Virus deaths reach 375,000 as Latin America struggles Jun 03, 2020 0 1970 12345 AFPRio de JaneiroThe global death toll from the coronavirus topped 375,000 on Tuesday as the disease continued to tear through Latin America, but in Europe the return to normality gathered pace with the French heading back to their beloved cafes and restaurants.Healthcare systems across Latin America risk being overwhelmed by the illness, the World Health Organization said, as fatalities from the disease in hard-hit Brazil neared 30,000.The warning from the global health body came as a sister UN agency issued new guidelines for pandemic-hit airlines that reveal what flying might look like when passenger planes take to the skies again in earnest. The march of the illness across the Americas comes as other parts of the world return to relative normality after weeks of restrictions on daily life that have wrecked economies and left millions jobless.Schools, swimming pools, pubs and tourist sites have begun to open again in Europe as the continent continues easing lockdowns despite the threat of a second wave of infections.The pandemic has now infected at least 6.2 million since erupting in China in late 2019.Four of the 10 countries across the globe with the greatest number of new coronavirus infections on Monday were in Latin America, WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said.Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico are suffering the highest daily increases, but numbers are also on the rise in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Haiti. The region has logged one million cases and recorded more than 50,000 deaths, with Brazil accounting for more than half of those cases and close to 60 percent of the fatalities.Mexico also began re-opening on Monday, reactivating the automotive industry, mining and construction even as the country recorded more than 10,000 virus deaths. RELATED ARTICLES Putin confirms Russia can use nukes against conventional arms attack Jun 03, 2020 0 604 With delays, France rolls out virus tracing app Jun 03, 2020 0 613 Italian president warns COVID-19 crisis ‘is not over’ Jun 03, 2020 0 604 Tensions escalate in the US as Trump threatens greater force DPA Washington Tensions were escalating in the US on Tuesday, more than a week into sustained unrest over the killing of a black man by police, with the number of injuries rising and President Donald Trump threatening to .. Hitler’s birthplace to be ‘neutralised’ with redesign VIENNA: Austrian officials unveiled on Tuesday plans to “neutralise” Adolf Hitler’s birth house by turning it into a police station, with the building receiving some cosmetic changes in the process. The yellow corner .. Russian military to test coronavirus vaccine on volunteer soldiers DPA Moscow The Russian military plans to begin testing a potential coronavirus vaccine on 50 volunteer soldiers at a military research facility in the Moscow region, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. The soldiers, .. French restaurants and cafes reopen after virus lockdown DPA Paris Restaurants, cafes and bars across France reopened on Tuesday, more than two and a half months after they were shuttered to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. In Paris and surrounding areas, where the virus .. Spain eyes new tax to rubbish plastic packaging MADRID: The Spanish government on Tuesday proposed new legislation on rubbish that seeks to dramatically reduce single-use plastic packaging, notably by taxing it. The move specifically aims to reduce the plastic .. Italy’s far-right leaders join protest against government ROME: Opposition leaders, including anti-immigrant League party chief Matteo Salvini, marched with hundreds of protesters on Italy’s national day Tuesday to demand the government resign. Banned from holding large .. UK says virus-related deaths rise to 48,000 LONDON: The number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has risen to 48,000, official data showed on Tuesday. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures tallied all fatalities in which .. New York extends curfew after looters ransack famous stores DPA New York Looters defied a curfew and ransacked iconic Manhattan shops overnight, leading officials on Tuesday to extend New York City’s curfew for the rest of the week. Videos posted online showed people rushing into .. US cracks down on tankers shipping Venezuelan oil WASHINGTON: The US tightened the screws on Venezuela again on Tuesday, imposing sanctions on shipping companies helping the Maduro regime export oil. The US Treasury hit four companies, saying it was “unacceptable” ..