Coronavirus Update: France Relaxes Restrictions Before Laws Are Approved, UK Moves to “Stay Vigilant”, Mike Pence Self-Insulates


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With the legislation not yet in place, President Emmanuel Macron has instead appealed to the “sense of responsibility” of the French to respect the measures.

The law extending the state of health emergency until July 10 was approved by parliament this weekend.

he limits travel across France to 100 kilometers from home, except in the case of a compelling professional or family reason.

It also requires workers to have proof of their employer before they can get on public transport during rush hour and allows medical staff to systematically find people who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients.

The government has also made it mandatory to wear the mask on all public transport, with any fine punishable by a fine of 135 euros (224 dollars).

Assistant CMO doesn’t know what impact the colder weather will have on the number of cases

With winter and flu season on the horizon, Deputy medical director Michael Kidd urged Australians to get flu shot.

He reminded people over the age of 65 and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that they can get the vaccine for free.

Dr. Kidd also recognized that in cold weather, arriving at a distance would become more difficult.

“We do not fully understand the impact of weather conditions on COVID-19 transmission rates,” he said.

“Obviously, as the weather gets colder, people tend to hurry more, we may have more people on public transit or inside.

“The mechanisms put in place to maintain physical distance, to reduce the number of people to four square meters in each place [are] incredibly important in helping to prevent any seasonal increase with COVID-19 cases. ”

Restaurants, shops, gymnasiums and playgrounds will reopen in New Zealand

New Zealand to further tighten strict COVID-19 restrictions this week, allowing the resumption of domestic travel and the reopening of the hotel industry.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that the country will go to alert level 2 from Thursday, which means restaurants, shops, gymnasiums and playgrounds would reopen, but the bars would remain closed for another week.

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Bars are among the last businesses to reopen in New Zealand

People will be able to meet their family and friends in groups of up to 10 people.

Ardern said there were only 19 cases of active coronavirus in the country, with only two people hospitalized.

“We went strong and left early,” she said.

“We have mastered the virus and are now able to facilitate these checks and open up our economy. “

While Australia has sought to suppress and control the spread of COVID-19, the NZ has sought to eradicate the virus.

The restrictions imposed for most of March were tougher than in Australia, but some (such as meals and internal travel) are now lifted more quickly.

Adelaide Crows players avoid bans for breaking training rules

Sixteen AFL players from the Adelaide Crows have been awarded a suspension of a suspended match to train together when they were supposed to be quarantined.

The training exercises were supervised by assistant coach Ben Hart, who was suspended for six weeks, until June 22.

The 16 players were said to be quarantined in the Barossa Valley after crossing state borders and were then tasked by the police to train individually.

Adelaide Crows players seem disheartened as they leave the field in front of empty stands
The AFL said the violation was “inadvertent and was not done to create a competitive advantage”.(AAP: David Marauz)

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said tightened protocols were being considered before the players returned to training and competition, which is another step after the restrictions were lifted by Victoria.

“We all have a very clear responsibility to make sure we do everything we can to stop the spread of the virus,” he said.

“The protocols are clear and actions in this area, although not planned in advance, are a violation.

“We will not compromise the health and well-being of the community, and we will remind everyone in the industry – players, coaches, officials and staff – that they have a responsibility to follow everyone’s safety rules . “

Victorians said to use “common sense” as restrictions loosen from Wednesday

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Restrictions have been slightly relaxed in Victoria

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has announced that the Victorians will be able to receive five guests at their home starting Wednesday.

However, he called on people to use their “common sense”.

“It is not an invitation to have dinner in each house every night,” he said.

In addition, groups of 10 people will be allowed to participate in outdoor activities.

Andrews said state is close to finalizing a plan for face-to-face learning to return to schools before the end of the second quarter, but said no details would be provided today ‘hui.

Shanghai Disneyland reopens as China reports further increase in cases

A woman with a Minnie plush toy takes a selfie with a Disney castle in the background
Shanghai Disneyland had been closed since January 25.(Reuters: Aly Song)

China reported 17 new cases of coronavirus, up from 14 the previous day which was the first double-digit increase in 10 days.

Among the new cases, seven were listed as imported, while five were in the city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected and a strict lock was lifted last month.

