Confirmed worldwide coronavirus cases exceed 10 million
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has crossed the 10 million mark worldwide, according to American experts.
A count compiled by Johns Hopkins University reached its mark on Sunday, after India and Russia added thousands of new cases.
The United States has confirmed more than 2.5 million infections, the largest in the world. Globally, the Hopkins count has reported close to 500,000 deaths.
Although Hopkins has only reported confirmed coronavirus cases, experts estimate that the actual number of people infected could be up to 10 times that number, given that so many people cannot be screened or can have the virus without showing symptoms.
China has extended Covid-19 testing to recently reopened salons amid declining cases, while South Korea continues to face new infections after easing social distancing rules to boost the economy.
No positive cases were found in Beijing’s beauty and hair salons, further evidence that the recent epidemic in the Chinese capital has been largely contained.
City officials have temporarily closed a huge wholesale food market where the virus has spread widely, closed schools and closed some neighborhoods. Anyone leaving Beijing must have a negative virus test result within the previous seven days.
Tens of millions of Chinese traveled during the three days of the Dragon Boat Festival which ended on Saturday, with no outbreaks reported immediately.
The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 40 of the newly reported cases were nationally infected, while 22 others were from abroad. The majority of local cases have been detected in the densely populated metropolitan area of Seoul, linked to night clubs, religious services, a huge e-commerce warehouse and low-income workers.
In Hawaii, the city of Honolulu has announced that campsites will reopen for the first time in three months with limited permissions to ensure social distancing. In contrast, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has suspended plans to move counties to the fourth phase of his reopening plan as cases continue to increase.
In another sign of the impact on the U.S. economy, Tyson Foods announced that 371 employees at its chicken processing plant in the far southwest of Missouri tested positive for Covid-19.
Vice President Mike Pence has canceled a scheduled bus visit to Florida as part of his re-election campaign and that of President Donald Trump, with state health officials reporting more than 9,500 new cases, exceeding the total for the monitoring more than 600 confirmed cases. The figures come as authorities move to close the beaches and discourage bar gatherings.
Kansas, Idaho and Oklahoma were also among the US states, with a large increase in cases.
Although this increase partly reflects the expansion of testing, experts say there is ample evidence that the virus is returning, including increased deaths and hospital admissions in parts of the country and higher percentages of viral tests returning positive.
According to data from the Italian Ministry of Health, there have been eight other deaths of infected patients, bringing the known death toll to 34,716.
There have been 175 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country where the European outbreak first exploded to 240,136.
As a sign that the country is emerging from the crisis, fewer than 100 infected patients have occupied intensive care beds for the first time in the whole country since the very first days of the epidemic.
European leaders, however, took no chances. German authorities renewed the lockout in a western region of about 500,000 people last week after 1,300 slaughterhouse workers tested positive for coronavirus.
The Serbian government has stated that Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin has tested positive for Covid-19.
Known for his very pro-Russian stance, Mr. Vulin was part of the delegation of Serbia, led by President Aleksandar Vucic, during a victory day parade in Moscow this week. Mr. Vucic met with Russian President Vladimir Putin face-to-face, but it was unclear whether Mr. Vulin did so as well.
Egypt has largely reopened. In Cairo, a metropolis of some 20 million people, cafes reopened on Saturday to receive internal customers, but smoking of the hookah pipes “chicha” is still pending.
Deaths in the United States are approximately 600 per day, compared to a peak of approximately 2,200 in mid-April. Some experts have expressed doubts about the return of deaths to this level due to advances in treatment and the fact that many infections occur in young adults, who are more likely than older people to survive.
The resurgence in the United States has raised concerns from abroad. The European Union seems almost certain to prevent Americans from entering the bloc in the short term, which is currently developing new travel rules, European diplomats said.