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chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-05-31 07:20

The novel coronavirus has spread across China and beyond.

June 1

Outside China

The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of June 1, 2020.

- Brazil's COVID-19 cases top 500,000, death toll nears 30,000 (Read more)

- Egypt sees daily record of 1,536 COVID-19 infections, tally nears 25,000 (Read more)

- China extends help in Jordan, Sudan to fight COVID-19 (Read more)

- COVID-19 hotspots in South Africa may be placed on higher alert level: president (Read more)

China

Data released by National Health Commission by midnight, May 31, 2020.

- Wuhan reports no new asymptomatic patients on Sunday for first time

- Chinese mainland reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, all from overseas (Read more)

May 31 

Outside China

- Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 6 million on Saturday, reaching 6,003,762 as of 4:32 pm (2032 GMT) (Read more)

China

- Chinese mainland reports 2 new COVID-19 cases, both from overseas (Read more)

May 30 

Outside China

- Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO

- Brazil registers world's fifth highest death toll from COVID-19

China

- Chinese mainland reports 4 new COVID-19 cases, both from overseas on Friday. (Read more)

May 29

Outside China

- India reports biggest daily jump of 7,466 new COVID-19 cases as total reach 165,799

- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says from Monday, nurseries and schools will reopen, first to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 (Read more)

- UN chief calls for using more tools to help world recover from COVID-19 (Read more)

- Italy records over 150,000 recoveries, Netherlands bans transport of minks

- Turkey partially resumes inter-city train services as part of normalization (Read more)

- Brazilian president signs financial aid bill for states, cities (Read more)

- New York City expected to begin reopening in early June, says mayor (Read more)

- Romania to allow outdoor sports events from June 1 (Read more)

China

- Chinese mainland reports zero new COVID-19 cases on Thursday (Read more)

May 28

Outside China

- The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 1.7 million on Thursday, reaching 1,700,350: Johns Hopkins University

- The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States topped 100,000, reaching 100,047: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Brazil's death toll surpassed 25,000, as the country emerged as the latest epicenter in the global pandemic

- UK launches test and trace program as part of the efforts to contain the pandemic (Read more)

- Spain began 10 days of mourning to honor the nation's nearly 30,000 COVID-19 victims (Read more)

- France banned the use of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat patients suffering severe forms of COVID-19 (Read more)

China

Chinese mainland reports 2 new COVID-19 cases, both from overseas (Read more)

May 27

Outside China

- European Commission proposes borrowing 750b euros as recovery fund (Read more)

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 350,000: Johns Hopkins University

- The Americas have emerged as the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the WHO said, as outbreaks accelerate in Peru, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua

- Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 115,000: Africa CDC

- Brazil reported the highest daily COVID-19 death toll in the world Tuesday with 1,039 people killed, the fifth straight day the country has topped the list (Read more)

- India's total COVID-19 cases surpass 150,000-mark as death toll rises to 4,337 (Read more)

- In a phased approach, European countries are cautiously easing their border controls, as part of their efforts to reopen the tourism industry (Read more)

China

Chinese mainland reports one new imported COVID-19 infection on Tuesday (Read more)

May 26

Outside China

- UK COVID-19 deaths top 37,000 as another 134 patients die (Read more)

- WHO says it suspends clinical trial with hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients (Read more)

- Brazil daily coronavirus deaths were higher than fatalities in the United States for the first time over the last 24 hour; Brazil registered 807 deaths, whereas 620 died in the United States

- White House brings forward Brazil travel restrictions by two days (Read more)

- Italy started serological screening tests at the national level on a sample of 150,000 people (Read more)

- Most of the major Middle East countries announced the further ease of the precautions against the novel coronavirus (Read more)

China

Chinese mainland reports 7 new COVID-19 cases, all from overseas (Read more)

May 25

Outside China

- The US has imposed travel restriction on Brazil, which has become the nation with the 2nd-highest number of COVID-19 cases (Read more)

- The Japanese government plans to fully lift the state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Hokkaido (Read more)

- UK COVID-19 deaths top 36,000 as gov't vows to deliver virus trace system (Read more)

- Argentine capital steps up restrictions as COVID-19 outbreak nears peak (Read more)

- South Africa to ease lockdown despite surge in COVID-19 cases

China

- Chinese mainland reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, all from overseas (Read more)

- Final-year students of Hubei universities, who live in the Chinese mainland, can return to school starting from June 8 (Read more)

May 24

Outside China

New York state loosens restrictions on gatherings as COVID-19 eases (Read more)

Latin America named virus epicenter (Read more)

- Pandas in good shape through COVID-19 outbreak (Read more)

China

A resident receives a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 in Wuhan, Hubei province, on May 24, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 3 new COVID-19 cases, with 1 locally transmitted and 2 from overseas

May 23

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 cases reported to WHO top 5m (Read more)

- The World Health Organization declared Latin America "a new epicenter" of the coronavirus pandemic (Read more)

