Far-right protests in Spain over lockdowns: Coronavirus updates

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  • For the primary time since they started reporting information in January, Chinese authorities registered zero new infections of coronavirus. 

  • Brazil confirmed a complete of 330,890 coronavirus circumstances, overtaking Russia to turn out to be the world’s second hotspot for COVID-19.

  • Some 80 million infants might be susceptible to vaccine-preventable illnesses corresponding to diphtheria, measles and polio as a result of disruption of routine immunisation brought on by the pandemic, UN companies warn.

  • More than 5.2 million folks world wide at the moment are confirmed to have the coronavirus, in response to information compiled by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 338,000 folks have died globally whereas some two million folks have recovered.

Here are the most recent updates:

Saturday, May 23

16:57 GMT – UK PM Johnson provides adviser Cummings his ‘full help’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given his full help to his senior adviser Dominic Cummings after he travelled 400 km (250 miles) to northern England whereas his spouse confirmed COVID-19 signs.

“I can tell you that the PM provides Mr Cummings with his full support,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps instructed reporters.

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Downing Street had confirmed to journalists on March 31 that Dominic Cummings was self-isolating with COVID-19 signs at his home in North London [Hollie Adams/Getty Images]

16:35 GMT – UK COVID-19 dying toll rises 282 to 36,675

The United Kingdom’s dying toll from confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 rose by 282 to 36,675, the federal government mentioned.

“Tragically, 36,675 people have now died,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps instructed reporters at a Downing Street briefing.

The authorities publishes the dying toll based mostly on those that undoubtedly had COVID-19; broader figures based mostly on suspected COVID-19 deaths give an even bigger toll.

15:55 GMT  – More than 40 identified with COVID-19 after Frankfurt church service

More than 40 folks have examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus following a church service in Frankfurt, Germany’s monetary centre, earlier this month, the pinnacle of town’s well being division instructed a information company.

“Most of them are not seriously ill. As far as we know only one person has been admitted to hospital,” Rene Gottschalk instructed the dpa company.

The service came about on May 10 at a Baptist church, the division’s deputy chief Antoni Walczok instructed native newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau.

“The situation is very dynamic,” Walczok instructed the paper, including the church didn’t violate official tips geared toward containing the unfold of the virus.

15:35 GMT – One-hour COVID-19 take a look at being trialed at hospitals round London

A COVID-19 take a look at that provides ends in simply over an hour and which requires no laboratory, probably permitting for swifter testing of a lot bigger numbers of individuals, is being rolled out at a lot of London hospitals after getting regulatory clearance.

As Britain tries to ramp up testing to assist revive the stalled economic system, it’s nonetheless primarily utilizing laboratory exams that take round 48 hours to supply a end result and both require folks to travel typically lengthy distances to regional testing centres or obtain by submit at home.

Faster testing may enable extra folks to return to work or allow testing on a extra common foundation and will assist Prime Minister Boris Johnson obtain his goal of 200,000 exams a day, an necessary aspect in efficiently ending the lockdown.

15:10 GMT – Palestinians report first coronavirus dying in Gaza

A girl died in Gaza Strip after contracting coronavirus, the Palestinian enclave’s first fatality from the worldwide pandemic, the well being ministry mentioned.

It mentioned the 77-year-old girl had suffered from a previous power sickness and had travelled to Gaza via neighbouring Egypt on May 19.

She had been quarantined as a precaution since then, the ministry mentioned.

Hello, that is Arwa Ibrahim taking on the dwell weblog from Doha, Qatar. 

13:57 GMT – Anti-viral drug efficient towards coronavirus, examine finds

Anti-viral drug remdesivir cuts restoration occasions in coronavirus sufferers.

Complete outcomes from the analysis, which was carried out by US authorities company the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), had been revealed by main medical periodical the New England Journal of Medicine.

The United States approved the emergency use of remdesivir in hospitals on May 1, adopted by Japan, whereas Europe is contemplating following go well with.

The examine discovered that remdesivir, injected intravenously every day for 10 days, accelerated the restoration of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers in comparison with a placebo in medical exams on simply over a thousand sufferers throughout 10 nations.

