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  • South America has change into an “epicentre” of the COVID-19 pandemic with Brazil the hardest-hit nation, the World Health Organization mentioned. 

  • UK will introduce a 14-day quarantine for almost all worldwide travellers from June 8, inside minister Priti Patel has mentioned, with anybody breaking the rules going through a $1,218 positive.

  • Some 80 million infants might be liable to vaccine-preventable illnesses like diphtheria, measles and polio on account of disruption of routine immunisation brought on by the pandemic, UN businesses have warned.

  • More than 5.2 million folks all over the world at the moment are confirmed to have the coronavirus, in keeping with knowledge compiled by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 337,000 folks have died globally whereas some two million folks have recovered.

Here are all the most recent updates:

Saturday, May 23

04:55 GMT – UN warns cybercrime on rise throughout pandemic

The United Nations disarmament chief says the COVID-19 pandemic is shifting the world in the direction of elevated technological innovation and on-line collaboration, however “cybercrime is also on the rise, with a 600 percent increase in malicious emails during the current crisis”.

Izumi Nakamitsu advised an off-the-cuff assembly of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday that “there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health care organizations and medical research facilities worldwide”.

She mentioned rising digital dependency has elevated the vulnerability to cyberattacks, and “it is estimated that one such attack takes place every 39 seconds”.

04:29 GMT – Los Angeles dismisses warning over ‘illegal’ lockdown

Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, has dismissed a Trump administration warning that town’s continued coronavirus lockdown might be each arbitrary and illegal.

“We are not guided by politics in this – we are guided by science, we are guided by collaboration,” Garcetti advised reporters. “There’s no games, there’s nothing else going on. And that’s the way we’re going to continue to safely open.”    

Los Angeles has begun to reopen amenities from seashores and golf programs to eating places and retail companies providing curbside pick-up providers, however lags behind different elements of California.

04:09 GMT – Donated plasma advantages COVID-19 sufferers in small US examine

Plasma from individuals who had recovered from COVID-19 confirmed improved survival charges and have been much less depending on oxygen assist than different comparable hospital sufferers, in keeping with outcomes of a small US examine.

The examine, printed on Friday, detailed the preliminary outcomes of 39 sufferers hospitalised at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Nearly 70 % of the 39 sufferers have been on high-flow oxygen and 10 % have been on mechanical air flow. After two weeks, the illness worsened in 18 % of the plasma sufferers and 24 % of the management sufferers.

As of May 1, nearly 13 % of plasma recipients had died, in contrast with greater than 24 % of the management sufferers.

“We are encouraged that our initial assessment offers evidence in support of convalescent plasma as an effective intervention, while remaining mindful that additional studies are needed to confirm these findings and draw more definitive conclusions in different populations,” mentioned Dr Nicole Bouvier, an infectious illness specialist at Mt Sinai and the examine’s lead creator.

03:44 GMT – Hertz information for chapter safety in US and Canada

The automotive rental firm Hertz filed for chapter safety within the US and Canada after its enterprise was decimated through the coronavirus pandemic and talks with collectors did not end in a lot wanted aid.

“The impact of COVID-19 on travel demand was sudden and dramatic, causing an abrupt decline in the Company’s revenue and future bookings,” Hertz mentioned in a press launch.

Hertz mentioned it took “immediate action” to prioritise the well being and security of staff and clients and remove “all non-essential spending”. However, it mentioned “uncertainty remains as to when revenue will return and when the used-car market will fully reopen for sales, which necessitated today’s action”.

Hertz’s essential worldwide working areas, together with Europe, Australia and New Zealand, weren’t included within the US Chapter 11 submitting.

02:46 GMT – China reviews no new instances for first time since pandemic started

China recorded no new confirmed COVID-19 instances on the mainland for May 22, the primary time it had seen no each day rise within the variety of instances because the pandemic started within the metropolis of Wuhan late final 12 months.

However, the National Health Commission mentioned there have been two new suspected instances: An imported one in Shanghai and regionally transmitted case within the northeastern province of Jilin.

New asymptomatic instances of the coronavirus fell to 28 from 35 a day earlier, the NHC mentioned.

