Brazil surges to 2nd place in virus infections

Brazil surges to 2nd place in virus infections

In Washington President Trump, facing an uphill battle to be reelected in November, continued to pressure state and local governments to reopen the American economy - even as the toll continues to rise in the world's hardest-hit country, where Covid-19 had claimed nearly 96,000 lives as of yesterday according to Johns Hopkins University.

The country is now has its third health minister in a month.

China's Nationwide Well being Fee stated it confirmed zero new circumstances of the virus on Saturday - a primary for the reason that nation started tallying infections in January - and reported exclusively two suspected circumstances, one in all them imported from overseas.

The first confirmed case in Latin America was identified in Brazil on 26 February, although researchers have said there are indications that there were cases there as early as January.

The websites of leading institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and Worldometers clearly show the global trend: cases of covid-19 related pneumonia and deaths from the virus are decreasing in absolute numbers.

The coronavirus pandemic continued to drop in much of Asia on Saturday even as the outbreak surged in Latin America, as the world grappled with balancing the urge to restart economies with fears about health risks. Almost 20,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus in a country that has been locked down for almost two months. It would be the first known such case since restaurants started reopening two weeks ago. The city's health office said one is hospitalized.

The church cancelled all gatherings and is now holding services online. Authorities in nearby Hanau chose to call off Muslim prayers planned for a stadium Sunday as a precaution.

Britain confirmed Friday that it would impose a 14-day quarantine on worldwide arrivals in addition to its ongoing social distancing rules, but US President Donald Trump is pressing to reopen his country's economy.

Mindful of evangelical Christians who are key to his base of support ahead of November's election, Trump on Friday labeled houses of worship as "essential" and urged governors to let them reopen this weekend.

One of the world's major pilgrimage sites is reopening Sunday: the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

In the US, some regions are opening more quickly than others.

Infections have also risen in Peru, Chile and Ecuador - countries which imposed early and aggressive business shutdowns and quarantines.

Brazil, which has the largest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Latin America, is the second country with the highest number of cases in the world after the US.

Michigan's stay-at-home order was extended until 12 June while keeping theatres, gyms and other places of public accommodation closed until at least then, while Nevada is preparing to reopen its casinos, including ones in Las Vegas, from 4 June.

"In a sense, South America has become a new epicentre for the disease".

These were the details of the news Brazil jumps to world No. 2 in coronavirus cases, behind the United States for this day.

Charlton reported from Paris and Kageyama from Tokyo.

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