International Coronavirus: latest global developments

Coronavirus: latest global developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.

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Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.

– Britain to quarantine air passengers  –
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirms that the UK will begin to quarantine some air passengers “soon”, and says the lockdown stays in place at least until June 1.

– Global deaths pass 280,000 –
A total of 280,693 coronavirus deaths have been recorded since the epidemic surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1900 GMT on Sunday based on official sources.

There have been at least 4,070,660 officially recorded cases across the globe.

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The United States is the country that has recorded most deaths at 79,058. It is followed by Britain (31,855), Italy (30,560), Spain (26,621) and France (26,380).

– White House worries –
US top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci is among three members of the White House coronavirus task force who will self-isolate after potential exposure, according to US media reports.

– Comeback case in Wuhan –
After more than a month without reporting any new cases, Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak first started, announces its first case since April 3.

– New cluster in Seoul –
South Korea’s capital orders the closure of all clubs and bars after more than 50 cases so far have been linked to a 29-year-old man who tested positive after spending time at five clubs and bars in Itaewon, one of the city’s busiest nightlife districts, last weekend.

Gyeonggi province which surrounds Seoul also orders more than 5,700 entertainment facilities to suspend operations for two weeks starting Sunday.

– ‘Chaotic disaster’ –
Former US president Barack Obama launches a scathing attack on Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, calling it an “absolute chaotic disaster”, in a leaked web call Friday night with former members of his administration.

– Brazil tops 10,000 deaths –
Brazil, the hardest-hit Latin American country, surpasses 10,000 deaths, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health.

Congress and the Supreme Court decree an official mourning period of three days.

President Jair Bolsonaro meanwhile is reportedly seen jet skiing on Lake Paranoa in Brasilia, and officials tell AFP he does not plan to make a statement to the country on the latest toll.

– Footballers test positive –
A third player at Premier League football club Brighton tests positive, raising new concerns about the attempt to finish the English top-flight season.

In Germany, where the football season is to resume May 16, second division side Dynamo Dresden have put their entire squad and staff into two-week isolation after two players test positive.

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