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– Hundreds of people protest the Oregon home stay order.
– Pelosi and McConnell refuse COVID-19 tests.
– French legislators envisage a quarantine of 14 days for returning travelers.
BEIJING – Chinese health officials say two new cases of coronavirus were confirmed on Saturday, continuing a downward trend since the government took steps to reduce the number of people arriving from abroad.
One new case was in the Shanxi interior province, west of Beijing, and the other was imported to Shanghai. The official number of confirmed cases in China is 82,877. Most of the patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals.
China reported no new deaths on Saturday and has only recorded one in the past two weeks. The official death toll in the country has reached 4,633.
The government has blocked almost all foreigners from entering the country and has severely reduced the number of international flights, making it difficult for Chinese citizens to return from abroad.
SALEM, Oregon. – Hundreds of people opposed to the Oregon home stay order protested on Saturday at the State Capitol as health officials announced dozens more cases and five more deaths from COVID-19.
Most of the protesters weren’t wearing face masks, but they waved American flags and Trump campaign signs in the rain. Other signs say “Reopen Oregon” and “Let me make a living.”
A group of health care workers demonstrated at the top of the Capitol steps, urging a progressive plan to alleviate the state’s social distancing demands. Most of the other demonstrators ignored them.
Public health officials say residence orders are essential to slow the transmission of the new coronavirus. But protest organizers told The Oregonian / OregonLive that they saw the social distancing warrants issued by Governor Kate Brown as a government violation.
Since mid-March, Brown’s orders have shut down many businesses, banned access to certain parks and campgrounds, and forced public schools to adopt distance education programs.
“You can’t just put citizens under house arrest and enforce these orders,” said event organizer Adam Ellifritt.
ANTIOCH, California – A city official in northern California was ousted after suggesting on social media that the sick, elderly and homeless should be left to follow their “natural course in the wild” during the pandemic of coronavirus.
Members of city council in Antioch, a city of approximately 110,000 people located 35 miles east of Oakland, voted unanimously Friday evening to remove Ken Turnage II from chair of the commission city planning.
NBC Bay Area reports that there was a quick outcry after Turnage characterized people with weak immune systems as a burden to society.
He wrote on Facebook: “The world has been initiated into a new expression Herd Immunity which is a good expression. In my opinion, we have to adapt a herd mentality. A herd gathers its ranks, it allows the sick, the elderly, the injured to follow its natural course in nature. “
As for the homeless, he added that the virus “would fix what represents a heavy burden for our society and the resources which can be used”.
Turnage then deleted the post, but refused to resign or revise his comments. During the two-hour council meeting on Zoom, Turnage said that his personal opinion had no bearing on his duties as planning commissioner and that removing him would violate his freedom of expression.
But city officials replied that his assignment had caused a loss of confidence and had disrupted the city.
SPOKANE, Washington – The highest rate of coronavirus cases on the west coast of the United States is in Yakima County, Washington, an agricultural giant that is more than double the state average.
Health experts report a large number of essential workers, a large number of cases in long-term care facilities and a large agricultural workforce living and working in nearby neighborhoods as the causes.
“We just haven’t been as low as the rest of the state because our workforce is going to work,” said Yakima Health District spokesperson Lilian Bravo. “Going to work physically every day will put you at higher risk than others.”
On Friday, Yakima County had 1,203 positive cases, a rate of 455 cases per 100,000 residents. The second was Franklin County, with 326 cases per 100,000. The national average was 185 cases per 100,000 population.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A federal court of appeal refused on Saturday to prevent the Governor of Kentucky’s temporary ban on mass gatherings from applying to religious services in person.
The panel of three judges paved the way for the Maryville Baptist Church to organize walk-in worship services while meeting public health requirements. This is an alternative that Democratic Governor Andy Beshear strongly encouraged throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
But the panel did not apply its order to worship services in person.
The move came shortly after the church asked the United States’ 6th Circuit Court of Appeals for an emergency order preventing Beshear’s mass gathering ban from being enforced against religious services.
CAIRO – Yemeni health officials say there are three new cases of coronavirus in the southern city of Aden and the western city of Taiz, bringing the total number of cases to 10 with two deaths.
The announcement on Saturday came as the United Nations health agency warned of the invisible virus epidemic, saying it “is actively circulating across the country.” The agency says tests and resources to detect the virus are “very insufficient.”
A cluster of cases was discovered in Aden, where residents said several hospitals had closed because medical staff feared they might contract the virus due to a lack of personal protective equipment. The port city is in the midst of political struggles between the internationally recognized government and the southern separatists who declared themselves autonomous last week, leaving the health authorities in disarray.
Yemen has been involved in the civil war for more than five years and its health system is fragile, with half of the health establishments not functioning properly.
WASHINGTON – Leading Republicans and Democrats in Congress say they respectfully decline an offer of rapid COVID-19 tests proposed by the administration of President Donald Trump.
Limited testing for lawmakers has become an issue in decisions about when they should return to Washington.
Health and Social Services Secretary Alex Azar tweeted Friday that three rapid test machines and 1,000 tests were being sent to the Senate for use next week.
Trump also tweeted that “huge” testing capacity is available for senators returning on Monday and for the chamber.
But President Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Saturday that they wanted the equipment to go to front-line facilities instead.
