Latest update: 29/04/2020 09:08
More than 3.11 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 216,667 have died, according to a Reuters tally, as of 0200 GMT on Wednesday.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
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Germany reported 1,304 more cases 202 deaths, taking the country’s total to 157,641 cases and 6,115 deaths.
France’s death toll closed in on 24,000, as its prime minister detailed the government’s plan to start unwinding the lockdown.
Spain’s daily death toll fell to 301, less than a third of a record high of 950 in early-April.
Turkey’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 92 in the last 24 hours to 2,992.
New cases in Russia rose to 6,411, a record daily rise.
Total cases in the Netherlands rose by 171 to 38,416, with 48 new deaths.
The Czech Republic reported its lowest daily rise in new cases in more than six weeks.
More than 1.01 million people have been infected in the United States and 58,605 have died, according to a Reuters tally, as of 0200 GMT on Wednesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump ordered meat-processing plants to stay open to protect the food supply in the United States, and said the country was considering having passengers on international flights from hot spots to be tested.
A pug living in a North Carolina home with three people who have tested positive became the first U.S. dog diagnosed with COVID-19.
Mexico reported 1,223 new cases and 135 deaths, while at least five of Mexico City’s largest private hospitals have filled up with COVID-19 patients and have no room for new ones.
Peru’s confirmed cases surpassed 30,000 and its death toll stood at 854.
Mainland China reported 22 new cases for April 28, up from 6 reported a day earlier, bringing its total infections to 82,858.
Thailand reported nine new cases but no deaths.
India was nearing 30,000 coronavirus infections, second only to China in Asia.
Australia has secured 10 million test kits and authorities plan to expand testing this week to include people who do not show symptoms.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
The death toll in Iran rose by 71 in the past 24 hours to 5,877.
Egypt registered 260 new infections and 22 deaths.
The International Monetary Fund approved $3.4 billion in emergency financial assistance for Nigeria.
Malawi will launch an emergency cash transfer programme targeting about 1 million people and small businesses. Eligible households will receive a 35,000 Malawi kwacha ($40) monthly payment.
Asian shares rose for a third session on the trot as investors took heart from easing coronavirus lockdowns in some parts of the world while oil prices jumped on hopes demand will pick up.
The U.S. economy likely contracted in the first quarter at its sharpest pace since the Great Recession. Gross domestic product probably decreased at a 4.0% annualised rate last quarter, according to a Reuters survey of economists.
South Korea’s businesses confidence index slumped to the worst on record, while its factory output unexpectedly expanded at its sharpest pace in nearly 11 years in March.
Fitch cut Italy’s credit rating to “BBB-minus”, just one notch above junk.
Unemployment insurance claims in Brazil jumped nearly 14% in the first two weeks of April from the preceding fortnight, official figures showed.
Pictured: Residents of the St-Jean apartments building take part in their choir session, when they sing to entertain themselves, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland April 28, 2020. Picture taken April 28, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse