– Hospitalizations in France due to the virus have increased slightly.
– Italy has registered 531 new infections in the past 24 hours.
– British leader Boris Johnson stands by an assistant during a 250-mile locked out journey.
– The coordinator of the working group warns of the lack of social distancing.
– The United States should ban travel from hard-hit Brazil.
PARIS – The number of people hospitalized for the virus in France increased slightly on Sunday, the first daily increase since mid-April, when infections in France peaked.
The increase – from 17,178 people hospitalized on Saturday to 17,185 on Sunday – comes almost two weeks after France began to gradually ease its containment measures.
The number of people in intensive care with the virus fell again on Sunday for the 46th day in a row to 1,655, against more than 7,000 in mid-April.
The figures were released by the national health agency DGS, which did not release an updated death toll on Sunday.
France is one of the nations most affected by the virus, with some 28,000 deaths in hospitals and nursing homes.
Demonstrations are scheduled for retirement homes on Monday accused of mismanaging the virus crisis.
MILAN – The number of new confirmed infections in Italy has only increased by 531 in the past 24 hours, half of which in the populated region of northern Lombardy, which has been hit hard by the Italian epidemic.
The civil defense agency reported Sunday only 50 dead, but officials said that Lombardy had not updated its balance sheet.
More than half of the Italian regions have reported new single-digit cases – with the reservation that the tests are only administered to people hospitalized, showing symptoms or having been in close contact with an HIV-positive person.
The number of people in intensive care fell to 553.
Italy is in the first full week of relaxed restrictions, with bars and restaurants open as well as beaches and parks.
In many cities, mayors have complained about the nightlife that is spreading through the streets and piazzas, many showing a laid-back attitude to physical alienation and lax mask habits.
LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is alongside his main assistant, who is accused of breaking the lock rules by traveling 250 miles (400 km) to his parents’ home with COVID-19.
Johnson said at a press conference that Dominic Cummings acted “in a responsible, lawful and honest manner.”
Cummings made the trip across the country in late March after the government imposed a lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, telling people to stay home and not visit anyone outside of their home. Cummings says he was looking to make sure his 4-year-old son would be treated if he and his wife both fell ill.
Several Johnson Conservative Party lawmakers joined opposition politicians to demand his resignation.
But Johnson defended aid that organized Brexit and the Prime Minister’s election victory in December. He said that Cummings “follows the instincts of every father and every parent and I don’t mark him for that.”
MADRID – Spain is preparing to reopen some of its beaches for sunbathing on Monday, when restaurants and bars in Madrid and Barcelona serve customers outside as the country releases its virus lock.
On Monday, customers will be able to occupy 50% of the outside seating space in restaurants and bars in the Spanish capital and Barcelona.
The two cities are the areas hardest hit by the pandemic in Spain, accounting for more than 15.00 of the 28,752 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the country.
Travel between the provinces will be prohibited until the end of June and international tourists will not be allowed to come until July.
Spain reported an eighth consecutive day with less than 100 confirmed deaths from the virus on Sunday, when health officials said 70 people had died in the past 24 hours. At the height of the epidemic in early March, more than 900 Spaniards died every day.
CAIRO – The Egyptian Ministry of Health on Sunday reported 29 new deaths from COVID-19, killing 764 people in the most populous country in the Arab world since the first confirmed case of coronavirus detected in February.
The ministry said in a statement that there had been 752 new infections in the past 24 hours. He said the total number of infections has risen to 17,265. Like other countries around the world, officials and experts estimate the actual number of infections to be much higher than that reported.
The ministry said a total of 4,807 patients were recovered and quarantined.
The Egyptian government tightened restrictions during Eid al-Fitry, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, traditionally a period of gathering and family visits.
He said that during the week-long holiday, which started on Sunday, a night curfew will be in place from 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. All public and private transport will also be stopped until May 29. Schools, mosques, churches, parks and beaches are also closed.
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa is still loosening its lock on June 1, allowing most sectors of the economy to resume operations.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the news in a national speech while warning that coronavirus cases “have now started to increase sharply”.
A third of the country’s more than 22,000 cases have been recorded in the past week, and “the risk of a massive increase in the infection is now greater than ever.”
The economic suffering of millions of people, however, was pressure to allow more businesses to take over. Schools will resume for two classes, 7 and 12.
Alcohol sales will resume on the specified days and times, but cigarette sales remain prohibited. People can exercise at any time. Stores will be fully open, but restaurants will be picked up or delivered only.
National borders will remain closed, except for the shipment of goods. Gatherings remain prohibited except for funerals and work meetings with no more than 50 people.
PODGORICA, Montenegro – The Montenegrin health authorities say that the Balkan country has not yet reported any cases of new coronavirus.
The Institute of Public Health said on Sunday that 140 tests in the past 24 hours were negative and that no one is currently sick with the virus.
The first case of infection in Montenegro was recorded 68 days ago. The Balkan country, with a population of around 620,000, then imposed strict foreclosure measures to stem the epidemic.
