International Update: Covid-19 global death toll passes 250,000 – US outbreak projected to accelerate – 135,000 deaths predicted

5th May 2020 (Last Updated May 5th, 2020 14:19)

5 May

Global: Confirmed global death toll exceeds 250,000. According to research by both the Reuters news agency and Johns Hopkins University, at least a quarter of a million people are now known to have died as a result of the pandemic.

US: An internal US government projection shows the nation’s coronavirus outbreak vastly accelerating by June to more than 200,000 new cases and 2,500 deaths per day — far more than the country is currently experiencing.

Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top infectious disease expert, said there are regions and counties in the US where “you can pull back” restrictions put in place to contain the pandemic.

A newly-revised coronavirus mortality model predicts nearly 135,000 Americans will die from Covid-19 by early August, almost double previous projections, as social-distancing measures are relaxed.

Europe: The European Commission registered $8 billion in pledges from donors worldwide at the starting day of a Coronavirus Global Response fundraiser on Monday. The goal is to finance the collaborative development and universal deployment of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines to fight the coronavirus.

Italy: Italy’s death toll is far higher than reported. Statistics bureau ISTAT said its analysis showed an extra 11,600 deaths were unaccounted for, and it was reasonable to assume these people either died of COVID-19 without being tested or that the extra stress on the health system due to the epidemic meant they died of other causes they were not treated for.

Germany: Germany’s Robert Koch Institute says the number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen by 685, bringing the total to 163,860. A further 139 deaths were reported, bringing the total to 6,831.

China: China’s National Health Commission says the country found just one case of coronavirus on Monday, in someone who had returned from overseas. It also reported 15 asymptomatic cases of the disease and no new deaths.

Hong Kong will soon ease social distancing measures after largely containing the spread of COVID-19, Chief Executive Carrie Lam told a briefing Tuesday ahead of a meeting of her advisory Executive Council.

India: More than a quarter of India’s labour force are without a job after businesses were forced to shut during a nationwide lockdown that began in the last week of March, according to a survey by the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt.

Antipodes: Australia and New Zealand committed to introducing a shared travel zone as soon as it is safe to do so, Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern said in a joint statement on Tuesday.