The Latest: Ohio to reopen bars and restaurants in 2 weeks


People walk along a path that runs along the Pediaios river and is popular with cyclists and people trying to stay fit in Lakatamia, a suburb of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday May 6, 2020. The rhythms of the daily life started to return to normal this week as Cypriot authorities began to cancel a home stay order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, allowing people to go out three times a day, although a curfew night stays in effect until May 21.

People walk along a path that runs along the Pediaios river and is popular with cyclists and people trying to stay fit in Lakatamia, a suburb of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday May 6, 2020. The rhythms of the daily life started to return to normal this week as Cypriot authorities began to cancel a home stay order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, allowing people to go out three times a day, although a curfew night stays in effect until May 21.

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Latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially the elderly and people with health problems, this can cause more serious illness or death.


– A military member near Trump is positive for the virus.

—Japan approves remdesivir for the treatment of coronaviruses.

—The Moscow lockdown is extended until the end of the month.

– The British expect a “very limited” relaxation of the restrictions.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Governor Mike DeWine says Ohio’s bars and restaurants can fully reopen in two weeks on May 21.

The Republican governor says outdoor dining can start a few days earlier on May 15, with hair salons and barbers. Reopening of catering establishments is subject to limits, including groups of 10 or less and spacing between tables either by a barrier or 6 feet apart.

“What we are trying to marry is the science and practicality of this profession and this endeavor,” said DeWine, who was praised for his management of the epidemic.


SALEM, Oregon – Governor Kate Brown presented a plan to reopen salons, gymnasiums, hair salons and restaurants in the least affected – and mostly rural – regions of Oregon after more than a month of a statewide home stay order.

But Brown also warns that any loosening of restrictions could be reversed if COVID-19 infection rates soared.

Brown, who is under increasing pressure to reopen in rural counties, said on May 15 that she would ease state-wide restrictions on daycare centers and retail stores that were previously closed. , including furniture stores, boutiques, jewelry stores and art galleries.

Counties that have a very small number of coronavirus cases and have seen a decrease in the number of infections can also request the reopening of beauty salons, gymnasiums, bars and restaurants for sit-down meals on May 15 with a number of rules and limitations.


TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey sends 120 National Guard personnel to retirement homes severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic to assist staff members.

Democratic Governor Phil Murphy and other officials have not given details of their exact role. Nursing homes need “some relief from the enclosure,” said Murphy.

Troops will first go to the state’s largest house in Andover, he said. The house became so overwhelmed by the deaths from COVID-19 that she started using what Murphy called a “makeshift morgue”.

Murphy has reported an additional 254 deaths in the hard-hit state, bringing the total to 8,801, with approximately 134,000 cases reported.


WASHINGTON – US officials say fewer illegal immigrants are trying to enter the country from Mexico amid new rules imposed in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said agents encountered about half the number of migrants along the southwest border compared to the month before President Donald Trump authorized the move. rapid expulsion of migrants under a public health order of 21 March.

The total number of meetings in April was approximately 16,700.

The public health order was initially renewed for 30 days and is due to expire this month. But Morgan and Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez suggested Thursday that public health restrictions may have to stay in place longer even if the United States begins to relax quarantine restrictions.

Morgan also said border officials have met their first two migrants with confirmed cases of COVID-19. The first was from India and was captured near Calexico, California on April 23. The second was a Mexican man captured this week as he attempted to enter the United States to seek medical attention for his illness.


JUNEAU, Alaska – Gyms, swimming pools and bars will be allowed to open on Friday as part of the next phase of the Alaska plan to reopen parts of the economy that had been forced to close at amid efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Other businesses that were allowed to reopen on April 24 – including retail stores, restaurants for food services, salons and other businesses classified as non-essential – may increase their capacity by 25% to 50% in as part of the plans announced Wednesday.

Starting on Friday, bars, gymnasiums, libraries, theaters and other entertainment venues can reopen with limited capacity, said Health Commissioner Adam Crum.


