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– The number of British deaths due to coronavirus exceeds 28,000.
– The death toll from coronavirus in Italy continues to decrease.
– Spaniards flock to exercise after a 7-week lockout.
PARIS – French Minister of Health Olivier Veran has said that people traveling to France, including French returnees, will be placed in quarantine as part of new extended proposals to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.
Entry into France is currently very limited to essential travel, and a travel certificate is required for anyone entering the country. The proposals are sent to Parliament next week.
Veran said that “the compulsory quarantine will concern anyone entering the national territory, an overseas territory or Corsica”.
It is unclear whether the quarantine would apply only to travelers beyond the Schengen border and Britain. The Schengen area comprises 26 countries and encompasses most of the countries of the European Union.
ATLANTA – Residents of the Atlanta subway traveled to rooftops and patios, in parks and even cemeteries, or stopped on the side of a generally busy highway to watch a military flyby on Saturday afternoon .
The Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels flew to honor first responders and medical teams. They crossed the city center and the city center, where the main hospitals are located, and were highly acclaimed.
People outside the historic Oakland Cemetery generally followed social distancing guidelines, but few wore masks. Some carried lawn chairs and drinks while others pushed strollers, while many tried to capture the moment with phones or cameras.
Georgia has already allowed companies like hair and nail salons, restaurants and gyms to open with social distancing restrictions.
LONDON – UK Department of Health says 28,131 people died in hospitals, nursing homes and community at large after increasing positive for new coronavirus in UK 621 compared to the previous count.
Figures include deaths at 5 p.m. Friday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the nation on Thursday that Britain had passed its peak in the COVID-19 epidemic and said it plans to reveal a “road map” outlining how the lockdown measures could be relaxed in the coming week.
ISTANBUL – The Turkish Minister of Health has announced 78 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the toll of COVID-19 to 3,336.
The minister tweeted Saturday that 1,983 other people had been infected, bringing the total to 124,375. “For the first time since March 30, the daily number of cases has fallen below 2,000,” he said. tweeted.
The new number leaves Turkey seventh in the world for the highest infection rate of the new coronavirus. The number of confirmed infections of 124,054 in Russia briefly exceeded that of Turkey.
The minister also tweeted that 58,259 people have recovered from COVID-19, including 4,451 since Friday.
LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Department of Agriculture says the state’s animal agriculture industries are adjusting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gary McDowell, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said in a statement on Saturday that the changes will strengthen the supply chain and make workers safer, but could “lead to short-term accelerations” . It responded to concerns about food shortages due to national closings of beef and pork producers.
Mary Kelpinski, CEO of the Michigan Pork Producers Association, says there is a lot of cold storage meat in the state, but advised buyers to resist panic buying of meat products in the coming weeks.
ROME – The number of beds treating patients with COVID-19 continued to decline as Italy prepared to relax its strict lock-in measures on Monday.
The Emergency Preparedness Agency said there were 212 fewer people hospitalized for the virus and 39 fewer in intensive care in the past 24 hours, a number that has been steadily decreasing in recent weeks. This has given authorities the confidence to be able to cope with any new spikes in cases, as more businesses reopen and individuals have more freedom to move around in their home towns and villages.
At the same time, the number of deaths increased the most in 11 days – from 474 – and the number of people who recovered from the virus was the lowest in more than two weeks. Italy recorded the most deaths after the United States, with 28,710.
PARIS – France wants to extend the health emergency implemented to fight the coronavirus crisis until July 24.
French Minister of Health Olivier Veran made the announcement on Saturday, arguing that the extension of measures that began on March 24 was necessary to prevent a further outbreak of infections.
The proposal, which will be submitted to the French Parliament next week and which is expected to be adopted, centers on the idea that an “untimely” release from the state of emergency “could see an increased risk of an epidemic”.
France is one of the countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, having registered to date some 24,594 deaths and 167,346 confirmed cases.
The new proposals include a data system for those who have contracted the virus, which will work for up to a year.
ISTANBUL – The Turkish Ministry of Commerce has lifted export restrictions and the requirement to obtain prior authorization for private companies to export the medical equipment needed to treat COVID-19.
The decision, published in the Official Journal, canceled the export restrictions on ventilators, intubation tubes and intensive care monitors, among other equipment.
The Ministry of Commerce has lifted export restrictions on ethanol, cologne, disinfectants and hydrogen peroxide.
Turkey also announced that a military aircraft had delivered medical supplies, including locally produced ventilators, to Somalia. So far, Ankara has shipped the necessary supplies to at least 55 countries, including the United States.
Turkey, a country of 83 million people, has more than 122,000 cases and more than 3,200 deaths, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.
ATHENS, Greece – Greek authorities have announced the death of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
This brings the total to 143 – 106 men 37 women. The average age of the victims is 74.
There were eight other confirmed infections for a total of 2,620 cases.
BARCELONA, Spain – The Spanish have taken to the streets to train for the first time after seven weeks of confinement to fight the coronavirus.
