Chinese authorities have quarantined 8,000 people in the northeast of the country.
Officials concerned about a resurgence of the virus have quarantined 8,000 people and reintroduced lockouts in northeast China, even as other parts of the country further loosen the restrictions.
Residents of Jilin, the second largest city in Jilin Province, have been largely banned from leaving the city, media reported after a cluster of infections was reported there and in Shulan another city under his administration. Shenyang, capital of neighboring Liaoning province, said on Saturday that anyone who has traveled there from Jilin City since April 22 would be quarantined in a hospital for three weeks.
Jilin found nearly 700 contacts of coronavirus patients for testing and quarantine, while officials in Liaoning Province found more than 1,000 contacts and about 6,500 people at high risk of infection.
China reported five new confirmed infections on Saturday, three of them locally transmitted in Jilin Province and two abroad. The country has reported more than 89,000 cases in total and 4,634 deaths.
Zhong Nanshan, respiratory disease specialist and adviser to the Chinese government, said in an interview with CNN on Saturday that, although the number of infections in China is relatively low, China still faces a “big challenge” because most of the population had not been exposed to the coronavirus and was still susceptible to infection. “It is not better than foreign countries I think at the moment,” he said.
Elsewhere in China, the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control said on Sunday that it was no longer necessary to wear masks outside. The capital, which has not reported any new infections for 30 days, is preparing for the annual session of the National People’s Congress, a major rally that had been postponed for more than two months.
And in southern China, the governments of Hong Kong, Macao and Guangdong Province are discussing the creation of a “travel bubble” that would allow qualified residents to travel to the region without being required to quarantine.
When President Emmanuel Macron repeatedly declared ” war against the coronavirus in March, he solemnly promised that France would support “first line” health workers with “the means, the protection”.
The reality was that France was almost defenseless.
The government’s stunning policies on past pandemics had left a once formidable national stock of facial masks almost exhausted. Officials have also outsourced manufacturing capacity to replenish this stock to overseas suppliers, despite warnings since the early 2000s about the increasing risk of pandemics.
This left France – unlike Germany, its rival for European leadership – dependent on foreign factories and painfully unable to increase domestic production of face masks, test kits, ventilators and even thermometers and medicines. over-the-counter anti-fever to soothe the patient.
Today, as it began to loosen one of the most stringent locks in the world, France has become a case study of how some countries are now reconsidering their dependence on chains of Global supplies built over the past two decades on the mantra of low costs and fast delivery. Even today, France has no guarantee that it will be able to stock up enough in the coming weeks to protect itself from a possible second wave of the virus.
Louis Gautier, the former director of the The General Secretariat for Defense and National Security, a powerful inter-ministerial unit within the Prime Minister’s Office that coordinates response to large-scale crises, said: “The issue of strategic stocks and security of supply must be reconsidered. A new model must be invented. “
As states scramble to pay unemployment claims to tens of millions of Americans, a massive attack flooding unemployment agencies with fraudulent claims appears to have already siphoned millions of dollars in payments.
Secret service investigators said they had information involving a well-organized Nigerian fraud network and that stolen information such as social security numbers had enabled the network to file claims on behalf of people who, in many cases, had not lost their jobs.
Most fraud allegations to date have been concentrated in Washington State, but evidence also indicates similar attacks in Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Wyoming .
The challenge of preventing fraudulent claims has increased as the pressure to put money in the hands of the unemployed has increased. Unemployment offices accustomed to processing thousands of unemployment claims have been inundated with more than a million claims in recent months in more populous states.
The attacks, which the intelligence services say could target all states, could result in “potential losses of hundreds of millions of dollars,” according to a memo obtained from the New York Times.
This discovery added to the fear that rigged efforts by the jury to quickly distribute economic aid could be easily exploited by fraudsters. Theirs. last month documented losses of at least $ 16.9 billion due to identity theft as it attempted to distribute billions of dollars in economic stimulus checks.
Each year, Swaminathan Vinayakram and his group leave their homes in the city of Chennai, in the south of India, to play with musicians across the United States.
