Victory Day celebrations in Russia reduced


This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus epidemic. This blog will be updated throughout the day as news becomes available.

  • Global cases: over 3.93 million
  • Deaths worldwide: at least 274,900
  • Most cases reported: United States (1,283,929), Spain (222,857), Italy (217,185), United Kingdom (212,629) and Russia (187,859).

The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University at 1:17 p.m. Beijing time.

All times below are in Beijing time.

5:20 p.m. Britain could quarantine incoming travelers for 14 days, report says

The UK could introduce a 14-day quarantine period for almost everyone arriving in the country, The Times reported on Saturday in an effort to lift certain blockages and prevent a second wave of infections .

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scheduled to address the nation on Sunday. The Times reported that passengers arriving at airports and ports, including Britons returning from abroad, will have to isolate themselves for two weeks. The measures are expected to take effect in early June. – Holly Ellyatt

4:40 p.m .: Tokyo reports 36 new cases on Saturday

Tokyo reported 36 new cases of coronavirus infections on Saturday, Japanese TV channel Asahi said, Reuters reported. It was the seventh consecutive day that new infections remained below 100.

The latest fdata, for which the broadcaster has cited anonymous sources, bring the total number of coronavirus infections in the Japanese capital to 4,846. – Holly Ellyatt

4:00 p.m .: Russia reports more than 10,000 new cases of coronavirus

Russia reported 10,817 new coronavirus cases in the past day, bringing the total to 198,676. The Russian coronavirus response center said 104 people died, bringing the death toll to 1 827.

He said the country had carried out 5.2 million tests; Russia has the fifth highest number of coronavirus cases, after the United States, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom – Holly Ellyatt

2:55 p.m .: Singapore reports 753 new cases of coronavirus

2:30 p.m .: Victory Day celebrations in Russia reduced

Russia marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II on Saturday, but the country’s coronavirus epidemic means that the celebrations have been massively curtailed.

Last month, President Vladimir Putin postponed the culmination of Victory Day celebrations, a massive parade in Red Square, which features Russian military equipment, to a later date (which is not yet known). The postponement is a blow to the president, whose popularity fell to a new low during the coronavirus epidemic. – Holly Ellyatt

Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jets fly over central Moscow during a rehearsal for the upcoming May 9 air show.

Valery Sharifulin

1:50 p.m .: China offers help to North Korea to fight the virus

China has said it is willing to support North Korea to fight the coronavirus epidemic, state television CCTV announced on Saturday, Reuters reported.

President Xi Jinping is said to have made an offer of assistance in a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Xi said he was very concerned about the situation in North Korea and the health of its people, and said he was pleased that his efforts to control respiratory diseases have produced positive results, television said. national. – Holly Ellyatt

12:16 p.m .: Australia’s largest states hold back on easing of lockdown measures

New South Wales and Victoria, Australia’s largest states, suspended the lifting of the foreclosure measures on Saturday, Reuters reported.

This comes as other states begin to ease restrictions on assemblies. The capital of Canberra began allowing people to visit each other on Saturday, the news agency said. Meetings of up to 10 people would be allowed. Outdoor restaurants and cafes will also operate from Monday in South Australia, while pubs and bars in the Northern Territory will be allowed to reopen from Friday, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, New South Wales and Victoria, which represent around 57% of the country’s population, will introduce measures to lift the restrictions next week, said Reuters.

Australia has been hailed for its first mitigation efforts to contain the epidemic. It has reported 6,927 cases and 97 deaths to date, according to Johns Hopkins University. – Joanna Tan

11:51 a.m .: Germany reports more than 1,250 new cases and 103 deaths

Germany has reported an additional 1,251 cases, bringing the country’s cumulative number to 168,551, data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases showed on Saturday. Europe’s largest economy also reported 103 additional deaths, bringing the total to 7,369.

Germany has the seventh highest number of reported cases in the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. – Joanna Tan

11:05 a.m .: US State Department begins plans to reopen

The US State Department began implementing its reopening plan last week, according to internal documents obtained by CNBC.

In the plan, which began on May 1, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo detailed policies on travel, telework, masks and social distancing measures.

Entitled “Diplomacy Strong”, it is a roadmap to bring back the operations of 13,000 US diplomats and 11,000 government officials. The three-phase strategy follows guidelines from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to documents viewed by CNBC. – Amanda Macias

10:47 a.m .: Famous magician Roy Horn dies from coronavirus

Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, on the right, celebrate the first anniversary of five of their little tigers at the Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage on May 12, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Denise Truscello | WireImage

“Today the world has lost one of the world’s great magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Fischbacher said in a statement on Friday. “From the moment we met, I knew that Roy and I, together, were going to change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried. “

Horn tested positive for coronavirus in late April. The couple have been entertained in Las Vegas for decades and are best known for their work with lions and tigers. – Joanna Tan

9:17 am: US lawmakers request that Taiwan be included in the WHO

Students wearing facial masks as a preventative measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus as they collect their lunch at Dajia Elementary School in Taipei on April 29, 2020

Sam Yeh | AFP | Getty Images

US lawmakers are calling on more than 50 countries to support Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Organization as they urge countries to put the fight against the pandemic above politics, according to Reuters.

Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, due to Chinese objections. As such, Taiwan is not part of WHO, an agency of the United Nations.

“As the world works to combat the spread of COVID-19, a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, it has never been more important to ensure that all countries give priority to global health and security versus politics, “said congressional foreign officials. The committees said in a letter on Friday, according to Reuters. – Joanna Tan

All times below are Eastern time.

9:01 p.m .: Investors are waiting for reports that will shed light on the reopening of the economy


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