- The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across Africa surpassed 100,000 as of Friday afternoon: Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Read more)

- US COVID-19 deaths surpass 95,000: Johns Hopkins University

- US plans massive vaccine testing effort involving more than 100,000 volunteers

- UK to impose 14-day quarantine on new arrivals as COVID-19 deaths hit 36,393 (Read more)

- Oxford University and AstraZeneca plan to recruit around 10,000 adults and children in Britain for trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine (Read more)

China

A security guard takes the body temperature of a resident at the entrance of a shopping mall in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on May 23, 2020. [Photo/Sipa]

Chinese mainland reports zero new COVID-19 cases on Friday (Read more)

May 22

Outside China

- Malaysian PM to observe 14-day quarantine after chairing meeting involving official tested COVID-19 positive (Read more)

- US President Donald Trump said that the United States would not close in the case of a second coronavirus wave (Read more)

- Trudeau urges Canadians to continue taking COVID-19 pandemic seriously (Read more)

- Brazil's COVID-19 death toll tops 20,000 (Read more)

- Healthcare workers in Britain and Thailand have started taking part in a trial to determine whether two anti-malarial drugs can prevent COVID-19

China

Volunteers in protective gear measure the body temperature of a man at the entrance of a residential community in Chuanying district in Jilin city, Jilin province, on May 22, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Chinese mainland reports 4 new COVID-19 cases, with 2 locally transmitted and 2 from overseas (Read more)

May 21

Outside China

- Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 5 million on Thursday, reaching 5,000,038: Johns Hopkins University

- The WHO said 106,000 new cases of infections of the novel coronavirus had been recorded in the past 24 hours, the most in a single day since the outbreak began

- Estonia has started to test one of the world's first digital immunity passports, seeking a safer return to workplaces following the coronavirus lockdown (Read more)

- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a programme to test and trace those suspected of having been in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 would be in place by June 1

- US company says COVID-19 vaccine produces antibodies in mice, guinea pigs (Read more)

- Russia recorded its lowest total of new coronavirus cases since May 1, with more patients discharged from hospital than new cases for the first time

China

A woman wearing a protective mask holds her hand into the downpour of rain as a thunderstorm darkens the mid-afternoon sky in Beijing, on May 21, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Chinese mainland reports 2 new COVID-19 cases, with 1 locally transmitted and 1 from overseas (Read more)

May 20

Outside China

- Brazil's daily death toll from the new coronavirus jumped to a record 1,179. The pandemic has killed at least 17,971 people in Brazil

- Spanish PM requests 15-day extension to state of alarm (Read more)

- Mexico reported 2,713 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours, the highest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic started, bringing the total to 54,346

- Border restrictions begin to ease within EU (Read more)

- UK govt launches novel coronavirus immunity study (Read more)

- New York state to allow small Memorial Day ceremonies, vehicle parades

China

A Journalist is tested for COVID-19 before attending a news conference by the spokesman of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Guo Weimin ahead of the People's National Congress (NPC) in Beijing, on May 20, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Chinese mainland reports 5 new COVID-19 cases, with 4 locally transmitted and 1 from overseas (Read more)

May 19

Outside China

- US COVID-19 cases top 1.5 million as death toll exceeds 90,000: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Trump says he's taking malaria drug to protect against virus (Read more)

- France, Germany announce unprecedented 500-bln-euro EU recovery fund (Read more)

-COVID-19 vaccine trial by Moderna shows positive early results (Read more)

- Trump threatens to permanently freeze US funding to WHO

- Los Angeles confirms 4 cases of mysterious syndrome in kids linked to COVID-19 (Read more)

- Total COVID-19 cases surpass 100,000-mark in India, death toll at 3,163

China

A flight attendant assists a passenger to fill in his travel history on a China Eastern Airlines flight at Shenzhen Baoan International Airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, on May 19, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- Chinese mainland reports 6 new COVID-19 cases, with 3 locally transmitted and 3 from overseas (Read more)

May 18

Outside China

-Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide topped 4.7 million, reaching 4,708,415: Johns Hopkins University

- Chinese researchers identify highly potent neutralizing antibodies against COVID-19: new study published in Cell (Read more)

- Japan's economy shrank for a second straight quarter in the January-March period, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (Read more)

- COVID-19 deaths cross 3,000 mark, total cases rise to 96,169 in India

- US GDP could 'easily' contract 20-30% in Q2: Fed's Powell (Read more)

- UK to invest more than 250m pounds in developing COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)

China

A visitor tours the digital exhibition hall of Hainan Museum in Haikou, South China's Hainan province, May 18, 2020. The digital exhibition hall of Hainan Museum opened on Monday, the International Museum Day. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 7 new COVID-19 cases, with 3 locally transmitted and 4 from overseas

- Shulan began imposing closed-off management of residential compounds with confirmed or suspected cases, effective from today

May 17

Outside China

- Russia has confirmed 9,709 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 281,752 (Read more)

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 310,000: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- COVID-19 cases surpass 90,000-mark in India, total deaths 2,872 (Read more)

