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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has expanded National lock of india for another two weeks after May 4, but relaxed many restrictions. All public transportation services – including airlines, trains, city subways, and interstate and interstate bus services – will remain suspended across the country until May 18. However, in so-called “green” areas – districts that have not had a new confirmed coronavirus case in the past 21 days – local buses will be able to operate, but only at 50% capacity.
Japan will expand its state of emergency for another month when the current declaration expires on May 6, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced after a meeting of his expert advisers. Speaking to reporters on Friday evening, Abe said: Thanks to the great cooperation of the public, we have been able to escape the explosive increase in infections seen abroad in the current state of emergency, and our experts say it worked to some extent. “
The White House blocked Anthony Fauci, the head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the Coronavirus Task Force, testified before Congress, Democrats said on Friday. The Democrats’ Controlled House Credit Committee said that a Trump administration official told the panel that the White House believes that the officials who are instrumental in the US response to the pandemic should not appear before the congress for the moment.
The United States has recorded more than 59,000 deaths attributed to coronavirus, while testing has accelerated to its highest daily rate since the start of the epidemic. According to the Covid Tracking Project, about 34,580 other confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, compared to 27,944 a day earlier, bringing the total to more than 1.09 million. The United States has performed more than 320,000 new tests, the highest total to date and an increase of more than 115,000 from the previous day.
US President Donald Trump has decided to block the use of foreign-made electrical components American power grid by an executive decree published on Friday. The move comes as the White House and members of Congress are increasingly concerned about the country’s dependence on international supply chains in a range of areas from medical and pharmaceutical equipment to food. The security of the US power grid has long been a concern in Washington.
US pharmaceutical regulator has issued emergency approval for Gilead potential Covid-19 remdesivir treatment, following the announcement of positive results from a U.S. trial earlier this week. The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the antiviral drug, which showed that the trial helped patients recover 31% faster on average than without the drug. The FDA has published guidelines for patients taking remdesivir on its website.
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has extended Blockade of Ireland within a fortnight until May 18, saying the battle with the coronavirus is “not yet won,” but slightly easing restrictions that forced people over the age of 70 to stay indoors for more than a month. Varadkar said the easing of the lock will take place in five stages, three weeks apart, with the final phase starting on August 10. Schools and colleges will not reopen until the new academic year in September or October.
218 additional coronavirus deaths have been reported French hospitals and retirement homes in the past 24 hours, the lowest level in more than five weeks, according to data released Friday by the Ministry of Health. Jérôme Salomon, Director General of Health, said that 15,369 Covid-19 patients had died in hospital and 9,225 in retirement and other nursing homes since March 1, for a total of 24,594 deaths . “The circulation of the virus remains at a high level,” said Dr. Salomon.