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Pakistan lifted restrictions on Saturday group prayers in mosques but put in place new conditions to block the spread of the coronavirus in the country. It will be compulsory for the faithful to wear masks and maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other, rather than pray shoulder to shoulder as is traditionally practiced. In addition, the mosque administrations also had to disinfect their premises.
Specially designed by the World Bank pandemic obligations will pay $ 132.5 million to some of the poorest countries affected by the coronavirus, the Washington-based institution confirmed on Saturday. Three years ago, the bank issued two classes of bonds as part of a $ 320 million deal to help developing countries facing a severe epidemic of infectious diseases.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, called for calm while protests against social distancing measures have sprung up across the country, spurred on by Donald Trump. “The emotion in this country is as high as I can remember,” said Cuomo. His comments appeared to be an implicit criticism of Mr. Trump, who urged citizens to “liberate” Michigan and other states in which Democratic governors have imposed bans.
New York will start allowing citizens to get marriage licenses remotely and to organize wedding ceremonies by video link. “There is now no excuse when the question arises for marriage,” Cuomo said during his briefing on Saturday. “You can do it by Zoom. “
Canada and the United States will extend its border closure agreement for at least another 30 days, said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The border of almost 9,000 km is closed, except for commerce, essential workers and returning citizens. The agreement is “another example of the excellent cooperation between our two nations,” said Trudeau on Saturday.
The UK registered another 888 deaths from coronavirus in hospitals in the past 24 hours, for a total of 15,464 at 5:00 pm Friday, the health department announced on Saturday. This is the third consecutive daily increase above 800. At 9:00 am on April 18, 460,437 tests were completed, with 21,389 tests on April 17. Of the 357,023 people tested for the virus, 114,217 were positive, said the Ministry of Health.
Spain will expand its five-week lockout against coronaviruses until May 9, but plans to relax the regime – one of the most difficult in the world – to allow children to leave their homes before the end of this month. Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister, said on Saturday evening in a televised speech that he would ask Parliament for a further two-day extension of the state of alert – the extraordinary legal order behind the lockdown.
Greece plans to gradually loosen its lock starting next month, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with a newspaper published on Saturday. “I think by the end of this month we will have a much clearer picture [of the situation] so that in May, if there is no dramatic change, we can start to loosen the lock. But it will be done step by step, “he told Kathimerini.
British government donates £ 1.6 billion to local authorities in England after some said they would run out of money in a few weeks due to the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. Robert Jenrick, secretary of local government, said it would help close the gap caused by increased spending and declining income and pay for the housing of people sleeping on the street, protecting the vulnerable and assisting public health, fire and rescue services.

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