People were running, walking or riding bikes under a sunny sky in Barcelona, where many flocked to the promenade to get closer to the still forbidden beach. Others have jogged in parks and along sidewalks across the country.
“Some people think it may be too early, like me, but it is also important to exercise for health reasons,” said Cristina Palomeque, 36, in Barcelona.
Spain has 24,824 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus and 215,216 infections. The lockdown has reduced daily increases in infections.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian minister has defended the mass arrest of undocumented immigrants in viral hotspots.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri said 586 immigrants were arrested during an operation on Friday in several tightly locked buildings in Kuala Lumpur.
He says they have all tested negative for the virus and have been sent to detention camps for violating immigration laws. Rights groups have criticized the government for breaking its promise not to act against migrants who show up for virus testing. They say that inhuman movement during a pandemic could hamper efforts to fight the virus.
Ismail dispelled criticism on Saturday, saying the authorities were acting within the law. He says Malaysia took care of the welfare of the immigrants during the lockdown, but they have to face the law because they don’t have valid documents. The country has more than two million immigrants living illegally in the country.
Malaysia, which has 6,176 cases of virus and 103 deaths, will allow most businesses to reopen on Monday before the partial closure on May 12.
LONDON – Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have named their baby boy, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, in honor of their grandfathers and doctors who cared for the head of the United Kingdom after contracting the coronavirus.
Symonds made the announcement on her Instagram page, posting a photo of her cradling the baby. She praised the maternity team at University College Hospital in London, saying that “her heart is full.”
The birth came just days after Johnson returned to work after being hospitalized for the coronavirus. He spent a week at St. Thomas Hospital in London, including three nights in intensive care.
Symonds wrote in the post, explaining the name as “Wilfred after Boris ‘grandfather, Lawrie after my grandfather, Nicholas after Dr. Nick Price and Dr. Nick Hart – the two doctors who saved Boris’ life last month. “
Johnson’s office says he will take paternity leave later this year.
MADRID – The Spanish government will require commuters using public transport to wear masks starting Monday.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made the announcement on Saturday. It was then that the Spaniards were allowed to do outdoor sports for the first time in seven weeks. Sánchez says he will ask Parliament for an extension of the state of emergency established on March 14 and which will expire on May 9.
Also on Monday, people can go to restaurants and cafes to take food. Bookstores, hair salons and some outlets may open.
Sanchez says, “Now we are finally seeing the results of all these weeks of detention, (…) and we deserve some relief.”
The death toll in Spain from the virus has reached 25,100 people after the death of 276 people in the past 24 hours. This is a drop from more than 900 daily deaths reported a month ago.
The total number of confirmed infections reached 216,582, with another 1,147 cases reported on the last day.
MANILA, Philippines – A judge of the Supreme Court of the Philippines said that nearly 10,000 poor detainees had been temporarily released by reducing the amount of their bonds to decongest prisons in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Deputy Judge Mario Victor Leonen said on Saturday in an online video conference that most of the 9,731 detainees released since mid-March came from prisons on the main island north of Luzon, which has been placed in mass quarantine.
Some of the detainees, who could not afford bail, have been detained by local officials, the Supreme Court said.
The Philippines has some of the most overcrowded prisons in the world, and at least one detention center in central Cebu has reported more than 200 infections. The Supreme Court has yet to rule on petitions for the temporary release of elderly and sick detainees amidst the contagion.
The Philippines has reported nearly 9,000 COVID-19 cases and 603 deaths, among the highest in Southeast Asia.
MOSCOW – About a third of workers in a large natural gas field in the far northeast of Russia have tested positive for coronavirus.
Olga Balabkina, deputy head of local government in the Sakha Republic, said more than 3,000 of 10,000 Chayandinskoye field workers tested positive, according to Russian news agencies.
Employees of one of the contractors on the ground allegedly organized a demonstration this week, saying that measures taken to spread the virus were insufficient.
PARIS – Eurostar says that all of its passengers must wear masks to protect themselves from coronaviruses, as of Monday.
In a tweet in French and English, the international high-speed train service indicates that the policy will apply to both its trains and its stations, “in accordance with the guidelines announced by the French and Belgian governments”.
He warned that maskless passengers could be denied travel. He says any mask is “appropriate” if it effectively covers the nose and mouth.
The company has significantly reduced its services from Brussels to Paris and London. There are currently only four trains a day.
VIENNA – Barbers and hair salons have resumed operations in Austria, but most residents will have to wait a month for a haircut because they are booked.
The Austrians quickly made an appointment after the government eased restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. All staff and customers must wear masks and chairs must be spaced at least 1 meter (3.3 feet) apart.
Restaurants will be allowed to reopen on May 15, followed by hotels on May 29. The Austrian government is implementing a phased restart of the economy so that it can issue another lock-up should coronavirus infection rates start to rise.
The nation has registered 15,558 infections and 596 deaths, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
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