ATLANTA (AP) — Johns Hopkins University researchers say the global death toll from the coronavirus has passed 200,000.
Some countries are taking cautious steps to ease restrictions. India is reopening neighborhood stores where many of the country’s 1.3 billion people shop for basic goods. The relaxation did not apply to hundreds of quarantined towns or shopping malls.
The U.S. states of Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska also began loosening lockdown orders on outbreak-wounded businesses. Italy said free protective masks will be distributed to nursing homes, police, public officials and transport workers, preparing for the return to work of millions when lockdown restrictions are eased from May 4.