Spain partly lifts lockdown in Madrid: Live updates

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  • Spanish authorities have introduced that they’ll partially raise the lockdown restrictions in Madrid on Monday, after the tempo of the coronavirus contagion within the area slowed down.

  • India has registered its greatest bounce of coronavirus instances in 24 hours with 6,000 new infections because the nation loosens a nationwide lockdown.

  • Russia has reported 150 new deaths, a report each day rise, taking the nation’s official nationwide dying toll from the virus to three,249.

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

Here are all the most recent updates:

12:40 GMT – Brazil coronavirus deaths surpass 20,000

More than 20,000 folks have thus far died from COVID-19 in Brazil because the nation registered its highest one-day toll.

The well being ministry mentioned on Thursday the 1,188 deaths recorded over the earlier 24-hour interval pushed the general tally to 20,047.

Read extra right here.

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sao Paulo

The state of Sao Paulo is by far essentially the most affected, with a few quarter of the nation’s deaths and infections [Amanda Perobelli/Reuters]

12:15 GMT – Spain partly lifts lockdown in Madrid, permits terraces reopening

Spanish authorities will raise a part of the lockdown restrictions in Madrid on Monday after the tempo of the coronavirus contagion within the area slowed down, the Madrid regional well being division mentioned.

The restrictions in Madrid at the moment are the identical as in many of the nation that began phasing out the lockdown in early May.

Bars and eating places within the capital shall be allowed to reopen terraces and teams of as much as 10 folks shall be allowed to satisfy.

12:00 GMT – Human trials of British coronavirus vaccine to reach 10,000

Oxford University and AstraZeneca are recruiting round 10,000 adults and kids in Britain for trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a day after receiving US backing price as much as $1.2bn.

Researchers are primarily in search of healthcare workers and different public-facing employees to affix the trial as in an effort to get a transparent sign on the vaccine’s efficacy, they want a minimal quantity to catch the coronavirus of their on a regular basis lives.

An preliminary trial that began on April 23 has already seen greater than 1,000 volunteers aged 18-55 obtain the injection and Oxford mentioned phases II and III will add folks aged 56 and older in addition to kids of 5 to 12 years.

11:45 GMT – Saudi Arabia, UAE mosques to remain closed for Eid prayers

Mosques will stay closed for prayers on the Eid Al-Fitr competition, Saudi and United Arab Emirates officers mentioned, calling on the inhabitants to stick to security tips to keep away from the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

The Eid, which marks the tip of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, might fall on Saturday or Sunday within the Gulf area.

11:20 GMT – Malaysia PM in home quarantine

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin shall be home quarantined for 14 days after an officer who attended a gathering with him this week examined constructive for the brand new coronavirus, the prime minister’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.

Muhyiddin examined damaging however “all members of the meeting have been instructed to undergo screening and 14 days’ home quarantine”, the assertion added.

Muhyiddin Yassin, former Malaysian deputy Prime Minister, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kuala Lumpur

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin assummed workplace in March [Ebrahim Harris/Reuters]

10:55 GMT – UK gov’t took resolution to cease mass testing in March: Advisers

The United Kingdom determined to finish mass testing and call tracing of these with or suspected of getting COVID-19 in March as a result of a surge in new instances at the moment would have been past the system’s capability, authorities advisers mentioned.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been criticised for scaling again testing and tracing in March, solely to ramp up the system in current weeks to attempt to ease out of a lockdown to sort out the outbreak that has all however shut down the economic system.

Johnson’s authorities repeatedly says it has been guided in its combat in opposition to the coronavirus by scientific and medical recommendation, and John Newton, Britain’s testing coordinator, mentioned it was ministers who in the end selected contact tracing.

10:40 GMT – Yemen’s well being system ‘has in impact collapsed’: UN

Coronavirus is believed to be spreading all through Yemen, the place the well being care system “has in effect collapsed”, the United Nations mentioned, interesting for pressing funding.

Referring to help companies, Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), instructed a Geneva briefing: “We hear from lots of them that Yemen is actually on the brink proper now. The state of affairs is extraordinarily alarming, they’re speaking about that the well being system has in impact collapsed.

“They are talking about having to turn people away because they do not have enough (medical) oxygen, they do not have enough personal protective equipment,” he mentioned.

