India overtakes China in coronavirus infections: Live updates

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  • Brazil posted one other each day document for coronavirus circumstances as Minister of Health Nelson Teich resigned after lower than a month on the job.

  • India’s confirmed variety of infections overtook that of China’s tally regardless of a strict nationwide lockdown.

  • The United States House accepted a $Three trillion reduction invoice, nevertheless it has no probability of passing the Republican-controlled Senate. 

  • Globally, greater than 4.5 million individuals have been contaminated and greater than 306,000 have died from COVID-19, in keeping with Johns Hopkins University. About 1.6 million individuals have recovered.

Here are all the newest updates:

Saturday, May 16


I’m handing over the weblog now to my colleague, Virginia Pietromarchi, in Doha, Qatar. Here’s a summary of this morning’s key developments:

  • At least 23 migrant employees killed as India’s circumstances exceed that of China’s.
  • Italy will enable worldwide travel beginning on June 3
  • Top US well being official says coronavirus deaths might exceed 100,000 by June 1

05:49 GMT – Truck collision on Indian freeway kills 23 migrant employees

At least 23 migrant employees have been killed in India when a truck they have been travelling in crashed right into a stationary truck on a freeway in northern Uttar Pradesh state.

Another 20 have been injured within the accident, Justice of the Peace Abhishek Singh informed The Associated Press information company. The employees have been on the best way from India’s capital, New Delhi, to their villages in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal states, he added.

India truck collision

In this nonetheless picture taken from video, a police rescue staff works to raise a truck on the web site of an accident in Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh, India, on May 16, 2020 [ANI via Reuters]

Tens of 1000’s of migrant labourers have been getting back from massive cities to their villages after dropping jobs due to the countrywide lockdown. 

05:36 GMT – Vigilance urged as Australia eases lockdown

The president of the Australian Medical Association urged individuals to stay vigilant as Australia started stress-free a two-month lockdown with eating places, cafes and bars re-opening in most elements of the nation.

“If we do the wrong things, we risk undoing all the gains that we’ve made,” Tony Bartone mentioned. “So, the message is, yes, appreciate all the efforts, appreciate the opportunity to release some of those measures, but let’s not have a party, let’s not go to town.”

New South Wales and Queensland states eased restrictions this weekend however Victoria, which remains to be struggling to curb the virus’s unfold, retained most of its lockdown measures.

Australia has recorded simply over 7,000 circumstances and 98 deaths. 

05:18 GMT – Italy to raise travel restrictions 

The Italian authorities is easing travel restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic, permitting individuals to move freely contained in the area the place they dwell as of Monday, and between areas beginning June 3.

The authorities decree additionally permits worldwide travel to and from Italy from June 3.

Social distancing rules are being applied within the sectors of the financial system which have reopened, together with factories and a few companies. Schools stay closed and crowds should not permitted, although individuals might be allowed to attend Mass in church buildings with some restrictions beginning subsequent week.

Italy leads Europe in easing coronavirus lockdown measures (2:38)

04:43 GMT – India surpasses China in coronavirus circumstances

India’s coronavirus circumstances surpassed China’s with the well being ministry reporting 85,940 infections and a pair of,752 deaths.

In complete, China has reported 82,933 circumstances and 4,633 deaths.

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A well being official checks the physique temperature of passengers as they arrive to board a particular practice to New Delhi in Chennai on May 15, 2020 [Arun Sankar/ AFP] 

The worst-hit Indian states are Maharashtra with 29,100 circumstances, Tamil Nadu 10,108, Gujarat 9,931 and New Delhi 8,895.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities is because of announce this weekend a call whether or not to increase the nation’s 54-day-old lockdown. 

04:31 GMT – South Korea hopeful of containing nightclub cluster

South Korean officers confirmed 162 coronavirus circumstances linked to club-goers within the densely populated Seoul metropolitan space, but additionally expressed cautious hope that infections are starting to wane.

Authorities have to this point examined 46,000 individuals after well being employees detected a slew of infections linked to golf equipment and different nightspots in Seoul’s Itaewon leisure district. 

“Despite massive testing, there seems to be no trend of the rapid virus spread tied to the Itaewon outbreak,” mentioned Yoon Tae-ho, a senior well being ministry official. “If we pass this weekend well, we expect the Itaewon-linked spread to come under the control of quarantine authorities.”

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 19 new circumstances of the coronavirus on Saturday. Nine have been linked to Itaewon and the remaining concerned passengers arriving from overseas.

03:23 GMT – Trump to revive partial funding to WHO, says Fox News

US President Donald Trump’s administration is ready to revive partial funding to the World Health Organization, Fox News experiences, citing a draft letter.

