Latin America coronavirus deaths top 50,000: Live updates

South America cases near one million with Brazil registering half of infections as other countries prepare to reopen.

  • Latin America’s deaths topped 50,000 and cases neared 1 million, with countries such as Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru struggling to stem the tide, according to a Reuters tally.

  • Brazil has registered a record 33,274 new cases of the coronavirus, its health ministry said, raising the total to 498,440 in a country with one of the world’s worst outbreaks. The country’s death toll has increased to 28,834, with 956 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry added. 
  • Italy added 111 new victims to the country’s official death toll from the new coronavirus and 416 new infections as it prepares to relax travel restrictions next week. The increases bring the official death toll to 33,340.

  • A third member of a scientific advisory body to the British government has warned that it is too soon to lift the COVID-19 lockdown because the test and trace system is not yet fully operational.

  • More than 6.04 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Some 368,000 people have died, including more than 103,000 in the US, while at least than 2.4 million have recovered.

Here are the latest updates:

Sunday, May 31

00:10 GMT – Greece reopens doors to travellers subject to testing, possible quarantine

Greek officials said Saturday said that the country would not limit incoming tourists to those from a list of 29 nations, but travellers from countries not on the list will be subject to mandatory testing on arrival and a period of quarantine depending on test results.

The policy will only be applied during the final two weeks of June, although Greek authorities left open the prospect of additional restrictions after that date.

Arrivals from 29 countries listed will be tested randomly. The list was drawn up based on a document from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

00:01 GMT – Turkey prepares to reopen, resume domestic flights

Disinfection teams swept Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and the resumption of domestic flights was announced as Turkey prepared to lift many remaining coronavirus restrictions.

Teams scrubbed the floors of the 15th-century bazaar, which has been closed since March 23, before Monday’s return to business. The transport minister said the first air routes between Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya and Trabzon would restart Monday, with others following gradually.

On Saturday evening, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced 983 new cases of coronavirus during the previous 24 hours, taking Turkey’s total number of cases to 163,103. In a tweet, he said there had been 26 deaths from the virus over the same period, bringing the overall death toll to 4,515.

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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

You can find all the updates from yesterday, May 30, here.

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