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  • Global cases: More than 4 million
  • Global deaths: More than 279,300
  • Most cases reported: United States (over 1.3 million), Spain (over 223,500), Italy (over 218,200), United Kingdom (over 216,500), Russia (over 198,600)

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 9:27 a.m. Beijing time. 

All times below are in Beijing time.

CHANGCHUN, CHINA – MAY 7, 2020 – Changchun University of traditional Chinese medicine welcomes the first batch of 387 students to return to school in the new semester, Changchun City, Jilin Province, China, May 7, 2020.

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7:57 pm: Chinese authorities flag northeastern Chinese province as potential new outbreak spot

Chinese authorities on Sunday reclassified the city of Shulan in China’s northeastern province of Jilin as high-risk for the coronavirus after 11 new cases were confirmed there on May 9. The city has reimposed virus-control restrictions including school closures and a ban on non-essential transport. The cases in Shulan, a city of just over 700,000, brought China’s new confirmed Covid-19 cases on May 9 to 14.

5:00 pm: Spain reports lowest daily death toll since mid-March

Spanish health authorities reported another fall in the daily death count from the coronavirus on Sunday, counting 143 new deaths compared to 179 the previous day — the lowest death toll since the middle of March. Deaths are now at 26,621 and confirmed cases rose from 223,578 to 224,390.

4:42 pm: Indonesia cases surpass 14,000

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia grew by 387 to 14,032 on Sunday, its health ministry reported. The confirmed death count also grew by 14 to 973, with 2,689 recoveries, health authorities said. Just over 113,000 people in the country of 264 million have been tested so far.  

People wear masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus pandemic at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia on March 17, 2020.

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3:40 pm: Russia coronavirus cases top 200,000

Russia’s health authorities reported 11,012 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 209,688. The death toll from the virus climbed overnight by 88 to 1,915.  

Russia has surpassed France and Germany to become the fifth-highest in the world in terms of positive coronavirus cases.

3:09 pm: Singapore reports 876 new coronavirus cases

Singapore’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 876 on Sunday to 23,336, the city-state’s health authorities said. The large majority of cases come from crowded migrant worker dormitories, with three cases coming from permanent residents, the health ministry said.

1:36 pm: Japan considers lifting state of emergency in some areas ahead of deadline

Japan’s government may lift its state of emergency in some of its prefectures that are among the least affected by the coronavirus, Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said Sunday. The nationwide deadline for Japan’s state of emergency is currently May 31, but authorities are looking to lift it earlier for some areas. 

“Lifting the state of emergency in many of 34 prefectures that exclude those under specific cautions will likely come in sight as many prefectures have been seeing no fresh infections lately,” the economy minister said.

Thirteen of Japan’s 47 prefectures are under “specific cautions” due to worse outbreaks and faster virus transmission, including Tokyo and Osaka.

Japan had 15,777 coronavirus cases a death toll of 624 from the virus as of Sunday, according to national authorities.

12:31 pm: Cases in India top 60,000

India reported at least 62,939 cases of infections and 2,109 deaths, according to the latest information posted on its health ministry’s website. The state of Maharashtra is the worst-affected, with more than 20,000 reported cases. 

As many as 19,357 people around the country have been cured or discharged from hospitals, according to the health ministry. 

Doctors and medical staff wait for their turn during the collection of samples for Covid-19 testing at LNJP Hospital, during nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, on May 9, 2020 in New Delhi, India.

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India has ramped up testing, according to the government.

“The testing capacity has increased in the country and it is 95,000 tests per day with 332 Government laboratories and 121 private laboratories,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, adding that cumulatively, India has carried out 1,525,631 tests so far. 

South Asia’s largest economy went into a nationwide lockdown in late March and that has since been extended twice. Restrictions are expected to be lifted on May 18, but there has been some easing of rules, especially in low-risk areas, though most economic activities remain on hold. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

11:24 am: South Korea reports slight uptick in cases

South Korea confirmed 34 new cases of infection on Sunday and no new deaths, according to the latest update from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That was an uptick compared to the daily number of infections the country reported in recent days.

People wearing protective face masks walk through the street at night in the Itaewon area of Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

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Yonhap reported there is an infection cluster tied to clubs in Seoul’s multicultural district of Itaewon, where a patron who visited five clubs and bars there in early May tested positive for Covid-19. Officials are trying to find about 1,510 people who went to clubs in Itaewon last week to test them, Yonhap said. 

Data showed 14 of the new cases reported Sunday were in Seoul, but the KCDC did not say how many were tied to the cluster. 

South Korea was one of the first major centers of outbreak outside China but mass testing and strict social distancing measures brought the daily reported cases down. Cumulatively, South Korea reported 10,874 cases of infection and 256 deaths. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

10:55 am: Australia’s New South Wales to further ease restrictions starting Friday

The state of New South Wales will further ease restrictions starting Friday, May 15, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said

“Our community has demonstrated that by working together we can achieve positive results,” Berejiklian said in a statement. “The changes will allow NSW to fire up the economy, while allowing more personal freedoms.”

Starting Friday, cafes and restaurants would be able to seat 10 people at a time. Households can host up to five visitors while weddings can have a maximum of ten guests. Outdoor pools would also be allowed to open, but with restrictions in place. 

The measures are part of Australia’s three-step plan to gradually ease restrictions while keeping the outbreak under control. The country has reported more than 6,900 cases and 97 deaths, with New South Wales having the highest number of infections and fatalities. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

10:16 am: China reports 14 new cases, no additional deaths

China’s National Health Commission said there were 14 newly diagnosed cases, of which 12 were locally transmitted and two of them were attributed to travelers from overseas. Most of the new local cases were attributed to the Jilin province. 

People walking in the Sanlitun shopping area which hosts numerous stores, bars and art-installations, in Beijing, China on May 6, 2020.

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No additional deaths were reported but there were 20 asymptomatic cases, according to the NHC. 

Cumulatively, China reported 82,901 confirmed cases and 4,633 deaths. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

9:52 am: Anthony Fauci expected to work mostly from home 

White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci is set to work mostly from home, and may go into his office where he would wear a face mask and practice social distancing, an administration official told NBC News. 

He was said to have had “low-risk” exposure to a White House aide who tested positive. Fauci is the third high-ranking member of the White House coronavirus task force to practice some form of quarantine, after CDC Director Robert Redfield and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. — Spencer Kimball, Saheli Roy Choudhury

9:11 am: CDC Director in quarantine after ‘low risk exposure’ to an infected individual in the White House

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield will be “teleworking for the next two weeks,” the Associated Press reported. He was said to have had a “low risk exposure” to someone at the White House who had tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. 

But Redfield felt fine and had no symptoms, the AP said, citing a CDC statement. 

Hours earlier, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn was in self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive. Both men are part of the White House coronavirus task force. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

9:05 am: More than 279,000 people have died from the virus

At least 279,303 people have died from the coronavirus, which has infected more than 4 million people around the world, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

The outbreak was first reported in China’s Hubei province late last year before the virus rapidly spread overseas. 

A worker sprays an escalator handrail as the MTA Subway closed overnight for cleaning and disinfecting during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 6, 2020.

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The United States has the most number of cases and fatalities: More than 1.3 million people have been infected and over 78,700 have died. 

Some of the worst-affected countries after the U.S. include Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, France and Germany. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: Global cases cross 4 million mark as White House deals with infection in the ranks



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