Global infections passes 5.3 million, COVID-19 updates at a glance

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Global cases have passed 5.3 million.
According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, there are 5,311,089 confirmed infections. At least 342,104 people have lost their lives in the pandemic so far. Both figures are likely to be significantly higher, however, due to underreporting and differing definitions and testing rates.

Wuhan lab had three live bat coronaviruses: Chinese state media.
The Chinese virology institute in Wuhan, the city where Covid-19 first emerged, has three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site, but none match the new contagion wreaking chaos across the world, its director has said, AFP reports. The director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology told state broadcaster CGTN that claims made by US President Donald Trump and others the virus could have leaked from the facility were “pure fabrication”.

Brazil cases near 350,000.
Brazil registered 965 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, taking the total number of fatalities to 22,013, the Health Ministry said. The country now has 347,398 confirmed cases, according to the ministry, up 16,508 from Friday, when it surpassed Russia to become the world’s virus hot spot behind the United States. The actual number of cases and deaths is believed to be higher than the official figures disclosed by the government, as the testing capacity of Latin America’s largest country still lags.

US records 1,127 new deaths in 24 hours.
The US has recorded 1,127 deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to AFP, citing Johns Hopkins figures. The current US total is 97,048, according to the Johns Hopkins Universitytracker. The US is likely to record 100,000 deaths before 1 June, the date at which the Centers for Disease Control predicted the country would mark that many deaths. The US toll is far higher than any other country. The UK, with the next worst number of deaths, has lost 36,757 lives.

New York Times covers front page with 1,000 Covid-19 death notices.
The New York Times has filled the entire front page of Sunday’s paper with the death notices of victims from across the country. The entire list, which continues inside, numbers nearly 1,000 names – a fraction of the total loss of life in the US during the outbreak so far.

Argentina extends lockdown to 7 June.
Argentina extended until 7 June a mandatory lockdown in Buenos Aires on Saturday and tightened some movement restrictions, after a steady increase in the city’s confirmed coronavirus cases in recent days, Reuters reports.

The coronavirus pandemic “appears to be taking a different pathway in Africa,” the World Health Organization said, after it took 14 weeks for the continent to reach 100,000 cases and 3,100 deaths. “Case numbers have not grown at the same exponential rate as in other regions and so far Africa has not experienced the high mortality seen in some parts of the world,” the agency said.

Downing Street is facing accusations of a cover-up over a 264-mile journey by Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s chief adviser, at the height of the national lockdown. There were reports that No 10 knew Cummings had made the trip to Durham, a northern city, after developing coronavirus symptoms.

New York’s daily death toll falls below 100 for first time since March, as Trump causes controversy with golfing trip.
84 deaths were recorded in New York – 62 in hospitals and 22 in nursing homes. It’s “still a tragedy”, said state governor, Andrew Cuomo, but the figure had been over 100 for the past five days, so this is a significant drop.

Donald Trump teed up fresh controversy by leaving the White House for his golf course in Virginia.
Secret Service agents accompanying the president were photographed wearing masks. Trump was not seen to cover his face.