Coronavirus has caused a worldwide pandemic; sending billions of people into lockdown as health services struggle to cope.
Poland has postponed its presidential election amid debate over how to conduct voting safely meanwhile in India, a lethal gas leak may have resulted from a rush to reopen a chemical plant.
The virus, which causes the respiratory infection Covid-19, was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China, in late 2019.
It is spreading rapidly in many countries and the number of deaths is still climbing.
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 for selected countries.
However, differences in testing mean that the number of cases may be understated for some countries.
Confirmed deaths of Covid-19 for selected countries.
The United States alone has over 74,000 deaths resulting from Covid-19, meanwhile, Britain has declared over 30,000 deaths- making it the worst coronavirus death toll in Europe.
More than 3m Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, taking the number of applications since the coronavirus lockdowns began seven weeks ago to 33.5m.
As the number of Covid-19 deaths slowly begin to fall, countries across the world are preparing for their lockdown exit; a strategy which still promotes social distancing, reopening businesses and boosting the economy.
In Europe, several countries that ordered lockdowns in March are now temporarily easing some of their restrictions, despite warnings from the EU’s executive arm in Brussels that “any relaxation” will “unavoidably lead” to more infections.
In the United States, there have been state-wide protests regarding the lockdown, with protestors saying that the stringent measures restricting movement and businesses are unnecessarily hurting citizens.
Some also say keeping the lockdown regulations in place too long will cause long-term damage to local economies.
The organisers behind these protests have largely been conservative, pro-Trump and pro-gun activists.
US media have described many of these demonstrations as reminiscent of Trump campaign events, with pro-Trump banners, t-shirts, and signs.
“Give me liberty or give me death”a quote many protestors have been using, harkening back to the American Revolution.
President Donald Trump and the White House have expressed seemingly opposing views on the protests, however many criticise the President’s views as not being ‘good-enough’.
“I don’t have any advice,” Trump said.
“People feel that way; you’re allowed to protest, I mean, they feel that way.
“I watched a protest, and they were all six-feet apart- it was a very orderly group of people.”
Last week, Donald Trump and his Covid taskforce revealed new plans to begin re-opening state economies.
It involved three phases of slowly easing restrictions on businesses and social life, with each phase lasting at least two weeks.
The recommendations also include maintaining some social distancing, access to testing and contact tracing.
In the United Kingdom, Downing Street confirmed Boris Johnson was happy for the lockdown to be relaxed, with maximum caution, at different paces across the UK, despite criticism from both Scottish and Welsh parliament.
Mr Johnson is expected to announce plans for England’s lockdown on Sunday, but ministers have insisted short term adjustments to the rules will be “modest”.
During the government’s daily briefing, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described media reports on easing restrictions as “not a reliable guide”.
It comes as The Bank of England warned that the pandemic will push the UK economy towards its deepest recession on record.