Pelosi has decided not to have his senators join the Senate next week because the Washington area remains a hot spot for viruses.
PARIS – French Minister of Health Olivier Veran has said that people traveling to France, including French returnees, will be placed in quarantine as part of new extended proposals to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.
Entry into France is currently very limited to essential travel, and a travel certificate is required for anyone entering the country. The proposals are sent to Parliament next week.
Veran said that “the compulsory quarantine will concern anyone entering the national territory, an overseas territory or Corsica”.
It is unclear whether the quarantine would apply only to travelers beyond the Schengen border and Britain. The Schengen area comprises 26 countries and encompasses most of the countries of the European Union.
ATLANTA – Residents of the Atlanta subway traveled to rooftops and patios, in parks and even cemeteries, or stopped on the side of a generally busy highway to watch a military flyby on Saturday afternoon .
The Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels flew to honor first responders and medical teams. They crossed the city center and the city center, where the main hospitals are located, and were highly acclaimed.
People outside the historic Oakland Cemetery generally followed social distancing guidelines, but few wore masks. Some carried lawn chairs and drinks while others pushed strollers, while many tried to capture the moment with phones or cameras.
Georgia has already allowed companies like hair and nail salons, restaurants and gyms to open with social distancing restrictions.
LONDON – UK Department of Health says 28,131 people died in hospitals, nursing homes and community at large after increasing positive for new coronavirus in UK 621 compared to the previous count.
Figures include deaths at 5 p.m. Friday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the nation on Thursday that Britain had reached its peak in the COVID-19 epidemic and said it plans to reveal a “road map” outlining how the foreclosure measures could be relaxed in the coming week.
ISTANBUL – The Turkish Minister of Health has announced 78 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the toll of COVID-19 to 3,336.
The minister tweeted Saturday that 1,983 other people had been infected, bringing the total to 124,375. “For the first time since March 30, the daily number of cases has fallen below 2,000,” he said. tweeted.
The new number leaves Turkey seventh in the world for the highest infection rate of the new coronavirus. The number of confirmed infections of 124,054 in Russia briefly exceeded that of Turkey.
The minister also tweeted that 58,259 people have recovered from COVID-19, including 4,451 since Friday.
LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Department of Agriculture says the state’s animal agriculture industries are adjusting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gary McDowell, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said in a statement on Saturday that the changes will strengthen the supply chain and make workers safer, but could “lead to short-term accelerations” . It responded to concerns about food shortages due to national closings of beef and pork producers.
Mary Kelpinski, CEO of the Michigan Pork Producers Association, says there is a lot of cold storage meat in the state, but advised buyers to resist panic buying of meat products in the coming weeks.
ROME – The number of beds treating patients with COVID-19 continued to decline as Italy prepared to relax its strict lock-in measures on Monday.
The Emergency Preparedness Agency said there were 212 fewer people hospitalized for the virus and 39 fewer in intensive care in the past 24 hours, a number that has been steadily decreasing in recent weeks. This has given authorities the confidence to be able to cope with any new spikes in cases, as more businesses reopen and individuals have more freedom to move around in their home towns and villages.
At the same time, the number of deaths increased the most in 11 days – from 474 – and the number of people who recovered from the virus was the lowest in more than two weeks. Italy recorded the most deaths after the United States, with 28,710.
PARIS – France wants to extend the health emergency implemented to fight the coronavirus crisis until July 24.
French Minister of Health Olivier Veran made the announcement on Saturday, arguing that the extension of measures that began on March 24 was necessary to prevent a further outbreak of infections.
The proposal, which will be submitted to the French Parliament next week and which is expected to be adopted, centers on the idea that an “untimely” release from the state of emergency “could see an increased risk of an epidemic”.
France is one of the countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, having registered to date some 24,594 deaths and 167,346 confirmed cases.
The new proposals include a data system for those who have contracted the virus, which will work for up to a year.
ISTANBUL – The Turkish Ministry of Commerce has lifted export restrictions and the requirement to obtain prior authorization for private companies to export the medical equipment needed to treat COVID-19.
The decision, published in the Official Journal, canceled the export restrictions on ventilators, intubation tubes and intensive care monitors, among other equipment.
The Ministry of Commerce has lifted export restrictions on ethanol, cologne, disinfectants and hydrogen peroxide.
Turkey also announced that a military aircraft had delivered medical supplies, including locally produced ventilators, to Somalia. So far, Ankara has shipped the necessary supplies to at least 55 countries, including the United States.
Turkey, a country of 83 million people, has more than 122,000 cases and more than 3,200 deaths, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.
ATHENS, Greece – Greek authorities have announced the death of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
This brings the total to 143 – 106 men 37 women. The average age of the victims is 74.
There were eight other confirmed infections for a total of 2,620 cases.
BARCELONA, Spain – The Spanish have taken to the streets to train for the first time after seven weeks of confinement to fight the coronavirus.
People were running, walking or riding bikes under a sunny sky in Barcelona, where many flocked to the promenade to get closer to the still forbidden beach. Others have jogged in parks and along sidewalks across the country.
“Some people think it may be too early, like me, but it is also important to exercise for health reasons,” said Cristina Palomeque, 36, in Barcelona.
Spain has 24,824 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus and 215,216 infections. The lockdown has reduced daily increases in infections.
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