The Trump administration will “agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions” to the WHO, Fox News says, quoting from the letter.

Trump suspended US contributions to the WHO on April 14, accusing it of selling China’s “disinformation” concerning the coronavirus outbreak. The company denies the declare.

The US was the WHO’s greatest donor. If the US matches China’s contribution, because the Fox report provides, its new funding degree might be about one-tenth of its earlier funding quantity of about $400m per 12 months.

02:49 GMT – Virus spreading to Brazil’s Indigenous territories at ‘horrifying pace’

A Brazilian rights group says the coronavirus has hit 38 indigenous teams within the nation and is spreading to Indigenous territories “with frightening speed”.

A survey by the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Association (APIB) finds 446 circumstances of the brand new coronavirus and 92 deaths among the many affected teams, primarily within the Brazilian Amazon.

The grim information got here a day after the Indigenous group of Parque das Tribos, outdoors the northern metropolis of Manaus, held a funeral for its chief, Messias Kokama, who died of COVID-19.

02:05 GMT – US House passes $Three trillion coronavirus help invoice

The United States House of Representatives narrowly handed a $Three trillion invoice geared toward salving the heavy human and financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

The invoice, crafted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats, handed largely alongside celebration traces in a 208-199 vote.

The huge measure would value greater than the prior 4 coronavirus payments mixed. It would ship almost $1 trillion for state and native governments, one other spherical of $1,200 direct funds to people and assist for the unemployed, renters and owners, faculty debt holders and the struggling US Postal Service.

But Republicans, who management the Senate, have promised will probably be “dead on arrival” of their chamber.

Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks previous the Statuary Hall on the US Capitol on May 15, 2020, in Washington, DC, the United States [Olivier Douliery/ AFP]

01:53 GMT – US deaths projected to exceed 100,000 by June 1

Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says forecasting fashions point out the variety of coronavirus-related deaths within the US will improve within the coming weeks.

The complete demise toll is projected to surpass 100,000 by June 1, he added in a tweet.

01:34 GMT – Air Canada to put off greater than 20,000 individuals

Canada’s largest airline mentioned it plans to put off at the least 20,000 staff due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Air Canada mentioned the pandemic has pressured it to cut back scheduled flights by 95 p.c, and it doesn’t count on regular site visitors to return anytime quickly.

“We therefore took the extremely difficult decision today to significantly downsize our operation to align with forecasts, which regrettably means reducing our workforce by 50 to 60 percent,” the airline mentioned in an announcement.

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01:09 GMT – LATAM Airlines to chop 1,400 jobs

LATAM Airlines mentioned it could lay off 1,400 staff in Latin America, blaming a drastic droop in enterprise because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The effects of COVID-19 are profound and make reducing the size of the LATAM group inevitable to protect its sustainability in the medium term,” shelp Roberto Alvo, government director of the Chilean-Brazilian provider.

The jobs might be lower from operations in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

00:39 GMT – ‘Most troublesome second’ as Mexico experiences document each day circumstances

Mexico’s well being ministry reported 2,437 new coronavirus infections on Friday in a contemporary one-day document rise in circumstances.

The new infections introduced confirmed coronavirus circumstances within the nation to 45,032. The demise toll rose by 290 to 4,767. Mexico’s highest each day toll was on Tuesday, when well being authorities reported 353 fatalities.

“We are at the moment of the fastest growth in new cases,” mentioned Assistant Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell. “This is the most difficult moment.”

Brazil’s president defiant as coronavirus demise toll soars (2:41)

00:28 GMT – Brazil experiences 15,305 new infections

Brazil’s well being ministry confirmed 15,305 new circumstances of the novel coronavirus on Friday in a document for a 24-hour interval.

It additionally reported 824 associated deaths. Brazil has registered 218,223 confirmed coronavirus circumstances because the begin of the pandemic and 14,817 deaths.

00:04 GMT – US House permits proxy voting

The US House of Representatives accepted a historic change to its rules permitting legislators to vote by “proxy” from distant areas briefly.

The change, proposed by Democrats and handed in a 217-189 vote, upends greater than 200 years of precedent in Congress. Proxy voting has been allowed earlier than inside committees however not for votes within the full House or Senate.

Under the brand new rules, House legislators will not be required to travel to Washington, DC to take part in ground votes. They might be allowed to vote by proxy – assigning their vote to a different legislator who might be on the Capitol to solid it for them. Eventually, a provision permits for direct distant voting, as soon as the expertise is accepted.

Just as necessary, the House committees – the bread and butter of legislative work – will have the ability to totally perform remotely.

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The new rule will stay in place solely during the coronavirus disaster.


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 the important thing developments from yesterday, March 15, right here.