People wearing masks ride a scooter in Central Park on May 16, 2020 in New York City, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: AFP)
The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 311,781 with the global confirmed cases reaching 4,634,068 as of 11:00 am BJT on Sunday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Current status (data as of 11:00 am BJT, May 17):
In the United States, there have been 1.46 million cases and more than 88,000 deaths. Many parts of the US have reopened with certain businesses opening with stricter guidelines.
Russia reported 9,200 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 272,043, the country's coronavirus response center said in a statement on Saturday.
Another 468 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Friday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 34,466, the Department of Health and Social Care said Saturday.
Brazil's COVID-19 death toll passed 15,000 on Saturday, official data showed, while its number of infections topped 230,000, making it the country with the fourth-highest number of cases in the world.
The total number of deaths in Spain rose to 27,563 after 102 people lost their lives to COVID-19 in the 24-hour period until 21:00 hours local time on Friday. There was also a slight fall in the number of new cases. The Health Ministry reported 539 new infections, down from 549 reported 24 hours earlier, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 230,698.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 31,763 lives in Italy, bringing the total number of cases combining infections, fatalities, and recoveries so far to 224,760, according to the latest data released by the country's Civil Protection Department on Saturday.
According to the Health Ministry, the 96 new single-day deaths were lower than 104 registered on Friday and 351 on Thursday. So far, 27,625 people have succumbed to the coronavirus-caused disease across France.
It is followed by Germnay with 7,938 deaths from 175,752 infections, according to a tally by JHU.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Saturday reported 1,610 new COVID-19 cases and 41 more deaths in Turkey. The total number of confirmed cases in the country has climbed to 148,067 while the death toll surged to 4,096, Koca tweeted.
Iran has so far confirmed 118,392 COVID-19 cases, of whom 6,937 have died.