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– France eases border restrictions and allows migrant workers
– South Korea reports 25 new cases of virus as small epidemics continue
– An epidemic in Montana linked to golf and the country club developed by Charles Schwab
– The New York Times on Sunday devotes the entire first page to the list of victims of COVID-19.
PARIS – France is easing border restrictions as the virus gradually recedes, allowing migrant workers and family visitors from other European countries – but requires quarantine of people arriving from Britain and Spain.
As of Monday, France is abandoning border controls installed in March and moving to spot checks at various locations, according to a government statement.
It also widens the categories of authorized persons from other countries of the borderless travel area in Europe to include migrant workers and persons coming for family reasons.
However, as Britain and Spain demand quarantine of those arriving from elsewhere in Europe, so does France. It will be a voluntary quarantine of 14 days, based on the reciprocity of the measures taken by Great Britain and Spain in an “uncoordinated” way, declared the French government.
Travelers outside of Europe are still banned until at least June 15, except for French citizens.
All travelers arriving in France must complete an authorization form justifying the trip and a signed paper declaring that they have no symptoms.
The government has said that France is working with other European countries on standard European-wide travel rules.
SEOUL, South Korea —— South Korea has reported an additional 25 cases of coronavirus over a 24-hour period in the context of small-scale outbreaks in the country.
Korean centers for disease control and prevention say the additional figures released on Sunday brought the country’s total to 11,190, with 266 deaths. The agency said 10,213 of them had recovered and were released from quarantine.
He said that 17 of the 25 new patients were infected locally while the other eight came from abroad.
South Korea relaxed many of its strict social distancing rules in early May before seeing a sudden increase in the number of cases associated with nightclubs in Seoul’s Itaewon entertainment district. Health officials say they have confirmed a total of 225 cases related to Itaewon pups by Sunday noon.
HILO, Hawaii – Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said the Big Island would allow places of worship, restaurants, hair salons, hair salons and various personal service businesses to reopen from June 1st.
Kim says in his order that facilities must follow sanitation and social distance guidelines as outlined by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hawaii Health Department.
Restaurants can resume indoor dining as long as they meet the CDC’s interim restaurants and bars guidelines and the National Restaurant Association guidelines. Other personal services allowed to reopen are tutoring, music lessons, massage, yoga, and personal training.
HAMILTON, Mont. – A COVID-19 outbreak in western Montana is linked to an exclusive golf and country club developed by CFO Charles Schwab.
Stock Farm Club general manager Steve Buck said the eight people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Ravalli County were club employees near Hamilton. One person was hospitalized and seven others remained isolated on Saturday.
The health department said the first person to test positive had contracted the respiratory virus outside the county.
Montana has not reported any new positive COVID-19 tests from samples collected on Friday. The state has had 479 confirmed cases.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its summer season because the future of sport in the world remains uncertain during the coronavirus pandemic.
The summer league season was scheduled to start on June 29. The league’s website says this season will be canceled to protect everyone from exposure to COVID-19.
KTVA-TV reported that if competition had resumed on time there would have been travel and accommodation problems during the seven weeks of play. The five-team league is made up of college players mainly from the Lower 48 , but also from countries as far apart as Taiwan.
SPOKANE, Washington – A pasta company has announced a coronavirus outbreak at its Spokane plant as Washington prepares to reopen part of its economy.
The spokesman reported that the Philadelphia Macaroni Company Inc. said in a statement on Friday that 72 workers were tested for COVID-19 and 24 were positive. Health officials say there has been an increase in Spokane County with 31 new positive cases between Thursday and Friday.
Company officials say all factory workers have since been tested and the facility has been disinfected. The company is working with the Spokane regional health district to conduct contact tracing and determine other preventive measures.
BEIJING – China reported on Sunday three new confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Two of the cases were reported from outside the country and one was transmitted locally in the northeastern province of Jilin which experienced a seemingly largely contained minor outbreak.
No new deaths have been reported and 79 people are still on treatment, with 380 others being isolated and monitored for suspected cases or to have tested positive for COVID-19 without showing symptoms.
China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths from COVID-19 out of 82,974 cases.
CANBERRA, Australia – Government officials say six million Australians have downloaded a mobile phone app that helps health officials track coronavirus infections
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the COVIDSafe app plays an important role in Australia’s response to the pandemic and several countries have expressed interest in learning from its positive effects. If a user is diagnosed, the app works to identify other users who have been nearby for 15 minutes or more in the past three weeks.
The government has said that at least 40% of the 26 million people in Australia must use the app for it to be effective. Australia has around 17 million cell phones.
The government and the states have relaxed travel restrictions and increased the use of restaurants and bars in recent weeks. Australia has recorded more than 7,100 cases of COVID-19, with 102 deaths.
NEW YORK – The New York Times devoted the front page of Sunday to a long list of names of people who died in the coronavirus pandemic.
