China scraps financial development goal: Coronavirus stay updates

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  • With 20,000 deaths and greater than 310,000 infections, Brazil is quick approaching Russia to change into the world’s second coronavirus hotspot, behind the United States. 

  • US President Donald Trump ordered the nation’s flags at half-staff to honour coronavirus victims. 
  • Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei slammed Washington for persevering with to deport migrants contaminated with COVID-19, the illness brought on by the brand new virus. 

  • More than 5 million individuals world wide are actually confirmed to have the coronavirus, in accordance with information compiled by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 328,000 individuals have died globally whereas some 1.9 million individuals have recovered.

Here are all the most recent updates:

Friday, May 22

02:07 GMT – No annual development goal for China, a primary in many years

China took the uncommon move of not setting an annual development goal this 12 months after the coronavirus battered the world’s second-largest financial system and ravaged international development.      

Instead, given “great uncertainty” brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Beijing will “give priority to stabilising employment and ensuring living standards”, Premier Li Keqiang informed the opening of the National People’s Congress.

This marks the primary time that China didn’t set a gross home product aim since 1990 when the federal government began to publish such targets.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report throughout the opening session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020 [Leo Ramirez/ AFP]

01:33 GMT – Dozens take a look at constructive at centres for stranded migrants in Panama

A Panama well being official mentioned 59 migrants stranded at Panamanian migration centres have examined constructive for the coronavirus.

More than 2,500 migrants turned stranded in Panama in March when the border with neighbouring Costa Rica was closed. The overwhelming majority of these individuals are being held in migration centres within the southern Darien province.

“It is not easy to have 1,900 people in a small place,” Dr Juan Rosales informed Reuters information company. “The work has been hard.”

01:02 GMT – Australia seeks exemption from UK quarantine

Australia is looking for an exemption from a requirement that travellers arriving within the United Kingdom quarantine for 14 days to stop the unfold of COVID-19.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham mentioned in an announcement: “Australia has led the world in the successful containment of COVID-19, which clearly means that travellers coming from Australia would pose a low risk to the rest of the world.”

Birmingham mentioned Australia has no plans to open its borders to non-citizens, whereas all returning locals will nonetheless must quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival.

00:46 GMT – IMF, Ukraine agree in precept on new $5bn help bundle

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Ukraine have reached an settlement in precept on a brand new $5bn help bundle to assist Kyiv battle the coronavirus disaster.

The settlement on the 18-month help programme is topic to the approval of the IMF’s administration and government board, which is able to have a look at the deal “in the coming weeks,” the Washington-based lender mentioned.

Ivanna Vladkova Hollar, the official who led the IMF negotiating workforce, mentioned the deal would supply “budget support” to Kyiv whereas “consolidating achievements to date, and moving forward on important structural reforms to reduce key vulnerabilities”. 

00:08 GMT – Trump orders US flags lowered to half-staff for virus victims

Donald Trump, the president of the United States, says he’ll order the US flag to be flown at half-staff over the following three days because the dying toll from COVID-19 approaches 100,000.

“I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus,” he mentioned in a Twitter publish.

The move follows a request from Democratic leaders to take action to recognise a “sad day of reckoning when we reach 100,000 deaths”.

00:03 GMT – Brazil passes 20,000 virus deaths after report 24-hour toll

The coronavirus dying toll in Brazil surpassed 20,000 after a report variety of fatalities in a 24-hour interval, the well being ministry mentioned.

The nation is the epicentre of the outbreak in Latin America and its highest one-day toll of 1,188 pushed the general dying tally to 20,047.

Brazil has now recorded greater than 310,000 instances, with consultants saying an absence of testing means the actual figures are most likely a lot greater.

With its curve of infections and deaths rising sharply, the nation of 210 million ranks third on the earth when it comes to complete instances, behind the United States and Russia.


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

You can discover all of the updates from yesterday, May 21, right here.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information companies