- As Europe and the United States relax their protective measures against the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, health experts are expressing growing apprehension about what they say is a second wave of deaths and infections, but certain, which could force governments to suppress.
- The coronavirus pandemic could kill between 83,000 and 190,000 people in Africa in the first year and infect between 29 million and 44 million during this period if not contained, warned WHO.
- Coronavirus cases in Russia, which now total more than 177,000, surpassed France and Germany to become the fifth largest total in the world after a record daily increase and the epicenter of the virus in Europe .
- Nearly 269,000 people have been killed worldwide due to the disease, with cases reaching 3.8 million and 1.3 recovered. In the United States, cases have reached 1.25 million with 75,500 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday May 8
01:40 GMT – Argentinian Fernandez increases in the polls following the management of the COVID-19 crisis
Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez received a 68.5% approval rating in April for managing the country’s response to the spread of COVID-19, boosting its political clout as it confronts creditors with a major overhaul debt.
Argentina is in a nationwide containment zone, which has been extended to at least May 10, which is helping to slow the spread of new confirmed cases of COVID-19, which total just over 5 000 with 270 deaths. It’s a lot less than in Chile, Peru or Brazil.
01:08 GMT – Eyes, an important entry point for coronavirus infection – Hong Kong study
Hong Kong researchers say the eyes could be an “important route” for coronavirus infection to enter the human body.
The South China Morning post also quoted scientists from the University of Hong Kong as saying that the virus is 100 times more infectious through the eyes and the respiratory tract than SARS.
00:40 GMT – Australia prepares to ease restrictions on coronaviruses in four weeks
Australia to loosen social distancing restrictions in four-week increments, two sources told Reuters as the country’s national cabinet met on Friday to decide on the brakes to be removed in the first place as the number of coronavirus cases decreased .
With fewer than 20 new infections each day, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday began talks with heads of state and territory to decide on restrictions to be relaxed.
The easing will be carried out in four-week increments to ensure the measures do not lead to a resurgence of infections, two sources familiar with the plan told Reuters.
00:01 GMT – Hondurans block the funeral of a coronavirus victim in a clash with riot police
Residents of a poor part of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, clashed with riot police after blocking the funeral of a person suspected of having died from the novel coronavirus, according to a witness for the Reuters news agency.
Riot police fired tear gas when residents armed with stones burned tires and blocked a road leading to Amor Enterno cemetery with stones and building materials in the La Era neighborhood, said the witness.
The Central American country has reported to date 1,461 coronavirus cases, including many in the capital, and 99 deaths. Residents said their neighborhood lacked adequate sanitation facilities for the burials.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For key developments from yesterday, May 7, go here.