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Ryanair plans to resume 40% of flights in July; Russia reports deadly hospital fire

Key Points
  • South Korea on Tuesday reported reported 27 new cases of the coronavirus, said the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases have ticked up since the weekend as Seoul was relaxing social distancing measures.
  • China's National Health Commission reported there was one new case of the coronavirus on Monday, taking the total number of infected people to 82,919.
  • India reported 3,604 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease over the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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  • Global cases: More than 4.18 million
  • Global deaths: At least 286,336
  • Most cases reported: United States (1.347,916), Spain (227,436), United Kingdom (224,332), Russia (221,344), and Italy (219,814). 

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 12:32 p.m. Beijing time. 

All times below are in Beijing time.

6:05 pm: UK study shows hospital workers could be working while unknowingly infected with virus

A new study from Cambridge University has concluded that 3% of hospital workers in the U.K. could be going to work while unknowingly infected with the coronavirus.

Throughout April, researchers tested more than 1,200 employees at Addenbrooke's Hospital in England, with participants asked whether they had any symptoms of Covid-19. Of the more than 1,000 workers who reported fit for duty during the study period, 3% tested positive for the virus.

One in five of those who went to work but tested positive reported no symptoms at all, while two in five said they had very mild symptoms that they had dismissed. A further two in five reported symptoms that had stopped more than a week before they were tested.

According to the research team, the findings meant as many as 15,000 of the half a million patient-facing workers in the U.K.'s National Health Service may have been infected while on duty in April — but that figure could be higher in areas where there were PPE supply issues. — Chloe Taylor

4:40 pm: Fire in Russian hospital reportedly kills 5 coronavirus patients

A fire that broke out in an intensive care ward in a hospital in St. Petersburg in Russia has killed five people with Covid-19, according to Russian media reports.

The fire may have been caused due to one of the ventilation machines short-circuiting, Russian news agency Tass reported Tuesday, citing a source in the emergency services.

The St. George Hospital in St. Petersburg had reportedly been re-equipped in March to treat patients diagnosed with Covid-19. — Holly Ellyatt

3:50 pm: Ryanair announces plans to restore 40% of flights in July

Budget airline Ryanair has announced plans to return to 40% of normal flight schedules from July 1, "subject to government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted, and effective public health measures being put in place at airports," it said in a statement Tuesday.

Ryanair will operate a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights, restoring 90% of its pre-Covid-19 route network. The airline has said it will implement stringent protective measures including fewer checked bags, check in online, downloading boarding passes to the passenger's smart phone, as well as undergoing temperature checks at airport entry and wearing face masks/coverings at all times in the terminal and on board aircraft.

Since the Covid-19 flight restrictions in mid-March, the airline has been operating a skeleton daily schedule of 30 flights between Ireland, the U.K. and Europe. But from July, Ryanair will restart flying from most of its 80 bases across Europe. — Holly Ellyatt

Passenger aircraft operated by Ryanair stand on the tarmac at London Stansted Airport on May 1, 2020.
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3:30 pm: Singapore preliminarily confirms 884 new cases

Singapore has added 884 new coronavirus cases, taking its tally to 24,671, according to a daily preliminary update by the health ministry. 

Most of the new cases involved migrant workers living in dormitories, said the ministry. Those workers, mostly men from other Asian countries, has accounted for around 90% of infections in Singapore. 

The city-state has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia. 

2:08 pm: Reopening too early will cause 'needless suffering and death,' Dr. Anthony Fauci tells The New York Times

The New York Times reported late Monday that top infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci plans to warn states against reopening their economies too early. Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, is scheduled to testify before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday.

In an email shared by Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Fauci said skipping past checkpoints in the guidelines issued by the CDC would "not only result in needless suffering and death, but would actually set us back on our quest to return to normal." — Christina Wilkie

1:50 pm: Taiwan is lobbying to join an important World Health Organization meeting — China has problems with that

Taiwan is lobbying to attend the next World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting to be held from May 18 as the island's successful coronavirus containment strategy has attracted the world's attention.

But China claims Taiwan as its province with no right to its own diplomatic representation on the global stage and in international organizations. The WHA is the decision making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), a United Nations agency.

Admitting Taiwan to the WHA meeting "will be an occasion where Taiwan can share our experience in areas such as testing, diagnosis, border control, and community outbreak prevention. To avoid a repeat of the current pandemic and effectively ensure global health security, the world must take action to improve communication and transparency," Chen Shih-chung, Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare said in a statement. — Huileng Tan

1:00 pm: India's total cases cross 70,000

India reported 3,604 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease over the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country's tally of 70,756 is the second highest in Asia after China, where the virus was first detected.

India's death toll increased by 87 to 2293 in the past day, said the ministry. — Yen Nee Lee

In India, a woman on a phone walks past a graffiti depicting the globe affected by the coronavirus.
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12:40 pm: Resurgence in cases seen in some Asian countries

Some countries in Asia, the region first hit by the coronavirus, have experienced a rebound in cases after easing restrictions put in place to contain the outbreak. 

That has come at a time when governments around the world are planning to loosen containment measures despite public health experts warning against doing so too early. 

