Covid-19 has shut down countries worldwide and infected nearly 3.2 million people. If you’re just joining us, here are the latest developments from today:
WHO issues warning on Europe: Europe remains “very much in the grip of this pandemic,” the World Health Organization warned on Thursday, adding that the region accounts for 46% of cases, and 63% of deaths globally. “This virus is unforgiving. We must remain vigilant, persevere and be patient, ready to ramp up measures as and when needed,” Regional Director Dr Kluger said.
EU sees worst drop in economic activity: The European Union economy shrank 3.5% in the first quarter of 2020 — the worst quarterly drop since the EU started collecting the data in 1995, according to Eurostat, the EU’s statistic office. This puts the EU on course for recession if the second quarter growth is also negative.
Italy in recession: Italy, one of the worst hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic, has fallen into recession after its economy slumped 4.7% in the first quarter of 2020, according to the preliminary estimate by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).
US nears 61,000 deaths: More than 1 million Covid-19 cases have been recorded, and nearly 61,000 deaths.
India prepares to lift lockdown: Nationwide restrictions are set to ease on May 3 — this Sunday. The country is now preparing by setting up border checkpoints, arranging transport to bring home stranded workers across states, and creating new non-lockdown guidelines.
China is also reopening: Tourist destinations like the Forbidden City in Beijing are set to open tomorrow for the first time in three months — but with new restrictions and a cap on daily visitors. China’s largest online travel platform, Trip.com Group, said it expects that that over 80 million trips will be made during the May Day holiday.