An update from GlobalData Epidemiologist Natasha Karim:
Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 4,118,000, with over 283,000 deaths and 1,420,000 recoveries.
Several European countries enter their first week of eased lockdown restrictions, ranging from re-opening restaurants, bars, and salons to partially re-opening schools. While the daily confirmed cases are decreasing in most European countries, there is still concern over a second wave of cases. In Germany, where lockdown measures were gradually reduced at the end of April, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported an increase in the infection rate, or the estimated number of people a patient infects. While there is a degree of uncertainty in the implications, this will be a country to watch as lockdown measures continue to lift around the world.
Meanwhile, Russia officially surpassed the number of confirmed cases in both Italy and the UK, with approximately 221,000 cases to the UK’s 220,000 and Italy’s 210,000 cases. This development comes in response to Russia reporting its highest daily increase to date with 11,656 new infections, making it the third most burdened country in the world, after the US and Spain.