NIAID director Anthony Fauci has mentioned preliminary proof indicated remdesivir had a “clear-cut, significant and positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery”.

13:45 GMT – Malaysia says 2nd virus cluster breaks out at migrant detention centres

A brand new cluster of coronavirus infections has damaged out in Malaysia at a detention centre for undocumented migrants.

Malaysia has this month arrested greater than 2,000 foreigners for not having permits that enable them to be within the nation following raids in areas underneath lockdown. The centres they’re detained in are sometimes crowded with dozens of migrants packed in a single cell.

The well being ministry mentioned on Saturday that 21 circumstances had been recognized on the Semenyih detention centre near Kuala Lumpur, which homes about 1,600 detainees.

It is the second detention centre at which a cluster of virus infections has damaged out. About 60 circumstances had been reported among the many 1,400 detainees on the Bukit Jalil centre earlier this week.

The ministry’s Director General Noor Hisham Abdullah mentioned the supply of infections on the centres had not been recognized.

13:00 GMT – Spain to reopen to worldwide tourism, restart soccer

Spain will reopen to worldwide tourism from July, says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

He additionally introduced that the nation’s soccer league may return to motion from June 8.

The nation is rising from one in all Europe’s strictest lockdowns, applied on March 14.

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12:36 GMT – France permits spiritual gatherings

Worshippers in France are being allowed to attend spiritual gatherings as the federal government additional eases coronavirus-related restrictions.

The locations of worship, like all different publicly accessible establishments, should observe social distancing rules amongst different sanitary measures. All these accountable should be certain that believers put on a masks and disinfect their fingers.

At the doorway to church buildings, synagogues and mosques, one particular person has to make sure that not too many believers enter directly.

12:10 GMT – EU ‘frugals’ oppose France-Germany plan for grants

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EU member states Austria, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands acknowledged their opposition on Saturday to a French-German plan for a 500 billion euro coronavirus restoration fund that will subject grants, calling for a loans-based approach as a substitute.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the shock proposal on Monday to arrange a fund that will provide grants to European Union areas and sectors hit hardest by the pandemic.

The thought of grants, nonetheless, is anathema to the EU’s self-styled “frugal four”, who typically oppose huge spending and fear the proposal will result in a mutualisation of member states’ debt.

“We propose to create an Emergency Recovery Fund based on a ‘loans for loans’ approach,” the 4 nations mentioned in a so-called “non-paper” outlining their place to different member states and launched by Austria.

11:44 GMT – Vatican Museums set to reopen 

The Vatican Museums will reopen their doorways to vacationers beginning on June 1. Visitors can have entry to a number of the world’s biggest Renaissance masterpieces in addition to historic Roman and Egyptian artefacts, however solely via reservations.

They can have their temperatures checked and should put on face masks and use hand sanitiser. Staff will put on masks and gloves, and well being staff can be readily available.

The coronavirus pandemic has drained the Holy See’s coffers because the museums are its most dependable supply of revenue, beforehand producing an estimated $100m yearly.

A view shows a deserted entrance of the closed Vatican Museums on March 24, 2020 in the Vatican during the lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic.

A view exhibits a abandoned entrance of the closed Vatican Museums on March 24, 2020 in Vatican City in the course of the lockdown geared toward stopping the unfold of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic [Andreas Solaro/AFP]

11:10 GMT – Protests erupt in Spain

The streets of Spain’s capital Madrid resounded with the honk of vehicles horns as 1000’s rallied within the metropolis as a part of a protest known as by the far-right Vox celebration.

Protesters known as for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias to resign over their dealing with of the coronavirus disaster.

Spain, which imposed one in all Europe’s hardest lockdowns on March 14, has began to ease restrictions, however Madrid and Barcelona have remained in lockdown for longer due to extra extreme coronavirus outbreaks.

“It is time to end the #stateofabuse that Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias are using to gag Spaniards,” Vox mentioned in an announcement, referring to a Twitter hash tag.

“It is time to make a big noise against the government of unemployment and misery that has abandoned our self-employed and workers.”