Five other cases were distributed in three northeastern provinces, including Jilin, where the authorities suspended train services in and out of a county where a cluster originating from a 45 year old woman was recently detected.

The increase in cases occurred on the same day as visitors wearing masks Shanghai Disneyland for the first time since it closed on January 25.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry also released a 30-page, 11,000-word rebuttal of what it said to be 24. “Absurd allegations” by some prominent American politicians on its management of the coronavirus, including the claim that the virus came from a laboratory in Wuhan.

China has confirmed a total of 82,918 cases COVID-19, with 4,633 deaths.

Passengers of a Dutch airline will not be allowed to board without a face mask

Passengers on all flights of KLM, the Dutch subsidiary of Air France KLM, must now wear face masks during the trip.

Like most major carriers, KLM has immobilized almost all of its aircraft, but it still operates a small number of flights.

“The wearing of face protection when boarding and on board is compulsory for KLM passengers. Passengers should make sure they are wearing the required face protection, “said KLM.

Passengers without adequate face protection may not be allowed to board, although children under the age of 10 are exempt.

The rule applies until August 31.

Only one new confirmed case in New South Wales, but seven in Victoria

New South Wales health officials have confirmed a new coronavirus infection, bringing the state total to 3,054.

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the matter was at stake a traveler from the UK. However, she said only 5200 tests had been conducted, below the target of between 8,000 and 10,000.

Another resident of Newmarch House, the retirement home for seniors in west Sydney, at the center of a coronavirus cluster, also died.

The resident tested positive for COVID-19, but also returned two negative tests before he died. It is not yet known whether the death will be counted in the state’s official coronavirus statistics.

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Victoria has recorded seven new cases, including one linked to an epidemic in Melbourne’s Cedar Meats and four involving return travelers.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said blitz test more than 161,000 Victorians had shown that the number of the state was stable, the virus is still spreading in the community.

Queensland confirmed no new cases coronavirus overnight, with the total remaining at 1,045.

Implementation of an exclusively Australian rugby competition

Rugby Australia (RA) hosts national men’s competition to replace this year’s Super Rugby season, with the Western Force of Perth returning to high performance rugby after being expelled at the end of the 2017 season.

The tournament will be composed entirely of Australian games, with the Force taking its place alongside the NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels and Brumbies.

Six Western Force players, including Matt Hodgson, prepare for a melee in blue jerseys and shorts during a Super Rugby match.
The return of the Western Force to top flight competition will be good news for fans of the franchise.(PAA: Richard Wainwright)

RA’s decision to launch a national competition comes after the suspension of Super Rugby in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It would reflect similar competitions in New Zealand and South Africa, although the format has not been finalized.

Training for Australian teams will begin this week after all parties have received biosafety briefings.

UK moves from ‘Stay at Home’ to ‘Stay Alert’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits at a table in a dark suit with clenched fists.
Boris Johnson said this is not the time to end the lockdown.(AP / Downing Street)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a modest relaxation of the country’s coronavirus lockout.

He said that starting this week, people who cannot do their homework, such as those in construction or manufacturing, should be “Actively encouraged” go to work.

In addition, starting on Wednesday, people will be allowed to take “Unlimited amounts” exercise outdoors, sunbathe, drive to other destinations and play sports, but only with members of the same household.

The changes saw the UK slogan “Stay at Home” changed to ” Stay alert “.

But Mr. Johnson said it would be ” Madness ” to loosen the restrictions so much that a second peak in the cases emerges.

“This is just not the time to end the lockdown this week,” he said.

The British government has been charged with mixed messaging on changes. Opposition leader Keir Starmer said lack of clarity.


The British lockdown started on March 23. The country has registered nearly 32,000 deaths, the largest in Europe and the second largest toll in the world behind the United States.

Mike Pence self-isolates after a positive coronavirus test

Donald Trump and Mike Pence behind a podium
Mike Pence has repeatedly tested negative for COVID-19.(AP: Carolyn Kaster)

Vice President Mike Pence entered voluntary segregation on Sunday (local time) after one of his staff tested positive for coronavirus last week.

However, spokesman Devin O’Malley said that Mr. Pence was “Not in quarantine”.

“Vice President Pence has tested negative every day and plans to be in the White House tomorrow,” he said.

It was not immediately known to what extent Mr. Pence’s measures to isolate himself would affect his professional or public commitments.

