Latest News: France to provide details on loosening the lock


Latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially the elderly and people with health problems, this can cause more serious illness or death.


– The French government will give details on how it plans to relax the lock-in measures

– Frontline health workers in Pakistan protest over poor quality of personal protective equipment

– British Prime Minister to return to work two weeks after discharge from hospital

– Indian Prime Minister warns of complacency and asks people to change their habits

– South Korea reports 10 confirmed cases, which continues to slow the country’s workload


PARIS – The French government will explain to Parliament on Tuesday how it plans to lift the country from the coronavirus blockage that has plunged the second economy of the euro zone into a deep and alarming freeze.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe tweeted that he would unveil the “national deconfinement strategy” in a speech to the National Assembly. Legislators will be able to debate the project before voting on it.

The government has had weeks of expert teams working to find a balance between restarting the economy without causing a second wave of COVID-19 infections that could overwhelm intensive care units in hospitals.

President Emmanuel Macron had already announced that France’s lockdown, which had been in place since March 17 and among the strictest in Europe, would begin to ease from May 11.

Philippe’s long-awaited speech will flesh out the details. He said it will cover six themes: health, education, work, shops, transportation and gatherings.

Parents await details of plans previously announced by the government for a staggered resumption of classes. The government says parents will be able to continue to attend children at home if they wish.


ISLAMABAD – Front-line health workers in Pakistan’s largest Punjab province are hosting rotating sit-ins to protest the poor quality of their personal protective equipment.

Dr. Salman Haseeb Chaudhry, president of the Young Doctor’s Association’s provincial chapter, said Sunday that substandard equipment is leading an increasing number of healthcare professionals to contract COVID-19, and that a great alliance of health including nurses and paramedics trained to demand greater protection.

Chaudhry said 100 health professionals have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Pakistan has confirmed 12,723 cases of virus with 269 deaths attributed to COVID-19. The actual number of infections would be much higher.

Pakistan has seen a steady daily increase of around 750 positive cases in the past week. Tests are still low with barely 6,800 people tested daily in a country of 220 million people, 60% of whom live in the most populous problem in Punjab.

Pakistan has struggled to provide protective equipment for its health professionals. Doctors from southwest Balochistan province who protested were imprisoned earlier this month. They were released within hours.

The government has increased the supply of protective equipment after receiving planned quantities of supplies from China and stepped up local production. But Chaudhry said the quality was below standards.


LONDON – The British Prime Minister’s office has announced that Boris Johnson will return to work on Monday, two weeks after he left a London hospital where he was treated for the new coronavirus.

Johnson, 55, spent a week at St. Thomas Hospital, including three nights in intensive care, where he received oxygen and was monitored 24 hours a day by medical personnel.

After his release on April 12, he recorded a video message thanking hospital staff for saving his life.

Johnson has not been seen in public since then, when he recovered from the Prime Minister’s retreat outside London.

Johnson’s return comes amid mounting criticism of the government’s management of the coronavirus epidemic. The number of people with COVID-19 who died in UK hospitals reached 20,000 on Saturday. Thousands more are believed to have died in nursing homes.

Opposition politicians are asking for clarity as to when the government will release the national lockdown that was imposed on March 23 and ends at least May 7.


NEW DELHI: The Indian Prime Minister has warned his people against complacency in the fight against the coronavirus, saying that it can reappear and that people must change their habits.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on a 30-minute radio broadcast on Sunday that people should respect social distance, wear face masks and not spit in public places.

He also said that a traditional Indian medicine system, known as “Ayurveda,” which includes yoga exercises and drinking hot water, can be extremely helpful in boosting disease immunity. .

Modi subjected the 1.3 billion Indian people to a strict ban from March 25 to May 3 to fight the virus. The restrictions were eased somewhat by allowing local shops to reopen, and manufacturing and farming activities to resume in rural areas to help millions of poor daily workers.

India has so far recorded 25,671 positive virus cases with 824 deaths attributed to COVID-19.


SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea has confirmed 10 other cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, which continues to slow the number of cases in the country.

The additional cases reported on Sunday mark the ninth day in a row that the daily increase in South Korea has dropped below 20.

State-run Korean disease control and prevention centers report that the country totals 10,728 people, with 242 deaths. It indicates that 8,717 patients have recovered.

South Korea has recently relaxed some of its social distancing rules, but officials have always raised concerns about possible transmissions by “silent spreaders”.

South Korea registered hundreds of new cases every day between the end of February and the beginning of March, mainly in the city of Daegue, in the south-east, and in neighboring regions.


HONOLULU – Governor David Ige extended Hawaii’s house arrest order and mandatory quarantine for visitors until May 31.

“It was not an easy decision. I know it has been difficult for everyone. Businesses have to reopen. People want to end this self-isolation and we want to get back to normal, ”said Ige. “But this virus is potentially fatal, especially for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. “

At a press conference, Ige reported alarming COVID-19 clusters on the Big Island and Maui, Hawaii News Now reported. “We still have to be vigilant.”