NEW YORK – The New York Philharmonic has canceled summer programs including park concerts, a China tour and a residency in Vail, Colorado.

The orchestra had scheduled its 55th season of concerts in New York parks in June and performances in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong in July. The China tour has been postponed to the summer of 2021.

Well done! The Vail Music Festival was to present the New York Philharmonic for the 18th consecutive year.


MADRID – Madrid region chief of health has resigned a day after the region’s government voted unanimously to try to hasten the end of its coronavirus lockdown.

Yolanda Fuentes, a doctor, resigned Thursday, private Spanish press agency Europa Press and other national media reported.

The Madrid region has the highest number of cases of coronavirus in Spain, with 63,870 out of more than 221,000 nationally.

Spain is slowly reducing its traffic restrictions, but Madrid’s decision to ask the central government to be included in the next phase of dismantling has surprised many.

The spread of the coronavirus in the Madrid region has slowed considerably, with an increase of only 86 cases as of Wednesday.

The central government has announced that a decision will be made in the coming days.


LOS ANGELES – California restaurants have developed a plan to allow the industry to reopen for sit-down meals with a range of guarantees while avoiding possible requirements in other states that customers must take their temperature or that the number of tables is considerably limited.

The recommendations, obtained by the Associated Press, are due to be submitted to Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday. They envision a changed world in dining rooms as an industry based on face-to-face contact and crowded tables searches for ways to operate safely and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Tables would be limited to 10 people maximum. Shared buffets, salad bars and bread baskets would be available. Salt and pepper shakers could be replaced by bottles of hand sanitizer. And meals could come from food servers clad in face masks.

Restaurant dining rooms were closed in California in March as part of general orders to discourage the spread of the virus, although take-out orders and deliveries remained. This decision devastated the sector and caused unemployment lines to climb in a state with an internationally known food culture.


ROME – Italian center-right parties have tabled a parliamentary censure motion against the Minister of Justice after more than 375 Mafiosi convicts were transferred from prisons to remand centers during the pandemic.

Lawyers have successfully argued that their clients are at risk of COVID-19 infection in overcrowded prisons across the country. Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede of the 5-star populist movement told lawmakers on Wednesday that the government will soon issue an executive order to put the gangsters behind bars.


PARIS – The French Prime Minister has given the green light to start Monday to end a two-month strict lockout across France, even though the coronavirus is still circulating in four regions, including Paris.

Presenting a sort of manual for the gradual reopening of France, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe believes that a balance must be found between restarting life and the economy while avoiding a second wave of pandemic, which has caused more 26,000 dead. in France since March 1.

Philippe hinted that going backwards in the fight against the pandemic could mean going backwards on freedom of containment from next week.

Significant restrictions will remain in place – particularly for travel, urban public transport and schools – until the situation is reassessed in early June. Restaurants and bars are to remain closed for the time being, as are most beaches.


LONDON – The British Foreign Minister stresses that any change to social distancing and foreclosure measures will be “modest and gradual” to avoid a second peak, with the total death toll in the country reaching 30,615.

Asked about changes to the lockdown rules that should be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday, Dominic Raab said: “This is a very dangerous time, we must proceed with caution. “

He said that the R rate, the infection rate, is between 0.5 and 0.9. National statistician Ian Diamond added that the lowest R rate is “probably in London”.


ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey has reported 57 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 1,977 new infections.

The total death toll in the country has reached 3,641, while there are 133,721 confirmed cases, according to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

The country has performed 1.27 million tests since the start of the epidemic.

Also on Thursday, an official said that a total of 153 elderly people living in 426 nursing homes across Turkey have died from the new coronavirus.

Turkey is set to gradually ease the measures that have been introduced to curb infection rates as early as next week, by reopening shopping malls, beauty salons, hairdressers and barbers.


