Virus hammers Latin America as Brazil nears 400,000 cases May 28, 2020 0 2140 12345 AFPBrusselsThe EU unveiled a 750-billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery plan on Wednesday to get the continent back on its feet after the devastation wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic, as Latin America outpaced Europe and the US in the number of daily infections.The massive European plan follows other unprecedented emergency measures introduced around the world to rescue economies shattered by the disease, which has claimed more than 350,000 lives as infections top 5.6 million.While the virus continues to unleash havoc in Latin America, Europe has slowly started reopening businesses as outbreaks on the continent slow. While many Western nations are creeping toward some form of normality, the virus has continued its march in Latin America.“We are particularly concerned that the number of new cases reported last week in Brazil was the highest for a seven-day period, since the outbreak began,” said Carissa Etienne, director of the Washington-based Pan American Health Organization.“Both Peru and Chile are also reporting a high incidence, a sign that transmission is still accelerating in these countries.” Brazil reported the highest daily death toll in the world for the fifth straight day, pushing its total to 24,512 with infections soaring to more than 390,000. The United States remains the hardest-hit nation in the world and with a death toll approaching 100,000. RELATED ARTICLES We are still at the beginning of the pandemic: Germany’s Merkel May 28, 2020 0 680 Trump threatens to close down social media after ‘false tweets’ tagged May 28, 2020 0 1051 SpaceX crewed mission postponed due to bad weather May 28, 2020 0 1060 Sweden expresses dismay over grants in EU recovery plan STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven expressed disappointment on Wednesday over the high level of grants proposed in the European Union’s post-virus recovery fund. The proposed package consists of 500 .. Cyprus to pay medical bill if tourists catch virus NICOSIA: Cyprus hopes to attract tourists after its coronavirus lockdown by paying the medical costs of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 while holidaying on the island, officials said on Wednesday. The plan was .. Poland to allow larger gatherings, no masks outdoors WARSAW: Poland will allow public gatherings of up to 150 people and no longer require residents to cover their mouth and nose in open spaces as of Saturday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Wednesday as the .. Twenty-six held over migrant lorry tragedy in Britain BRUSSELS: Police in Belgium and France have arrested 26 suspected people smugglers over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a refrigerated truck in Britain last year. The migrants -- 31 men and eight women -- were .. Do not prescribe hydroxychloroquine for COVID: France AFP Paris The French government said on Wednesday that doctors should no longer prescribe hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients, an unproven and potentially harmful treatment for the disease nonetheless .. Spain govt under fire over Women’s Day March on eve of outbreak AFP Madrid Spain’s left-wing government was facing growing pressure on Wednesday after a damning report emerged criticising its decision to permit a huge March 8 rally in Madrid as the epidemic gathered pace. Spain has .. Peru reports record daily surge in virus cases LIMA: Peru on Tuesday recorded nearly 5,800 new cases of the coronavirus, its highest 24-hour surge, bringing the number of people infected in the country to almost 130,000, the health ministry said. The health ministry .. Moscow to ease lockdown from Monday as pandemic stabilises AFP Moscow Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Wednesday announced an easing of the Russian capital’s lockdown starting June 1 after the Kremlin said the coronavirus pandemic had passed its peak in the country. “Today we can ..