In his statement, Ige warned against reversing Hawaii’s progress to contain the virus if public places open too soon. Hawaii has 601 cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths.

“Thanks to our residents, we flatten the curve, save lives and prevent a resurgence of this virus by not reopening prematurely,” said Ige.

The governor also extended the eviction moratorium, which prevents any eviction from residential housing for non-payment of rent, until May 31.


BEIJING – China announced on Sunday that it had confirmed 11 other cases of new coronavirus the day before, bringing its official number to 82,827. However, no deaths have been reported for the 11th consecutive day.

Five of the new cases occurred in Heilongjiang Province, an area bordering the northeast with Russia, which has seen an increase in infections. Another was in Guangdong Province, a manufacturing and technological region bordering Hong Kong to the south.

The other five cases were imported from abroad. China has identified a total of 1,634 imported cases.

China said it also has 1,000 people who test positive for coronavirus but have no symptoms. They are under medical observation but are not included in the number of confirmed cases. (edited)


LOS ANGELES – A spring heat wave drove people to California beaches, golf courses and trails, resulting in the closure of a coastal park as authorities warned people not to swarm in areas of leisure for fear of setting off a deadly wave of coronavirus.

Temperatures climbed in the 1980s and 1990s from Sacramento to San Diego on Saturday. While most hobbies remain closed under various home stay orders, officials fear that those who are still open may attract crowds who will ignore social distancing rules and seek sun and air after being mostly confined indoors for more than a month.

“We see a crowd in the summer day,” said Brian O’Rourke, lifeguard battalion chief at Newport Beach, Orange County, who saw an estimated 40,000 people on Friday. A similar crowd was expected on Saturday as the fog cleared.

Pacific Grove police said they had to close scenic Lovers Point Park and the beach at the southern end of Monterey Bay due to a lack of social distancing.

The city and Los Angeles County beaches, trails and playgrounds were closed and mounted officers were patrolling these areas to enforce social distancing rules. The city has also opened cooling centers for people “who may not be able to survive the heat wave at home,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.


WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said his press briefings were “not worth the time and effort” as his administration prepared to adjust its public presence in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to address the country’s economic problems.

Tweeting Saturday, one of the few days he hasn’t had a daily briefing since the start of the epidemic, Trump said, “What is the purpose of White House press conferences when the Lamestream media does not pose only hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or the facts with precision. “

The president’s tweet comes two days after using a briefing to meditate on the injection of chemical disinfectants, drawing warnings from manufacturers and some of the country’s best health professionals. The White House said Friday that Trump had been misinterpreted, although the president later said he spoke “sarcastically”.

White House collaborators are making plans to shift the president’s public attention to solving the economic crisis he has caused and government plans to reopen the economy.


NEW YORK – Potbelly Sandwich Shop is the latest large company to announce that it will refund the money it received from the payroll protection program.

The company said on Saturday that its sales had dropped dramatically when COVID-19 struck, which forced it to lay off employees and close stores. Potbelly asked for and received help through the program.

“We were surprised and disappointed when the fund was quickly depleted, leaving many people without help,” said the company. “We are repaying the PPP loan after further clarification from the Treasury Department.”

The Chicago-based sandwich shop has about 6,000 employees and annual sales of more than $ 400 million, according to FactSet.

The PPP is intended to help small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Its $ 349 billion in initial funds ran out last week and the House approved $ 310 billion in additional funds on Thursday.


PHOENIX – The rate of additional deaths from the Arizona coronavirus epidemic has slowed following a recent surge.

The death toll in the Department of Health Services increased from seven to 273 on Saturday, after an increase of 17 deaths reported on Friday and a total of 62 deaths reported in the previous three days.

The department said 6,820 cases were reported across the state on Saturday, an increase of 235 from Friday.

Health officials say the recent increase in reported deaths is likely due to an increase in the number of cases weeks ago. It was expected to slow down because it often takes weeks for patients to die once hospitalized and because hospitalizations appear to have stabilized.


Dr. Anthony Fauci urges rigorous science to prove whether any of the drugs explored as COVID-19 treatments actually work.

Fauci, chief of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said on Saturday at an online meeting of the National Academy of Sciences that the only way to get a response was to do a randomized controlled trial.

“We need something, but security and efficiency is something we owe the people of the world,” said Fauci.

Fauci also stressed that caution is advised when reopening economies, stressing a phased approach with restrictions gradually lifted as certain areas reach certain milestones.

“Any attempt to jump over them will almost certainly lead to a rebound, and we can then step back,” he said. “If we don’t take control of it, we will never get back to normal. I know we will, but we have to do it right. “

Fauci also warned against finding a magic number of available tests needed to reopen the country.


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