In just a few months, the pandemic had spread around the world, with heartbroken families and loved ones dying alone in intensive care and makeshift units.
Economies are brought to their knees with business closures and soaring jobs, while key workers continue to lose their lives on the front lines.
The first death was reported on January 10 in Wuhan, China, after the virus emerged in December, before spreading rapidly across Europe in February.
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The unprecedented death toll means that dozens of corpses are being stored in refrigerated trucks in New York, mass graves are being dug in a cemetery in London and many people around the world are prevented from attending the funeral of their loved ones.
North America and European countries accounted for most of the new cases reported in the past few days, but the number was increasing from smaller bases in Latin America, Africa and Russia.
Globally, there have been 84,004 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to a Reuters count based on official government data.
Relaxing restrictions in countries, including at least half of the United States, has been controversial as experts debate the best strategy to ensure there is no big epidemic of “second wave”.
Health officials have also expressed concern about the increasing number of cases in countries where there is a shortage of tests and a lack of medical facilities.
While the number of new cases peaked at 104,495 reported in a single day last week, it is still around 80,000 to 90,000 cases per day worldwide.
Below is a summary of the situation in five of the hardest hit countries, including tolls and the current position in terms of locking and easing.
In the United States, about half of the country’s state governors accelerated the reopening of their economies over the weekend, while others, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, said the move was premature. .
In the past two weeks, several states have already started to loosen restrictions by opening stores, restaurants and other public spaces, despite federal directives to drop the number of cases for 14 consecutive days before relaxing the restrictions. locking measures.
Texas began lifting restrictions Friday, despite a high number of deaths in one day.
Shops, restaurants, cinemas, shopping malls, museums and libraries have been allowed to reopen, but with limited occupancy – only 25% of their capacity.
The United States, with the third largest population in the world, has five times more cases than the next hardest hit countries.
It has so far recorded 3,565,310 cases of Covid-19 and 248,256 deaths.
During the weekend in Spain, many ventured outside for the first time since the country’s lockdown on March 14, but social distancing rules have remained in place and masks will be mandatory on public transport.
The Spaniards enjoyed a second day of freedom yesterday, heading outside in time slots for age groups.
Although the appalling COVID-19 epidemic in Spain enveloped the nation in mourning for more than 25,000 dead, there was much-needed relief on a sunny spring day as people finally returned to the streets, the hills and the sea.
Joggers ruled the streets from the start, before it was the elderly and then the children – all under the command to stay two meters apart, in accordance with directives for social distancing.
One of the most affected countries, the death toll in Spain has increased by 164 in the past 24 hours to 25,264, while cases have reached 217,466, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health on Sunday.
But the decreasing rate of deaths and infections has led Spain to begin to break its order to stay at home, with children allowed to go out under surveillance last weekend and adults allowed to exercise in open air from Saturday.
Italy is expected to ease its lockdown on Tuesday and reopen bars and restaurants in June after seven weeks of closure to fight the coronavirus.
Considered Britain’s master plan with an epidemic two weeks before the UK, Italy will allow factories and yards to reopen a week today and allow limited family visits.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte presented his plan to end the foreclosure last weekend, more than two months after the first case of COVID-19 appeared in a small town outside Milan.
After weeks of foreclosure and more than 26,000 deaths, Italy is considering a second phase of the crisis during which it will try to revive the economy without triggering a new wave of infections.
The official number of cases in Italy is 210,717 and the number of deaths is 28,884.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who fought COVID-19 last month, said on Sunday that the country was above the peak but that it was still too early to ease the lockdown measures, which will likely remain until June .
Johnson is expected to unveil his roadmap for easing lockout restrictions next Sunday, but should not set firm dates.
It is, however, likely to confirm the “gradual” reopening of schools, while companies and unions have been instructed on how to make workplaces safe for returning staff.
The current government council is for those over 70, even without underlying health conditions, to be “particularly strict” while respecting the lock rules.
The Prime Minister also said that the government “plans” to relax laws restricting supermarket hours.
During yesterday’s briefing, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove confirmed that 28,446 people died from coronavirus in the UK – an increase from 315 the previous day, the lowest in weeks. The United Kingdom has 186,599 confirmed cases.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said last week that the country must “learn to live” with the virus, as it presented plans to lift the lockdown and prevent economic collapse.
Secondary schools will reopen on May 18 with mandatory masks for all students.
Stores will also be allowed to reopen, but pubs and restaurants will remain closed.
However, football will not be allowed to resume this season and rallies of more than 10 people inside or outside will remain prohibited.
The number of confirmed cases in France stands at 168,693 and the death toll is 24,895.