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Coronavirus: latest global developments with 309,000 deaths

REOPENING: People walk in a pedestrian shopping area in Paris on May 12, 2020, on the second day since the lift of an almost two-month confinement to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.

– Bundesliga is back –

Germany’s Bundesliga returns to action with the resumption of the first top European league since the lockdown watched closely to see if it provides a blueprint for other competitions.

The football matches are played behind closed doors, in front of vacant, echoing stadiums.

– Over 309,000 dead –

The coronavirus has killed 309,296 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally on Saturday at 1900 GMT based on official sources.

There have been at least 4,588,360 officially recorded cases in 196 countries and territories.

The United States has recorded the most deaths at 87,991. It is followed by Britain with 34,466, Italy with 31,763, Spain with 27,563, and France with 27,625 (though this last figure has not been updated since Thursday).

– Santiago lockdown –

Chile’s capital Santiago wakes up for its first day in total lockdown, due to last a week, after it sees a 60 percent leap in confirmed cases.





– Spain stays on high alert –

The Spanish government will seek a fresh extension of its state of emergency that will last “about a month” until the transition out of lockdown is completed, says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

– Italy to reopen borders –

Italy meanwhile looks to quicken its exit from lockdown, with the government announcing it will reopen to European tourists from early June and scrap a 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

Beginning on June 3, visitors within the Schengen zone will be allowed to enter Italy with no obligation to self-isolate. Italians will also be able to move between regions, though local authorities can limit travel if infections spike.

– English beauty spots urge caution –

Officials in parts of England warn people to stay away from beauty spots on the first weekend since the partial easing of lockdown, with sunny conditions forecast in many places.

The Peak District National Park in northern England takes to Twitter to tell people not to venture there, while officials at other beauty spots tell potential visitors to “think carefully” before coming.

– ‘Corona demos’ in Germany –

As part of a growing wave of demonstrations in Germany by conspiracy theorists, extremists and anti-vaxxers against coronavirus restrictions, thousands of people are set to mass in Stuttgart, Munich and Berlin, with police out in force.

– Air Canada to slash workforce –

Air Canada, which has reduced its flights by 95 percent, announces it will lay off at least half of its approximately 38,000 staff.

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