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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Europe’s confirmed coronavirus cases topped 1.5 million on Saturday, accounting for nearly half of the global total.
With about 1,506,853 infections, which includes 140,260 deaths, Europe remains the hardest-hit continent.
Spain has the most cases in Europe, while Italy has the most fatalities.
Spain has 215,216 cases and 24,824 deaths, Italy has 207,428 cases and 28,236 deaths, Britain has 177,454 and 27,510 fatalities and France has 167,346 cases and 24,594 deaths.
While Germany with 161,703 infections makes up the fifth European country with over 150,000 cases, it has been praised for its response to the virus, which has involved mass testing and contact tracing, resulting in 6,575 deaths - significantly less than the other four European countries.
Russia on Saturday reported its largest increase in coronavirus cases with new infections rising by almost 10,000 in one day.
With 9,623 new infections the number of confirmed cases has risen to 124,054, Russian authorities said. However, the official fatality rate in the country remains low compared with some other European nations – 57 people died in the last 24 hours in Russia and its total death toll is 1,222.
Segei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, where the country’s contagion has been most prevalent, warned that the city was not yet past the peak of the outbreak. The capital recorded 5,358 new cases, bringing its total tally to 62,658. Mr Sobyanin added that about 2 per cent of the city’s population had coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Spain recorded 276 deaths in the last 24 hours, marking its third consecutive day of recording less than 300 deaths per day from the illness.
The country has been gradually easing its lockdown restrictions. For the first time in seven weeks, adults are now permitted to go out and exercise, as long as they adhere to social distancing rules.
Spain’s lockdown – one of the strictest in Europe – began easing for children a week ago.
However, exercise slots remain limited, with different times allocated for different age groups. Most adults can walk or play sports between 6am and 10am, and between 8pm and 11pm.
Updated: May 2, 2020 04:25 PM
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