– T.The number of global deaths from COVID-19 has risen to more than 263, 000, while more than 3.7 million people are known to have been infected
– German institute Robert Koch has warned a second wave might emerge before fall
– The Mayor of Moscow has suggested counting the infection of the city three times the official figure
– Germany is increasingly minimizing its locking steps, with all stores reopening in May.
Updates in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC / GMT)
11:50 Pakistani coronavirus lockdown will be revoked on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced, despite the increasing number of cases in the country.
Khan said the decision had been made because a large number of workers in the country were unable to live without being able to go to work.
“We know we lift the lock when our curve goes up, but it doesn’t go up as we expected,” Khan said in a statement broadcast on television.
This marks the end of a five week lockdown for Pakistan. The country has reported 24,073 cases of corona virus, with 564 deaths. Thursday saw the highest one-day increase during the outbreak, with 1,523 cases.
11:47 Spain continues the decreasing trend of daily infections reported and death.
Spanish health authorities have reported around 200 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a decline from 244 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths to more than 26,000. That’s down from more than 900 deaths a day at the height of the plague. Spain has reported more than 220,000 infections, which makes it, the highest in Europe for coronavirus cases.
The country is slowly reducing its restrictive steps. Children are allowed to go out on short walks with parents since April 26 and adults follow last weekend with a walk to exercise.
The government’s top virus experts say that the possibility of increasing the number of infections as a result of loosening of limits will be seen in the coming days.
“This is where we have to start to see if there is an effect,” Fernando Simon said. “We haven’t seen anything yet. We maintain the same tendency.”
11:42 The German Football League (DFL) has announced that Bundesliga season will be officially restarted on May 16. This is the first European league to continue the game since the coronavirus pandemic forced to stop operating. DFL said the players will adhere to strict health protocols. The match will take place behind closed doors.
11:27 Eight people in a German cruise ship who tested positive for the corona virus had to be taken to hospital, the shipping operator had announced. The ship has docked in the port city of Cuxhaven since April and is carrying thousands of crew members who are stranded but there are no passengers.
Around 2,900 crew members of the Tui fleet were placed on board following delays in returning many people to their home countries. After the first positive cases on the board, all were tested and eight cases were confirmed.
Infected crew members will be isolated and treated at a facility near Cuxhaven. Cruise operators also said nine crew members had been given SIM cards so they could contact their family members outside Germany.
11:09 The German Parliament has chosen to defend benefits for employees who take parental leave the same thing, even though lower income is caused by a pandemic.
Adoption was endorsed by a broad majority which meant that, although benefits were usually commensurate with salaries earned in the previous months, parents whose income had been reduced by the plague would not receive less compensation from the government.
11:00 German Chancellor Chief of Staff Angela Merkel, Helge Braun, has warned The crisis is far from over, showing a pandemic and its influence on life could last for the next year.
Germany has seen loosening of restrictions recently, with small businesses and schools reopening, but Braun said the battle is still in its infancy. “We do not live after the pandemic now – but we live in the middle of a pandemic, which will be with us for a while – at least for this year and it has become very optimistic,” Braun told the public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.
10:46 The president of French soccer club Lyon has said he hopes the resumption of the Bundesliga can encourage rethinking about the decision to leave the season in France.
The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead play behind closed doors starting May 15 after a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the state prime minister.
However, the remainder of the Ligue 1 match was canceled last month, with Paris Saint-Germain declared champions and Lyon, who will still compete for places in Europe, said that they would not be eligible to get the Champions League or UEFA Cup place because they finished in place seventh.
Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas told the sports newspaper L’Equipe: “Maybe it’s not too late to imagine … something coherent at the political level,” added that “by adapting our methods, we might be able to finish the league.”
Aulas has suggested the playoff system to end the league at the end of August and threatened to claim millions of damage if the league is not continued.
10:30 China reports almost no new cases of COVID-19, and the government has pushed to restart the economy. But returning to work is difficult to reconcile by preventing new outbreaks. How confident are people that they can safely return to new normalcy?
DW visited a family in Beijing to see how they faced the urge to reopen the business.
