Germany’s coronavirus infections accelerate again

  • Both China and South Korea report new spikes in coronavirus cases, with Seoul recording 34 new cases – its biggest single-day jump in about a month.

  • Barack Obama launches a scathing attack on US President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling it an “absolute chaotic disaster”.

  • Spain registers its lowest coronavirus death toll since mid-March, 143.

  • Globally, more than 279,000 have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, while the number of confirmed infections has surpassed four million. More than 1.3 million people have recovered.

    Sunday, May 10

    12:29 GMT – Coronavirus spread accelerates again in Germany

    New coronavirus infections are accelerating again in Germany just days after its leaders loosened social restrictions, raising concerns that the pandemic could once again slip out of control.

    The Robert Koch Institute for disease control said in a daily bulletin the number of people each sick person now infects – known as the reproduction rate, or R – had risen to 1.1. When it goes above 1, it means the number of infections is growing.

    The institute said the confirmed number of new coronavirus cases had increased by a daily 667 to 169,218, while the daily death toll had risen by 26 to 7,395.

    12:06 GMT – Iran warns of virus resurgence after 51 new deaths

    Iran warned of a resurgence of the novel coronavirus as it reported 51 new deaths, almost a month after it started to relax a nationwide lockdown.

    Authorities reimposed more stringent measures in the southwestern Khuzestan province, reversing a phased return to work meant to revitalise the battered economy.

    “The situation should in no way be considered normal” in Iran, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in televised remarks.

    11:15 GMT – Montenegro promotes itself as ‘CoronaFree’ holiday destination

    Montenegro has advertised itself as a holiday destination where the coronavirus pandemic will soon no longer pose a threat, with its premier saying the small Adriatic nation will prepare for the tourism season in coming weeks.

    “Montenegro is on its way to becoming a CoronaFree destination!” tweeted Prime Minister Dusko Markovic on Sunday.

    The government in Podgorica recently indicated that it expects the holiday season to start on July 1.

    10:40 GMT – Pope calls for EU solidarity to deal with coronavirus

    Pope Francis is calling on leaders of European Union countries to work together to deal with the social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The pope noted in his Sunday blessing that 75 years have passed since Europe began the challenging process of reconciliation after World War II. He said the process spurred both European integration and “the long period of stability and peace which we benefit from today”.

    He prayed that the same spirit that inspired European integration efforts “not fail to inspire all those who have responsibility in the European Union” to deal with the coronavirus emergency in a “spirit of harmony and collaboration”.

    09:43 GMT – COVID-19 cases top 4m amid soaring joblessness

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has surged past four million as some of the hardest-hit countries prepare to phase out drastic restrictions despite lingering fears about a second wave of infections.

    Read more here.

    09:24 GMT – Spain’s coronavirus daily death tolls falls again

    Spain’s daily death toll from the coronavirus fell to 143, down from 179 the previous day, the health ministry reported.

    It marks the lowest daily death toll since mid-March.

    Overall deaths rose to 26,621 from 26,478 on Saturday and the number of diagnosed cases rose to 224,390 from 223,578 the day before, the ministry said.

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