Mr. Pence’s decision came after three members of the White House coronavirus task force quarantined themselves because of exposure to a White House person who tested positive.

They are:

  • Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases
  • Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

Morrison says it’s “premature” to talk about ending JobKeeper early

Close up of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, he is wearing a pinned Australian flag suit and pin.
The $ 130 billion JobKeeper program was designed to last six months.(ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was “premature” to consider cutting JobKeeper or ending it before the end of September.

“We have six weeks to a six-month program, ” he said.

“The impact of the virus, its impact on Australia in the coming months, with the reopening of the economy, is a work in progress.”

The $ 130 billion JobKeeper program, designed to keep employees on corporate books throughout the coronavirus crisis, is legislated to end on September 27.

However, the federal government anticipates that many people who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic may return to work sooner than expected.

Labor Party Says Australia Should Seize Unique Opportunity To Redefine Economy

A line of people spans York Street in southern Melbourne, starting with the entrance to a Centrelink building.
The Reserve Bank has forecasted unemployment to reach 10% this year.(ABC News: Ron Ekkel)

Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese calls on the federal government to spend big “nation-building projects”.

He wants the high-speed train to get the green light and government services to be decentralized, saying that Australia has a “once in a generation” opportunity to reshape its economy.

Deloitte Access Economics predicted that the federal government will face huge budget deficits of over $ 130 billion this year and next year.

He also warned that an economic downturn would be difficult without more spending.

However, Deloitte partner Chris Richardson told ABC News Breakfast that Australia’s advanced response to the coronavirus put him in a strong position.

Deloitte says unemployment should not return to pre-pandemic levels before late 2024.

Weekend shopping is a “double-edged sword” for retailers

Crowds cross a nearby shopping center
The Australian Retailers Association says buyers need to regulate themselves.(Twitter: @ObeeWhen)

Australian Retailers Association CEO Paul Zahra said the number of buyers over the weekend was one bad look.

He said shopping malls and retailers should take action – for example, restricting the number of buyers or developing “click and recover” services – but customers should also self-regulate.

Zahra said he hoped there would be a “Initial hit” for retail spending as customers returned to stores, he said it would be a “slow progression” overall given the high level of unemployment in the country.

Fears of a resurgence of the virus in South Korea and Germany

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Thousands of people demonstrated against Germany’s foreclosure this weekend.(Reuters: Christian Mang)

Germany and South Korea are reporting an increase in new coronavirus infections as the restrictions are relaxed, raising concerns about a resurgence of cases.

South Korea reported 35 new cases today, the second day in a row that its daily jump was over 30, a level the country had not reached in a month.

Many of his recently confirmed cases were linked to nightclubs that hosted hundreds of people after they reopened. The Seoul authorities subsequently ordered the temporary closure of its night establishments to protect against a possible resurgence.

South Korean store buyers climb escalator while wearing masks
New cases in South Korea highlight the difficulties of reopening economies.(Reuters: Kim Hong-Ji)

He points to the difficult line that governments around the world are taking between reopening economies and removing the virus.

In Germany, the latest figures indicate that the reproduction rate has exceeded 1, which means that each sick person infects more than one person on average.

It comes just days after Chancellor Angela Merkel moved to reopen stores, restaurants and even the National Football League.

Thousands of Germans gathered over the weekend to demand an end to the lockdown. The country has registered 169,000 infections and 7,000 dead.

No slowdown in coronavirus infections worldwide

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has crossed the 4 million mark, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

And it did it without slowing down globally.

While the number of cases has dropped considerably in Australia and New Zealand – and even in virus hotspots in Spain and Italy – others, such as Russia and Brazil, have seen large increases in new cases .

Cases worldwide reached 3 million on April 28, 2 million on April 15 and 1 million on April 3, which means that it took 12 or 13 days to increase by one million cases.

Nearly 280,000 people worldwide have died COVID-19, the United States accounting for almost a third of confirmed cases and more than a quarter of deaths.

Experts have warned that the actual number of infections worldwide is expected to be much higher, with low test rates in many countries biasing the data.

In Australia, 6941 cases have been confirmed, resulting in 97 deaths.

Students begin to return to school in Queensland and New South Wales

Two high school students use a laptop in the office with a supervising teacher.
Queensland expects all students to return to school by May 25.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

The gradual return to school in Queensland begins today as final year, prep and first year students return to class.

