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COVID-19 cases top 4m in the midst of taking off joblessness, second wave fears

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has surged past four million as a number of the hardest-hit countries prepare to end drastic restrictions despite lingering fears a few second wave of infections.

With the pandemic exacting an economic toll unseen since the good Depression of the 1930s and pushing millions into unemployment, governments try to contain the spread of COVID-19 while scrambling to chart how out of prolonged lockdowns and relieve pressure on their economies.

But, with the known global price exceeding 279,000 and recoveries reaching almost 1.4 million, countries also are wanting to avoid second waves of infections that would overwhelm their healthcare systems, with a replacement cluster of cases in South Korea raising fears about the virus hitting back rapidly.

Still, some European countries have cited signs of progress that they said justified cautious steps towards a way of normality.

Officials in France on Saturday said the day's price of 80 was rock bottom since early April, while home deaths also dropped sharply because the country prepared on Monday to relax weeks-long curbs on public movement. 
French health officials have warned "the epidemic remains active and is evolving", which physical distancing must be maintained whilst restrictions are eased.

In Spain, about half the population are going to be allowed out on Monday for limited socialisation, and restaurants are going to be ready to offer some outdoor service because the country begins a phased transition set to last through June.

Madrid and Barcelona - two COVID-19 hotspots - are excluded from the primary phase thanks to fears of a resurgence.

Belgium also will ease some restrictions on Monday, and in some parts of Germany, bars and restaurants reopened on Saturday with further easing set for Monday.

The uk is reportedly getting to announce on Sunday that each one overseas visitors will face a compulsory two-week quarantine, and therefore the European Union warned against opening borders to travellers from outside the bloc.

Across Europe, things was still faraway from normal, with commemorations marking 75 years since Nazi Germany's surrender cancelled or largely scaled down.

And Poland's election on Sunday are going to be one for the history books as polling stations remain closed and turnout will punch in at zero thanks to a political crisis depart by the pandemic - the presidential ballot is formally neither postponed nor cancelled because the govt and opposition were unable to agree on a constitutional and safe solution.

In Asia, South Korea's capital Seoul shut all bars and clubs on Saturday after a burst of cases were tracked to at least one of the city's busiest nightlife districts.

Even as the country eased virus restrictions, officials warned against carelessness after the new cluster of infections, highlighting the challenge of containing the spread of the highly infectious respiratory illness while pursuing an economic revival. 

Global economic figures are pointing to the foremost acute downturn in nearly a century with businesses forced to shut and provide lines badly disrupted, and pressure is growing on leaders round the world to seek out how out.

In the us , the country with the world's highest price , President Donald Trump faced sharp criticism from his predecessor Barack Obama, who said on a leaked tape that his successor's handling of the crisis was an "absolute chaotic disaster". 

Facing re-election in November, Trump has insisted that next year would be "phenomenal" for the US economy, urging reopening during a country where the virus continues to say well quite 1,000 lives daily.

The US lost an unprecedented 20.5 million jobs in April, driving the percentage to 14.7 percent - the very best level since the good Depression.

Health experts have cautioned that while the expansion of cases could also be slowing in some European and Asian countries, other nations - many of them impoverished - are only within the first phases of their outbreaks. 

In Iran, one among the hardest-hit countries within the Middle East , many were taking advantage of loosened restrictions despite worries a few spike in infections.

And in Pakistan, the world's fifth most-populous country, the govt ended the lockdown on Saturday and locals streamed into markets and shops, despite still-high infection rates. 

Also on Saturday, Mali's government said it had lifted its nationwide curfew designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus and made mask-wearing compulsory publicly places.

In a televised speech, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse said the "evil is raging among us", warning that the virus was now present "in practically all our administrative regions" which more testing was needed.

The call for more tests was echoed within the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege, who pleaded for coronavirus testing to be made available within the country's east, where he's coordinating the response to the pandemic.

"We solemnly request an emergency supply of those tests before the curve of the epidemic becomes exponential," Mukwege told reporters on Saturday.


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