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  • Spain’s authorities says will search to increase its coronavirus state of emergency for the final time till late June as every day loss of life toll reached a near eight-week low.

  • The Italian authorities handed a brand new decree to permit travel throughout the nation, in addition to to and from different European nations beginning on June 3.The every day loss of life toll dipped to its lowest since March 9.

  • Mexico and Brazil posted new every day information for coronavirus instances as Brazil’s Minister of Health Nelson Teich resigned after lower than a month on the job.

  • Globally, greater than 4.5 million folks have been contaminated and greater than 308,000 have died from COVID-19, in keeping with Johns Hopkins University. About 1.6 million folks have recovered.

Here are all the most recent updates:

Saturday, May 16

20:20 GMT – Italy PM says taking calculated danger in rolling again lockdown

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte mentioned Italy was taking a calculated danger in rolling again lockdown measures from subsequent week because the every day loss of life toll from the COVID-19 pandemic fell to its lowest since March 9.

“We’re facing a calculated risk, knowing that the epidemiological curve could rise again,” Conte mentioned in press convention to element measures taken by the Rome to restart most financial actions and raise restrictions on folks’s actions.

With retailers allowed to open from Monday, Conte mentioned motion between European Union nations could be allowed from June 3, and not using a quarantine interval for these getting into Italy.

Gyms, swimming swimming pools, sports activities centres will reopen on May 25, whereas theatres and cinemas shall be allowed to reopen from June 15.

Conte in Genoa - Reuters

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte mentioned gyms, swimming swimming pools, sports activities centres will reopen on May 25 [File: Reuters]

19:55 GMT – Migrants quarantined after Canary Islands rescue    

A bunch of migrants rescued off the coast of Fuerteventura have been positioned in necessary quarantine as Spain strikes to cut back the chance of imported virus instances, native officers mentioned.

Their boat was pulled to security by the Spanish coastguard on Friday night time and all 38 migrants had been taken to a port on Fuerteventura within the Canary Islands.

They had been rescued on the day that Spain started imposing a brand new necessary 14-day quarantine requirement on any incoming travellers arriving by sea or air in a bid to keep away from any imported coronavirus instances.

The new measures will stay in power till May 24 when the state of emergency expires, though the federal government on Saturday signalled its intent to increase the restrictions till the top of June.

19:25 GMT – Alarm in Germany as ‘corona demos’ take off

Thousands took to the streets in Germany in a rising wave of demonstrations that has alarmed even Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Huge numbers of anti-lockdown protesters, conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers or extremists massed throughout Germany, with greater than 5,000 gathering in Stuttgart, at the least 1,500 in Frankfurt and round 1,000 in Munich.

“Corona is fake”, claimed one poster held aloft in Stuttgart, “Isolation, Masks, Tracking, Vaccine – that’s a no go”, cried one other.

Police in Berlin made 200 arrests as scuffles broke out, whereas in Hamburg, conspiracy theorists clashed with anti-lockdown protesters.

A current ballot commissioned by the Spiegel information journal discovered that almost one in 4 Germans surveyed voiced “understanding” for the demonstrations.

Protest against Covid-19 restrictions in Germany

People stage demonstrations throughout a number of Gemran cities to protest towards restrictions imposed towards the novel coronavirus pandemic [Anadolu]

19:10 GMT – Zimbabwe to take care of coronavirus lockdown

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa mentioned the lockdown imposed to manage the unfold of coronavirus would keep in place for the second, however could be reviewed each two weeks.

The restrictions have to date borne fruit as transmission has not been widespread and numbers stay decrease than had been preliminary projections, he added.

From greater than 25,000 assessments carried out, the nation has to date detected 42 instances, 4 of which proved deadly.

Mnangagwa mentioned the World Health Organisation had labeled coronavirus transmission in Zimbabwe as “sporadic, with a number of instances imported or regionally detected.

“This may suggest that despite the small numbers tested, our country might have a reduced COVID-19 trajectory,” he mentioned in a speech broadcast on public tv.

