A view taken on May 12, 2020 in Venice shows a deserted Grand Canal near the Rialto bridge, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo by AFP
The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 292,376 with the global confirmed cases reaching 4,281,838 as of 8 pm BJT on Wednesday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 8:30 pm BJT, May 13):
China's risk of COVID-19 cluster infections caused by sporadic cases cannot be ignored although the epidemic is in a generally stable state in the country at the moment, a health official said Wednesday.
Germany said Wednesday it wants to end by the middle of next month checks at land borders introduced to fight the coronavirus as infection rates slow. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters the EU's top economy had "set the clear goal of free travel in Europe by mid-June" and would begin easing some border checks this week.
India has become the 12th most-affected country on Wednesday due to the pandemic after recording a total of 74,281 COVID-19 cases and 2,415 deaths.
Thailand on Wednesday confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19, the first day with no new cases in several months. The kingdom has had 3,017 cases since the virus first arrived in January.
Anthony Fauci, a top expert on infectious diseases in the United States, warned on Tuesday that states would face "really serious" consequences if they open up prematurely during the coronavirus pandemic.