Brazil Overtakes Russia With Second-Highest Number Of Coronavirus Cases

A woman looks at camera through her fogged up goggles in the intensive care unit for COVID-19 at the Guillermo Almenara hospital in Lima Peru Friday

A woman looks at camera through her fogged up goggles in the intensive care unit for COVID-19 at the Guillermo Almenara hospital in Lima Peru Friday

There are signs that India could be facing a greater outbreak than so far acknowledged, registering jumps of more than 5,000 cases each day for much of the past week - although from a much lower base than the hardest-hit countries in Europe and the Americas.

In countries with weak health care systems, impoverished populations and not enough clean water, fighting the virus is increasingly hard.

By contrast, China, where the virus was first identified late a year ago, passed a milestone on Saturday when it was able to report no new infections for the first time since it began publishing daily data in January.

Meanwhile, the United Nations said there have been 75 cases of COVID-19 in the U.N.'s 13 far-flung peacekeeping missions, which have a total of 110,000 troops, police and personnel.

According to the Ministry of Health, the total number of confirmed cases rose to 330,890, while deaths in the country rose to 21,048 with a daily increase of 1,001, which put the fatality rate at 6.4 percent.

The US economy has shed nearly 40 million jobs since the start of the pandemic and many companies have gone to the wall - car-rental giant Hertz the latest to hit trouble, filing for bankruptcy for its North American operations late on Friday. The country has been locked down for almost two months, with almost 20,000 people being diagnosed with the virus to date.

And in the southwestern city of Frankfurt, a parish leader says that several members of a congregation have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a church service on May 10. "Doctors try to save each one who lies there for two, three or more weeks. unfortunately it's not possible to save them all", Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.

A church leader said the community had complied with all hygiene rules but has canceled all gatherings and is now holding services online. Authorities in nearby Hanau called off Muslim prayers planned for a stadium Sunday as a precaution.

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Pictured: Brazil overtook Russian Federation as the world's number two hotspot for coronavirus last night when it recorded more than 330,890 infections.

In the USA, some regions were opening more quickly than others. States with relatively few cases have seen spikes in recent days as residents, including migrant workers traveling on special trains, have returned home.

There were just 23 new infections in South Korea, mostly from the densely populated Seoul area where authorities shut down thousands of nightclubs and bars to curb the spread of the disease.

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.

As Americans honour their military on the long Memorial Day weekend, some families plan to visit beaches or national parks for the first time since the virus hit.

Over the last week in Brazil, health officials have reported tens of thousands of new infections each day, bringing its current disease toll to more than 330,000, rapidly eclipsing Russian Federation as the second worst-affected nation.

Charlton reported from Paris and Kageyama from Tokyo.

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