Coronavirus update: UK now the most affected country in Europe as France discovers case from December, Hong Kong flags end lockout

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The global death toll from coronavirus has exceeded 250,000, while Britain now has the highest death rate in Europe, surpassing that of Italy.

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France discovers first case of coronavirus occurred in December

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France discovered a case of coronavirus a month before its first officially registered case.(Reuters: Lindsey Wasson)

Research by French doctors has suggested that the coronavirus was in the country at the end of December, four weeks before the first officially registered case.

A Paris hospital has re-examined old samples from pneumonia patients who tested negative for influenza to see if they actually had COVID-19.

Out of 24 samples, one was positive for the disease December 27and the doctor who made the discovery, Yves Cohen, says it is significant.

“It indicates that the virus existed in France in December. This is important because to fight a virus, you have to know its life cycle, “said Dr. Cohen.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the discovery was “not surprising” and urged countries to investigate any other suspected early cases.

The disease, later identified as COVID-19, was first reported by the Chinese authorities to the WHO on December 31, and previously it had not spread to Europe until January.

Britain overtakes Italy as most affected country in Europe

Britain has overtaken Italy to report the largest official number of coronavirus deaths in Europe with more than 32,000 deaths, according to figures released Tuesday.

The high death toll could increase political pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who waited longer than other European leaders to order a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus in March.

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Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK had “surpassed the peak” of coronaviruses.

Addition of weekly figures from the National Statistics Office of Great Britain over 7,000 deaths in England and Wales, bringing the UK total to 32,313.

The figure is one of many methods of calculating deaths and is difficult to compare with other countries, but it offers the clearest sign to date that Britain could emerge as the most affected country in Europe, although it is affected later than other countries.

Opposition parties have raised questions about Johnson’s initial decision to delay a lockdown at a time when Italian hospitals were already overwhelmed.

The true figure for coronavirus deaths may be even higher. The Office of National Statistics said that 33,593 more people died than the average until April 24 in England and Wales, compared to 27,365 cases in which the coronavirus was mentioned on death certificates.

The figures come as UK chief scientific advisor Patrick Vallance said the test rate should have increased before April.

“I would be surprised if, when we look back, we don’t think” yes, we could have done something different there “,” he said.

“At first, I think if we had managed to speed up the testing capacity, it would have been beneficial. And you know, for all kinds of reasons, it didn’t happen.

“It is completely wrong to think that testing is the answer – it is just part of the system you need to do well. “

Hong Kong to open gyms and cinemas to reopen this week

The Hong Kong government will ease restrictions on public gatherings and allow gymnasiums, cinemas and beauty salons to reopen later this week, as only a handful of new cases of coronavirus have been reported in recent weeks.

The city under Chinese domination has not reported any local transmission for more than two weeks and has not had any cases in seven of the past 10 days. He discovered a new imported case on Monday, which brought the total to 1,041 patients, four of whom died.

A ban on assemblies of more than four people was announced in late March, when cases were reported of people from Europe, North America and the Middle East returning to escape the outbreaks.

Starting May 8, government will authorize rallies of eight play centers, gymnasiums, cinemas and other public entertainment and entertainment venues, which have been closed for more than a month, will be allowed to reopen.

Public baths, karaoke bars and nightclubs will remain closed, while some students will return to school at the end of the month.

Limiting rallies to groups of eight effectively prevents the resumption of large-scale anti-government protests.

Having been suspended due to fear of spreading infections, protests are expected to resume later in the year if the coronavirus is brought under control.

Austria says reopening of shops did not cause second wave of infections

Soldier tested for coronavirus with nasal swab by health worker
Austria says the reopening did not cause a second wave of infections.(AP: Ronald Zak)

Austria’s first relaxation of its coronavirus lockout three weeks ago, in which thousands of stores have reopened, has not led to a new outbreak of infections, although more vigilance is needed, a said his Minister of Health on Tuesday.