18:53 GMT – British police arrest 19 at London protest towards social distancing

London police arrested 19 folks for intentionally breaking social distancing tips in protest towards the rules, on the primary weekend since Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a slight loosening of England’s lockdown.

The Metropolitan Police mentioned {that a} group in central London’s Hyde Park had been protesting in regards to the authorities’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and had did not adjust to repeated requests to disperse.

“It was disappointing that a relatively small group in Hyde Park came together to protest the regulations in clear breach of the guidance, putting themselves and others at risk of infection,” Laurence Taylor, Deputy Assistant Commissioner on the Metropolitan Police, mentioned in an announcement.

“Officers once again, took a measured approach and tried to engage the group to disperse. They clearly had no intention of doing so, and so it did result in 19 people being arrested, and a further ten being issued with a fixed penalty notice.”

Police officers stand in front of barriers erected outside St Thomas' Hospital in London on April 6, 2020. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in hospital on Monday undergoing tests after suffe

Last Sunday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined plans to ease the lockdown [File: Tolga Akmen/AFP]

18:20 GMT – New COVID-19 instances in New York coming from folks leaving home

 Cuomo mentioned the state’s new confirmed COVID-19 instances are predominantly coming from individuals who left their houses to go store, train or socialise and never from important employees.

“That person got infected and went to the hospital or that person got infected and went home and infected the other people at home,” he mentioned throughout his every day information convention on the coronavirus.

State knowledge confirmed that the variety of new instances statewide has fluctuated between 2,100 and a pair of,500 per day.

“That was exactly wrong,” he mentioned. “The infection rate among essential workers is lower than the general population and those new cases are coming predominantly from people who are not working and they are at home.”

DO NOT USE **** Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned he theorised final week that new coronavirus instances had been coming from important employees [Bloomberg]

18:00 GMT – France says complete coronavirus loss of life toll rises to 27,625

French well being authorities reported 96 new coronavirus deaths, bringing the entire to 27,625, the fourth highest on the planet.

The ministry mentioned the variety of folks in hospitals fell to 19,432 from 19,861 on Friday and the variety of folks in intensive care models dropped to 2,132 from 2,203 on Friday.

17:19 GMT – Italy’s every day coronavirus loss of life toll dips to lowest since March 9

The every day toll from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy fell to 153, its lowest since March 9, towards 242 the day earlier than, the Civil Protection Agency mentioned, whereas the every day tally of latest instances elevated to 875 from 789 on Friday.

The complete loss of life toll because the outbreak got here to gentle on February 21 now stands at 31,763 the company mentioned, the third highest on the planet after these of the United States and Britain.

Italy

The variety of confirmed instances in Italy is the fifth highest international tally behind these of the United States, Spain, Britain and Russia [Remo Casilli/Reuters]

16:54 GMT – Singapore experiences 465 new coronavirus instances, one further loss of life

Singapore registered 465 new coronavirus infections, its well being ministry mentioned, taking the city-state’s complete to 27,356 instances.

The overwhelming majority of the newly contaminated individuals are migrant employees living in dormitories, the well being ministry mentioned in an announcement. Four are everlasting residents.

Singapore additionally reported yet one more loss of life, bringing the virus-related loss of life toll within the island nation to 22.

16:10 GMT – Mexico experiences recent one-day coronavirus report of two,437 new instances 

Mexico’s well being ministry confirmed 290 further coronavirus deaths and a pair of,437 new infections in a recent one-day report rise in instances because the begin of the pandemic.

The new infections introduced confirmed coronavirus instances to 45,032 and 4,767 deaths in complete, in keeping with the official tally.

Mexico’s earlier highest every day confirmed instances complete was a day earlier on Thursday, when authorities reported 2,409 new infections.

16:00 GMT – UK’s confirmed COVID-19 loss of life toll rises to 34,466

A complete of 34,466 individuals who examined constructive for the brand new coronavirus have died within the United Kingdom, an increase of 468 in a 24-hour interval, the well being ministry mentioned.

