The number of declared coronavirus cases in Europe topped 250,000, more than half of which are in hard-hit Italy and Spain. But over the last 24 hours, both countries reported improvements.
Spain has registered 655 fatalities from the coronavirus - down from more than 700 on Wednesday, while Italy confirmed a lower rate of infections, according to Al Jazeera reports.
The World Health Organization's (WHO) European office said it saw "encouraging signs", cautioning it was too early to say whether the worst had passed.
More than three million Americans filed new claims for unemployment insurance last week amid the coronavirus pandemic, breaking the previous record as the first wave of layoffs batter the US economy.