There is no evidence that the use of Covid-19 protects patients from a second infection, said the World Health Organization, questioning possible plans in some places for so-called immunity passports.
Deaths have slowed in Spain and Germany, a relatively encouraging sign as European leaders plan to ease the overwhelming economic lockdowns. The United Kingdom is the fifth country to exceed 20,000 dead.
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France reports the fewest deaths in almost a month (12:45 pm NY)
France reported 369 new deaths from the coronavirus on Saturday, the lowest number in nearly a month.
Italy has the fewest deaths in 6 weeks (12:15 p.m. NY)
Italy recorded the fewest deaths in almost six weeks as the government paved the way for a new stimulus package to revive a stalled economy through containment measures.
Civil protection authorities reported 415 deaths for the 24-hour period – the lowest since March 17 – compared to 420 a day earlier. A total of 26,384 people died as a result of the epidemic. There were 2,357 new cases, compared to 3,021 a day earlier. This left a total of 105,847 cases.
Boeing ends contract with Embraer as trip collapses (12:12 PM NY)
Boeing Co abandoned plans to combine US $ 4.2 billion with commercial aircraft operations of Embraer SA as planners prepare for a much smaller airliner market after the pandemic greatly reduced travel. Embraer has said it will seek damages.
Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun has warned employees that the company must adapt to a “new reality” as demand fades due to the virus and airlines prepare for a slow recovery .
Keyna extends lockout (12:10 p.m. NY)
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, extended the national night curfew by 21 days and said that people will not be able to enter or leave the capital and certain coastal areas during a similar period. The East African nation has 343 confirmed cases.
The government has decided to allow the reopening of some restaurants and restaurants after mapping economic sectors and activities based on the risk of infection, he said. Kenyatta also approved changes to tax laws to protect businesses and households from the impact of the pandemic, according to a statement.
N.Y. Deaths increase slightly (11:45 a.m. NY)
The daily death toll from the coronavirus in New York rose to 437 on Saturday from 422 the day before, Cuomo said in his daily press briefing.
All signs suggest that the state is “in decline” with the virus, Cuomo said, but after three days of new deaths, the slight increase is “terrible, terrible, horrible news.”
The total number of hospitalizations decreased to April 1 levels.
U.S. provides airlines with $ 12 billion (10 a.m.NY)
The US Treasury has sent US $ 9.5 billion to airlines, including eight other major carriers and 29 small businesses since April 20, as part of federal payroll support and loan programs. The total amount to date is US $ 12.4 billion in initial payments to 93 air carriers, with additional disbursements on an ongoing basis, the Treasury said in a statement.
Malaysia loses US $ 550 million a day (10:30 a.m. NY)
Traffic restrictions on Malaysia cost around 2.4 billion ringgit ($ 550 million) a day in losses, with businesses remaining closed. The government has unveiled 260 billion ringgit of stimulus packages to prevent job losses and ensure the viability of small businesses, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a television interview on national news channels.
Malaysia has extended national limits on people’s activities to May 12, while easing restrictions slightly to allow for travel during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
British Cross of the Dead 20,000 (10:22 a.m. NY)
The United Kingdom has become the fifth country to register more than 20,000 deaths from the coronavirus, after the United States, Italy, Spain and France.
He reported 813 deaths on Saturday, bringing the total to 20,319. More than 148,000 tested positive, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Merkel urges European supply chains (9:30 a.m. NY)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the European Union to use planned stimulus spending to reduce dependence on global supply chains, including for key items such as face masks.
The investment is expected to strengthen “the strategic capabilities that Europe needs in order not to depend on countries outside the European Union in important areas – the production of masks, for example,” said Merkel in her weekly podcast. Germany presides over the EU for six months starting July 1.
Increase in cases in Portugal (9:06 a.m. NY)
Portugal reported the largest increase in new confirmed cases of coronavirus in three days on Saturday, while the number of patients in intensive care units declined for a seventh day. There were 595 new cases in a day, bringing the total to 23,392, the government said on Saturday. The total number of deaths rose to 880 from 854 reported until Friday morning.
Norway extends ban on larger events (8:23 a.m.NY)
Norway to extend ban on all events with more than 500 people on September 1 as of June 15, Culture Minister Abid Raja said on Saturday Gang of Verdens. A decision regarding events with less than 500 participants is expected next Thursday.
Polish football can resume (8:06 a.m. NY)
Poland could resume high-level football matches at the end of May, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday. The first matches will be played in empty stadiums by players who have completed a two-week isolation period. Poland, which imposed social distancing rules relatively early in the pandemic, reported 499 deaths from the coronavirus and 11,067 infections.