The group – 3G, which represents three generations – includes his grandfather Vikku, a Grammy-nominated percussionist who plays gatham, a clay pot. In early March, they landed in Houston and played in front of a crowded crowd of 400 people who rocked to the music and rejected the drinks.
Then the world seemed to stop.
The coronavirus epidemic resulted in the cancellation of their shows from San Francisco to New York. The same was true of their collaborations with American jazz musicians who are said to have fused saxophones and the piano with the optimistic rhythms of carnatic music from South India and its centuries-old instruments.
On March 19, India gave its citizens abroad two days to return before suspending all international travel. As a rush ensued among the 17.5 million Indians in the world’s largest diaspora, 3G only managed to get three tickets for its group of five.
Mr. Vinayakram, 27, and his father remained in Jersey City, N.J., and the confinement pardoned them. Mr. Vinayakram therefore did something from the 1990s, when the Internet was an exciting innovation and a fashionable globalism: he published a call to musicians for collaborations.
Now he’s connected to a more diverse group of musicians than ever.
“Thanks to Facebook, I meet musicians that I have never heard of or that I never dreamed of playing with,” he said in a telephone interview.
Dozens sent him tracks of their improvisations, which he superimposes on the kanjira, a South Indian frame drum with a pair of jingles.
But he still wants the pandemic to end. It lacks the pleasure of playing in front of a live audience.
“When I was a kid, I dreamed of playing live for thousands of people,” said Vinayakram. “It now looks like a dream. “
Crowded banks. Packed metro cars. Buses filled with supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro, heading to rallies that call on Brazilians to dismiss local orders to stay at home and instead follow the president’s directive to return to work.
Scenes like these reflect Brazil’s contradictory response to the pandemic, a factor that became apparent on Friday the Minister of Health has resigned – weeks after his predecessor’s dismissal following clashes with Mr. Bolsonaro. And the confusion contributed to making Brazil an emerging center of the pandemic, with a daily mortality rate just behind that of the United States.
The crisis stands in stark contrast to Brazil’s track record of innovative and agile responses to the healthcare challenges that have made it a model in the developing world in recent decades.
After a push from H.I.V. in the 1990s, Brazil offered free universal treatment and pushed the pharmaceutical industry to cut costs. He threatened to ignore a Swiss drug manufacturer’s patent for an H.I.V. drug in 2001, and did so in 2007, making its own generic version and dramatically reducing H.I.V. in the country.
In 2013, Brazil dramatically expanded access to preventive health care in the poorest areas by hiring thousands of foreign doctors, most of them Cuban. And to fight against a Zika epidemic in 2014, Brazil created genetically modified mosquitoes that have helped reduce the insect population, a tactic that will soon be deployed in Florida and Texas.
“More than anything else, this pandemic has completely, finally torn the curtain on the idea that so many officials know what they are doing,” Obama said in the first speech released online. “Many of them don’t even pretend to be in charge. “
The speeches were made as more than two-thirds of the states relaxed the restrictions considerably, leaving the nation at a perilous time. The United States already has the largest epidemic in the world, with more than 1.4 million cases and more than 88,000 deaths.
As experts continue to warn that tests must be more widely available, the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday has obtained emergency clearance for a coronavirus test kit that will allow individuals to take a nasal sample at home and send it to a laboratory. This was the second such approval, the F.D.A. did.
Shi Zhengli, the Chinese virologist whose research has made her a target of Groundless theories that the coronavirus has escaped from a government laboratory in Wuhan City have released new findings after weeks spent largely hidden from the public.
Dr. Shi, a prominent researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, has dismissed accusations that the virus emerged from his laboratory. The Trump administration has urged U.S. intelligence officials to seek evidence to support this unproven theory as it intensifies a public campaign to blame China for the pandemic. Intelligence agencies are skeptical of the possibility of finding such evidence and scientists say it is very likely that it was passed from animal to human in a non-laboratory environment.
Dr. Shi has been dubbed “the bat” by the Chinese media because of his years of experience studying the links between bats and viruses. As the new coronavirus epidemic broke out, it helped establish that the new virus most likely originated from a bat. But she was watched in China and abroad when people wondered if the virus came from her laboratory – intentionally or accidentally.
