A worker in protective equipment disinfects the exterior of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, Friday, May 15, 2020. The churches in Italy are preparing to reopen to the public for masses from May 18 after Italy partially lifted restrictions last week after two multi-month lockouts due to COVID-19.
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– Britain is launching a test to see if dogs can detect if humans have COVID-19.
– Italy relaxes travel restrictions put in place in March.
– India surpasses China in cases of coronavirus infection.
LONDON – British researchers are launching a test to see if dogs can use their noses to detect if humans have COVID-19 before showing symptoms.
The UK Department of Health said on Saturday that disease control experts are studying whether dogs that have been trained to detect certain cancers and malaria can potentially be used as a “non-invasive early warning measure” to identify the coronavirus.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Durham collaborate with the charity Medical Detection Dogs. The trial obtains £ 500,000 ($ 600,000) in funding from the British government.
Six dogs, including Labradors and Cocker Spaniels, have started basic training for the trial. In the initial phase, the researchers plan to collect odor samples from both people infected with the virus and those who are not.
The health department says the dogs will then undergo extensive training using the samples and will only be deployed if supported by solid scientific evidence.
MILAN – Dozens of restaurateurs demonstrated outside Milan’s main train station against the new reopening rules on Monday.
They say the rules remain unclear and that the entire sector – including food suppliers and producers – is suffering.
They protested in front of signs saying “I am not going to open today to close tomorrow”, and called for tax cuts and more concrete help.
On Saturday morning, the government published rules for reopening restaurants, including a distance of at least one meter (three feet) between customers, an obligation to take reservations and keep records for at least two weeks, and a recommendation to use disposable or electronic menus which can be read on personal devices. It also recommends but does not require taking the temperatures of the guests upon their arrival.
In the Italian financial capital, 3,400 restaurants are expected to open on Monday, as well as 4,800 bars, 2,900 hairdressers, 2,200 clothing stores and 700 shoe stores.
KARACHI, Pakistan – The first Pakistani patient COVID-19 who was treated in a hospital with blood from a man who survived the disease has fully recovered.
The patient was treated in a hospital in the south of the country, in the province of Sindh.
Several COVID-19 patients are currently undergoing plasma therapy after authorities have authorized 350 patients to undergo such a clinical trial across the country.
A Pakistani doctor who treated the patient urged those who defeated the coronavirus to donate blood for the treatment that uses plasma from people who have recovered to help critically ill patients.
This development comes as Pakistan reported 31 more deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the number of deaths from the virus to 834.
Pakistan has 38,799 confirmed cases and the increase in infections also coincides with an increasing number of daily tests in that country of 220 million.
ROME – The Italian government is easing travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing people to move freely within the region they live in since Monday and between regions from June 3.
The government decree announced on Saturday morning also allows international travel to and from Italy from June 3.
Italy imposed nationwide lockdown rules in early March after it became the first country outside of Asia to experience a major coronavirus outbreak. More than 31,000 people died, leaving Italy with the highest number of deaths after the United States and Britain. But the government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has gradually reopened the country as infection and death rates have dropped.
Social distancing rules are being implemented in areas of the economy that have reopened, including factories and some businesses. Schools remain closed and crowds are not allowed, although people are allowed to attend mass in churches with certain restrictions starting next week.
NEW DELHI – The number of cases of coronavirus infection in India exceeded that of China with the Ministry of Health on Saturday, reporting the peak at 85,940 cases with 2,752 deaths.
In total, China has reported 4,633 deaths among 82,933 cases since the virus was first detected late last year in the central city of Wuhan.
The most affected Indian states are Maharashtra with 29,100 cases, Tamil Nadu 10,108, Gujarat 9,931 and New Delhi 8,895.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is due to announce this weekend whether to extend the lockout for 54 days or not. Earlier this month, he began gradually easing restrictions to resume economic activity by reopening neighborhood stores and resuming manufacturing and farming. He also took over limited train service across the country to help stranded migrant workers, students and tourists.