Global coronavirus infections cross 5 million, death tally reaches 329,732

Global coronavirus infections cross 5 million, death tally reaches 329,732
Washington: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide crossed 5 million on Thursday.

Around the world the pandemic has killed more than 329,732 people and infected over 5,090,061. The United States has been the hardest-hit country, with 1,527,664 cases and 90,978 deaths.

According to latest data, 2,024,222 patients have recovered from the pandemic so far.

In United States, nearly 1,591,991 cases were confirmed, including more than 94,994 deaths. The US reported an increase of 865 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Canada reported 6,031 fatalities and 80,142 infections due to coronavirus.

Italy, which recorded its first coronavirus death at the end of February, has 32,330 fatalities, with 153 people succumbing to the disease in last 24 hours. The country has reported 227,364 infections.

Spain has recorded 27,888 fatalities with 104 deaths in a single day and 279,524 infections.

China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 4,634 deaths and 82,967 cases, with 78,249 recoveries.

France has reported 96 deaths in a single day, taking the tally to 28,132 deaths and 181,575 cases.

United Kingdom has reported 35,704 fatalities with 468 deaths in last 24 hours and 248,293 infections.

Saudi Arabia has reported 62,545 cases of coronavirus, while 339 coronavirus deaths have been reported.

Kuwait has reported 124 deaths while over 17,568 people have been tested positive for the virus.

Turkey reported 152,587 coronavirus cases and 4,222 fatalities.

In Belgium, 9,052 people succumbed to the disease while Brazil reported 18,894 deaths due to the coronavirus.

Mexico has reported 353 deaths in a single day, taking the tally to 6,090 deaths and 56,594 cases.

Germany has reported 8,270 deaths and 178,531 infections.

Over 308,705 people have infected while 2,972 people died of the virus in Russia.

Israel has reported 16,667 coronavirus cases while 279 deaths.

Meanwhile, the death toll is 7,183 in Iran as confirmed number of cases is almost 126,949.

Lockdowns begin to ease

Some parts of Europe have reopened schools and shops, meanwhile, UK called it was too early to follow suit as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson emerged after his own battle with the virus.

With some of Europe's worst-hit nations reporting drops in daily death counts, governments are exploring how to relax confinement orders exacting their own damaging economic and psychological tolls.

Italy, the first European country to go into lockdown seven weeks ago, began allowing some construction and factory workers to go back to work on Monday.

Starting May 4, Italians are exercising outdoors and visit relatives, but only if they respect social distancing and wear masks.

Restaurants can offer takeout and wholesale stores can resume business on the same day, with other shops following on May 18, along with museums and libraries.

Thousands of schools reopened throughout France on Tuesday as the government eases its coronavirus lockdown rules despite some fears of a second wave of infections.