Africa Tops 100,000 COVID-19 Cases As Global Total Nears 5.25 Million: Live Updates



  • Cali reports small jump in brand-new cases
  • United States cases climb up 1.8%, compared to 1.5% last week
  • Italy’s does 75 k+ tests in a single day for first time
  • Dr. Birx provides update on state of US break out
  • Chinese vaccine deemed “safe” by the Lancet
  • NY lowest case count considering that early days of break out
  • NJ raises gathering limitation to 25
  • Italy says vaccine will not be all set up until next year
  • NY launches program allowing pharmacists to administer COVID tests
  • GM hold-ups prepare to increase production
  • Spain lifts lockdown conditions in Madrid
  • Chinese airline company to restart flights from US next month
  • India reports record jump in cases as lockdown relieves
  • Russia reports record dive in deaths
  • Russian ‘hot nurse’ punished for unintentionally exposing underclothing due to ‘transparent’ PPE
  • UN cautions of looming collapse of Yemen’s health-care system
  • Bulgaria allows EU locals to enter nation
  • Brazil ends up being sixth nation to hit 20 k COVID deaths
  • Thailand extends state of emergency even as no new cases reported
  • Russia, Brazil drive biggest everyday dive in new cases
  • Australia’s biggest state, New South Wales, enables approximately 50 people in restaurants and bars

Update (1540 ET): AfricaNews reports that the number of validated cases in Africa has passed 100,000 as epidemiologists and scientists on the Continent and elsewhere have admired the coronavirus’s fairly slow spread across Africa, which has mainly prevented the full-scale collapse of nations’ health-care systems – or anything even close to that situation.

Africa’s five worst-hit nations are as follows:

South Africa: 19,137

Egypt: 15,003

Algeria: 7,728

Morocco: 7,300

Nigeria: 7,016

South Africa has actually been the worst-hit throughout the continent despite a restrictive lockdown that was initially bought back in March.

The international overall, meanwhile, is rapidly surrounding 5.25 million.

Back in the US, the CDC stated that US cases have ticked higher over the past day as cases climb up 1.8%, compared with recently’s 1.5%.

Update (1440 ET): California has actually released its most current numbers, revealing a slight uptick in cases over the previous day.


On the other hand, earlier this afternoon, Dr Birx offered an assessment on where the United States stands in regards to the infection.

All states have tested a minimum of 2% of their population, states Dr. Birx.

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2020


— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2020

” A significant decrease across the states” in percent favorable per state, states Dr. Birx. #CoronavirusUSA

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2020

” Still substantial infection” of #COVID19 distributing in #Maryland, #DC and #Virginia, says Dr. Birx.

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2020

District of Columbia (consisting of northern #Virginia and two #Maryland counties) is the top metro area hot spot, according to Dr. Birx. Worried about Chicago.

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2020

City areas #COVID19 picture. JI0C

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2020


— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2020

” Significant decline” in #COVID19 cases in NYC metro location, states Dr. Birx.

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2020

District of Columbia (including northern #Virginia and two #Maryland counties) is the top city location hot spot, according to Dr. Birx. Likewise concerned about Chicago.

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2020


— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 22, 2020

” Across the nation, we are below baseline” for seasonal influenza-like illness, states Dr. Birx.

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) Might 22, 2020

Update (1430 ET): The previous week has actually seen more than its reasonable share of vaccine-related statements, with a team of scientists from Oxford announcing plans to accelerate human trials, while Dr. Fauci provided some more market-pumping positivity during a lunch break interview with CNBC (notably, when asked about states pushing ahead with resuming, he noted that so long as people follow social distancing recommendations, whatever must be fine).

Adding another headline to the list: The Lancet has actually declared a Chinese vaccine prospect “safe” for human consumption.

Lancet medical journal says a Chinese research study team’s vaccine to fight #COVID19 is safe. The vaccine is the first in the world to enter Stage 2 medical trial.

— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) Might 22, 2020

Remember, establishing security was touted as the key triumph of the Moderna-NIH research study that the business issued a statement about earlier today (after its CEO inadvertently referenced the trial results openly on Friday).

Italy attained a noteworthy turning point today: performing more than 75 k+ COVID-19 tests in a single day.

JUST IN: Italy reports 652 new cases of coronavirus and 130 new deaths.

Total of 228,658 cases and 32,616 deaths.

— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) May 22, 2020

Italy’s upgrade:

– Number of brand-new tests up

– Number of new cases up

– Variety of brand-new deaths down

– Variety of hospitalized down

– Number of ICU patients down

— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) May 22, 2020

NEW: Italy performed more than 75,000 coronavirus tests in a single day for the first time considering that the break out began.

— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) May 22, 2020

And today’s numbers from the UK …

As of 9am 22 May, there have actually been 3,231,921 tests, with 140,497 tests on 21 May.

2,144,626 people have actually been tested of which 254,195 evaluated positive.

Since 5pm on 21 May, of those evaluated positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 36,393 have unfortunately died.

— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) May 22, 2020

Update (1225 ET): In New Jersey, Gov Phil Murphy reported a 0.9% dive in new cases Friday, in-line with the 7-day average.

NEW: We have actually gotten 1,394 new favorable #COVID19 test results, bringing our statewide total to 152,719

The daily positivity rate for tests from May 18 th is 14 percent. VXzA3W

— Guv Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 22, 2020

Regretfully, we have actually lost another 146 members of our New Jersey household to #COVID19 related problems, bringing our statewide overall to 10,985

Thousands of lives cut brief by #COVID19 throughout our state.

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 22, 2020

Hospitalizations and ICU admissions likewise continued to decline.

Update (1140 ET): As the AP reveals that NY leads the nation in assisted living home deaths (with some 5,300 recorded), Cuomo just skillfully deflected from a burgeoning debate over his decision to send out COVID-19 clients back to nursing homes, helping to start or intensify some of the deadliest outbreaks. Cuomo has actually safeguarded the choice as meant to guarantee retirement home citizens wouldn’t delegated simply spend time healthcare facilities, when, in hindsight, they most likely ought to have been admitted.


After dragging his feet on marijuana legalization for years (one of the most significant problems of Cuomo’s progressive critics is that after turning into one of the very first states to approve medical marijuana, NY has generally given up on reform because location), it looks like legalization is back on the agenda.

New COVID-19 cases in New York State reported Friday climbed up by another 0.4% as the number of infections reported continued to slow, Cuomo added. “This is a level now that is lower than when we first started,” he said.

Cuomo also announced his state would adopt the CDC guidance on HQX.

In another turning point: NYC has recorded 58 days without a pedestrian traffic death, the longest stretch considering that the city started tracking the numbers in 1983.

In Italy, on the other hand, the head of the Italian Medicines Firm, the national authority accountable for drug guideline in Italy, said Friday that a vaccine for the virus most likely would not be all set up until next year.

AIFA director-general Nicola Magrini told reporters that studies of five or 6 vaccines are showing guarantee however “the reasonable time to think of a vaccine is next spring, next summer season.”

” I do not think there will be any vaccine for September offered,” Magrini stated. “Let’s hope they are established by next year and let’s hope there’s more than one, and the production capacities are sufficient.”

Update (1115 ET): In the nick of time for MDW, New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy just chose to raise the limit on public gatherings to 25 people, while his colleague, NY Gov Andrew Cuomo revealed the start of a previously announced pilot program that enables pharmacists to administer coronavirus tests.

Watch Cuomo live:

Holding an instruction with updates on #Coronavirus See Live: mc9Sib

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 22, 2020

Update (0955 ET): GM has actually apparently delayed plans to increase production at one of its Michigan plants next week due to a lack of important elements from Mexico.

As many in the automobile industry forecasted, parts scarcities out of Mexico will slow down the car manufacturer plans to speed up production at plants. $ GM will have to delay strategies to increase pickup production due to shortages from south of the border.

— Phil LeBeau (@Lebeaucarnews) May 22, 2020

Instead of presenting another shift or more today, GM will require to postpone the production ramp up until next week. Meanwhile, throughout the United States, discovering new American-made vehicles remains challenging as dealers in some states have actually only simply begun to reopen.

Update (0935 ET): After a weeks-long hold-up, the Spanish government has finally started raising lockdown conditions in the capital, Madrid.

Here’s more on that from Al Jazeera:

Spanish authorities will lift part of the lockdown constraints in Madrid on Monday after the pace of the coronavirus contagion in the area slowed down, the Madrid regional health department said.

The limitations in Madrid are now the same as in most of the nation that started phasing out the lockdown in early May.

Bars and dining establishments in the capital will be allowed to resume terraces and groups of as much as 10 people will be enabled to satisfy.

Spain has actually seen everyday COVID-19- connected deaths drop to ~100 a day or less over the past week as the nation’s rigorous lockdown has clearly assisted quash what was as soon as one of Europe’s deadliest break outs.

