Latin America coronavirus deaths top 50,000: Live updates

Latin America
  • Latin America’s death toll has topped 50,000 and cases neared one million, with countries such as Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru struggling to stem the tide, according to a Reuters tally.

  • Brazil has registered a record 33,274 new cases of the coronavirus, its health ministry said, raising the total to 498,440 in a country with one of the world’s worst outbreaks. The country’s death toll has increased to 28,834, with 956 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry added. 
  • Italy has added 111 new victims to the country’s official death toll from the new coronavirus and 416 new infections as it prepares to relax travel restrictions next week. The increases bring the official death toll to 33,340.

  • A third member of a scientific advisory body to the British government has warned that it is too soon to lift the COVID-19 lockdown because the test and trace system is not yet fully operational.

  • More than 6.06 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 369,000 people have died, including more than 103,000 in the United States, while at least 2.56 million have recovered globally.

Here are the latest updates:

Sunday, May 31

09:20 GMT – Indonesia reports 700 new cases, more deaths

Indonesia reported 700 new coronavirus infections, taking the tally in the Southeast Asian nation to 26,473, said health ministry official Achmad Yurianto.

Yurianto reported 40 new deaths from COVID-19, taking the total to 1,613, while 7,308 have recovered.

09:09 GMT – India’s Modi urges citizens to stay alert to virus as lockdown eases

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned the country to remain vigilant against the spread of coronavirus as the country prepares a phased re-opening of activities even as daily cases rise to record highs.

India, with the world’s longest lockdown, is set to largely lift containment measures in June, except in high-risk zones.

“The fight against the coronavirus is intense, we cannot drop our guard,” Modi said in his national radio address, a day after his government extended the lockdown until June 30 in high-risk zones but permitted restaurants, malls and religious buildings to reopen elsewhere from June 8.

“Wearing a mask, gloves and following social distancing rules is essential as everyone will soon start stepping out of their homes,” Modi said.

India Slowly Recovers From Coronavirus Outbreak

Commuters wait for vehicles, as the country relaxed its lockdown restriction on May 26 in Delhi, India [Yawar Nazir/Getty Images]

08:31 GMT – UK taking ‘right steps’ to ease lockdown, says foreign minister 

British foreign minister Dominic Raab said the “careful” easing of the coronavirus lockdown was now the “right step” to take, shrugging off criticism for moving too quickly to allow people more social contact.

“We are confident that this is the right step to be taking at this moment in time,” Raab told Sky News. “We are taking those steps very carefully, based on the science but also based on our ability now to monitor the virus.”

07:57 GMT – Scotland’s Sturgeon says lockdown easing must be very cautious

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon said she agreed with scientists that any easing of the coronavirus lockdown must be very cautious after some of those advising government said Britain was moving too quickly.

Asked whether she thought that politicians were no longer following scientific advice, Sturgeon told Sky News: “I agree with the opinion that has been expressed over the weekend that we’ve got to be very cautious. This virus hasn’t gone away, there is still a significant risk that it could run out of control again.”

07:37 GMT – Russia says coronavirus infections pass 400,000

Russia reported 9,268 new coronavirus cases, raising the national tally to 405,843.

Officials said 138 people had died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing to nationwide toll up to 4,693. 

Emergencies Ministry members sanitize a railway station amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Moscow

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry members wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) spray disinfectant while sanitizing the Kievsky Railway Station in Moscow [Sofya Sandurskaya/Reuters]

07:35 GMT – China says 2 new cases, asymptomatic case on German charter

China announced two new confirmed coronavirus cases and four new asymptomatic cases, including one person without symptoms of COVID-19 on a chartered flight from Germany.

The two confirmed cases in Shandong province on Saturday compared with four cases the day before, data from the country’s health authority showed.

The National Health Commission (NHC) confirmed three new asymptomatic cases on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Chinese city of Tianjin confirmed one asymptomatic person, a passenger arriving from Frankfurt on a chartered Lufthansa flight, LH342, to Tianjin. This case was discovered between midnight and 6am local time on Sunday, the city’s daily statements show.