The nation acted early to fight the viral pandemic, shutting down bars, restaurants, schools, theaters, non-essential stores and other gathering places seven weeks ago. This has reduced the daily increase in infections to less than 1% and kept deaths relatively low – with only 606 reported so far.

Armed with these figures, Austria became one of the first countries in Europe to ease its lockdown on April 14.

“We have no indication of a noticeable increase in individual areas. The situation is very, very constant, very, very stable and it is a very good, very positive, “said Health Minister Rudolf Anschober.

The daily increase in infections, he added, is 0.2%.

The current data does not reflect the impact of a more recent release from May 1 when hairdressers, other service providers and stores larger than 400 square meters were allowed to reopen. Other stops are planned, with restaurants, bars, museums and hotels all slated to reopen this month.

Afghanistan distributes free bread as prices soar

A woman wearing a scarf receives a stack of flat bread from a man who wears a face mask while he distributes rations.
More than 250,000 families in Kabul received rations of flat bread.(Reuters: Omar Sobhani)

The Afghan government has started distributing free bread to hundreds of thousands of people as sthe upplies were disturbed during the stopping of the coronavirus and prices have skyrocketed.

More … than 250,000 families in the capital, Kabul, started receiving 10 flatbreads a day, in the first phase of the project.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the bread distribution program is also taking place in other cities as rising prices hit what is already one of the poorest countries in the world, with more than half of the population living below the poverty line.

Soaring food prices occurred during the holy month of Ramadan.

“The situation of COVID-19 in Afghanistan is rapidly moving from a health emergency to a food and livelihood crisis,” said Parvathy Ramaswami, Deputy Country Director for the World Food Program in Afghanistan.

British car sales drop almost 100%

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicates New car sales in the UK fell 97% in April while factories and dealers close due to coronavirus.

It’s the lowest level every month since February 1946, just after the end of World War II.

SMMT has lowered its forecast for the whole year to 1.68 million sales, which would be the lowest in nearly 30 years.

“The worst performance in the RAM market is not surprising,” said SMMT CEO Mike Hawes.

“Safely restarting this most critical sector and revitalizing what will inevitably be moderate demand will be the key to unlocking manufacturing and accelerating UK economic regeneration.” “

China criticizes “crazy” theory of American politicians

Chinese state media responded to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about his comments on the origins of the virus pandemic, calling them “crazy and evasive”.

Pompeo said in a TV interview that there was evidence that the virus came from a laboratory in Wuhan and that “The best experts seem to think that it is a human creation”.

Mike Pompeo says “significant” evidence indicates a new coronavirus has come out of a Chinese laboratory

However, he immediately contradicted saying that he agreed with the statement by the American intelligence community last week, saying that it “agreed with the broad scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was neither of neither of human origin nor genetically modified ”.

The Chinese public television channel CCTV dismissed Mr. Pompeo’s theory as a complete and absolute lie, claiming that American politicians were trying to blame the blame to hide their own failure to fight the virus.

“These erroneous and unreasonable remarks by American politicians are making it clear to more and more people that there is no evidence,” said CCTV.

“The so-called‘ virus leaked by hype from a Wuhan lab ’is a complete and utter lie. American politicians are rushing to blame it, cheat the votes and clamp down on China when their own national efforts against the epidemic are a mess. “

Government wants businesses to reopen in a COVID-free economy

Now that Australia has successfully flattened the curve for coronavirus cases, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday that the next step is to flatten the unemployment curve.

During his press conference after the national cabinet meeting, Morrison said there was little to report from a health standpoint and moved on to a statement on jobs.

There are over a million Australians out of work, around 5 million people have applied for JobKeeper and over a million are on JobSeeker.

Businessman Nev Power, who has been appointed to head a government COVID-19 response coordinating committee, said companies should be flexible in order to adapt to the changes.

“Continue to work with your employees to find ways to configure your business so that you can introduce social isolation and hygiene restrictions into your normal business activities,” he said.