Over the weekend, China and South Korea detected new clusters of infections. Chinese authorities reimposed some lockdown measures on Shulan city in the northeastern province of Jilin to fight the new outbreak, while South Korea will decide whether to go ahead with plans to reopen schools starting Wednesday. — Yen Nee Lee

11:30 am: Germany reports 933 new cases, 116 deaths

Germany on Tuesday reported 933 new coronavirus cases, according to the Robert Koch institute. This takes the total number of infected people to 170,508.

There were 116  more deaths, taking the toll to 7,533.

Germany has begun relaxing coronavirus containment measures, but there are concerns of a second wave after a recent uptick in cases. —Huileng Tan

11:20 am: The Philippines to extend lockdown in some areas

The Philippines will extend a stringent lockdown in some "some areas" this weekend beyond May 15, Reuters reported, citing President Rodrigo Duterte. This will take the movement restrictions beyond nine weeks.

Duterte did not say where the lockdown will be relaxed or maintained, or for how long this could last.

The Philippines has reported 11,086 coronavirus cases and 726 deaths so far, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. But there are concerns about under-testing in the Southeast Asian country.

Greater Manila, with a population of at least 13 million people, is the epicenter of the outbreak with 64% of the country's confirmed cases, Reuters reported. —Huileng Tan

11:16 am:  Commonwealth Secretary-General warns that 'old normal is never coming back'

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth warns that the "old normal is never coming back."

"This is a new norm and we have to get smart and we got to think differently," Patricia Scotland told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Tuesday. "The old constructs which were good enough for the 19th and 20th century are not going to be good enough for the 21st century with our new commitments."

Scotland said "nobody was ready for this pandemic," given the nature of the disease.

"I hope that we won't just concentrate on those things which are dragging us back into the old ways of thinking," she said. — Eustance Huang

11:15am:  New York City's data suggests city's death toll passed 20,000

The New York City Department on Health said over 20,000 have died from the coronavirus as of May 10 at 6pm. These include 14,928 confirmed deaths and 5,129 probable deaths, taking the total to 20,056.

Those who were marked as probable deaths did not have a positive coronavirus laboratory test result, but the causes of death on their death certificates are listed as Covid-19 or an equivalent, the city said.

New York City is one of the hardest hit U.S. cities in the pandemic. —Huileng Tan

10:07 am: Iran to reopen all mosques on Tuesday

Iran will reopen all mosques on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing the official IRIB news agency.

The decision to reopen mosques was made in consultation with the health ministry, IRIB reported, quoting Mohammad Qomi, the director of the Islamic Development Organization. 

The decision came even though parts of the country have seen a recent rise in infections, prompting the lockdown of at least one county.

Last week, mosques in low-risk regions reopened to prayer gatherings.

Iran is one of the hardest hit Middle East countries, with 109,286 coronavirus cases reported so far, according to Johns Hopkins university. It has reportedly begun easing coronavirus restrictions in an effort to support its economy, which has already been hit by U.S. sanctions. —Huileng Tan

9:12 am: South Korea reports 27 new cases amid concerns over second wave

South Korea on Tuesday reported reported 27 new cases of the coronavirus, said the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases have ticked up since the weekend as Seoul was relaxing social distancing measures.

The country had eased those policies after daily new cases fell to the single digits in recent weeks.

A cluster of new cases tied to nightclubs in the capital have sent authorities scrambling as they order such entertainment outlets to close again.

Thousands of clubgoers have been tested and more are being tracked down.The education ministry also put off the reopening of high schools by one week in light of the new outbreak. That had been scheduled to begin Wednesday.

The new cases reported on Tuesday takes the total number of infected people to 10,936. There were two more deaths, bringing the toll to 258. —Huileng Tan

8:13 am: China reports 1 new case, 15 asymptomatic cases

China's National Health Commission reported one new case of the coronavirus as of Monday, down from 17 new cases the day before.

That takes the total number of infected people to 82,919, according to government data. The new case was an imported one, attributed to a traveler from overseas.

There were no additional deaths, keeping the toll at 4,633.

The health authority reported 15 new asymptomatic cases, where the infected do not display symptoms. —Huileng Tan

8:06 am: Global death toll crosses 285,000

The total death toll for the coronavirus has surpassed 285,000 globally, according to Johns Hopkins University, as worldwide infections continue to climb above 4.1 million.

The outbreak has tapered off in China, according to government data. Economies around the world are reopening after lockdowns while taking precautions such as social distancing.

Authorities are on the alert for a second wave of infections as people start to mingle again. —Huileng Tan

South Korean commuters wear protective masks as they crowd on an escalator and stairs after getting off the subway during rush hour on May 11, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.
Chung Sung-Jun | Getty Images

8:02 am: Corporate debt issuance stays on record pace

Another $25.7 billion in investment grade bonds hit the market on Monday, coming on the heels of $100 billion issued last week.

Corporate debt issuance is continuing at a record pace after the Federal Reserve announced that it would begin buying corporate debt by early May, CNBC's Patti Domm reports.

Now that mid-May is here, investors are looking to the Fed for guidance on what's next. —Hannah Miller

Read CNBC's coverage from the U.S. overnight: White House requires masks for staff, Western states ask for $1 trillion in aid