A demonstrator wearing a protective face mask carries a flag during a drive-in protest organised by Spain's far-right party Vox against the government's handling of the

A demonstrator carrying a protecting face masks carries a flag throughout a protest organised by Spain’s far-right celebration Vox towards the federal government’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic in Madrid, Spain [Sergio Perez/Reuters]

10:43 GMT – UK says PM’s adviser didn’t break lockdown rules

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings didn’t break coronavirus lockdown rules when he took a journey of 400km (248 miles) whereas having COVID-19 signs in April, in response to Downing Street.

“Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for,” a spokesman mentioned.

“At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported. His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines. Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.”

It got here as members of the opposition known as for Cummings to step down. “If Dominic Cummings has broken the lockdown guidelines he will have to resign. It’s as simple as that,” Ed Davey, co-leader of the Liberal Democrats, mentioned.

10:16 GMT – Basketball legend Patrick Ewing exams optimistic 

NBA legend Patrick Ewing mentioned he has examined optimistic for the brand new coronavirus.

“This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones,” Ewing, a former participant with the New York Knicks, mentioned in a Twitter submit.

Georgetown University, the place Ewing is teaching the boys’s basketball workforce, mentioned in an announcement the Hall of Famer is underneath care and remoted in a hospital.

“I’ll be fine and we will all get through this,” Ewing was quoted as saying.

09:52 GMT – Turkey: High-speed prepare providers set to renew

Starting on May 28, high-speed prepare providers will resume in some components of Turkey after being suspended for 2 months.

In a written assertion, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu mentioned the resumption will see 16 providers per day in 4 routes: Ankara-Istanbul, Ankara-Eskisehir, Ankara-Konya and Konya-Istanbul.

Maintaining the bodily distancing rules, the trains will function at 50 % capability and passengers will sit leaving a seat in a row empty. People aged over 65 or underneath 20 can be required to have travel permits.

09:24 GMT – Peru extends nationwide lockdown till finish of June

Peru has prolonged its state of emergency and a nationwide lockdown till the top of June, marking one of many world’s longest durations of obligatory isolation geared toward containing the coronavirus outbreak.

The extension on Friday is the fifth time the Andean nation of 32 million folks has prolonged its shutdown, first imposed in mid-March.

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An individual dressed as a Kusillo, a standard Andean harlequin, reminds folks to put on face masks, gloves and keep a social distance as a safety measure towards the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Puno, Peru [Carlos Mamani/AFP]

08:51 GMT – Iran to reopen cultural and non secular websites

Iran is transferring forward with plans to reopen spiritual and cultural websites, in addition to companies, additional easing restrictions rolled out to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an announcement broadcast on state tv, President Hassan Rouhani mentioned on Saturday museums and historic websites can be allowed to welcome guests once more on Sunday to coincide with the Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the top the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

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08:25 GMT – Thousands of Palestinians stranded overseas urge for repatriation

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“I’m not the priority of any country and this is how it is when it comes to being a Jerusalemite,” mentioned Diya Hasheem, a 23-year-old Palestinian learning in Cyprus. 

The scholar is amongst thousands of Palestinians who’ve been stranded overseas, unable to return home in the course of the pandemic, as no authorities authority has been capable of assist them.

Read Mersiha Gadzo’s full story right here

07:48 GMT – Berlin church hosts Muslim prayer in signal of solidarity

A church in Berlin has helped a close-by mosque adjust to social distancing tips by internet hosting Friday prayers in “an amazing sign of solidarity”.

Muslims pray inside the evangelical church of St. Martha's parish, during their Friday prayers, as the community mosque can't fit everybody in due to social distancing rules,

Muslims pray contained in the evangelical church of St Martha’s parish in Berlin throughout their Friday prayers because the neighborhood mosque can not match everyone in [Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters]

The move got here because the Dar Assalam mosque, which sees a whole bunch of Muslims on Fridays, can solely accommodate 50 folks at a time underneath restrictions, prompting the close by Martha Lutheran church to supply to host Muslim prayers.

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07:15 GMT – Ivanka Trump attracts derision in India 

US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump’s reward of an Indian teenager’s 1,200km-long (750 miles) bicycle trip home triggered a wave of criticism in India. 

