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– The United States should ban travel from hard-hit Brazil.
– A Trump adviser advocates a face-to-face meeting of the G7 in late June.
– An Ohio official says prisons must reopen even with a high number of dead.
– French sunbathing at the Grande Motte beach in enclosed spaces.
WASHINGTON – The US government is expected to announce a travel ban from Brazil due to the spread of the coronavirus in the most affected country in Latin America.
National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said the United States wanted to take “all necessary steps” to protect the American people.
President Donald Trump has already banned travel from the UK, Europe and China, all of which have been hit hard by the virus. Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to ban access to flights from Brazil.
O’Brien said on CBS “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he expects any ban will be temporary.
Brazil reported more than 347,000 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, second only to the United States in terms of number of infections, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
Brazil also recorded more than 22,000 deaths, the fifth in the world. There have been more than 96,000 deaths in the United States.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says he is fine after two weeks of unproven malaria treatment for COVID-19, saying, “I’m still here.”
Trump was talking about his revelation last week that he was taking hydroxychloroquine and a zinc supplement. He said the diet was intended to help prevent infection after two White House workers tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump has spent weeks pushing the drug as a potential treatment or prophylaxis for COVID-19 against the advice of many health care professionals in his administration.
The drug has the potential to cause significant side effects in some patients and has not been shown to fight the new coronavirus.
Speaking in an interview on the Sunday news program “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson”, Trump said he had just finished medication therapy and “to the best of my knowledge, here I am. “
He added that if it is something that helps, “that is all I want. “
RIO DE JANEIRO – One of the architects of the Brazilian battle against the coronavirus pandemic has resigned.
The departure of epidemiologist Wanderson de Oliveira adds to the turmoil in a health ministry whose recommendations for restrictions to limit the disease have often clashed with President Jair Bolsonaro’s calls to open the economy.
De Oliveira said he would step down on Monday. He originally offered to resign last month, but stayed at the request of then minister Luiz Mandetta, who was fired shortly after by Bolsonaro.
Mandetta’s replacement, Nelson Teich, resigned on May 15 after less than a month of work and on Saturday refused a request to advise the new minister, General Eduardo Pazuello.
De Oliveira had been one of the public faces of the campaign against the pandemic, presenting statistics and recommendations at daily press conferences.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says he thinks leaders of the world’s major economies “would like to get out of their offices and meet in person and plan for the post-COVID world” at a summit that Trump plans to host in the United States in June.
Trump had planned the Group of Seven summit June 10-12 at Camp David, Maryland’s presidential retreat. But in March, he announced that he was canceling the annual meeting due to the pandemic and that the leaders would rather confer by videoconference.
Its national security adviser Robert O’Brien told CBS “Face the Nation” that the meeting would be an opportunity for leaders to “decide how to reopen their economies and how we can work together to make sure we let’s all get out of this COVID crisis and bring back the health and prosperity of our people. “
O’Brien says, “We will see the end of June at this point.” He says “so far we have had a great response” to the invitations that have been issued. O’Brien says US officials will ensure that “everyone is tested. We will make sure it is a safe environment if leaders can come here. “
O’Brien says he thinks “we’re getting very close to the top, if we’re not already at the top in Washington” for the coronavirus outbreak and that “if the situation allows it, and we think it will be case we ”I love having a G-7 in person. “
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has lost more detainees to COVID-19 than any other state, but State Director of Prisons says its prisons must still begin to reopen to accommodate a slow return to business – and crime.
The department has returned to accepting new inmates from prisons and will soon resume the normal process of transferring inmates when necessary, said Annette Chambers-Smith, head of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, in an interview this week.
“The whole community reopens, so when you reopen the community, you will also have more laws broken,” she said. “So really, when you restart the community, the whole process starts again. “
Over 600 employees across the system tested positive, as well as over 4,500 inmates. Among these, 66 detainees died from confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, with deaths distributed in eight establishments.
Two guards and two nurses died.
Ohio has registered the most COVID-19 prisoner deaths and ranks second behind Tennessee in cases per 100,000 inmates, according to analysis by The Marshall Project, a non-profit press organization. Ohio also has the fourth-highest death rate for prisoners.
BERLIN – The President of Austria apologized after police found him in a restaurant in Vienna later that restaurants are allowed to open.
The Krone newspaper reported that police found President Alexander Van der Bellen and his wife in the garden of the Italian restaurant during a routine checkup after midnight Sunday, with drinks on their table. Restaurants must close at 11 p.m. according to the rules that allowed them to reopen this month.
The police confirmed the presence of Van der Bellen.
The Austrian News Agency said Van der Bellen had expressed regret. He said, “I went to eat with two friends and my wife for the first time since the lockdown. We were talking and unfortunately lost time. “
He added, “I’m very sorry. It was a mistake. “
The Austrian president has an essentially ceremonial role. The government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz sets the rules for the coronavirus.
