Coronavirus pandemic: Updates from around the world


Health workers conduct Covid-19 tests at a drive-through testing site in Sanford, Florida on April 27.
Health workers conduct Covid-19 tests at a drive-through testing site in Sanford, Florida on April 27. John Raoux/AP

The novel coronavirus has now infected more than 3 million people and killed at least 210,842 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

If you’re just joining us, here are the latest developments:

Concerns dismissed: US President Donald Trump says he takes no responsibility for a spike in people using disinfectants improperly after he suggested ingesting disinfectant as a cure for coronavirus last week.

Not over yet: World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “the pandemic is far from over,” and that there are concerns about increasing trends in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries.

White House reopening plan: President Trump announced a “blueprint” to set guidance on how states should handle coronavirus, distinguishing the roles between states and the federal government.

US lockdowns: New York’s first phase of reopening could begin after May 15 in some areas, the governor said. Other states are already taking their first steps toward reopening. Meanwhile, Georgia’s shelter-in-place order remains in effect until April 30.

Nigeria extends restrictions: President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the country’s coronavirus lockdown in three major states — Abuja, Lagos and Ogun — for another week until May 4.

Testing in US states: A US health official says the federal government will continue to help US states procure supplies for testing, despite new guidelines that describe it as a “supplier of last resort” in obtaining tests.

UK jobs: Four million jobs have been furloughed in the UK and a quarter of businesses have stopped trading, Chancellor Rishi Sunak told Parliament on Monday.

Face masks in the air: US airline JetBlue will require all passengers to wear a face covering during travel starting on May 4, while American Airlines flight attendants will wear face masks during every mainline and regional flight from May 1.


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