The figures are as of 5 p.m. (1600 GMT) on May 15. together with deaths as a consequence of suspected instances, Britain’s toll is over 40,000.

15:45 GMT – Kenya’s president bans motion to Tanzania and Somalia over COVID-19

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a cessation of motion between the nation and neighbouring Tanzania and Somalia to assist curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

He exempted cargo vehicles however mentioned drivers must be examined for the illness.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during the state funeral of Kenya's former president Daniel arap Moi, at Nyayo Stadium in the capital Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Daniel arap Moi, a

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta exempt cargo vehicles from motion ban [File: John Muchucha/ AP]

15:40 GMT – South African platinum miner Impala finds 19 coronavirus instances at mine

South Africa’s Impala Platinum mentioned it had detected 19 constructive instances of the COVID-19 illness at its Marula operation in northern Limpopo province, and that it could shut the plant till it had taken needed well being measures.

“Implats has recognized 19 constructive instances throughout the week, all of them asymptomatic. Of these instances, 14 had been recognized as the results of proactive testing of workers returning to work.

“None of these employees had started work at the mine,” the agency mentioned in an announcement.

A haul truck is seen at the Mogalakwena platinum mine in Mokopane

South African says it should it should shut its Marula operation in northern Limpopo province till needed well being measures are taken [File: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

15:35 GMT – Germany mulls 57 bln euros emergency assist for virus-hit municipalities

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz is engaged on an assist bundle value 57 billion euros ($61.65 billion) to assist municipalities address a plunge in tax revenues attributable to the coronavirus disaster, a finance ministry doc confirmed.

The bundle ought to assist cities stabilise their public funds and embody additional aid for some closely indebted municipalities, in keeping with the finance ministry doc seen by Reuters.

15:28 GMT – China’s Wuhan carried out 113,609 COVID-19 assessments on May 15

The metropolis of Wuhan, the unique epicentre of the brand new coronavirus outbreak in China, carried out 113,609 nucleic acid assessments on May 15, the native well being authority mentioned.

Wuhan has launched a city-wide testing marketing campaign after confirming final weekend its first cluster of COVID-19 infections since its launch from a digital lockdown on April Eight to comprise the unfold of the pathogen.

The variety of assessments administered on May 15 within the metropolis of 11 million residents was greater than 50 p.c increased than the 72,791 assessments carried out a day earlier, and was additionally the best because the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission began publishing the information on February 21.

15:22 GMT – Hungary to progressively raise COVID-19 lockdown in Budapest from Monday

Hungary’s authorities will progressively raise lockdown restrictions in Budapest from Monday, two weeks after it ended the lockdown in the remainder of the nation, Prime Minister Viktor Orban mentioned on his official Facebook web page.

“It has become clear that we have managed to curb the epidemic in Budapest as well,” Orban mentioned in a video.

“Therefore, we can shift to the second phase of defence in Budapest as well, cautiously … and thus we lift the lockdown.”

15:10 GMT – Mumbai’s hospitals near collapse in battle on virus   

Packed morgues, our bodies in wards, sufferers pressured to share beds and medical employees run ragged: Mumbai’s battle towards coronavirus has pushed the Indian metropolis’s hospitals to breaking level.

The big Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, higher referred to as Sion, has grow to be a byword for the beautiful failure of Mumbai – home to billionaires, Bollywood and slums – to deal with the pandemic.

With area at a premium, and relations too afraid or unable to say their lifeless as a result of they’re themselves in quarantine, disposal of coronavirus corpses isn’t simple, medical doctors say. But coping with the sick is way tougher.

Outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai

Mumbai, the Indian metropolis which is home to billionaires, Bollywood and slums, is struggling to deal with the pandemic [Flie: Hemanshi Kamani/Reuters]

15:00 GMT – Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus instances prime 50,000 

The variety of coronavirus instances in Saudi Arabia topped 50,000 on Saturday, the well being ministry mentioned.