07:31 GMT – Singapore reports 518 new cases

Singapore has confirmed 518 more coronavirus infections, the health ministry said, taking its tally to 34,884.

Migrant workers living in dormitories make up the vast majority of the new cases, the ministry said in a statement. 

06:37 GMT – Sri Lanka cricketers to begin training on Monday

A select group of Sri Lanka cricketers, mainly bowlers, will return to training on Monday, amid efforts to restart the game after the coronavirus shutdown, the cricket board said.

Professional cricket has been suspended since March because of the pandemic, with Sri Lanka’s home series against England and South Africa among its casualties.

Thirteen players will check into a hotel for a 12-day residential camp at the Colombo Cricket Club, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.

“The players taking part in the camp represent a general squad chosen from across all formats, and primarily consist of bowlers, as they need more time for conditioning before going into active competition,” it said.

06:27 GMT – Rwanda reports its first coronavirus death  

Rwanda’s ministry of health reported the East African nation’s first death caused by the coronavirus.

The victim was a 65-year-old driver who opted to return home from a neighbouring country, where he resided, after falling severely ill, the ministry said in a statement.

He passed away from severe respiratory complications while receiving treatment at a specialised COVID-19 treatment facility. 

06:04 GMT – Jerusalem’s Al-Alqsa Mosque reopens after two months     

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound – the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia – reopened after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus.

Dozens of worshippers in protective masks were let into the compound before the first prayers of the day, held in a cool and windy night.

Chanting “God is greatest, we will protect Al-Aqsa with our soul and blood”, the group gathered in front of the large wooden doors were welcomed by mosque director Omar al-Kiswani, who thanked them for their patience.

Hello, this is Farah Najjar taking over from my colleague Ted Regencia.

05:20 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 286 to 181,482

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has increased by 286 to 181,482, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases. The reported death toll rose by 11 to 8,500, the data showed.

05:10 GMT – Thailand reports four new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

Thailand has reported four new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, taking the total number of infections to 3,081 with 57 deaths since January, according to the Reuters News Agency.

The new patients had arrived in Thailand from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, and Saudi Arabia and have been in state quarantine.

Local infections have slowed and over the last two weeks, about 80 percent of new cases were Thais who had returned from abroad. Thailand will on Monday begin reopening more businesses classified as medium to high risks, including cinemas and gyms.


Thailand has 3,081 total number of infections with 57 deaths since January [Sarayuth Jojaiharn/AP]

05:00 GMT – Russia records 9,000 new coronavirus cases

Russia has recorded nearly 9,000 new cases of the coronavirus, roughly consistent with the increases reported over the past two weeks.

The national coronavirus taskforce said 4,555 Russians have died of COVID-19 and 396,575 infections have been confirmed overall.

If all categories are counted as COVID-19 deaths, the nation’s total toll for April would stand at 2,713, or nearly 60 percent more than the previously announced number.

04:06 GMT – Italy warns of EU ‘collapse’ over coronavirus ‘blacklist’

Italy’s foreign minister has warned that the European Union will “collapse” if governments treat Italians like lepers over the coronavirus and “blacklist” Europe’s one-time virus epicentre during the summer tourism season.

Luigi Di Maio posted a blistering Facebook message on Saturday after Greece excluded Italians – as well as nationals from Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries with high infection rates – from the list of foreign tourists it will welcome this summer.

Di Maio said competition for tourism is one thing, but he insisted that it be healthy and fair in demanding a European response to the reopening of EU borders after virus lockdowns. He warned: “If you act differently and dislocated, the EU spirit will be lost. And Europe will collapse.”

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Far-right demonstrators hold an anti-government protest in the Italian capital, Rome, on Saturday, following the economic crisis due to the pandemic [Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP]

03:48 GMT – North Macedonia extends state of emergency

North Macedonia has extended its state of emergency for another two weeks because the coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of slowing down.

President Stevo Pendarovski announced the extension on Saturday following a meeting of the National Security Council.