- UN chief says intl cooperation on digital technology essential to help defeat COVID-19 (Read more)

- Brazil's COVID-19 death toll passes 15,000, while its number of infections top 230,000

- Canada approves first clinical trial for potential COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)

- Italy sees fewer COVID-19 patients, SMEs prep for reopening (Read more)

- Greece to reopen restaurants, cafes, shopping malls in May

China

People visit Xiangjiang park in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, May 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 5 new COVID-19 cases, with 3 locally transmitted and 2 from overseas (Read more)

- The number of COVID-19 patients in serious condition in Beijing has dropped to zero

- People in Beijing don't need to wear masks outside, but still should avoid close contact with others - Beijing CDC (Read more)

- District in NE China's Jilin city named high-risk for COVID-19 (Read more)

May 16

Outside China

- Russia reports 9,200 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 272,043 

US House narrowly passes new $3 trillion coronavirus relief package although Republicans strongly oppose (Read more)

- Robert Redfield, CDC director, says models predict US deaths from COVID-19 to exceed 100,000 by June 1

- Brazil lost its 2nd health minister in a month after President Bolsonaro demanded wider use of unproven anti-malarial drugs to fight COVID-19

- UK reports another 468 COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll to 34,466 

China

A worker disinfects an elevator at a residential community in Chuanying district of Jilin city, Northeast China's Jilin province, May 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

- China is able to conduct 1.5 million nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 every day, said a health official (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 8 new COVID-19 cases, with 2 locally transmitted and 6 from overseas (Read more)

May 15

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 300,000, reaching 300,074: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Whistleblower warns US to endure "darkest winter in modern history" without better planning against COVID-19 (Read more)

- India's total COVID-19 cases surpass 80,000 mark, deaths rise to 2,649

- US health organization starts clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin to treat COVID-19 (Read more)

- UK COVID-19 deaths rise to 33,614 as another 428 patients die

- Germany to start border reopening (Read more)

- IMF experts warn Asia and Europe of risks behind rapid resumption (Read more)

- Italy's death toll from coronavirus rises by 262 to 31,368

China

- Chinese mainland reports 4 new COVID-19 cases, all from Northeast China's Jilin province (Read more)

- Mass testing for COVID-19 on all Wuhan residents will help protect people's health, fully resume social and economic order (Read more)

May 14

Outside China

- Brazil passes France in coronavirus cases to become 6th worst-hit country (Read more)

- Evidence shows coronavirus not from lab, says Croatian scientist (Read more)

- EU plan looks to reopen borders for summer tourism amid pandemic (Read more)

- UK faces 'significant recession' as COVID-19 deaths pass 33,000 (Read more)

- WHO to plan stronger health systems worldwide (Read more)

- Canadian zoo sending back pandas due to supply strain (Read more)

- Indian railways cancels all train tickets until June 30 booked before lockdown (Read more)

China

People wearing protective face masks ride bicycles on a street in Wuhan, Hubei province, on May 14, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- Chinese mainland reports 3 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday (Read more)

May 13

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 290,000: Johns Hopkins University

- Fauci warns of 'really serious' consequences if US states open up prematurely (Read more)

- UK death toll tops 32,000, Germany to earmark 750 million euros for vaccine

- Wear mask to respect medical workers killed saving lives: NY governor (Read more)

- Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announces financial aid for senior Canadians (Read more)

- Indian PM unveils $267 billion package to ensure self-reliance amid COVID-19 lockdown (Read more)

- Iranian schools to reopen on May 16 (Read more)

China

Students wearing face masks are seen inside a classroom in Shanghai, on May 7, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- Chinese mainland reports 7 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with 1 being imported case (Read more)

- Primary and middle school students in Beijing will gradually return to campus in June (Read more)

May 12

Outside China

- COVID-19 deaths in the US top 80,000, according to Johns Hopkins University tally.

- WHO says slow easing of lockdowns paramount (Read more)

- Pence tests negative for coronavirus; White House directs West Wing staff to wear masks at all times (Read more)

- UK death toll tops 32,000, Germany to earmark 750 million euros for vaccine (Read more)

- Italy lets local authorities decide reopening dates (Read more)

- UN chief extends telecommuting arrangements to June 30 (Read more)

- Passenger train service to resume partially in India after 51 days (Read more)

China

Nurses wearing face masks pose for pictures during an event held to mark the International Nurses Day, at Wuhan Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city hit hardest by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Hubei province, on May 12, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- More than 100 million students, nearly 40% of the total, have returned to school in China: Ministry of Education (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports one new COVID-19 infection, an imported case, on Monday (Read more)

May 11

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 280,000: Johns Hopkins University

- US Vice-President Mike Pence limits social contact after spokesperson tests positive for coronavirus (Read more)

- France, Spain ease virus lockdowns but UK wary (Read more)

- Russia confirms record 11,656 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

- UK to unveil virus threat alert system (Read more)