Update (0920 ET): Local press has reported that a significant Chinese airline company will re-start some flights from the United States next month, the first stirring of what some anticipate will be a mini-revival in passenger travel in the coming months, even as the majority of analysts think it will take years for air traffic to go back to pre-COVID-19 levels.


Among the most discouraging elements of the coronavirus is how it appears to react differently to the exact same basic techniques imposed by different federal governments. For instance, in China, and across the US and Europe, lockdowns have actually coincided with sharp reductions in the spread of the outbreak.

However in spite of what has been repeatedly referred to as among the most rigorous on the planet, the rate at which brand-new coronavirus infections are being confirmed has shown no sign of slowing after almost 2 months(the lockdown began March 25). As we reported on Tuesday, the number of reported coronavirus cases in India crossed 100,000 earlier in the week, even as many parts of the country began to reopen companies as India’s lockdown got in a new phase.

Three days later on, India registered its greatest jump in coronavirus cases since the start of the outbreak, with 6,000 brand-new cases as the nation loosens a nationwide lockdown.

In addition, India unwinded a few of its travel limitations on Friday to allow members of the Indian diaspora to reenter the country.

On The Other Hand, in Russia, which is now home to the world’s second-largest outbreak (behind just the US) has actually reported 150 brand-new deaths, a record daily rise, taking the nation’s official national death toll from the infection to 3,249

In another somewhat more lighthearted story from the world’s second-worst-hit country, a nurse working at a hospital in Russia’s main Tula area was suspended from her job for the mishap, which she states she didn’t recognize up until it was mentioned by an associate. A number of high-ranking federal government officials have weighed in, arguing that the hospital must reverse the punishment, according to several media reports.

The UN alerted on Friday that as the coronavirus spreads throughout Yemen, the nation’s health care system has, in impact, collapsed. Yemen will need emergency situation support from the international neighborhood to avoid yet another humanitarian crisis in country that, after Syria, h as been among the most war-torn locations in the world for a big portion of the last decade.

Utilizing data from Johns Hopkins, Al Jazeera established a chart showing how the coronavirus pandemic reached the 5 million mark.

The variety of new cases reported globally stayed well above current levels as Russia, Brazil and India pushed the variety of brand-new cases to a daily record, as break outs in the United States and Europe slow while Russia and Brazil report unprecedented growth.

Additionally, Brazil has actually ended up being the sixth country worldwide to report more than 20,000 deaths from the coronavirus as interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello cautioned that while the level of infection had decreased in particular areas in capital cities, its spread throughout the remainder of the country was “inescapable.”

As EU member specifies slowly lift travel constraints on neighbors, while the UK creates new quarantine restrictions for foreign tourists, Bulgaria has scrapped its ban on visitors from the EU, according to the country’s health ministry.

Extremely positive reports about initial vaccine trials have triggered a handful of biotech pumps in current days, to the delight of hedge funds that have piled into the sector, Oxford scientists, who have been amongst the most bullish in the world about the prospects for a vaccine in the near term, reported Friday that they have actually currently vaccinated 1,000 individuals throughout the very first phase of the trial, and that the research study would be accelerated to begin hiring the 10 k volunteers they will require for the 2nd phase of the research study.

Regardless of reporting no new coronavirus cases and deaths on Friday, Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Scenario Administration proposed an extension of the nation’s state of emergency situation steps till June to enable more time for new easing procedures to be adopted.

In the UK, BoJo’s government has extended its mortgage payment holiday plan for homeowners in monetary distress for another 3 months. In Panama, health officials state 59 migrants stranded at the Panamanian Migration Center have actually tested positive for the virus.

Lastly, Australia’s biggest state, New South Wales, has stated constraints enforced to slow the spread of coronavirus will be relieved to enable cafes, restaurants and pubs to have up to 50 seated customers, which need to allow lots of smaller sized dining establishments to move back to 100% capacity. The nation likewise extended its ban on cruise liner for another 3 months, till Sept.17

And before we go, throughout his check out to a Ford factory in Michigan last night (where he exasperated the state’s AG by declining to use a mask after consistently encountering the state’s Democratic guv), President Trump said that he wouldn’t be closing down the country again if a “second wave” of the virus does hit.

The FDA on Friday revealed plans to punish defective antibody tests, openly listed lots of antibody tests that have actually not yet been proved to work, a significant step in its efforts to regulate these examinations.

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