International Update: US Covid-19 cases pass 1 million – Russia to remain in lockdown as cases surpass China’s

29th April 2020 (Last Updated April 29th, 2020 13:10)

Global: Known global death toll exceeds 217,168. According to the Johns Hopkins researchers, at least 3,116,680 people have been infected worldwide and at least 217,168 have died since the outbreak began.

Brazil: Brazil deaths reach record amid deepening Bolsonaro scandal.

Brazil’s Health Ministry reported a record 474 people died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s death toll to 5,017.

China: China’s parliament will start its key annual session in Beijing on 22 May, more than two months later than originally planned.

Starbucks Corp. has opened almost all its locations in China, but still sees the lingering impact of the coronavirus pandemic trimming same-store sales.

US: President Donald Trump says the US is considering testing passengers on international flights for the coronavirus.

US Covid-19 cases rose 2.5% from the day before to pass 1 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.

Trump indicated he wouldn’t allow federal aid for states facing budget deficits from the coronavirus outbreak unless they take action against “sanctuary cities”.

California, which has closed schools for the academic year, is considering bumping up the start of the new school year to late July or early August.

The US government’s top infectious disease specialist is “cautiously optimistic” scientists will develop a Covid-19 vaccine that can protect against future outbreaks of a virus he said is unlikely to disappear.

Russia: President Vladimir Putin ordered Russians to remain under lockdown through 11 May after the total number of coronavirus cases in the country surpassed China’s.

Europe: Several European countries are eyeing a gradual end to their coronavirus lockdowns as infection rates slow and death rates decline.

Spain aims to remove most restrictions on daily life and return to a “new normal” over the next eight weeks, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.