“Have plans in place and be prepared, as restrictions change, that you can continue to do so as new customers join your business. “

Another Sydney Nursing Home Death

Another resident died of COVID-19 at the Sydney Newmarch House nursing home, bringing the total number of deaths from coronavirus at home to 16.

Nursing home operators did not disclose the age or identity of the last victim, but revealed that three other staff members tested positive in the past 24 hours.

“They are isolating themselves now,” said a statement.

“The positive test results were discovered during our rigorous daily testing regime, which is now applied to all staff working at Newmarch House before the start of their shift.”

RBA leaves rates alone with nearly a million Australians out of work

The Australian Bureau of Statistics found the number of jobs collapsed by 7.5 percent between March 14 and April 18, based on payroll data from the tax office.

Assuming a similar impact for unpaid workers, including those who are self-employed or self-employed, this suggests almost a million Australians have lost their jobs since the acceleration of social distancing measures aimed at limit the spread of COVID-19.

The ABS said job losses were greatest in accommodation and food services, where more than a third of workers had lost their jobs.

They were followed by the arts and recreation departments, where 27% of the staff found themselves unemployed.

As a result, the Reserve Bank has kept interest rates at 0.25% and will continue to try to keep the three-year Australian government bond rate at the same level.

” [The RBA] will not increase the target for the cash rate until progress is made towards full employment and is confident that inflation will remain in the target range of 2-3% for the long term, “said the bank.

Concern about herbal remedies used as treatment for coronaviruses

African communities fear to trust untested local remedies to fight coronaviruses.

The World Health Organization calls for caution after at least four African heads of state have announced that they are importing herbal medicines for distribution to infected people.

Tea donated by the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, has already been used to treat the effects of malaria, and Tanzanian President John Magufuli said he had contacted the island and was expecting a tea shipment soon.

“We are already in contact with Madagascar, they have written us an official letter informing us of their recovery,” said Mr. Magufuli.

“We will send them a plane to collect the medicines, so that our citizens can also reap the benefits. “

Over 250,000 COVID-19 deaths

The number of coronavirus deaths worldwide has exceeded 250,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

These are the countries with the highest number of deaths:

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New Australian cases include three at Newmarch House and 11 at Melbourne Meatworks

More Newmarch House staff tested positive for coronavirus

New South Wales health officials have confirmed four new coronavirus infections, along with three of the staff at the Newmarch House Senior Care Center in west Sydney.

There was a group of cases and 15 deaths at the center, where an employee worked six times last month when she had mild symptoms of coronavirus.

Victoria confirmed another 17 cases, with 11 of them linked to the Melbourne slaughterhouse Cedar Meats.

In Queensland, five new cases have been confirmed. Three of them were registered for the first time in other states, but were added to the Queensland count because they are residents of that state.

In Western Australia, zero new cases were recorded for the sixth consecutive day.

Line chart showing Australia's current growth factor Covid-19 from 0.88 to April 28, 2020

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National cabinet discusses grim economic data and travel to New Zealand

Sinister economic data was presented at a national cabinet meeting on Tuesday, with Australia on track to first recession in 30 years.

Coronavirus shutdown is after new Treasury analysis costing the Australian economy $ 4 billion a week.

Unemployment is also expected to double for 10 percent in the June quarter, its highest rate in 26 years.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told the National Press Club about the need to get people back to work.

“In the early 1990s, the unemployment rate increased by 5 percentage points over three years, but it took seven years to return to its pre-crisis level,” he said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also joined the National Cabinet meeting as leaders discussed lifting restrictions on flights between the two countries to create a “Trans-Tasmanian bubble”.

The forecast for the death toll in the United States revised to over 134,000

Crowds of people spread out sitting on the grass in a large park
More than 1.1 million Americans have been infected.(Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

More than 134,000 Americans are expected to die from COVID-19 by August 4, according to an updated model often cited by White House officials and state health officials.

Currently, the death toll in the United States is 68,387, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with more than 1.1 million confirmed infections.

Last week, the Institute of Metrology and Health Assessment at the University of Washington revised its planned death toll from 67,000 to over 74,000 on August 4.

