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Global coronavirus cases top 4.3 million, death crosses 0.3 million

Global coronavirus cases top 4.3 million, death crosses 0.3 million
May 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (92 News) – Confirmed COVID-19 cases have exceeded 4.3 million globally, with over 300,000 fatalities and more than 1.54 million recoveries, according to the latest count from Johns Hopkins University. The Chinese mainland has 82,929 COVID-19 cases, of which 1,692 were imported. Also, 712 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation. China's COVID-19 death toll stands at 4,644. The 13th National People's Congress (NPC) will open its third session in Beijing on May 22. The US is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and deaths, totaling more than 1.3 million and over 83,000, respectively. The US House of Representatives on Tuesday unveiled a 3-trillion-US-dollar coronavirus bill that the chamber plans to vote on Friday. In Russia, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in hospital. Japan will consider whether to partially lift the state of emergency in many of the 34 prefectures under the current epidemic situation on May 14. Australian jobs plunged by the most on record in April as employers laid off hundreds of thousands of staff in response to the economy-wide shutdowns to curb the spread of the COVID-19. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on Thursday showed employment in April decreased 594,300 the unemployment rate shot up to 6.2%, the largest fall on record. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the job losses were "heartbreaking," adding that the forecast is still for unemployment to reach 10%. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country is reopening the economy. Australia has recorded about 7,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 98 deaths. The federal government has a three-step plan to remove all social distancing restrictions by July, but the implementation is largely down to individual state and territory leaders. Frydenberg said lifting restrictions gradually will help get people back in work. Hong Kong: 1,050 (1,008 recoveries, 4 deaths) Macao: 45 (43 recoveries) Taiwan: 440 (375 recoveries, 7 deaths)

Coronavirus cases in US surpass 1.38 million, deaths over 83,000

There are now 1,388,936 confirmed coronavirus cases in the US as of 6:32pm local time on Wednesday, according to statistics released by Johns Hopkins University. At least 83,791 deaths have been reported so far. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump described as not acceptable a warning given by top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci this week about the dangers of reopening the economy and schools too quickly. “To me it's not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about Fauci's warnings to senators on Tuesday about the risks of reopening the schools and economy too soon.

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