ST. LOUIS – Leading Prescription Benefit Manager Partners With Drug Manufacturers And Pharmacy Across The Country To Offer People Who Lose Health Insurance Due To COVID-19 Pandemic Great Discounts On Thousands Of Drugs .

Express Scripts, based in St. Louis, announced the new program, called Express Scripts Parachute Rx.

It offers a 30-day supply of thousands of generic drugs for current conditions for $ 25 at most. In addition, more than 40 brand-name drugs from companies such as Astra Zeneca, Bayer, Eli Lilly, Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi and UCB will be available for $ 75 a month or less.

Medicines covered include those for asthma, diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, migraine, non-opioid pain management, reproductive health, seizures and thyroid disease. Additional medications may be added over time.

Details, including eligibility conditions, participating pharmacies and drug prices are available on the program website, The program should last until the end of the year.


BERLIN – The office of Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the German leader had discussed the coronavirus pandemic with Pope Francis during a telephone conversation.

Merkel spokeswoman Steffen Seibert said the Chancellor and the Pontiff pleaded for support for poor countries in the virus crisis during Thursday’s appeal. He said he focused on “the global humanitarian and political situation facing the corona pandemic” and the importance of solidarity in Europe and the world.

Merkel invited Francis to visit Germany when possible again.


RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s economy minister warns that there may soon be shortages of products in supermarkets if state quarantine measures can continue.

Paulo Guedes told a Supreme Court audience, including his chief justice, that the largest market in Latin America is at risk of “collapsing,” like what happened in neighboring Venezuela. He was joined by President Jair Bolsonaro and a group of industry leaders, who together went to the trial court to advocate for the lifting of restrictions on gatherings and activities, even as COVID-19 cases in Brazil continued to increase. The Supreme Court ruled last month that local governments, not the federal government, have jurisdiction to adopt such measures.

Bolsonaro told reporters after the hearing that several state decrees went beyond what was necessary, causing millions of job losses.


ROME – The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in Italy is close to 30,000.

The Department of Health reports that there were 274 deaths during the 24-hour period ending Thursday evening, bringing the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 infections to 29,958.

Health officials say death toll is likely to be much higher, as some who died in nursing homes or in their own homes, especially the elderly, may have had coronavirus infections but never been tested.

Italy has recorded 1,401 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the country to 215,858.


WASHINGTON – A soldier working near President Donald Trump tested positive for the new coronavirus on Wednesday. The White House says Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have since tested negative for the virus and “remain healthy.”

Spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement that the soldier was working “on the White House campus” and tested positive on Wednesday. The White House instituted security protocols almost two months ago to protect the country’s political leaders, including frequent temperature checks. Last month, he began administering rapid COVID-19 tests to everyone around the president, with staff members being tested about once a week.


TOKYO – Japan has approved remdesivir, an antiviral drug from Gilead Sciences for the treatment of coronaviruses, in an expedited review just four days after the US company submitted an application.

The drug is the first approved in Japan for the coronavirus. It was originally developed for Ebola and could prevent the coronavirus from replicating in the human body.

It will mainly be used for critically ill patients. As of Friday, it has been licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of coronaviruses.

Japan is also testing a Japanese-made flu medication, favipiravir, which is also designed to inhibit viral replication, but could cause birth defects. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing for favipiravir and hopes it will be approved by the end of May for less serious patients.


MOSCOW – Moscow authorities have extended the foreclosure of the capital until the end of the month.

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that if all factories and construction sites in the city are allowed to reopen on Tuesday, more businesses will remain closed until May 31. Residents are allowed to shop at nearby stores, pharmacies, walk their dogs, visit doctors and make occasional trips for personal reasons.

Sobyanin said reopening factories and industrial construction sites is essential to support the economy and keep jobs, but said it was too early to reopen retail stores, restaurants, hairdressers, salons beauty and other service companies.

Moscow recorded 92,676 cases of coronavirus, more than half of the country’s total. But Sobyanin said the actual number of infections could reach 300,000, or about 2.5% of the city’s 12.7 million population.


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