The country’s health authorities reported five new deaths and 35 infections in the previous 24 hours, days after the government allowed bars, cafes and restaurants to reopen. North Macedonia had reported a total of 2,146 confirmed virus cases as of Saturday, including 131 deaths.

03:03 GMT – Romanian PM fined for violating social distancing rules

Romania’s prime minister has paid fines totalling about $600 for smoking indoors and holding a meeting in a government building where several Cabinet ministers and other participants did not follow social distancing rules, The Associated Press news agency reported.

In a photograph published in Romanian media, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and others can be seen smoking with food and bottles of alcohol on a table. No one in the photo wore a mask or maintained the required spacing.

Orban told the Mediafax news agency that the picture was taken on May 25, his birthday. The foreign minister and economy minister of Romania were among those attending.

Romania has registered 19,133 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,259 deaths.

02:34 GMT – China reports two new coronavirus cases for May 30

China has recorded two new confirmed cases of coronavirus, down from four on Saturday, Reuters reported on Sunday, quoting data from the country’s health authority.

Both cases were imported in the Chinese province of Shandong, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement on its website. The NHC also confirmed three new asymptomatic cases, compared with four the day before.

With no new deaths reported, the death toll remained at 4,634. The total number of confirmed cases in the mainland as of May 30 stood at 83,001, data form NHC showed.

02:15 GMT – South Korea reports 27 new coronavirus cases

South Korea has reported 27 new cases of the coronavirus, the lowest since a cluster infection linked to a logistics centre near Seoul broke out last week, Yonhap news agency reported quoting health officials.

The new cases raised South Korea’s total coronavirus caseload to 11,468.

The country reported one additional death, bringing the total death toll at 270. The death rate was 2.35 percent. The total number of people released from quarantine after full recoveries stood at 10,405, up 7 from the previous day, with 793 people currently under treatment.

01:48 GMT – Mexico counts 9,779 coronavirus deaths, 87,512 cases

Mexico has reported 2,885 new cases of coronavirus and 364 more deaths, bringing the total numbers to 87,512 cases and 9,779 deaths according to data from health authorities.

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A small group of protesters rally on Saturday against Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his handling of the new coronavirus pandemic [Rebecca Blackwell/AP]

01:18 GMT – Colombia to shut down Bogota neighbourhood

The mayor of Colombia’s capital is planning to shut down one of the city’s largest neighbourhoods as cases there continue to rise.

Mayor Claudia Lopez said starting June 1, the working-class Kennedy area – home to nearly 1.5 million people – will be under a strict quarantine.

Police and military will enforce the lockdown and no one will be allowed out, except to seek food or medical care or in case of an emergency.

Businesses like manufacturing that had been allowed to operate will be ordered closed. Lopez said testing for the virus will be doubled. The area today has nearly 2,500 more cases and hospitals there are reaching maximum capacity.

00:10 GMT – Greece reopens doors to travellers subject to testing, possible quarantine

Greek officials have said the country would not limit incoming tourists to those from a list of 29 nations, but travellers from countries not on the list will be subject to mandatory testing on arrival and a period of quarantine depending on test results.

The policy will only be applied during the final two weeks of June, although Greek authorities left open the prospect of additional restrictions after that date.

Arrivals from the 29 countries listed will be tested randomly. The list was drawn up based on a document from the EU Aviation Safety Agency.

00:01 GMT – Turkey prepares to reopen, resume domestic flights

Disinfection teams have swept Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and the resumption of domestic flights have been announced as Turkey prepares to lift many remaining coronavirus restrictions.

Teams scrubbed the floors of the 15th-century bazaar, which has been closed since March 23, before Monday’s return to business. The transport minister said the first air routes between Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya and Trabzon would restart on Monday, with others following gradually.

On Saturday evening, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced 983 new cases of coronavirus during the previous 24 hours, taking Turkey’s total number of cases to 163,103. In a tweet, he said there had been 26 deaths from the virus over the same period, bringing the overall death toll to 4,515.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

You can find all the updates from yesterday, May 30, here.

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