A total of 324 cases were recorded while nine people died.
ISTANBUL – The Turkish Minister of Health has announced 32 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 4,340 deaths.
Fahrettin Koca also tweeted Sunday that there were 1,141 new infections confirmed in the past 24 hours. The total number of infections has reached 156,827. Turkey ranks ninth in a global count from Johns Hopkins University, but experts estimate that the number of infections could be much higher than that reported.
More than 118,000 people have recovered, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.
The Muslim holiday marking the end of the Ramadan fasting month was marked by a national lockdown, the first of its kind in Turkey to fight the new coronavirus. Weekend and previous holiday closings affected a maximum of 31 of the 81 provinces.
Seniors over 65 were allowed to go out for a few hours for a third Sunday. Individuals under the age of 20 and over the age of 65 were subjected to a full lockout, but outside days and hours were allocated according to age groups as part of the relaxation efforts.
WASHINGTON – Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus task force, says she is “very concerned” that people going out for Memorial Day weekend don’t maintain 6 feet of social distance.
She was responding to reports of people crowding the beaches.
Noting that people without symptoms could unintentionally spread the coronavirus, Birx said people should wear masks in public if they don’t distance themselves socially because “you don’t know who is infected.”
As states ease home stay orders, Birx also declined to say whether the country may have to close again if the United States were hit by a second wave of infections in the fall. President Donald Trump insisted last week “we are not closing” again.
Birx said on Sunday, “We are trying to understand during this time of exit from closure: how do we maintain openness and security? And I think that’s what we’ll learn in May, June and July. “
She talked about “Fox News Sunday” and “This Week” on ABC.
WASHINGTON – The US government is expected to announce a travel ban from Brazil due to the spread of the coronavirus in the most affected country in Latin America.
National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said the United States wanted to take “all necessary steps” to protect the American people.
President Donald Trump has already banned travel from the UK, Europe and China, all of which have been hit hard by the virus. Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to ban access to flights from Brazil.
O’Brien said on CBS “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he expects any ban will be temporary.
Brazil reported more than 347,000 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, second only to the United States in terms of number of infections, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
Brazil also recorded more than 22,000 deaths, the fifth in the world. There have been more than 96,000 deaths in the United States.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As Yellowstone and other national parks end a two-month closure due to the coronavirus, park officials want visitors to take precautions, such as washing hands, staying away from other people, and wearing masks in public.
It is unclear whether tourists who often disobey park rules will comply. Otherwise, popular national parks known to attract summer crowds could become the next hot spots in the United States.
Park officials say the plan is to let people guard against COVID-19, just as they do for the usual dangers in the national park ranging from altitude sickness to grizzly bears.
Other national parks that have reopened include the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina, where park officials invite visitors to arrive at popular spots early.
RIO DE JANEIRO – One of the architects of the Brazilian battle against the coronavirus pandemic has resigned.
The departure of epidemiologist Wanderson de Oliveira adds to the turmoil in a health ministry whose recommendations for restrictions to limit the disease have often clashed with President Jair Bolsonaro’s calls to open the economy.
De Oliveira said he would step down on Monday. He originally offered to resign last month, but stayed at the request of then minister Luiz Mandetta, who was fired shortly after by Bolsonaro.
Mandetta’s replacement, Nelson Teich, resigned on May 15 after less than a month of work and on Saturday refused a request to advise the new minister, General Eduardo Pazuello.
De Oliveira had been one of the public faces of the campaign against the pandemic, presenting statistics and recommendations at daily press conferences.
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – Officials in a Mexican border town are tightening controls on travelers from Texas, saying they are concerned that American visitors may fuel a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Municipal and state authorities in Matamoros, in collaboration with the Mexican National Guard, began installing checkpoints at the three border crossings on Saturday to interview US citizens and residents from Brownsville, Texas.
City official Jorge Mora Solaldine said only one person will be allowed per vehicle and that people will have to prove that they have essential activities, such as work or medical care.
At least 180 people were returned to one place on Saturday, according to city officials.
Mexico and the United States announced in March that they were closing the border on non-essential businesses, but enforcement was patchy in places and there were few or no controls over who entered Matamoros. Commercial traffic, essential to the economy on both sides of the border, continued on a large scale.
The Municipality of Matamoros, with a population of approximately 500,000, has reported 323 confirmed new coronavirus infections and 29 deaths, while Cameron County, across the border, has recorded approximately 700 cases and 32 Death among its approximately 420,000 people.
VATICAN CITY – Well-spaced faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the first time in months for the traditional papal blessing on Sunday.
They look at the window where the pope normally addresses the faithful.
Pope Francis delivered the blessing from inside the apostolic library during the epidemic.
Francis recalled his planned visit to the Naples area on Sunday to draw attention to the environmental damage caused by the dumping of toxic waste by the crowd.
The visit – canceled during the pandemic – was scheduled to mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto, and the pope announced a year of reflection on his 2015 environmental encyclical, “Praised Be. “
Francis came to the window and greeted the people in the square at the end of the blessing.
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