northern Ireland

People who do not live together have finally been allowed to meet in small groups in Northern Ireland.

Up to six friends can now gather outdoors, as long as social distancing is observed, as coronavirus restrictions in the region began to ease on Monday. Indoor get-togethers of family members from different households are still not allowed to hang out in Ireland.

Spain will extend coronavirus state of emergency

Spain’s government will seek to extend its coronavirus state of emergency for the last time until late June, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said, as the country’s daily death toll reached a near eight-week low.

“The Spanish government will ask parliament to approve a new extension of the state of emergency … it would be the last state of emergency and would continue until the end of the rollback,” Sanchez said in a televised address on Saturday.

The country’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 102 to 27,563 on Saturday, the lowest 24-hour increase since March 18. Confirmed coronavirus cases climbed to 230,698 from 230,183, the health ministry said.

Source: STA, Worldometer, Aljazeera