Coronavirus: Latest global developments

Paris, France: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

India reels

India's disaster deepens as it records a fresh spike in daily deaths to 3,645 and hits another global record of more than 379,000 new cases in the past 24 hours as dozens of countries send urgent medical aid to help tackle the spiraling crisis.

Europe warned

The World Health Organization warns European nations that relaxing Covid measures could spark a "perfect storm" allowing cases to spiral -- as seen in India.

Africa at risk

Africa risks being overrun by coronavirus infections if urgent measures are not taken to avert a similar disaster to the "very concerning" crisis in India, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) says.

German jab record

Germany gives the coronavirus vaccine to 1.1 million people in a day, Health Minister Jens Spahn says, a new daily record for a European country in a massive ramp-up of the inoculation campaign.

France to reopen

French cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and other cultural venues and businesses that have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic will reopen in several stages from May 19, President Emmanuel Macron says.

And New York

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says that the city hopes to "fully reopen" on July 1.

US economic recovery

The US economy grew 6.4 percent in the first quarter of the year, reflecting the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic disruptions, the government reports.

Sputnik V lawsuit

The developer of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine says it will sue Brazil's health regulator Anvisa after it refused to import the jab.

Lollipop tests

A newly developed, lollipop-shaped coronavirus test is being rolled out in some of Austria's kindergartens as an alternative for toddlers who don't take well to throat or nose swabs.

More than three million deaths

At least 3,152,646 people have died of Covid-19 around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources.

The US is the worst-affected country with 574,329 deaths, followed by Brazil with 398,185, Mexico 215,918, India 204,832, and Britain 127,480.

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