The pupils will not have to respect the rules of physical distance of 1.5 meters, but a strict handwashing regimen will be applied.

All students are expected to return to school by May 25.

In New South Wales, students return to school at least one day a week from now on.

Education department head Mark Scott said there would be strict rules for the parents.

WHO rejects “false allegations” regarding pressure from China

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sits in front of a microphone and gestures with his hands.
The World Health Organization has denied Dr. Tedros’ allegations and Chinese President Xi has spoken of hiding information about the pandemic.(Reuters: Denis Balibouse)

The World Health Organization has rejected media report says it withheld information about new coronavirus after pressure from China “False allegations”.

The UN agency said in a statement on Saturday that a German magazine report on a telephone conversation between WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Chinese President Xi Jinping on January 21 was “Unfounded and false”.

German Weekly Der Spiegel reported that President Xi asked Dr. Tedros during the call to remember information about human-to-human transmission of the virus and delay the declaration of a pandemic.

The magazine cited the German foreign intelligence agency BND, which declined to comment on Sunday (local time).

Der Spiegel also claimed that the BND had concluded up to six weeks time to fight the epidemic had been lost due to China’s information policy.

The UN agency said Dr. Tedros and President Xi “Never spoke on the phone”.

The least deadly day in Spain since March

About 10 runners jog in a small section of the park
The Spaniards have been able to go out and exercise in the past week, but many restrictions remain in place.(Provided: Penny Kidd)

Spain has had its lowest number of daily coronavirus deaths since mid-March, as half of the population is preparing to ease one of Europe’s toughest bans.

Emergency health chief Fernando Simon said at a press conference daily death toll of 143, down from 179 on Saturday, was the lowest since March 18.

The total number of deaths rose to 26,621 from 26,478 on Saturday and the number of cases of coronavirus diagnosed rose to 224,390 from 223,578 the day before, announced the Ministry of Health.

Just over half of the population will move to phase 1 of a four-step easing plan on Monday after the government decides that the areas in which it lives meet the necessary criteria.

It will include a considerable relaxation of measures which will allow gatherings of up to 10 people and allow people to move around their province.

In cut regions like the Canary Islands and the Balearics, bars, restaurants and shops will open at reduced capacity and museums, gymnasiums and hotels will open for the first time in almost two months.

But the two largest cities in Spain – Madrid and Barcelona – do not currently meet the criteria for flexibility and will remain on phase 0.

Tokyo lacks beds for COVID-19 patients

A Japanese man holding a sign that says
A staff member from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government encourages people to return home after the declaration of a state of emergency.(Reuters: Issei Kato)

The Japanese Ministry of Health says more than 90% of hospital beds safe for COVID-19 patients in Tokyo have already been occupied.

The ministry said 1832 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in the capital on April 28, representing 91.6% of the 2,000 beds made available to these patients.

The Tokyo metropolitan government aims to increase the number of beds for COVID-19 patients to 4,000 over time.

According to public broadcaster NHK, around 5,000 people in Tokyo have been confirmed to be infected with the virus, accounting for almost a third of the total number of infections in Japan, or around 16,000.

Nationally, the number of inpatients with COVID-19 was 5,558 as of April 28, compared to 14,486 beds reserved for people with lung disease caused by the virus, bringing the occupancy rate to 38 %, according to ministry data.

Roland-Garros could take place without a crowd

Ash Barty's biceps swell when she turns the ball over. His face is swollen with air of tension.
Australian Ashleigh Barty is the current French Open women’s singles champion.(Reuters: Kai Pfaffenbach)

Roland Garros tennis fans are reputed to be among the loudest in the world – so much so that they made a young Martina Hingis cry in part at the end of her final defeat in 1999 against the great German Steffi Graf.

But they may not be present on the clay courts this year, the French Tennis Federation admitting a real possibility the tournament will take place without a crowd in September.

The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from May 24 to June 7, but was postponed in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and postponed from September 20 to October 4.

French tennis boss Bernard Giudicelli said the organizers were considering the possibility of continuing without the presence of fans and could even start a week later.

“The 20th or the 27th, it doesn’t change much. “

Australian star Nick Kyrgios said earlier in the pandemic that he did not want to play in a crowd-free slam.

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