Updated 6 hours ago - Health

World coronavirus updates

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

The White House announced that the U.S. will suspend entry of non-U.S. citizens who have been in Brazil within in the past 14 days in an attempt to stop the imported spread of the coronavirus.

By the numbers: Over 5.3 million people have tested positive for the virus as of Saturday, and more than 2.1 million have recovered. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world (over 1.6 million from 13.7 million tests). The U.K. is reporting over 36,700 deaths from the coronavirus — the most fatalities outside the U.S.

What's happening: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson sparked backlash after coming out in support of top aide Dominic Cummings Sunday, after an investigation found Cummings had traveled 260 miles in April to visit his parents while exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.

  • Japanese officials confirmed 14 new novel coronavirus cases Sunday following two days of reporting single-digit figures, per the Japan Times. Authorities are expected to lift states of emergency measures for Tokyo, Hokkaido and several prefectures on Monday, the news outlet reports.
  • New Zealand has only 27 active cases as of Sunday after reporting another day of zero new infections, a Health Ministry spokesperson confirmed to Axios. NZ eased some of the world's toughest lockdown measures this month after reporting days of single-digit or zero cases. There's only been one new case in the past six days.
  • The coronavirus pandemic "reached a milestone in Africa" on Friday, as the virus had spread to every country on the continent, with over 100,000 confirmed cases, the World Health Organization said.
  • Brazil added more than 20,000 cases of the novel coronavirus to its official count on Friday, tallying the most cases worldwide outside of the U.S. (over 330,890) and exceeding Russia's reported cases on Friday.
  • Germany reported over 100 coronavirus cases stemming from a single day of church services.
  • U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that OptiGene began trials for a 20-minute coronavirus test on Thursday, as the country wants to find out whether the test is effective on a large scale.
  • Latin America has overtaken the U.S. and Europe for the largest number of new daily coronavirus cases this week, per Reuters. Case numbers are surging in Brazil, Peru, Mexico and Ecuador.
  • Italy plans to reopen all airports beginning June 3 as restrictions on public transportation are eased, Transport Minister Paola De Micheli said during Wednesday's parliamentary session. New cases in the country have largely plateaued in recent weeks, per Johns Hopkins.
  • India has extended its lockdown through the end of May.

The big picture: Policy responses to the crisis have been every-country-for-itself and — in the case of the U.S. and China — tinged with geopolitical rivalry. But the scientific work underway to understand the virus and develop a vaccine has been globalized on an unprecedented scale.

Coronavirus symptoms include: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat and a loss of taste or smell.

Editors note: The graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14. This article has been updated with new details throughout. Check back for the latest. 

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

President Trump doubled down on his push to reopen schools, tweeting late Sunday: "Schools in our country should be opened ASAP."

Zoom in: Trump pushed back on NIAD Director Anthony Fauci cautioning against the move earlier this month, calling his concerns "not an acceptable answer."

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 p.m. ET: 5,405,029 — Total deaths: 344,997 — Total recoveries — 2,168,408Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 p.m. ET: 1,642,021 — Total deaths: 97,698 — Total recoveries: 366,736 — Total tested: 14,163,195Map.
  3. World: White House announces travel restrictions on Brazil, coronavirus hotspot in Southern Hemisphere Over 100 coronavirus cases in Germany tied to single day of church services — Boris Johnson backs top aide amid reports that he broke U.K. lockdown while exhibiting symptoms.
  4. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks headed into Memorial Day weekend Report finds "little evidence" coronavirus under control in most statesHurricanes, wildfires, the flu could strain COVID-19 response
  5. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Public employees brace for layoffs.
  6. Federal government: Trump attacks a Columbia University study that suggests earlier lockdown could have saved 36,000 American lives.
  7. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Birx: If you can't social distance outside, you "must wear a mask"

White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that social distancing is "absolutely critical" and that if Americans can't maintain at least 6 feet from other people while gathering outside, they "must wear a mask."

Why it matters: As states have begun to reopen, many Americans have flocked to beaches and outdoor restaurants in large numbers to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. Birx warned that people could be spreading the virus unknowingly, and she asked those with comorbidities to remain sheltered in place.