Death toll from coronavirus passes 21,000

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In countries with weak health care systems, impoverished populations and not enough clean water, fighting the virus is increasingly hard.

China's Nationwide Well being Fee stated it confirmed zero new circumstances of the virus on Saturday - a primary for the reason that nation started tallying infections in January - and reported exclusively two suspected circumstances, one in all them imported from overseas.

Meanwhile, the United Nations said there have been 75 cases of COVID-19 in the U.N.'s 13 far-flung peacekeeping missions, which have a total of 110,000 troops, police and personnel. "The virus has now spread to every country in the continent since the first case was confirmed in the region 14 weeks ago", the World Health Organization said in a statement, noting there were 3,100 confirmed deaths on the vast continent.

The pandemic has claimed over 326,000 lives, though the true number is thought to be higher as testing is still limited and many countries do not include fatalities outside of hospitals. Almost 20,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus in a country that has been locked down for almost two months. "Doctors try to save each one who lies there for two, three or more weeks. unfortunately it's not possible to save them all", Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. Authorities in nearby Hanau made a decision to call off Muslim prayers planned for a stadium Sunday as a precaution.

Religious events helped spread the virus early in the pandemic, and resuming gatherings of the faithful is an especially thorny issue.

Britain confirmed Friday that it would impose a 14-day quarantine on global arrivals in addition to its ongoing social distancing rules, but US President Donald Trump is pressing to reopen his country's economy.

Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as "essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen immediately this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown.

Iran said its museums and historical sites would reopen to the public on Sunday, with holy shrines following on Monday.

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Death toll from coronavirus passes 21,000

Brazil and Mexico reported record numbers of infections and deaths nearly daily this week, fueling criticism of their presidents for limited lockdowns. Peru has 108,769 cases, Chile 61,857, Ecuador 35,828 and Colombia 18,330 positive cases.

In the US, some regions were opening more quickly than others.

"South America has become a new epicentre of the disease".

Cases in Brazil are now rising at a daily pace second only to the United States. California is preparing its wineries for visitors next week, and Las Vegas casinos could reopen June 4.

Some families planned to go to beaches or national parks for the first time since the virus hit, and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was scheduled to visit the Grand Canyon on Saturday.

"We've seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases and clearly there's a concern across many of those countries, but certainly the most affected is Brazil at this point,"Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO's emergencies program, said at a news briefing from the agency's Geneva headquarters on Friday".

Charlton reported from Paris and Kageyama from Tokyo.

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