02:31 GMT – Yemen’s Houthis ban gatherings forward of Eid al-Fitr

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have introduced strict antivirus measures focused particularly at Eid al-Fitr, the competition that concludes the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The well being ministry’s restrictions ask residents to put on masks in public and never go away their houses until completely vital.

The ban on social gatherings will forestall multi-generational households and associates from feasting collectively, and kids from visiting their neighbours’ houses for presents and sweets, as is conventional.

02:06 GMT – Protesters demand meals help in Chile’s capital

Residents of a poor neighbourhood within the Chilean capital, Santiago, protested on Friday, demanding meals help to deal with the lockdown in place within the metropolis since late March.

One police officer was shot in an arm through the protest in Cerrillos, wherein safety forces additionally used tear gasoline and water cannon vehicles to disperse the demonstrators.

“This is not the way, we have that clear,” one protester who didn’t give his identify advised The Associated Press information company. “But it is the only way to get things done in this country, this is how we fight here, like this, this is how you can see the hunger of some people.”

Protesters have been additionally seen holding a banner that learn: “The people are poor, rebel and subversive, to the street!”

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Santiago

People conflict with riot police whereas protesting in opposition to the shortage of assist from the federal government at ‘Cerrillos’ space in Santiago, Chile, on May 22, 2020 [Ivan Alvarado/ Reuters]

01:54 GMT – Peru extends nationwide lockdown

Peru has prolonged its state of emergency and a nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic till the tip of June, marking one of many longest durations of necessary isolation on the planet.

The Andean nation, which started the lockdown in mid-March, could have lived below it for greater than three months by a June 30 expiration, outlasting restrictions in Italy, Spain and China, among the hardest hit nations within the pandemic.

Friday’s extension, introduced by President Martin Vizcarra, got here as Peru’s confirmed coronavirus instances rose to 111,698, the second highest complete in Latin America. The demise toll stood at 3,244 on Friday.

01:20 GMT – France to permit religion gatherings

The French inside ministry says it’ll permit spiritual gatherings to renew after a two-month hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak however worshippers should put on face masks.

The rules shall be outlined in a decree in “the coming hours” the ministry mentioned in a press release on Friday.

Under the decree, a ban on gatherings imposed in March can be rescinded. But collective worship must observe circumstances, together with the carrying of masks, a distance of no less than one metre (3.Three ft) between worshippers and hand-washing.

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People carrying protecting face masks whereas queueing at an ice cream store on May 22, 2020, in Strasbourg, japanese France [Frederick Florin/ AFP]

 01:07 GMT – New York eases ban on gatherings

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, dropped the coronavirus-hit state’s absolute ban on gatherings of any dimension, issuing an govt order saying as much as 10 folks at the moment are allowed to be collectively so long as they abide by social-distancing pointers adopted through the coronavirus pandemic.

That means folks nonetheless want to remain no less than 6 ft (1.Eight metres) away from others, or put on a masks or face masking once they can not keep that distance in public.

The order represents one of many largest steps but the hard-hit state has taken to loosen rules adopted in March which have barred anybody however important staff from getting collectively until they reside in the identical family.

00:34 GMT – Brazil now has world’s second-highest coronavirus instances

Brazil confirmed a complete of 330,890 coronavirus instances on Friday, overtaking Russia to change into the world’s second hotspot for COVID-19.

The Health Ministry mentioned there have been 1,001 deaths within the earlier 24 hours, bringing Brazil’s complete demise toll to 21,408.

In Sao Paulo, the worst-hit metropolis, aerial video confirmed rows of open plots on the Formosa Cemetery because it rushed to maintain up with demand.

00:18 GMT – Mexico cancels soccer season over virus considerations

Mexico’s prime league has determined to cancel its soccer season with out crowning a champion for the primary time in its historical past.

Liga MX cited uncertainty generated by the coronavirus pandemic for the choice and declared the season over regardless of having performed 10 of its 17 dates.

“It’s indisputable that we live in an unprecedented situation in this country that obliges the football industry in Mexico to act with absolute sensitivity and respond with unity to the demands that have presented themselves,” the league mentioned in a press release.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 

You can discover all of the updates from yesterday, May 22, right here