- Iran gets back to business, but remains watchful (Read more)

- Latin America grapples with rising coronavirus cases (Read more)

- New Zealand to reopen malls, cafes from Thursday as virus curbs eased (Read more)

China

Students attend a flag-raising ceremony at Beijing Yuying Middle School in Beijing on May 11, 2020. Around 80,000 students in their final year of junior high school returned to campus. ZOU HONG/CHINA DAILY

- Chinese mainland reports 17 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, with 7 being imported cases (Read more)

May 10

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 cases top 4m - Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Russian COVID-19 cases top 200,000 (Read more)

- Trump says US to purchase $3b dairy, meat and produce to aid struggling farmers (Read more)

- Foreign travel not recommended this summer, says UK official (Read more)

- Slamming Trump's coronavirus response, Obama stresses urgency for Democrats to retake White House (Read more)

- Three key US coronavirus officials in self-quarantine after COVID-19 exposure: Reports (Read more)

- South Korean president says to prepare for post-COVID-19 era via employment safety net, digital economy (Read more)

- Brazilian Congress declares three-day mourning for coronavirus victims (Read more)

China

People wearing face masks enjoy an attraction at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing, on May 10, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- Chinese mainland reports 14 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, with 2 being imported cases. (Read more)

May 9

Outside China

- WHO expert: novel coronavirus origins linked to bats (Read more)

-US Vice-President Pence's spokesperson, US first daughter Ivanka's assistant contract coronavirus (Read more)

- 'Never give up, never despair' - Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (Video)

- German agency doubts US coronavirus allegations against Chinese lab (Read more)

China

People go shopping at a creative market in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on May 4, 2020, during the five-day Labor Day Holiday. [Photo/Sipa]

- Chinese mainland reports one new COVID-19 infection, an imported case, on Friday

May 8

Outside China

- UN launches updated response plan to help fragile countries fight COVID-19 (Read more)

- US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence test negative after White House valet contracts coronavirus (Read more)

- Spanish cat tests positive for coronavirus, the sixth feline to be detected with the disease globally

- France to start 'very gradual' easing of lockdown from May 11 (Read more)

- COVID-19 cases surpass 50,000 in Africa as action needed to stem spread (Read more)

- Japan approved Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19 (Read more)

China

Staff members rehearse for students' returning at a classroom of the junior high school department in the Beijing Chenjinglun High School in Beijing, capital of China, May 8, 2020. Students in their final year of junior high schools will return to school on May 11 in Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 1 new COVID-19 infection on Thursday (Read more)

- Shanghai to lower emergency response to COVID-19 from second to third level from tomorrow (Read more)

May 7

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 260,000 -- Johns Hopkins University

- Lockdown easing must be managed carefully, warns WHO (Read more)

- India's total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases crossed the 50,000 mark (Read more)

- US President Donald Trump said his coronavirus task force would shift its primary focus to reviving US business and social life (Read more)

- The European Commission said the EU economy will experience a recession of historic proportions this year due to the coronavirus pandemic (Read more)

China

People wearing face masks wait for a table at a restaurant in Beijing, on May 7, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- Chinese mainland reports 2 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, both imported cases

- All regions in China have seen their risk level downgraded to the lowest level starting today

May 6

Outside China

- COVID-19 deaths in US top 70,000: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Russia reports over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, single-day increases have been over 10,000 for four consecutive days (Read more)

- Death toll has passed 32,000 in UK, making it the worst-hit country in Europe followed by Italy (Read more)

- Fifteen children in New York City (NYC) have been hospitalized with a rare syndrome possibly connected to COVID-19, officials said (Read more)

- Dr Anthony Fauci has dismissed theories that the coronavirus was either manufactured or accidentally released from a Chinese lab (Read more)

- Russian Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova diagnosed with COVID-19: TASS news agency

China

Members of the first group of imported COVID-19 patients diagnosed at Suifenhe port in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province who were cured and discharged from the hospital on April 21, 2020 wave goodbye to medics.[Photo by Pan Songgang/For chinadaily.com.cn]

- Chinese mainland reports 2 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, all imported cases (Read more)

May 5

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 250,000, reaching 250,134: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that a coronavirus-tracing app will be trialled from Tuesday in the Isle of Wight

- US Treasury to borrow 3 trillion USD in second quarter amid COVID-19 fallout

- Influential COVID-19 model projects over 134,000 deaths in US by early August

China

- Chinese mainland reports one new COVID-19 infection, an imported case, on Monday (Read more)

- China's Hubei reports no increase in COVID-19 cases for 31 consecutive days

May 4

Outside China

- The new deaths from COVID-19 in Italy over the past 24 hours fell to 174, the lowest level since the start of the national lockdown on March 10

- Trump says US to have coronavirus vaccine by end of year (Read more)

- Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 3.5 million, reaching 3,502,126: Johns Hopkins University

- Russia has reported 10,581 new COVID-19 confirmed cases over the past 24 hours, with the total number of infections rising to 145,268 as of Monday (Read more)

