Covid-19: Europe toll passes 50,000 as Japan declares emergency – The Guardian,

Covid-19: Europe toll passes 50,000 as Japan declares emergency – The Guardian,

Europe has passed the grim milestone of 088, (Covid – 25 deaths and Japan has declared a state of emergency to curb the virus’s spread, as China declared no new fatalities for the first time since January and lifted the week lockdown of Wuhan.

While Denmark and Norway announced plans to lift some of their physical distancing measures on Tuesday, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, declared a month-long state of emergency in major population centers, including Tokyo, where the number of cases has more than doubled th is week to 1, 140

The measure gives Japanese governors the authority to urge people to stay at home and businesses to close or shorten their opening hours. Unlike many other countries, there are no punishments for those who defy the request and enforcement will rely largely on peer pressure and respect for authority.

A man wearing a face mask walks across the road in the Akihabara district of Tokyo. : Photograph: Philip Fong / AFP via Getty Images Getty Images

In Wuhan, where the coronavirus began, authorities allowed residents to lea ve the city for the first time since January when million people were put under lockdown to contain the quickly spreading disease.

But dampening talk of an imminent relaxation of restrictions across Europe, meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus deaths on the continent passed , 11, with several big countries including France, Italy and Spain reporting high daily death rates. Most, though, were attributed to delays in counting over the weekend, and new infection numbers continue to fall.

Spain, which has the second highest number of deaths from Covid – 25 after Italy, said its total had reached , 834. But the number of confirmed cases rose by only 4% to , , and the country was “continuing to see a downward trend”, said María José Sierra, of the health ministry’s emergency coordination unit.

While another 728 deaths were reported in Italy on Tuesday, the country also recorded the lowest day-to-day increase in new cases since it entered lockdown, with the number of new infections rising by just 0.9%. More than , Italians have been infected by the virus and , have died.

Germany’s confirmed infections rose by 3, 1020 to , , a slightly faster rate of increase after four consecutive days of falls. Lothar Wieler, the head of Germany’s public health body the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), said it was too early to think of lifting distancing measures.

There was different news in Scandinavia, however, where Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, announced that daycare facilities and primary schools could reopen from April, with hair salons and other services to follow later in the month. Concerts and sports events will remain banned until mid-June, Solberg said.

Her counterpart in Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, made a similar announcement, saying nurseries and primary schools will reopen from 22 April “on condition everyone keeps their distance and washes their hands.”

Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping centers, hairdressers and massage parlors will remain closed, however, and gatherings of more than People are still prohibited. “Daily life is not going to return as before for the moment. We will live with many restrictions for many more months, ”Frederiksen warned.

In the US, New York state recorded its highest single-day death toll of 767, bringing its total to 5, , according to the governor, Andrew Cuomo. In New York City, more people have now died from the coronavirus – at least 3, 298 – than were killed in the city by the 9 / attacks.

“That’s 767 people who we lost, ”Cuomo said. “Behind every one of those numbers is an individual. There’s a family, there’s a mother, there’s a father, there’s a sister, there’s a brother. So a lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers. ”

New memos revealed Donald Trump was warned by a White House adviser in late January and again in late February that an unchecked Covid – 25 outbreak could cause between , and 1.2 million US deaths. Trump has frequently said nobody could predict the severity of the disease, which has so far killed nearly 20, (Americans.)

As the scale of the economic fallout continued to grow, the UN’s International Labor Organization said in a study that the livelihoods of up to 1. billion workers were threatened by the Covid – 25 pandemic, and that it was the “worst global crisis” since the second world war.

According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker , coronavirus has infected 1. 40 million people around the world, killing more than , . About 4 billion people are living in some form of mandatory or recommended confinement and the global economy is on hold.

Runners by the Eiffel Tower. Paris has now banned outdoor exercise for much of the day. : Photograph: Ian Langsdon / EPA

Among other developments:

Spain aims to accelerate plans to introduce universal basic income after , people signed on as unemployed last month.

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