- The number of infections worldwide now exceeds 3.5 million while the number of deaths from the virus is close to 250,000
- Tensions between the US and China have risen after leaked intelligence documents claimed Beijing “deliberately hid the severity” of the outbreak.
- Germany continues to relax its restrictions by reopening several schools and businesses
Updates in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC / GMT)
1:48 New Zealand has not registered a new case in its daily update for the first time since March 16, the health ministry announced at a press conference.
There were no additional deaths from the virus, so the number of deaths remained at 20, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said.
The total number of confirmed cases in New Zealand currently reaches 1,137.
1:46 China reported three new cases for May 3, up from two days before, data from the national health authority showed. All new infections are imported, according to the National Health Commission.
The commission also said 13 new asymptomatic cases for May 3 had occurred, an increase of one from the previous day.
The number of confirmed cases in China now reaches 82,880, while no new deaths from the disease have been reported, which means the number of deaths remains at 4,633.
1:44 Global case now beyond 3.5 million, with nearly a third of those arriving in the United States, the hardest-hit country in the world, according to the Johns Hopkins Institute.
From scrambling for vaccines to the idea of ”passport immunity,” the world continues to struggle in its struggle to make peace with a virus that has caused the deaths of nearly a quarter million people.
Just over four months after reports of the first SARS-like virus appearing in the city of Wuhan in China, a new corona virus, known as COVID-19, has spread throughout Asia, tearing up Europe and causing destruction in the US. More than 200 countries have reported infections.
Read more: What is life in Wuhan like after the lock?
Lockdown has been implemented like dominoes around the world, with varying degrees of firmness and success, although some of them are now gradually relaxing.
Senior politicians, actors and sports stars have all been hit by COVID-19 while sporting events have been canceled and global travel has stalled in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.
0:44 Mexico’s health ministry has reported 1,383 new cases and 93 other deaths. The country now has 23,471 infections while the number of deaths has reached 2,154.
Of the 32 Mexican federal entities, only two registered less than 100 infections, deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told a news conference.
12:19 President Donald Trump said he was “very confident” that the US would have it coronavirus vaccine at the end of the year.
Trump also said he would urge the reopening of schools and universities in September, saying “I want them to return.”
12:05 German schools will reopen today by taking further steps in the country. Barber shops and other salons will also open their doors after being closed for almost two months as part of a locking action imposed by the government.
The relaxation came when Germany reported on Sunday the lowest number of infections and deaths from the new corona virus since March 31.
There were 890 additional infections, totaling 164,967, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Deaths rose 76 to 6,812 and the death rate remained in 4.1% of those infected.
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In reporting the coronavirus pandemic, unless otherwise stated, DW uses figures provided by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center (JHU) in the United States. JHU updates figures in real-time, collecting data from world health organizations, state and national governments and other public official sources, all of which have their own systems for gathering information.
German national statistics compiled by its public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). These figures depend on data transmission from the state and local levels and are updated about once a day, which can cause deviations from JHU.
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