Britain reported the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe on Tuesday, and infections rose again sharply in Russia, even though other countries were making great strides in taming the virus. China marked its third week with no new virus deaths and South Korea resumed its professional baseball season.
In the U.S., some states have begun to halt steps to lift the lockdown restrictions blamed for making millions unemployed, while thousands of new U.S. infections and deaths have been reported daily.
Britain’s death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic appears to have surpassed Italy as Europe’s worst-hit nation.
The government said 28,734 people with Covid-19 had died in British hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions. But official British statistics released Tuesday, taking into account people who died of suspected, rather than confirmed, Covid-19, estimate the British toll to be more than 30,000 dead. Those figures also suggested that the actual toll could be a third higher than the government virus figure. Italy has reported 29,079 fatalities.
Tallies from both countries are likely to be underestimated as they only include people who tested positive and testing was not widespread in Italian and British nursing homes until recently.
In Russia, the number of infections has again risen sharply, with Moscow reporting more than 10,000 new cases three days in a row.
At the same time, many European countries that have relaxed the strict lock after new infections declined looked carefully at their virus numbers.
“We know with great certainty that there will be a second wave – the majority of scientists are sure of it. And many also assume that there will be a third wave,” said Lothar Wieler, the head of the national disease control center from Germany, Tuesday. .
Widely considered a success story, South Korea reported only three new cases of the virus, the lowest number since February 18. Schools will be reopened in stages, starting with high school seniors on May 13, but peak Tuesday was baseball season.
Cheerleaders danced under rows of empty seats, and referees wore protective masks as one of the world’s first major professional sports revived in games broadcast to starving sports fans around the world. The Korea Baseball Organization took other protective measures, including fever examinations for players and coaches before entering the stadiums.
With Major League Baseball in the US still planning what to do about its own season, the US sports network ESPN signed a contract to broadcast six KBO games per week, starting with Tuesday’s season opener between Daegu’s Samsung Lions and the Changwon-based NC Dinos, who won the Dinos 4-0.
The country’s professional football leagues kick off on Friday, even without spectators.
In China, it has been three weeks since new deaths were reported in the country where the pandemic started late last year. Only one new case of infection has been confirmed and fewer than 400 patients are still being treated for Covid-19, health officials said.
Other places in the Asia-Pacific region have also curbed their outbreaks, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand, which have not had new cases in two days. Bu experts say that India, a nation of 1.3 billion people, has not yet seen the peak of its outbreak.
In Britain, which, unlike other European countries, is still stuck, a trial started on Tuesday with a mobile phone app that authorities hope will help curb the outbreak. The app, which alerts people if they have been around an infected person, is being tested on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.
The government hopes to roll it out across the country later this month.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to shortly describe a route from a nationwide closure that began on March 23 and runs through Thursday. His conservative government is increasingly criticized for the country’s high death toll.
In the United States, a shuttered pork processing plant in South Dakota took the first steps to reopen after more than 800 workers were infected with the virus. California Governor Gavin Newsom, one of the first to impose a statewide residence permit, announced that some companies may reopen as early as Friday, with restrictions.
In Louisiana, state legislatures restarted their legislature – but argued over whether they would return at all. Political strife is increasingly embedded in US coronavirus policy.
The moves to open U.S. states came even when daily new infections exceeded 20,000 and daily deaths exceeded 1,000, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
Governments around the world have reported 3.5 million infections and more than 251,000 deaths, including nearly 69,000 deaths in the United States. Deliberately hidden hidden outbreaks, low test rates and the heavy burden the disease has placed on healthcare are undoubtedly much larger in scale.
With pressure in many countries to take more measures to restart the economy, politicians were trying to increase funding for research into a vaccine for Covid-19. There is hope that someone could be available in a few months, but many scientists are warning that it could take much longer.
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