Coronavirus: Latest global developments

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Pedestrians pass signs advising social distancing in central Manchester on May 1, 2021.

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- India record surge -

India records over 400,000 new Covid cases in 24 hours for the first time, the first country to do so in the pandemic, official data showed.

According to the health ministry, 401,993 new infections were registered taking the total caseload to 19.1 million. There were 3,523 deaths, bringing the toll to 211,853.

India is meanwhile due to open up its vaccination drive to all adults, but many states don't have the stocks as hospitals reel from the vicious surge.

At least 16 Covid patients and two nurses have died in the latest in a series of hospital fires in India, after an April 23 fire on the outskirts of Mumbai killed 13 Covid-19 patients, a few days after another blaze left 22 people dead at another clinic.

The 20 million residents of the hard-hit capital New Delhi will also stay in lockdown for another week.

- US India travel ban -

The United States will restrict travel from India starting May 4 with exceptions for US citizens, aid workers, students and others.

- Australia too -

People arriving in Australia from India could face five years jail as the country strengthens an earlier travel ban in place until at least May 15.

- Fauci recommends India lockdown -

India should go into lockdown for several weeks to arrest the current devastating surge in Covid cases, top US pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci says.

"And if you shut down, you don't have to shut down for six months. You can shut down temporarily to put an end to the cycle of transmission," he says.

- Brazil record toll -

Brazil registers 82,266 Covid-19 deaths in April, the second consecutive monthly record as the country struggles with a devastating surge since the start of the year.

- Syria jabs -

Residents of rebel-held parts of northern Syria begin receiving vaccinations with medics among the first to be inoculated.

- May Day rallies in Europe -

Thousands hold May Day rallies in France, Spain and the German capital Berlin despite the pandemic. Police fire tear gas in Paris.

- Protests over virus curbs -

Belgian police fire water cannon and tear gas as they moved in to clear a crowd of several hundred gathered in a Brussels park to protest anti-virus lockdown rules.

Protest marches are also held in the Finnish and Swedish capitals.

- Disneyland reopens -

Disneyland Park in California -- the world's second-most visited theme park -- flings open its gates after being shut longer than any other Disney park.

- Argentina extends curfew -

Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez extends a nightly curfew for Buenos Aires for three weeks and says he will seek to compel the city to close schools.

- Kenya eases measures -

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta lifts and scales back some measures including reopening schools and allowing travel in and out of Nairobi.

- Costa Cruises sets sail again -

Italian cruise line Costa Cruises sets sail for the first time in more than four months, buoying an industry capsized by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The flagship Costa Smeralda left the northwestern port of Savona after being landbound since December 20, when the Italian government banned cruises during the holiday season due to the coronavirus crisis.

- Over 151 mn cases -

Some 151.3 million cases have been declared since the virus was first discovered in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.

At least 3,182,408 people have died of Covid-19 around the world.

The US is the worst-affected country with 576,232 deaths, followed by Brazil with 403,781, Mexico 216,907, India 211,853 and Britain 127,517.