9:50 a.m. The Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, has said that the actual number infection in the Russian capital approximately three times higher than the official figures indicated. So far, the authorities have reported around 92,000 cases while Sobyanin has suggested the number approach to 300,000, TASS news agency reported.
The number of national cases now reaches 177,160, with more than half of them happening in Moscow. The latest official figures mean that Russia has now surpassed the number of infections in Germany and France. The official death toll from COVID-19 is 1,625 but some Kremlin critics claim this number is inaccurate and is actually much higher.
09:32 German industrial output drops at record levels in March as a pandemic in Europe’s largest economy took place, according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).
Monthly production contracted 9.2% in March, to record the largest decline in Germany since records began in 1991. Analysts expected a decline, but nothing substantial enough.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs warned that worse would come. “It is hoped that the production decline in April will be steeper,” the ministry said.
9:13 Vice President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Germany has warned that there will be a second wave of infection if people don’t enforce socially distancing steps.
Lars Schaade made a declaration when the German economy began to open, with more shops opening for business and hairdressers returning to work.
Health officials’ comments also came behind encouraging figures in terms of reinfection rates.
09:05 Black people in England far more likely to die of COVID-19 in the UK compared to whites, said the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Indians and mixed descendants are also at greater risk.
“Black men are 4.2 times more likely to die from COVID-19 related deaths and black women are 4.3 times more likely than white men and women,” the ONS said.
This announcement follows a study by University College London which found smaller, but still large differences in COVID-19 deaths between various ethnic groups.
“It is very important to overcome the underlying social and economic risk factors and barriers to health care that lead to this unfair death,” said one of the analysis authors, Delan Devakumar.
After adjusting for age and other social and demographic characteristics, the risk for decent Africans was still 1.9 times greater, according to the ONS.
The same adjustment made men in Bangladesh and Pakistan ethnic groups 1.8 times more likely to have COVID-19 related deaths, and women were 1.6 times more likely than their white counterparts.
“These results indicate that the differences between ethnic groups in COVID-19 deaths are partly a result of socio-economic losses and other circumstances, but the remaining part of the difference has not been explained,” the ONS said.
8:23 p.m. That reinfection rates in Germany down to 0.65, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases has revealed.
Rate is one factor that is closely monitored when deciding on contact restrictions.
As recently as last week, the RKI announced the number increased to 1.0, after a steady decline, which means that every infected person infects at least one person, on average
The final figure of 0.65, however, is a significant increase, which means that among the 100 people who tested positive for the new virus, 65 others will be infected by them, indicating the number of new cases will decrease.
8:02 German police have targeted Islamic suspect in Berlin, suspecting they were illegally obtaining state aid related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Police raided the houses and vehicles of five people from “Salafi premises,” authorities said. The group is believed to “get fraudulent economic assistance offered by the city of Berlin.” Sources cited by Tagesspiegel The newspaper said amounts between € 50,000 and € 60,000 ($ 54,000 – $ 64,810) were involved.
The suspects were part of “core” extremists who attended the Fussilet mosque, which served as a meeting point for Islamists in the German capital before closing in early 2017. The mosque was allegedly hiding people sought by German authorities, especially Anis Amri who killed 12 people drove a truck to the Christmas market in 2016.
Five suspects targeted on Thursday included Amri’s former colleague and an imam, according to Tagesspiegel.
7:41 a.m. A new work of art by street artists Banksy in honor of the British National Health Service (NHS) has been on display at a hospital in Southampton, paying homage to medical staff who are battling COVID-19.
The picture shows a robed boy playing with a statue of a nurse in a superhero cape, throwing Batman and Spiderman in the process, both of which are left behind in what looks like a used paper basket.
This is a completely black and white image, titled “Game Changer,” with the exception of being a red cross displayed on a nurse’s uniform.
“Thank you for everything you do. I hope it brightens the place a little, even if it’s just black and white,” Banksy said in a note to hospital workers.
For now, the artwork will be at Southampton University Hospital, but it is planned to be auctioned off to raise money for the NHS. In the past, creations from anonymous artists have produced millions.
