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– The aircraft carrier France has 50 cases of coronavirus.
PARIS – The only French aircraft carrier has confirmed 50 cases of virus on board and returns to port.
The French military says three of the people on board Charles de Gaulle with the virus have been flown to a French hospital. Doctors remain on board to monitor infections and prevent further spread among 1,700 crew members after 50 of the 66 tests have tested positive.
The US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt experienced a similar epidemic, leading to major controversy after the dismissal of its captain.
Amid suspicions of an epidemic aboard Charles de Gaulle, a medical team equipped with tests was transported Wednesday to the French aircraft carrier while it was on a mission in the Atlantic Ocean.
NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenyans desperate for a planned distribution of food to those suffering from coronavirus restrictions rushed briefly through a door in the capital of Nairobi.
An Associated Press reporter saw a crowd walk through a door in a district office in the Kibera slum. The police fired tear gas and injured several people.
Traffic restrictions or blockages in many African countries create widespread pain for low-income workers, who often have little or no savings.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia – Leaders of the two largest political parties in North Macedonia have been ordered to isolate themselves for two weeks after being in contact with a television reporter who tested positive for COVID-19.
The health ministry said that former Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who leads the Social Democrats, and Conservative Leader of the Opposition Hristijan Mickoski have both been ordered to stay in their homes.
The restrictions were imposed despite negative test results for Mickoski. Results for Zaev were expected later Friday.
Former interior minister Oliver Spasovski is the country’s interim prime minister as North Macedonia heads for early parliamentary elections.
North Macedonia has 663 confirmed infections and 30 deaths.
MADRID – Spanish officials say they plan to allow non-essential workers to return to their factories and construction sites next week will not cause a significant increase in coronavirus infections.
“We do not think these measures will significantly increase the transmission (of the virus),” spokeswoman María José Sierra spokeswoman for the Spanish health emergency center said on Friday. “We wouldn’t adopt them otherwise. “
Some experts warned that the easing of the two-week “hibernation” of economic activity was coming too soon.
Exactly who will return to work will be announced at the cabinet meeting on Friday, although officials have said heavy industry and construction will be among those who return to work. Stores are expected to remain closed and office workers are encouraged to work from home.
There were 605 new deaths registered overnight, the smallest increase since March 24.
COVID-19 has killed at least 15,843 of the 152,446 confirmed cases in Spain. However, officials recognize that the true scale could be much higher.
BRUSSELS – Places of worship in Belgium will remain open over the Easter weekend, but health authorities advise residents to monitor religious services remotely, the death toll from the new coronavirus now exceeding 3,000 cases.
Benoit Ramacker, spokesperson for the COVID-19 crisis center, said on Friday that leaders of places of worship must ensure that measures of social distancing are implemented in religious places.
“All other religious services are prohibited, except unfortunately for funerals, but also weddings,” he said. “We also find that many of you, many religious communities, are planning an alternative religious service over the next few days via Internet radio and television. Thank you and congratulations also for this creativity. “
According to the latest figures published by the Ministry of Health, 40% of the 3,019 people who died in Belgium due to epidemics lived in nursing homes.
MADRID – The coronavirus has killed at least 15,843 people in Spain and officially infected 152,446 people, although the rate of contagion and mortality is down, according to official data from the Ministry of Health on Friday.
The 605 new deaths registered overnight were the smallest increase since March 24. There were 4,576 more infections recorded than a day earlier, bringing the daily rate of contagion to 3%.
The Spanish government is meeting Friday to establish a 20 billion euro ($ 21.9 billion) fund to help small businesses and the self-employed cope with the economic fallout from the epidemic, but is also discussing the following events for 47 million Spaniards who were quarantined for four weeks.
After a two-week freeze on all non-core economic activity, factories and construction sites are expected to resume work on Monday. Schools, most stores and offices will remain closed, people being encouraged to work from home.
Experts have warned that the return of certain activities will increase the contagion and that the health authorities must examine new cases.
A three-week survey of 30,000 households should help understand how many people are or have been infected and guide future “de-escalation” of containment measures, the government said.
The state of emergency has been extended until April 26 for the time being, although Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said he will most likely ask Parliament for further extensions.
TOKYO – Cardboard boxes are being prepared at Narita International Airport in Tokyo for quarantine as arrivals await test results for the coronavirus.
Shotaro Tajima, a Japanese Ministry of Health official in the communicable diseases section, said Friday that people are now in nearby hotels and have not had to stay in the boxes.
If cases develop, people may need to wait longer for test results, which usually come back within hours. Japan requires testing for people from dozens of countries, including the United States, China and Italy.
There are approximately 5,500 cases of coronavirus in Japan, but concern is growing about an increase in cases. The government’s state of emergency, declared this week, calls on people to stay at home. It also asks businesses to close but allows exceptions, such as the small izakaya counter restaurants, which can be open from 5 am to 8 pm. in Tokyo.
PARIS – Although still damaged and marked by fire, Notre-Dame cathedral is reborn – if only for a moment – as a prayer center in Paris locked against the coronavirus.
A few days before the first anniversary of April 15, 2019, a hell that ravaged the beloved Paris, the archbishop of the French capital leads the celebrations of Good Friday like no other has preceded the centenary jewel of Gothic architecture .
Archbishop Michel Aupetit will venerate a crown of thorns that has survived the flames that brought down the cathedral’s roof and spire and horrified Parisians and believers around the world.
There will be prayers, readings and music during the Friday morning ceremony but no crowds. As the cathedral is closed to the public, only a tiny handful of people participate. But the debates must be broadcast live.
LONDON – A senior British official is accused of having flouted government advice against travel outside the home, except essential.
British media have reported that Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick traveled from London to his house in central England and made another 60-kilometer trip to visit his parents.
