What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

By The Associated Press
Posted 5/28/20

India saw another in coronavirus cases while Russia reported a steady increase in its caseload even as it moved to swiftly ease restrictions in sync with the Kremlin’s ambitious political …

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What you need to know today about the virus outbreak


India saw another in coronavirus cases while Russia reported a steady increase in its caseload even as it moved to swiftly ease restrictions in sync with the Kremlin’s ambitious political plans.

The developments come as the United States crossed a somber landmark of , meaning more Americans have died from the virus than were killed in the Vietnam and Korean wars combined.

South Korea in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days, a setback that could erase some of the hard-won gains that have made it a model for the rest of the world.

Here are some of AP’s top stories Thursday on the world’s coronavirus pandemic. Follow for updates through the day and for stories explaining some of its complexities.


— The president has been during the coronavirus crisis that constitutional and legal scholars say Trump simply doesn’t have. He has threatened to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. He has claimed he can “override” governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants. And he has asserted the “absolute authority” to force states to reopen.

— Global markets were as investors pinned their hopes on an economic rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. As investors prepared for latest weekly report on U.S. jobless claims, shares rose in Paris, London and Tokyo but dropped in Hong Kong, where tensions are flaring about Beijing’s effort to exert more control over the former British colony.

— Spain’s are the most across Europe. It’s led to soul-searching over its elder-care system, particularly public nursing homes operated by private firms that seek to turn profits quickly by cutting staff, expenses and, some say, care to the bone.

— As the coronavirus in Brazil, a leader of the Kayapo indigenous group tells The Associated Press he wants President Jair Bolsonaro to stop loggers, miners and fishermen from illegally entering the territory, incursions he believes have spread of the virus.

— The face lots of questions. Organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto says many of them will not find answers until the coronavirus pandemic becomes clearer.

— The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross says it has recorded against health workers and installations when they are needed most in 13 countries since March.



For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.

Here are the

One of the best ways to prevent spread of the virus is washing your hands with soap and water. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends first washing with warm or cold water and then lathering soap for 20 seconds to get it on the backs of hands, between fingers and under fingernails before rinsing off.

You should wash your phone, too.

TRACKING THE VIRUS: , and you can access numbers that will show you the situation where you are, and where loved ones or people you’re worried about live.



— : The U.N. World Food Program is warning that at least 14 million people could go hungry in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. The new projections represent a startling increase, more than four times the 3.4 million who experienced severe food insecurity in 2019.


— : Some restaurant owners are seeking to welcome back in-person dining and adhere to social distancing rules. One Parisian restaurant is trying out enclosing each diner at a table in clear plastic shields suspended from the ceiling.

— : If it hadn’t been for Igor Loparic and his charity, many in the northern Croatian Istria region would've had a hard time coping with the crisis brought on by the coronavirus.


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