- Japan extends state of emergency for COVID-19 until May 31 (Read more)

China

Residents have some fun in the sunshine on May 4, 2020, at a park in Nantong, Jiangsu province, as the May Day holiday period drew to a close. [Photo by Xu Hui/For China Daily]

- Chinese mainland reports 3 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, all imported cases (Read more)

May 3

Outside China

- Spain reports lowest numbers of new deaths, new cases since March 15 (Read more)

- COVID-19 deaths in US top 66,000, confirmed cases top 1.12 million -- Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

China

- Chinese mainland reports two new infections of COVID-19 on Saturday, with one being an imported case (Read more)

May 2

Outside China

- State of health emergency in France extended to July 24 (Read more)

- Russia tallies record 9,623 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs (Read more)

- Zimbabwe extends COVID-19 lockdown by 2 more weeks

China

Visitors look at items exhibited at the Capital Museum of China in Beijing, on May 1, 2020. [Photo by Zou Hong/chinadaily.com.cn]

- China has sent 15 batches of medical experts totaling 149 to 16 countries to assist the fight against COVID-19 (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 1 new COVID-19 infection on Friday, an imported case (Read more)

May 1

Outside China

- Lockdown extended in India by 2 weeks to fight COVID-19 (Read more)

- COVID-19 cases in Germany top 160,000

- Turkey's coronavirus cases surpass 120,000

China

Visitors get a close-up view of animals at Wuhan Haichang Polar Ocean Park in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, on May 1, 2020. [Photo by Zhou Guoqiang/For chinadaily.com.cn]

- Hubei will lower its coronavirus emergency response from the highest level to level two starting Saturday: vice-governor

- Recent COVID-19 clusters in Heilongjiang show loopholes in epidemic control: State Council (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 12 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with 6 being imported cases

April 30

Outside China 

- Tajikistan reports first 15 COVID-19 cases - Health Ministry

- The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States topped 60,000 on Wednesday afternoon, reaching 60,207 - Johns Hopkins University

- Clinical trial shows remdesivir accelerates recovery from advanced COVID-19 patients (Read more)

- Russian COVID-19 cases top 100,000

- US Navy starts broader inquiry into coronavirus outbreak aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (Read more)

- COVID-19 cases reported to WHO exceed 3 million worldwide

- UK COVID-19 deaths top 26,000 as care home, community figures included (Read more)

- Brazil registers highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases from 71,886 to 78,162

- US Fed keeps interest rates near zero amid COVID-19 fallout (Read more)

China

A staff worker offers help to a passenger at Xinrong Bus Passenger Station in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, April 30, 2020. [Photo by Ke Hao/For chinadaily.com.cn]

- Chinese mainland reports 4 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, all imported cases (Read more)

April 29

Outside China

- The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 1 million Tuesday afternoon: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the national paid leave introduced to contain the spread of COVID-19 to May 11 (Read more)

- French parliament greenlights lockdown exit plan (Read more)

- Australian PM flags imminent easing of coronavirus restrictions (Read more)

- 64 sailors test positive for COVID-19 aboard US Navy destroyer (Read more)

- Global COVID-19 death toll reported to WHO exceeds 200,000 (Read more)

- Canada's COVID-19 spread slows down (Read more)

China 

People visit the Yellow Crane Tower after the landmark tourist attraction in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, reopened to the public, April 29, 2020. [Photo by Li Ziyun/For chinadaily.com.cn]

- Beijing to lower coronavirus emergency response level to second from first starting Thursday

- Chinese mainland reports 22 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with 21 being imported cases (Read more)

April 28

Outside China

- Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 3 million, reaching 3,002,303: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Chinese COVID-19 vaccine set for human trials in Australia (Read more)

- WHO appeals for aggressive measures as European nations see silver linings in combating COVID-19 (Read more)

- US House panel launches inquiry into Trump's decision to halt WHO funding in the midst of a global pandemic (Read more)

- New York state cancels Democratic presidential primary due to COVID-19 (Read more)

- Italy, UK explore possible COVID-19 link to child inflammatory disease (Read more)

China

Ballet dancers from the National Ballet of China practice in Beijing, on April 28, 2020. [Photo by Jiang Dong/chinadaily.com.cn]

 

- Chinese mainland reports 6 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, with 3 being imported cases (Read more)

April 27

Outside China

- WHO warns against 'immunity passports' for recovered patients (Read more)

- UK PM Johnson says will outline exit plans from lockdown in coming days (Read more)

- EU's leaders agree on need for recovery fund, but details not set (Read more)

- More than 1 million Australians have downloaded the government's coronavirus tracing app within hours of its launch (Read more)

- Italian PM Giuseppe Conte said beginning on May 4, the manufacturing, construction, and wholesale sectors can go back to work (Read more)

- The US state of New York will restart its economy after the peak of the coronavirus outbreak in a multi-phase manner, Governor Andrew Cuomo said (Read more)