Labor opposition lawmaker Nick Thomas-Symonds said: “It is very important for public confidence that Robert Jenrick explains himself and why exactly this trip was necessary.”
Jenrick said he went to his parents’ home to deliver “essentials – including medicine” to his parents, who self-isolated. The delivery of medicines to vulnerable people is authorized by UK foreclosure rules.
Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood was forced to resign earlier this week after traveling to her second home, in violation of her own rules.
Authorities implore people not to travel to see relatives or second homes during the Easter holiday weekend, as Britain is seeing the number of deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise.
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey is sending a large quantity of surgical masks, N95 masks and combinations of hazardous materials to Britain to help the country fight the coronavirus epidemic.
The state-run Anadolu Agency said a military cargo plane carrying medical supplies took off on Friday from an air base near the capital Ankara.
A second plane carrying more equipment will depart on Saturday, the agency reported.
There was no information on the amount of supplies sent.
In recent weeks, Turkey has also donated medical supplies to Italy, Spain and five Balkan countries.
The articles were sent to boxes displaying the words of the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi: “There is hope after despair and many suns after dark.”
ACCRA, Ghana – Some African countries are trying to relieve the pain of coronavirus blockages while they are prolonging them.
In Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo said the closings in major regions of Accra and Ashanti have been extended by a week, but he promises that the government will fully absorb the cost of the electricity bills for them. “Poorer of the poor” and 50% of the cost to all other consumers.
In South Africa, which announced an extension of the blocking period by two weeks, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he and his cabinet would cut their wages by a third for the next three months, the money being paid to a fund to help vulnerable compatriots.
Total or partial closures in Africa have affected more than 20 countries, severely affecting the livelihoods of millions of informal and other workers.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia will extend its lockout for two weeks, but will allow certain industries to reopen in stages.
Non-essential businesses and schools were closed for a month until April 14, but Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Friday that the restricted traffic order will be extended until April 28. Even though the country has reported a reduction in cases in recent days, he said, it was premature to lift control measures because “the war against COVID-19 is not yet over”.
Malaysia reported 118 new infections on Friday, bringing its total to 4,346, the highest in Southeast Asia.
Muhyiddin said the selected economic sectors can reopen in stages but must follow strict hygiene guidelines and movement restrictions.
He warned that the lockdown could last for a few months so that the government could be completely sure that the chain of transmission had been broken.
MOSCOW – Russian doctors will start treating pneumonia patients for the new coronavirus without waiting for test results to confirm the diagnosis, said the country’s health minister, Mikhail Murashko.
“We find that the disease is progressing rapidly and has a specific clinical presentation (allowing) to be diagnosed without laboratory confirmation based on the clinical presentation,” Murashko said in a televised interview broadcast Thursday evening.
Murashko’s statement echoes earlier comments from Moscow doctors involved in the treatment of coronavirus patients, saying that the vast majority of pneumonia cases in Russia are most likely caused by the new virus and should be treated as such.
“Existing tests to confirm COVID-19 are 70-80% accurate,” said Protsenko, chief medical officer of a large Moscow hospital treating patients with coronavirus, on Thursday.
On Friday, Russian health officials reported 1,786 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 11,917. The epidemic has accelerated in Russia in recent weeks, the number of cases increasing exponentially and doubling every few days. Critics of the Kremlin have questioned official statistics, reporting an increasing number of pneumonia cases and suggesting that the number of coronavirus cases in Russia could be much higher.
BUDAPEST, Hungary – The Prime Minister of Hungary said that the country now had about 2,000 of the 8,000 fans he expects to need at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban also said on state radio on Friday that he expected about 20% of Hungarian health workers to be infected with the coronavirus.
Orban, who has extended the restrictions put in place two weeks ago to keep people indefinitely indefinitely, said Hungary was learning from the measures in neighboring Austria, which he called ” our big laboratory ”, where the pandemic is at a more advanced stage.
Hungary has 1,190 cases of coronavirus and 77 people have died.
LONDON – Boris Johnson’s father says that the Prime Minister needs time to recover from the new coronavirus and that he is unlikely to return to work any time soon.
The head of the United Kingdom spent three nights in the intensive care unit at London’s St. Thomas Hospital after his symptoms of COVID-19 worsened. He was returned to a regular ward Thursday evening, and his office says he is “at the beginning of his recovery.”
His father, Stanley Johnson, said that the Prime Minister should “rest”.
“It must take time,” Stanley Johnson told the BBC. “I can’t believe you can get away from it and go straight back to Downing Street and take the reins without a period of readjustment.” “
Johnson was diagnosed with COVID-19 two weeks ago, the first world leader confirmed to have the disease. Foreign Minister Dominic Raab replaces Johnson during his hospital stay.
MANILA, Philippines – Southeast Asian foreign ministers approved the creation of a regional fund to respond to the coronavirus pandemic during a video conference and discussed a planned meeting of their leaders with their counterparts in China, Japan and South Korea.
The Foreign Ministry in Manila said on Friday that the best diplomats of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations had videotaped Thursday at a meeting led by Vietnam . The ASEAN ministers were unable to hold a real meeting due to the pandemic.
Ministers approved several collective measures to fight the pandemic, including the creation of a COVID-19 ASEAN response fund, the sharing of information and strategies and ways to mitigate the impact of the global health crisis on people and the economy, the ministry said, but did not do so. provide details.
They also discussed a scheduled meeting of their leaders with their counterparts from China, Japan and Korea during a video conference on April 14 to discuss the pandemic, three diplomats from Southeast Asia said. at the Associated Press.
In Thursday’s discussion, Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea amid the contagion, the department said.
The Philippines expressed solidarity with Vietnam after a Vietnamese fishing boat was struck and sunk by a Chinese coast guard vessel in the disputed waters.