Key developments around the world coronavirus epidemic today include:
China reports no new cases for the first time in a pandemic
China did not register any new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the mainland on May 22, the first time he had seen no daily increase since the start of the pandemic in the central city of Wuhan at the end of last year. He has seen a sharp drop in locally transmitted cases since March, as severe restrictions on the movement of people have allowed him to control the epidemic in many parts of the country.
World death toll exceeds 338,000
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, at least 5,211,172 people have been infected, while at least 338,225 have died worldwide. The figures, which are based on official press releases and media reports, are likely to significantly underestimate the true extent of the pandemic.
Trump tells governor to reopen places of worship
Donald trump said churches, mosques and synagogues "essential services" and threatened to bypass the governors who refuse to reopen them this weekend – a power he does not have. "Governors must do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open now. For this weekend. If they don't, I will replace the governors. In America, we need more prayer, not less, "said Trump at a two-minute press conference without answering questions from the media.
Mexico dies soaring
Mexico recorded another single-day record for the deaths of Covid-19, with a total of 62,527 cases since the start of the pandemic. The Health Ministry said on Friday that an additional 479 deaths had been recorded, as well as 2,960 new infections. The previous daily peak of 424 deaths was reported by authorities on May 20. There were 6,989 deaths in total.
Indonesia travel ban under pressure under Ramadan
Indonesians turn to smugglers and false travel documents to circumvent a ban on an annual exodus from the end of Ramadan that could skyrocket coronavirus cases in the largest Muslim-majority nation in the world world, reports AFP. Thousands of people use all the tricks of the book to reach their hometown in time for the celebrations at the end of the holy fasting month of Islam this weekend, a festival known as Eid al-Fitr.
Downing Street Councilor Dominic Cummings under pressure
The UK, Dominic Cummings, Key Advisor to Boris Johnson faces calls to resign after police told him of a violation of the government's lockdown rules. He was seen in Durham, 400 km from his London home, despite symptoms of coronavirus.
Police approached him a few days after he was seen rushing out of Downing Street when the Prime Minister tested positive for the virus in late March, according to a joint Guardian and Mirror investigation.
Sydney taxi drivers get free disinfection trial
In Australia, thousands of people in Sydney had their vehicles sanitized for free in a trial launched and funded by the state government in April. Point-to-point vehicles were eligible, including all taxis, coaches and rental vehicles. The test included disinfecting exterior and interior door handles, trunk handle, window controls, steering wheel and other areas. It is not a car wash service. Cleaning stains between disinfection operations is also required by drivers.