7:30 a.m. The coronavirus restriction has affected many aspects of daily life … and even the biggest day in the lives of many people. But in Germany, some of them want to get married have taken advantage of creative solutions …
7:00 Citizens in Beijing can travel around China, without having to enter quarantine upon their return, but they must use a smartphone application.
At the height of the crisis, locals in the Chinese capital could not even make a short trip, commuting. Now they can travel to and from Beijing if they get the green light from a corona-free application.
The so-called Health Application proved to be very popular among those who wanted to travel around the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei metropolitan area, formerly known as China’s economic region, because provinces now recognize each other’s health through QR codes, allowing business workers to travel .
6:24 Enhancement Tensions between China and the United States hampered the global battle against the pandemic, said the EU ambassador to China.
Nicolas Chapuis said at a press conference that China was in a unique position to help ease the increasingly tense relations between Washington and Beijing, and continue its economic reforms to avoid the destruction of international supply chains, economic separation from leading countries and a surge in protectionism. .
“We see a high level of tension, strategic, economic, political, growing day by day. We argue that this tension is not conducive to the spirit of cooperation that we need at this time,” Chapuis said.
6:00 A number of German politicians have written letters to the Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) to ask end border control in place because of a pandemic, according to German media.
In a joint statement, 12 members of the German and European Parliament called for a rapid reopening of cross-border, as reported by Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND). “After more than seven weeks, there must be the end of the barbed fence and toll gate in the heart of Europe,” the statement said.
Politicians want emergency measures lifted no later than May 15.
Earlier this week Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn also wrote to Seehofer expressing his displeasure with the restrictions.
“Border closure and control lead to increased dissatisfaction between populations on both sides of the border and the risk of permanently damaging cross-border coexistence,” Asselborn warned.
5:15 That Philippine Economy has contracted for the first time in more than two decades with officials warning it may worsen when the country struggles with a pandemic.
Gross domestic product fell 0.2% in the first quarter of this year, the worst figure in the Philippines since 1998 when the country joined many others in the financial crisis because of the widespread lockdown that has shut down the economy.
“Containing the spread of the virus and saving hundreds of thousands of lives, even though the imposition of (quarantine) has caused huge costs for the Philippine economy,” said Economic Planning Officer, Karl Chua. He added things could get worse before they got better: “The first quarter, I think, is still honorable given our environment is very difficult. The second quarter may be worse,” he said.
The Philippines has reported more than 10,000 cases, while the number of deaths has now reached more than 600.
4:23 p.m. That United States has issued a call for $ 4.7 billion (€ 4.35 billion) to “protect millions of lives and stem the spread of the corona virus in fragile countries.”
The money will be added to the $ 2 billion the United Nations asks when it launches a humanitarian response plan on March 25.
“The most devastating and destabilizing effects will be felt by the poorest countries in the world,” said UN Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock. Plans for $ 6.7 billion are fully prioritized in around 20 countries, including Afghanistan and Syria.
“The scourge of some hunger appears,” Lowcock said. “Extraordinary action is required.”
3:15 New Zealand Sports and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson said that the country could restart professional sports next week. This move will make New Zealand the first major rugby country to continue playing sports at an elite level.
New Zealand will decide on Monday whether to move the “Level 3” alert to “Level 2.” The country is relatively successful in containing COVID-19, and relaxed some restrictions last week, allowing 400,000 people to return to work.
3 a.m. Outside the US, this is the latest from American:
Brazil: The country witnessed the largest increase in COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, with 10,503 new cases and 615 deaths in the past 24 hours. The Brazilian Ministry of Health admitted for the first time that locking was needed to control the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, President Jair Bolsonaro’s spokesman, who had underestimated the threat of the virus, tested positive for COVID-19, raising concerns about Bolsonaro’s exposure.
Colombia: President Ivan Duque declared a second state of emergency to help closed companies to slow the spread of the virus. Duque said he would use a 30-day state of emergency to enact measures to help small and medium-sized companies, including subsidizing up to 40% of employee salaries and delaying income tax payments until the end of this year. Colombia has recorded 8,600 cases and nearly 400 deaths.