But it now predicts 134,475 deaths by the same date, saying the revision was the result of modeling changes as well as “the effect of changes in mobility and social distancing policies.”

President Donald Trump has urged states to lift lock restrictions and reopen the economy.

The investigation was passed on to NSW Health before Ruby Princess was docked.

Several people passing in front of a large ship, as the Sydney Harbor Bridge can be seen in the background
The Ruby Princess has been linked to more than 660 cases.(PAA: Dean Lewins)

Investigation has revealed that the Ruby Princess has been assessed as “low risk” for coronavirus infections based on an outdated register of sick passengers on board.

A special voyage inquiry commission learned on Tuesday that, according to guidelines implemented on the same day as the ship docked, NSW Health should be notified if there had been a respiratory epidemic of more than 1% of passengers on board.

Investigative lawyer Richard Beasley SC said that a team from NSW Health assessed the vessel as: “Low risk” the afternoon before the ship arrives.

The logbook used to make this assessment recorded 36 of the 3,795 people on board had presented to the medical center with relevant symptoms – 0.94%.

As the 1% threshold had not been reached, passengers were allowed to disembark at Circular Quay the next day without an NSW Health team boarding the ship to conduct assessments.

” [But] by March 19, when the ship docked, the 1% level had been reached, although this data was not submitted to the health assessment committee when it made its decision, “said Mr. Beasley.

The Ruby Princess has been linked to more than 660 cases and 21 deaths since the landing of 2,700 passengers at Circular Quay in Sydney on March 19.

Russia reports more than 10,000 new cases again

A man rides a bicycle along the empty Red Square near St. Basil's Cathedral in central Moscow.
Despite the empty streets, cases of coronavirus in Moscow are increasing with fears up to 250,000 in the city could have the disease.(Reuters: Shamil Zhumatov)

For the second consecutive day, Russia has confirmed more than 10,000 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to more than 145,000.

The surge in the number of infections has fueled fears that hospitals will be overwhelmed.

Russia is believed to have many more cases than official reports suggest, the mayor of Moscow saying he fears there may be up to 250,000 cases in its city alone.

Authorities in Moscow are rushing to transform a huge ice arena and several exhibition pavilions into temporary hospitals with a total of 10,000 beds.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there are 1,356 confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Russia.

President Vladimir Putin has extended the lockdown until May 11, and Moscow police are using helicopters and drones to prevent large gatherings of people in city parks.

Two Russian National Guard soldiers wearing masks operate a drone in Moscow.
Moscow police use helicopters and drones to monitor city foreclosure violations.(AP: Sergey Vedyashkin via the Moscow news agency)

Italians delighted at the exit from the lock

An elderly couple are kissing while wearing masks in front of an elephant statue in the Italian city of Catania.
Italy began to relax the restrictions after a two-month lockout.(Reuters: Antonio Parrinello)

The number of people currently infected with coronavirus has dropped by less than 100,000 in Italy, the hardest hit country in Europe.

At the beginning of the country gradual reopening after a two-month shutdown on Monday, the number of confirmed coronavirus deaths increased from 195 to 29,079.

However, the Italian statistical agency said the real toll was much higher than that.

Italy also registered lowest number of new cases since the day the lockout took effect, at 1,221, bringing the total number of cases to 211,938.

Under the new rules, 4.5 million Italians can start working again, construction work can resume and parents can get together. Cafes are also allowed to reopen to take out, customers sipping their coffee on the sidewalk.

The easing of restrictions saw grandparents hugging their grandchildren, toddlers rushed into the parks with enthusiasm, and factories revived their long-standing production chains.

Australia joins world leaders in fundraising for vaccines, but the United States is absent

Scott Morrison announces funding commitment from Australia

Australia has promised more than $ 350 million to an international fundraiser for research on the COVID-19 vaccine.

In total, world leaders are committed to 7.4 billion euros (12.5 billion dollars) at a videoconference summit organized by the European Union.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the best and brightest minds are working on a coronavirus vaccine.