- Iran Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi said the country's daily death toll had fallen about 70 percent from its peak, while the number of coronavirus patients in hospital had fallen by about half (Read more)

China

Senior high school students take a class at Hongzhi Middle School on April 27, 2020. [Photo by Zou Hong/chinadaily.com.cn]

- Chinese mainland reports 3 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, with 2 being imported cases (Read more)

April 26

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 200,000: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- US records 2,494 more coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins (Read more)

- India records biggest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases, tally reaches 26,496 (Read more)

- British PM to return to work in Downing Street on Monday: reports (Read more)

- Spain to allow exercise, walks from next weekend, in the latest move to ease lockdowns (Read more)

- No evidence suggests people with COVID-19 antibodies protected from secondary infection: WHO (Read more)

China

- Chinese mainland reports 11 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, with 5 being imported cases (Read more)

April 25

Outside China

- COVID-19 deaths in US top 50,000: Johns Hopkins University

- Trump signs huge new economic relief spending package (Read more)

- At least 18 sailors aboard a deployed US Navy destroyer have tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the 2nd outbreak at sea aboard a US Navy vessel

- US Navy recommends reinstating commander of coronavirus-hit USS Theodore Roosevelt (Read more)

- COVID-19 death toll tops 19,000 in UK after another 684 patients die

- France's coronavirus fatalities increase by 389 to 22,245

China

Chinese mainland reports 12 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, with 11 being imported cases

April 24

Outside China

- Italy's daily recoveries surpass infections, Spain sees continuous rise in new deaths

- WHO says novel coronavirus not manipulated or constructed (Read more)

- US House passes COVID-19 relief package to aid small businesses, hospitals, testing (Read more)

- US expert: Be prepared for 2nd wave of outbreak (Read more)

- UK starts tracking coronavirus in general public as COVID-19 hospital deaths hit 18,791 (Read more)

- Trudeau announces additional fund for medical research on COVID-19 (Read more)

- LatAm countries mulling next move as lockdown deadline about to expire (Read more)

- Africa to ease lockdown restrictions slightly in May (Read more)

China

One of 40 couriers of a food delivery company has a swab sample taken at a community health center in Suifenhe, Heilongjiang province, on April 24. LI GUANGQING/FOR CHINA DAILY

- Chinese mainland reports 6 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with 2 being imported cases

April 23

Outside China

- WHO says there is still a long way to go in the battle against COVID-19 disease (Read more)

- Trump signs executive order temporarily suspending immigration to US (Read more)

- Italy's coronavirus deaths exceed 25,000, new active infections keep falling

- French people concerned about govt plan to ease restrictions: Polls (Read more)

- London mayor calls for rent protection during coronavirus pandemic (Read more)

- Mexico unveils new budget to tackle COVID-19 economic crisis (Read more)

China

First-grade students learn the right way to wear a face mask at the Jiuquan Road Primary School in Lanzhou, Gansu province, on April 23. They are among the last group of primary and high school students returning to school in the city. PEI QIANG/FOR CHINA DAILY

- Chinese mainland reports 10 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, with 6 being imported cases (Read more)

April 22

Outside China

- The number of COVID-19 cases in the US topped 800,000 Tuesday afternoon, reaching 804,194 by 2:30 pm (1830 GMT): Johns Hopkins University

- Over 700 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt test positive for coronavirus (Read more)

- Trump says immigration suspension to last 60 days (Read more)

- Singapore to extend "circuit breaker" period over COVID-19 to June 1: PM (Read more)

- More European nations have decided to tentatively relax restrictions with various requirements being introduced to the public (Read more)

- COVID-19 death toll tops 17,000 in UK after another 823 patients die

- France's coronavirus fatalities up by 531 to nearly 21,000

China

A peacock walks in front of visitors at the Wuhan Zoo in Hubei province on April 22, 2020. The zoo closed on Jan 22 as the city was hit by the novel coronavirus. It reopened on Wednesday, and every day the number of visitors is limited to 15,000. [Photo by Wang Jing/chinadaily.com.cn]

- Chinese mainland reports 30 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with 23 being imported cases (Read more)

April 21

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 death cases topped 170,000 on Monday evening: Johns Hopkins University

- Novel coronavirus is not 'manipulated or constructed' in labs: WHO spokeswoman (Read more)

- Trump says to sign executive order temporarily suspending immigration to US (Read more)

- France's COVID-19 deaths top 20,000, virus spread slowing

- Over 100 countries join efforts to evaluate therapeutics for COVID-19 (Read more)

- Italy's coronavirus lockdown might be eased starting May 4: PM (Read more)

- New York state launches widespread COVID-19 antibody testing (Read more)

- UK coronavirus hospital deaths surpass 16,500 after another 449 patients die

China

Vehicles run along Wuhan Avenue during the morning rush hour on April 21, 2020. Vehicles in transit in Wuhan have returned to normal. [Photo by Zhou Guoqiang/for chinadaily.com.cn]

- Chinese mainland reports 11 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, with 4 being imported cases. (Read more)

