Latest news: Italians regain certain freedoms

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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.

HIGH TIME:

– Italian citizens, sports teams regaining certain freedoms.

– Ontario, Canada, to keep schools closed until May 31.

– Decreasing virus patients, ICU patients in France.

ROME – After seven weeks of containment to contain one of the worst COVID-19 epidemics in the world, the Italians are regaining certain freedoms.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says that as of May 4, public parks and gardens will reopen and that people will be able to visit relatives who live in the same area.

However, Conte told the nation in a televised speech on Sunday evening that citizens must practice social distancing. In the case of parks, mayors can impose limits, such as the number of people entering, to avoid congestion.

During family visits, people will have to wear masks and will not be able to organize parties. If people don’t follow the new measures, Conte says that “the contagion curve can go up, it will get out of hand, deaths will increase and we will have irreparable damage” to the economy.

Conte says that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18 and individual sports athletes can resume training on May 4.

This means that the Serie A football league could resume matches in June. He has been suspended since March 9. Twelve rounds remain in Serie A, plus four more matches which have been carried over from the 25th round. The Italian Cup was suspended after the first leg of the semi-finals.

Also on May 18, libraries, museums and art exhibits can reopen.

Factories, construction sites and wholesalers can resume operations as soon as they put in place security measures to contain COVID-19.

But Conte says that if the epidemiological contagion curve starts to increase again, the government will intervene quickly and shut down such industrial activity again.

Conte offered a new mantra for the second phase about to start: “If you like Italy…. keep social distance. “

Ministry of Health figures indicate that Italy experienced its smallest daily increase in deaths – 260 – since mid-March, during the first week of closure. From May 4, funerals will be allowed, but preferably should be held outdoors, no more than 15 people can participate and those in mourning must wear masks. If all goes well, stores will reopen on May 18 and restaurants, cafes, hair salons and hair salons on June 1.

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FISHERS, Ind. – A church in the suburbs of Indianapolis resumed in-person services for the first time in more than a month.

ITown Church of Fishers has limited the number of participants to 10 on Sunday to comply with a state ordinance that prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people. According to the Indianapolis Star, 40-minute services started on time, with each service followed by a 20-minute period to allow cleaning crews to sterilize the area.

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PARIS – As the number of patients on COVID-19 in intensive care in France continues to decrease, the total number of patients in intensive care is increasing, with more people needing emergency care for other illnesses.

The accumulation of patients in intensive care units in France occurs while people with long-term medical problems have delayed or have not received treatment during the epidemic, while hospitals are struggling to flow d huge flow of critically ill patients with the new coronavirus.

The health ministry said hospital intensive care units were treating 7,553 people on Sunday, 28 more than on Saturday.

However, the proportion of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units was again down to 4,682, 43 less than the previous day.

The ministry said the increase in the number of non-COVID patients in intensive care units “underscores the need to monitor and treat patients with chronic illnesses as well as the urgent need to treat serious acute illnesses.”

The overall death toll from the virus epidemic in France now stands at 22,856, behind Italy and Spain in Europe. More than a third of the victims in France died in care establishments, most of them elderly people.

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LAUREL, Mont. – Montana took its first step, interrupting its reopening, the faithful having resumed services after a hiatus of one month and a general order for stay at home expired.

While other states have extended restrictions amidst the continued spread of the coronavirus, Montana is among those who are beginning to relax the rules in the hopes of restoring struggling economies and regaining some normalcy.

On Sunday, a hundred people flocked to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Laurel, where bailiffs tried to separate families from each other and large bottles of hand sanitizer were offered at the entrance to the sanctuary. Church member Jack Auzqui said that being unable to attend was spiritually difficult for him and his wife. The return, he said, was like a reunited family.

Reverend Bart Stevens began with an instruction for attendees to “not linger” after mass to minimize social interaction.

At Bill the Christ the King Lutheran Church, Pastor Ryan Wendt said the church is a mixture of faith and common sense precautions. All other benches were kept empty to conform to social distancing directives, while elderly and vulnerable members of the congregation were to remain at home.

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TORONTO – Canada’s most populous province says all publicly funded schools will remain closed until May 31 to keep students and staff safe during the pandemic.

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the decision was based on the advice of medical experts. Lecce says the school closure could be extended. Students have already switched to online learning in the past month.

The Ministry of Education says it has already distributed 20,000 iPads to students whose families cannot afford online learning.

