As European nations passed the six-figure COVID-19 fatality threshold, there were a few promising signs. Spain, for instance, yesterday extended its lockdown to May 9 and saw its daily toll ease considerably to 410. The continent has seen nearly two-thirds of more than 161,000 global deaths from the virus. Italy, Spain and France, each near or above 20,000 fatalities, are the worst-hit.
How are other continents doing? Japan passed 10,000 known cases yesterday, while its 174 deaths put it just ahead of Israel and Pakistan, where the government will allow mosques to remain during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, likely facilitating the virus' spread.