Doctors and nurses work with patients in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the Emilio Ribas Institute of Infectious Disease hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Venezuela reports 45 new COVID-19 cases — Global virus update

Doctors and nurses work with patients in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the Emilio Ribas Institute of Infectious Disease hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Key Developments:

  • Virus Tracker: Cases top 4.6 million; deaths exceed 312,000
  • Pandemic shatters world order, sowing anger and mistrust
  • Vaccine nationalism puts global advocate on COVID front line
  • COVID-19 could force out small charities as funding dries up
  • Lockdown fatigue spreads quicker than the coronavirus in Africa
  • China faces angry world seeking answers at key WHO meeting
  • Broken ventilators spark push to end limits on repairs

Venezuela Reports 45 New COVID-19 Cases

Venezuela reported 45 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours for a total of 504, Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez said on state television. 34 of the new cases were imported from Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador, Rodriguez says.

India Extends Lockdown to May 31

India extended its nationwide lockdown to the end of the month while easing some curbs.

Sports complexes and stadiums will now be able to operate without spectators and interstate travel will be allowed with permits, the home ministry said in a statement on Sunday evening. Public transport, along with malls, cinemas, schools, gymnasiums and tourist spots will remain closed.

Egypt Tightens Restrictions During Eid

Shops, restaurants, beaches, parks and malls will be closed from May 24-29, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said in a televised press conference.

A curfew will go into effect at 5 p.m. May 24 and run for six days before being eased to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting May 30. Gradual easing of restrictions will start June 15.

Portugal to Open Restaurants, Some Schools

The second stage of Portugal’s plan to ease confinement measures starts on Monday, when restaurants will be allowed to reopen with capacity limited to 50%. Schools will open only for students in the final two years of secondary education.

Portugal reported 226 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, compared with 227 on Saturday, taking the total to 29,036, the government said. The total number of deaths rose by 15 to 1,218. The number of hospitalized cases and those in intensive care units both fell.

Denmark Won’t Need Fall Lockdown

Denmark won’t need a new, large-scale lockdown this fall even though there’s a risk of infections spreading, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in an interview with Politiken.

“With the current knowledge, I don’t think we will need a lockdown like the one we did on March 11,” Frederiksen told the newspaper.

Denmark is currently in the second phase of reopening after large swathes of its economy including schools and hairdressers restarted in mid-April. This week, Danish shops opened for the first time in two months, with museums and cinemas set to follow.

Spain Deaths Lowest Since March

Spain recorded 87 deaths in the last 24 hours on Sunday, the lowest number of new fatalities since March 12, according to data from the Health Ministry. New infections increased by 421 to 231,350, compared to 539 the previous day. Total deaths rose to 27,650.

Belgium Prepares to Ease Measures

Belgium reported another 47 deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total casualties to 9,052 — more than any other country in the world, relative to population. As the European nation prepares to further ease containment measures as of Monday, the number of patients in intensive care units increased by seven to 371. Still, the trend over the past week shows a falling number of new infections, hospitalizations, and fatalities, the country’s authorities said.

Singapore Cases Rise Mostly Among Foreign Workers

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has confirmed an additional 682 cases of coronavirus. The vast majority of the new infections were contracted by foreign worker residing in shared dormitories. Only four of the new cases were Singaporeans or people with permanent residence.

German Cases Rise by 519

Cases rose by 519 to 175,752, the third-lowest increase since March 31. 50 deaths were reported, bringing the total to 7,947. That’s up slightly, but still the fifth-lowest figure since the end of March. The death rate increased slightly to 4.52% from 4.50% the day before.

Russian New Cases Stay Under 10,000

Russia reported the second-lowest daily toll of new coronavirus cases in the past two weeks. The number of new cases rose by 9,709 versus 9,200 a day earlier while fatalities rose by 94 to 2,631, according to data published by the Russian government’s virus response center. Overall infections rose to 281,752.

Deloitte Expects a Shortlist of Three Bidders for Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia’s administrator, Deloitte, said in an emailed statement they expect as many as eight indicative offers for the collapsed airline. Nearly 20 interested parties have had access to the data room and eight of these have sufficiently advanced, Deloitte said. A short list of around three bidders is expected.

Tesla Tells Employees It Has County Approval to Reopen

Tesla Inc. told employees it received approval to resume operations at its factory after Elon Musk threatened to move the company’s headquarters and future programs following a move by a California county to block the reopening.

The company said Alameda County’s interim health officer had approved its Fremont work plan and safe measures, according to an email sent to employees that was seen by Bloomberg News.

China, S. Korea Ask Japan to Allow Business Travel, Yomiuri

China and South Korea have asked Japan to join them in relaxing controls on business travel as virus cases tail off, the Yomiuri newspaper reported. Japan remains reluctant to loosen what are currently some of the tightest border controls in the developed world, which were introduced over the past few weeks in a bid to help contain the coronavirus.

China Reports Five New Cases

Of China’s five new cases, two were imported and three were locally transmitted, according to a statement form National Health Commission. The three cases are all from Fengman district, the hardest-hit area of of Jilin city. The risk level of Fengman District in Jilin City was adjusted from medium risk to high risk, according to a statement from Jilin Province, which is next to North Korea.

UK to Face Virus ‘For Some Time to Come’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain may not be free of the virus “for some time to come,” an admission that highlights the challenge he has of convincing people to return to work as the death toll remains the highest in Europe.

In an op-ed for The Mail on Sunday, Johnson said his government will spend 93 million pounds ($113 million) on a vaccine research center in Oxfordshire that will open in summer 2021, a year ahead of schedule.

Under pressure from his own Conservative Party to revive an economy plunging toward recession, Johnson is trying to encourage a skeptical electorate that they should return to offices and, particularly, send their children back to primary schools next month.

Brazil Overtakes Spain in Cases

Brazil had 14,919 new cases, raising the total to 233,142, overtaking Spain to rank fourth in the world behind the U.S., Russia and the U.K., according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. The nation had 816 new deaths, raising the fatality toll to 15,633.

Vice President Hamilton Mourao and his wife are in self isolation after a civil servant he was in contact with tested positive for the coronavirus, his press office said in a note. Mourao and his wife have been tested and are awaiting results, which are expected on Monday.

France Deaths Fall for Second Day

France reported a second-straight daily drop in deaths after fatalities rose to a two-week high on May 14, while hospitalizations and the number of patients in intensive care continued to decline. The health ministry said deaths rose by 96 to 27,625.

US Cases Rise 1.8%, Above Week’s Average

US cases increased 1.8% from the same time Friday, to 1.46 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. The rise in cases was above the average daily increase of 1.7% over the past week. Deaths rose 1.7% to 88,211.