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CENTRAL, La. – A Louisiana pastor holds services in his church, defying house arrest orders that have followed an assault charge linked to his decision to organize mass rallies in defiance of public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

A livestream from Life Tabernacle Church on Sunday showed Tony Spell walking among more than 100 worshipers, often repeating the phrase, “I just got to Jesus.” … Come on America, let’s go back to Jesus. Almost all parishioners did not wear face masks and social distancing was not practiced.

The Central Police Department, a suburb of Baton Rouge, said on its Facebook page that Spell visited the department last week on charges of aggravated assault and improper support.

Trey Bennett has held a protest in front of the church since Easter Sunday, when he noticed that hundreds of parishioners were still attending services in defiance of the state’s stay-at-home mandate, which prohibits rallies from more than 10 people. Places of worship across Louisiana have instead turned to online services.

Last Sunday, Spell drove a church bus in reverse toward the protester holding the sign. Spell is already facing charges of having organized religious services in person despite the ban on rallies.

Dozens of Spell parishioners met him in East Baton Rouge parish prison, dressed in their best Sunday clothes, arrived on church buses to show their support. In a live stream from the church, images, including photos of Spell’s arrest, as well as information for a GoFundMe account to help cover his court costs, played on the music played at the church.

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TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas governess Laura Kelly said she had reached an agreement that could resolve a lawsuit by two churches challenging her order to ban religious gatherings of more than 10 people to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

As part of the agreement, the two churches and the Democratic Governor have agreed to extend a temporary restraining order from a federal judge that allows these churches to bypass the 10-person limit as long as they respect the social distancing measures.

The extension essentially allows the two Kansas churches to continue their services in person while the governor finalizes his plans for new reopening restrictions that would take effect on May 4.

Kansas has tracked five clusters of coronaviruses that have killed seven people in church gatherings.

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NEW YORK – Governor Andrew Cuomo said the 367 coronavirus deaths he reported on Sunday were “horrible,” but less than half the nearly 800 deaths in a single day during the peak of the pandemic in New York.

It’s the first time this month that the state’s daily death toll is below 400.

Cuomo also reports that the number of hospitalizations, which still exceeded 1,000, and the number of people placed on a ventilator have also declined.

The deaths include 349 patients who died in hospitals and 18 who died in nursing homes, said the Democratic Governor.

Cuomo said there were 437 dead on Friday.

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WASHINGTON – The President of the United States House, Nancy Pelosi, said that the governors of the country rightly felt impatient to receive financial aid from the Congress during the coronavirus epidemic and insisted that the aid will come.

The Californian Democrat told CNN “State of the Union” that the governors “should be impatient. Their impatience will help us get an even bigger number “in the next congressional relief package. Pelosi has already pledged to provide billions of aid to them.

With much of the US economy shutting down during the pandemic, state and local governments are shocked by the decline in sales tax revenues and the rising costs of unemployment benefits.

Several governors, including New York Democrat Andrew Cuomo, say federal aid should have been approved in the latest aid package. The leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has since expressed opposition to providing more local aid.

But Pelosi says people should judge the latest federal aid package “for what it does.” Don’t criticize him for what he doesn’t do, because we have a plan for it. And it will happen. “

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ROME – Italy recorded its smallest day-to-day increase in deaths of people infected with COVID-19 since the country had its first week of closure in mid-March.

The health ministry has released new figures, including 260 deaths, for the 24-hour period ending Sunday. This gloomy daily statistic was the latest on March 14, when 175 deaths were recorded.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Facebook that he will speak to the nation later Sunday, keen to find out what restrictions will be relaxed in the foreclosure of Italy, which expires May 3.

Overall, Italy has registered 26,644 deaths from people with known coronavirus infections.

But the toll could be considerably higher, as many people who have died at home or in retirement homes in recent weeks have not received COVID-19 tests.

By the end of March, as the epidemic raged, the most devastating in the north, the daily count of new deaths in Italy had climbed to nearly 1,000. Italy now has 197,675 known cases, after 2,324 new cases registered Sunday.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement worth more than $ 264 million with China to give the kingdom the opportunity to perform 9 million COVID-19 tests.

The agreement signed on Sunday and announced by Saudi Arabia also provides the kingdom with 500 people to carry out tests in six laboratories to be established across the country.

Saudi Arabia says the deal with the Chinese BGI group says the kingdom is “in a race against the clock to diagnose cases and work to isolate them.” The contract also includes carrying out comprehensive community tests, genetic mapping of a number of samples in the kingdom and analysis of the immunity mapping from one million samples.

Saudi Arabia has also signed agreements with companies in the United States, South Korea and Switzerland to test 40% of people in the country. More than 17,000 confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in Saudi Arabia, including more than 130 deaths.

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