Yemen authorities have reported 184 instances together with 30 deaths to the World Health Organization (WHO), its newest figures present. “The actual incidence is almost certainly much higher,” Laerke mentioned.

10:20 GMT – South Africa scientists say as much as 50,000 deaths potential

South Africa might see as much as 50,000 coronavirus deaths and as many as three million infections by the tip of the yr because the southern hemisphere winter results in the next charge of an infection, scientific fashions confirmed.

The nation already has the very best variety of infections and deaths on the African continent, with greater than 18,000 recognized instances and 339 deaths, however a nationwide lockdown getting into its eighth week had slowed infections.

However, scientists and statisticians employed by the well being ministry to mannequin the unfold of the illness mentioned the nation might see between 35,000 and 50,000 coronavirus deaths by November.

09:55 GMT – Indonesia studies 634 new instances

Indonesia registered 634 new instances of coronavirus an infection, taking its whole to 20,796, in accordance with well being ministry official Achmad Yurianto.

Yurianto additionally introduced 48 extra COVID-19 deaths, bringing the nation’s tally to 1,326. More than 5,000 folks have thus far recovered.

Indonesia rice

Indonesia studies 48 extra COVID-19 deaths, taking the overall to 1,326 [Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana/Reuters] 

09:40 GMT – Soros says coronavirus threatens EU’s survival

George Soros, the billionaire financier, has cautioned that the European Union’s survival was threatened by the brand new coronavirus except it might subject perpetual bonds or “consols” to assist weak members reminiscent of Italy.

“If the EU is unable to consider it now, it may not be able to survive the challenges it currently confronts,” Soros mentioned in a transcript of a question-and-answer session emailed to reporters. “This is not a theoretical possibility; it may be the tragic reality.”

Soros mentioned the EU must preserve its AAA credit standing to subject such debt – and thus need to have tax-raising powers to cowl the price of the bonds – so instructed it might merely authorise the taxes fairly than imposing them.

09:15 GMT –  Virus, lockdowns and the looming second wave

One by one, governments worldwide are step by step easing powerful restrictions meant to include the unfold of the coronavirus – at the same time as, in some international locations, an infection numbers proceed to rise.

The move highlights the urgent must cautiously reopen economies and restore livelihoods, however the path in the direction of post-coronavirus normality is arduous and lengthy.

With no recognized therapy or vaccine accessible, specialists warn that an in depth lifting of controls might spark a second – and maybe deadlier – wave of a pandemic that has thus far sickened greater than 5 million folks and triggered greater than 330,000 associated deaths.

Read Ayseba Umutlu’s story right here.

Spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Strasbourg

The WHO has repeatedly urged international locations to be cautious about easing restrictions [File: Patrick Hertzog/Reuters]

09:00 GMT – Malaysia studies 78 new coronavirus instances with one dying

Malaysian well being authorities have reported 78 new coronavirus instances, elevating the cumulative whole to 7,137.

The well being ministry additionally reported one new dying, bringing the overall toll as much as 115.

08:45 GMT – Turkish overseas customer arrivals plummet 99 p.c in April

The variety of overseas guests arriving in Turkey has plummeted by 99.26 p.c year-on-year in April to 24,238, information from the tourism ministry confirmed, because the coronavirus outbreak within the nation shut down airports and tourism.

In the primary 4 months of the yr, the variety of overseas guests fell 51.2 p.c to 4.26 million, the info confirmed.

08:30 GMT – Thailand to increase coronavirus emergency to finish of June

Thailand will preserve its state of emergency over the coronavirus till the tip of June, its COVID-19 process power mentioned, in an effort to maintain infections beneath management as the federal government prepares to ease restrictions additional.

Shopping malls and shops reopened on the weekend after almost two months of closure because the variety of instances slowed, however bars, nightclubs, cinemas, playgrounds and a few sports activities stay off-limits.

The authorities’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration proposed the extension in response to developments with the worldwide pandemic and to permit time to arrange for additional easing at first of subsequent month.

Thailand malls

People stand in line to enter the Siam Paragon shopping center in Bangkok [Mladen Antonov/AFP]

08:10 GMT – Britain extends COVID-19 mortgage fee vacation

Britain has prolonged its mortgage fee vacation scheme for householders in monetary issue through the coronavirus pandemic for one more three months.

