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Globally Covid-19 cases exceed 5 million and 330,000 deaths, WHO report

Friday, May 22nd 2020 - 07:35 UTC
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The milestone of exceeding 5 million cases worldwide come at a time when much of Asia and Europe achieved some containment in their outbreaks The milestone of exceeding 5 million cases worldwide come at a time when much of Asia and Europe achieved some containment in their outbreaks

Globally, confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday exceeded 5 million, while in the last 24 hours there was a world record of infections in one day, 106,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the database from Johns Hopkins University.

The milestone of exceeding 5 million cases worldwide - although experts affirm that there are many more infected - and 330,000 deaths come at a time when much of Asia and Europe achieved some containment in their outbreaks and began to reactivate the economy, while now the pandemic plagues Latin American countries.

The United States is rapidly approaching 94,000 deaths from the virus, more than any other country, but the highest alert of concern remained on Thursday, as in recent days, in the Southern Cone of America, with critical situations in Peru, Chile and Brazil

Peru has already exceeded 100,000 cases (104,020, 4,550 in the last 24 hours) with 3,024 deaths.

The Chilean authorities reported that in the last 24 hours there was a record 45 deaths, while the new cases totaled 3,964, bringing the national total to 57,581 infections and 589 deaths since the start of the pandemic in the country, whose population barely exceeds the 19 million.

In Brazil, the third country in the number of confirmed cases (more than 300,000) and which exceeded 20,000 deaths, the health crisis settled in the government of Jair Bolsonaro, for whom the opposition Workers' Party, along with other forces , 400 social movements and recognized jurists filed a request for impeachment to dismiss him for attacking public health in the pandemic.

Spain and Italy, meanwhile, continue the arduous path of making measures more flexible, albeit with serious internal conflicts. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte today defended the measures he took to deal with the pandemic and said that “the worst is over,” after more than 32,000 deaths in the country in three months.

Meanwhile, the coalition government of Spain entered a political crisis that questioned its negotiating capacity, just when the opposition from the right and extreme right pressed to exploit social unrest due to the impact of the pandemic.

In the United Kingdom, Scotland will only start the relaxation measures that England is already carrying out next Monday, while British economic activity continued to contract in May in an alarming way, although with small improvements compared to the unprecedented fall registered in April.

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