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Publish Date: 12:25 - 17 May 2020
Tehran, 17 May_Some 4.72 million people are now infected with the new coronavirus around the world, and 313,260 people have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Virus updates: Brazil now 4th worst-hit country; Europe seeing anti-lockdown upheavalMany European governments have cautiously eased their lockdown restrictions, imposed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, but thousands of people have taken to the streets across the continent to protest against the rules that remain in place.

Meanwhile, Brazil has surpassed Spain and Italy in terms of total caseload, becoming the fourth worst-affected nation in the world.

The first three countries on the list are the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

Here are the latest developments of the pandemic from across the world:

Brazil overtakes Spain, Italy

Brazil’s Health Ministry registered 14,919 additional cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 233,142.

The ministry also reported 816 new deaths on Saturday, taking the total to 15,633.

That has piled pressure on far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been defying public health experts to demand the relaxation of rules and to call for the widespread use of unconfirmed drugs. Bolsonaro has downplayed the lethal effects of the disease, calling it a “little flu.”

China reports 5 new cases

Mainland China reported five new cases of infection on Saturday, according to the country’s National Health Commission (NHC), which said the number was down from eight the previous day.

Two of the five new cases were imported, and the three others were locally transmitted in northeastern Jilin Province.

The number of confirmed cases in the mainland reached 82,947, and the death toll stands at 4,634.

South Korea reports 13 new cases

South Korea reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. That brought the country’s total to 11,050, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

With no additional deaths, the number of fatalities in South Korea stands at 262.

Meanwhile, health officials said a nightclub-linked outbreak in the capital, Seoul, had shown signs of a slowdown over the weekend.

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