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Tourists visit Shanghai Disneyland after its reopening yesterday

Tourists visit Shanghai Disneyland after its reopening yesterday

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Italy: A young hairdresser and a customer wearing face masks and gloves to protect against the coronavirus in a salon in Brixen, Tyrol

Italy: A young hairdresser and a customer wearing face masks and gloves to protect against the coronavirus in a salon in Brixen, Tyrol

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A bartender serves two women at a bar in Prague

A bartender serves two women at a bar in Prague

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Cars drive on the Champs Elysee with the Arc de Triomphe in the background in Paris

Cars drive on the Champs Elysee with the Arc de Triomphe in the background in Paris

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India's train network was halted in late March as a lockdown was imposed

India's train network was halted in late March as a lockdown was imposed

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Tourists visit Shanghai Disneyland after its reopening yesterday

Coronavirus has infected more than 4.1 million people and killed over 282,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the latest updates on the pandemic from around the world:

ITALY: Italy's daily number of new Covid-19 infections has declined for a fifth straight day.

According to Italian Health Ministry data, there were 744 confirmed new cases registered since Sunday evening.

That number is lower than daily caseloads when contagion containment measures went into effect nationwide in early March.

The country now has 219,814 cases, a tally that experts say is significantly lower than actual infections, since many with mild or moderate coronavirus symptoms did not get admitted to hospital or tested.

In recent days, the number of daily new deaths has also been significantly lower than in early weeks, with 179 registered on Monday, taking the death toll to 30,739.

Italy's transport minister said tourists from abroad will not have to go into quarantine once they are able to visit again.

Presently during pandemic travel restrictions, foreigners can enter Italy for as long as five days but only for work reasons. Then they must leave.

Transport minister Paola De Micheli said that when this restriction can be lifted depends on how coronavirus infection rates are running in specific countries. "We can't insist that a tourist comes and goes into quarantine," the minister said. Ms De Micheli estimated that travel between Italian regions would probably resume sometime in the first half of June.

USA: The White House is recommending that all care home residents and staff be tested for coronavirus in the next two weeks.

Vice president Mike Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, told governors on a video conference call that it is the federal government's strong recommendation that such testing be done.

Dr Deborah Birx, the task force co-ordinator, told governors to focus over the next two weeks on testing all one million care home residents. She said the White House will help states that need it.

Care homes and the elderly have been shown to be especially susceptible to the virus.

SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town and the surrounding Western Cape province have become South Africa's coronavirus hotspot, accounting for more than half of the nation's confirmed cases. South Africa has confirmed more than 10,600 cases of Covid-19 and the Western Cape province has 5,621 cases. Of the country's 206 deaths caused by Covid-19, 116 have occurred in the province.

Cape Town, with its poor, densely populated townships, is the centre of the cases in the province.

South Africa has the continent's highest number of confirmed cases and has eased its restrictions to allow an estimated 1.6 million people to return to work in selected mines, factories and businesses. However, the concentration of cases in Cape Town may see the city return to a stricter lockdown.

NETHERLANDS: A man from Rotterdam knew just what he wanted tattooed on his leg as soon as coronavirus restrictions would allow.

Local broadcaster Rijnmond reported that Rens van Gastel got inked on Monday with a picture of what he called "the product of the year", a roll of toilet paper.

The 56-year-old took advantage of the government easing coronavirus restrictions to visit the Tattoo Grot parlour in the port city for a picture of a roll of TP on a hanger emblazoned with the year 2020.

INDIA: India reported its biggest daily increase in cases as it prepares to gradually resume train services while easing its virus lockdown.

India's train network was halted in late March as a lockdown was imposed. When services restart on Tuesday, passengers must wear masks and pass health screenings before being allowed to board trains.

The trains will make fewer stops than usual as services are gradually restarted.

Belfast Telegraph