Names and brief descriptions from obituaries across the country fill six columns under the heading “United States”. Almost 100,000 deaths, untold loss “, with a subtitle:” They weren’t just names on a list. They were us. “
According to Simone Landon, deputy editor-in-chief of the graphic design office, the list of full texts replaces the usual articles, photographs and graphics in order to convey the vastness and variety of lives lost.
A count by Johns Hopkins University indicates that more than 96,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
Tom Bodkin, creative director of The Times, said he did not remember any front pages without pictures, although there were pages with only graphics, during his 40 years at the newspaper.
SANTA FE, N.M. – A New Mexico state official has said gatherings of more than 100 people may not be possible for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tourism secretary Jen Paul Schroer said it could take a year or 18 months before there is a vaccine or collective immunity. This creates the prospect that state stadiums, concert halls and conference centers may remain empty for months.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Schroer spoke at a webinar Thursday on the reopening of the state’s hotel industry.
The state had nearly 6,800 cases of COVID-19 with 308 deaths on Saturday.
SACRAMENTO, California – Hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday outside the California State Capitol to protest orders to stay home as residents enter Memorial Day weekend with new recreation options .
California Highway Patrol officers closed the Capitol lawn to protesters, so speakers addressed the crowd in the back of a platform truck as an aircraft flew overhead. a trailer with a photo of Governor Gavin Newsom and the words “End of his tyranny!” “
Protesters waved dozens of flags and signs, many in support of President Donald Trump. Few people wore masks and there was little room for social distancing.
The protest came as restrictions were eased across much of the state. Some 45 of 58 counties have been authorized to reopen most stores and many public spaces to meet state standards to control the new coronavirus.
Authorities continue to warn people of practicing social isolation and other anti-virus measures, noting that the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to increase.
HAGATNA, Guam – The Guam Department of Agriculture has invited hunters to participate in a pig-hunting derby to provide food for families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pacific Daily News reported that the department has announced that the two-day derby will begin next Saturday. The ministry released a statement that the derby is intended to feed families, promote the development of family hunters and reduce the wild pig population.
Event organizers are working with mayors to distribute whole and unprocessed pigs to residents of their villages and provide safe handling guidelines.
RALEIGH, N.C. – Epidemics of coronaviruses in meat plants are forcing North Carolina farmers to euthanize 1.5 million chickens, according to a state official.
Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon told The News & Observer that it was the first time during the pandemic that state farmers had to euthanize their animals. About a third of the 1.5 million chickens had already been killed, said Reardon.
Chicken and hog producers in other states also euthanized millions of animals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pig breeders in North Carolina have taken no steps to euthanize their animals, said Reardon.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Eighteen soldiers assigned to the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division have returned to Fort Campbell after spending more than a month in New Jersey to assist in COVID-19 response operations.
Fort Campbell officials say soldiers were deployed on April 14 to help provide logistical support for the response to the new coronavirus outbreak in the Northeast. Troops have helped receive, process and move supplies, equipment and personnel to critical areas affected by the virus epidemic.
The soldiers will be subjected to a quarantine of precaution under medical supervision. An official welcome home event is planned, officials said.
Fort Campbell Army Post is located along the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz removes his limit of 10 people for group meetings and allows churches to open at 25% occupancy if certain security guidelines are followed.
Walz’s decision comes after the state reported a record number of COVID-19 cases. He says the problem has been “difficult” because large gatherings increase the risk of spreading the virus.
Walz says he understands the pandemic’s record on the spiritual health of residents. Its new executive order only applies to religious gatherings and not to receptions.
While the head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis welcomed the change, the governor said the parishes should not open if they do not feel that they can comply with security measures.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda said in a letter to parishioners that limiting gatherings to 10 people “has hindered the ability of the Church to respond fully to the sacramental needs of our faithful.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A hairdresser has served 84 clients over an eight-day period recently with symptoms of coronavirus, according to Missouri health officials.
The Springfield-Greene County health department said in a press briefing that the stylist worked between May 12 and 20 and announced Saturday in a Facebook article that 56 other clients were potentially exposed by a second stylist who worked five shifts from May 16 to 20 while experiencing very mild symptoms of the coronavirus.
All clients of the two designers wore masks and will be tested. The business owner said in a statement that the salon will be closed until it goes through sanitation and deep cleaning
The state health department has reported 218 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus, bringing the total to 11,558 since the start of the pandemic. This was the highest total on a day since 319 cases were reported on May 1. Ten new deaths brought the total to 671.
STURGIS, S.D. – The mayor of Sturgis says city officials can’t stop people from coming to the annual motorcycle rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota, regardless of the new coronavirus.
The 80th Sturgis motorcycle rally is scheduled from August 7 to 16. City council said it would make an official decision in mid-June on whether to host the event, the Rapid City Journal reported.
Mayor Mark Carstensen said in a Facebook video that “tourism is coming” in the Black Hills and Sturgis. An official at the Sturgis Hotel said that the 22 rooms had been reserved for the week of the rally and that there was a waiting list.
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