“This is a big project shared by the people of the world with a clear goal of finding this vaccine for COVID-19. A safe vaccine, accessible to all, affordable to all, “he said in a video message.

The United States, along with Russia, were obviously absent of the event.

However, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had discussed the issue with US President Donald Trump and was confident that the United States would join the initiative.

The judge asks Bolsonaro to show the results of his coronavirus tests

The new president of Brazil in front of a flag
Jair Bolsonaro constantly downplayed the coronavirus pandemic.(Reuters / Ricardo Morae)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he has tested negative for coronavirus twice, but has refused a federal judge’s request that he share actual results.

The impasse is the latest flash point in a larger battle between a president who has repeatedly tested the limits of his power and democratic institutions.

Some fear that if Mr. Bolsonaro backs down, it could trigger a constitutional crisis.

Bolsonaro consistently downplayed the coronavirus pandemic and strongly criticized the efforts of governors and mayors to impose measures to control the spread of the virus, arguing instead that most people return to work.

But the courts have repeatedly restricted it, ruling that governors and mayors have the power to determine closure measures and quashing the president’s decree authorizing religious gatherings.

Meanwhile, Mr. Bolsonaro continued to appear in public without a mask, addressing the crowds and shake hands with people.

“Enough with interference. We will no longer allow interference! Bolsonaro said Sunday.

This week, Brazil became the first country in Latin America to register more than 100,000 cases.

Millions of British workers lost their jobs

People wear masks when they walk near the British Parliament.
Britain is stuck due to the pandemic.(AP: Kirsty Wigglesworth)

About a quarter of employees in Britain – a total of 6.3 million people – have been placed on temporary leave.

The tax authorities also said that the companies had claimed £ 8 billion ($ 15.5 billion) of the British government to pay wages.

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the state pays 80% of workers’ wages up to £ 2,500 ($ 4,800) per month.

The program is expected to continue until the end of June, but Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said there would be “No cliff”.

Overnight, Britain confirmed 288 deaths from coronavirus over a 24-hour period, bringing the country’s total to 28,734.

Indian police use tear gas and batons to disperse crowds

A police baton charges while the Indians line up without maintaining a physical distance outside a bottle store.
Un bâton de policier charge alors que les Indiens font la queue sans maintenir la distance physique à l’extérieur de l’un des magasins de bouteilles qui ont rouvert à Mumbai.(AP: Rajanish Kakade)

La police indienne a tiré des gaz lacrymogènes sur une foule de travailleurs migrants qui protestaient dans le Gujarat et a lancé des accusations à la matraque contre des centaines de personnes faisant la queue dans les magasins de bouteilles à New Delhi, alors même que les premières mesures étaient prises pour assouplir le verrouillage du coronavirus.

Le plus grand verrouillage au monde, en vigueur depuis le 25 mars, est lentement assoupli dans certaines régions où il y a moins d’infections, bien qu’il restera en place au moins jusqu’au 17 mai, a déclaré le gouvernement la semaine dernière.

Bien que les responsables déclarent que des restrictions rigoureuses sur le travail et les voyages sont essentielles pour vaincre le virus, la fermeture a mis en danger la survie économique de beaucoup, y compris une estimation 140 millions de travailleurs migrants interdit de rentrer à la maison.

Environ 1 000 travailleurs bloqués cherchant de l’aide pour rentrer chez eux dans des États de toute l’Inde se sont rassemblés à la périphérie de la ville de Surat au Gujarat et ont jeté des pierres sur la police qui leur a ordonné de se disperser, a déclaré un responsable.

Dans la capitale, New Delhi, où certains bureaux ont repris leurs travaux lundi avec moins de personnel et la circulation coulait dans les rues, un responsable de la police a déclaré que les policiers avaient été forcés d’agir après que des foules indisciplinées se soient rassemblées devant les magasins d’alcool.

