Global coronavirus round-up: New Zealand reduces active cases to just one

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New Zealand has reduced its active cases of Covid-19 to just one, with a further seven people recovering from the virus in the last 24 hours. The country has now gone an entire week without recording any new infections.

Brazil has reported a daily record of 26,417 new coronavirus cases, bringing its tally to 438,238, second only to the US in confirmed cases. The country’s death toll rose 1,156 from a day earlier to 26,754 confirmed fatalities from Covid-19.

South Korea today imposed limits on the number of pupils going to schools in and around Seoul as officials battle a fresh outbreak threatening to undo the country’s progress in containing the epidemic. Only one in three pupils at kindergartens, elementary and middle schools in the Seoul area will be allowed to attend school each day.

A Samoan rugby team trapped in New Zealand by the lockdown since March 16 was returning home today. The Manuma Samoa spent 14 days in isolation after arriving in Auckland following a match in Perth, Australia, but had to remain at their hostel.

Moscow has more than doubled its death toll for April. The city’s health department now says 1,561 people died from the disease, not 639 that was initially announced.