Covid-19 wrap | 1 000 dead in 24 hours in Brazil, India coronavirus death toll passes China's

Covid-19 wrap | 1 000 dead in 24 hours in Brazil, India coronavirus death toll passes China's

Record number of virus cases, 1 000 dead in 24 hours inBrazil   

Brazilregistered a new record in Covid-19 cases and more than 1 000 dead in a 24-hourperiod, according to official figures out on Thursday.

The South American countryhas the world's second highest number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases –438 238 - after the United States.

According to Health Ministrydata, 26 417 new cases were confirmed in a 24 hour-period ending late on Thursday.

In that same period Brazilexperienced its third highest number of virus deaths since the start of thepandemic: 1 156, bringing the total death toll to 26,754, the sixth highest inthe world.


India coronavirus death toll passes China's         

India's coronavirus death toll passed neighbouring China'son Friday, with 175 new fatalities in 24 hours taking the total to 4 706,according to official data.

India, home to some of the world's most packed cities and acreaking healthcare system, is emerging as a new hotspot with record jumps innew cases in recent days.

Figures from India's health ministry showed 165 799infections, with western Maharashtra state - home to the finance hub of Mumbai- accounting for 36% of cases and 42% of deaths.

China, where the deadly virus emerged late last year,reported no new deaths or new suspected cases on Friday, with the toll still at4 634 and a total of 82 995 infections.

Home Minister Amit Shah was also due on Friday to hold talkswith state chief ministers to discuss a further relaxing of restrictions, pressreports said.


South Korea limits school numbers over virus spike         

SouthKorea on Friday imposed limits on the number of pupils going to schools in andaround Seoul as officials scramble to tackle fresh coronavirus cases thatthreaten the country's success in containing the epidemic.

Only one in three pupils atkindergartens, elementary and middle schools in the Seoul metropolitan area -home to half the population - will be allowed to physically attend school eachday, authorities said, with the others remote learning.

Social distancing rules were relaxed,and the country was returning largely to normal until this week, when itre-imposed some measures in the capital and the surrounding region followingfresh clusters of cases.

Schools have been re-openingin phases in a process that is continuing nationwide.

Denmark reopens borders for locked-out lovers

More than twomonths after closing its borders, Denmark has loosened restrictions to letcouples separated by coronavirus lockdowns finally see each other again - evenif the easing applies just to partners from a few nearby countries for now.

Parliament agreed adeal last week to speed up the country's reopening, allowing some foreigners toenter Denmark, including those with partners there.

But the exceptions,which came into force last Monday, only apply to people from other Nordiccountries or Germany.

Owners of secondhomes, extended family members, and loved ones of Danish residents are allowedto enter Denmark under the new rules, if they can justify the purpose of theirvisit.

Persons married toor living with a Danish resident and the children of residents could alreadyvisit the Nordic country.

But the legality ofthe exceptions and singling out certain nationalities is debatable, accordingto Marlene Wind, a professor of political science at the University ofCopenhagen.

"It's notuncommon to see government using remedies that are not in the end legal, butit's an estimated risk they are taking."