New York annonce un plan de réouverture

Un piéton portant un masque facial pour protéger contre le coronavirus passe devant un site de test COVID-19 pour les premiers intervenants.
New York est l’épicentre des coronavirus des États-Unis.(AP: Mary Altaffer)

Le Gouverneur de New York Andrew Cuomo a décrit un réouverture progressive de l’activité commerciale dans l’État américain le plus durement touché par la pandémie de COVID-19, à commencer par certaines industries comme la construction et les régions les moins touchées.

M. Cuomo n’a pas donné de calendrier, mais l’ordre de séjour à domicile de l’État doit expirer le 15 mai et le gouverneur a déclaré auparavant que les zones avec moins d’infections pourraient envisager de rouvrir après cette date.

Le Gouverneur a déclaré qu’il comprenait les sentiments des manifestants qui poussaient à une réouverture plus rapide, mais a également averti qu’un déplacement trop rapide pourrait déclencher une résurgence du virus, qui a tué près de 20 000 personnes dans tout l’État.

« Vous pouvez le faire pendant une courte période, mais vous ne pouvez pas le faire pour toujours », a déclaré M. Cuomo, faisant référence aux ordonnances de verrouillage qui sont en vigueur depuis la mi-mars.

M. Cuomo a déclaré que la construction, la fabrication et certains magasins de détail pourraient ouvrir dans une première phase de réouverture, suivie d’une deuxième phase qui comprendrait les secteurs des finances, du soutien administratif et de l’immobilier et de la location-bail.

La troisième phase verra la réouverture des restaurants et des services de restauration et de l’hôtellerie, suivis des installations artistiques et de divertissement et de loisirs et de l’éducation au cours de la quatrième et dernière phase.

La ligue espagnole de football dit «  game on  »

Une vue générale du stade Camp Nou à Barcelone.
La Liga fera le bonheur de l’Espagne, qui a ravagé la pandémie de coronavirus.(AP: Joan Monfort)

La Liga espagnole se dit confiante de pouvoir redémarrer en juin et terminer sa saison d’ici la fin de l’été européen, les joueurs commençant à être testés cette semaine afin de pouvoir reprendre l’entraînement pour la première fois en près de deux mois.

La formation de base a été autorisée à reprendre en Espagne lundi après que le gouvernement a assoupli certaines des mesures de verrouillage qui étaient en place depuis la mi-mars en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus.

Les joueurs de la ligue espagnole devraient revenir sur le terrain plus tard cette semaine après avoir été testés pour COVID-19 et après que les installations d’entraînement des clubs soient correctement préparé et désinfecté.

L’Espagne commence à lever certaines de ses restrictions de verrouillage après avoir été durement touchée par le virus, signalant 217 466 cas et 25 264 décès.

Le Vietnam et la Corée du Sud vont rouvrir des écoles

Un étudiant est analysé pour la température avant d'entrer dans l'école secondaire Dinh Cong à Hanoi.
La réponse du Vietnam à COVID-19 a été saluée par beaucoup, le bilan officiel des morts étant nul.(AP: Hau Dinh)

Les élèves du Vietnam ont commencé à retourner dans leurs salles de classe fermées pour lutter contre le coronavirus.

Les élèves doivent porter des masques, entre autres mesures pour minimiser la propagation du virus.

Le Vietnam a confirmé 271 cas de coronavirus. Il n’a signalé aucun nouveau cas dans la communauté depuis près de trois semaines.

Tous les établissements d’enseignement ont été fermés début février lorsque les premiers cas ont été signalés dans le pays et tout l’apprentissage a été mis en ligne. Le mois dernier, le pays a imposé des restrictions de voyage et fermé des entreprises pendant trois semaines.

La Corée du Sud, quant à elle, a déclaré qu’elle commencerait à permettre aux élèves de retourner dans leurs salles de classe la semaine prochaine au milieu des signes que l’épidémie de coronavirus est en train de diminuer.

Le ministre de l’Education, Yoo Eun-hae, a déclaré lundi que les seniors du lycée reviendraient le 13 mai avec des notes inférieures une semaine plus tard.

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