Coronavirus cases surpass 2 million globally

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  • Global coronavirus cases surpass 2 million, with more than 134,000 reported deaths
  • IMF warns Asia growth will come to a ‘standstill’
  • WHO says several European countries yet to feel full impact, while others are experiencing a lull

The state of New York has extended its shutdown measures by two weeks, through May 15, despite data showing conditions were improving slightly.

“We have to continue what we are doing,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in his daily briefing. “I would like to see that infection rate get down even more,” while reporting that 606 more people had died, the lowest daily death toll in 10 days.

The UK’s lockdown will remain in place for a further three weeks, the British government has announced.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Any change to our social distancing measures now would risk a significant increase in the spread of the virus.”

The current measures have been in place since March 23, and include the closure of schools, pubs, restaurants and most shops. Exercising once a day is still permitted.

Medical officials say the outbreak in the UK is nearing its peak but it’s too early to loosen the restrictions.

As of Thursday, 13,729 people had died in UK hospitals from COVID-19 from a total of more than 100,000 registered cases.

Renowned graffiti artist Banksy has been creating artwork in his bathroom during the stay-at-home regulations imposed in the UK.

The creations include his trademark stenciled rats going stir-crazy, including depictions of the rodents squeezing a tube of toothpaste, hanging off the light switch, unraveling toilet rolls and urinating over the toilet seat.

The street artist, whose identity remains a secret, posted the photos on his Instagram page, saying: “My wife hates it when I work from home.”

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