British Treasury plans reopening plans: Times (7:15 a.m. NY)
The UK Treasury is preparing plans that would allow non-essential businesses to reopen while ensuring that they are free from coronavirus, the Times reported, citing a Treasury plan.
Among the measures, companies should tell staff to go home if they have symptoms of the virus and post signs asking employees to stay within two meters of each other, the newspaper reported. Common areas would also be closed unless social distancing measures are observed.
Italy plans serological tests (6:55 a.m. NY)
Italy plans to carry out free serological tests on 150,000 people from May 4, Tsar Domenico Arcuri said at a press conference on Saturday. Arcuri added that Italy is also ready to distribute the masks that people need to manage the so-called “phase 2” of the viral emergency in the country. “Italy will also soon be able to produce at least 25 million masks a day,” he added.
Bulgaria can lift state of emergency early (6:45 am NY)
The Bulgarian government could ask parliament to lift the state of emergency sooner than originally planned May 13, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told reporters on Saturday. Special status was imposed in March to give the government the power to restrict movement and to use the police to arrest those who violate quarantine rules.
The cabinet also plans to ease restrictions on visits to public parks starting next week, as well as partially lift the current ban on long distance travel and allow the reopening of small hotels, said Borissov. Bulgaria has around 1,200 cases of coronavirus registered with 54 deaths.
The Spanish dead under 400 for the second day (6:21 a.m. NY)
Spain has recorded fewer than 400 coronavirus deaths for the second day in a row, indicating that the epidemic may stabilize in the country as it grapples with the worst epidemic in Europe. Deaths increased by 378, for a total of 22,902, according to data from the Ministry of Health released on Saturday. That compares to an increase of 367 on Friday. This week, Spain partially relaxed one of the strictest bans in the world.
Iran adds new cases and deaths (6 a.m. NY)
The number of coronavirus victims in Iran has risen to 5,650 with 76 deaths overnight. The total number of cases has reached 89,328, while 1,134 others have tested positive for the virus since Friday.
The infection may not be immune, according to the WHO (4.30 p.m. HK)
According to the World Health Organization, catching Covid-19 once may not prevent you from taking it again. “There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from Covid-19 and who have antibodies are protected from a second infection,” the UN agency said in an April 24 statement.
So-called immunity passports could lead holders to ignore public health guidelines and risk spreading the disease.
German deaths, slow cases (3 p.m. HK)
Deaths from the virus in Germany were the lowest in five days. Deaths rose from 148 to 5,723 in the next 24 hours on Saturday morning, less than the daily increase of 260 on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. There were 1,416 new cases, bringing the total to 154,545, the fourth highest in Europe.
Singapore has the smallest increase in almost a week (2:45 p.m. HK)
Singapore reported another 618 cases of coronavirus on Saturday at noon local time, the smallest increase in six days. The majority of infections remain among foreign workers residing in dormitories, while only seven are Singaporeans or permanent residents, the government said.
Thailand reports increase in migrant worker cases (2.30 p.m. HK)
Thailand reported 53 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, the highest in more than two weeks, after a cluster of infections emerged among migrant workers detained in the south, spokesman for Covid-19 Center Taweesilp Witsanuyotin.
Of the new cases, 42 are “illegal” foreign workers, mainly from Myanmar, currently in a detention center in Songkhla province, Taweeslip said at a press conference on Saturday. The total reported increased after the government stepped up testing for the virus, he said.
Belgium has the highest mortality rate (2:15 p.m. HK)
Although there are only 11 million people, Belgium has reported more deaths from the disease than China. With 55 deaths per 100,000 population, it has the highest per capita mortality rate in the world – more than four times that of the United States.
Belgian officials say the reason for these gruesome numbers is not overcrowded hospitals – 43% of intensive care beds were vacant even at the height of the crisis – but the country’s bureaucratic harshness. Unlike many other countries, the headquarters of the main EU institutions count deaths in retirement homes, even if there was no confirmed infection.
Belgium saw the number of new reported coronavirus cases drop from more than 400 on Friday to 1,032, bringing the total to 45,325 cases. The death toll reached 6,917.
India authorizes reopening of neighborhood stores (12:05 p.m. HK)
The Indian government authorizes the reopening of small neighborhood stores, providing relief to residents, after a month in the world’s biggest foreclosure that restricts 1.3 billion people.
The stores can deploy a maximum of 50% of their staff, all wearing masks and respecting the rules of social distancing, according to the order issued Friday evening by the Interior Ministry. The order includes stand-alone stores in housing complexes in municipal areas, while stores in market places in municipal areas and all shopping malls will remain closed until May 3.