BERLIN – A German official said that the number of confirmed coronavirus infections following the service of a Baptist community in Frankfurt has risen to at least 107.
The dpa news agency said that Hessian Minister of Health Kai Klose said on Sunday that the infected people lived in Frankfurt and three other counties in the region.
The deputy head of the Evangelical Christian Baptist congregation said the service was held on May 10 and that he followed the rules that authorities allowed religious services to resume at the start of the month – including a distance of 1.5 meter (5 feet) between worshipers and supply of disinfectant.
Health officials in Frankfurt say most of those infected appear to have caught the virus afterwards rather than serving.
Germany began easing lock restrictions on April 20. So far, new coronavirus infections have continued to decline overall.
LA GRANDE MOTTE, France – Grateful French families went to La Grande Motte beach on the Mediterranean shore on Sunday, swimming and sunbathing in carefully marked areas to keep them away from others.
Ropes of ropes and wooden stakes were carefully spaced on the sand, giving each visitor or group 8 square meters (86 square feet) of space.
Reservations are free but required, and there is already a two-day waiting list. Those fortunate enough to secure a place for the four-day weekend around Thursday’s Ascension Day celebrated the opportunity, frolicking in the summer sun.
Elsewhere in France, the beaches have also reopened, but only for individual sports or walks, and visitors are not allowed to sit or lie down. La Grande Motte says it was the first city to introduce new social distancing measures allowing the resumption of other activities.
In the French capital this weekend, Parisians took advantage of the sun along the banks of the Seine and lounged on ledges outside the Tuileries Garden, still closed like all the parks in the city while the town is gradually emerging from confinement.
BERLIN – A proposal from a German state governor to remove general restrictions on coronaviruses in his region has received mixed reactions.
Bodo Ramelow, governor of the eastern state of Thuringia, said on Saturday that he hoped to lift the remaining statewide lockdown rules on June 6 and replace them with “a concept of recommendations and tackling COVID-19 locally if infection figures increase. “
It is not yet entirely clear what this would mean. Ramelow’s proposal receives high praise, criticized by mayor of one of the state’s largest cities, Jena, who was the first in Germany to require people to wear face masks .
Mayor Thomas Nitzsche compared the proposed change in a Facebook article to “entering a minefield”.
In Germany, state governments are responsible for imposing and lifting lock restrictions. All 16 states currently have coronavirus rules.
LONDON – Toilet experts say urinals can be recorded in history as part of measures to secure public amenities for the post-coronavirus world.
Raymond Martin, executive director of the British Toilet Association, says businesses and governments need to adapt public toilets to make them resistant to infection, adding technologies such as foot flushing and sensor-activated faucets.
Hotel industry groups in Britain have also proposed replacing the rows of urinals with toilets for male and female cabins.
Martin told the Sunday Times that transforming toilets would be expensive, but “we want to bring this country back to life, and toilets are a vital part of it.”
He said that “tourist offices across the country should tell visitors:” Come see our castle, come see our beaches, come see our state-of-the-art toilets. “”
VATICAN CITY – Well-spaced faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the first time in months for the traditional papal blessing on Sunday.
They look at the window where the pope normally addresses the faithful.
Pope Francis delivered the blessing from inside the apostolic library during the epidemic.
Francis recalled his planned visit to the Naples area on Sunday to draw attention to the environmental damage caused by the dumping of toxic waste by the crowd.
The visit – canceled during the pandemic – was scheduled to mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto, and the pope announced a year of reflection on his 2015 environmental encyclical, “Praised Be. “
Francis came to the window and greeted the people in the square at the end of the blessing.
MOSCOW – Russia reported the highest number of day-long deaths from coronavirus, as well as the lowest number of new infections in three weeks.
The national coronavirus task force said Sunday that 3,541 people had died from the virus, an increase from 153. The previous record was 150.
The number of new infections was 8,599. Daily infection counts of more than 11,000 were reported for several days in May. Overall, Russia has registered 344,481 cases of infection.
Russia’s relatively low death rate has raised eyebrows in the West, with some suggesting that the country’s government could underreport virus-related deaths and manipulate statistics. The Russian authorities deny the allegations and attribute the low figures to the effectiveness of the measures taken to curb the spread of the epidemic.
PARIS – Some 2,000 Muslims gathered for Eid al-Fitr prayer on Sunday at a sports complex in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.
They were carefully spaced three feet apart and wore masks, according to France-Info radio. Volunteers spread the faithful around a football field and a track field, and traditional hugs were not allowed.
France announced Friday evening that it would allow the resumption of religious services for the first time since March, but the main French Muslim organization CFCM advised mosques to remain closed for Sunday celebrations marking the end of Ramadan.
CFCM said the government decree did not give mosques enough time to get enough masks and hand gel to prevent rallies from turning into mass-market events.
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