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The number of new cases in Germany increased slightly, while a hard-hit region in Italy, including the financial capital, Milan, reported no deaths for the first time.
Japan isis preparing to end its state of emergency nationwide by lifting orders from Tokyo and other regions as more cases of coronavirus disappear. Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces intensepolitical pressure after defending a senior official who broke the lock rules.
President Donald Trump has declared that schools should be opened “as soon as possible”, while the death toll in the United States is approaching the 100,000 mark. The United States will limit certain trips from Brazil, a nation with the second largest number of cases.
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Cases reported in Russia increased 2.6% to 353,427 (4:20 p.m. HK)
Russia reported 8,946 new cases, almost half of which were asymptomatic. The country is only surpassed by Brazil and the United States in the total number of reported infections. More than a quarter of new cases have occurred in Moscow.
German companies see gradual economic rebound (4 p.m. HK)
German companies expect the economy to improve in the second half after the coronavirus pandemic depressed spending and private investment and plunged the economy into a recession.
The companies surveyed by Ifo showed cautious optimism in May, with an indicator of rising expectations after the plunge in the previous month. A full recovery, however, is still a long way off as consumers who are wary of infections stay away from shops and restaurants, and businesses with moderate demand are cutting jobs.
Hungary fully reopens Serbian border (3.30 p.m. HK)
Hungary fully reopened its border with Serbia on Monday as the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic faded in the two countries, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in a Facebook video. While Hungary is a member of the European Union, Serbia is not.
Chinese Xi congratulates Hubei for sacrifices during epidemic (2:35 p.m. HK)
Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Hubei Province for its sacrifices during the coronavirus epidemic at the country’s largest national political rally. Xi met with the Hubei delegation to the National People’s Congress, where he reminded the public that vigilance against the virus should not be reduced and that future disease controls should be normalized.
Wuhan, the city of Hubei at the epicenter of the epidemic, was placed under the firstmassive global lockdown. The quarantine caused suffering to the townspeople who lost their families and friends when medical resources were depletedsubmerged during the peak of the virus.
Xi expressed concern over the city’s “post-virus” situation, calling for an orderly collection of cremated ashes and a funeral after the ban on funerals and long lines of ballot boxesraised questions about the actual magnitude of the losses.
The number of cases linked to a nightclub in South Korea increases to 237 (14:06 HK)
South Korea said the number of nightclub virus outbreaks in Itaewon, Seoul had dropped to 237 by noon from 233 before. About 82,000 people have been tested for a possible club-related infection, according to an earlier briefing from the South Korean Ministry of Health.
There is “no need yet” to reinforce the daily distance warning, as infections are manageable despite the increase, the ministry said. The incubation period for infections in Itaewon clubs between late April and early May is almost over, but authorities continue to monitor secondary infections.
German cases increase as infection rate rises (1:34 p.m. HK)
The coronavirus infection rate in Germany fell to 0.94, but remained below the key threshold of 1.0. The so-called reproductive factor represents the number of additional people infected with a single positive case.
The total number of cases increased by 342 to 180,328 in the next 24 hours on Monday morning, a slight increase from 276 the previous day. The country recorded 22 deaths, bringing the total to 8,283. The new deaths remained below 100 for more than 10 days.
Indian Maharashtra to launch domestic flights (12:25 HK)
Indian Maharashtra, home of the country’s financial center, Mumbai, will resumeCommercial flights on Monday with reduced domestic services as the state struggles to contain coronavirus cases. The state will allow 50 flights a day, up from 200 earlier, Mumbai airport said in a statement, joining airports in cities like Chennai and Hyderabad for pruning air services.
Boris Johnson faces political tension over aid breach (12:18 HK)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces the mostpolitical pressure since winning a huge parliamentary majority last year as lawmakers from all sides publicly attack his boss, even after Johnson put his own authority on the line to support him.
Faced with the fury of Dominic Cummings breaking the country’s locking rules, Johnson said he understood why his key adviser had traveled more than 402 kilometers to seek care for his 4-year-old when he was allegedly self-isolating with a coronavirus symptoms. The Prime Minister said that even if he understood the public’s anger and confusion, Cummings’ actions were “reasonable and defensible.”
Trump says schools should open “ASAP” (10.56 HK)
“Schools in our country should be opened as soon as possible. A lot of great information is now available, ”said Trump in a tweet.
RNC sues Governor of California for postal voting order (10:55 a.m.KH)
The Republican National Committee and two other groupsfiled a lawsuit against California governor Gavin Newsom to block his decree authorizing postal voting in the November elections, calling it “an illegal and cheeky coup”.
After the coronavirus epidemic, the Democratic Governor said earlier this month that every voter registered in the state would receive a postal ballot for the November elections. Although in-person voting options are available, “no one should be forced to risk their health in order to exercise” their right to vote.
Economists Watch China Boost Boost (10:24 a.m. HK)
Economists break down China’s annual reportdischarge of political documents and concluded that Beijing is keeping stimulus measures in reserve in case the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic worsens significantly.
Government reports released on the first day of the National People’s Congress on Friday were revolutionary in that they gave up on an explicit target for growth in gross domestic product, but otherwise stuck on the path to moderate increases in support to the economy.
China reports 11 cases, all from abroad (9:24 a.m.KT)
China has reported 11 other cases of coronavirus, all from abroad, according to a statement from the National Health Commission. Ten of the new infections have been reported in Inner Mongolia. The cases emerged asThe epidemic in northeast China has heightened concerns about a second wave of infections.
