China, the country where the coronavirus outbreak began, reported no new infections Saturday, the first time since it started reporting cases in January.
The pandemic has countries struggling to keep people safe while simultaneously reopening their economies, disrupting collective celebrations by Muslims throughout the world observing the end of Ramadan and the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the U.S., when millions traditionally head to beaches and national parks.
Police officers patrol the boardwalk at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, on Long Island, New York, May 22, 2020.
However, in Chile, Ecuador and Peru, which put in place early and aggressive containment measures, infections also continued to climb, overwhelming intensive care units in those countries.
“We hope that trend continues,” Africa CDC Director Dr. John Nkengasong said.