A ministry official reported 2,840 new instances, taking the cumulative complete to 51,980. That was up from a mean of round 1,500 new instances a day over the previous week.

The loss of life toll within the kingdom elevated by 10 to 302, the official mentioned on state TV.

Saudi Arabia recorded its first COVID-19 an infection on March 2, a number of weeks after the preliminary outbreak in Asia.

Killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The variety of deaths within the kingdom because of the new coronavirus surpassed 300 in keeping with the well being ministry  [Anadolu]

14:50 GMT – Trump says contemplating restoration of some funding to WHO

US President Donald Trump mentioned his administration was contemplating quite a few proposals in regards to the World Health Organization, together with one during which Washington would pay about 10 p.c of its former stage.

In a posting on Twitter, Trump underscored that no remaining determination had been made and that US funding for the worldwide well being company remained frozen.

Trump suspended US contributions to the WHO on April 14, accusing it of selling China’s “disinformation” in regards to the coronavirus outbreak and saying his administration would launch a overview of the group.

WHO officers denied the claims and China has insisted it was clear and open.

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Hello, that is Arwa Ibrahim taking up the stay weblog from my colleague Virginia Pietromarchi.

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13:10 GMT – Coronavirus in probably the most weak communities

Who is most in danger because the coronavirus hits worldwide? A brand new episode of Start Here explores what has been performed to assist probably the most weak folks to remain protected.

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13:00 GMT – Austria to reopen borders with jap neighbours

Austria’s borders with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary will totally reopen on June 15.

Italy to reopen borders after strict lockdown

The authorities’s announcement adopted a beforehand coordinated step to totally take away boundaries on travel between Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein from June 15 onwards and ease restrictions on who’s allowed to transit within the meantime.

Restrictions stay in place for transit from Italy.

12:45 GMT – Kenya locks border with Somalia, Tanzania 

Kenya’s president has ordered the closure of the nation’s borders with Somalia and Tanzania for the following 30 days. The measure introduced by Uhuru Kenyatta doesn’t cowl cargo vehicles.

Kenya has reported to date 780 infections and 45 deaths.

Stigma, fears of quarantine hinder Kenya’s COVID-19 combat

12:10 GMT – Football makes comeback in Germany

After a two-month break because of the pandemic, skilled soccer resumed in Germany with 4 video games within the second division going down behind closed doorways.

Goal celebrations had been marked by fist bumps and elbow-to-elbow touching, as gamers had been warned to maintain their feelings in verify, and to desist from spitting, handshakes and hugging.

All gamers and staff workers who weren’t on the pitch wore masks. Substitutes took their positions within the stands, reasonably than beside the fields as customary.

Life-size cardboard figures with the photos of football fans are positioned on the stands of the Borussia Moenchengladbach soccer stadium for the next game, which will be played withou

Life-size cardboard figures with the pictures of soccer followers are positioned on the stands of a soccer stadium in Monchengladbach, Germany for a sport performed with out spectators [Thilo Schmuelgen/Reuters]

11:37 GMT – Spain every day loss of life toll lowest in 2 months

The variety of every day deaths from coronavirus in Spain dropped to its lowest stage in two months.

The well being ministry introduced 102 extra COVID-19 fatalities elevating the general toll to 27,563. The tally of confirmed infections reached 230,698 after the nation counted 539 new infections.

Despite the slowdown within the unfold of the virus, Madrid, Barcelona and elements of Castille and Leon is not going to be becoming a member of the remainder of the nation in a extra relaxed lockdown, officers mentioned.

11:05 GMT – Cases in Qatar prime 30,000

Qatar reported 1,547 new coronavirus infections within the final 24 hours, bringing its complete to 30,972.

The well being ministry additionally introduced the loss of life of a 74-year-old affected person who grew to become the 15th individual to die within the nation because of the virus.

