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The novel coronavirus has infected more than 3.8 million people worldwide and killed at least 269,000. If you’re just joining us now, here are the latest developments:
Australia unveils plan to reopen: Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a three-step plan today to begin reopening the country. He hopes to have society largely up and running by July, but said that states and territories would follow the plan at their own pace. It will be subject to review every three weeks.
A warning for Africa: The World Health Organization said Thursday that as many as 190,000 people in Africa could die of Covid-19 during the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa, said Covid-19 would likely not spread as exponentially in Africa as it has in other parts of the world, but it could linger for some time.
Fatalities rise in Pakistan: The country’s Ministry of Health said Friday it identified 1,764 new infections in 24 hours — the highest number of cases recorded in a single day there. More than 25,000 Covid-19 patients have been identified in the country.
Amazon goes to court: Amazon France is planning to take a case over the shutdown of its distribution centers to the French Supreme Court. A Paris court ruled last month that Amazon had to stop selling anything but essential items while the company reassessed how it was keeping its warehouse employees safe from coronavirus.