April 20

Outside China

-The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States topped 40,000 by 3:00 pm local time Sunday (1900 GMT), reaching 40,585: Johns Hopkins University

- Russia has reported 4,268 COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 47,121 as of Monday, official data showed

- Guatemala says 50 deported migrants from US test positive for coronavirus (Read more)

- Coronavirus cases in Peru top 15,000, second highest in Latin America after Brazil (more than 38,000)

- Italy's daily death toll continued to fall as a further 433 people had died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the country's death toll to 23,660, official data showed

China

- Chinese mainland reports 12 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, with 8 being imported cases (Read more)

April 19

Outside China

- Spanish health officials said Sunday another 410 people have died in the last 24 hours. That is the lowest daily death toll since March 22. It takes the total to 20,453 virus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. (Read more)

Russia COVID-19 cases exceed 40,000: Official data

- Councils across England to receive an extra £1.6bn (Read more)

- Canada, US extend border restrictions by 30 days (Read more)

China

- Wuhan classified as COVID-19 low-risk area (Read more)

Chinese mainland reports 16 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 9 imported cases (Read more)

April 18

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 deaths top 150,000, intl coordinated response intensifying (Read More)

US COVID-19 cases top 700,000: Johns Hopkins University (Read More)

- France finds 1,081 virus cases on aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (Read more)

- Queen Elizabeth cancels birthday plans as coronavirus hits Britain (Read more)

China

A security guard in a protective suit gives directions to a passerby during lunch hour in Beijing's Central Business District, on April 17, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- Chinese mainland reports 27 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, with 17 being imported cases (Read More)

- Wuhan finds 182 asymptomatic cases after testing over 270,000, equivalent to 6.6 for per 10,000 people (Read more)

- Senior virologist in Wuhan says it's impossible to synthesize novel coronavirus, and ridiculous to claim it had escaped from the lab (Read more)

- Scientists: Virus mutating, but won't affect drug, vaccine work (Read more)

- Over 32,000 companies in Hubei access $3b of loans to kick-start work (Read more)

April 17

Outside China

- COVID-19 cases in US top 650,000: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Trump faces intense blowback over decision to defund WHO amid coronavirus pandemic (Read more)

- UK extends lockdown for at least three weeks to fight COVID-19 (Read more)

China

A radiologist uses a portable X-ray machine to examine a novel coronavirus patient at an isolation ward of Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province. [Photo provided to China Daily]

- Chinese mainland reports 26 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with 15 being imported cases (Read more)

- Wuhan amends data on confirmed COVID-19 deaths, cases (Read more)

April 16

Outside China

- Trump says US has passed the peak on new cases and will release guidelines on reopening economy on Thursday (Read more)

- US coronavirus death toll exceeds 30,000: Johns Hopkins University

- WHO chief says 'regret' US decision to halt funding to WHO (Read more)

- UN spokesman says up to WHO's governing body to find funds after US withholds (Read more)

- European Union sets out roadmap for lifting restrictions, urges coordination (Read more

- Latin America sees continued rise in COVID-19 cases as Argentina takes stricter measures (Read more)

- Last passengers of coronavirus-stricken cruise ship disembark in Uruguay (Read more)

China

A photo taken on April 16 shows vehicles in transit in Wuhan have gradually returned to normal. The lockdown in the city was lifted on April 8. [Photo by Ke Hao/for chinadaily.com.cn]

Chinese mainland reports 46 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, with 34 being imported cases (Read more)

- Military medics leave Wuhan after fulfilling anti-virus duties (Read more)

April 15

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 cases top two million - Johns Hopkins University (read more)

- UN chief Guterres says the WHO must be supported, shortly after Trump' announcement of halting his country's funding to the organization (read more)

- COVID-19 cases in US top 600,000 and deaths toll reaches 2,228 in past 24 hours, a sharp increase after two days in decline: Johns Hopkins University (read more)

- Parts of Europe re-open for business as first step towards 'new normal' (read more)

- Death toll of those hospitalized in Britain who tested positive for the novel coronavirus reached 12,107 (read more)

China

Medical team from Peking Union Medical College Hospital leaves Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, on April 15, 2020. [Photo by Cui Jia/chinadaily.com.cn]

- Chinese mainland reports 46 new COVID-19 cases on April 14, including 36 imported cases (Read more)

- Last group of medical workers sent to support Hubei in fighting COVID-19 outbreak leaves Wuhan on Wednesday. All medical aid teams have left Hubei as of Wednesday. (Read more)

- Wuhan's Leishenshan Hospital, built in 10 days to treat COVID-19 patients, closes today (Read more)

April 14

Outside China

- Indian PM Modi extends lockdown to May 3 as coronavirus cases cross 10,000 (read more)

- Russian President Putin said the situation in Russia is worsening, with a total of 18,328 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday (read more)

- US records 1,509 deaths in past 24 hours: Johns Hopkins University (read more)

Europe infections near 900,000, France extends lockdown (read more)