“This beautiful feat of endurance & love has captured the imagination of the Indian people and the cycling federation!” Ivanka, daughter of US President Donald Trump, tweeted on Friday night time.

Opposition political figures known as her remarks insensitive to the plight of impoverished migrant staff who’ve to go away the massive cities for his or her properties in different components of India as a result of the shutdown has sapped their financial savings.

“Her poverty & desperation are being glorified as if Jyoti cycled 1,200 KM for the thrill of it. Government failed her, that’s hardly something to trumpet as an achievement,” Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, tweeted in response to Ivanka’s message.

06:47 GMT – Australia urges youthful folks to get examined 

The state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia urged its youthful residents to get examined because it will get able to additional ease restrictions on pubs and eating places. 

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The name got here because the nation’s most populous state, which incorporates town of Sydney and is home to nearly half Australia’s roughly 7,100 coronavirus circumstances, recorded simply three new circumstances.

“As we are freeing up our restrictions, particularly around clubs and hotels and so on, we need (to send) a very powerful message … that these young people who may think they are invincible are actually not invincible,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard mentioned in a information convention, reminding folks of the significance of bodily distancing and testing.

06:20 GMT – North Dakota governor requires empahty 

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum fought again tears at a press convention as he requested the US state’s residents to be empathetic about carrying face masks.

The governor known as on folks to not make masks an ideological subject as he identified that somebody could be doing it “because they have a five-year-old child who has been going through cancer treatments or … vulnerable adults in their life who currently have COVID and are fighting”.

Getting emotional, he mentioned: “I would just love to see our state, as part of being North Dakota smart, also be North Dakota kind, North Dakota empathetic.”

05:45 GMT – Latest figures:

Russia: 335,882 circumstances ( 9,434), 3,388 deaths ( 139)

Brazil: 330,890  circumstances ( 19,969) , 21,048 deaths ( 1,001)

Germany: 177,850 circumstances ( 638), 8,216 deaths ( 42)

Thailand: 3,040 circumstances ( 3), 56 deaths 


Hi, that is Virginia Pietromarchi in Doha, Qatar taking on the dwell weblog from my colleague Zaheena Rasheed. 

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

The United Nations disarmament chief says the COVID-19 pandemic is transferring 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 instructed 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 instructed 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 services from seashores and golf programs to eating places and retail companies providing curbside pick-up providers, however lags behind different components 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 had been much less depending on oxygen help than different comparable hospital sufferers, in response to outcomes of a small US examine.

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

Nearly 70 % of the 39 sufferers had been on high-flow oxygen and 10 % had 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 writer.

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

The automobile rental firm Hertz filed for chapter safety within the US and Canada after its enterprise was decimated in the course of the coronavirus pandemic and talks with collectors didn’t end in a lot wanted reduction.

“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 workers and prospects and eradicate “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 important worldwide working areas, together with Europe, Australia and New Zealand, weren’t included within the US Chapter 11 submitting.

02:46 GMT – China studies no new circumstances for first time since pandemic started

China recorded no new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances on the mainland for May 22, the primary time it had seen no every day rise within the variety of circumstances for the reason that pandemic started within the metropolis of Wuhan late final yr.

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

New asymptomatic circumstances 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 pageant 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 properties until completely essential.

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

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

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

One police officer was shot in an arm in the course of the protest in Cerrillos, by which safety forces additionally used tear gasoline and water cannon vans to disperse the demonstrators.

“This is not the way, we have that clear,” one protester who didn’t give his identify instructed 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 had 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 towards 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 top of June, marking one of many longest durations of obligatory isolation on this planet.

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

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

01:20 GMT – France to permit religion gatherings

The French inside ministry says it’s going to enable 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 can be outlined in a decree in “the coming hours” the ministry mentioned in an announcement 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, jap 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 measurement, 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 tips adopted in the course of 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 protecting after they can not keep that distance in public.

The order represents one of many greatest 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 dwell in the identical family.

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

Brazil confirmed a complete of 330,890 coronavirus circumstances on Friday, overtaking Russia to turn out to be 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 dying 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 issues

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 an announcement.


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

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