Cases in the United States up 2.1%; UK travelers must isolate: virus update

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Cases in the United States increased 2.1% to 1.3 million, with the world total exceeding 4 million. The federal government has reversed the trend and will allow states to distribute remdesivir to hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients.

Italy had the fewest cases in four days. Germany and Spain are ready to lift certain restrictions. Russia’s largest gold mine in Siberia has 89 sick workers.

Elon Musk has threatened to relocate Tesla’s operations after a county in California blocked its only auto plant in the United States.

Key developments:

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UK to require traveler self-isolation (4:30 p.m. New York)

Travelers arriving in the UK, including Britons returning from abroad, will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days as part of government plans to try to avoid a second wave of coronavirus.

The rules, which are due to start next month, will require travelers to declare where they will stay isolated, said one person familiar with the plans. Violators face fines of up to 1,000 pounds ($ 1,145) or deportation.

These measures could heighten criticism that the Boris Johnson government has been slow to contain the pandemic. Johnson is expected to announce measures on Sunday to ease restrictions on on-site shelters. A person familiar with the subject has suggested that the rules should not change significantly until June.

US cases climb 2.1%, data say (4 p.m. NY)

Cases in the United States increased 2.1% from the same period Friday to reach 1.3 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. This corresponds to the average daily increase over the past week. Deaths in the United States reached 78,320.

New York reported 2,715 new cases of virus, for a total of 333,122, with 226 new deaths, bringing the total to over 21,271. New Jersey has 1,759 new cases, bringing the total to 137 085, said Governor Phil Murphy. The state has killed 166 people, bringing the total to 9,116. The number of patients in intensive care or intensive care continues to drop, he said. Illinois has registered 2,325 new cases, bringing the total to 76 085, with 111 new deaths – the least in four days – for a total of 3,349, according to the Ministry of Health. Pennsylvania has reported 1,078 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 55,316. ​​The state has reported 72 deaths, for a total of 3,688, according to the state Department of Health. Michigan has registered 430 new cases, bringing the total to 46,756, with 133 new deaths, for a total of 4,526, the state reported on its website. 802 new cases, bringing the total to 40,001, with 46 new deaths, for a total of 1,715. Ohio reported 681 new cases, for a total of 23,697, with 25 additional deaths, which brings the total to 1,331 , said the Ministry of Health. North Carolina added 407 cases to bring its total to 14,360 and 15 new deaths for a cumulative total of 544, the health department said.

Trump Response to ‘Chaotic Disaster:’ Obama (3:30 p.m. NY)

Former President Barack Obama lambasted Donald Trump’s handover of the pandemic when he urged members of his administration to join the presumed Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

While “it would have been bad even with the best of governments,” said Obama, “it has been an utter and chaotic disaster when this state of mind – of” what is in me for me “and” to make myself shit with everyone “- when that mindset is operationalized in our government.

Obama, in Friday’s remarks reported by Yahoo News, said the answer is a consequence of a trend where “being selfish, being tribal, being divided and seeing others as an enemy” has become a stronger impetus in America .

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N.Y. Stable deaths, Cuomo warns of children (2 p.m. NY)

Governor Andrew Cuomo reported 226 new deaths in New York, while new hospitalizations, based on a three-day moving average, fell to their lowest since March. The daily deaths remained “exasperatingly consistent,” said Cuomo in the 200s for more than a week.

Cuomo also issued a warning that the children fell seriously ill and three died after developing unconventional and dangerous symptoms.

New York reported 2,715 new cases of the virus on Saturday, for a total of 333,122.

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Musk: Tesla to Leave California (1 p.m. NY)

Elon Musk said on Twitter that he is “immediately” moving Tesla’s headquarters and future programs to Texas and Nevada after a California county blocked plans to open an assembly plant closed during the pandemic.

He previously tweeted that he was prosecuting the county of Alameda for “acting against the governor, the president, our constitutional freedoms and common sense!” The county said on Friday that Tesla’s only US plant in Fremont, California did not meet the criteria for reopening. Musk told staff that he plans to restart the plant on Friday.

Canada secures medical supplies in China (12:50 p.m. NY)

Canada obtains large quantities of personal protective equipment on daily thefts of goods from China and elsewhere, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

So far, about 23 flights from China have brought millions of PPE items. In order to gradually revive the economy, Canada needs enough equipment so that people can work in safe environments, he said. Equipment from other countries will be tested before being sent to front line workers.

