- Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi has said the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is expected to worsen, following the announcement that the country’s GDP has plunged two quarters in a row.
- Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the United States shows there are now close to 4.7 million confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide. The United States had the most at 1,477, 815. It was followed by Russia at 281, 752, Britain at 244,603, Brazil at 233,648, Spain at 230,698, and Italy at 225,435.
- The Brussels Times reported that the healthcare workers expressed frustration over the government’s handling of the crisis and want improved working conditions related to salaries and staff shortages. Belgium has a population of about 11.5 million and more than 55,000 coronavirus infection cases.
May 18, Monday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline