Global cases of coronavirus reach three million as countries begin to reduce lockdown conditions - and WHO chief says 'the world should have listened' to his warnings(20 Pics)

There have now been more than 3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 210,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
It previously took almost four months for the virus to infect 1 million people, and then only 12 days for that number to double as the virus was confirmed as a pandemic. But the latest milestone comes 13 days after it was announced 2 million people were infected.
Last night, World Health Organisation chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that 'the world should have listened' when it first sounded the alarm about coronavirus.
As several countries see a slow down in their infection rates, Australia, Spain and Italy have announced they will begin easing lockdown restrictions.
Australia recorded just seven new cases of coronavirus on Monday, as the country's chief medial officer shed light on the 'problematic' issue of when to allow pubs and restaurants to reopen.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said on Monday the government's 'suppression' strategy was working, but there was a major concern is that Australians would become complacent with social distancing as the curve continues to flatten.
This morning beachgoers were seen enjoying their first swim after Bondi Beach reopened following a five week closure amid a spike in coronavirus cases. 
Children in Spain were let outside for the first time in six weeks on Sunday, as the government said under-14s can now go for an hour-long walk once a day.
However, there was instant confusion as some locations in country are said to have 'opened their beaches', but technically only children who live less than one kilometre away can visit and they must not sunbathe or swim or have a picnic.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced that from May 2nd, adults will also be able to go out for walks and to practise individual sport 'as long as the favourable evolution of the pandemic' allowed it. 
In Italy – where around 26,600 patients have died – plans on easing some of its lockdown measures from next week, allowing factories and construction firms to reopen, and people to visit relatives living in the same region. 
Beachgoers were seen enjoying their first swim after Bondi Beach reopened this morning following a five-week closure as Australia saw a large drop in coronavirus cases. There have now been more than 3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 210,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University
Beachgoers were seen enjoying their first swim after Bondi Beach reopened this morning following a five-week closure as Australia saw a large drop in coronavirus cases. There have now been more than 3 million confirmed cases worldwide and 210,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University
Australia, Spain and Italy have announced they will begin easing lockdown restrictions as their countries saw a consistent reduction in the rates of infection
Australia, Spain and Italy have announced they will begin easing lockdown restrictions as their countries saw a consistent reduction in the rates of infection
Children in Spain were let outside for the first time in six weeks on Sunday, as the government said under-14s can now go for an hour-long walk once a day. Pictured:  A family out walking in Ibiza
Children in Spain were let outside for the first time in six weeks on Sunday, as the government said under-14s can now go for an hour-long walk once a day. Pictured:  A family out walking in Ibiza 
In Italy ¿ where around 26,600 patients have died ¿ plans on easing some of its lockdown measures from next week, allowing factories and construction firms to reopen, and people to visit relatives living in the same region
In Italy – where around 26,600 patients have died – plans on easing some of its lockdown measures from next week, allowing factories and construction firms to reopen, and people to visit relatives living in the same region
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Sunday that from May 4 Italy would gradually lift its lockdown imposed some seven weeks ago. The country yesterday had its lowest jump in daily coronavirus cases for almost seven weeks
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Sunday that from May 4 Italy would gradually lift its lockdown imposed some seven weeks ago. The country yesterday had its lowest jump in daily coronavirus cases for almost seven weeks

The country yesterday had its lowest jump in daily coronavirus cases for almost seven weeks, with 1,739 new infections, down from 2,324 the day before. Deaths climbed by 333 on Monday, against 260 the day before.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Sunday that from May 4 Italy would gradually lift its lockdown imposed some seven weeks ago.  
But it was a different story in the Netherlands, as police had to disperse large crowds gathered at Vroesenpark, Rotterdam to celebrate King's Day despite being told to stay indoors due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
'This promises to be a unique Kingsday, and mainly because I hope it will be the last Kingsday-at-home ever. Try to make the best of it,' the king said in a TV speech broadcast live from his home.
Kingsday normally attracts millions of people to festivities in Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands, but all public events have been cancelled until September 1 in an attempt to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections in the country.
The Netherlands currently has 4,518 covid-19 deaths and 38,245 cases, the highest per capita in the whole of Europe.
It was a different story in the Netherlands, as police had to disperse large crowds gathered at Vroesenpark, Rotterdam to celebrate King's Day despite being told to stay indoors due to the Coronavirus outbreak
It was a different story in the Netherlands, as police had to disperse large crowds gathered at Vroesenpark, Rotterdam to celebrate King's Day despite being told to stay indoors due to the Coronavirus outbreak

Kingsday normally attracts millions of people to festivities in Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands, but all public events have been cancelled until September 1 in an attempt to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections in the country
Kingsday normally attracts millions of people to festivities in Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands, but all public events have been cancelled until September 1 in an attempt to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections in the country
Sweden, whose softer approach to combating coronavirus has gained attention across the world, could have achieved herd immunity by May, the country's ambassador to the US has claimed
Sweden, whose softer approach to combating coronavirus has gained attention across the world, could have achieved herd immunity by May, the country's ambassador to the US has claimed
Germany's strategy of extensive testing of the public has helped keep deaths in the country to 6,061, while the few commuters while travelling are practising social distancing. Pictured: Berlin
Germany's strategy of extensive testing of the public has helped keep deaths in the country to 6,061, while the few commuters while travelling are practising social distancing. Pictured: Berlin
Grass shoots have grown between cobblestones outside the Pantheon, in Piazza Monte Citorio square, Rome, due to reduced footfall because of the country's strict COVID-19 containment measures
Grass shoots have grown between cobblestones outside the Pantheon, in Piazza Monte Citorio square, Rome, due to reduced footfall because of the country's strict COVID-19 containment measures
People in Jerusalem, Israel receive COVID-19 tests at a coronavirus testing booth in the city. Israel's health ministry reported 23 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total number in the country to 15,466.
People in Jerusalem, Israel receive COVID-19 tests at a coronavirus testing booth in the city. Israel's health ministry reported 23 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total number in the country to 15,466.

New global case totals announced yesterday afternoon found that Russia had reported 6,198 more confirmed cases, taking the number of infections in the country to 87,147 on Monday.
The Russian coronavirus crisis response centre said that 50 more deaths of coronavirus patients were confirmed in the last 24 hours.
In the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, Russia surpassed the official figure mainland China – where the virus originated towards the end of last year – which reported the total of 82,830 cases on Monday.
The United States is still seeing large increases in the number of infections, which stood at more than 1,000,000 on Monday night, with 56,677 deaths.
The White House unveiled a 'blueprint' for states to scale up their testing, aimed at answering criticism that America's coronavirus testing has been too slow, and President Donald Trump tried to pivot toward a focus on 'reopening' the nation.
President Trump said at a briefing that deaths in the United States from coronavirus could reach as high as 70,000, after putting the number at 60,000 several times earlier this month.
The news came as World Health Organisation chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that 'the world should have listened' when it first sounded the alarm about coronavirus.
The United States is still seeing large increases in the number of infections, which stood at more than 1,000,000 on Monday night, with 56,677 confirmed deaths
The United States is still seeing large increases in the number of infections, which stood at more than 1,000,000 on Monday night, with 56,677 confirmed deaths
President Donald Trump said at a briefing that deaths in the United States from coronavirus could reach as high as 70,000, after putting the number at 60,000 several times earlier this month
President Donald Trump said at a briefing that deaths in the United States from coronavirus could reach as high as 70,000, after putting the number at 60,000 several times earlier this month
New York City has become the outbreak's epicenter worldwide. A UC Berkeley study estimates that the fatality rate there to be 0.5 percent, with more than a quarter of deaths among people under 65. Pictured: Bodies are moved from refrigerator truck morgues at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center
New York City has become the outbreak's epicenter worldwide. A UC Berkeley study estimates that the fatality rate there to be 0.5 percent, with more than a quarter of deaths among people under 65. Pictured: Bodies are moved from refrigerator truck morgues at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center
The White House unveiled a 'blueprint' for states to scale up their testing, aimed at answering criticism that America's coronavirus testing has been too slow
The White House unveiled a 'blueprint' for states to scale up their testing, aimed at answering criticism that America's coronavirus testing has been too slow
The parking lot of the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood has become a huge drive-through testing center set up by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). California has controlled the outbreak of the virus to a much greater extent than New York
The parking lot of the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood has become a huge drive-through testing center set up by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). California has controlled the outbreak of the virus to a much greater extent than New York
Protesters across several Democrat state have been calling for the end to lockdown after being inpsired by President Trump to put pressure on governors. Pictured: Activists in California protesting Gov Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home orders
Protesters across several Democrat state have been calling for the end to lockdown after being inpsired by President Trump to put pressure on governors. Pictured: Activists in California protesting Gov Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home orders
He criticised countries which did not heed the WHO's advice about the outbreak early on, saying those that had were now coping better.
The WHO has faced a string of high-profile criticisms over its handling of the virus, most notably from US President Donald Trump, who claimed the organisation has been 'China-centric'.
And Japanese deputy prime minister Taro Aso recently noted that some people have started referring to the WHO as the 'Chinese Health Organization' because of what he described as its close ties to Beijing.
'We can only give advice to countries. We don't have any mandate to force countries to implement what we advise them,' Dr Ghebreyesus said yesterday.
'The world should have listened to the WHO carefully. We advised the whole world to implement a comprehensive public health approach - find, test, contact tracing and so on.
'The countries who followed that are in a better position than others.'
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured) said the UN agency had sounded the highest level of alarm over Covid-19 early on, but lamented that not all countries heeded its advice
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured) said the UN agency had sounded the highest level of alarm over Covid-19 early on, but lamented that not all countries heeded its advice
Japanese deputy prime minister Taro Aso recently noted that some people have started referring to the WHO as the 'Chinese Health Organization' because of what he described as its close ties to Beijing
Japanese deputy prime minister Taro Aso recently noted that some people have started referring to the WHO as the 'Chinese Health Organization' because of what he described as its close ties to Beijing

Dr Ghebreyesus insisted the WHO had warned about the dangers of the virus at an early stage, declaring it 'the highest level of emergency' on January 30 when there were only 82 registered cases outside China.
But the organisation has been accused of mishandling the outbreak amid claims of pro-China bias.
Earlier this month, Washington accused WHO of initially downplaying the coronavirus crisis, which has infected some 972,969 people in the US. 
Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack on the agency, putting $500million in funding on hold while an investigation is conducted into its handling of the pandemic.      
Mr Trump singled out what he called the WHO's 'dangerous and costly decision' to argue against international travel bans to combat the pandemic.  
In a controversial tweet on January 14, the WHO said China had found no evidence of person to person transmission. It later praised China for its transparency about the virus.
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