Spain PM seeks final lockdown extension: Live coronavirus updates

Sanchez to ask parliament to approve 15 more days of lockdown "to finish with the pandemic once and for all".

  • Latin America's death toll has topped 50,000 and cases have 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

16:03 GMT -  Italy records 75 new coronavirus deaths, 355 new cases

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 75, against 111 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases fell to 355 from 416.
The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on February 21 now stands at 33,415 the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.
The number of confirmed cases amounts to 233,019, the sixth highest global tally behind those of the United States, Russia, Spain, Britain and Brazil.
People registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 42,075 from 43,691 the day before.
There were 435 people in intensive care on Sunday, down from 450 on Saturday, maintaining a long-running decline. Of those originally infected, 157,507 were declared recovered against 155,633 a day earlier.
The agency said 2.434 million people had been tested for the virus against 2.405 million on Friday, out of a population of around 60 million.

15:15 GMT - Bangladesh reopens offices, transport

Public and private offices reopened in Bangladesh after the authorities relaxed some of the measures.
"We are gradually returning to normalcy as the lockdown is lifted," health ministry official Nasima Sultana told a news conference in Dhaka, calling upon everyone to follow the "post-lockdown" guidelines to stay safe.
The return to offices and relaunch of public transport services coincided with Bangladesh reporting a record 40 Covid-19 fatalities on Sunday, raising the cumulative death toll to 650.

15:00 GMT - Abu Dhabi announces one week-ban on traffic

Abu Dhabi, the largest member of the United Arab Emirates federation, announced a one-week ban on traffic to and between its main cities, to be implemented from June 2, the local government media office said.
The restrictions include a ban on entering and exiting the emirate of Abu Dhabi as a whole, it said on Twitter.
The other cities of the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi mentioned by the announcement are Al-Ain and Al-Dhafra. Movement within these cities is allowed as long as a night curfew, already in force, is observed.

14:50 GMT - UK COVID-19 confirmed death toll rises

The United Kingdom's death toll from people who have tested positive for COVID-19 has risen by 113 to 38,489, the government said 

14:30 GMT - Britain has reached 200,000 capacity testing target

Britain has reached its 200,000 capacity testing target for the coronavirus on Saturday, including the means for 40,000 antibody tests a day, the government said, adding that it had met the goal a day early.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson set the target of reaching 200,000 tests a day by the end of the month, with aides later saying it was an operational target for Britain to have the capacity to do that number of tests.
"Reaching our 200,000 capacity target is an important milestone on our journey to control the spread of the virus, save lives and gradually ease lockdown," health minister Matt Hancock said in a statement.

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