A worker at the ECCA laboratories hangs mouth masks in the Clean Mask Decontaminating Room in Merelbeke, Belgium. Picture: Virginia Mayo/AP
A worker at the ECCA laboratories hangs mouth masks in the Clean Mask Decontaminating Room in Merelbeke, Belgium. Picture: Virginia Mayo/AP

US Covid-19 infections near 1 million mark, 437 die in France as Australia reopens beaches

By Reuters Time of article published Apr 28, 2020

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More than 3.03 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 210 263 have died, according to a Reuters tally, as of 0200 GMT on Tuesday. 



* Confirmed cases in Germany rose by 1,144 and the death toll by 163. Total cases stood at 156,337 and the death count at 5,913. 

* The death toll in France rose by 437 to 23,293. 

* Turkey's confirmed cases increased by 2,131 in the past 24 hours, and 95 more people have died. 

* Death count in Italy climbed by 333, but the daily tally of new cases declined to 1,739. 

* Russia's infections tally climbed above 87,000. 


* More than 993 000 have been infected in the United States and 56,201 have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 0200 on Tuesday. 

* US President Donald Trump said China could have stopped the coronavirus before it swept the globe and said his administration was conducting "serious investigations". 

* Ohio Governor Mike DeWine outlined "first steps" towards reopening the state's economy and Georgia permitted restaurant dining for the first time in a month on Monday. 

* California will step up enforcement of public health restrictions after crowds jammed beaches, while Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she will be "guided by data, not artificial timelines." 

* Mexico reported 852 new cases and 83 new deaths on Monday. 

* Argentina has banned until September ticket sales for commercial flights. 

* One of the 46 people who arrived in Jamaica on a deportation flight from the United States a week ago has tested positive. 

* Peruvian copper mine Antamina, owned by BHP and Glencore, reported 210 cases. 


* Mainland China reported 6 new cases for April 27, up from 3 a day earlier, bringing total infections at 82,836. 

* More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with acute symptoms of Covid-19 but were not recorded as victims, a Reuters review of data from 16 of the country's 34 provinces showed. 

* Thailand reported seven more cases and two new deaths. 

* Bondi Beach and two neighbouring beaches in Sydney were reopened. New South Wales state said it would let up to two adults visit another person's home from Friday. 


* Israel will begin a staggered reopening of schools next week if the latest health data does not warn of heightened coronavirus risk. 

* Thirty workers at an offshore oil platform in Equatorial Guinea have tested positive. 



* Asian shares and US stock futures dipped into the red, erasing earlier gains, as a renewed decline in oil prices overshadowed optimism about the easing of coronavirus-related restrictions seen globally. 

* Japan's March jobless rate rose to its highest in a year, while job availability slipped to a more than three-year low. 

* South Korea President Moon Jae-in said the deepening impact from the pandemic will worsen going forward and said massive job losses are of his concern. 

* A recession in Singapore's economy could be deeper than forecast, its central bank said.


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