Coronavirus live news: record daily cases in South Africa as India extends lockdown

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In Brazil, the BBC reports that the mayor of São Paulo, the country’s largest city, has warned that hospitals have reached 90% capacity and are “near collapse”: they could run out of space in just two weeks’ time, he said.

Brazil has the fourth-highest number of infections worldwide, with 241,080, according to Johns Hopkins University figures. It has recorded 16,118 deaths.

India’s lockdown extension also brings what the Times of India calls “the most significant easing of the national lockdown yet,” with states being given greater power to reopen markets and standalone stores, bus and other public transport travel being allowed between and within states.

The practice of work from home should be followed to the extent possible, the Centre said. At workplaces, staggering of work hours should be adopted. There should be provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizers and common areas and rules of social distancing should be maintained.

The government has also not allowed any re-opening of areas which draw a large number of people — shopping malls and multiplexes, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services.

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