World coronavirus cases over 58.71 lakh, death toll crosses 3.62 lakh

World coronavirus cases over 58.71 lakh, death toll crosses 3.62 lakh

Global deaths from coronavirus have now passed 360,000 with 5,871,347 confirmed cases on Friday (May 29), according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The US has now recorded 1,731,035 confirmed cases with 102,286 deaths from COVID-19, the latest JHU data said. 

The US has recorded more deaths from the disease than any other country in the pandemic, and almost three times as many as the second-ranking country, the UK. 

Russia also suffers its greatest daily increase in deaths, with 232 more in 24 hours, pushing the nationwide total to 4,374, said The Guardian report. Russia has the third-highest reported a total of cases in the world after the United States and Brazil.

The report further said that Greece is ready to reopen its airports in Athens and Thessaloniki to arrivals from 29 countries from 15 June, as the tourist season starts. Visitors from 16 EU countries – including Germany, Austria, and Denmark – will be allowed in, the tourism ministry reportedly said. 

The countries not on the list include those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic including France, Spain, and Italy, as well as the UK.

In the Middle East, Iran saw the highest tally of new infections since early April, as it identified more new cases in a day than at any time since early April, with 2,819 more people testing positive on Friday.

Kianoush Jahanpour, the Iranian health ministry spokesman, was quoted as saying that 50 more people have died in the same period, pushing the total death toll from the outbreak to 7,677. Out of 146,668 cases detected so far, 114,931 people have recovered.