Panama: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Panama rose 208 with a total of 7,731 on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said. The number of deaths has also increased, bringing the current number of deaths in the Central American country to 218.
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Costa Rica: The government is currently involved in a fight with El Salvador over testing figures. Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele accused Costa Rica of deliberately carrying out fewer tests to keep the number of cases low. The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry expressed “concern” over Bukele’s comments and defended his testing practices. Costa Rica has a relative success in tackling the virus, reporting no new deaths in more than two weeks – although the total daily tests are only half of what happened at the end of March.
El Salvador: Public transportation throughout El Salvador will be suspended starting Thursday. The suspension will last for 15 days, the government said. El Salvador has imposed some of the most stringent measures in America to curb the spread of the virus and has carried out more tests than some of its neighbors.
Mexico: The Mexican government plans to cut funding for women’s shelters, despite a surge in cases of domestic violence since lockouts were put in place. The cuts, which are part of austerity efforts to soften the economic blow to the virus, will mainly affect counseling centers for indigenous women. Activists say cutting funds will endanger women seeking help while only saving the government up to $ 40,000. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador firmly denied that violence against women had increased during the crisis, despite data from the government’s domestic violence hotline which stated otherwise.
Canada: The province of British Columbia will reopen its economy in mid-May. The provincial government said it would provide guidance on how shops, restaurants and hair salons could be reopened safely. The Pacific Coast Province recorded the death of Canada’s first COVID-19, but the number of new cases has declined.
02:48 Germany has reported 1,284 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 166,091, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed on Thursday. The country’s death toll has risen 123 to 7,119. The latest figures are an increase from the 947 new cases that were logged the day before, with the number of new cases continuing to increase over the past three days.
1:50 The German military, Bundeswehr, has provided administrative assistance to other authorities more than 200 times as part of government efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus, according to a report in Rheinische Post newspaper. Assistance ranges from transporting masks – Bundeswehr transporting 10 million masks from China to Germany during April – to produce disinfectants and control access to clinics. Eighty-two relief actions have been taken, 121 are in progress and 33 others are planned, according to the newspaper’s report.
1:00 More than 500 cases of coronavirus in Indonesia the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala has been linked to the fruit and vegetable market in Chennai city. Health officials have tracked contacts and quarantined more than 7,000 people linked to the Koyambedu wholesale market, which is one of the largest markets in Asia.
Fearing food shortages, authorities have kept the market open for six weeks as India is locked. Now, some shops will be moved to the suburbs so supplies do not stop completely.
0:44 German cities and municipalities estimates that the coronavirus crisis will result in a loss of € 40 to 60 billion in revenue ($ 43.1 to $ 64.7 billion).
“Tax revenues, especially business taxes, have dropped dramatically,” Gerd Landsberg, head of the German City and City Association (DStGB), told the daily. Bild newspaper.
Other sources of funds such as museums, public transportation and swimming pools also dried up – and covering the billions that were lost would not be possible by the city itself.
Local governments depend on tax revenues to fund basic services, including the local health department which has been working non-stop since the pandemic began.
Landsberg urged the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to approve a safety net for the local municipality.
He suggested the federal government take over some of the costs currently under the responsibility of local leaders – such as covering housing costs for people living in welfare.
12:03 The United Nations said that the COVID-19 crisis has hampered drug trafficking throughout the world, which causes a shortage of illegal drugs in several countries.
This deficiency can have serious consequences for users as they turn to dangerous synthetic drugs, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime said in a report published Thursday.
Heroin, specifically, is short supply in Europe, North America and Southwest Asia. Past drug shortages have also led to an increase in needle sharing, which can spread hepatitis and HIV and COVID-19.
The UN also warns that organized crime rings and drug traffickers exploit a pandemic “to improve their image among the population by providing services, especially for the vulnerable. “
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In reporting the coronavirus pandemic, unless otherwise stated, DW uses figures provided by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center (JHU) in the United States. JHU updates figures in real-time, collecting data from world health organizations, state and national governments and other public official sources, all of which have their own systems for gathering information.
German national statistics compiled by its public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). These figures depend on data transmission from the state and local levels and are updated about once a day, which can cause deviations from JHU.
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