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– New cases in India exceed 6000 for the second consecutive day.
– Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem to reopen Sunday.
– The Vatican Museums will be open to visitors again on June 1.
– The head of the parish said that several members were positive after the religious service in Frankfurt.
– Chancellor Angela Merkel defends German restrictions against coronaviruses.
– France authorizes the resumption of religious services after a judicial challenge to the government’s ban.
NEW DELHI – New cases of coronavirus in India surpassed 6000 for the second day in a row, marking a new record leap for the South Asian country in 24 hours.
India reported 6,654 new cases on Saturday, bringing the national total to 125,102, including 3,720 deaths.
The country’s infection rate, which stands at 1.3 billion, has increased as the two-month lockdown eased.
States with relatively few cases have experienced peaks in recent days as residents, including migrant workers traveling on special trains, have returned home.
Assam’s northeast border state authorities laid criminal charges on Saturday for quarantine violators after more than 100 people at state quarantine facilities tested positive for COVID-19 .
BERLIN – A warden says that several members of a congregation have tested positive for coronavirus after a church service in Frankfurt.
The dpa news agency reported on Saturday that Wladimir Pritzkau, the deputy head of the Evangelical Christian Baptist congregation involved, allegedly said that the service took place on May 10. hospital.
Religious services have been authorized in the region since May 1, with conditions that include a distance of 1.5 meters (5 feet) between the faithful and the supply of disinfectant.
Pritzkau said the rules were being followed. The church has canceled all rallies and is now hosting online services.
The head of the city’s health bureau did not confirm or deny the case, citing medical confidentiality.
JERUSALEM – The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem will open on Sunday for the first time in two months.
It is built on the site where Christians believe that Jesus was crucified, buried and risen,
Leaders of the three faiths sharing the site said in a statement on Saturday that entry will be limited to 50 people at a time.
Devotees cannot enter if they have symptoms and must wear face masks and must keep a distance of 2 meters (six feet). They should also avoid touching or kissing stones and other objects in the holy place.
The church was closed in March, as were most of the other sites in the Holy Land, in accordance with strict measures imposed by Israel and the Palestinian Authority to contain the epidemic.
It remained closed throughout Holy Week and Easter last month, when the old city of Jerusalem is normally teeming with tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists. The priests observed the rituals of Holy Week in small groups, mainly behind closed doors.
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican Museums will reopen again on June 1 with all visitors wearing face masks and having their temperature checked before entering.
The Vatican said on Saturday that medical staff will be present and that, as reservations will now be required, the advance ticketing fee of 4 euros ($ 4.50) is waived.
On the museum route is the Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling decorated with frescoes by Michelangelo, while thirsty visitors can book a sundowner on Fridays and Sundays in a Vatican courtyard.
Ticket sales and souvenir revenues are an important source of revenue for the Holy See. For now, museums are suspending the free entry initiative on the last Sunday of each month.
Open bus tours of the well-kept Vatican Gardens will be offered, and on weekends the public can visit the popes’ summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, a mountainous city near Rome.
There have been 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the tiny Vatican City State or among its employees.
BERLIN – Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden have presented a counter-proposal for a European coronavirus recovery fund with a two-year deadline and a focus on loans.
The Austrian News Agency said the countries released their position papers on Saturday. It follows a Franco-German proposal for a 500 billion euro ($ 550 billion) fund that would provide direct grants to help countries and endorse joint borrowing.
The agency said the four countries should not accept “instruments or measures that lead to debt pooling or significant increases” in the EU budget.
The proposal did not quantify the aid that should be granted, but APA said the Austrian chancellery said the money should be used for “reconstruction and resilience of the health sector and the economy” . Climate-related research, innovation and investments could be supported.
The EU’s executive board is expected to unveil its own stimulus package next week, from which EU member states must then find a compromise.
BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel defends the restrictions of the coronavirus in her country and calls on her compatriots to continue to respect the rules of social distancing.
Germany began easing its lock restrictions on April 20 and since then has at least partially reopened many areas. At the same time, the country has experienced frequent protests against the foreclosure measures.
Merkel said in her weekly video message on Saturday that the measures were necessary and officials must continue to justify why certain restrictions cannot be lifted while ensuring that they are proportionate.
Merkel said Germany “has so far succeeded in achieving the goal of preventing our healthcare system from being overwhelmed.”
PARIS – France authorizes the resumption of religious services from Saturday after a legal challenge to the government’s ban on such gatherings.
Religious leaders welcomed the decision but said it would take time to put in place the necessary security measures.
To prevent the spread of the virus, visitors to places of worship in France must wear masks, wash their hands when entering, and keep a distance of at least one meter (three feet) from other people.
The French government had banned religious services until June 2, although stores and other businesses started reopening last week. The State Council, the country’s highest administrative body, overturned the ban and the government issued a decree on Saturday authorizing the resumption of services.
The French Bishops’ Conference said it would work with church leaders to prepare for the reopening, including for Pentecost Sunday services on May 31.
The rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris has declared that he would not be ready to reopen on Sunday for the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
BERLIN – Authorities say seven people appear to have been infected with the coronavirus in a restaurant in northwest Germany, in the first known case since the restaurants reopened in the country two weeks ago.
Local government officials in Leer County said Friday evening that the cases, reported between Tuesday and Friday, had led to the quarantine of at least 50 people.
Previously, no new cases had been confirmed in the region for more than a week.
Germany began easing its coronavirus restrictions on April 20 and this process has accelerated recently. The state of Lower Saxony, where Leer is located, allowed restaurants to reopen on May 11 with hygienic precautions.
These currently include a distance of 2 meters (6 ½ feet) between tables, masks for servers and an obligation to take the name, address and telephone number of guests in order to detect possible infections.
UNITED NATIONS – The Chief of Disarmament of the United Nations said that the COVID-19 pandemic was advancing the world towards increased technological innovation and collaboration, but “Cybercrime is also on the rise, with a 600% increase in malicious emails during the current crisis. “
Izumi Nakamitsu said at an informal meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Friday that “disturbing reports have also included attacks on healthcare organizations and medical research centers around the world.”
She said increasing digital dependence has increased vulnerability to cyber attacks and “it is estimated that such an attack takes place every 39 seconds.”
According to the International Telecommunication Union, “almost 90 countries are still in the early stages of their cybersecurity engagement,” said Nakamitsu.
The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs said that the threat of the misuse of information and communications technology “was urgent.” But she said there was also good news, highlighting some global progress at the United Nations to address threats arising from the development of standards for the use of these technologies.
Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, whose country holds the presidency of the Security Council and organized Friday’s meeting on cyber stability and the promotion of responsible government behavior in cyberspace, said: “The COVID crisis -19 put additional pressure on our essential cybersecurity services. ”
He said the need for a “safe and functional cyberspace” is therefore more urgent than ever and he condemned cyber attacks targeting hospitals, medical research centers and other infrastructure, especially during the pandemic.
“These attacks are unacceptable,” said Ratas. “It will be important to hold offenders accountable for their behavior.”