France extends lockout until May 11


French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday that the country would extend its coronavirus blocking measures until May 11.

In a national televised speech, Macron said he hopes to gradually reopen schools, factories and businesses after this date. Restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas and other public places will remain closed.

He added that people will be able to return to work after May 11 according to directives that have yet to be defined.

The country has been locked since March 17 to stop the spread of the virus. France recorded 574 new deaths on Monday, bringing the total to 14,967. So far, more than 98,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.

West Virginia will give $ 500 to neediest families

West Virginia residents enrolled in temporary assistance for needy families, a federal assistance program, will receive a one-time payment of $ 500, public health officials said on Monday.

The emergency money is going to help low-income families struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, said Linda Watts, commissioner of the Children and Families Office of the State Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state said the beneficiaries must have been active in the aid program in March 2020 and still eligible in April. Payments will be processed from Tuesday.

Spain “reaches peak” of pandemic, says Minister of Health

Spain has reached the peak of the coronavirus epidemic, the country’s health minister said on Monday, adding that it is still “in the lock-up phase” even as some businesses continue to recover slowly.

“We have not yet started a de-escalation phase,” said Minister Salvador Illa. “Economic activity has resumed today in a very limited number of sectors. But the main objective remains the fight against the virus in Spain through mobility restrictions. ”

The hard-hit nation has recorded nearly 170,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 17,400 deaths from the virus. Spain allows certain non-essential workers to return to work this week, but only if they cannot do their jobs at home.

“We have taken the first step. We have reached the top, “said Illa of the pandemic. Now is the time to face the second phase: bending the curve, which is our goal this week. ”

Cuomo and other governments take first steps toward reopening states

The governors of several states in the northeast described on Monday the first steps each state will take to ease restrictions on the spread of the coronavirus.

Democratic officials, Andrew Cuomo of New York, Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, John Carney of Delaware and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, said each state would form an expert panel to monitor closely monitor the coronavirus epidemic in the region and help devise a plan to slowly reopen parts of each state. The group will include a public health official from each state, an economic development official, and the chief of staff to each respective governor.

Cuomo said there was no timetable for the group to publish its plan, but that it “will follow the data and learn from other countries.”

“We should be looking forward to reopening but reopening with a smart plan because it can backfire,” said Cuomo. “It has to be informed by data and experts, you have to take a step forward and then measure the next step. “

President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Monday that he is the only one who can reopen the country. However, Wolf said on the call that the governors have closed the state and have the power to say when his right to reopen. Cuomo said there needs to be more “clarity” on the part of the federal government, such as setting up a federal agenda that states can follow.

Ford to make reusable medical overalls from airbag material

Ford is expanding the line of protective medical equipment it will produce in response to the national shortage created by the coronavirus pandemic, the automaker announced on Monday.

The company will now start producing washable and reusable medical gowns, using the same nylon material normally used for airbags.

As with the respirators and other personal protective equipment that Ford currently produces with 3M, the automaker has reduced development and production times by using materials already available in its factories.

Ford and 3M are expected to deploy their first powered respirators later this week, with the goal of producing at least 100,000 by June.

The company is “a great example of corporate cooperation,” said Mike Kesti, global technical director at 3M.

White House Correspondents’ Dinner Has New Date

The White House Correspondents’ dinner is officially back on the calendar.

The event, originally scheduled for April 25, has been postponed due to coronavirus problems. It should now be held on August 29.

“For most of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the most important story of our lives,” said Jonathan Karl, president of the White House Correspondents ‘Association. “We hope that our dinner postponed to 2020 will be an opportunity to celebrate the kind of important journalism that we have seen throughout this crisis. “

“SNL” star Kenan Thompson will host the event. Comedian Hasan Minhaj is the star artist of the evening.

Photo: Souvenir of a colleague who fell in Spain

Health workers take comfort in a tribute to Esteban, a deceased nurse from COVID-19, outside Leganes Severo Ochoa hospital on Monday.Susana Vera / Reuters

Italy exceeds 20,000 dead

Italy reached a dark milestone on Monday, with a total number of coronavirus deaths exceeding 20,000. Only the United States has the highest number of deaths, now standing at 22,673.

Spanish health officials have said that 20,465 people have died from the virus so far, an increase of 566 from the previous day. The daily death toll on Sunday was 431, the lowest since March 19.

Italy, the hardest hit country in Europe, has been in detention since March 10 to prevent the spread of the virus. To date, nearly 160,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported.

Russia may need military to fight coronavirus, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the country may need to call on the military to help with the coronavirus epidemic and warned that the spread is worsening there.

In a meeting with senior officials from the coronavirus task force on Monday afternoon, Putin asked them to consider using the military to help fight the crisis, noting how it had sent doctors and medical supplies in other countries in recent weeks to help.

“It is necessary, of course, to use this experience and to keep in mind that all capabilities – including those of the Ministry of Defense – can, of course, and should be used here [at home], if necessary, “said Putin.

The death toll in Russia reached 148 on Monday, with a total of 18,328 cases.

“We see that the situation changes almost daily. And, unfortunately, not for the better, “said Putin. “The number of sick people is increasing, and there are more and more cases taking a serious and serious turn.”

Afternoon coronavirus coverage summary

New York hospital first in US to test placenta therapy for critically ill coronavirus patient []

Wildlife takes possession of Yosemite National Park: “The bear population has quadrupled” [The Los Angeles Times]

As stimulus payments begin, rural pawnbroker keeps an already struggling city afloat [The Washington Post]

Colorado marijuana companies may remain open during pandemic, but say they are still struggling [The Denver Post]


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