10:15 GMT – Tanzania lowers 2020 development projection

Tanzania’s authorities has lowered its 2020 financial outlook because of the influence of the coronavirus, with Finance Minister Philip Mpango forecasting development of Four p.c in comparison with an earlier projection of 6.9 p.c.

The pandemic has notably hit the nation’s tourism business, a significant supply of revenues and employment.

Tanzania has not imposed a widespread lockdown, reporting to date 509 infections and 21 associated deaths.

09:37 GMT – Greeks return to seashores, however maintain umbrellas aside

As the summer season season kicks in, Greeks flocked to the seaside with the opening of greater than 500 seashores.

However, sun-seekers should respect a collection of rules issued by the federal government, together with a four-metre distance between umbrella poles and an entry allowance of most 40 folks per 1,000 sq. metres.

The nation is progressively lifting limiting measures hoping to strike a steadiness between granting well being safety and resurrecting its austerity-hit economic system.

A man wearing a face mask disinfects a sunbed during the official reopening of beaches to the public following the easing of measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),

A person sporting a face masks disinfects a sunbed throughout the official reopening of seashores to the general public following the easing of measures towards the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece [Costas Baltas/Reuters]

08:55 GMT – Countries report new complete figures:

Philippines: 12,305 instances ( 214), 817 deaths ( 11)

Malaysia: 6,872 instances ( 17), 113 loss of life ( 1)

Indonesia: 1,7025 instances ( 529), 1,089 deaths ( 13)

08:22 GMT – Fears over coronavirus unfold in Yemen

Across war-torn Yemen, the official figures for coronavirus infections and associated deaths stand at 106 and 15, respectively.

However, native well being authorities advised The Associated Press newsagency that the numbers are possible a lot increased as lots of of individuals within the southern metropolis of Aden have died with signs of what seems to be the coronavirus.

A health worker takes the temperature of people riding a taxi van, amid concerns of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the main entrance of Sanaa, Yemen May 9, 2020.

A well being employee takes the temperature of individuals using a taxi van, amid considerations of the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), on the foremost entrance of Sanaa, Yemen [Khaled Abdullah/Reuters]

Despite 5 years of bloody battle, a gravedigger within the port city advised AP the fixed circulate of lifeless was unprecedented.

Experts fear a extreme outbreak would have devastating penalties in Yemen, a rustic with a gutted well being system and restricted testing capability.

07:45 GMT – Latest figures for Singapore, Russia

Singapore’s variety of infections elevated by 465 to 27,356, in keeping with the well being ministry. Most newly contaminated individuals are migrant employees living in dormitories, whereas 4 are everlasting residents.

Coronavirus in Russia: Largest variety of new every day instances in Europe

Meanwhile Russia, which has grow to be one of many pandemic’s hotspots, reported greater than 9,000 new infections, down from 10,598 the day prior to this.

The nation’s coronavirus taskforce mentioned the general variety of instances stood at 272,043. It added that 119 folks had died over the past 24 hours, bringing the official loss of life toll from the virus to 2,537

06:55 GMT – Slovakia lifts final Roma settlement quarantine

After greater than a month in isolation, residents of the final of Slovakia’s 5 Roma settlements underneath quarantine had been free of restrictions.

“I would like to thank you for enduring this and for being patient and responsible. Stay careful,” a member of the European Parliament Peter Pollak, who’s himself a Roma, advised residents of the Zehra settlement.

The move got here in any case inhabitants had been examined and the remaining 16 contaminated folks and their households had been moved to a short lived quarantine centre.

With 1,480 instances and 27 deaths, Slovakia has recorded the bottom loss of life toll per capita in Europe as the federal government moved rapidly to impose robust restrictions within the early days of the outbreak in Europe.

A member of the Slovak military tests a Roma people for the new coronavirus COVID-19 outside of the Roma settlement in the eastern Slovakian village of Janovce, Slovakia on April 11, 2020

A member of the Slovak navy assessments an individual for the brand new coronavirus COVID-19 outdoors a Roma settlement within the jap Slovakian village of Janovce, Slovakia [Joe Klamar/AFP] 

06:30 GMT – Thailand, Cambodia report no new instances

As enterprise exercise progressively returns in Thailand, the nation reported zero new coronavirus infections and deaths.

