COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | German hospital chief sees first signs of Covid easing
May 2 2021 - 15:18
German hospital chief sees first signs of Covid easing
Stable new Covid-19 infection numbers in Germany are fuelling hopes that intensive care units won't be overburdened, the head of the German hospital federation (DKG) told the mass tabloid newspaper Bild.
"The majority of hospitals in Germany are feeling a first, slight easing," DKG president Gerald Gass was quoted as saying. "We are looking at about two weeks of relatively constant numbers in terms of new infections, which gives us confidence that we don't have to be concerned about an exponential rise in patients in need of intensive care."
Bild said that 5,019 coronavirus patients were currently being treated in intensive care units around Germany, down from a peak of 5,106 hit on April 26 amid the country's third wave of the pandemic.
Gass said the pressure on hospitals and staff remained very high.
May 2 2021 - 15:14
Wuhan music festival: Thousands watch live acts in city where Covid-19 emerged
Thousands of people attended the first day of the Wuhan Strawberry Music Festival on Saturday.
In warm conditions on the first day of a five-day May Day national holiday revellers in the central Chinese city danced, bounced and screamed with delight as some of their favourite acts took the stage.
The festival was making a return in Wuhan after it was forced to be online only last year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
People in Wuhan, where Covid-19 first emerged, lived through more than two months of stringent restrictions during the world's first coronavirus-induced lockdown. Since then the city has been almost completely virus-free, according to official data.
May 2 2021 - 14:06
Education department still considering normal five-day schooling for all primary school pupils
The department of basic education is considering the possibility of allowing all primary school pupils to return to school on a full-time basis.
In a statement, education ministry spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said: “The department is currently investigating the possibility of returning all learners at primary school level due to the learning losses suffered as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is now being considered at the national joint operational and intelligence structure.
“The council of education ministers will also consider the matter this week. An announcement on the outcome of the discussions will be made in due course,” he added.
May 2 2021 - 12:25
India's Covid-19 daily cases hold close to record, another state imposes lockdown
India's new coronavirus cases dipped marginally on Sunday but deaths due to the infection jumped by a record 3,689, with one more state going into lockdown as the nation's creaky healthcare system is unable to cope with a massive caseload.
Authorities reported 392,488 new cases in the previous 24 hours to push total cases to 19.56 million. So far, the virus has killed 215,542 people.
Indian hospitals, morgues and crematoriums have been overwhelmed as the country has reported more than 300,000 daily cases for more than 10 days straight. Many families have been left on their own to scramble for medicines and oxygen.
May 2 2021 - 11:00
Russia reports 8,697 new Covid-19 cases, 342 deaths
Russia reported 8,697 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, including 2,699 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 4,823,255.
The government coronavirus task force said 342 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing Russia's death toll to 110,862.
The federal statistics agency has kept a separate count and reported a toll of more than 225,000 from April 2020 to February.
According to Reuters calculations based on data from the state statistics agency published on Friday, Russia recorded more than 400,000 excess deaths from April 2020 to March 2021.
May 2 2021 - 07:14
Australia's Perth at risk of second snap-lockdown with three new Covid-19 infections
Australia's fourth-largest city faces prospects of its second snap lockdown in two weeks, officials said on Sunday, after a hotel quarantine security guard in Perth and two of his housemates tested positive for Covid-19.
Western Australia (WA) Premier Mark McGowan said late on Saturday he had yet to decide whether the state's capital city, which last week emerged from a three-day snap lockdown after reporting one Covid-19 infection, would go into lockdown on Sunday.
"Our restrictions in place, and the use of masks, and the ability of our contact tracers and testing give us the ability to hold on a lockdown decision," McGowan told reporters late on Saturday.
"But it is possible that this could change tomorrow, or the day after."