Africa seeks debt relief, Stimulus (12:40 p.m. NY)

African nations need a two-year debt stop to give governments fiscal space to fight the pandemic, said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, an injection of 100 billion dollars of emergency economic stimulants is also necessary to fight against the impact of the disease and almost half could come from the renunciation of payments of ‘interests.

African finance ministers are discussing debt relief proposals, including a special vehicle to swap sovereign debt for new concessional paper to avoid having to use the money to fight the virus to pay private creditors.

Italy has the least number of cases since May 5 (12:20 pm NY)

Italy registered 1,083 new cases on Saturday – the least since May 5 – compared to 1,327 a day earlier. The number of confirmed cases now stands at 218,268. Daily deaths have dropped to 194 from 243 on Friday, with a total of 30,395.

The government is cautious about easing measures after a first easing on Monday, an Ipsos survey published in the newspaper Corriere della Sera on Saturday showed that 58% of Italians want all economic sectors to restart as soon as possible.

N.Y. Fall Hospitalizations (11:50 a.m. NY)

New York reported 572 new three-day moving average hospital admissions on Saturday, the lowest level since late March, which Governor Andrew Cuomo called “welcome.”

The number of new deaths was 226, the same as five days ago and an increase from 216 reported Friday. The hospitalization rate has dropped further.

FDA Auto-Quarantine Leader (11:45 a.m. NY &)

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn quarantined himself after contacting someone who tested positive. Hahn, a member of the White House virus task force, informed staff of the decision in a note Friday, according to a news release sent by the agency.

“According to CDC guidelines, he is now in self-quarantine for the next two weeks,” said the FDA. “He immediately took a diagnostic test and a negative result. “

The FDA has not identified the infected person, but Hahn’s exposure to Covid-19 comes while several aides working at the White House have the virus. Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller tested positive on Friday, one day after a positive test was reported for a member of the military who works as a valet with President Donald Trump.

UK strongly recommends cycling and walking (11:30 a.m. NY time)

The UK, the European country hardest hit by the epidemic, plans to spend £ 2 billion ($ 2.5 billion) to encourage people to cycle and walk to work and help relieve pressure on transportation systems.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK is past the peak of the epidemic, and limiting travel on public transport would help reduce the risk of a second wave of infections, said Secretary of Transport , Grant Shapps. The government will also spend more on electric car charging points, and extend testing and licensing of electric scooters.

Daily deaths increased 346, Shapps said on Saturday, up from 626 on Friday and the lowest since May 4. The total number of deaths reached 31,587, surpassed only by the United States, with a total number of infections at 215,260.

The United States can’t wait for the epidemic to end: Carson (11:25 a.m., New York)

US economic infrastructure could be destroyed if the country waits too long to reopen closed businesses, said Ben Carson, a member of the White House Coronavirus task force, who is also secretary of housing and development. urban.

The nation must learn to live with the coronavirus before it can be eradicated, Carson told Fox News. “If we wait until everything is gone before we go out, our economy will also disappear. “

Carson, who also heads the president’s revitalization council, said it was possible to resume operations, guided by “data and evidence” from areas that reopened first.

Collapse of demand-for-travel agreement (10:50 a.m. NY)

Carlyle Group Inc. and the Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte. Ltd. renounces an agreement to buy a stake in American Express Global Business Travel, hard hit by the pandemic. The parties were in talks on the terms of the deal, which was due to be concluded this week, but could not reach a deal, people familiar with the matter said. The deal assessed the American Express Co. unit at $ 5 billion in debt.

U.S. ships drug from Gilead to U.S. (10:40 a.m. NY)

United States sends remeader of Gilead Sciences Inc. to Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey after doctors questioned federal drug allowance Covid-19 patients.

State health agencies – rather than the federal government – will distribute doses to hospitals, the health and social services ministry said on Saturday. Illinois and New Jersey each receive more than 100 cases, with the rest of the states receiving 10 to 40 cases. Each case contains 40 bottles.

After the remdesivir obtained US approval for emergency use, the federal government said it would decide which hospitals would receive the drug. Doctors then raised questions about the opaque process to bring therapy to American hospitals.

FDA Eliminates Antigen Test (9:39 am New York Time)

The FDA has issued the first emergency use authorization for a Covid-19 antigen test. Diagnostic tests quickly detect protein fragments found on or in the virus by testing samples taken from the nasal cavity using buffers, said Quidel Corp. in a press release linked to a letter from the FDA. The authorization was issued Friday evening for its Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA.

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