The Treasury mentioned greater than 1.Eight million mortgage fee holidays had been taken up from a scheme that was launched in March. Homeowners nonetheless struggling financially might even have the choice of creating decreased funds.

“Everyone’s circumstances will be different, so when homeowners can pay some or all of their mortgage, they should work with their lender on a plan; but if they are still struggling, I want them to know that help is there,” John Glen, financial secretary to the Treasury mentioned in an announcement.

07:45 GMT – Russia studies report each day rise in new coronavirus deaths

Russia has reported 150 new deaths from the novel coronavirus previously 24 hours, a report each day rise, taking the nation’s official nationwide dying toll from the virus to three,249.

The nation’s coronavirus disaster response centre reported 8,894 new coronavirus instances, bringing the overall variety of infections to 326,448.

Coronavirus cases in Russia exceed 300 thousands

Russia has recorded 326,448 instances of the novel coronavirus [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu]

07:30 GMT – Interactive: How did we get to 5 million COVID-19 instances?

More than 5 million folks have now been contaminated by the brand new coronavirus worldwide.

Here is an interactive made by Al Jazeera to assist folks perceive how the outbreak has globally developed.

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07:00 GMT – India studies greatest 24-hour rise in virus instances

India has registered some 6,000 new instances of the novel coronavirus, the nation’s greatest bounce in 24 hours, as New Delhi eases a nationwide lockdown and airways put together to renew some home flights.

The nation of 1.Three billion folks reported a complete of over 118,000 confirmed instances, a roughly 5 p.c improve from Thursday’s figures. Included within the whole are 3,583 deaths.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi prolonged a lockdown that began on March 25, to May 31, however relaxed rules in areas with decrease numbers of instances and allowed state governments to subject their very own tips on some issues.

Outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai

 India has reported greater than 118,000 confirmed instances [Hemanshi Kamani/Reuters] 

06:40 GMT – UK to set out quarantine measures for worldwide arrivals

The United Kingdom will set out particulars of its plans for a quarantine for worldwide arrivals, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis mentioned.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will set out the main points at a briefing later, he instructed Sky News.

06:10 GMT – Bulgaria to permit entry of residents from EU, Schengen international locations

Bulgaria, which has began to ease its lockdown, has scrapped a ban on the entry of holiday makers from the European Union and Schengen visa zone international locations, the well being ministry mentioned in an announcement.

In mid-March European Union member Bulgaria banned entry to its territory to travellers from many international locations in an try to include the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

The well being ministry mentioned that the lifting of the ban additionally covers San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City. The ministry mentioned that folks arriving in Bulgaria would proceed to spend 14 days in quarantine.

Hello, that is Umut Uras in Doha taking on from my colleague Zaheena Rasheed.

I shall be handing over this weblog to my colleagues in Doha shortly. Here are the important thing developments from this morning:

  • Japan’s central financial institution is launching a $279bn programme to spice up lending to small companies
  • New Zealand’s opposition switched leaders to counter hovering help for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over her dealing with of the coronavirus
  • The IMF and Ukraine agreed in precept on a brand new $5bn support package deal

05:25 GMT – Japan central financial institution to spice up lending to small companies

The Bank of Japan is providing 30 trillion yen ($279bn) in extra lending to assist small companies fighting the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus.

The central financial institution says it is going to begin offering the funding to banks in June. The new measure brings the Bank of Japan’s whole package deal of economic help to small and medium-sized companies to 75 trillion yen ($700bn).

It comes as information confirmed that Japan has slipped again into deflation for the primary time in additional than three years, with costs falling 0.2 p.c in April.

05:17 GMT – Philippine legislator proposes tax focusing on tech giants

Joey Salceda, a Philippine Congressman, has launched a invoice in Parliament aimed toward taxing huge tech companies reminiscent of Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and YouTube, Netflix and Spotify, to boost funds to battle the coronavirus.

The invoice seems to boost 29 billion pesos ($571m) by imposing a value-added tax on digital companies offered within the Philippines, a key development space for e-commerce transactions as its persons are among the many world’s heaviest customers of social media.

“We spent to fight COVID-19 and we need more to continue fighting it and recover,” Salceda, the invoice’s principal creator, instructed Reuters News Agency.