The country has also reported 40 asymptomatic cases, including two overseas. There were no deaths from coronavirus on May 24.
Japan says it’s time to end Tokyo emergency (8:50 a.m.KT)
The Japanese government wasis expected to end its state of emergency nationwide by lifting the order for Tokyo, surrounding areas and Hokkaido, allowing more sectors of the economy to reopen as new cases of coronavirus disappear.
Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura presented the plan on Monday at the opening of a meeting of a government advisory committee, setting off a process to lift the measure later today for areas still under decree, one week before the scheduled date.
UK plan to save key companies (6.30KK HK)
UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak authorized a plan to save strategically important companies in exceptional circumstances, the Financial Times reported, citing details shared by the Treasury. The program, called Project Birch, is aimed at companies left shaken by the collapse fueled by the epidemic, such as Rolls-Royce Holdings, the public service Ovo and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
As part of the project, the UK government would save all businesses whose failure “would disproportionately harm the economy,” the newspaper said. A Treasury official declined to comment.
While it is not clear which companies the UK deems strategically important, some of the UK’s largest employers have been shaken, the travel industry has collapsed and auto sales have practically declined. Last month, the Bank of England warned that the job outlook was “dire.”
US restricts travel from Brazil (5:15 p.m. NY)
The Trump administration isrestricting entry for non-American travelers to Brazil after an increase in the number of cases has pushed the Latin American nation to second place for infections. The ban takes effect at the end of May 28, the White House said.
US citizens and their spouses are exempt, the White House said, as well as commercial goods destined for the US markets.
“The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected persons seeking to enter the United States of the Federative Republic of Brazil threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and national security, “said President Donald Trump in the proclamation.
Italian region hardest hit with no deaths (4:15 p.m. NY)
The region of northern Lombardy, hard hit by Italy, the center of the country’s epidemic, did not report any deaths for the first time on Sunday, according to statistics from the regional government. New cases have fallen nationwide.
No hospital or municipality in the region, which includes Milan, has reported any deaths for the 24-hour period, a first since the start of the pandemic, the government said in a statement.
Nationally, Italy reported 531 new cases, up from 669 a day earlier, and a total of 229,858 infections. The death toll fell to 50 from 119 on Saturday. The total death toll is now 32,785.
Cases in the United States up 1.3%, below the week average (4 p.m. NY)
Cases in the United States increased 1.3% from the same period Saturday to 1.63 million, according todata collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. The increase was less than the average daily increase of 1.4% in the past week.
Deaths increased 1% to 97,424 from the previous day. The United States has made fewer than 1,000 deaths in the past two days, after four consecutive days of 1,200 or more.
Brazil Covid Chief Justice (3:15 p.m. NY)
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Brazil will remain on sick leave for seven days after showing some of the respiratory signs of Covid-19, according to the court press service.
Dias Toffoli, 52, was hospitalized on Saturday to remove an abscess and had no complications during the surgery, although he showed signs suggesting the virus was present. On May 20, he tested negative.
If his diagnosis is confirmed, Toffoli will be the last official to be infected, after the Minister of Institutional Security Augusto Heleno and the Governor of Rio de Janeiro Wilson Witzel.
Cuomo: Normal is not enough (2:20 pm NY)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that the return to pre-epidemic activity levels will be insufficient and that the state will have to rebuild better after experiencing the worst epidemic in the country.
“I don’t believe this economy is rebounding,” Cuomo said, citing many small businesses closing down, companies laying off workers and people who wouldn’t want to return to their workplaces. “I don’t think it will be enough to get back to where the economy was. “
Cuomo, conducting his daily briefing on the famous Jones Beach on Long Island which is open at half capacity for Memorial Day weekend, said the government will need to stimulate the economy by implementing “big projects” , like building a new airport.
South Africa to facilitate lockdown on June 1 (1:30 p.m. NY)
South Africa will allow most businessesreopen next month as coronavirus infections continue to mount in winter.
The country will lower its health alert by one level on June 1, allowing 8 million people to return to work, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised speech. Africa’s most industrialized economy was frozen on March 27.
Under the new rules, limited sales of alcohol for household use will be allowed to resume, while a night curfew and a restriction on when people can exercise will be removed. Tobacco sales will remain banned due to health risks. Restaurants, bars, sports venues, places of worship and conference centers will remain closed.
Greece to reopen schools on June 1 (1:15 p.m. NY)
Greece will reopen all schools and kindergartens on June 1, the government said. Secondary school students have already returned to class.
Greece will also reopen its restaurants and cafes on Monday, a week earlier than expected, as cases have remained low since May 4, when the government began lifting the restrictions. The country has 2,878 cases and 171 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
Iran begins to reopen businesses (1:10 p.m. NY)
Iran has recorded 7,417 deaths and 135,701 confirmed cases, said Kianush Jahanpur, spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Health, in an interview with public television as the country began to reopen its economy.
The head of a trade union association in Tehran said that all businesses, including those deemed to be “high risk”, are expected to reopen on Tuesday, the official Islamic News Agency reported. Mosques and shrines are slated to reopen on Monday after the Muslim Eid holiday.
N.J.Open the opening of the churches (11.40 a.m. NY)
New Jersey will issue guidelines for indoor activities “sooner rather than later,” said Governor Phil Murphy, with the places of worship President Trump wants to open at the top of the list.
” I would like hope we would get to places of worship sooner than later, ”said Murphy on CNN’s“ State of the Union ”. “But we want to make sure we do it right, responsibly, and don’t kill anyone by doing it too quickly.” “
– With the help of Jeff Sutherland and Claire Che