In an interview with An American scientist in March, Dr. Shi said that she had searched her laboratory records and found that the genetic sequence of the new coronavirus did not match any that the establishment had previously studied. In addition, she mostly kept a low profile, surfacing once on social media this month to debunk rumors that she had defected from China.
Dr. Shi’s the latest research was published on the Biorxiv.org website on Thursday as a preprint or scientific document that has not yet been peer reviewed. It explores the “evolutionary arms race” between viruses and their hosts, which, according to Dr. Shi and his colleagues, encourages the genetic diversity of viruses. The publication of the new document was first reported by the South China Morning Post.
The results reinforce the idea that the Chinese horseshoe bat is the natural host of coronaviruses such as those that cause SARS and Covid-19, the newspaper said. “Continuous surveillance of this group of viruses in bats is necessary for the prevention of the next SARS-like disease. “
The euphoric Greeks and the French headed for the reopened beaches, keeping their umbrellas apart. The players of the German national soccer league competed in deserted stadiums. Italy has offered its pulverized tourist industry a lifeline with plans to lift some travel restrictions.
Many Europeans were cautious on Saturday after months of debilitating kidnapping, as even the countries hardest hit by the virus continued to gradually ease the restrictions.
But the relief that life is slowly moving towards a semblance of normalcy has been tempered by continued protests in Germany, where, for the fourth consecutive weekend, small groups of thousands have taken to the streets in across the country to protest measures imposed by the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Protesters, which include conspiracy theorists and right-wing extremists, but also ordinary people concerned about their work, remain a small but noisy minority, with seven out of ten Germans supporting Merkel’s handling of the pandemic.
The coronavirus, which has sickened more than 4.5 million people worldwide and killed at least 310,000, has plunged Europe into a economic downturn not seen since the end of World War II. It also forced European leaders to strike a delicate balance between opening up their country without inviting new waves of infections.
Italy began easing restrictions on May 4 and announced on Saturday that it will lift travel restrictions starting June 3 to open the door to renewed tourism. If there are new coronavirus outbreaks, the government warned, restrictive measures could return. The country emerged from one of the worst epidemics in Europe and its latest daily death toll was 153, the lowest since it was placed under strict control on March 9.
Italian shops, bars, restaurants, hairdressers and other businesses are due to reopen on Monday, with strict hygiene and social distancing rules. Religious services will also be allowed to resume on Monday, and mass can again be offered at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
Also on Monday, residents of Budapest, the thriving capital of Hungary, will enjoy the outdoor terraces and shopping, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday. Much of the rest of the country has enjoyed such freedom for almost two weeks.
Babies lie in cribs, sleeping, crying or smiling at the nurses, swaddled in clean sheets and seemingly well cared for, but separated from their parents due to unintentional travel bans on coronaviruses.
Dozens of babies born in a thriving surrogacy business in Ukraine have become abandoned in the country because their biological parents in the United States and other countries cannot travel to retrieve them after birth. For the moment, the agencies that organized the surrogate births are taking care of babies.
Authorities say at least 100 babies are already stranded and 1,000 may be born before the travel ban imposed on foreigners by Ukraine is lifted.
“We will do our best to unite the children with their parents,” said Albert Tochilovsky, director of BioTexCom, the largest provider of surrogate motherhood services in Ukraine, in a telephone interview.
Mr. Tochilovsky Doctors and caregivers are now living in a company-owned hotel in Kiev with the babies, feeding them, walking them and showing them to parents during video calls, while quarantined to protect themselves from infection.
Ukraine does not keep statistics on surrogacy, but it could lead the world in the number of surrogate births for foreign biological parents, said Tochilovsky.
A human rights official in the presidential administration, Nikolai Kuleba, demanded an end to the practice. “Ukraine is becoming an online store for toddlers,” he said.
The report was provided by Norimitsu Onishi, Constant Méheut, Tiffany May, Vivian Wang, Maria Abi-Habib, Mike Baker, Andrew E. Kramer, Motoko Rich, Hisako Ueno, Hikari Hida, Audra DS Birch, John Eligon, Michael D. Shear, Michael Levenson, Sheila Kaplan, Ernesto Londoño, Manuela Andreoni and Letícia Casado.