China

An ambulance transfers some of the last four patients of Leishenshan Hospital, built to handle patients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, Hubei province, to Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University on April 14. GAO XIANG/FOR CHINA DAILY

- Chinese mainland reports zero new deaths from COVID-19 on April 13 (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 89 new cases on April 13, with 86 of them being imported (Read more)

- All COVID-19 patients from Leishenshan Hospital have been discharged on Tuesday morning (Read more)

- Two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the National Medical Products Administration for clinical trial (Read more)

April 13

Outside China 

- US records 1,514 virus deaths in past 24 hours: Johns Hopkins (Read more)

- France's coronavirus deaths reach 14,393, ICU cases continue to decrease (Read more)

- Washington DC mayor says coronavirus peak in US capital likely in June (Read more)

- India's COVID-19 death toll rises to 308 as total cases reach 9,152 (Read more)

- South Africa sees rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, 2,173 confirmed cases, up 145 from the previously reported cases (Read more)

China

Volunteer workers pose for a group photo in front of Suifenhe makeshift hospital in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on April 13, 2020. After construction day and night for 7 days straight, the hospital was completed on Monday and is ready to be in operation. [Photo by Li Guangqing/for chinadaily.com.cn]

- Among the 108 new cases on the Chinese mainland on Sunday, 98 were imported: Health authority (Read more)

- School teachers and students in Beijing will be required to wear masks at all times when new semester starts (Read more).

April 12

Outside China

- British PM Johnson discharged from hospital after coronavirus treatment (Read more)

- US overtakes Italy as country with most deaths, with toll surpassing 20,000: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- All 50 US states under disaster declaration for first time ever

- The Spanish government allows some non-essential workers to return to their jobs in factories and construction sites this coming week

China

Under the coordination of the Foreign Ministry of China, 180 Chinese overseas students arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on China Eastern Airlines' flight MU590 from San Francisco on April 12. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/chinadaily.com.cn]

- Beijing announces reopening of schools for graduating class (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 99 new COVID-19 infections and 63 new asymptomatic cases on Saturday (Read more)

April 11

Outside China

People are seen wearing protective face masks in Greenwich Park as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 11, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- Death toll from COVID-19 passes 100,000 worldwide: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- UK's COVID-19 death toll nears 10,000 as PM Johnson makes "very good progress" (Read more)

- WHO warns against lifting restrictions too soon amid signs of slowing in COVID-19 infections in Europe (Read more)

- Spain's overnight coronavirus death toll at 510, lowest in 19 days (Read more)

- US, with more than 500,000 total cases, marks record 2,108 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- New York City public schools to remain closed for rest of school year (Read more)

- Italy's Conte extends lockdown by three weeks (Read more)

- Israeli PM Netanyahu orders to stop all flights to the country (Read more)

- Trump, Putin speak over phone on COVID-19, global energy market (Read more)

China

People bike on the first bicycle-only road in Beijing, on April 10, 2020. [Photo by Wei Xiaohao/chinadaily.com.cn]

- Chinese mainland reports 46 new COVID-19 infections and 34 new asymptomatic cases on Friday

- Hubei's severe, critical COVID-19 cases drop below 100 (Read more)

- Hubei has sufficient grain supply and the existing raw stock can supply the whole province's residents for more than a year (Read more)

April 10

Outside China

- The death toll from COVID-19 exceeded 90,000 worldwide on Thursday afternoon local time, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University

- Spain records lowest number of daily deaths over past two weeks (Read more)

- Russia reported 1,786 more coronavirus cases, its largest daily rise so far (Read more)

- Japan's COVID-19 infections top 6,000, Tokyo confirms new daily record (Read more)

- Yemen has 1st confirmed virus case, more than 10,000 in Israel (Read more)

- British PM moved from intensive care after continued improvement (Read more)

- Clinical trial of antimalarial drug for COVID-19 treatment starts in US (Read more)

- Eurogroup finance ministers agree on half-trillion-euro coronavirus package without Eurobonds (Read more)

China

Staff clean the cookware at a catering company in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, April 10, 2020. Some catering companies delivering students' meal in Harbin have resumed work as senior students in high schools and secondary vocational schools in the city returned to school. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 42 new COVID-19 infections and 47 new asymptomatic cases on Thursday

April 9

Outside China

- Global confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 1.5 million: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Russia reported a record one-day rise of 1,459 new cases, pushing its national case total to 10,131 (Read more)

- Spain's latest coronavirus data is encouraging and the country is close to the beginning of a decline in the epidemic, PM Sanchez said (Read more)

- Nearly 2,000 US coronavirus deaths for second day in a row: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- South Korea reports 39 more COVID-19 cases, smallest jump since Feb (Read more)

- The pandemic in Iran continues its week-long downward trend as less than 2,000 new cases were reported (Read more)

- Ethiopia declares state of emergency over coronavirus (Read more)

China

- Chinese mainland reports 63 new COVID-19 infections and 56 new asymptomatic cases on Wednesday

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