05:05 GMT – Thailand studies no new instances, no new deaths

Thailand reported no new coronavirus infections or deaths on Friday, sustaining the overall of three,037 confirmed instances and 56 fatalities for the reason that outbreak began in January.

There are 2,910 sufferers who’ve recovered and returned home for the reason that outbreak began, the federal government’s coronavirus taskforce mentioned in an replace.

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bangkok

People eat lunch at a meals court docket of a division retailer after the Thai authorities eased coronavirus restrictions in Bangkok, Thailand on May 21, 2020 [Athit Perawongmetha/ Reuters]

04:46 GMT – Malaysia confirms extra instances at migrant detention centre

Malaysia has reported 35 new coronavirus instances at an immigration detention centre on the outskirts of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Noor Hisham Abdullah, director-general on the Malaysian well being ministry, mentioned the constructive instances on the Bukit Jalil immigration detention centre embrace 17 folks from Myanmar, 15 from India and one every from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Egypt.

Malaysian authorities have arrested greater than 1,800 migrants in at the least two raids as a part of efforts to include the unfold of the coronavirus, elevating considerations they may as an alternative elevate an infection dangers in overcrowded detention centres.

04:29 GMT – Australia’s most populous state to chill out curbs on hospitality sector

New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, has mentioned restrictions imposed to gradual the unfold of coronavirus shall be eased to permit cafes, eating places and pubs to have as much as 50 seated patrons. 

“Losing 221,000 jobs in April was a disaster,” state premier Gladys Berejiklian instructed reporters in Sydney, referring to state-wide job losses. “We don’t want to see that continue.”

The measure will take impact on June 1. Nationally, nearly 600,000 folks have been pressured out of labor in April by the coronavirus restrictions.

04:05 GMT – New Zealand opposition modifications chief

New Zealand’s conservative opposition has switched leaders in a last-gasp bid to counter the report help Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is having fun with for holding the coronavirus.

National Party legislators voted to ditch Simon Bridges after opinion polls instructed he was headed for a wipeout at a common election on September 19. His alternative is former agri-business govt Todd Muller.

A 1 News Colmar Brunton ballot launched on Thursday evening put help for Ardern’s Labour Party up 18 factors at 59 p.c, a report for the centre-left grouping.

Ardern’s ranking as most well-liked prime minister was 63 p.c, up 21 factors to the very best determine recorded by any legislator within the survey’s 25-year historical past.

03:40 GMT – Australia extends bans on cruise ships

Australia prolonged its ban on cruise ship visits for 3 months till September 17.

Australian Border Force mentioned any cruise ship able to carrying greater than 100 passengers is prohibited from working cruises within the nation.

The ban has been in place since March 27, following lethal outbreaks linked to cruise ships.

02:07 GMT – No annual development goal for China, a primary in a long time

China took the uncommon move of not setting an annual development goal this yr after the coronavirus battered the world’s second-largest economic system and ravaged world 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 instructed the opening of the National People’s Congress.

It is the primary time China has not set a gross home product (GDP) aim for the reason that authorities began to publish such targets in 1990.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report through 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 check 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 persons 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 instructed Reuters. “The work has been hard.”

01:02 GMT – Australia seeks exemption from UK quarantine

Australia is in search of an exemption from a requirement that travellers arriving within the United Kingdom quarantine for 14 days to forestall 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 need to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival.

00:46 GMT – IMF, Ukraine agree in precept on new $5bn support package deal

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

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

Ivanna Vladkova Hollar, the official who led the IMF negotiating group, 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-mast for virus victims

Donald Trump, the president of the United States, says he’ll order the US flag to be flown at half-mast over the subsequent 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 submit.

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 deaths 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 specialists saying a scarcity of testing means the true figures are in all probability a lot larger.

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

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LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – George Soros, the billionaire financier, has cautioned that the European Union’s survival was threatened by the novel coronavirus except it might subject perpetual bonds or “consols” to assist weak members reminiscent of Italy.
“If the EU is unable to consider it now, it may not be able to survive the challenges it currently confronts,” Soros mentioned in a transcript of a question-and-answer session emailed to reporters. “This is not a theoretical possibility; it may be the tragic reality.”
Soros mentioned the EU must preserve its AAA credit standing to subject such debt – and thus need to have tax elevating powers to cowl the price of the bonds – so instructed it might merely authorise the taxes fairly than imposing them.