“Today there are two zeros … thank you all Thais who have given their cooperation,” mentioned Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

From Sunday, purchasing centres and shops will reopen and a nighttime curfew shall be shortened by one hour.

Meanwhile in Cambodia, all 122 confirmed sufferers have now recovered after authorities mentioned the final contaminated individual had been discharged from hospital. The nation, although, is not going to be easing restrictions because the well being ministry urged continued vigilance.

Hello, that is Virginia Pietromarchi taking up the stay weblog from my colleague Zaheena Rasheed.


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 instances exceed that of China’s.
  • Italy will permit worldwide travel beginning on June 3
  • Top well being official says coronavirus deaths within the US prone to exceed 100,000 by June 1

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

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

Another 20 had been injured within the accident, Justice of the Peace Abhishek Singh advised The Associated Press information company. The employees had 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 website of an accident in Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh, India, on May 16, 2020 [ANI via Reuters]

Tens of hundreds of migrant labourers have been getting back from massive cities to their villages after shedding jobs due to the countrywide lockdown. 

05:36 GMT – Vigilance urged as Australia eases lockdown

The president of the Australian Medical Association urged folks to stay vigilant as Australia started stress-free a two-month lockdown with eating places, cafes and bars reopening 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 continues to be struggling to curb the virus’s unfold, retained most of its lockdown measures.

Australia has recorded simply over 7,000 instances 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 folks to move freely contained in the area the place they stay 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 carried out within the sectors of the economic system which have reopened, together with factories and a few companies. Schools stay closed and crowds should not permitted, although folks shall be allowed to attend Mass in church buildings with some restrictions ranging from subsequent week.

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

04:43 GMT – India surpasses China in coronavirus instances

India’s coronavirus instances 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 instances and 4,633 deaths.

India coronavirus

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 instances, Tamil Nadu 10,108, Gujarat 9,931 and New Delhi, 8,895.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities is as a consequence of announce this weekend a choice on 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 instances 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 date examined 46,000 folks 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 instances of the coronavirus on Saturday. Nine had been linked to Itaewon and the remainder 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 about 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” in regards to 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 stage shall be about one-tenth of its earlier funding quantity of about $400m per yr.

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 instances 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 assist 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 principally alongside get together traces in a 208-199 vote.

The huge measure would price 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 it will likely 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 enhance within the coming weeks.

The complete loss of life 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 folks

Canada’s largest airline mentioned it plans to put off at the least 20,000 workers 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 visitors to return any time 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.

INSIDE STORY | What’s the fallout from the pandemic wave of unemployment? (25:26)

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

LATAM Airlines mentioned it could lay off 1,400 workers in Latin America, blaming a drastic droop in enterprise on 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,” sassist Roberto Alvo, government director of the Chilean-Brazilian service.

The jobs shall be minimize from operations in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

00:39 GMT – ‘Most tough second’ as Mexico experiences report every day instances

Mexico’s well being ministry reported 2,437 new coronavirus infections on Friday in a recent one-day report rise in instances.

The new infections introduced confirmed coronavirus instances within the nation to 45,032. The loss of life toll rose by 290 to 4,767. Mexico’s highest every 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 loss of life toll soars (2:41)

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

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

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

00:04 GMT – US House permits proxy voting

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

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 now not be required to travel to Washington, DC to take part in flooring votes. They shall be allowed to vote by proxy – assigning their vote to a different legislator who shall be on the Capitol to forged it for them. Eventually, a provision permits for direct distant voting, as soon as the know-how is authorised.

Just as importantly, the House committees – the bread and butter of legislative work – will be capable to totally operate remotely.

Whistle-blower: US faces ‘darkest winter in fashionable historical past’ (2:59)

The new rule will stay in place solely in the course of 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.