Latest Coronavirus watch, May 29: U.S. COVID-19 cases top 1.7 mln -- JHU; France to further ease lockdown as situation improves

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-29 10:57:23|Editor: huaxia

People pose under Plex'Eat prototype plexiglass bubbles by designer Christophe Gernigon at the H.A.N.D restaurant in Paris, France, May 27, 2020. (Photo by Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua)

- U.S. COVID-19 cases top 1.7 mln -- Johns Hopkins University

- France to further ease lockdown as situation improves

- S.Korea reports 58 more COVID-19 cases, 11,402 in total

- Chinese mainland reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases

BEIJING, May 29 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

PARIS -- France will further unwind anti-coronavirus lockdown from June 2, lifting 100-km travel restriction and allowing non-essential businesses, parks and beaches to reopen, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Thursday.

The last three weeks of the first phase of deconfinement had "good results," Philippe told a press meeting. "During this phase 2, freedom will become the rule again and bans will be the exception."

A senior student gets body temperature measured at Kyungbok High School in Seoul, South Korea, May 20, 2020. (Photo by Lee Sang-ho/Xinhua)

SEOUL -- South Korea reported 58 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Friday local time, raising the total number of infections to 11,402.

The daily caseload rose sharply for the past three days, recording 79 on Thursday and 40 on Wednesday each.

Tourists enjoy an amusement ride at the Happy Valley Wuhan theme park in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, May 19, 2020 (Xinhua/Xiong Qi)

BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Friday that no new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on Thursday.

No deaths related to the disease were reported, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

Israeli medical workers test a Temi robot at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 12, 2020. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua)

JERUSALEM -- Israeli health ministry's data has showed success in using convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients, especially those in moderate condition.

Based on the data, 10 of 11 moderate patients showed improvement after the plasma treatment.

A cashier works behind a transparent plastic sheet at a store in Vina del Mar, Chile on March 14, 2020. (Photo by Jorge Villegas/Xinhua)

SANTIAGO -- Chile on Thursday said a total of 86,943 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 890 have died from the disease.

In the 24-hour period ending 9 p.m. Wednesday, healthcare workers detected 4,654 new cases and 49 more patients died, the largest number in a single day since the start of the outbreak.

A staff member conducts disinfection in downtown Algiers, Algeria, March 30, 2020. (Xinhua)

ALGIERS -- Algerian authorities on Thursday announced the extension of lockdown from May 30 to June 13, as the number of infections with COVID-19 in the country near 9,000.

"After consultation with members of the Scientific Commission in charge of following up the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, and after approval of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the government decided to extend the lockdown period for an additional 15 days, starting from May 30 until June 13," read a statement by the Prime Minister Office.

People are seen inside social distancing markers at the Domino Park in Brooklyn borough of New York, the United States, May 27, 2020. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)

NEW YORK -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 1.7 million on Thursday, reaching 1,700,350 as of 9:32 a.m. (1332 GMT), according to a tally kept by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the total deaths nationwide, which passed 100,000 on Wednesday, reached 100,467, according to the tally.